The Science & Technology Magnet High School faculty and students rolled up their sleeves and began the 2014/2015 school year with hard work and positive energy, leading to extraordinary results. More than 70% of our STMHS students are enrolled in either AP or honors courses; approximately one third of our students participate in the New London High School Marching Band; over 200 magnet school students participate in an after school activity or club. Early in the year THREE students were chosen as Martin Luther King scholarship award recipients. Our faculty hosted a LEARN Conference highlighting our Captstone Project, coordinated a series of guest speakers for the engineering students, presented our Magnet School program to over 2,000 8th grade students residing around the region, and continued their collaboration with LEARN, Regional Educational Service Center with our federal Magnet School Assistance Program grant. This large grant is aiding us in the growth of two new learning areas for our students: the Sports Medicine program and the Early College Model. We rolled out Chromebooks to all juniors and seniors at STMHS, and by the beginning of semester 2 all freshman and sophomores will have their Chromebooks. Teachers are utilizing the Chromebooks for classroom instruction, tests, projects and homework. Additionally, our partnership with Mitchell College and Three Rivers continues with the Early College Model option. Students are taking college classes and earning college credits while still in high school. You will find additional information about both of these programs included throughout our website. We look forward to Semester 2, which officially begins on January 20th, with the same energy and enthusiasm.
Science & Technology Magnet High School faculty know what it takes to succeed, and are dedicated to providing the knowledge and support needed for our students to be successful. The next few months will demonstrate that dedication as the faculty leads several academic programs. The Saturday Academy program will begin in January and run for eight Saturdays. The Academy is for sophomores and juniors and will cover SAT Prep and CAPT Scence testing prep for our students. This year we are additionally offering the CAPT Science Academy on Thursday afternoons. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors have received information on this learning opportunity in the mail. Mrs. Lavruk continues to coach the Math Team in competitions, and Mrs. Farquhar is leading our Robotics Team as they participate in competition. Our Science Bowl competitors, under the guidance of Mr. Mulligan, have exciting projects to present. Additionally, the career counseling office will be working with all of our seniors as they journey through their senior year towards life after STMHS.
The faculty and I are committed to developing the potential of all our students, and we hope 2015 brings out your potential as well. Season’s Greetings & Happy New Year!
Laurelle Texidor, Director