Clipper Connection

E-Newsletter (November 23, 2022)

Message from Superintendent Dr. Craig Parkinson

Hello CUSD families,

The holidays are officially upon us. On behalf of the district, I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

With the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, it’s easy to forget that we all have plenty to be thankful for. As Superintendent of Schools for the district, I am thankful for CUSD teachers, staff/personnel, families, community partners, and residents who all work collaboratively for the betterment of our children.

I hope you all enjoy these next few days with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving.

STEM and CUSA Transition Plan Community Meeting Postponed

As you probably already know, the community meetings that were scheduled for November 16 to address the 2023-24 school year transition plan for STEM and CUSA were postponed.

District officials are committed to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to present their questions and concerns in a forum that promotes partnership, inclusion, and respect.

Your concerns are our concerns and we look forward to discussing them with you in person very soon.

More information about future meeting dates and times will be made available on all CUSD platforms. Be sure to check the website, E-Newsletters, and our social media pages for updates.

Twilight Academy To Start On Monday, November 28

CUSD is proud to announce that Twilight Academy will begin this coming Monday, November 28.

The Twilight Academy is an alternative learning opportunity available for students who meet certain criteria.


  • Must be 15 years or older
  • Must have earned eight or more high school credits before enrolling
  • Must be able to work or volunteer minimum hours on school days per state guidelines
    • 15-year-olds- No more than 18 hours during the school week, no more than 3 hours during the school day
    • 16 and older- No more than 28 hours during a school week, no more than 5 hours during the school day
  • Cannot be enrolled in traditional day school once admitted into the program
  • Admission is based on the application and evaluation of the transcript by the School Counselor and Building Principal

To be accepted into the program, students interested in the Twilight Academy must be recommended by their school counselor and building principal.

Classes are offered in-person four days per week, Monday-Thursday. Students will work on electives asynchronously on Fridays. Each class will meet twice per week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.

Any student interested in the program must first meet with their school counselor and building principal before applying. The application may be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions or think your student may be interested in the Twilight Program, please contact Megan Sgro at

Available for Purchase! Yearbook Ads & Graduation Rings

A lot happens during a school year and yearbooks are a great way to safeguard those memories.

You can create a yearbook ad for your student online. Instructions are on the flyer below.

If you have questions about the yearbook process, email:

Ms. Norman at .

Graduation rings can also be purchased.

Questions about graduation rings can be emailed to: for more information.

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In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI)

More Than 100 Families Attend CUSD Youth and Family Summit

CUSD’s annual Youth and Family Summit, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Chester, Chester Biddy Basketball, and 21st Century Chester was a huge success.

This year’s event focused on providing families with health and wellness information. Several vendors were in attendance, including representatives from the Chester Education Foundation, Harcum College, and DELCORA.

Over 100 parents and students attended the event and took part in a full day of activities that included Zumba, breakfast, breakout sessions with guest speakers for teenage boys and girls called barbershop and beauty shop talk, Home Access Training for parents led by members of Parent University, and Chester Biddy Basketball camps, lunch, a presentation, raffles, and a coat giveaway.

The district would like to thank all event partners, vendors, and speakers for helping to make the event a success.

Grandparents Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon

Last Thursday, high school students enrolled in the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) marketing and culinary arts programs worked collaboratively to host and serve a pre-Thanksgiving meal to local senior citizens.

Grandparents of graduating seniors and local senior citizens were invited to the event and had a chance to enjoy a catered lunch prepared with the help of the culinary arts students that included, baked turkey and chicken, candied yams, green beans, rolls, and tres leches cake and homemade cookies for dessert.

The marketing students welcomed the seniors and helped them to their seats. Chester High School staff and personnel assisted the culinary arts students with serving food and bringing plates to tables.

I’m really proud of how this event turned out. Our young people are showing community pride by serving our seniors, displaying their talents, and making this district proud in the process. Our CTE programs are expanding and we appreciate the local donations that continue to pour in to help us with initiatives like this.

Thanks to Michelle Jackson from the district’s community partner DELCORA, each senior also received a gift bag to take home.

On behalf of the district, I would like to thank restaurant Manager, Michael Burr from Restaurant Associates, and other local community partners for their generous donations which made this event possible.

CHS Students Participate in Virtual Event With Philadelphia Eagles

Recently, the Positive Action Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lunch groups at CHS participated in a virtual event with the Philadelphia Eagles and Character Playbook program.

This was an amazing opportunity and students had the chance to ask questions and hear from Eagles veteran and star defensive end Brandon Graham and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata.

Topics included conflict resolution, mental health, and goal setting.

The district is honored that this invitation was extended to us. We are proud that our SEL program is making headway within the district, and having a noticeable impact on our students.

Special thanks to SEL Coordinator Dana Bowser and her team for all the work they do with our students.

Stetser Science Fair

Last Friday, Stetser held a Science Fair and our talented students showcased their understanding of different areas of science through creative displays.

Students created informational boards and exhibits that focused on several topics, including weather, the solar system, habitats, sustainability/recycling, and the environment.

Way to go Stetser.

Receiver’s November Meeting

Yesterday, Receiver Nichols held his monthly meeting.

If you weren't able to make it you can watch the latest meeting and previously held meetings here.

*** Upcoming Dates ***

  • Thanksgiving Holiday - November 23 - November 25

  • Edgmont Scholars Academy Family - November 30
  • Toby Farms 1st Marking Period Awards Night - November 30 (date changed)
  • STEM Academy and Chester High School Senior College & Career Meeting - November 30
  • Stetser Canned Food Drive - December 1 - December 20
  • Stetser 1st Marking Period Awards Assembly - December 2
  • Chester High School Honor Roll Assembly ­- December 2
  • CUSD College & Career Fair - December 7
  • CUSA PBIS Fall Celebration - December 9