Principal's Letter

January 2019

January 2019

Tesla Families,

Welcome back from the December Break.  First semester ends on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Please take a few minutes to review the info below:

First Semester Finals are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on January 22, 23, 24, and 25, respectively.  We do not give early finals for any reason.  During the second, third, and fourth days of testing, we have a modified schedule; please note that students are finished at 12:20 on these three dates as to give our hardworking scholars ample time to study for their semester finals and to complete culminating course projects.  There are no activities, club meetings, or Internships during the week of Semester Finals.

 Tuesday, January 22, 2019

7:30 to 9:30

Semester Final for Period 7


9:30 to 9:40



9:45 to 10:20

Period 1

Regular Class Period

10:25 to 11:00

Period 2

Regular Class Period

11:00 to 11:40



11:45 to 12:20

Period 3

Regular Class Period

12:25 to 1:00

Period 4

Regular Class Period

1:05 to 1:40

Period 5

Regular Class Period

1:45 to 2:20

Period 6

Regular Class Period

Buses leave at the regular time.

Buses leave at the regular time.

Buses leave at the regular time.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7:30 to 9:30

Semester Final for Period 6


9:30 to 9:55


Continental Brunch

10:00 to 12:00

Semester Final for Period 5


Buses Leave at 12:20

Buses Leave at 12:20

Buses Leave at 12:20


Thursday, January 24, 2019

7:30 to 9:30

Semester Final for Period 4


9:30 to 9:55


Continental Brunch

10:00 to 12:00

Semester Final for Period 3


Buses Leave at 12:20

Buses Leave at 12:20

Buses Leave at 12:20


Friday, January 25, 2019

7:30 to 9:30

Semester Final for Period 2


9:30 to 9:55


Continental Brunch

10:00 to 12:00

Semester Final for Period 1


Buses Leave at 12:20

Buses Leave at 12:20

Buses Leave at 12:20


If your scholar rides the bus shuttles, please make sure to pick him/her up accordingly at the home high schools; our students may not remain and/or hang out on the comprehensive high school campuses.  Thank you!!

December 17, 2018

The faculty and staff would like to wish you and your family a wonderful winter holiday season.  Hopefully, we will be able to take a break from our usual full-speed-ahead lifestyle and concentrate on a couple of life’s treasures… family and friends.  Have a wonderful break, and we will see everyone back on Monday, January 7, 2019. 


Dates to Calendar


  • December 24                     Start of Winter Break
  • January 4                          Last day of Winter Break
  • January 7                          School resumes
  • January 21                        MLK Day – No school
  • January 22-25                   First Semester Finals; No early or late finals given



Tesla STEM Faculty and Staff

December 7, 2018

Tesla STEM leadership/HOSA students have an annual Giving Tree displayed in the school commons, and we are collecting items to support a family in need this winter season.  Please consider donating to this cause so that we can positively impact the lives of this family.



  • Two girls between ages 3 and 8
  • Two girls between ages 10 and 15
  • One boy age 17
  • Gift cards welcome:  Target, Fred Meyer, QFC

Please have your student drop off gifts in the office by December 18th.   


Thank you for donating to this cause.

Tesla STEM Students

November 21, 2018

This is a quick reminder that the day before the Thanksgiving Holiday, Wednesday the 21st, school is out at 10:40 am.  We are locking the building by no later than 11:30 am. There will be no supervision after 11:30 as all faculty and staff will be headed out for their Thanksgiving Holiday celebrations as well. All school activities on November 21, 2018 are completely finished by 10:40. There are no PBL Internships, tutoring, office hours, parent meetings, study groups, test make-ups, club/activity meetings, etc on this specific date. Shuttle bus schedules are the same times for the morning runs. The afternoon shuttle buses will leave right after school concludes.


Please make sure your scholar’s transportation plans align with the November 21st school end times. Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2018

Dear Tesla STEM community:

A parent forwarded this important information to us.  Please consider taking the survey regarding the future of State Route 202.  Thanks!

Help shape the future of this highway!

Our online survey for the SR 202 Study is now live.

Before we can come up with solutions to keep traffic on SR 202 moving, we want to hear from the people who use the highway. To make sure your feedback is heard, head to The survey should take you less than five minutes.

Once you're done, share the link with friends and family who also travel on this busy corridor. We want to hear from ALL users of the highway.

WSDOT wants to hear from you!

