Welcome Mr. McGavick

Welcome to new STEM K-8 third grade teacher Matthew McGavick!  We were fortunate to attract a teacher in September with Mr. McGavick’s skills and experience. Mr. McGavick has taught a range of grade levels between Kindergarten and 5th grade.  He also has collaborated in the past with current STEM K-8 peers Kent Daniels and Ryan Schaedig.  He’s looking forward to meeting third grade students and families on Wednesday on the first day of school!


Welcome back!


Dear Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Families:

Hello and welcome back to a fabulous year at Louisa Boren STEM K-8! With all the changes involving facilities, programs, and staff, it’s going to be a scramble at the start.  Contractors are busy pulling wiring, adjusting plumbing, and moving furniture around and out of the building as I type.  Our staff have been meeting, planning, and working overtime to craft an amazing school year.  The community of new and returning staff coming together this year are truly remarkable.  I am proud to work with them.  When are staff are joined by students and families, STEM K-8 becomes a special place.

Our journey towards K-8 will continue to produce some growing pains.  The additional time involved in adding staff, developing plans, modifying facilities, and obtaining instructional resources make it hard to stay on top of communication. There are more interesting things happening than I have time to share!

A few ways to keep in the loop:

  1. Bookmark the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 and STEM K-8 PTA websites (they overlap and contain a wealth of useful information).
  2. Make sure your email address is accurate and updated in the school information system (check and fill out the data verification forms you receive at the beginning of the school year). You will receive the PTA/School newsletter (Owl Post) weekly and other updates via School Messenger that use that email address.
  3. Bookmark my school blog at principalostrom.wordpress.com and follow @PrincipalOstrom on Twitter. Both are linked to the school and PTA website and combined school/PTA Facebook page (at Louisa Boren STEM K-8), and share news, ideas, and developments as they happen.


Some key information regarding the new year:

  1. Start and End Time:

9:30 am and 4:05 pm!  ***These are new*** (The posted SPS start time of 9:35 demarks the tardy bell)

  1. Pick up/Drop off/Parking:

Supervision is provided starting at 9:15 am. Please do not bring your child to school before 9:15 am as there is no supervision.

For Morning Drop off and Dismissal:  Students may be dropped off or picked up in the designated zone on the west end of the playground.   Parents may pull into the drop off/pick up zone and supervisors will direct children accordingly.  When in the pick up line please remain in your car.  We will bring your child to you.  Parents wanting to walk and pick up their children may park in the visitor parking section of the parking lot, or the park and walk section designated “School Load and Unload only” along Delridge.  Students may not be dropped off on Delridge to walk to the playground.  To respect instructional time and traffic flow in a building serving more than 500 students, we ask that parents pick up and drop off outside (or in the office for late arrivals) rather than at classroom doors. On the first day of school students and parents may go directly to classrooms. If you need to talk with the teacher, you are welcome to come into the building.

There is now a crosswalk and flashing lights that make it permissible to park on the west side of Delridge and walk your child to the playground/school.  For safety reasons students may not be dropped off on either side of Delridge to walk to the playground. Parents must walk from those parking spots to drop off/pick up their children on the playground.  FYI—During school hours/flashing lights driving faster than the posted speed limit will incur a hefty camera-recorded ticket!

  1. Classroom Assignments:

Due to changes in FERPA regulations, classroom assignments are no longer posted publicly.  Classroom assignments were shared on Thursday, Sept. 2nd via email.  On the first day of school there will be staff and volunteers available to share assignments and families may walk students to new classrooms.


  1. Important Dates:

September 7th: First day of school for students in Seattle Preschool Program and grades 1-7.

September 7: First day of school decompression coffee hour!  9:35-10:30am meet with other parents and school principal Ben Ostrom to celebrate/decompress.

 September 7, 8, and 9: Family Conferences with Kindergarten families.

 September 9, 5:30-8:00 pm: 5th ANNUAL STEM BACK TO SCHOOL BASH! Lincoln Park NORTH END Shelter 1 & picnic tables 1-13 . Stay tuned to school/PTA Facebook page for updates.

September 12th: The first day of school for kindergarten students.

