The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of January 31

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. February and March will be busy months here at STEM. Check out this week's edition for descriptions of our Upcoming Events. As always, Health and Safety Updates are included. Scroll down to the Athletics section to find an article featuring the Boys Basketball Team.

FEBRUARY CALENDAR

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Coming this Month...

February will be a busy month for us here at STEM as we have a number of exciting events and opportunities coming. Please encourage your student to inquire and participate!

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

On Wednesday, February 2, we will be welcoming a special guest, Dr. Thomas Butler from Crozer Health. Dr. Butler will be meeting with students to promote a fantastic summer opportunity. We are looking for students who are interested in entering the medical field for a weeklong summer camp at Crozer Hospital. Students who are selected will meet doctors and nurses, dissect frogs, participate in a special Lab Coat Ceremony, and more!
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Aviation Career Fair

Careers in the airlines are in higher demand than ever. The industry is growing, and employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill all the jobs required to manage the demands of air travel.


We will be hosting an Aviation Career Fair on February 23 & 24 right here at STEM. All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from various sectors of the aviation industry, learn about career opportunities, and build connections with possible future employers.


Among the careers highlighted will be:


  • Pilots
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Airline Mechanics



Each of these careers feature outstanding pay and benefits, are in high demand, and have opportunities for advancement. We are extremely excited for this event and the potential benefit for our students!

STEM Showcase and Awards Ceremony

We are excited to announce the annual STEM Talent Showcase and Award Ceremony will be returning soon! The event could not go on last year due to Covid, but it will be back this year on March 2nd.


Our second round of auditions are taking place today!


More information will be coming soon about tickets to attend in person, and ways to watch the Showcase if you can't join us in the building.

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Oratorical Contest

The Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest is also returning this year, after being held virtually in 2021. On the evening March 31, contestants will compete at STEM to display the power of their public speaking skills.


All students in Chester can enter (Grades K-12). Interested STEM students should visit Mr. Staples (kstaples@chesteruplandsd.org) and students at other schools should speak with their principal for more information.

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INCLEMENT WEATHER

School Closings and Delays

I hope everyone has gotten themselves dug out from this weekend's snowstorm. If we are lucky, we are through with the winter weather, but please keep the following in mind in case of another storm:


Information about School Closings or Delays will be posted to the CUSD Homepage and Facebook page. Please check often if snow begins to fall again.

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Report Cards

Report Cards have been published to Home Access Center. You can view your student's second marking period report card on HAC under the "Grades" tab.


Also included on the report card is the student's updated GPA and credit total (for high school students), and whether they made the Honor Roll this quarter. If your student is in high school, they should know their GPA. Ask them today!!!


If you would like a paper copy of the report card, please call the office at 610-447-3650 or email (yjones@chesteruplandsd.org or ldixon@chesteruplandsd.org).

Home Access Center (HAC) Sign-Up

The HAC is where you will find your student's report card. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Vaccine Clinic at STEM

The vaccination clinic during Report Card Conferences last week was a huge success. Thank you to Dr. Patel and her team from Widener, as well as Mr. Simonson from CUSD for organizing. We are hoping a STEM Family takes home the TV from the raffle!


If you missed the clinic at STEM, don't worry. Vaccines will be available this week at Stetser Elementary and Toby Farms. Check out the schedule below!

Vaccination Clinics

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and your family from serious cases of Covid. Additionally, the more students who become vaccinated, the more likely we are to stay in school without any returns to remote learning.


In order to help increase vaccination rates, CUSD has arranged a series of free vaccination clinics for the community at our schools. Upcoming dates are listed below. The vaccinations are free for all, and you can receive first shots, second shots, and boosters. Sign up using this link: Vaccination Sign-Up


Thursday, February 3: Stetser Elementary 2:00-6:00 PM

Friday, February 4: Toby Farms 2:00-6:00 PM

Thursday, February 10: Chester High 2:00-6:00 PM

Friday, February 11: STEM 2:00-6:00 PM



You can also check out the CUSD Vaccination Calendar for more information on available vaccination. I hope to see you at a vaccination event soon!!

