• Good morning, ATEMS. Today is Tuesday, February 9.  Today is Justin Boyd’s and Randall Carlton’s birthday.  Happy birthday, Justin and Randall.


    The Fitness Gram will be administered this week.  Students need to dress appropriately including tennis shoes and no dresses.  This is the schedule:

    • Tuesday
      • 8:45 - 10:30 Junior Boys
      • 10:30 - 12:00 Junior Girls
    • Wednesday
      • 8:45 - 10:30 Freshman Boys
      • 10:30 - 12:00 Freshman Girls
    • Thursday
      • 8:45 - 10:30 Senior Boys
      • 10:30 - 12:00 Senior Girls and make ups

    A representative from the University of North Texas will be available from 2:00 - 3:00 in Mr. West’s office “to chat about UNT.”

    The English Department is proud to announce an extra credit opportunity for all  members of any group who successfully complete the Black History Month Video Project by Thursday, February 18.  Double points will be awarded for the three videos which the faculty scores the best submissions.

    If you want to purchase a yearbook, go to Make sure to get one to remember your high school memories.

    Seniors, please remember to give the Yearbook Ad Form to your parents.  If you do not have one, go see Mrs. Luna.  

    Those of you who are on the yearbook staff, please remember to come to the meeting this afternoon.  Our deadline is just a month away.

    Attention NHS members, if you have any questions about the service project this Saturday, stop by Mrs. Stanley’s room during blue lunch today.

    Student Council is selling Valentine Goodie-Bags. You can purchase them in the cafeteria during Mega Lunch through this Friday, February 12. The contents of the bags include assorted candies, snacks, and Valentines knick-knacks. You will also be able to write a personalized message to the recipient. The cost of the bags is $4.00, and all of the proceeds will help our members attend the State Conference. The bags will be delivered on Monday, February 15.  

    After purchasing your Val-o-gram, go over to the NHS table in the cafeteria and make Valentine Cards for the residents of Silver Spring Nursing Home. Help NHS spread the love.

    The PAC 12 invites you to come and meet at Mr. Gatti’s this Thursday, February 11th from 6:00-8:00. All you can eat buffet $6.00 per student with ID. Eat pizza, have fun, and earn points for your Conference!

    The Bix XII announces the annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament which will be hosted at Woodson Center for Excellence from 9:00 - 12:00 on Saturday, February 13.  Register to play in the Google Doc which was emailed to you last week or click on the link in the Daily Announcements.  Only ATEMS students can participate in the tournament.  Conference points are in play.

    Big XII 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

    Nick Swartz and Bubba Winklespecht are now hosting Reel Talk (that's R-E-E-L), a film club in which students will discuss modern film.  Meetings will be held during green lunch starting today in Mr. Monroe's room. Join us to learn about filmmaking and have some fun.  Food is allowed during these meetings.

    MOUSE Squad will not meet this week.

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Phoenix Spotlight Awards
December 9, 2015

 Phoenix Spotlight Awards
Clark Neil and Mrs. Bunton  

On Wednesday, December 9th, ATEMS honored 10 students and their parents during the Phoenix Spotlight Awards ceremony.

Phoenix Spotlight Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Matthew Price – nominated by Mr. Nathan Monroe for his Comanche myth which was chosen by the Education Director of Frontier Texas as the most accurate portrayal of what it means to be Comanche

Taylor Lambert – nominated by Mr. Nathan Monroe for the outstanding short story Taylor submitted for the Abilene Writers Guild Writing Contest

Clark Neil and Catherine Keenan-Kingston - nominated by Mrs. Jera Bunton for their superior performances in the UIL Congressional Debate District Meet, earning 1st and 2nd places and qualifying for the State UIL Meet

Phoenix Spotlight Award for Outstanding Performance in Project Based Learning

Lyra Rains, Sarah Grubbs, Jennifer Dickson, Kat Rodriguez - nominated by Mr. Jay Packer for the most outstanding performance on the Biology Pre-AP Cell PBL

Phoenix Spotlight Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership

Maddux Baack – nominated by Dr. Ketta Garduno for the commitment and leadership that he has exhibited with his ongoing service to both ATEMS and Abilene ISD through the Junior ROTC

Anissa Gutierrez – nominated by Mrs. Cecilia Castillo for her volunteer service of more than 242 hours at the Abilene Zoo 

UIL Congressional Debate


ATEMS Service Events
All students are encouraged to participate in every event.


Service Event

Hosted by   

September 19      

Walk to End Alzheimer's  



Feast of Sharing                                                                  


Nov. – Jan.

Jeremiah’s Hope

Pac 12

March 1

Food Bank



Kiwanis Pancake



ATEMS Conference Activities
All students are encouraged to participate in every activity. 



Hosted by

September 24

Play Faire Park

Pac 12

October 20

Game Night @ ATEMS


November 14

Flag Football Tournament


February 11

Mr. Gatti’s

Pac 12

February 13

3 x 3 Basketball Tournament


April 5

Prime Time Bowling


April 19

Ultimate Frisbee @ ATEMS



ATEMS School Day
8:30 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science 

As a 21st century school, ATEMS embraces rigor in both traditional core learning areas and in skills typically not taught as a part of a traditional curriculum. The Academy is a unique school in Abilene ISD and will help revolutionize the educational experience of high school students across the Big Country. The overall goal of ATEMS is not only to increase student achievement in math and science, but also to inspire students by exposing them to rigorous “real world” problems and issues using research-based, proven curriculum. 
The campus is technology-rich, mimicking the workplace where all participants have access to the technological tools they need to complete their work.
The campus is fully wireless with a 1:1 computer ratio for all students and facilitators. When projects are completed, external evaluators from a variety of business and education fields come to grade student presentations and final products. All students at the Academy will complete four years of math and science and meet all state requirements for the recommended graduation plan. Upon high school graduation from ATEMS, students will have had the opportunity to accrue at least 30 college hours and participate in capstone or internships with local businesses.