September 14, 6:30-8:00 pm PTA meeting.  Come to the first PTA meeting of the year to discuss plans and what’s happening! There will also be a Uniform Swap – bring uniform items that don’t fit anymore and exchange them for ones that do.

September 19:  First day of school for Developmental (Special Education) preschool.

September 29: Curriculum Night and Open House

  1. Uniform Expectations:

STEM K-8 is a uniform school (yes, for middle schoolers too)!  Uniforms were adopted to build community, decrease inequalities and distractions, support safety, and many other reasons.  Visit the STEM School Website for full details on uniform expectations and guidelines.  A uniform closet exists to support families requesting financial assistance to meet uniform guidelines, and also address short term needs.

  1. School Supplies:

We will not be distributing a school supplies list. In lieu of an expensive list of supplies we ask K–5 students bring a backpack and a check made to STEM K-8 for $45 and middle school students a backpack and check for $85. This can be left with teachers the first week of school and payment can be spread out over multiple months if needed. The supply payment is not required and all students will receive the same supplies ordered by their teachers in each classroom. Middle school fees help cover additional technology and science additional supplies used at the middle school level.

  1. Welcome to New and Returning Staff:

STEM K-8 welcomes several new staff members, and some staff changed assignments.  K-8 and program expansion means we added multiple staff members.  We added 7th Grade, Access Special Education, a Special Education Preschool, and Seattle Preschool Program.  We also said goodbye to some staff members who transitioned to new places and jobs.  We were fortunate to add amazing educators to support our students and further our vision.

Grade/Program Teacher


Anya Dale
Seattle Preschool Program Abby Reid
K Wendy Morgan
K Alisha Henderson
1st Jessica Brodland
1st Soheyla Nur
2nd Jodi Williamson
2nd Krissy Soltman
3rd To be announced!
3rd Sunny Graves
3rd Kirsten Colby
4th Joseph Roicki
4th Deborah Giza
4th Ryan Schaedig
5th Kent Daniels
5th Lauren Martin
6th Travis DesAutels
6th-7th Craig Parsley
6th-7th Adrienne Perkins
7th Heidi Paulson
Resource Katie Griffith
Resource Feige Engelsberg
Access Melissa Graham
SM4 Mary McGuire
SM4 Shamsah Rahim
PFA Marie Nelson
Computer Julie Schmick
PE Ed Adams
Library Mary Bannister
Band Casey Cheever
ELL Lee-Chin Chua
Counselor Meredith Osborne


Special Education Craig Rankin
Special Education Caroline Ong
Special Education Greg Wolfe
Special Education Michael Brown
Special Education Ron Adams
Special Education Hayward Coleman
Special Education Lynn Ferguson
Special Education Jennifer Ramierez
Special Education Anisha Madden
Seattle Preschool Program Clara Hanson
ELL Maria Asuncion
LAP Stephanie Hughes
Custodial Engineer Tom Zech
Evening CE Jeanette Profit
Administrative Secretary Cindy Baca
Elementary Assistant Christa Howsmon
Nurse Rena Anderson
Assistant Principal Kim Noble
Principal Ben Ostrom


Many good things are happening!  STEM K-8 staff have been working hard to prepare for the year ahead.  We will have much to share and celebrate in the weeks to come.  Thank you for joining me and Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Staff to create a powerful learning community filled with scholars who are aspiring, creating, and expecting.



Ben Ostrom

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Principal

Third Grade Update

Dear STEM 3rd Grade Families,


I am writing to share what I know will be disappointing news for some 3rd grade families.  A late staff resignation by one of STEM K-8’s 4th grade teachers led to the reassignment of Joseph Roicki to that grade level.  Mr. Roicki had been planning on looping and seeing many of his students again.  A close evaluation of student and staffing needs led me to prioritize Mr. Roicki’s skills and experience for a 4th grade assignment.  A small consolation prize will be that many of his former students will have an opportunity to see him again in 4th grade.

We are hoping to announce the name of the new third grade teacher by tomorrow.  We are waiting for the selected candidate to be processed by Seattle Public Schools HR department.  I am excited by our choice and can’t wait to share it.



Benjamin Ostrom

STEM K-8 Principal