The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of October 10

Hello STEM Families!


Welcome to this week's edition of the STEM Weekly Stream. This Wednesday is a very important day for students in grades 10-12. Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT, and Seniors take the SAT. Please also read below for the announcement of September Students and Staff of the Month. Finally, details are below about upcoming Senior Events, including Senior Portraits, Senior Pinning Ceremony, and more.

SAT and PSAT - OCTOBER 12

Wednesday, October 12

SAT and PSAT testing will take place on Wednesday, October 12. These exams will begin at 8:00 AM and continue for the duration of the morning. Students taking the exams are:


12th Grade: SAT

10th-11th Grades: PSAT

7th-9th Grades: Regularly Scheduled Classes

PSAT Exam

The PSAT exam provides students with a preview and baseline in order to prepare for the SAT. PSAT scores are not considered by colleges for admission, however taking the test is an important step in preparation for the SAT which they will take later.


Students also complete an extensive college and career interest survey along with the PSAT. Their responses are delivered to post-secondary schools and colleges that offer programming aligned with student interests. We encourage students to complete this survey thoughtfully. Students and families can expect to begin receiving information from colleges shortly after the PSAT is completed.

STUDENTS AND STAFF OF THE MONTH

Students of the Month

Each month, STEM teachers and staff identify a student from each grade who goes above and beyond to demonstrate outstanding achievement in Scholarship, Character and Leadership.

September Honorees

7th Grade: Princess Jones

8th Grade: Mike Sapatanga

9th Grade: Kayla Jones

10th Grade: Charles Cottrell

11th Grade: Kani Bullock-Smith

12th Grade: Elizabeth Laseinde

Staff Member of the Month

School Counselor, Ms. Turner-Wright was recognized as the STEM September Staff Member of the Month. Demonstrating her commitment to students in many ways, Ms. Turner-Wright is an extremely important member of the STEM Academy Team. Congratulations and thank you! Check out the segment about Ms. Turner-Wright and more in the latest edition of the STEM TV News.

STEM TV

STEM TV News: October 4th, 2022

After School Program

After School Program Accepting Registrations!

The After School Program at STEM is off and running. We encourage all families to sign their students up for the program.


Academic support and tutoring is available daily, and is extremely beneficial to students who need extra help, as well as those who just need a good setting for doing homework and studying.


Additionally, there are a number of popular extra-curricular opportunities, including Robotics, Drama and Gymnastics with Mr. Harris, which is getting great reviews from students. The link to sign up for After School is below.

After School Programs

The following programs are currently offered in the After School Program, and we hope to add more as the year progresses:

  • Reading Olympics
  • Gymnastics
  • Drama
  • Robotics Team
  • Physical Fitness
  • Choral Group
  • Hi-Q Team
  • School Newspaper
  • Art Workshop


Additionally, daily tutoring is available in Math, ELA and Science, as well as College & Career Planning.

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Click Below to Sign-Up!

ATTENDANCE

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 CALENDAR

ACADEMICS

First Interim Reports

The first Interim Reports have been posted to Home Access Center. Students received 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!

9th Grade Failure Letters

Now that the first Interim grades have been issued, we have found a number of 9th Grade students are not meeting expectations in their classes. This is a trend we see year after year, as students struggle to adjust to the increased work and rigor of their high school classes.


We must work with families of students who are struggling to ensure they get on a path to improvement quickly. Families of all 9th Grade students who received at least ONE Failing grade on their Interims will receive a letter this week to be signed and returned.


Included in the letter will be options to assist your student in improving their grades. The first step is to involve them in the After-School Program where they can receive extra tutoring and have time to complete missing assignments. Please be on the lookout for a letter if you have 9th Graders, and have conversations with your students about their grades and classes.

SPIRIT WEEK IS COMING UP

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CLASS OF '23 UPDATES

Upcoming Events

Please check out the flyers below for upcoming Senior Events. Additionally, Senior Families please be on the lookout for emails from Ms. Thomson (Senior Class Advisor) for updates.
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Voter Registration

During the College & Career Workshop, we provided eligible Seniors an opportunity to register to vote. We have an important election coming up on November 8, and it's important our students understand the importance of exercising their right to vote. Many thanks to the New Pennsylvania Project for providing volunteers to register our students.


To all our families, if you are not yet registered to vote on November 8, please use the link below!

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).

ATHLETICS & EVENTS

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