November 28th, 2018

Announcements

  • Congratulations to Nyssa Ndey-Bongo for being selected as Wake STEM ECHS Spotlight on Student Award Winner!!
  • Congratulations to our 9th Graders who attended “Great Explorations”, a career event sponsored by Wake County.  Our students received many compliments for their professionalism, poise and participation.  These attributes truly will continue to set them apart in their futures.
  • 10th Graders have all been diligent in their pursuit of improving our “Urban Infrastructure” to better understand and handle the amount of recyclable material we create in our world.  The 4 C’s are truly evident as they work together to solve these issues.
  • 11th-13th Graders continue to earn high scores on your college exams.  We are almost in the final phases as the countdown has begun.

Upcoming Events

  • November 29: Internship Symposium for Interns
    • 5:45 PM – Arrival to Cherry to set up tri-fold board and fully charged laptop for your powerpoint presentation.
    • 6:30 – 7:55 Internship Symposium Presentation
  • November 30: Prom Tickets go on sale
    • Date: Friday April 5, 2018
    • Time: 7-10pm
    • Place: Talley Student Union Coastal Ballroom
    • Price: $50 per ticket (includes dinner)

College is Crazy

Just as I thought things were dying down, they picked right back up again–with vengeance. I don’t want to say that college is impossible, because it’s not, but applying to college while in college is definitely an emotional and mental marathon. With an application due at the end of every month, tests also every month, on top of essays, projects, and somewhat of a personal life; this time of year is definitely a challenge. So listen to what I say now, before you’re stuck in the same cycle I’m in now:

  1. Start your college applications RIGHT when they come out
  2. Don’t think that you have time between application deadlines–because you don’t
  3. Save at least $300 if you plan on paying for college applications yourself

When college applications come out, it’s important that you at least read through them so you have an idea of what you’ll be facing for the next few months. The mistake that I made was that I wasn’t sure what colleges I wanted to apply to until 2 weeks before the UNC and NC State Early Action deadline. Now, you may think that 2 weeks is plenty of time, but let me stop you there. It is not. The 2 weeks before October 15th (the application deadline) I had a 4 page minimum essay due, and two tests. The first mistake I made in this situation was banking on my essay writing capabilities. I thought to myself “I’m a decent writer, I’ll have no problem writing a few short essays and the common app one.” I was definitely regretting THAT on October 12th. I was busily typing away, worried if what I was writing was even comprehensive. Then, the worst thing imaginable happened: Hurricane Michael. Could you believe my luck? I’m sitting there, hunched over my keyboard trying to get into college, and then my power goes out. I look at my computer’s battery life and it sits at 54%. Thankfully I was still able to write the rest of that essay because I copied all of the essay questions onto a word document in case CommonApp failed. So, please, start your college applications early. You won’t regret it.

After the whirlwind I went through with applying to UNC and NC State, I looked at my next deadline and it was November 15th. This was a relief because it was a month away–or so I thought. It’s October 18th and I receive an email from Meredith College, it said something like “It’s Free Application Week in North Carolina! Feel free to apply for free!” And my first reaction is “Sweet, $60 less than I needed to pay!” and then it hit me, today was Thursday, and there was no way that they’d start a “Free Application Week” in the middle of the week. I realized that it was only free until the 19th. Even though there was less hanging on this deadline, I was still anxious to finish the application by the 19th– and I did.

Apply to college is expensive. If you’re like me, you like to remain independent and pay for things on your own. Which is what I did. By the way, UNC and NC State’s applications get $20 more expensive the last two days that they are open for, because they know that people are going to cram or choose to apply at the last minute. Also, you have to pay for SAT’s and ACT’s and SAT Subject Tests which can cost enormous amounts of money depending on how many times you take them. Not only do you have to pay to take the test, you have to pay to send the test. If you didn’t choose the school’s you are applying to when you took the test, then you have to pay to send it. This is about $25 per school depending on the test you are sending. The CSS profile is like FAFSA except you have to pay for it. $25 for the first school that it is sent to and $15 for every school after that. Many schools in North Carolina REQUIRE the CSS profile, like UNC and Duke. Additionally, you have to pay to send your NC State College transcript to all of the colleges you apply to: $15 for each college that you send it to.

