STEM Head of School Update

September 1, 2023: Issue #3

From the Office of Art Campbell, Head of School

Mr. Art Campbell, Head of School

Ms. Kelly Stauffer, Admin. Asst. to the Head of School

We hope everyone had a wonderful first week of school!

As a reminder, there will be no school on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. School will resume on Tuesday, September 5. Enjoy your weekend!

Picture Day for students in grades 9-11 will take place on Thursday, September 7 during the school day and should be completed by 11:30 am. The Senior Class will have health screenings provided by our school nurse Ms. Jennifer Mikulich. The senior class should have received their 23-24 student ID already. As a reminder you will need to have that ID at various times throughout the school year. Keep it safe!

**The daily schedule for August 28-September 12 has been modified as we work toward preparing for the Lunch & Learn Schedule. The modified schedule is below.

23-24 Opening Week Schedule

As a reminder, there will be no school on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. School will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

Picture Day for students in grades 9-11 will take place on Thursday, September 7 during the school day. The Senior Class will have health screenings provided by our school nurse, Ms. Jennifer Mikulich.

Attendance Reminders:

  • If you are planning a family trip, please be sure to turn in the Request Form for Educational and Family Trips, no less than 2 weeks prior to the request.
  • If your student arrives to school late, will be leaving early, or is absent for any reason, an email should be sent to If leaving early students should come to the main office in the morning to receive an early dismissal slip, which they will provide to their teacher. They should report to the office to check out. Parents are not required to come in to pick up, your student will meet you outside the building after checking out.


  • Band Students going to East for class during the school day will ride bus 72 to East and that bus will pick up at STEM promptly at 1:25. Students should be sure to be on time to board the bus.
  • After School Activities to East: Bus 67 and Bus 301 will provide daily transportation to those students participating in after school activities at East. Buses are only for those participating in activities at East. Students should board bus 67 first, and use bus 301 in the event that there is no more room on 301.

Bus Passes are for Emergency use only. All bus rosters are full and only in the event of an emergency will a student be allowed to ride a different bus home. The request for a bus pass should come to the main office and will need approval from Mr. Campbell.

Lunch & Learn: Beginning September 13th, on days students have periods 1-7 we will continue our one hour Lunch & Learn. The purpose of Lunch & Learn is to provide students with the time, support, and resources necessary to be a successful student. By scheduling time during the school day, all students will have equal access to their teachers and other resources. This is a time for students to eat lunch, work on schoolwork, meet with teachers and counselors, participate in physical activity in our stadium behind the school, meet as student clubs, as well as other optional special programs for our students. This is a time that all staff and administration are available for our students. Please be on the lookout for much more information over the next few weeks.

Picture Day Gr. 9-11 / Health Screenings for the Class of 2024

Thursday, Sep. 7th, 7:30am

335 Manor Avenue

Downingtown, PA

Lifetouch Picture Day for Students in Grades 9-11 will take place during the school day on Thursday, September 7, 2023. A schedule will be provided for students throughout the school day.

To Pre-order visit using your Student ID or Picture Day ID: EVT33TXRZ

The Senior Class will have Health Screenings with Ms. Mikulich our school nurse during this time. A schedule will be provided to students.

Yearbooks are now on sale...

Please contact Ms. Janette Romano or Ms. Megan Dunn with any questions. The Early Bird Discount ends September 9! Details and the link are provided below.

Save the Date: Back to School Night at the STEM Academy

Thursday, Sep. 21st, 6-8pm

335 Manor Avenue

Downingtown, PA

Campus Safety Reminders, Parking and Parking Permits, Traffic on Campus...

Student Drop Off

Please be reminded that students are to be dropped off behind the school. No students should be dropped off on Manor Ave. We appreciate your cooperation. Safety is always our first priority.

Also for the safety of all students and staff crossing back and forth during lunch time, the entrance to the STEM Academy on Campbell Drive will be closed during all lunch times for the remainder of the school year. Please use the West entrance to access the campus during that time.

Parking Permit Update: Due to the ongoing construction on the West Campus, parking permits this year are limited at both West and STEM. Any student that applied between August 2, and August 17 will have until the end of the first week of school to clear any obligations in Payschools including payment for the parking permit. Students should stop by the main office by the end of the day on Sept. 1 with their valid drivers' license, insurance card and registration, to claim their permit. We will revisit those that have been placed on the waitlist for parking permits on Sept. 5, 2023.

