Colorado STEM Academy
Use the navigation panes to the left to visit the various pages on this website. Many lead to external pages. Below will be a blog type page which will be updated as the year goes by.

Level 6 Survey

posted Feb 22, 2018, 11:10 AM by Jamie Jay Summers   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 11:13 AM ]

Book Wishlist

posted Nov 8, 2017, 7:20 AM by Jamie Jay Summers

Science Fair!

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:20 PM by Jamie Jay Summers   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 7:08 PM ]

The science fair is upon us!  

To get your kiddos read for doing their science fair projects alone next year I'm helping guide your students through their science fair write-ups.  Every child is going to be doing their own write up, even though most of them have paired with another person to test the same question.   Your children all have chosen their questions and have written out the materials they think they need and the procedure they are going to follow.

Because of the variety of questions that your children have chosen these tests will not be able to be done at school and must be completed at home with the results gathered and brought to school.  

Their tests must be completed by December 4th. (This will give you Thanksgiving break to work on it if necessary!)

Your children all have a google slide layout on Empower that they have been putting their information into.  Please sit down with them and look over what they have so far.  They will create their hypothesis (what they expect to happen) in class soon.  If you are unable to help them perform the test, please help them change their question!

Below is an example of a completed write-up for their projects. 


posted Oct 31, 2017, 3:10 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

I know your kids are very excited for Halloween! I hope you all stay safe while out and about tonight.

Rather than fight your kids about Halloween candy and having to argue with them about sneaking it when they shouldn't, I have a very simple policy for their candy. 

They may bring ONE ziploc bag with 5 pieces of candy each day until the weekend. (November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd this year).   This candy will sit in their desk and they are welcome to eat it throughout the day so long as I do not find trash on the floor.  Next week we will go back to our regular no-food-in-desk rules.

If you allow them to bring candy in a ziploc, please make sure that the candies are the the smaller treat size and now full sized.

Thank you!
-Mrs. Jay Summers

PBL Feedback Forms

posted Oct 19, 2017, 8:40 AM by Jamie Jay Summers   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 11:38 AM ]

Looking for Volunteers + Weekly Work Success Criteria

posted Oct 5, 2017, 3:32 PM by Jamie Jay Summers

Dear Parents,

    This week has been difficult.  Over the course of the week, I have seen an increase in unkind words students are using towards one another.  At this point, every child has an example of an unkind thing that was said to them.  Many have examples of when they have been unkind in one way or another in return.  The unkindness has become a distraction to the learning.

    During our Personal and Social Leadership block, we have been discussing ways to deal with anger, frustration, and confusion such as:

  1.  Taking ten deep breaths through the nose and out through the mouth to calm our minds.
  2. Moving away from the person that has caused us to have a strong emotion
  3. Asking for help in a respectful way
  4. Skipping the problem that is causing frustration and coming back to it later
  5.  Understanding that our brains are ours to control; they do not control us!

    In the classroom, we are working to help the students have ways to work through their emotions so that they can get back to learning and being productive. To get there, I need your help!

    Please talk with your children when they get home about what emotions they felt throughout the day, and what strategies they have used to control those emotions.  Sometimes school flows by much too quickly for real true thinking time about actions, consequences, and emotions.

    Additionally, I would love to have some parents come into our classroom to help students who need some extra attention to be able to succeed.  To volunteer you will need to fill out the volunteer form and be approved by the district.  If you are able to volunteer even a half hour during the week, please let me know.  We will set up a schedule and I will train you in ways you can help our classroom and students to be successful. 

    Due to the distractions coming from unkind words and distractions, many of your children have work that has gone undone this week. 

    For reading, their entire packet for the book Start Small, Think Big should be finished. Studnets are reading the same book but it is written on different levels so students are reading where they are at. At the end of this letter I have attached a detailed explanation of what should be on each part of the packet.

    For Math, every student should have reached Lesson 3 of Mission 2 on Zearn.

    Thank you for your assistance.  Please reach out to me on Remind if you have questions, or would like to volunteer to come into the classroom.

-          Mrs. Jay Summers


Weekly Literacy Work Success Criteria

1.     Take Notes Page

a.     Every line is filled

b.     You have found unfamiliar words, asked questions, and have put down ideas  (Don’t do just one for every page!)

2.     Write About Reading

a.     At least two pieces of evidence are found for each sub question

b.     A paragraph is written that answers the top question includes:

                                                              i.      A topic sentence (usually the question rewritten as a statement)

                                                            ii.      Your four pieces of evidence from your paper

                                                         iii.      At least two transition words to move between ideas

                                                          iv.      A concluding sentence to wrap up your ideas

                                                            v.      Capitals at the start of every sentence

                                                          vi.      Evidence from text is correctly spelled

                                                       vii.      Punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark) at the end of every sentence

1.     This paragraph should be written on the back of the page or on a loose leaf paper stapled into the packet.

3.     Vocabulary

a.     Every word is correctly written in the middle of the circle

b.     The definition is written and spelled correctly

c.      The question answered in a complete sentence using the word

d.     The picture clearly illustrates the meaning of the word


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