There is much that goes into preparing to even apply to college, so I advise that you use the amazing resources that we have at STEM. Attend College Night and Financial Aid Night and ask Mrs. Kilpatrick and Mr. Haymore as many questions that you have (and you should have a lot).


A Request of those Graduating

Rachel Goldman

I am in need of photo memories from your STEM life from the past couple of years. I will be performing a tribute at the talent show this year to those who are graduating and moving on from the school. To do this, I want to put a slide show together of memories you all have from the school. Include pictures from events in school, out of school, with teachers, etc. that involve your STEM experience. This is meant to be sentimental!
Please either email me the photos directly or add them to a google folder and share them with me. If I have missed someone in this email, please forward them the email and spread the word! THANK YOU!
E-Mail: rmgoldma@ncsu.edu
Or you can submit photos to this google form: LINK TO FORM
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October 31, 2018

Upcoming Events: 

  • 9th Graders are finishing up the “Urban Infrastructure” and “Access to Clean Water Project”.
  • 10th Graders are working on several projects at once in preparation for a big project kick-off coming soon.
  • 11th Graders are working on the Civics Projects now that the “Nuclear Proliferation Project” is completed.
  • 12th Graders are working with our Business Partners to analyze data for the “Bioethics Project”.
  • 13th Graders are putting finishing touches on their Internship Projects for their upcoming Symposium.
  • Special Note for 10th Graders – November 7th all 10th grade students will participate in the Pre-ACT Test at Cherry for the entire morning.  More information will be forthcoming, but this is for all 10th graders.

Shaping Our Future

Are you of age to vote? If so–do so. It is our civic responsibility to cast a ballot and partake in our future. If you are 18 years old, and you are not planning voting, then you must not care about the future of this country-and no matter your political affiliation, there should always be something that you want to change. Voting is the easiest thing to do to advocate for your beliefs. In the Talley Student Union, there is Early Voting until November 3rd. If you’re impatient like I am, I would recommend going to this site, or another Early Voting site to avoid the lines. When I voted, I didn’t have to wait at all. For those of you who are not registered to vote– you’re not off the hook just yet. If you decide that you want to vote and you are not registered, you can register and vote on the same day. This is called One-Stop Voting. You register at your Early Voting site of choice, and vote after. You can only do this during the Early Voting period, otherwise, you’ve missed your chance to change your future.

Are you 16 years old? Pre-register to vote. Pre-registering to vote is so easy. This was the route that I chose because, again, I’m lazy. I didn’t have to worry about registering to vote when I turned 18 because it automatically considered me an active voter. This process made the actual voting a lot less stressful and without any difficulties.

Are you not of age to vote? That’s okay! Pay attention this upcoming year, because the presidential primaries are afoot. This political “March Madness” is significant and it’s important to stay informed even if you are not of age to cast a ballot.

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Prospect Theory

Do you remember the survey I asked you to fill out last week? It was a survey that asked simple preference questions. This was for my NCSU English 101 class and my essay/results are down below. This is the kind of work that you may be expected to complete when you are enrolled at NC State.

