STEAM

Full STEAM Ahead!

Shoal Creek Elementary School is a STEAM certified school !

STEAM stands for  Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements.


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Program Overview

The Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) develops integrated hands-on inquiry based instruction through a myriad of real-world learning opportunities designed to increase critical thinking skills to prepare students for future college and career endeavors.  Science and Technology are understood as the basis of what the world has to go forward with, to be analyzed and developed through Engineering and the Arts, with the knowledge that everything is based in elements of Mathematics. The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and the STEAM framework co-support each other under a formal educational structure of how science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the broad spectrum of the arts all relate to each another in reality. This framework not only includes the art of aesthetics and design, but also the art divisions of the liberal, language, musical, physical and manual. The STEAM structure explains how all the divisions of education and life work together, therefore it offers a formal place in the STEM structure for the Language Arts, Social Studies, and the purposeful integration of the exploratory subjects including; the Arts, Music, and Physical Education divisions of public education. STEAM promotes deeper understanding and transference of knowledge across the subjects. 


S - T - E - M with the A includes:

sharing knowledge with communication and language arts, “voice” – impact, power, legacy
a working knowledge of manual and physical arts, including how-to and fitness
better understanding the past and present cultures and aesthetics through the fine arts
rhythmic and emotional use of math with the musical arts
understanding sociological developments, human nature and ethics with the liberal arts.

Components for Student Success

Through the S.T.E.A.M. program students will hone their critical analysis, problem solving and higher order thinking skills through real world concepts. S.T.E.A.M. instruction will promote a deeper understanding of subject matter, inspire creativity and innovation. 

In addition our students will further develop interpersonal communication and collaboration skills, as well as an insightful understanding of societies and cultures.


Application, Eligibility, and Lottery

RCPS will use an electronic application process for 2016-2017 School Choice programs. No paper applications will be accepted. Students may apply for one School Choice program, only for the 2016-17 school year.

The application window will be open starting November 28, 2016. The application deadline has been EXTENDED TO JANUARY 9, 2017, 6 p.m.
The online application will be available on the district website at: rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice

The Student Registration Office at 1143 West Avenue will provide assistance to access the online application if needed, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., on a first come, first served basis. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria
• Students must meet the student registration requirements for Rockdale County Public Schools.
• Students who change schools after day one of their 9th grade year may not be eligible for varsity sports, literary competitions, or One Act Play.  All GHSA rules apply for all programs.
Lottery
In the event there are more eligible applicants than space available, students will be selected via a random lottery drawing.  If needed, a lottery will be held the last week in January.


A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Shoal Creek STEAM Academy where we are moving Full STEAM Ahead towards innovation and excellence!

Shoal Creek STEAM Academy is committed to providing students with a rigorous curriculum aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence.  It is our goal for each student to reach his or her full potential by providing enrichment and intervention support. Our staff is dedicated to working with students, parents and other stakeholders to ensure that all students have a successful academic experience.

STEAM Education is crucial to educate and prepare students to become competitive in our global society. Students at Shoal Creek are exposed to content that is motivating, engaging and practical. Students integrate and apply meaningful and important mathematical and scientific concepts through teaching methods that are inquiry-based and student-centered. Students are engaged in solving engineering challenges using an engineering design process. Teamwork and communication are a major focus.  Throughout the program, students have the freedom to think critically, creatively and innovatively, as well as the opportunity to take risks and learn from mistakes in a safe environment.
  
Parental Involvement is welcomed and highly encouraged. Research shows that parental involvement benefits a child’s education.  Outcomes of parental involvement include higher levels of achievement, positive attitudes, greater maturity, and more responsibility.  Shoal Creek STEAM Academy strives to involve parents as much as possible through workshops, PTA programs, STEAM Day, STEAM Showcases, and volunteer opportunities.  

We invite you to be our partner as we embark upon this educational journey towards innovation and excellence!

Educationally yours, 
Patrice Y. Graham



Extracurricular Activities

Coding
Art Club
Young Ladies of Distinction 
Soccer Club
Running Club 
Robotics Club
GO Club
Challenge 24 
Club 
4-H
Chorus
National Junior Beta Club 
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 
Fitness Club
Media/Technology Club 
Safety Patrol
Band 5th Grade 
Engineering 5th Grade
Additional Academic Services
Morning Tutorial
Reading and Math Stars
   After School Tutorial
   (R.A.M.S.)
Renaissance Learning: 
   Accelerated Math
Study Island.

Additional Academic Services:

Achieve 3000
Accelerated Math 2.0
USA Test Prep
Reading and Math Stars 
After School Tutorial (RAMS)
Reading Champions
Rise and Shine Morning Tutorial