The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of April 25

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. This edition begins with some fresh Academic Updates, including 3rd Quarter Honor Roll. Be aware that Course Selection will take place this week - read below for more on how students will be choosing their classes for next year. Also this week, Spring Testing begins. Additional Asynchronous Days have been added to the CUSD calendar, and the dates are below. Finally, don't forget to tell your family, friends and neighbors that STEM Academy Admissions Season is in full swing.


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Middle School English Classes

Ms. Labrum's 7th and 8th Graders were recently recognized by Reading Plus, the provider of our reading intervention program, for demonstrating extraordinary growth in their reading levels.

On average, our students have made a 3.4 level growth, which is nearly a full level higher than the typical student has made in the program this year.

Great job by Ms. Labrum and all our Middle School Students!

Mariama Kabbah: All-Delco Hi-Q

STEM Senior Mariama Kabbah was recognized last week as an All-Delco honoree in Hi-Q. Mariama, her teammates, and Coach Schoppet joined teams from across the county at the annual Hi-Q Banquet. Great job by Mariama and the entire team!

Biology Presentations

Ms. Adore's 9th Grade Biology students recently created and delivered presentations on carbohydrates and how they affect biological processes. The presentations were well-designed and informative. Destini Ramsey and Nyseem Dawson were both recognized for outstanding work. We are excited about how well our students will do on the Biology Keystone exam next month!

CUSD CTE Partnership with Chester Business Association

Students from two Chester Upland CTE Programs have begun a partnership with the Chester Business Association (CBA) to assist with their Social Media platforms.

Ms. Merto's STEM Academy Communications Technology students and Ms. King's Chester High Marketing students will begin working with CBA leadership next week. Not only will this project be a great learning opportunity for CUSD students, but it has the potential to be a great benefit to the community.

World History Projects

Mr. Scorzetti's 9th Graders recently completed their "Write Your Own Aesop's Fable" project. Students applied what they learned in Greek mythology and created their own fable with a modern-day lesson. Among the top projects were:

The Dog and the Fox by Alexander Morales

The Snake and the Snail by Nyseem Dawson

The Grasshopper and the Spider by Camren Wilson

The Bear and the Lion Cub by Sanajah Hendley

The Mouse and the Goat by Kimora Cobb

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Distinguished Honor Roll


Jahlil Carter

Timothy Ferguson

Ciani Fournier

La'Tye Jordan


Brittany Brown

Nyseem Dawson

Amani Gordon

Najih Hudson

Dayanara Martinez

Destini Ramsey

Jasaad Watson-Abdullah


Khaleedah Ahmad

Michel Badou

Sonjae Ferrante

Larry Floyd

Zion Lawrence

A'Lasia Mosley

Aser Ossel

Dante Payne

Keirah Porter

Zachory Randolph

Nevaeh Ross

Nyla Thomas

Na'Quan Thomas


Benjamin Bell, Jr.

Terrence Bobb, Jr.

Kashmala Fnu

Aramis Hernandez

Elizabeth Laseinde

Mew Sorphapmixay


Rachelle Bobo

Victoria Caratello

Olivia Coulanges

Isaiah Freeman

Desean Hubert

Amani Johnson

Cryshana Johnson-Mitchell

Makel Martin

James Muhammed

Aaliyah Pitts-Lewis

Zhaniyah Stockman

Keasia Webb

Aniyah Williams

Honor Roll


Kiannah Casimir


Sahira Banks

Sanaa Davis

Quiaysia Shaw-Golson

Stephen Swen

Brianna Tally


Tanyia Alexander

Emily Barrios

Fleurette Casimir

Kimora Cobb

Shamaad Cottman

Charles Cottrell

Ah'Miyah Jackson

Ma'Naya McKie

Taeqwann Naylor

Dallas Thompson


Jada Abdullah

Jasmine Alexander

Kyla Blackston

Kiara Burdine

Nee'Asjah Evans

Tahjee Gant-Irons

Zubair Haley

Shyne Hall

Keily Hutchins-Johns

Jazlynn Jones

Tiara Lawler

Karam Laws

Sabree Lee

Ja'Lee Michael

Dagoberto Miranda

Dahmere Nicely

Milan Rasheed

Antwon Reed

Hamira Robinson

Yanieltza Santiago-Delgado

Joyce Scott

Vanya Snyder

Zionna Stansbury

De'Shawn Thompson

Kyree Womack


Naomy Anaya-Diaz

Justin Arroyo-Pagan

Devon Beaver-Byard

Azyiah Berry

Aahshid Brown

Rnae Burton

Colin Ferrell

Angelina Figueroa

Lariyah Floyd

Zakiim Harris

Antanajah Hinson

Nasshae Madison

Kam'Ren Mills

Jasiyah Muhammad

Suleyska Nieves

Dakota Richards

Zion Spotwood

Charles Thompson, Jr.

