School closed for winter break December 19th - January 3rd. January 4th will be the first day of second semester for students.
Report cards to be mailed home:
Garfield STEM will no longer print and send report cards with students. Beginning this January, APS will mail report cards home to the families of middle school students. As always, families can track their student's grades and attendance on ParentVue.
Change in School Dress Code:
Beginning on January 4th, students will be permitted to wear apparel from all colleges and universities. The current dress code only allows apparel from New Mexico colleges and universities. This change was brought about to encourage our students to think, plan and dream about a future college career anywhere in the country.
Choral Program to begin in January:
Garfield STEM is pleased to announce that choir will be available as an elective beginning in January of 2017. The Garfield Choir will perform a range of music including patriotic, folk tunes, sacred, and pop music. No experience is necessary. If you are interested in participating in our Choir program, please e-mail Ms. Vondle at Sarah.Vondle@aps.edu.
School Lottery Information:
Garfield STEM School is an APS Neighborhood Magnet School. Students who live within the boundaries of the Garfield STEM sending area will be able to enroll and attend Garfield STEM without participating in our annual school lottery. All APS policies and procedures regarding enrollment in a homeschool apply.
Students who would like to attend Garfield STEM School who do not live within the boundaries must participate in the lottery. If you would like to participate in the Garfield STEM lottery, please fill out a Garfield STEM School lottery application form and turn it into Ms. Abeyta, in the attendance office, by 3:30pm on February 10, 2017.
Here is an outline of how the process will proceed:
Click on the link below for the our lottery application form:
Welcome Mr. Hatch!!!
I would like to welcome Ryan Hatch to the Garfield team. Mr. Hatch will be starting a choir program at Garfield STEM beginning in January 2017. Mr. Hatch is completing his fourteenth year teaching. ...more
Art at Garfield through the Creative Roots Program!!!
Click on the link below to see a Power Point about the first year of the Youth Mural Project at Garfield!!!!!
The Garfield will launch a high altitude balloon on May 6th!!!
Why Choose Garfield STEM?
The world is changing at a pace that is unprecedented in human history. How we work, shop, play, and interact has been revolutionized by the technological innovations of the last few decades. We know the innovations of today will be obsolete in a few short years, and, in some cases, even months. We may not know how the world will change but we can be assured the rate of change will not slow down and will likely accelerate. Our students will need to be lifelong learners, prepared to take the jobs and careers of the future, many of which do not even exist yet.
To succeed in this new fast-paced world of the 21st century workplace, our students will need to cultivate a new set of skills. Problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation will be valued over simple task completion. Our students must be capable of imagining a range of possible solutions to any given problem and select the best course of action. Great outcomes are seldom accomplished alone. Students must be able to collaborate effectively with their peers and make effective contributions to a team.
Garfield STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) is committed to giving our students the tools they will need to make their college and career goals a reality. Our students begin their day with a caring advisor who helps them navigate the complexities of middle school, get organized, sharpen their interpersonal skills, and learn how to effectively collaborate through teambuilding games, competitions, and challenges. Weekly morning meetings with their whole grade level build a sense of community and identity.
The core classes of Humanities, Science, and Math meet in 82 minute sessions. These longer blocks allow our teachers the time needed to give our students challenging and interesting projects where students have the opportunity to explore complex problems and work with classmates to discover solutions . The engineering component of our program is delivered through each student’s Science class. Sixth graders work with robotics in our state of the art technology lab and 7th graders work with specialized software to develop new and original computer applications.Technology is integrated and woven throughout the curriculum. Every student develops a personal website and is able to complete and submit work electronically using the Google Classroom platform. We have four stationary computer labs and four mobile computer labs available for our students. We are able to deliver this specialized instruction in a small school community of less than 400 students.
Garfield STEM also has everything you would expect from a traditional middle school. We have a first rate athletics program with basketball, volleyball, track and field, flag football, and soccer. Our electives include art, band, orchestra, information technology, physical education, AVID, and Junior Army Guard (JAG). After school enrichment programs are also available.
To find out more about Garfield STEM School, click on the STEM tab above, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I would like to thank you for choosing Garfield STEM School. I know that, together, we can give our students the tools to succeed in school and in life.