MacSTEM FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions with some answers that may be helpful.

Please let us know if you have any others with the form below so we can get an answer up and maybe help some other parents while we are at it!

The window opens on April 15th, 2021.

The window closes at midnight on May 21, 2021.

As is the case at all schools in Middletown, the average class size varies by grade. Macdonough is looking to fall at the district average for each grade level.

 

The current averages are as follows:

 

Grade

Target Class Size

  

Kinder

16

1

16

2

17

3

18

4

17

5

19

The is a set criteria for the order with which students are selected. If at any time, there are more students than space, we will randomly pick students from the list. 

The initial criteria for acceptance is as follows:

  1. TAG families and Siblings
  2. K-2 Students with Siblings
  3. K-2 Students
  4. 3-5 Students with Siblings
  5. 3-5 Students

No, you do not. The student and any siblings automatically come to Macdonough. The only thing you need to do is inform Mr. Reardon as well as the principal of your home school.

No, you do not. The student and any siblings automatically come to Macdonough.

No, once you have been accepted, you do not need to reapply.

No and Yes. 

No. Every student who attends the Macdonough STEM Academy will have access to our interdisciplinary units of study, all project-based learning units, and learn through the Engineering Design Process. 

Yes, students who are enrolled in the TAG STEM Extension program are students who have been identified by the district as Talented and Gifted in grades 3 or 4 and have chosen to come to Macdonough for their TAG enrichment. Further, they will spend parts of their days working with our STEM Extension Teacher to take the work done in class and extend the learning to a deeper level.

Our students receive English Language Arts (ELA) instruction based on the district and state standards and learning goals. We align our units of study so that students can apply their knowledge of each content area when appropriate.

If the unit doesn’t align with a specific topic, it is taught separately to ensure students still receive direct instruction and understand the concepts.
 
For example, if students are engaged in a nonfiction ELA unit that is about identifying the main topic of the paragraph, we simply integrate science related content specific to their science unit. 
 
An example unit from Fourth Grade ELA:
  • Reading: Identify the main idea in each paragraph about circuits. 
  • Writing: Write a paragraph about circuits and underline your main idea. 
Students are learning about energy and circuits in science during this time. So we integrate literature about circuits.

ABSOLUTELY!

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