Welcome to Envision Science Academy
At Envision, we are passionate about education and innovation. We are excited about the opportunity to serve our students and promote lifelong 21st century learners. Envision Science Academy is a K-8 STEAM public charter school that provides tuition-free education to all students. Join us in the pursuit of excellence at Envision.
”After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.” – Albert Einstein
During the Special Board of Directors meeting on April 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM, the board voted to approve a few staff changes. Please click here to read the announcement.
Scoop with Coop
The latest edition of Scoop with Coop is here! Ms. Cooper talks about preparing for the EOGs, summer enrichment opportunities, and more.
Design Challenge Fair
Our 1st Design Challenge Fair is on April 30, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at North Carolina State University. Click here for information about the schedule, directions, parking, etc. Don't forget to visit Sign-up Genius to snag a volunteer opportunity with the Design Challenge Fair.
EOG Proctors Needed
We are in need of volunteers to proctor for the End-of-Grade testing (EOGs). As you know, this test is given at the end of every year and takes the cooperation of many people to complete successfully. We truly could not do this without parental support. The dates are as follows: May 26th through May 29th. Proctors should arrive on campus at 8:30 am and be prepared to stay until 1:00, although most testing is completed before that time. We will need a minimum of 15 volunteers per testing day. In order to be an EOG Proctor, you must be a cleared volunteer and attend one of the training sessions. A Sign-up Genius link is included below with three training dates to choose from.
If you are able to help, we would greatly appreciate it!! More information along with a sign up for testing dates will be sent to you at a later date.
We will hold a Special Board of Directors Meeting on Fri, April 24th, from 2:00-3:00 PM. Due to space limitations at Envision during the school day and to avoid any disruptions to instruction, the special meeting will be held at the Greystone Recreation Center, 7713-55 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh.
The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss an HVAC repair issue and personnel matters. We will discuss the HVAC issue in open session. However, we will make a motion to go into closed session to discuss confidential personnel matters, pursuant to NC laws. No other topics will be discussed, and no action will be taken in the closed session.
Make Your Own Board Game
Ms. Handlon's 5th grade students created board games based on the theme and character experiences of their novel, Brian's Winter. Students incorporated vocabulary words and developed questions about the plot, similes, and metaphors from the book. Hats off to Ms. Handlon and her super creative 5th grade gamers! Click here to see photos of their cool board games.
Envision on WNCN
On March 25, 2015, meteorologist Wes Hohenstein of WNCN visited Mr. Burton's 5th grade science classes. Fifth graders have been analyzing jet streams and predicting upcoming weather events. Mr. Hohenstein's presentation aligned with both of these 5th grade NC Essential Standards. Click here to see the video clip of Envision Science Academy students and Mr. Hohenstein on the WNCN evening news.
ESA Space Museum
The 6th grade hallway was recently transformed into a space museum. Our 6th grade students worked hard to design 6 exhibits showcasing the history of space exploration. Each exhibit focused on a specific location in our solar system. The students did a fantastic job presenting their projects during their science class. A big shout out to Mr. Burton and his 6th grade space crew; you all are out-of-this-world! Click here to view more photos from the Space Museum.
Ms. Starkey and her 4th grade science class recently examined animal habitats and how animals and humans adapt to changing environments. The creative students made models of animals in their habitats and presented to their class some positive and harmful effects of human interaction. Gold star for Ms. Starkey and her amazing 4th grade scientists! Click here to see some of their amazing habitat designs.
Now Accepting Resumés
Envision’s student body is growing, and we are looking to expand our administrative team, teaching staff, and support personnel. We will offer grades K–7 for the 2015-2016 academic school year. We are currently accepting resumés for several positions; click on the Careers tab to view job descriptions for the various opportunities.
NCSU Visits Envision
Envision recently hosted two very distinguished guests from North Carolina State University (NCSU): Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering, and Dr. Laura Bottomley, Director of The Engineering Place and Women in Engineering. They were very impressed with the school and are excited about extending our partnership. NCSU will be hosting our 1st Annual Design Challenge Fair on their campus in April. We are also working with NCSU on various field trip opportunities, as well as engaging their students as mentors for our "Eagles."
EOG Testing Schedule
Below is the schedule for the 2014-2015 End-of-Grade (EOG) tests:
EOG Reading: May 26, 2015 (Gr. 3-6)
EOG Math: May 27-28, 2015 (Gr. 3-6)
EOG Science: May 29, 2015 (Gr. 5 only)
Make-up Days: June 1-4, 2015
No scheduled absences will be approved for 3rd-6th graders on EOG administration days. Please avoid scheduling appointments or keeping students home during EOG testing, unless they are sick or an emergency arises.
The mission of Envision Science Academy is to provide innovative instruction through experiential learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in order to prepare elementary and middle school students to compete, lead, and excel in the global marketplace.
Apr 24: Special Board Meeting
Apr 24: Spirit Day
Apr 30: Design Challenge Fair
May 11: Board of Directors Meeting
May 25: NO SCHOOL - Holiday
May 26-29: EOG Testing
In this section, you'll receive the latest updates and pertinent information about the school from our principal, Steve Pond.
Check out The Scoop with Coop, a newsletter written by our Assistant Principal, Shaunda Cooper, where she talks about literacy and the latest school happenings.
In this section, Erica Prentice, our STEAM Curriculum Coordinator, talks about the framework of our curriculum, which incorporates STEAM, Project Based Learning (PBL), and the 7E Model.
STEAM is the integration of the arts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Click here to learn more about STEAM.
Our facilities committee and developers are hard at work on Envision's permanent site and facility project. The team has held numerous meetings in the past several months to refine the conceptual building program, which determines the number, types, and sizes of the spaces in the new building. Concurrently, over 40 potential building sites have been and are being considered and evaluated. These properties have been evaluated in the areas of cost, location, ingress/egress, usability/feasibility, traffic impact, environmental requirements, etc. While progress has been good, the identification of the best alternatives is extremely complex and requires multifaceted considerations and sensitivities. More updates will follow as choices are solidified and can be publicized.
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