Introduction

Prospect Theory is a phenomenon that was discovered and researched by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. This theory attempts to explain why humans perceive risk being more significant versus the significance of a gain (Kahneman & Tversky, 1992). Prospect Theory is one of many behavioral theories stemming from behavioral economics.  Understanding decision making is important in business, politics, and any other situation that requires persuasion. From 1979 to 1992, Kahneman and Tversky wanted to produce a more accurate understanding of decision making when compared to expected utility theory. During their research, Kahneman and Tversky posed the same question, but framed it in two different ways. 155 participants were told to assume that there was a disease and that it would affect 600 people, and the participants had the following choices:

  • Treatment A: 200 out of the 600 will be cured
  • Treatment B: there is a 33% chance that all 600 people will be saved and a 66% chance that no one will be saved

After these questions were posed, 72% of the participants chose choice A while the other 28% chose choice B . Then, Kahneman and Tversky offered participants another choice:

  • Treatment C: 400 out of the 600 will die
  • Treatment D: there is a 33% chance that no one will die, and a 66% chance that all 600 people will die

In this circumstance, 22% of the participants selected choice c to avoid losing 400 people, while 78% chose choice D; however, we can see how the framing of these question makes a difference. Treatment A and Treatment C are the same idea and Treatment B and D are the same, but all four framed differently.

Coinciding with Prospect Theory, is Framing Effect. Framing Effect explains how something can be worded differently in order to draw more people to it, or conversely, sway people away from it (Levin, Schneider & Gaeth, 1998). Similarly, in a Crash Course Economics YouTube video, there are simple examples of Prospect Theory and Framing Theory being used together, like how a steak was advertised as being “75% Fat Free” versus “25% Fat,” they both mean the same thing, but one choice, for some reason is more appealing (CrashCourse, 2018). In the same video, lottery tickets were advertised as “1 in every 100 is a winner” versus “999 losers.” As a consumer, it would seem irrational to purchase a ticket that explicitly states how many losers there are in a drawing, but there is a more likely chance that you will purchase a ticket that emphasizes your chance at winning. Prospect Theory is present in politics as well, it’s a form of persuasion that companies and politicians alike utilize to gain your business or gain your vote. In politics, you may see a bill titled “Improve our schools.” This proposition is a no brainer–of course we want our schools to be improved; however, when the same bill is proposed as “Raise our taxes,” less people will be inclined to affirm this bill (CrashCourse, 2016). My purpose with my research is to observe Prospect Theory using a survey of my peers and within a gambling setting with my friends.

Methods and Materials

My first attempt to observe Prospect Theory was using a survey tool on Google Forms. Using this survey, I hoped to learn more about the decision making habits of the students in my high school and university community. I used my high school newspaper as my initial platform for my survey, and to increase response rate and I also posted a link to the survey to NC State University Reddit. I chose these two audiences because I predicted that they would produce a balanced response rate to yield accurate results. The high school students may be more susceptible to the effects of the framing of the questions, while NC State students may think about their answers more logically. The questions on my survey were presented in a random order as to avoid a connection between questions that the participant may try to make. The questions on my survey were as follows:

  • Prompt: Imagine you can control a rapid disease engulfing a small town. 600 people in this town are susceptible to this fatal illness. You have two choices (Kahneman & Tversky, 1992).
  1. 200 out of the 600 will be cured
  2. There is a 33% chance that all 600 people will be saved and a 66% chance that no one will be saved
  • Following the same prompt from above, you are given two more choices:
  1. 400 out of the 600 will die
  2. There is a 33% chance that no one will die, and a 66% chance that all 600 people will die
  • Would you eat a steak that is 25% Fat Free (CrashCourse, 2016)?
    • Yes/No
  • Would you buy a pair of shoes for $69.99?
    • Yes/No
  • Would you vote for a bill titled “Improve Our Schools (CrashCourse, 2016)?”
    • Yes/No
  • Would you play in a lottery where the odds were 1 out of 1000 players is a winner (CrashCourse, 2016)?
    • Yes/No
  • Would you eat a steak that is 75% Fat (CrashCourse, 2016)?
    • Yes/No
  • Would you buy a pair of shoes for $70.00?
    • Yes/No
  • Would you vote for a bill titled “Raise Our Taxes (CrashCourse, 2016)?”
    • Yes/No
  • Would you play in a lottery where the odds were 999 losers (CrashCourse, 2016)?
    • Yes/No

I sent this survey out on the student newspaper at approximately 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. At approximately 9:00 pm that same day, I posted a link to this form on the NC State University Reddit page. By the following morning, I had received 85 responses. At 9:45 am on Thursday, October 25, I closed the survey so that I would no longer receive any responses.

