Introduction

Welcome, Estrella Vista STEM Academy families!

The 2019-2020 school year is proving to be another exciting year for teaching, learning, and community engagement. We are diligently working to improve school culture. Having the right environment to support student learning is essential. Our goal is to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn in a fair and equitable educational setting.  We look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to foster this expectation.

As a STEM Academy, we believe each child is a treasure with unique gifts, talents, and capabilities. We work collaboratively to discover and nurture those abilities through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We expect all students and staff members to be respectful, dedicated, hardworking, independent thinkers, and problem solvers. 

Estrella Vista promotes four core values, which include the following:

  • We are a trusted and established community committed to setting high standards in STEM with integrity and fidelity.
  • We believe in developing responsible global citizens.
  • We strive for every student, staff member, and community member to exhibit the utmost respect in all situations.
  • We believe in building a cooperative and positive team environment conducive to the highest level of STEM learning. 

We look forward to working with our families to support all students on campus. As a courtesy reminder, school opens at 8:27 a.m. and concludes at 3:35 p.m. After breakfast in the classroom, school begins promptly at 8:40 a.m. On early release Wednesdays, the start time remains the same, while our student release time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

Reminder

We would like to remind parents that school begins at 8:27 a.m. We consider students tardy starting at 8:40 a.m. We kindly ask all parents to help us by ensuring that all students are to school on time so they can participate in a full day of learning. Thank you for your support.

A Message from our Principal

Dear Estrella Vista STEM Academy Families,

We experienced a tremendous loss with the passing of 1st grade teacher, Ms. Heather Began. I shared the following quote with our staff and wanted to share it with all of you “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even when they are gone, the light remains.” - Author unknown. I find this statement very fitting for Ms. Began and the impact she had on our campus. Thank you for all of your support during this difficult time.

November is a time to give thanks, and we have many things to be grateful for here at Estrella Vista. I would like to thank the following:

  • To all of our parents who attended parent-teacher conferences last month. We had a great turn out! It is important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your child’s teacher. Thank you for partnering with us for your child’s education.
  • To our amazing PTSA who provided a pasta dinner during conferences and donuts, juice, and water for our staff when we returned from fall break. Thank you for always supporting our students and staff.
  • To our awesome student council and National Junior Honor Society members and sponsors Ms. Gensel and Ms. Reyes for back to back events! Our Spooktacular Ball was a huge success, and our 2nd–5th grade students had a blast! The next day, our students and teachers were on campus for our Love Your School Day. Our students did a phenomenal job painting our obstacle course, and the students love it. Thank you for being actively involved in our school!

Congratulations to our employee of the month, 6th grade teacher Ms. Rosie Fleeman. Ms. Fleeman is the team leader and supports her team as well as other teachers on the campus. She not only supports her current students but also previous students and even future students! She is always willing to lend a hand and supports all aspects of our school. Thank you, Ms. Fleeman. We appreciate you!

    Sincerely,

    Nicole Durazo

    Nicole Durazo
    Principal
    Estrella Vista STEM Academy
    (623) 478.6205