Traffic: Please review the student pick up and drop off procedures located under School Day on our Website.

STEM Counseling Department

STEM Academy Counselors:

Below is an updated counseling office schedule.

Ms. Mary Wallin:

9th Grade: A-L

10th -12th Grade: A-C

Mr. David Stratton:

9th Grade: M-P

10th -12th Grade: D-KL

Ms. Stacey Hewitt

9th Grade: R-S

10th -12th Grade: Ko-Ra

Ms. Leanne Glowik :

9th Grade: T-Z

10th -12th Grade: Re-Z

Ms. Stephanie Rockowitz, Counseling Secretary/Registrar

Ms. Jennifer Stull, Prevention Specialist

Guide to Districtwide Mental Health Resources

To schedule an appt. to visit your school counselor, please complete the following form:

Counseling Appointment Request Form

Additional Resources from the STEM Counseling Department

University and College Visits: Throughout the course of the year, the counseling department has coordinated many college visits for our Senior Class.

All scheduled visits are now listed on the STEM Academy Website Calendar

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Senior Class of 2024

Senior Class Portraits: If you have not had your senior portraits taken over the summer, the last three opportunities will be held September 5, 6 or 7, from 3:00-8:00 pm in the STEM Academy Auditorium. You must make an appointment.

**If you need to have portraits retaken or to schedule an appt, you must now contact Lifetouch Customer Service 1800-687-9327.

Senior Panoramic Photo: The Senior Class will assemble for a Class of 2024 portrait on Tuesday, September 12.

Senior Diploma Verification: Students should complete this form using their DASD student email address. This form must be completed to verify the complete name of the student that will be listed on their diploma. The deadline to complete this form is October 13, 2023.

Caps/Gowns and Stoles: Each graduate is responsible for purchasing a cap, gown and stole for graduation. The cost of this package is $32.55. Other items are available for sale as well through the website. The Cap/Gown Stole orders should be placed as soon as possible. Once shipped, they will remain at STEM until graduation in June. Order must be received by November 1.

  • Online Ordering steps:
    Go to: Herff Jones SHOP Grad Products Website.
    Or visit
    Type in DOWNINGTOWN S.T.E.M ACADEMY in the box to find your school.
    Click SHOP GRAD PRODUCTS and the cap and gown packages will appear. (For the cap, gown, tassel and stole only, click GRADUATION A LA CARTE)
    Below are the Cap and Gown Packages
    BASIC PACKAGE (B): $32.55 (includes sales tax)
    Includes Cap, Gown, Tassel and Silkscreen Stole.

Act 10 Military Opt-Out: If your student does not wish to be contacted by a local recruiting agency, this form must be completed and returned to the counseling office no later than October 10, 2023.

Parking Permit: The parking permit application for the senior class opened on August 2, 2023. This application must be completed in full to be considered for a parking permit. Parking permits are limited due to construction on campus this year. Please reveiw the **This form can only be completed by the student using their DASD email address.

Senior Privileges: Also known as the Early Dismissal/Late Arrival Form, students are required to have this form completed. Once completed, the student will be notified by the main office once their privileges go in to effect.

Reminders for those with Senior Privileges

  • You MUST sign in at the main office when you arrive to school, and out prior to leaving for the day.
  • You should enter through the main office.
  • You must have completed the Early Dismissal/Late Arrival Permission form for Seniors
  • Once approved, you will receive a message to see Ms. Sokso in the main office. Students should not leave until they have checked out in the main office.

IB Updates: Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)/Extended Essay (EE)

Ms. Alyssa Sherlock, IB Research Specialist/CAS& EE Coordinator

Senior CAS/Graduation Project Spotlight:

Jaanvi Vadher, Sophie Izard, and Leah Lacovara’s project is creating a club called “Service for Animals.” They started this club at the beginning of Junior year to work with animals, specifically dogs from shelters, and help any way that they can. They plan to attend as many volunteer events as possible (To Love a Canine holds these events every weekend, and they were accepted into their program), in addition to setting up drives throughout the year to collect toys, treats, blankets, food, and more for the SPCA.

