Reference Guide of Terms

STEM School Chattanooga

Reference Guide of Terms

1-to-1: One-to-one represents the ratio of one personal computer or computing device for every student. STEM School Chattanooga has a 1-to-1 structure since every student has a Chromebook (9th) or an iPad (10th-12th).

Blended Learning: Blended learning combines instructional practices from a traditional school setting with those from a virtual school setting. In a traditional school setting, the teacher usually possesses all of the knowledge and information, and the students depend on the teacher for learning that information. In a virtual school setting, however, all the information is instructed through an online platform with no teacher involved in the teaching process. Here at STEM School, we use both practices depending on the resources, subject matter, and student need. By using blended learning, we integrate technology into our curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Buk: Buk is an online application created by a STEM student that is used for scheduling. STEM School students use this program to schedule their class courses for each unit in the 9th and 10th grades.

Collaboration: Collaboration is a skill we nurture in our students, and it equips them to work together to enhance learning, to share ideas, and to create better products.

Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking is a skill we nurture in our students, and it enables them to access, use, and apply knowledge.

Dividend Days: 9th and 10th grade students who have all of their learning target grades at a basic, proficient, or advanced level can participate in Dividend Days—in place of Inertia Institute. It is an incentive program where students engage in enrichment opportunities and activities.

Edgenuity: Edgenuity is a video course curriculum, which offers instruction for over 185 different courses. At the STEM School, we use Edgenuity for a variety of opportunities—including blended learning, foreign language work, virtual history content, and as remediation material for students who have not yet scored proficient or advanced on learning targets.

EdReady: EdReady is an online program that prepares students for math. It provides a personalized study path for mathematics work and is a supplemental math program. It is used primarily to evaluate the math readiness of our entering 9th grade students, and then assign math preliminary work for the 9th grade year.

Fab Lab: A fab lab (or fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop for digital fabrication. With the purpose of making “almost anything,” a fab lab is equipped with an array of flexible, computer-controlled tools that utilize several different length scales and various materials. The STEM School’s Fab Lab is the first in the state of Tennessee.

Flipped Classroom: A flipped classroom reverses how lecture and homework typically are used in a course. Rather than devoting class time to lectures, short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session. This allows the in-class time to be devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.

Google Docs: Google Docs is a free, web-based office suite offered by Google and located within the Google Drive service. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating live with other users.

Google Drive: Google Drive is an online cloud storage service that allows you to store your documents, photos, videos, and more. From Google Drive, you can also use Google Docs and other applications to create and edit various types of files.

Google Classroom: Google Classroom will be used throughout the year for teacher and student communication. All work assigned will be posted in Google Classroom. Students will be able to manage their work online through folder systems and share work with teachers for items to be turned in. This is a one-stop shop for students to manage schoolwork and communicate back and forth with teachers. School announcements, opportunities through the guidance office, and administrative items are also communicated through this platform.

Grading: Grading at STEM School Chattanooga follows a standards-based grading approach—so we tie all our grades directly to a specific standard required for learning by the state of Tennessee. Student grades come from performance assessments, which show a student’s level of mastery for a specific topic. We call these our summative assessments, and they include tests/quizzes, projects, and products. Student mastery levels are broken down as follows, and each number grade reflects a different level of mastery.

     ● No Mastery (0): Assessment is missing or incomplete. Score of 0.

      ● Below Basic (BB): Student level of understanding is not acceptable. Score of 50.

     ● Basic (BA): Student level of understanding shows basic knowledge of the material. Score of 70.

     ● Proficient (PR): Student level of understanding shows both knowledge and comprehension of the material, and student is          prepared for ongoing studies in STEM. Score of 85.

     ● Advanced (AD): Student level of understanding shows not only comprehension of the material but also an ability to apply the content in a real world setting and create new ideas using the content. Score of 100.

Houses: Each student will be part of one of four houses throughout their high school years at STEM School Chattanooga. Each student will be sorted into different houses when they become a STEM student based off personality and interest testing. The four houses are named Staupers, Tesla, Einstein, and Mirzakhani and each house is made up of students with traits of artisans, guardians, idealists and rationalists.

House Competitions: Throughout the year there will be different competitions between the houses. The competitions can be as short as 15 minutes but as long as a full day. Scores will be accumulated across the year such that a winning house will be recognized at the end of the school year.

