The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of September 26

Hello STEM Families!


Welcome to this week's edition of the STEM Weekly Stream. We are entering the fifth week of school already. Below we have updates about the School Picture Day on Tuesday and Senior Parent Night coming up on Thursday. Also, you'll find instructions on how to access your student's first Interim Report. Finally, please be sure to check out the first episode of STEM TV!

STEM TV

First Episode

Under the guidance of Mr. Troy Johnson and Ms. Theresa Thornton of T3 Media, as well as Ms. Merto, our students produced the first episode of STEM TV. Congratulations to the whole team!


Jada Abdullah

Zion Lawrence

Andrew Fisher

Nichole Scott

Zionna Stansbury

Jay'Mya Wilson

Saidelys Martinez-Pacheco

STEM TV News 9/20/22

In Memory - Larry Yarbray, Sr.

On Friday, September 23, family and friends celebrated the life of Larry Yarbray, Sr. We continue sending our best wishes to the Yarbray family during this time.

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

THIS WEEK AT STEM

School Picture Day

School pictures for students in grades 7-11 will be held on Tuesday, September 27.


All students will be called to the Auditorium by grade for their pictures. It is necessary for each student to have their photo taken, as these pictures will be used for School ID's and the Yearbook.


White button-down shirts with the STEM logo will be provided for students to wear over top of their uniform for the photo.

Senior Parent Meeting - September 29

On Thursday, September 29 at 5:00 PM, 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.

Senior Class Vice-President: Special Election

Congratulations to Senior Malachi Jackson who was elected Vice-President of the Senior Class after last week's election.
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Day of Remembrance Community Event

Chester Chaplains Corps is hosting the annual Day of Remembrance Tuesday (September 27) at 6:30 PM. Please see below for details.
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ACADEMICS

First Interim Reports

The first Interim Reports will be available this week. On Wednesday afternoon, they will be posted to Home Access Center. Students will receive a "Pass" or "Fail" grade in each of their courses.


Please see below if you have not yet signed up for Home Access Center. Printed copies of Interim Reports can be requested by calling the office at 610-447-3650.

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 (mmemon@chesteruplandsd.org). She will reply with your username, password and a link to the log in page.


We encourage All Students and Families to check HAC every day!

HBCU Week College Fair

On Friday, 50 Seniors from STEM and Chester High attended the HBCU Week College Fair held at the Chase Field House in Wilmington. Our students returned with college acceptances and scholarship offers in hand. Thank you to Mr. Franklin, Ms. Turner-Wright, Ms. Hargadon and the CUSD Counseling Team for organizing this great trip!

CELL PHONES

Our New Rules are Working

Teachers are reporting higher participation and increased focus among students in classes this year. I can tell by walking through classrooms that engagement is increased. And while there will always be some "drama" among adolescents, interpersonal conflicts here at STEM are lower than at the same time last year.


All of these positive trends can be linked to reduced cell phone use by our students. Without the distraction and disruption phones cause in the classroom, our students are more focused on their academics, and more successful. We will continue to make this a priority and anticipate more positive results.

Article - Cell Phones in Schools

Please take a few minutes to read the article linked below. Just like us, many schools in the area are implementing more structured rules regarding cell phones this year.


The school leaders at schools across Delaware County and Philadelphia that have restricted cell phone use are reporting similar positive results so far. Student engagement is up, and conflicts are down.


We truly appreciate the support of our Families with our new cell phone rules. While we will continue to monitor cell phone use closely, we have strong data showing it's working. Let's keep up the great work!

Parent Teacher Student Association - Get Involved!

Please consider joining the PTSA this year to help support our students, teachers and families at STEM! We are looking for all those who are willing to share their time, energy and talents to help make our school even better!


If you're interested in helping out, please be in contact with Ms. Anita Littleton (alittleton341@msn.com) and/or Ms. Karla Beaver (beaverkarla66@gmail.com).

Chester Fire Department Block Party

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ATHLETICS

Clippers Football is Undefeated

Congratulations to the Clippers for moving to 5-0 with a win over West Chester East on Friday night. The season continues with a Home Game Saturday against Henderson High School.
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