Dear Parents and Students,
On behalf of the King Science and Technology Magnet Staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. This year is an exciting year full of change and growth. If you are new to KSTM, our motto is “DREAM BIG and REACH FOR THE STARS”. This motto was inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who once said, "The size of your dreams should always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough." Year after year, this quote continues to challenge us to go “all in” for a dream or a cause without excuses, to not be limited by our current circumstances. That has been our unwavering charge.
This year, our motto hasn’t changed. We, as a staff, will continue to DREAM BIG and REACH FOR THE STARS by continuing to expect academic success from all of our students. This year, we added an additional 150students to our enrollment. To accommodate for this increase, we have created two teams in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This will provide students at each grade level with a common group of teachers to support them academically, socially and emotionally.
We are also launching the Health Career Academy this year. This academy will provide our students with the opportunity to explore the different facets of health careers. All KSTM 7th graders will have the opportunity to participate in the program and receive CPR and First aid training. They will also have the opportunity to apply for an extended year of health training by applying to be a part of the 8th grade Health Career Cohort. This 8th grade cohort will have hands-on classroom and site experiences at UNMC and Creighton during their 8th grade year. This program is a unique to KSTM. Establishing this program alongside the Zoo Career Academy will catapult KSTM to the forefront of middle school science education. This is a direct result of our effort, as a staff, to challenge the status quo and to pursue the most effective strategies for our students.
DREAMING big and REACHING for the stars applies to other areas of the school as well. It has become evident that as we have continued to grow and change over that last two years, our relationships inside and outside of the classrooms need to be strengthened. Growth and change is inevitable. However, as we grow, we want to be a school where every student feels like they belong. We want every family to feel involved. We want every staff member to feel valued, appreciated and supported. We want to be a family! That will be an integral focus for us this year. You have our commitment to work together students, staff, parents and community partners. Together, we will be successful! Together, we can DREAM BIG and achieve enormous growth for our students, for ourselves and for our community.
There is no doubt that this year is going to be a successful year. All of the Wildcat Educators are extremely excited. We are compelled towards greatness and are hopeful for the future. After all, “WE ARE WILDCATS! WE PERSISTENTLY DREAM BIG!” Every Student. Every Educator. Every Day.
King Science & Technology Magnet Center
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