The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of May 31

Hello STEM Families! We hope you all stay safe and cool during these record high temperatures. It should be a little cooler tomorrow, and hopefully there will be no more need for early dismissals. Please read this week's newsletter for information about Year End Events. Updates on Summer Programming are also included. Class Officers for the Class of '23 were just elected - the winners are below. Finally, results from the past weekend's State Track Championships are in this issue as well.


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Graduation Information has been Delivered

On Tuesday, May 17, we met with all graduating Seniors to review the details for year-end events. They were given an information sheet with all the details about the Graduation Ceremony on Monday, June 13 at Neumann University.

If you have a Senior, please make sure you have the information sheet in your hands!

This week, we will meet with Seniors again to review procedures for Graduation. Our rehearsal will take place on the morning of Monday, June 13, however it is very important that Seniors understand what the procedure will be prior to the event.

Senior Exams and Final Grades

Seniors must finish their academic responsibilities so they are ready and able to move on. Final exams for Seniors will take place from Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 2. The last day for Seniors to submit work will be Friday, June 3. Parent meetings are continuing for Seniors who are in danger of failing to qualify for Graduation.

Important Dates and Locations

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 soon!

Baccalaureate: Baccalaureate will be held on Thursday, June 9 in the newly refurbished auditorium at Chester High. All members of the Class of '22 and their families are invited to attend.

Graduation: This year's CUSD Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Mirenda Center on the campus of Neumann University on Monday, June 13 at 11:00 AM. Please see the Graduation Information Sheet for important details. These forms were sent home with Seniors on Tuesday, May 17. If you need a sheet, please contact the office.


Rising Senior Class Officers

In just two weeks, the Class of '23 will be the newest Senior Class at STEM Academy. After an exciting Campaign Week, the Class of '23 voted for their Class Officers over the weekend. All candidates did a great job - congratulations to the winners!

President: Mariama Diallo

Vice-President: Naomy Anaya-Diaz

Secretary: Elizabeth Laseinde

Treasurer: Kam'Ren Mills


Chrome Book Return

All CUSD students will be returning their District issued devices over the summer. This will allow the Technology Department to redistribute the machines in top working order in the fall. Please note that students will be required to pay for damaged or unreturned devices according to the district's technology agreement.

Seniors: Graduating Seniors will return their Chrome Books on Friday, June 3. Seniors must return their device (or pay the $70 fee) in order to participate in Senior Week activities and Graduation.

Grades 7-11: Students in Grades 7-11 will return their devices during the week of June 6.


Philadelphia Airport Career Trip - Friday, June 3

Back in February, we hosted a two day career fair with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. On June 3, we will be taking the next step in our partnership with the Aviation industry.

Students will be bused to the Philadelphia Airport where they will meet professionals and learn about careers in Aviation, including: Pilot, Air Traffic Controller, Airplane Mechanic, Flight Attendant, and more.

Interested students should visit their School Counselors, Ms. Turner-Wright and Ms. Hargadon, to reserve their spot.

8th Grade Move Up Day - Thursday, June 9

Thursday, June 9 will be the annual 8th Grade Move Up Day. The STEM ceremony will take place at 9:00 AM, and the Toby Farms ceremony will be at 11:00 AM. Both will be held in the STEM Auditorium.

Final Grades Due - Monday, June 13

For students in grades 7-11, final exams and projects will take place from Thursday, June 2 through Wednesday, June 8.

Monday, June 13 will be an Asynchronous Day, and also the final day for students to turn in assignments.

Early Dismissal & Asynchronous Days

Thursday, June 9: Early Dismissal (10:30 AM)

Friday, June 10: Early Dismissal (10:30 AM)

Monday, June 13: Asynchronous Day (Students in Grade 7-11); Graduation (Seniors)

Last Day of School for Students - Tuesday, June 14

The last day of school for students in Grades 7-11 will be Tuesday, June 14.


Chester Upland Spring Concert

The Chester Upland School District Spring Concert played to a full house on Tuesday, May 24. Students from each school in the district participated in the sold-out show. Many thanks to Dr. Rodney Bradley and the Chester Upland Music Department for leading an outstanding show.

STEM Performers included:

Kyla Blackston

Sanai Mahiri-Hyman

Sanajah Hendley

Jazira Boyer

Tay'Shaun Bland

Mariama Kabbah


Delaware County Juneteenth Poster Contest Winner Zionna Stansbury

STEM Academy Sophomore, Zionna Stansbury, was recently named the winner of the County-Wide design contest for the Delaware County Juneteenth Celebration flyer. Students from all 15 school districts in the county competed.

The winning design is below. Great job Zionna!!!

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Summer Enrichment

The Summer Break is fast approaching. Once again, we will be offering the M.A.R.S. Summer Program for students entering Grades K-8. Please click the link below for more information and to sign up. This link can be shared with any CUSD families who have students entering Grades K-8.

K-8 Summer Enrichment Information and Sign-Up

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Summer School

STEM students who fail core academic classes will be offered the opportunity to make the course up through the Summer Credit Recovery Program. Please note that students who are transitioned from STEM to Chester High due to multiple failed courses should still complete Credit Recovery in order to maintain progress toward Graduation. Additionally, some students may be required to complete Credit Recovery in order to continue at STEM next year.

Letters will be forthcoming to families of students who must take Credit Recovery courses. There will be a $50 fee per course for Credit Recovery classes.


2022 Application is HERE

Please encourage all eligible students and families to apply for admission to STEM Academy for next year. All those entering grades 7-12 are encouraged to apply! Click below to begin your application.

2022-23 New Student Application

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.


Now Airing - XFinity Channel 8 & Fios Channel 28

Chester residents can now tune into Clipper TV to see news and information covering all things about Chester Upland School District.

You can find Clipper TV on Comcast XFinity (Channel 8) or Verizon Fios (Channel 28). Tune in!


State Track Championships

The Clippers found even more success this year at the PIAA State Track Championships over the weekend at Shippensburg University.

Girls Results

Alina LaForest placed 12th in the 100 Hurdles and 9th in the 300 Hurdles

Ja'Naisa Dearry placed 17th in the 400 Meter

A'Laisa Mosley, Ja'Nasia Dearry, Daleeah Alexander, and Alina LaForest finished 10th in the 4X400

Boys Results

Walton Garnett placed 10th in the 400 Meter

Walton Garnett, Kylie Harper, Jaydon Bantum and Quamere Cosby finished 9th in the 4x400 Relay

Also, congratulations go out to Alexa Brown, daughter of Chester High Principal Ronald Brown, who finished 2nd in the Shot Put.


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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