Universal Vare Staff

Message from the Principal

Dear Scholars, Staff and Parents:

Our commitment at Universal Vare STEM & Arts Academy is to meet the needs of all scholars by promoting: high expectations for all, independent thinkers and life long learners. At Universal Vare STEM & Arts Academy, we specialize in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts. Under our academy model, we provide our scholars the opportunity to explore their interests in the STEM and Arts field through a project-based curriculum. We guide scholars towards independence while providing the support they need. We offer parents and students the educational tools scholars need to succeed in middle school and beyond. Below are our beliefs regarding teaching and learning.

We believe that effective teachers:

  • Create opportunities for intellectual risk-taking, collaboration, problem-solving, and application of classroom learning to real life situations;
  • Implement strategies that promote ownership of learning to students;
  • Demonstrate ongoing professional growth in order to increase the quality of instruction;

We believe that successful scholars:

  • Leverage peers as instructional resources through the use of accountable student discourse;
  • Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  • Employ critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems;
  • Make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness; and
  • Contribute to the local community in a collaborative and respectful manner to create positive change.

In conclusion, I wish everyone the best as we continue with our school year. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our FSRC, Mr. Jackson or Ms. Gunter, Assistant Principal Mr. Rothmiller, Counselor Ms. Allen or myself the Principal Mr. Metcalfe. Our doors are always open.

Craig C. Metcalfe
Proud Principal

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