The Ross Elementary STEM Vision, Mission, and Definition

Our Vision Statement 

We focus on student centered learning; provide experiences that motivate all students to become 21st Century leaders and innovators; provide a rigorous and technologically enhanced curriculum; and inspire creative, critical, and analytical thinking through the Engineering Design Process. 

Our Mission Statement

The Ross Elementary STEM mission is to, first, empower educators to create transformative learning environments through STEM Education.  

The Ross STEM learning environment is one that fosters an understand and practical use of the Engineering Design Process with a focus of the integration of Environmental Sciences.

We also value fostering collaboration among all school, parent, and community partners resulting in an increase of STEM education exposure for our PreK-5 students, and creating a common language of problem solving and collaboration.  Ross Elementary will develop and share best practices in STEM education and provide context for the curriculum through authentic educational experiences.  Experiences will be tailored to increase student’s understanding of the globally competitive workplace and to prepare them to excel in that environment.

Ross Definition of STEM Education

STEM education and learning focuses on the practical application of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology. STEM learning also bridges learning across all curriculums as a way to develop critic al thinking and problem solving skills. This learning must incorporate learning that is supported through art, humanities, and physical education. STEM learning nurtures and develops in each student a deeper understanding and practical application communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity so they can solve complex issues and excel in a global society.


The Pillars Best Practice of STEM Education at Ross Elementary


Persevere: GRIT – Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Critical Thinking, Problem Solvers – Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Constructive Discourse with Empathy – Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Build and Model Ideas – Model with mathematics.

Know Your Tools – Use appropriate tools strategically.

Culture of Precision – Attend to precision.

Structure and Methods – Look for and make use of structure.

Application of Connections – Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Math Links

Eureka Math Parent Help
This site has videos and copies of every homework assignment, as well as vocabulary and sprints. Note: EngageNY is the previous name of Eureka Math. There may be minor differences due to revisions.

Eureka Math Publisher’s Parent Site
This is the parent site provided by Great Minds, publisher of Eureka Math. You can download Parent Tip Sheets and videos for free.

Illustrated Math Definitions
Hundreds of math definitions illustrated, some even animated!

ST Math at School
This link is to access ST Math at school.

ST Math at Home
Use this link if you are accessing ST Math at home. When using ST Math at home, students only have access to levels they have completed to replay for extra practice. They will not make syllabus progress at home.

First in Math
First in Math is a great website for helping students build fluency. If you haven’t received log in information, please contact your child’s teacher.

Zearn (Grade 3 only)

Fluency Practice

Students are expected to practice math fact fluency at home each night.


Ways to practice fluency:

  • Go on First in Math daily
  • Make flash cards to practice
  • Quiz your child on the way to and from school
  • Make up or look up songs
  • Practice skip counting (for multiplication)