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Fallbrook Street School is now Fallbrook STEM Academy


Last updated 9/17/2018 at 12:32pm

Students line up to form "FSA" in honor of Fallbrook Street School's new name – Fallbrook STEM Academy.

FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Street School is embarking on its second year as a science, technology, engineering and math magnet school in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.

Fallbrook Street School's mission to "energize teaching and learning in order to equip every student with the skills needed to create exciting futures" remains the same.

As school and its staff continue to refine the STEM focus and culture, a name change will reflect their shift toward hands-on, integrated teaching and learning that is inherent in STEM education and the school's program and mission.

FUESD announced Fallbrook Street School has been re-named Fallbrook STEM Academy.

"This name change will enhance our school's reputation and recognition as a school that is preparing our students to become innovators, scholars and leaders in their school and community," Joe Kniseley, Fallbrook STEM Academy principal, said. "Also, Fallbrook STEM Academy more accurately reflects the school's mission and vision, and we are incredibly excited for an outstanding 2018/19 school year."

Kniseley said there are seven ways Fallbrook STEM Academy is a unique school of choice in the district.

First, throughout the year every student is actively engaged in four integrated standards-driven, project-based learning units. These units of study culminate with a student-created project and are presented to family and community members.

Kindergarten students Cadence Martin, left, and Rosalia Toledo Munoz show off their new Fallbrook STEM Academy shirts.

Next, every student visits the school's innovation lab throughout their units of study to actively engage in hands-on, exploratory learning.

Every student dedicates a minimum of 30 minutes a week to coding and robotics in the media center.

Also, every student participates in a weekly hour called "Bobcat Block" that engages the whole school in areas of personalized learning and cross-grade collaboration. Students in collaboration with community members focus on passion projects, genius hour or social entrepreneurship.

Every student in K-6 has their own personal Chromebook while those in third-sixth grade are allowed and encouraged to take their Chromebooks home.

Lastly, Fallbrook STEM Academy is the only school in California to have a unique, STEM formation partnership with Discovery Education.

Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.


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