November 2, 2018

Dear Tesla Community--
We are receiving reports and also starting to witness reckless driving as drivers enter the lot, drive through the lot, and leave the lot.  Please remember that we have 600 teenage students on site, and we all need to be extra vigilant and slow down.  Please, please slow down and keep our students and families safe.
Thank you!!
Tesla Administration and Staff

October 23, 2018

Dear Tesla STEM High School Community,

The safety and security of students is a top priority of our school and district. Over the past several months, the Lake Washington School District has communicated our ongoing efforts to ensure Lake Washington schools are safe and positive places for students to learn. To review information about the district’s ongoing safety efforts please visit the district’s safety webpage.

One of the new safety enhancements is the implementation of Entry Control Systems at all schools in the district. These controls will allow schools to keep all exterior doors locked and will require all visitors to use a video call system to request access. These types of systems are similar to how visitors gain access at many apartments or condominiums that keep all entry doors locked. The district now has Entry Control System hardware installed in all schools. The goal of the system is to:

1.       Maintain control of access to the building interior, and

2.       Maintain knowledge of persons entering the building interior.

Last Spring, the district completed a successful pilot of the Entry Control System at two schools in the district.  This year the district is implementing the system at all of our school campuses. 

Starting today, all exterior doors on site will be locked, and visitors will be required to use the Entry Control System video unit to request permission to enter.

The buzz in system is set to begin at 7:30 AM and stop at 2:20 PM daily.

All visitors will be asked their name and purpose for the visit. All visitors will then proceed to the office to show picture identification and sign in.

This will be a change for everyone in our community, yet we believe this is crucial step towards enhancing the safety and security of our school campus. All families and community members should expect that picking up a student or getting to a volunteer location will take a few minutes longer. We understand that this will be a commitment on everyone’s part and appreciate the cooperation of our community in the best interest of our students.

If you have questions, please let us know.  Thank you for working in partnership with us to keep our schools safe.


Tesla STEM High School Staff and Administration

October 12, 2018

Dear Tesla STEM High School Community,

Safety procedures are continuously reviewed and updated by the Lake Washington School District Safety Committee. That includes police and fire representatives from Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish and King County, along with principals, PTSA Emergency Prep representatives, and Evergreen Hospital. Three years ago, schools incorporated the A.L.I.C.E principles (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) into our emergency response trainings and safety plan. At that time, the school district held four community and parent information sessions as well.

As we continue to practice for all emergency situations by using our LWSD safety plans, the faculty and I want to inform you that on Thursday, October 18, 2018, we will have a modified schedule that allows us to practice A.L.I.C.E. procedures for the scenario of an active shooter on campus. The A.L.I.C.E. principles and procedures can be used in emergency situations in any location, not just schools. These techniques empower people to make quick important decisions.

The school start and end times along with all bus shuttle times all remain the same with no change; only the internal schedule will be modified on October 18th, and all 7 classes will meet for instruction as well.

The training materials are linked below for your review. If you need to opt out your son or daughter, please note the following alternatives:

· If you need your student to opt out of the training, please email your decision to Office Manager Danielle O’Brien at Your student will then be sent to a designated room for a study period.

· If we do not have parent communication regarding opting out, then we will include your student in the actual training.

The Materials:

ALICE Training for Building Administrators

Video -- 5 min and 55 secs

The safety and security of our students is priority one. We are training to remain safe at all times.

Thank you!!

Tesla STEM High School Administration and Staff

October 2, 2018

Dear Tesla STEM High School Parents,

This Thursday, October 4th, is the halfway point in this 1st Quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on October 5th, you may access your individual student’s up-to-date course grades by logging on to Gradebook in the Skyward system. Once you review your student’s grades and if you or your student has a question or concern, please feel free to follow our Tesla STEM protocol:

  • If a T-STEM student has a question/concern regarding an assignment, project, etc., then the student needs to talk directly to his/her instructor. Faculty Office Hours are available to all students. The majority of questions/concerns are resolved at this first step. Faculty Office Hours link:
  • If after taking this first step and if there is no resolution, then the student needs to meet with his/her academic counselor to determine what more needs to happen, what needs to be problem-solved, etc. All academic counselors are available during both lunches. Students can also email to set up an appointment.
  • We attempt to solve problems/address concerns at one level before moving to another. Our goals are twofold…coaching students to advocate for themselves and working with students to become solid problem solvers. If a student needs assistance with these meetings, parents are always welcome.

We also have academic supports, including after-school Physics Workshop, Club 121, and study groups. If you are interested in any of these supports, please email your student’s academic counselor:

Ms. Brownie A – J

Ms. Strange K – P

Ms. Wescott Q - Z


Tesla STEM Faculty and Administration