The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of November 15

Welcome to the 7th Edition of the STEM Weekly Stream, our family newsletter. Report Cards are out! Please check below for information on where to find your student's Quarter One grades. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held next week - information about making appointments with teachers, and the Thanksgiving Week schedule are in this edition. Winter Sports begin this week, so updates for the upcoming basketball, winter track and cheerleading seasons are included as well. Finally, we have awarded our October Students of the Month - check them out below!

NOVEMBER CALENDAR

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REPORT CARDS

Where to Find Your Student's Report Card

Report Cards were posted to the Home Access Center on the morning of Friday, November 12. If you do not yet have an HAC account, please follow the instructions below.


While we do not print paper copies for all students, we can do so upon request. Just call or email Ms. Jones or Ms. Dixon in the office to request a copy, and we'll send one home with your student.


610-447-3650

yjones@chesteruplandsd.org

ldixon@chesteruplandsd.org

Home Access Center (HAC)

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Report card conferences will be held from 11:30 AM until 5:30 PM on Tuesday, November 23 - mark your calendar! Appointments are suggested, and teachers will be in contact soon with instructions for scheduling them.


This year, we are happy to offer both in-person and remote options for conferences. We hope to see you here at STEM, but understand that schedules are very busy. When you make your appointment for the conferences, you will indicate whether you intend to attend in-person or via Zoom.


Finally, if you forget to make an appointment, we would still love to see you. Walk-ins will be welcome at STEM on the 23rd, and pop-ins on Zoom will be welcome also.

THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE

Week of November 22

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday here at STEM! We are incredibly grateful for the amazing students, families, teachers and staff at our school. This year, Thanksgiving Week also comes with a special schedule:


Monday (11/22): Full Day - Regular Schedule

Tuesday (11/23): Early Dismissal (10:30 AM) for Students - Report Card Conferences from 11:30-5:30

Wednesday (11/24): Early Dismissal (10:30 AM) for Students and Staff

Thursday (11/25): Thanksgiving Day - Schools Closed

Friday (11/26): Schools Closed

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER

October Awardees

Each month, one outstanding student from each grade is selected by their teachers as Student of the Month. These students have demonstrated excellence in STEM Academy traits of Scholarship, Leadership, and Character. Please join me in congratulating the following students who represented the best STEM has to offer during the month of October!


7th Grade: Ciani Fournier

8th Grade: Stephen Swen

9th Grade: Dayanara Martinez

10th Grade: Tahjee Gant-Irons

11th Grade: Zanae Holland-Barksdale

12th Grade: Desean Hubert

SENIOR UPDATES

Senior Pinning Ceremony

The Senior Pinning Ceremony is this Wednesday, November 17. The event will take place in the third floor lobby at Chester High School at 6:00 PM.


If you have not reserved your place, please contact STEM Senior Advisor, Ms. Rachael Thomson at rthomson@chesteruplandsd.org.

Information for Senior Parents

The school year is now in full swing, and it will be moving fast, especially for Seniors. Please keep important dates and information in mind:


Senior Dues: The first $100 installment of Senior Dues payments was due Friday, November 5. Please contact Ms. Thomson to arrange payment if you have not already done so.


Senior Meetings: Seniors have all been scheduled for their initial Senior Meeting with their Counselor, Ms. Hargadon. At these meetings, they discuss their plans for next year, and are provided a guide for their next steps. Questions about college and scholarships should be directed to Senior Counselor, Ms. Hargadon.


Contact Information

Senior Advisor: Ms. Rachael Thomson - rthomson@chesteruplandsd.org

Senior Counselor: Ms. Casey Hargadon - chargadon@chesteruplandsd.org

Principal: Mr. Brendan Bell - bbell@chesteruplandsd.org

WINTER SPORTS

Varsity Sports

Chester Clipper Winter Sports begin on Friday, November 19. Students who are interested in participating must have an updated physical. Forms are available at the front desk at STEM, and can be taken to your family doctor, or Everest Urgent Care to be completed. Please contact Athletic Director LaDontay Bell (lbell@chesteruplandsd.org) with questions.