Results

In my study, I found that participants did not support Kahneman and Tversky’s Prospect Theory.

Discussion

My initial hypothesis before sending out the survey was that my participants would overwhelmingly adhere to Kahneman and Tversky’s Prospect Theory. This was my prediction because I think that the way propositions are worded greatly affect the results, I believed that it would be easy to entice a certain answer based on the contents of the question. Because of this, I attempted to utilize a technique that distracted the participant from what the question was actually asking. For example, I randomized the order of the questions so that they seemed unrelated. I posed the question related to shoes after the question about the lottery, following the question about a bill to improve schools. If the related questions were in consecutive order, the participant would have easily made the connection that the questions were the same but framed differently. Despite this attempt, I do not think that it made a difference in my results. Due to the length of the survey, it was not difficult to conclude that many of the questions were the same. There is a considerable possibility that a participant was able to notice that the questions were the same, and this may have led a few participants to change their answers.

Conversely, the participants may not have fit in the Prospect Theory or Framing Effect because the questions were framed too differently. In my survey, I proposed two questions that were supposed to be related: a bill to improve schools and a bill to raise taxes. Although technically improving schools may imply raising taxes, it is possible that a participant does not know this is how schools are funded or there may be a designation of funds in a different way.  

Another possible reason that this study found that participants did not support Prospect Theory is that the participants did not feel a sense of loss based on the questions that they answered. The questions that I posed about the lottery may not have provoked the sense of fear associated with loss because the severity of the hypothetical was not astringent enough. In a future study, I would instead pose a question relating to receiving $50 from one friend and ask them to consider their level of happiness on a scale from one to ten. In relation, I would present the scenario of receiving $100 from another friend, but losing $50 of that $100 and then asking again their happiness from one to ten (CrashCourse, 2016). I think that this would have been a more accurate question to test for prospect theory rather than the lottery proposition because a lottery ticket is, subjectively, inexpensive– so buying a $1-2 ticket where there are 999 losers does not seem like a considerable loss.

Additionally, my target audience may have produced a different result than the overall population. Being that I sent the survey to an advanced high school and an engineer abundant university, it is very likely that my participants were much more logical than the average person. Since many of my questions relied on integers and percentages, it may have been obvious that the questions were the same– this would skew data because the Framing Effect did not have an affect on my participants.  If I were to re-attempt this study, I would be more challenging and qualitative in my questions, and attempt to be less obvious that the questions were related. I would also include a fewer number of questions that have to do with integers or numbers as to avoid the possibility of someone thinking logically based on mathematical calculations.

References

CrashCourse. (2016, March 12). Behavioral Economics: Crash Course Economics #27

[Videofile].Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqxQ3E1bubI

 

Levin, I. P., Schneider, S. L., & Gaeth, G. J. (1998). All frames are not created equal: A

typology and critical analysis of framing effects. Organizational Behavior and

Human Decision Processes, 76, 149-188.

 

Sanlam Investments (2016, May 13). Prospect Theory (explained in a minute) – Behavioural

Finance [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM91d5I36Po

 

Staff, Investopedia. (2018, April 11). Prospect Theory. Investopedia. Retrieved October 22,

2018, https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/prospecttheory.asp 

 

Tversky, A. & D. Kahneman. (1981). The framing of decisions and psychology of choice.

Science, 211,453-458.

 

Levin, I. P., Schneider, S. L., & Gaeth, G. J. (1998). All frames are not created equal: A

typology and critical analysis of framing effects. Science. 76, 149-188.

