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March 11, 2022
March 1, 2022
February 24, 2022

FAQs for the 2022-23 School Year

1. What grades will be offered for the 2022-23 school year?

Grades K – 8

2. When is the first day of school?

 September 6th

3. What are the school hours?  

8 am – 3 pm

4. Will transportation be offered?  If yes, what is the process to receive transportation?  Who is eligible?

Free bus transportation services are provided by Auxilio Transportation based on the address you have on file with our school that matches your Proof of Residency documentation (provided each year during re-enrollment). Per school policy, eligibility for transportation services may be limited to a specific radius surrounding the location of the school. To apply for transportation, please complete the application and return it to the school office.

5.  Will there be clubs and extra-curricular opportunities for the students?

Athletics (Flag, Track), Science and Technology & Engineering Partnerships, Boys & Girls Scouts, Coding, National Honors Society

6. What is the dress code? 

Dress code will remain the same colors and students can wear their current uniform shirts for the remainder of the school year.  Students can wear grey, white or yellow school polos.

2022-23 Dress Code (PDF) »

7.  Will the current teachers remain at the school? 

Yes, there will be some of the same teachers.

8.  Who is the principal, and can you share a little about her background?

Mrs. Helen Dyson-Jiles will continue to be the principal at Saginaw STEM Academy of Excellence. 

Mrs. Helen M. Dyson-Jiles, a graduate of Douglass High School, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968. Received a License Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1973 and worked in the nursing field at Bay Medical Center for 10 years. Reentered college to pursue my calling in life. I attended Delta College and earned an Associate Degree in Education and attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (BS) with a focus in Science. Continued my aspiration at CMU in the Master’s Program. Joined Saginaw Valley University and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education (EI). Two years later, pursued my Doctoral Degree in Education with a mindset of opening a STEM School for boys. I still hope to open this school; however, I love working with the children here and stay optimistic about making a difference in their life.

I taught in Buena Vista School District for 19 years, became Principal of Ricker Middle School in 2007 until 2012, became Principal of Buena Vista High School in 2012 for two months and moved to Central Office as Director of Curriculum and Grants, retired in 2013 from Buena Vista School District. Began working at this school in 2018 because of my love and ministry in education and will remain here until I am unable to help children learn. My experiences have been great and I am not tired YET. I love being a part of educating children no matter who they are or how they learn.

9. What is STEM education?  

 STEM education is the intentional integration of science, technology, engineering, and math into a learning program that encourages inquiry, collaboration, and critical thinking. You may also be familiar with the acronym “STEAM,” which integrates “Art” into the STEM approach. Students take an active role in their learning–asking questions, collaborating with classmates, and investigating solutions through experimentation and project-based learning.

10.  Why did you switch to a STEM Program?

Forward-thinking schools worldwide are adopting a STEM approach that has been proven to increase student engagement and academic success. Our students will have a competitive advantage in college and a chance to pursue careers in the lucrative STEM fields.

11.  What changes can I expect?

Our teachers and staff are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure we are prepared to go full “STEAM” ahead as soon as possible. You will begin to see evidence of the transition this spring as we launch a new website and start posting new signage around campus. Your child can continue to wear their current school uniform for the remainder of the school year.

12.  What are your school colors?

School colors will be Gold, Grey and White

13. What is your school mascot?

 Students will have the opportunity to vote on a new mascot in the upcoming months. 

14. How do I enroll my child?

Students that are currently enrolled just need to complete a re-enrollment form to indicate if they plan on returning next year.  New students can submit an online application on March 1st or stop by the office to complete a paper registration form.

15.  What is the cutoff age for Kindergarten students?  

Students must turn 5 before September 1st

16.  Will you offer free breakfast and lunch?


17.  What will Saginaw STEM Academy of Excellence offer our students?
  • Virtual Engagement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Partnerships
  • Project-Based Learning Opportunities
  • Academic Competition
  • National Elementary & Junior High Honor Society
  • Athletics- Basketball, Flag Football, Track & Field
  • Career & College Exploration
  • Community Service Projects K-8th Grade
  • Global Studies
  • Leader in Me®
February 16, 2022
March 26, 2021
March 2, 2021

March is Reading Month!


Check out our Reading Month calendar to see what’s going on at our school in March.

Drop Everything And Read daily for 20 minutes! Save your empty cereal, tissue, or shoe boxes for your book reports.


December 11, 2020
June 30, 2020

Free School Meals

We offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, USDA-compliant meals to students each school day.

Leader In Me® (LiM)

We implement the Leader In Me program to empower students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Our students learn the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People:

  • Between stimulus and response is the freedom to choose. Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for one’s own life. Proactive people don’t blame parents, circumstances, or conditions for their behavior. Instead, they choose to focus on areas of life that lie within their circle of influence.
  • Rather than allow other people and circumstances to shape one’s life, Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind, reconnects individuals with passion and purpose. By outlining a personal mission statement, a plan for achieving greatness can then be established.
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First is about time management. The Time Matrix® provides a model for identifying and prioritizing tasks based on urgency and importance. Truly effective people ensure the most meaningful tasks related to their personal mission statement are accounted for in weekly and daily planning.
  • In living Habit 4:Think Win-Win, people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Society fosters competitive and selfish behaviors that produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration takes place in all conflicts.
  • Unknowingly, in conversation we filter what we hear through our own life experiences and frame of reference. Before a person finishes what they are saying, we’ve already formulated a response. Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood teaches the art of sincere, reflective listening.
  • Habit 6: Synergize® is the habit of creative cooperation and can only be achieved by valuing the diverse paradigms and opinions of others. In a synergistic environment, true collaboration takes place because the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® challenges a person to seek continuous improvement and renewal. Overcoming burnout can be achieved by taking time for oneself through physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual renewal. Habit 7 is revitalizing and helps establish greater capacity for self-improvement.
June 12, 2020

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd

Dear ACCEL Staff & Community,

The horrific death of George Floyd coupled with other events that recently occurred in this country are heartbreaking. The video of his death is one of the most horrifying things we have seen in our lives. We grieve. We also acknowledge that many of our employees and students have experienced racism firsthand. This tragedy serves as a grim reminder that as a society, we still have a long way to go to stomp out racism. We want to make it clear that we are committed to fighting against racism and discrimination, and want to assure you that it has no place in our company or at our schools, and it will not be tolerated. We must strive to be inclusive in every way, and we will be planning professional development programs on this topic which will be delivered this summer to our entire school and corporate staff.

We also believe we have an obligation beyond what most companies have. We have consciously chosen to manage schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country and the world. While many school operators avoid these areas, we seek them out. To our surprise and dismay, we are often asked why. The answer is simple. We want to help the children who need it most. Maria and I set out to do this when we founded the company and we have never wavered. If our company does not provide our most vulnerable students with a quality education, they may not have a chance at economic success. A society that does not give every child this chance is, by definition, unjust. The opportunity to succeed must exist regardless of a child’s skin color or economic situation. Unfortunately, far too many children do not have this opportunity.

As we all mourn the death of Mr. Floyd, let us look inward and outward to make sure we are inclusive in our work environments and in our schools. Let us also do our part to end the senseless racism that exists in our society, empower all our students with the belief that they can succeed in the world, and give our students the knowledge and skills they need. Most of all, let us hope and pray they will experience a society in their lifetime where these tragedies no longer occur, and human beings are judged as Dr. King hoped they would be judged someday: “by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”

Ron Packard