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.”

 

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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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Week of April 2nd

Announcements:

  • Congratulations to our college acceptances!  We have had our first student accepted an Ivy League School.  Congratulations to Ronak Patel who wrote: “After years of work and months of waiting, I was accepted to Cornell University to study Atmospheric Science. No matter which University I decide to attend, I will be forever grateful for the teachers and staff at Wake STEM ECHS who helped challenge me on a daily basis and allowed me to become the person I am today.”
  • April 5 Thursday – Sophomore Job Shadow Day (SAS, Cengage, WSP, etc.)
  • April 6 – FRIDAY NIGHT – PROM!!!!
  • 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

Birthday Shoutout

  • Happy Birthday to super senior, Arman Karshenas who celebrated his birthday on April 1st!
  • Happy Birthday to super senior Peter Holst! He celebrates his birthday on April 6th!
  • Happy Birthday to senior,  Kyanah Hughes! She celebrated her birthday on April 1st!
  • Happy birthday to senior, Tuan Anh Le who will celebrate his birthday on April 7th!
  • Happy birthday to junior, Arman Syed! He celebrates his birthday on April 6th!
  • Happy birthday to junior, Chitra Srinivasan! She will celebrate her birthday on April 6th!
  • Happy birthday to sophomore, Bradon Hassell who celebrated his birthday on April 3rd!

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 March 26th

Announcements

  • Eleven students advance to National Competition!!  We had 11 students qualify for National Competition this past weekend when our HOSA group competed in Greensboro.  Congratulations to them all!
  • Ms. Baldwin is being honored by NCSU with the Dr. John Park, Memorial Outstanding Service Award in Science Education. Please congratulate her and thank her for all she has done to inspire and train science teachers across the state.
  • March 27th: Math IV Sophomores and Juniors will take the college entrance exam
  • March 29th: Thursday is a FULL DAY
  • March 30th: Holiday
  • April 2nd and 3rd: Snow makeup day- WE HAVE SCHOOL
  • April 5th: Sophomore Job Shadow Day
  • April 6th: PROM!
  • Buy your Prom ticket LAST DAY TO BUY YOUR PROM TICKET IS TUESDAY 3/27:
    • Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
      Location: Talley Student Union, NCSU Ballroom
      Time: 7 – 11pm
    • Tickets cost $50 per person
    • If you plan to bring a date from outside of school please contact Natalia Kilpatrick (nmkilpat@ncsu.edu) for a permission form
  • 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

Birthday Shoutout

  • Senior, Dhara Patel will celebrate her birthday on March 27th!
  • Senior, Tiffany Wilson will celebrate her birthday on March 27th!
  • Senior, Kyanah Hughes celebrates her birthday on April 1st!
  • Junior, Selena Harrison will celebrate her birthday on March 29th!
  • Junior, Taha Bokhari celebrates their birthday on March 30th!
  • Freshman, Nadia Samah celebrates their birthday on March 30th!
  • Freshman, Maryam Guerrab celebrates her birthday on March 30th!

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  • Mr. Price celebrates his birthday on March 29th!
  • Mrs. Jackson celebrates her birthday on March 30th!

A very happy birthday to these March babies!


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!


Senior Quotes

  • Since we will not have senior quotes in the yearbook, we are providing the opportunity for senior quotes to be written on The STEM Chronicles. Make sure to be school appropriate and to also cite your quote if you are quoting someone else. Submit your senior quote here.
  • You can access these quotes here.

Week of March 19th

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

Sheryl Sandberg

  • March 22: SAFE Club will hold it’s first meeting after school in the commons
    • Please email lmyager@ncsu.edu for more information
  • Buy your Prom ticket LAST DAY TO BUY YOUR PROM TICKET IS TUESDAY 3/27:
    • Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
      Location: Talley Student Union, NCSU Ballroom
      Time: 7 – 11pm
    • Tickets cost $50 per person
    • If you plan to bring a date from outside of school please contact Natalia Kilpatrick (nmkilpat@ncsu.edu) for a permission form
  • 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

Students With Voices

A national walk-out was held in various locations around the United States yesterday to protest gun violence. This was prompted by the 17 students that lost their lives in Florida, and the 14+ other school shootings in the U.S in 2018 that have unearthed a need for discussion. Some of the students who peacefully protested were from our very own high school.

(If you want pictures of the protest at STEM in the newspaper for posterity, please email them to laligons@ncsu.edu)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

More about the protests, and what you can do to influence the policies that will affect you!


Birthday Shoutout

  • Senior, Aidan Colvin will celebrate her birthday on March 23rd!
  • Senior, Dhara Patel will celebrate her birthday on March 27th!
  • Junior, James Taylor celebrated his birthday on March 20th!
  • Junior Samuel Smith celebrated his birthday on March 18th!
  • Junior, Brynn Hosey celebrates her birthday on March 24th!
  • Junior, Colin Dolan will celebrate his birthday on March 11th!
  • Sophomore, Eythan Suber celebrates his birthday on March 21st!
  • Sophomore, Karl Peterson celebrated his birthday on March 17th!
  • Freshman, Amy Dang celebrated her birthday on March 18th!
  • Freshman, Chloe Nowak celebrates her birthday on March 25th!

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  • Mrs. Brown celebrates her birthday on March 23!
  • Ms. Lupher celebrates her birthday on March 24th!
  • Mrs. Johnson celebrates her birthday on March 25th!

A very happy birthday to all of those who have or will have had their birthday!

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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!


Senior Quotes

  • Since we will not have senior quotes in the yearbook, we are providing the opportunity for senior quotes to be written on The STEM Chronicles. Make sure to be school appropriate and to also cite your quote if you are quoting someone else. Submit your senior quote here.
  • You can access these quotes here.