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It’s not too late to join the PTSA today!

You have made it to the halfway point of the school year! Congratulations Parents! We want to remind you that it is not too late to become a member of the PTSA. As a member you get to have a voice and a vote with what happens through the PTSA involvement at Tesla STEM High School. We still need your participation and would love to see you put the “P” in PTSA for the 2020-2021 school year!

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Pathways - Career and Education Path

Upcoming "Comparing Schools and Costs" webinar for 10th and 11th grades on March 18th, 2021 4:30 pm. Read more on our Pathways page. If you missed our previous webinars, recordings are available. This is the third in a series of Financial Beginnings webinars for 10th and 11th-grade students. 

2021 Outstanding Educator Award - Time to Vote!

Tesla STEM High School - PTSA Outstanding Educator Award

Do you know an outstanding teacher or staff member who goes beyond what's expected to make the Tesla STEM HS learning environment fun, beneficial, and challenging? Someone who brings enthusiasm to the school? A leader who directly influences the success of their scholars? Nominate them for the PTSA Outstanding Educator Award!

Feel free to nominate more than one teacher or staff member for this award. Submit multiple forms, using one form per nominee.

The Outstanding Educator Award will be presented at the PTSA meeting in May.


Parent roundtables - Let’s Talk


Meet with fellow parents and brainstorm solutions for current challenges in the learning environment

Dates to save: 

Feb 18th, 7pm Topic: Navigating Teams, Skyward and other school tools (resources available)

Mar 18th, 7pm Topic: What keeps kids engaged during lock down

Apr 22nd, 7pm Topic: Social media embrace or resist

May 20th, 7pm Topic: Mental Health, high achieving students

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Legislative Youth Advisory Council Applications Now Open
The Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is codified in law as the official nonpartisan youth advisory body to the state legislature, and is now accepting applications for the 2021-2023 cycle.  Overseen by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, LYAC is composed of 22 student members from a wide variety of geographic, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Some of LYAC’s several projects include:  Meeting with senators and representatives to advocate for policies relevant to youth priorities; Testifying before the state legislature in support of legislation; Advising government officials, policymakers, and leaders in various fields; Collaborating with nearly 200 community organizations to ... read full article

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March - Next Senior Event

Help fund Senior Events - Senior events are funded by Senior parents buying a ticket for their student. The more the funds, the better the events we can fund.

Hello Senior Parents!  

We were so impressed that we got close to 90 kids to attend the Escape Room on Friday! We hope your senior had as much fun as ours. If your senior didn't attend, please encourage them to come to the next one, the kids really loved being able to see each other in a casual way.

The next event will be hosted by Jet City Improv on March 19th and will be a virtual interactive improv battle that will be decided by the kids and will pull volunteers to help them. It should be a really fun time!

Looking ahead to April, we are looking into a virtual murder mystery party that will cast the kids in roles and help solve the mystery! Maybe another Escape Room too!

We can pull off all of these fun activities but we need your help in paying for them. Thank you to all those who have contributed so far, that has helped us pay for the events we have had so far. If you haven't contributed, you can still help by going to Senior Events and contributing $125.

All seniors are encouraged to attend whether they have the ability to pay or not but the more funds we have, the more events we can have! Thank you!

As always, we love feed back and ideas for virtual and possibly outside distanced events if mandates allow, so please drop a line to with your comments.


Amy Rice and Lisa Stillwell

Tesla STEM Board Nominations

The Tesla STEM Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates for our 2021- 2022 open board elected positions.

PTSA leadership positions allow you to take a more active part in advocating at the local level for the benefit of all Tesla STEM scholars and give you the very exciting opportunity to see firsthand how your association allocates your money and works to improve the school community.

If you are interested to be part of the board or would like to learn more or know of someone who might want to join us, please email us by March

We would love to hear from you and happy to provide any information you would need.

2021 Tesla STEM PTSA Nominating Committee

Radhika Baskar, Elena Dumitrescu, Craig Barbaccia

The Tesla PTSA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the PTSA Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 school year for the following positions.

  • Co-Presidents - oversee all activities of PTSA, meet monthly with the Principal, preside at all Membership, Board, and Executive Committee meetings and plan the meeting agenda ahead of time with the PTSA secretary.
  • Co-Treasurers- are responsible for all funds of the PTSA. This involves reconciling monthly bank statements, making deposits, writing checks, preparing a monthly report of the financial positions at each meeting, preparing the annual budget and preparing the documents needed for the financial review.
  • Co-Vice Presidents of Programs  are responsible for coordinating the PTSA sponsored SAT/ACT practice exams and prep classes
  • Co-Secretaries – are responsible for organizing the Membership, Board, and Executive Committee meetings of the PTSA. The Secretary, together with the president plans meeting agendas, takes minutes and records all business transacted at each meeting.
  • Co-Vice Presidents of Community Building  are responsible for coordinating the PTSA sponsored family events and acts as liaison to the school. Major duties include coordinating the stations for the two-day school registration day, organizing snack donations and/or volunteers for school events as asked, and PTSA sponsored family events.

Senior Events (in place of Grad Night)

Sign up link is here

What are Senior Events?

Due to the restrictions of meeting in large groups - like the Senior Class of 2021, which is 140+ students, our annual, one night, graduation event called "Grad Night" is cancelled. We realize our Seniors have missed out on many social opportunities and events in this culminating final year. So our Grad Night committee is working hard for Seniors, They are planning smaller, monthly gatherings/events. Some are virtual, some are drive-in or drive-thru and some are outdoors. The selection of events will depend upon the total funds available. 

All events will be in compliance with the COVID safety rules in place. 

How can I be informed of these events?

1. You can subscribe to our Newsletter. We send a weekly Newsletter with news and events. 

2. We ask the school to send an email to all Seniors, and to their parents (separate emails). 

How do we pay for it?

Each year the Senior Grad Night celebration is paid for by tickets sold to students to attend the event (separate from the general PTSA fund). This year, we are going to ask Senior parents to contribute a more modest sum to monthly Senior celebrations. Since this event is for Seniors only, we will not use the General PTSA fund. We will invite every Senior to the event equitably, even if their parents did not pay. 

What if I have ideas for events?

We know many parents and scholars have already attended plenty of virtual and other socially distanced events. If you have some great ideas, please send email to gradnight @ 


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