Health and Safety Protocols

In addition to vaccination, it is important that everyone at STEM commit to following health and safety guidelines. Masks are required at all times while inside CUSD buildings. We recommend the use of N95/KN95 masks, or the combination of a surgical and cloth mask. The vast majority of our students have been compliant with masking policies throughout the year, and teachers will review proper masking in classes this week. In order to maintain the safety of the entire school community and ensure continuity of in-person learning, a student who refuses to comply with our masking policy will be sent home from school.


Please make sure your student comes to school with a mask - N95/KN95 if possible. We will continue to supply masks to those who forget them, however we want to ensure we continue to have plenty of extra on hand.


The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is extremely contagious. If your student is feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of Covid, they must be kept home. You can contact our office by phone or email (yjones@chesteruplandsd.org ldixon@chesteruplandsd.org) to inform us of the absence.

ADMISSIONS 2022

Admissions Season is Coming...

As we approach Spring, we are planning to begin the admissions process for the next group of new STEM students. As with the past two years, our new student application will be found online beginning in early April. Please make sure your prospective 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students are checking the STEM Academy Home Page often for updates.



New student applicants will be evaluated based primarily on their report card grades from this year (2021-22). Other considerations include transcript history (for applicants already in high school), attendance, teacher recommendations, essay, and discipline. Make sure to remind prospective students to ensure their application is top-notch.


In the coming weeks, we will be visiting elementary schools to speak with students about the benefits of attending STEM Academy. If you have students at CCCS Aston, Widener Partnership, or Toby Farms, we will be coming to visit soon. We also hope to hold an in-person Prospective Student Night this Spring.


Finally, please be aware that current STEM 8th Graders must re-apply for admission into 9th Grade. Application requirements and criteria are the same as for students applying from other schools.

DECEMBER STUDENTS AND STAFF OF THE MONTH

Students of the Month

The following students were chosen by their teachers as December Students of the Month. They displayed excellence in Academics, Leadership and Character throughout the month. Congratulations!! Pictures will be coming soon once students return to the building.


7th Grade: Vanel Melendez

8th Grade: Sanaa Davis

9th Grade: Taeqwann Naylor

10th Grade: Hamira Robinson

11th Grade: Gabriel Echevarria

12th Grade: Victoria Caratello

Staff Member of the Month

Middle School English teacher, Julanne Labrum has been named December Staff Member of the Month. Not only is Ms. Labrum an excellent teacher, she goes above and beyond to make sure our Middle School students are successful in and out of the classroom. Congratulations Ms. Labrum!!
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CELL PHONE USE IN CLASS

Important Message

Ms. Labrum recently shared the following message with parents of Middle Schoolers. After reading it, I thought it was very important to share with our High School families as well. Many teachers have noticed students using their cell phones even more this year than ever before. We understand that many of our students must carry their phones with them, however it's important they learn to manage it without it becoming a distraction.



We are so happy to see everyone back at school! As we enter the third marking period, please check your child’s Home Access Center frequently. There, you will see their current graded assignments for all their classes. If you require your log-in information, please email Ms. Memon (mmemon@chesteruplandsd.org) or call the office at 610-447-3650.


In our efforts to get the new year off to a great start, remember that students all have laptops with internet connections in the classroom. There is no academic reason that students need their phones while in class, and phones are the most frequent obstacle to learning for our students. Many who have phones are on them when they shouldn’t be, causing them to miss lessons, instructions, and assignments.


Parents, by using these strategies, you can monitor your student's phone usage, and also help us teach your students: Check the amount of time your child has been on their cell phone each day using settings on iPhone and Android (click the links for easy to follow instructions). Mobile hotspots allow students to access websites that are blocked by CUSD. Disabling mobile hotspots can help keep your child safe and focused.

CLIPPERS ATHLETICS

STEM Clippers in the News

Check out this article about STEM Sophomore Honor Roll student, Larenzo Jerkins, and the surging Clippers Basketball Team.

Winter Sports Schedules

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