 

October 24, 2018

Announcements

  • This week is spirit week!
    • Monday: Blackout Day
    • Tuesday: Tropical Day
    • Wednesday: America Day
    • Thursday: Twin Day
    • Friday: Costume Day
    • To submit photos of your awesome school spirit, please click this link.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: Lafayette College Visit from 10am to 11am
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: 9th grade success night from 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Friday, Oct. 26: School dance from 6pm to 9pm. $2 a ticket, Seniors get in for FREE
    • See the front office for permission to bring a guest

I’m only human

Wow! Has it been a long time since I’ve updated the newspaper? Yes. Do I have a good excuse? Well, that’s up to you. The holidays are quickly approaching with our first guest, Halloween. With her visit, Halloween brings her sp00ky friends– ghosts, witches, and the worst of them all, college applications. I have applied to UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, and Meredith College so far. Next week, I am submitting my application to The University of Richmond and Wake Forest University. So, as you can see, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Despite my leave of absence, The STEM Chronicles have not been out of mind. I’ve been thinking of ways to get you readers more involved… but if you have suggestions I would love to hear them, please click this link to fill out the survey. Firstly, if you want to share what colleges you’ve applied to so far, have yet to apply to, or your dream colleges, please click this link to fill out the survey.  Secondly, I invite you to fill out the following survey for my English 101 class, it is completely anonymous and is only being used to collect data. Click here for the Eng 101 survey!

I hope you all can forgive me, and most importantly, give me advice to make the newspaper more about you!

 

2018 Reflection

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston S. Churchill

Upcoming Events:

September 11th – Deadline for Sophomores and Juniors to register for the PSAT (see e-mail sent yesterday from Mr. Haymore).

September 18 – Sophomore Field Trip to Engineering Career Fair at McKimmon (Dress to impress).

September 19 – WCPSS Workday – No High School Classes – COLLEGE COURSES ARE STILL IN SESSION – Parents you must provide transportation to and from NCSU for college classes (Math Classes for Juniors at NCSU and all courses for Seniors and Super Seniors).

September 25 – FAFSA Night – All students who plan to graduate this year, come and hear about Financial Aid. Forms come available in early October.

Ninth Grade Parents – Mark your calendar for October 25th at 6:30. We are hosting a “9th Grade Parent Night” to discuss ways to help your student achieve success after the first quarter. Helpful hints will be provided by teachers along with ideas and supports for moving forward successfully.


Life as a STEM Student

High School is a time of growth: growth in education, growth in self, and growth into the future. For some, this growth is just beginning, but all of us are growing in new ways every day.

The Freshmen here at STEM are growing in many ways. Learning the transition from Middle School to High School is difficult, especially considering the rigor that is apparent in all classes available at Wake STEM Early College High School. This is also an important time for personal growth. To remain a successful student, you have to remain true to yourself. Life is too complicated and too short to pretend to be someone that you’re not. Once this is learned, the rest of High School will be less susceptible to outward distraction.

Sophomores are growing into a higher education because soon they’ll be attending NC State and learn alongside college students as college students themselves. This looming knowledge requires personal growth. It requires a certain preparedness that one can only find through one’s self. It’s easy to get distracted at this stage in life but as long as focus is maintained and practiced, success within the Sophomore class will overflow into their Junior year.

Juniors are similar to Freshman once they have begun taking college classes. These classes are less personal and this may be difficult to adapt to. Like the transition from Middle School to High School, the transition from High School to college is tricky and may impede on grades in college classes as well as your High School grades. This implies a huge personal adaption that one needs to make. Tutoring is a huge aspect of success. If you feel like you need help, don’t wait until the last minute to ask for it.

Seniors experience a new sense of growth, one less about education and more personal. If you’re applying to college, whether consciously or not, you undergo an introspection. You have to portray yourself in a way that can be understood on paper. This can be difficult, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your counselors. If you’re not applying to college this year, this is a great time to focus solely on your college classes.

