The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of September 12

Hello STEM Families!

Welcome to this week's edition of the STEM Weekly Stream. Please read below for information about Back to School Night, which will take place this Thursday evening. Additionally, Upcoming Fall Events are listed. Finally, reminders about new guidelines for this year are available here.


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Attendance Reminder

Please remember that All Students Must Arrive by 7:45 each morning. We appreciate those families who have rearranged their schedules to ensure their students arrive on time. Your efforts to get your students here on time will be very beneficial to their success!

STEM 2022-23 Calendar Link

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be held here at STEM this Thursday, September 15, from 5:00 to 8:00. We hope to see all our families that night. Among the activities we have planned are:

  • Student presentations about their summer enrichment activities
  • Detailed information about events and programming at STEM this year
  • Opportunities to sign up with our education and student development partners, such as: Chester Boys & Girls Club, Young Men & Women in Charge; Chester Education Foundation; Upward Bound, and more...
  • Families will follow their student's schedule to meet their teachers and visit classrooms

Please call with questions regarding Back to School Night.

School Picture Day

School pictures for students in grades 7-11 will be held on Tuesday, September 27. All students must have their pictures taken. These photos will be used for Student ID's and included in the Yearbook. Following picture day, families will be provided information regarding purchase of school pictures.

12th Grades will be receiving information about their Senior Portraits during the Senior Meeting taking place this Friday, September 16.

Senior Parent Meeting - September 29

On Thursday, September 29, we will invite parents of our Senior students for an information session. Our goal is to make sure our families are aware of what they and their students must do to prepare for transitioning after graduation. We hope all will be in attendance.
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Assignments and Grades

It is very important for students to get off to a great start, especially 9th Graders. Please ask your student about what they are learning in class and the assignments they are working on. Let's work together to ensure our students get off on the right foot!

Home Access Center

The Home Access Center (HAC) allows families to view their students' grades and attendance in real time. By logging into the HAC, you can stay up to date on your student's progress and know immediately if they miss class or assignments.

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.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up for HAC during Back to School Night.

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Student attendance is a major area of focus at STEM and throughout CUSD this year. In order for our students to achieve at the highest level, they need to be on time and in all their classes each day. We need all students and families to be aware of these guidelines and work together to ensure we have a great year.

All students must enter the school building no later than 7:45 a.m.

Students will be marked tardy if they are not in class by 7:50 a.m.

Students will not be admitted into their classroom after 7:50 without a late note signed by the Front Office.

Students will not be allowed inside the building after 8:15 a.m. without a parent or guardian to sign them in.

Students will be reminded of the importance of daily attendance in all classes. We appreciate the support of families helping to improve student attendance this year!

I want to thank all parents and families who have adjusted their schedules to support STEM students' on-time arrival. It is great to see the line-up of cars at 7:30 AM this year. Please continue making on-time arrival a priority.

Cell Phones

According to teachers, parents, and even students themselves, it is clear that the biggest distraction to learning is their phones. We cannot expect teaching and learning to occur when phones are in the hands of students during their classes. Therefore, students will not be permitted to have cell phones in the classroom this year.

  • All students have been provided a lock and locker
  • Students will be required to lock their phones in their lockers during the school day
  • Students will be permitted to access their lockers and use their phones at lunch and return the phones to their lockers before returning to class
  • Students will retrieve their phones from their lockers at dismissal
  • Headphones/earbuds/Airpods may not be worn in school

Students who choose not to adhere to these rules will be subject to escalating consequences.

This will be an adjustment for our students, but certainly a positive one. We appreciate the support of our Families to make this happen!


Athletic Opportunities

STEM Academy students participate on all Chester Clipper Interscholastic Athletic teams. This fall our students are competing in the following sports:

  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

If you would like more information regarding athletic opportunities, please contact CUSD Director of Athletics and Activities, LaDontay Bell ( We believe that playing sports enhances student life and research proves that participation in athletics and activities leads to greater academic outcomes for students!

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