Briana Walker

Samaad Watson


Nashirah Abdullah

Taaliyah Allen

Kethzy Baez-Muniz

Ja'Nylah Bishop

Jasir Cook

Andreka Dennis

Genessa Green

Alina LaForest

Jeremy Matos-Gonzalez

Dorian Miller

Bryant Quiros

Alexander Ramos

Kimiah Showell

Dayan Sierra-Duclerc

Elaijah Stevenson

Quadir Tabron

Ermias Tedla

Neaijah Townes

Leah Warren


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!


Course Selection

This week, STEM students in Grade 9, 10 and 11 will participate in 2022-23 Course Selection. During 4th Period today, teachers reviewed the choices students have, and the process they will undergo to select their classes for next year. The Course Selection process is completed online through student Home Access Center accounts.

We are encouraging families to check in with students about Course Selection this week. Your student can show you their options, as well as our current Course Catalog. If you have questions about your student's courses for next year please contact our School Counselors, Ms. Turner-Wright ( or Ms. Hargadon (

Home Access Center (HAC) Sign-Up

The HAC is where you will find your student's report cards, interim reports and now Course Selection. 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.


Tomorrow - April 26 - Asynchronous Day for Non-Testing Students

Tomorrow, April 26 will be our busiest testing day, with PSSA, SAT and Nocti exams all occurring at once. In order for us to provide the most ideal testing environment possible on that day, all non-testing students will stay home and have asynchronous assignments.

The following groups of students will be testing. Be aware their attendance in-person is mandatory:

All students in Grade 7

All students in Grade 8

All students in Grade 11

10th Grade students who receive SAT invitations

12th Grade students who are enrolled in CTE Programs (Engineering or Communications Technology)

If you have questions about whether your student should report to school on April 26, please contact Ms. Memon (, Ms. Turner-Wright ( or Ms. Hargadon ( You can also call the office at 610-447-3650.

Regular morning and afternoon transportation will be provided for testing students. Seniors taking the NOCTI exam were provided permission slips to be dismissed at the conclusion of their tests. Regular parent pickup procedures will be in effect for all other students.

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Testing Dates

PSSA English Language Arts (7th/8th Grade): April 26-28

PSSA Math (7th/8th Grade): May 2-3

PSSA Science (8th Grade): May 4-5

Keystone Literature (Select 10th Grade): May 17-18

Keystone Algebra (9th Grade): May 19-20

Keystone Biology (Select 9th/10th Grade): May 23-24

SAT (11th Grade/Select 10th Grade): April 26

NOCTI (12th Grade CTE Students): April 26 (Performance); April 27/28 (Written)

AP (Select 10th/11th/12th Grade): May 2 (Chemistry); May 3 (Psychology); May 4 (Literature); May 5 (Geography); May 9 (Calculus)

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Asynchronous Days: May 6 & June 13

Two additional days have been designated "Asynchronous Days" for all CUSD students:

Friday, May 6: All students will receive asynchronous assignments and work from home.

Monday, June 13: Graduation Day for Chester Upland School District. Students in Grades PK-11 will be asynchronous, completing any final assignments that are still outstanding on that day.


Chester Upland Spring Concert

The Chester Upland School District Music Department is hosting a Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 24. Students from all district schools will be showcased, including performances by a number of talented STEM students.

When: May 24 @ 6:00 PM

Where: Chester High Auditorium

Cost: $5.00

Tickets can be purchased through the office at STEM Academy (or any district school). Proceeds will support music education in CUSD!


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

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. School counselors will be in contact with students and families in the upcoming weeks regarding Credit Recovery. 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.


Vision Screenings at STEM

STEM Academy students will have two opportunities in May to have their eyesight checked by professionals:

May 9, 2022 -The Lion's Club will be at STEM to perform vision screening for students. It will determine whether a student has visual issues. Visual screening is free. All findings will be documented and given to students.

May 23, 2022- Salus University will be at STEM to perform visual screening for students. If a student fails, they will be able to pick glasses with the appropriate prescription the same day. All services are free.

Space at each screening is limited and permission slips are necessary. In order to reserve a spot for your student, please email Nurse Dale (


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.


Important Dates and Locations

Prom: Prom will be held on Friday, May 27 at The Waterfall in Claymont, DE. Seniors received detailed information regarding Prom before leaving for Spring Break. Families with Prom questions should email Ms. Thomson (

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 later this Spring.

Graduation: This year's CUSD Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Mirenda Center on the campus of Neumann University on Monday, June 13. The Graduation Committee is hard at work planning this year's event, and will be communicating further details to Senior families in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


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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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