Welcome to Envision Science Academy
At Envision, we are passionate about education and innovation. We are excited about the opportunity to serve our students and promote lifelong 21st century learners. Envision Science Academy is a K-8 STEAM public charter school that provides tuition-free education to all students. Join us in the pursuit of excellence at Envision.
”After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.” – Albert Einstein
Envision on WNCN
On March 25, 2015, meteorologist Wes Hohenstein of WNCN visited Mr. Burton's 5th grade science classes. Fifth graders have been analyzing jet streams and predicting upcoming weather events. Mr. Hohenstein's presentation aligned with both of these 5th grade NC Essential Standards. Click here to see the video clip of Envision Science Academy students and Mr. Hohenstein on the WNCN evening news.
ESA Space Museum
The 6th grade hallway was recently transformed into a space museum. Our 6th grade students worked hard to design 6 exhibits showcasing the history of space exploration. Each exhibit focused on a specific location in our solar system. The students did a fantastic job presenting their projects during their science class. A big shout out to Mr. Burton and his 6th grade space crew; you all are out-of-this-world! Click here to view more photos from the Space Museum.
Ms. Starkey and her 4th grade science class recently examined animal habitats and how animals and humans adapt to changing environments. The creative students made models of animals in their habitats and presented to their class some positive and harmful effects of human interaction. Gold star for Ms. Starkey and her amazing 4th grade scientists! Click here to see some of their amazing habitat designs.
Now Accepting Resumés
Envision’s student body is growing, and we are looking to expand our administrative team, teaching staff, and support personnel. We will offer grades K–7 for the 2015-2016 academic school year. We are currently accepting resumés for several positions; click on the Careers tab to view job descriptions for the various opportunities.
Power of STEAM
Check out the lastest edition of the Power of STEAM, where Ms. Prentice excitedly shares information from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference.
Spirit Week is March 30-April 2, and students may dress in appropriate outfits that align with the following themes. If not in “themed-wear,” students should wear their uniforms.
Monday, March 30th: Favorite TV/Movie Character
Tuesday, March 31st: Pajama Day
Wednesday, April 1st: Favorite Sports Team Attire
Thursday, April 2nd: Jeans and ESA Spirit Wear
Spring Fun Run
The spring fundraiser will be a FUN RUN, complete with music and excitement! The Fun Run will be held on Thur, April 2nd during the students' specials classes. We encourage parents to attend. Information packets and donation envelopes were sent home in Tuesday folders on March 17th.
Design Challenge Fair
NCSU Visits Envision
Envision recently hosted two very distinguished guests from North Carolina State University (NCSU): Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering, and Dr. Laura Bottomley, Director of The Engineering Place and Women in Engineering. They were very impressed with the school and are excited about extending our partnership. NCSU will be hosting our 1st Annual Design Challenge Fair on their campus in April. We are also working with NCSU on various field trip opportunities, as well as engaging their students as mentors for our "Eagles."
EOG Testing Schedule
Below is the schedule for the 2014-2015 End-of-Grade (EOG) tests:
EOG Reading: May 26, 2015 (Gr. 3-6)
EOG Math: May 27-28, 2015 (Gr. 3-6)
EOG Science: May 29, 2015 (Gr. 5 only)
Make-up Days: June 1-4, 2015
No scheduled absences will be approved for 3rd-6th graders on EOG administration days. Please avoid scheduling appointments or keeping students home during EOG testing, unless they are sick or an emergency arises.
Approved parent volunteers are needed to help administer the EOG tests. If you are interested, please email Ms. Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org with "I want to volunteer!" in the subject line. No experience is required; training will be provided.
Grade Level Communication
Please visit your child's grade level website often for pertinent information, homework, newsletters, and announcements. You can access the grade level websites by selecting the "Staff" tab, and clicking on your child's grade. At the top of the page, you will see a link directing you to the grade level website. Don't forget to visit the Specialists' website as well to learn more about what your child is doing each week.
The mission of Envision Science Academy is to provide innovative instruction through experiential learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in order to prepare elementary and middle school students to compete, lead, and excel in the global marketplace.
Mar 30-Apr 2: Spirit Week
Mar 31: Report Cards Sent Home
Apr 2: Spring Fun Run
Apr 3-10: Spring Break
Apr 13: Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 30: Design Challenge Fair
In this section, you'll receive the latest updates and pertinent information about the school from our principal, Steve Pond.
Check out The Scoop with Coop, a newsletter written by our Assistant Principal, Shaunda Cooper, where she talks about literacy and the latest school happenings.
In this section, Erica Prentice, our STEAM Curriculum Coordinator, talks about the framework of our curriculum, which incorporates STEAM, Project Based Learning (PBL), and the 7E Model.
STEAM is the integration of the arts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Click here to learn more about STEAM.
Our facilities committee and developers are hard at work on Envision's permanent site and facility project. The team has held numerous meetings in the past several months to refine the conceptual building program, which determines the number, types, and sizes of the spaces in the new building. Concurrently, over 40 potential building sites have been and are being considered and evaluated. These properties have been evaluated in the areas of cost, location, ingress/egress, usability/feasibility, traffic impact, environmental requirements, etc. While progress has been good, the identification of the best alternatives is extremely complex and requires multifaceted considerations and sensitivities. More updates will follow as choices are solidified and can be publicized.
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