Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

ATEMS will provide meaningful opportunities in a learning community that encourages shared decision making, ethical relationships and service to others through the use of 21st century skills and technology.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

Engineering- quality of curriculum, faculty, opportunities, field trips, college trips, boat challenge, etc.

Low student teacher ratio allows teachers to be involved and gives a support structure for all kids.

Describe certifications
5 IT certifications
1 PLTW
1 Drone Commercial certification
Describe degrees
none offered
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

Strengthen the Information Technology program.

PLCs

Strengthen feeder program.

More exposure to technology in the community and traveling to the businesses.

Work on the development of the Drone program for commercial license.  Purchased drones.

What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

Grants to fund the various programs

Site visits to other campuses with drones.

Visits to schools with excellent IT programs.

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

Time is the biggest challenge: time for planning-  

Facilities- no place to meet with students- they have to be transported.

Suicide prevention: lost student which has caused a problem in the school

 

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
PBL in all classrooms- all teachers trained and use PBL in instruction
CIPs- Teachers meet regularly to discuss strategies and instruction as well as view student data
PLTW- Strong PLTW program for students in engineering
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
Informations Technology pathway is in place.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
job Shadowing is in place, capstone projects are strong and some internships are given in engineering. Still some issues with finding internships for students in engineering and IT.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
Advisory Board has combined with the CTE advisory board this year and is much stronger. Advisory board working to add internships for students. Board meets every 9 weeks.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Regular counseling-
Cool Counselors- college and career counselor- takes students on higher education visits, works individually with students for college scholarships and applications.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Safe and civil schools- foundation team- 8 days of training, campus wide training on behavior, expectations, safety, campus culture.
CHAMPS- structure in the classroom- set expectations for students-
CHAMPS coach- resource for teachers.
STEM conference. = 4 teachers
PLTW training
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Dual credit with Cisco Junior College, TSTC, and Angelo State are offered on campus. Students choose what school that they want to go to for Dual Credit. Angelo State courses are given on campus.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
AP and Dual credit with numerous different colleges and universities. PreAP and AP classes are given on campus and some dual credit classes given through Angelo State on campus. Students also have the opportunity to go to Cisco Junior College campus for classes or go to Abilene Christian University for courses.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
High school students worked with 8th and 10th teachers to build engineering boats and have races to promote STEM engineering. School just completed the boat races to get students interested in ATEMS in which students engineer the design of boats that will carry two individuals across the pool without sinking. Students love this activity and it is a great recruiting tool.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
Working toward more internships this year. Only a couple offered this year.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
Each semester, ATEMS will host a student showcase event. Our purpose and goal is to highlight exceptional student work and demonstrate the value in teaching through project based learning. Students and staff will be on hand to discuss project implementation and process. Not only are students and families encouraged to be in attendance, but an open initiation to the community is desired.
A capstone project is presented each Spring to a group of community leaders by each graduating students.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Mentoring through the COOL Counselor and college mentors.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
All normal clubs for a comprehensive high school such as STARS, NHS, Student Council, etc. plus Robotics club and Mouse Squad
JROTC, Band, Choir, cheerleading, athletics, etc.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Cisco Jr College

Angelo State University

Abilene Christian University

Hardin Simmons University

 

 

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

Engineering Pathway

Information Technology Pathway

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

Lauren Engineering- presentations, serve on panel for showcase

Milsoft- advisory board, tours and field trips

Charles Ivey- engineering- panel for capstones

ACU- boat project- engineering IT field trips, campus improvement committee

Hardin Simmons- UIL science mentors- labs

 

 

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
5
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Rating

Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
79