Inertia Institute: Inertia Institute is required for 9th and 10th grade students with any scores of No Mastery or Below Basic (scores that would prevent them from earning course credit). Students use the online program Edgenuity for the information, videos, and practice they need to raise all individual grades to a Basic level of mastery.

Inquiry-Based Learning: Inquiry-based learning starts with a question, problem, or scenario—rather than with a simple presentation of established facts. Here the teacher acts as a facilitator, and students develop their knowledge or solutions through identifying and researching issues and questions.

Innovation: Innovation is a skill we nurture in our students, and it empowers students to create new and original ideas, processes, and products.

Intervention Tables: Intervention Procedures used at STEM School Chattanooga can be found by viewing the Intervention Procedure Charts. Consequences for behaviors that are inappropriate are included in the tables within this document. There are four tables for 9th and 10th grade students – the first table has our basic intervention levels for behaviors, the second table is dedicated to bullying and harassment, the third is for academic interventions, and the fourth is for dress code. In the 11th and 12th grade levels there is an additional table for attendance.

Learning Targets: Learning targets are educational standards written in student-friendly language and signify what a student should learn. They follow Tennessee and Common Core educational standards.

Mods: Mods is short for the word modules. We use mods to describe the periods of time we schedule for each class.

PBL: PBL—or project/problem-based learning—is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students work in small collaborative groups to explore real-world problems and challenges and to develop cross-curriculum skills. Because PBL is filled with active and engaged learning, it inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying. The curriculum here at STEM school is rooted in the PBL philosophy.

(Note: the term “PBL” can also refer to the actual project assigned for a specific unit of study.)

Placement Assessments: Placement assessments, much like pre-tests, are used to determine a student’s proficiency in a specific topic. The assessment results then dictate in which class a student is scheduled. For example, a student scoring proficient on a placement assessment for an upcoming unit will be scheduled in the advanced class for that unit. STEM Students in 9th and 10th grades may take placement assessments at the beginning of a unit.

Powerschool: Powerschool is the online program used by Hamilton County Schools for storing and reporting student grades. Both students and parents can access Powerschool and track student grades across the year.

Pythons: We are the STEM School Chattanooga Pythons. The Pythons was chosen as our mascot because of its strength and Python is also a coding language used in computer science and STEM fields.

Remediation: In remediation, teachers meet with those students who have incomplete work and/or who are not meeting proficiency expectations for the purpose of intervening and assisting them.

RTI: RTI is short for “Response to Intervention”—but can also be referred to as “Road to Improvement.” It is a time set aside for helping individual students better understand their learning targets which are not yet proficient. RTI time for 9th and 10th grade students can occur before lunch each school day and is assigned by the teacher.

Student Support Senate: The Student Support Senate, or SSS, is comprised of one student representative from each house advisee. Its role is to develop and edit school rules and to positively impact school culture.

Summatives: Student grades come from performance assessments, which show a student’s level of mastery for a specific topic. We call these our summative assessments, and they include tests/quizzes, projects, and products.

Summer School: In order to earn credit for a course at the STEM School, EVERY grade for EVERY learning target must be at a basic, proficient, or advanced level. 9th and 10th grade students with any grade not at these levels by the end of school will be required to attend summer school until EVERY grade is at the level of basic, proficient, or advanced. Summer School content is assigned in Inertia Institute each year and is completed online through Edgenuity. 11th and 12th grade students do not have the option of completing Summer School for their courses.

Tech Time: Tech Time is a class required for both 9th and 10th grades where students collaborate on self-selected STEM projects, learn about digital citizenship, engage in the engineering design cycle, and participate in specific grade-level activities. Tech Time for 9th grade meets throughout the school year and focuses on the above items, while Tech Time for 10th grade meets throughout the year and also includes Personal Finance curriculum.

Tesla: Tesla is the name of the school mascot. It is modeled after Nikola Tesla, who invented wireless transmission and everything we associate with radio. His inventions are the backbone to how energy is emitted wirelessly across the world and are the foundation to the creation of the Internet.

Virtual School: The Virtual School is a school in which STEM School students may enroll for online courses. These courses are completed in Edgenuity, and the teachers for these classes are not located at the STEM School campus. The Virtual School is run by the administration at the Hamilton County Schools central office and the courses cost money for students to enroll in and complete.

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