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STEAM Academy Starts Soon!

Umatilla – Getting back to school for many Umatilla School District students means also getting back to some fun after school! The STEAM Academy, the district’s after-school program, begins on Monday, September 13. Open to all K-12 students, STEAM offers a variety of classes organized into four, eight-week sessions during the school year. 

Session One runs from September 13 through November 4 and the program is two hours after school M-Th and four hours on Fridays. Elementary classes include Jr. FIRST LEGO League, computers, science, solar system, Japanese culture and more. Middle/High School classes include robotics, Minecraft, science, outdoor survival and literature. 

According to Stephanie Williams-Strege, the STEAM Academy Program Director, STEAM is a wonderful, safe, enriching experience for students, including homework and academic support, plus lots of learning opportunities. “We work really hard to create lots of class options at each grade level and take input from our students and families about what they would like to experience every year,” Williams-Strege said.

At STEAM Academy, students follow all COVID health and safety guidelines that are in place during the regular school day.

During last school year, the program averaged more than 200 students participating daily. Students eat a snack and dinner at the program. This past summer’s STEAM program was very successful and served 435 students over the six-week session. 

STEAM Academy is free to Umatilla School District students. Brochures are available for Session One, and registration needs to be completed by Thursday, September 9. Please return registration forms to the office of the school your student attends. For more information, please contact Williams-Strege at 541-922-6516 or