MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Where did June go? A lot is happening at Comstock STEM Academy, but I want to highlight three important things: the after care program for next year; new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes for 6th-8th grade; and IXL summer challenges.

There has been a growing interest in an after-care program for students at Comstock STEM academy, and we have a short survey for you to fill out in order to provide us valuable information about the demand for this service. Please fill out the survey, and provide us with your feedback. The program will be run by Trillium Day Care. Survey deadline is July 10, 2015.

Project Lead the WayWe will be offering two new classes for middle school STEM block. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering and Robotics, and Biomedical Science. Sixth and seventh grade students will be exploring PLTW Engineering and Robotics. “Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. In 8th grade Biomedical Science students explore a range of careers in biomedical sciences as they learn content in the context of real-world, hands-on activities, projects, and problems.”

 To find out more, visit https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-biomedical-science 

Keep working hard on your IXL challenges!
They can be found here.

Summer is heating up, and the nature lab is being transformed into a new 5th-8th grade science lab. Progress is being made, and I’m getting excited to see STEM students utilizing the new lab in the fall.

Enjoy the summer!

Mr. Chopp

new stem academy teachers

We are happy to announce our two newest Comstock STEM Academy teachers, Mrs. Pobuda and Mrs. Tennant. Mrs. Pobuda will be teaching 6th-8th grade math, and assisting with STEM. Mrs. Tennant will be teaching 6th-8th grade ELA and social studies.

Mrs. PobudaThis is Mrs. Pobuda’s fourth year teaching and her first in Comstock. During her first three years teaching, she taught middle school math at Niles Community Schools and Kalamazoo Public Schools. She attended college at Grand Valley State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and History. Mrs. Pobuda will be teaching Algebra 1 to our 8th graders for high school credit. 

Mrs. TennantMrs. Tennant attended college at Cornerstone University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Social Studies and English. She has a Masters in Educational Technology from Ashford University. She has spent the last two years teaching middle school English in Wisconsin. While there, she was the Technology Integrationist. Before moving to Wisconsin, Mrs. Tennant taught English and Social Studies at a small school in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Tennant will be teaching US History and Honors English 9 to our 8th graders, with each student earning high school credit in both classes.

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Comstock STEM Academy
Chris Chopp, Director

175 Hunt Street [Map]
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Phone: (269) 250-8560
Fax: (269) 250-8561

Hours of Operation:
Full Day: 7:40am - 2:40pm
Half Day: 7:40am - 11:10am

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