The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of January 3

Happy New Year STEM Families! Welcome to the first official 2022 edition of the STEM Weekly Stream. The focus of this week's newsletter is to provide more information regarding the temporary shift to Remote Instruction. Please read everything below carefully, as there is updated information since communication went out yesterday evening.

Remote Learning

Like many districts in our area, the recent surge in Covid illness has forced us to temporarily switch to Remote Learning. We know it is difficult for students to learn at home, and this situation presents challenges to many of our families. However, this decision was necessary for the safety of our students and staff.


This week, we will make the most of the situation. Our teachers and staff have been working hard today getting their virtual classrooms ready for students. Our goal this week is to keep students engaged in their classes, minimize disruption, and be ready to get back to normal as soon as possible.


It will take the cooperation of everyone - students, families, teachers and staff - to make this work. Thank you for your support!

Daily Schedule

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 4, all students will follow the schedule below. They will log into their assigned teachers' Zoom rooms at the times indicated. This is the same schedule we followed at STEM during Remote Learning last year, so returning students should be familiar with it.


Every student should have logged into each of their four Google Classroom pages this afternoon. Their teacher's Zoom link and additional important information about classes this week is there. Any student who has not already done so should check Google Classroom immediately.


Please remind your students that attendance is mandatory in all Zoom classes beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Students are expected to be on time and remain logged in for the duration of each period.

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Technology Equipment

In order to participate in Remote Learning, students need their CUSD issued Chrome Book computer and a Wifi connection.


If you are in need of assistance securing Wifi or need technical help with a Chrome Book, please email Ms. Memon (mmemon@chesteruplandsd.org) or call the STEM office at 610-447-3650.

Keystone Testing - January 6 & 7

Despite the interruption to in-person learning, state mandated Keystone testing must proceed. On Thursday and Friday of this week, we are planning to administer scheduled Winter Keystones in Literature and Algebra.


This means 10th grade students who are currently in Ms. Alston's English II classes and/or in Mr. Freedman's Algebra I class would report to school at normal time on Thursday and Friday (CUSD transportation available). Students would be dismissed at 11:00 AM when the testing is complete. If you have a 10th grader and are unsure whether they should report for Keystone testing, please email Ms. Memon (mmemon@chesteruplandsd.org) or call the office at 610-447-3650.


More information on testing and transportation will be coming in Ms. Alston and Mr. Freedman's classes tomorrow and Wednesday.

Grab & Go Food Bundles

Grab and Go food bundles will be available tomorrow (Tuesday, January 4) at Chester High for all families with students attending Chester Upland School District. See below for information:


Location: Chester High Main Entrance (Barkley Street)

Time: 9 AM to 11 AM

Food bundles will contain five days of breakfast and lunch for each student.


Please order your bundle ahead using this Lunch Order Form

Thank You

We understand changes this week were unexpected, and will seriously impact many of our students, families and staff.


I would like to thank our entire school community - our amazing teachers and staff, our supportive families, and our great students! Once again, we need to be flexible and make sacrifices for the greater good. We truly appreciate the efforts by the entire STEM Family to make this work!