Our program consists of students that are team-oriented problem-solvers, creative- thinkers, willing to take risks and learn from failures, while also possessing an increased interest in science and technology. Student interest in STEM is crucial for student success.
Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, 50 eligible selected students entering 6th grade from all Wicomico County Schools will take the four core courses of Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and English/Language Arts, as well as a designated Project Lead the Way- Gateway course.
Each course is taught using a STEM approach that utilizes rigorous project/problem-based learning, lessons that require inquiry, problem solving, decision making, discovery, technology, and cooperative learning with a high degree of interactive hands-on involvement.
The STEM academy is an inclusive "school within a school," where students loop with the STEM teachers and their classmates for all three years of middle school. In addition to these courses, students will take electives of their choosing.
Welcome Mrs. Serenyi- 4.27.22
We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Katie Serenyi will be joining the faculty of the NexGen STEM Academy for the 2022-2023 school year and will work alongside Mrs. Rachel Thompson as a Mathematics/STEM Instructor. We are very appreciative of Mr. Christopher Johnson and Ms. Darnell Schul for serving in an interim capacity for the current school year to ensure our students had the supports they needed to continue to excel.
Mrs. Serenyi has been teaching middle school mathematics since 2010 and is a graduate of Salisbury University where she holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Serenyi has held numerous leadership positions including Chair of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Committee, member of the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), and Team Leader. Mrs. Serenyi has led several professional development experiences on such topics as online teaching, building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues, as well as the effective use of technology for instruction. Mrs. Serenyi was selected as Salisbury Middle’s Teacher of the Year, and Semi-Finalist for Wicomico Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition to serving as a Mathematics/STEM Instructor, Mrs. Serenyi serves as an Assistant Camp Director for Camp Odyssey, an award-winning summer camp for kids.
Welcome to the NexGen STEM Academy Mrs. Serenyi!
2022 Junior Math League Competition- 3.17.22
Salisbury Middle School/NexGen is the winner of this years 2021-2022 Junior Math League competition! Although our season was abbreviated due to Covid-19, we were able to have a half-season. SMS won on 3/2 at Bennett Middle and then again tonight at SMS.
2022 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series- Annapolis Chapter- 2.25.22
The results from the Annapolis Chapter of the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series from last week just came in, and although only four students advance to the state competition from the entire eastern shore/Annapolis region, two of our students made the top four and will advance. Peter Jin (7th NexGen) placed 2nd, and Sarah Yamakawa (8th NexGen) placed 3rd.
The state competition will be held in March and of the 30-40 students competing in all of Maryland, two are from Wicomico County Public Schools- NexGen STEM Academy/ Salisbury Middle. We couldn't be prouder!
FIRST LEGO League Eastern Shore Qualifier Results- 2022- 2.9.22
The Core Values Award is given to the team that displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and shows each other and other teams respect at all times.
The Robot Performance Award celebrates a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5-minute matches and their highest score counts.
The Champion’s Award celebrates a team that embodies the FIRST ® LEGO® League Challenge experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in Robot Performance, Robot Design and the Innovation Project.