STEM Program at San Marin to Begin Next Fall

Information and application information on the district's new program.

The Novato Unified School District is excited to announce the formation of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program to start in August 2013 at the San Marin High School campus.

STEM will offer a challenging, comprehensive, college-prep high school curriculum highlighting science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum to sixty ninth grade students. Project-based learning and use of technology will be key instructional strategies integrated into the curriculum. 

“We're extremely excited to give students the opportunity to take eight  cience/engineering classes and four math classes during their four years of high school. This program will allow students who want to focus in science, engineering, and math to experience a very rigorous and comprehensive curriculum,” San Marin STEM Teacher Leader Nick Williams.

San Marin High School Principal Adam Littlefield added, “There is high demand for a workforce in STEM-related fields. Graduates of the San Marin STEM program will be prepared to meet this demand.” 

“The team at San Marin led by Principal Adam Littlefield and Lead Teacher Nick Williams has crafted a rigorous program for our students.  We’re thrilled to offer this choice to all NUSD students,” commented Dr. Shalee Cunningham, NUSD Superintendent.

As a small learning community, San Marin STEM will focus on developing strong relationships between staff, students, and parents. This makes it possible to offer personalized, hands-on, individual assistance and support to our students. When students apply to San Marin STEM, they are choosing to enroll in a unique educational setting and committing to high personal and academic expectations.

While attending San Marin STEM, upper division students will be expected to take college courses. This bridge to college assists students in preparing for their post-high school experience. Upon successful completion of the San Marin STEM program college preparatory courses, all students will have met or exceeded the basic entrance requirements for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

Interested students and parents are encouraged to attend one of two informational nights scheduled on Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday December 6th at 7:00pm in the Emily Gates Student Center on the San Marin High School campus.

Student applications will be available online December 1, 2012 at http://sanmarinstem.weebly.com and are due in the San Marin High School Counseling Office no later than Thursday, January 31, 2013 for consideration for the 2013-14 school year. For more information please contact Principal Adam Littlefield at San Marin High School at (415) 898-2121.

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Tina McMillan November 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Ahhh now we visit the internet concept of trolling. The idea that a person posting anonymously can stir up a thread by comparing ridiculous facts. So the fact that I support an oyster farm is somehow connected to my support of charter schools. Or my having caught you posting the same information under two fake names is now a conspiracy theory.
Betty Pancakes November 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Good grief, that's what I've been trying to tell 'ya. I sit down, start typing away, hit "post", realize roomy didn't log out. Copy my post, delete her name 'cuz it ain't hers, paste in MY account, re-post two freaking seconds later. OBVIOUSLY the posts are identical becuz it's what I wanted to say, it just belongs on my name, not hers. She can say whatever she wants here, so can I. I just want credit for mine, and vice versa.
Betty Pancakes November 28, 2012 at 09:40 PM
How or why is anyone who disagrees with you a troll, preytell? How or why is somebody who declines to state his or her name not worthy of being a part of the discussion? Isn't that why we have private voting booths? So you don't have to in a very public setting reveal where your allegiances lie? Celebrities are NOTORIOUS for making sweeping public statements about how they love one candidate or the other ... but are said to vote very differently. Frankly, I understand ... I want to state my opposition to oysters or any other old thing without having to make things uncomfortable for myself at the grocery store, thankyouverymuch.
Cindy Harris December 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We attended the info meeting last night. It was exciting to hear about the program; it seems planned and organized and I really liked how Mr. Littlefield has already engaged parents, professionals and businesses in the planning stages to help the program succeed. There is another info meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7pm. Students are welcomed to attend as well!
Jim Welte December 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Hi all - thanks for the comments on this story. We ask that you please stay on topic - the STEM program - and not get into personal quarrels that don't serve the larger discussion. Thank you.


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