High School is a small part of your garden of life, plant seeds of success. Remember always that you reap what you sow.

Last week, I sent out a form asking the following questions and received amazing results.

Freshman Question: How has high school been different when compared to middle school?

  • “The workload has been a lot heavier, and staying in the game requires more effort now.”
  • “In middle school, you have a more laid back time. You have a social life and you have time for other activities. In high school, however, because if the amount of work per class, most of your day is spent learning the material and then working on it more when you get home. While I have enjoyed high school, the gap from middle to high definitely was an adjustment.”
  • “I have a lot more freedom here at STEM, as well as a more challenging environment with more encouraging teachers and students.”
  • “So far, High School has had its similarities and differences compared to middle school. There is more freedom and the workload is definitely a lot more. There are also a lot fewer people so each individual student gets a lot of attention… Finally, there is a lot less of a reliance on phones and a much bigger purpose for laptops.”

Freshman Question: Are the academics at STEM what you expected? Yes or no, and explain.

  • “Yes, I did expect more work to be given to us because we are moving really fast with the workload.”
  • “Yes, they are what I expected. This is because the school is a lot more challenging than a traditional middle school but I feel that I was prepared for the challenge. The teachers do definitely give a lot of work but they do it in a way which is less tedious and more on the side that the homework given is important, not busy work.”

Sophomore Question: After Freshman year, what helped you make the decision to remain at STEM?

  • “The environment at STEM helped me to make the decision to stay because it is very lively and friendly…”
  • “The teachers and how dedicated they were to helping us learn, plus the really good college opportunities in future years.”

Sophomore Question: What advice would you give to 9th graders to help them through the rest of their year?

  • “I would tell them to enjoy every bit of freshman year and to not get too worked up about things because everything is going to turn out just fine, as long as they keep working hard and stay determined. You’re going to have some really tough and emotional nights, but just always keep in mind that it’s going to be more than worth it in the end. YOU CAN DO IT!!”
  • “Make sure to ask for help and make little study groups at the library for any of the classes you need help with.”

Junior Question: What are you most excited about being enrolled at NC State?

  • “Meeting other people and learning the college life.”
  • “Having the opportunity to experience college classes in a relatively low-risk environment.”
  • “I’m excited about getting a better feel about how college life is and learning how to make sure I manage my time wisely.”
  • “Having at least a couple hours every day to do work for classes without being in a class at the time.”

Junior Question: What advice would you give to the 10th graders in preparation for taking college classes?

  • “I would tell them to make sure you are able to manage your time well because, at State, you have different classes on certain days at certain times and even if you don’t have that class that day, you have to keep up with all your assignments and know what’s coming up. Teachers at State don’t remind you when things are due often so YOU have to be on top of your stuff.”
  • “Establish good study habits! No one is going to be nagging you to finish your assignments on time. Make sure that you form the habit now of being organized and not procrastinating.”

Senior Question:  How has a limited presence at Cherry changed your everyday life?

  • “It’s liberating to not be confined in that building anymore, but now I have to walk 10 minutes to get from one class to the next…”
  • “A greater sense of independence because I am relying more upon myself to seek out resources I can use and benefit from.”

Senior Question: What are your plans after this year? Are you planning to graduate or stay the fifth year? Why or why not?

  • “I am staying the 5th year because I plan on going to Virginia Tech and all of the credits are transferable. Since I wouldn’t have to pay for classes, I’d be getting credits for free”
  • “Planning to graduate if I can receive a good financial package. If I do not, I will stay for the fifth year.”
  • “I’m planning on graduating because I want to play sports in college.”

Super Senior Question: What colleges are you applying to?

  • “NC State, Campbell, Appalachian State”
  • “NCSU, Georgia Tech, Clemson, ECU”
  • “NCSU UNC-CH, UNCG”
  • “NCSU, UNC, ECU, Wake Forest”

Super Senior Question: If you could change anything throughout the course of your high school career, what would it be?

