Principal's Letter

October 9, 2020

Two years ago, Tesla STEM launched its Business/Digital Marketing/Economics program in response to our students’ requests to learn more about business systems, business platforms, financing, product development, test marketing, advanced digital marketing strategies, and start-ups.  To this end, we sent a team of instructors to UC Berkeley to learn about their Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (M.E.T.) degree program.  Their goal of giving hands-on practice turning great ideas into real-world solutions, matching engineering talent with business expertise, and becoming the kind of entrepreneurial leader the world needs mirrors Tesla STEM’s goal of educating our young scholars to embrace STEM literacy and champion their own ideas/innovations to the global marketplace. 

By their junior year, our scholars have been immersed in design theory as implemented by the Stanford Design School, product and/or business designs, and the Engineering design process as implemented by the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT, Austin, Texas.  They are ready for this next step!! 

Below, junior scholar Laura Anker in our Business and Marketing class, is learning about different types of business formations and market systems.  Laura, along with her classmates, are each presenting a Current Business News Story, summarizing a business news article, linking the article to a concept covered in class to-date, leading a class discussion on a thought-provoking question related to the article, and showcasing implications of that news on the US economy, the global world, future policy, and students in class. Below is a screen shot of Laura’s solid presentation.  Great work, Laura!!


Anker on Disney II

Behavior Health Support at Tesla STEM

Tesla STEM is fortunate to have Behavior Health Support Specialist, Cora Goss-Grubbs, on staff with us again this year.  Please see below for contact information as well as details about how to join an upcoming critical conversation re youth suicide.

CORA’S VIRTUAL DROP-IN OFFICE HOURS – for parents and students

WHEN: Every Monday and Friday, 2:00–4:00 pm

HOW: Register here anytime.  A confirmation email will give you details.

WHY: Need to vent? Worried about your child? Want to talk confidentially about family struggles and find a pathway forward? I’m here to listen and provide resources! Don’t hesitate to register and drop-in on my virtual office hours.

I am also available to meet for longer sessions with students and parents via Teleheath video and phone.  Leave a message at 425-747-4937, ext 2719.  Enter the extension anytime during the greeting.  Be sure to leave your name and phone number, and I will get back to you within 24 hours on weekdays.

JOIN A CRITICAL CONVERSATION about suicide awareness and prevention between YES CEO, David W. Downing, and special guest Kevin Hines, suicide survivor, best-selling author, filmmaker, and mental health advocate. Learn why our youth are in crisis and what you can do to help.  October 22, 6:00-7:00 pm.  Register ahead at

Teen Suicide Prevention Resource Guide:  This 2-page printable guide includes resources for teens and parents, how to start a conversation with your child, and what to do if you believe they are considering suicide.


Week of October 12th – Short Week Schedule

Next week is a 4-day school week due to the district’s all-day LEAP Day on Friday, October 16th.  Please click on the link to view the schedule of classes for next week.  Thank you!!

Dates to Calendar 

  • 10-16-20                              All-Day Leap Day; No School
  • 11-4-20                                End of 1st Quarter
  • 11-11-20                              Veterans Day; No School



Cindy Duenas and Cynthia Burt