The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of March 21

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. Today is officially the first day of Spring, a season that brings excitement and activity here at STEM. Over the next few months, the calendar will fill up with year end academic events like PSSA, Keystone, AP and NOCTI exams; as well as activities like Prom, Class Day, Graduation and more. But before all that happens, there is much to do. This week will bring the conclusion of the 3rd Marking Period, and our Admissions season will continue with a visit to Toby Farms School on Tuesday. Please read for these and other important Spring updates.


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Friday, March 25 - Asynchronous Day for Students

This Friday, March 25 will be an Asynchronous Day for all students in Chester Upland School District. Students will receive instruction from their teachers this week regarding assignments they will be required to complete on Friday.

3rd Marking Period - Closes Friday, March 25

This Friday, March 25 will also be the final day of the 3rd Marking Period. Teachers will be encouraging students to complete final projects and assignments all week.

Please speak with your students as well and make sure they finish the quarter strong. As always, you can check Home Access Center daily to monitor their grades, assignments and attendance!

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 ( She will reply with your username, password and a link to the log in page.


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!


Admissions Season Has Started...

We have officially begun the 2022 Admissions Season!

This week, we will be visiting Toby Farms to meet with prospective students in grades 6-8. Earlier this month, we also visited Widener Partnership and Chester Community Charter.

STEM Seniors Olivia Coulanges and Makel Martin have taken part in these presentations, sharing their wisdom and encouraging students to follow in their footsteps at STEM.

Please keep in mind that 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!


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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State Playoffs

After a thrilling victory over Shippensburg last Tuesday at Manheim Central High School, our boys advanced to the Class AAAAA semifinals against Imhotep. Unfortunately, the season ended on Saturday when the nationally ranked Panthers defeated our Clippers.

Although another state championship would have been great, it was still an excellent season. Congratulations to team and thank you to all who came out to support this year!

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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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