  • “Prioritize time better so I can do more things!”
  • “More independence when dealing with college courses.”

Super Senior Question: If you could give advice to any of the underclassmen, what would you tell them?

  • “Study hard, but don’t forget to have fun and do things that make you happy. School is just one part of our life.”
  • “Don’t overwork yourself, but don’t sell yourself short either.”
  • “I would tell the underclassmen to not procrastinate on college assignments. Most college homework assignments have due dates days or weeks later than when the assignment is due. You have this much time for a reason: make sure you use it.”

Underclassmen: If you could ask a question to any grade above you, what would you ask?

  • How did you go about choosing your own classes for State? Or your dream majors and colleges, for that matter????
  • Do you have to stay after school hours to take college classes?
  • Does Wake STEM get harder the more years you spend at it, or easier?
  • Which year of high school is the hardest?
  • I would ask whether it was difficult to transition to the “college classes” and how they coped with being stressed with a lot of work?
  • Do you have any tips on getting through High School?
  • What are the future teachers like?
  • I would ask them how much more difficult does high school get?

All: How has being a student at STEM changed your life? (Or how do you think STEM will change your life?)

  • “Being a student here has opened me up to a lot of different people from different cultures. I understand other people’s opinions. It has a lot taught me a lot of key information for life.”
  • “It has made me a more dedicated and conscientious person.”
  • “All other academic pursuits seem shockingly easy in comparison to what the STEM teachers subjected us to. Even some (a lot) of the college students know way less than we do! That came as a HUGE shock.”
  • “It has allowed me to think more critically about my plans beyond high school such as different colleges and career options available. It has also helped me grow my network with individuals that have helped me with both my academic and personal life such as other students, teachers, faculty at NC State, etc.”
  • “It will make me much more prepared for the challenges that will face me in my everyday life. These include me working at a future job or college. But being in this school will make me independent, creative, problem solver, and help prepare me for the rest of my life. This school may be a tough task, but the reward and the years of free college are well worth the effort.”
  • “Being a student at STEM has definitely given me a sense of independence and responsibility. It has helped me to enjoy and appreciate learning and education more than I used to.”

 

Hello, My Name Is…

Hello, my name is Linda Yager. I founded The STEM Chronicles with Lailah Ligons about two years ago. We believed that there should be a platform for creative expression as well as a platform to showcase the skills and accomplishments of the STEM student body.

I really hope that all of you take advantage of this platform but also let me know of any suggestions you have to make it your own. I may publish each post, but this newspaper is for you, and I want it to be tailor-made for the people who read it.

So, welcome! I hope we will have a great year!

Week of April 16th

Let’s get down to business!! The end of the year is coming up fast, so keep working hard!

Today students brought home most of their 3 week interim reports.  Please review these with your student.  If you did not receive these they will be given by Friday.

April 17th – We have visitors from across the state coming to learn about our program and see the hard work of our students and staff. We also have students going to compete in the One Health competition at NCSU.

College highlights – 18 NCSU acceptances, 8 UNC-CH acceptances

As students make their college choices, we know they will make the best choices for their learning and feel confident they will all be successful.

We need your help!  Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey from WCPSS by copying and pasting link below:

https://surveys.panoramaed.com/wakecounty/4051473374

Announcements

  • April 17 – Second Women’s Summit from 2:30 – 4:00 in the Commons

End of Year Testing Schedule:

  • May 17 – Seniors – English IV – 8-12 – Witherspoon Second Floor
  • May 18 – Periods 1 and 2 NCFE and Review (Bio) 
  • May 21 – Periods 4 and 3 NCFE Review (Bio)
  • May 22 – BIO EOC! testing make up days
  • May 23 – Testing make up day  & Graduation Practice
  • May 24 – Graduation
  • Order Your Yearbook: Don’t forget to purchase this year’s 2017-2018 yearbook before they are all sold out! Right now, yearbooks cost $42.00. Please don’t miss out on this year’s edition! Purchases can be made directly here to Josten’s.
  • WebAssign/Tutoring: Students may stay after school in Ms. Gibbons’ room (102), on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, with our After-School Coordinator (Mrs. Wendy Robinson) to complete work in a quiet environment and/or to receive assistance and tutoring.  Email Wendy Robinson at warobin4@ncsu.edu to reserve your spot or for more information.  Students may stay from 2:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m