Winter Sports Coaches

Boys Basketball: Keith Taylor

Girls Basketball: Marvin Dukes

Cheerleading: Karen Miah

Boys Indoor Track: James Wharton

Girls Indoor Track: Jamal Allen

FALL FAMILY SUMMIT

Fall Family Summit

The annual Chester Upland Fall Family Summit was a huge success over the weekend. With help from our partners at the Chester Boys & Girls Club and the Making a Change Group, we provided a fun and informative event that benefitted families across the district.


There were workshops for students and families, food and coat giveaways, and additional resources from a variety of local organizations.


A special thank you to all the STEM families who were in attendance! We were recognized by Councilperson Elizabeth Williams for having the highest family turnout of all schools in Chester!

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ACADEMIC UPDATES

GPA - Grade Point Average

For many of our students, especially new 9th Graders, Grade Point Average (GPA) is a concept that takes a while to really understand. However, students need to know that once they get to high school, their grades really count. The final marks students received on this first Report Card will stay on their transcript and be seen by the admissions counselors when they apply to college. Please join us in emphasizing to students the importance of striving for the highest grades possible, even in Freshman year. The hard work will pay off when it comes time to apply for college.

After School Program

Our famous 21st Century After-School Program is now back in session! Many of our students have already signed up, but there are plenty of openings. Register here.


Our After-School Program provides great value for many of our students and families.

  • First and foremost, it is the ideal place for students to get enhanced academic support. With 12 of our fantastic teachers on staff, students have the opportunity to get an hour of individual or small group help from a certified teacher each day
  • Research shows that students who are involved in extra-curricular activities are much more likely to succeed in school. The After-School Program includes a variety of activities to meet the interests of students, including Robotics, Chess, Hi-Q, School Newspaper, Botany, and more!



Registration is open and we encourage all families to enroll their students! Check out the flyer and contact Ms. Merto (cmerto@chesteruplandsd.org) with any questions.

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Early Warning System

At STEM, we strive to have systems in place to identify students who need help, and provide them with supports as soon as possible. Our Early Warning System (EWS) allows our grade-team teachers and counselors to collaborate to keep students on the right track. Using academic and attendance data, our teams identify students who may be in danger of failing multiple courses or missing excessive class periods.


This year, with the adjustment back to in-person learning, and with so many of our students new to the school, we are finding many students need extra support. We ask that families work with us to help students maintain the focus and effort necessary to stay on top of their academic work. Our teachers and counselors are your teammates working together to ensure students are successful!

PICTURE DAY

Picture Day - Grades 7-11

All students in grades 7-11 had their school photos taken on Tuesday, November 9. Students were sent home with order forms. If you did not receive an order form, please call our office and request one to be sent home.


Any students who were absent on Picture Day will have their photo taken on Thursday, December 16.


Students will soon be receiving their STEM Student ID cards, and their photos will be in the 2022 STEM Academy Yearbook as well.

PBIS at STEM

PBIS at STEM

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is always important at STEM, and never more so than right now. We have so many students who are new to our school building and also those who have not been in a classroom for a long time. Our goal is to support our students by instructing them on how to be positive members of our school community.

Positive Behavior Emphasis: Be On Time

We use the STEM PBIS acronym below to teach students our expectations for their behavior. The "T" stands for Take Accountability, and we want our students to take ownership of their responsibilities. Our students usually do a great job, but when they need a reminder, we all need to work together to get them on track.


This week, I am asking families to help by making sure their students are on time for school. Students must be in their First Period class by 7:50 AM. We have students who are arriving later and later, which is beginning to seriously impact their classes.


Before we begin taking punitive action, let's work together to make sure our students arrive on time. Remember you can always check your student's grades and attendance every day by loggin into the Home Access Center (see the instructions toward the top of the newsletter if you don't have login information). Take a moment today to verify your student is arriving on time each day!

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Check out the World Famous Chester Clippers Cheerleaders showing us what PBIS means at STEM

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