The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of March 28

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. As we look toward the conclusion of the school year, there are many academic updates. Report Cards will be available this Thursday! In this newsletter, you will find information and dates for Spring Testing here at STEM. Also, for Senior parents, important dates - Prom, Class Day and Graduation - are included. Finally, read below for Spring Sports Schedules.

MARCH CALENDAR

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ACADEMIC UPDATES

Report Cards - Thursday, March 30

The 3rd Marking Period closed on Friday, March 25. While it was an asynchronous day for students, STEM teachers were here at school compiling grades and collecting last minute work for students.


The newest Report Cards will be posted to Home Access Center this Thursday, March 31. Again, we will not be printing report cards for all students, however we will do so upon request. If you would like a paper copy sent home, please request it by emailing Ms. Jones or Ms. Dixon (yjones@chesteruplandsd.org; ldixon@chesteruplandsd.org) or calling 610-447-3650.

Home Access Center (HAC) Sign-Up

The HAC is where you will find your student's report cards and interim reports. Not only that, visiting the HAC will allow you to check your student's grades and attendance on a daily basis.


If you do not have your HAC set up yet, email Ms. Misha Memon (mmemon@chesteruplandsd.org). She will reply with your username, password and a link to the log in page.

Report Card Conferences - Tuesday, April 5

Report Card Conferences will be held here at STEM on Tuesday, April 5 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Appointments with teachers can be made in-person or via Zoom (all teacher Zoom links will be posted to the STEM website).


Please mark your calendar - we hope to see you here next week!

Spring Recess

It might be cold today, but Spring Break is right around the corner!


All CUSD schools will be closed during the week of April 11. School will resume on Tuesday, April 19.

ADMISSIONS 2022

Admissions Season Has Started...

We have officially begun the 2022 Admissions Season!


Our new application will be available online beginning Friday, April 1. We accept applications for all students entering grades 7-12 in the 2022-23 school year. Be sure to spread the word!

8th Grade Must Re-Apply

Each year, STEM 8th Graders who wish to continue on to high school here must re-apply. Our returning students undergo the same application process as those students who attend other schools. If you have an 8th Grader, please make sure they complete their application as soon as possible.

SPRING TESTING

PSSA & Keystone Exams

Each year, students in grades 3-8 are required to participate in PSSA exams. Also, high school students currently enrolled in Algebra I, Biology, or English II must take Keystone Exams in those subject areas. Since we have students in Grades 7-12, testing season is very busy here at STEM.


This year, testing will begin during the last week of April. PSSA's will be first, and our Middle School students will take their exams between April 26 and May 6. Keystone exams will follow and be held between May 16 and May 27.


Please mark your calendar for these dates, as attendance is very important. More information about PSSA's and Keystones is included in the letter below from Chief Academic Office, Dr. Sutton.

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SAT - April 26

STEM Juniors will take the SAT in school on Tuesday, April 26. For many of them, this will be their first experience taking this exam. We have been working hard to prepare them here - please make sure your 11th Grader is ready to go on the 26th.

NOCTI Exams - CTE Seniors

Seniors enrolled in Engineering and Communications Technology programs will be taking their NOCTI exams in April as well. The written portion will be on April 27 & 28, with the performance tasks taking place on April 29.

AP Exams

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will also have their culminating exams in May. If your student is in an AP class, ask them when their exam will be taking place. Remember, a passing grade (3 or higher out of 5) in an AP course results in college credit!

SENIOR EVENTS

Important Dates and Locations

Prom: Prom will be held on Friday, May 27 at The Waterfall in Claymont, DE. Seniors will be receiving detailed information about Prom at a class meeting on Tuesday, March 29.


Class Day: Chester Upland School District's annual Class Day will be held on Tuesday, June 7 in the Courtyard at STEM. Invitations to students who will be honored on that day will be coming later this Spring.


Graduation: This year's CUSD Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Mirenda Center on the campus of Neumann University on Monday, June 13. The Graduation Committee is hard at work planning this year's event, and will be communicating further details to Senior families in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

February Students of the Month

The following students were chosen by their teachers as February Students of the Month. They displayed excellence in Academics, Leadership and Character throughout the month. Congratulations!!


7th Grade: Timothy Ferguson

8th Grade: Quiaysia Shaw-Golson

9th Grade: Shamaad Cottman

10th Grade: Nevaeh Ross

11th Grade: Terrence Cobb

12th Grade: Kimiah Showell

February Staff Member of the Month - Ms. Vicks

Our February Staff Member of the Month is School Safety Officer Shakeerah Vicks. Ms. Vicks joined the STEM team this year after having served at Chester High. She is committed to our students, working hard to promote a safe and positive school environment. Additionally, Ms. Vicks has worked many long nights and weekends this month accompanying our students to District and State playoff games. Congratulations and Thank you Ms. Vicks!

COVID SAFETY UPDATE - MASKS

Mask Optional

On Tuesday, March 15, masks became optional for students and staff in the Chester Upland School District. This change is consistent with practices in neighboring school districts and is aligned with the most recent guidance from CDC. Please read the letter below from Dr. Parkinson for more information regarding the move to mask optional.


Since transitioning to optional masking last week, we have continued to provide masks to students, staff and guests who request them. Many students and staff members are continuing to wear them while in the building. Additionally, our daily temperature screening and other Covid safety protocols will continue. Should you have any questions, feel free to call or email Mr. Bell.

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CLIPPERS ATHLETICS

Spring Sports

Spring sports have begun for the Clippers. We are expecting great things from our athletes this season! Please check out the schedules below and support our teams.
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SUMMER STEM OPPORTUNITY

ID STEM - Increasing Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Dr. Thomas Butler from Crozer Health visited STEM on Wednesday, February 2. He met with 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to speak about his experience becoming a doctor, and encourage them to participate in the ID STEM Summer Program at Crozer Hospital.


During the week of June 27, students have the opportunity to get up close experience with medical professions by attending the program at Crozer. Families, please contact Mr. Bell for more information. There are limited spots, so please reserve soon!

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