Prom Memories

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Birthday Shoutout

  • Happy birthday to senior, Idris Ibrahim who will celebrate his birthday on April 17th!
  • Happy birthday to sophomore Leudiel Matus who will celebrate their birthday on April 18th!

Happy birthday to our STEMMERS who are having their birthdays 🙂


Spotlight STEMMER

  • Please fill out this form to nominate someone to be a Spotlight STEMMER

College Acceptances

  • We want your acceptances! We know that the Cherry Building has a college acceptance board hanging in the hall, but a lot of students don’t see the board because they aren’t ever at Cherry. We want to celebrate the hard work everyone has accomplished. If you would like your college acceptance to be published and remaining on every post until the end of this year, please fill out this form.
  • You can access these acceptances here.

Congratulations to our acceptances!

Week of April 9th

  • Prom was a huge success! Thanks to all who came out last Friday! If you want your prom pics uploaded to the newspaper, submit them here.
  • April 10 – Sophomore Parent Night – Current Sophomores who will be Juniors next year (college expectations, placements, etc.) 6:30 pm Cherry Building
  • April 17 – Second Women’s Summit from 2:30 – 4:00 in the Commons

End of Year Testing Schedule:

  • May 17 – Seniors – English IV – 8-12 – Witherspoon Second Floor
  • May 18 – Periods 1 and 2 NCFE and Review (Bio) 
  • May 21 – Periods 4 and 3 NCFE Review (Bio)
  • May 22 – BIO EOC! testing make up days
  • May 23 – Testing make up day  & Graduation Practice
  • May 24 – Graduation
  • Order Your Yearbook: Don’t forget to purchase this year’s 2017-2018 yearbook before they are all sold out! Right now, yearbooks cost $42.00. Please don’t miss out on this year’s edition! Purchases can be made directly here to Josten’s.
  • WebAssign/Tutoring: Students may stay after school in Ms. Gibbons’ room (102), on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, with our After-School Coordinator (Mrs. Wendy Robinson) to complete work in a quiet environment and/or to receive assistance and tutoring.  Email Wendy Robinson at warobin4@ncsu.edu to reserve your spot or for more information.  Students may stay from 2:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m

Prom Memories

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Birthday Shoutout

  • Happy Birthday to senior, Rob Ross Edwards! He will celebrate his birthday on April 11th.
  • Happy Birthday to senior, Carlton Johnson who will celebrate his birthday on April 12th!
  • Happy Birthday to junior, Sydney Richmond who will celebrate her birthday on April 13th!
  • Happy Birthday to junior, Veronica McVey who will celebrate her birthday on April 13th!
  • Happy Birthday to junior, Hebah Husam Al-Khaw aja who will celebrate her birthday on April 14th!
  • Happy birthday to sophomore, Ana Ratanaphruks! She will celebrate her birthday on April 13th!
  • Happy birthday to freshman, Layla Davenport who will celebrate her birthday on April 14th!

Spotlight STEMMER

  • Please fill out this form to nominate someone to be a Spotlight STEMMER

College Acceptances

  • We want your acceptances! We know that the Cherry Building has a college acceptance board hanging in the hall, but a lot of students don’t see the board because they aren’t ever at Cherry. We want to celebrate the hard work everyone has accomplished. If you would like your college acceptance to be published and remaining on every post until the end of this year, please fill out this form.
  • You can access these acceptances here.

Congratulations to our acceptances!

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