Class of 2024 [Seniors]:

Many students updated their CAS progress in ManageBac over the summer. Now is a good time to post reflections and upload evidence from all you have done, making sure to address all seven learning outcomes.

If you have not yet submitted your proposal for a CAS or Graduation Project, please email it to Mrs. Sherlock by September 8th!

Class of 2024 [Seniors]:

EE Outlines with Bibliography are due to be submitted to both ManageBac and TurnItIn by Friday, September 8th.

Your advisors are looking forward to seeing all that you have done so far!

IB Program Requirements

Mr. Michael Sheehan, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Meghan Schell, Administrative Assistant

2023-2024 STEM Academy Program of Study

Updated Information for all Senior Class Families: STEM Academy Class of 2024 IB Fees Letter: All 6 payments have now been loaded to student PaySchools Account.

Student Life

Ms. Katherine Cole,Dean of Academics & Student Life

Ms. Cory Butler, Administrative Assistant

Community Volunteer Requirements: To maintain a safe and health environment for staff and students, background clearances are required and should be turned into the main office. The annual volunteer disclosure form should also be completed yearly and returned to the main office. Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe!

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Home and School Association



President: Michelle Smith

Co-Vice Presidents: Mary Gasser and Heather Steiger

Co-Treasurers: Darah Fildore and Christa Midgett

Secretary: Kerri Roberts

Welcome back STEM families! Our first Home and School Meeting will be on September 11th at 7:00 pm in the KnoCo. Don't worry, there will be a few signs if this is your first time here. Ms. Susan Boardman, Interships/Partnerships Coordinator, and Ms. Katherine Cole, Dean of Academics/Student Life, will both be speaking about what makes Stem Academy unique and opportunities for our kids this year.

Friday, September 15th, the Home and School Association will be hosting the first Student Life event of the year:

Freshman & Sophomore Ice Cream Social

Just a reminder, your volunteer clearances must be completed and submitted to the Main Office [Kelly Stauffer] before you can volunteer. Volunteer clearance requirements can be found here.

For more information, please contact Heather Steiger or Kerri Roberts

Attn. Current/Prospective Swimmers for the Dwest Swim and Dive Team

Attention Current and Prospective Swimmers:

On Sunday Sept. 10 the DWest Swim and Dive team will have a welcome pool party. All current swimmers and incoming students interested in the DWest Swim and Dive team are welcome. Current team members will receive an email with the details. Incoming members please email for details.

DASD Athletics

All students at STEM are encouraged to participate in athletic programs offered at their home schools.

An activity bus is available for students heading to East to participate daily, and is located in the bus loop at dismissal.

To find more information about what sports are offered at your students’ homeschool, please choose one of the following that links directly to the correct Athletics page:

Downingtown East High School Athletics

Downingtown East High School Athletics Schedule


Downingtown West High School Athletics

Downingtown West High School Athletics Schedule

Ms. Dana Sokso: Attendance Secretary DASD STEM Academy

Please help us in reminding your student of the following:

  • Whether your student is arriving late to school, has Senior Privileges, or has a parent note to leave early, they must sign in/out of the main office for attendance.
  • All attendance inquiries throughout the school year can be directed to
  • Students should scan the QR Codes located outside the main office, and then upload their notes for Absence, Tardiness, and Trips.
  • Please review the attendance policy in the Student Code of Conduct: Upon 3 unlawful offenses a written notification will be sent to parent; upon 6 unlawful absences, a 2nd notification will be sent, and a School Attendance improvement plan meeting will be required.
  • If you are planning a family trip, please be sure to turn in the Request Form for Educational and Family Trips, no less than 2 weeks prior to the request.

From the Nurse

  • Online Registration: Please remember to complete the Online Registration for your child(ren). This will provide me with updated health information as well as give permission for over the counter medication this school year. Go to Infinite Campus Parent Portal to complete the process.
  • Medication: Students are only permitted to carry emergency medication (Epinephrine, Asthma inhalers, and diabetes medication). Any medication to be administered during the school day, should follow our current medication policy (attach board policy) and complete the authorization for medication administration
  • Please contact Ms. Jennifer Mikulich with any questions or concerns.

Important Links for Parents & Students

  • 2023-2024 DASD School District Calendar
  • Infinite Campus: Student schedules, report cards, and access to updating the annual registration verification can be accessed here.
  • Payschools: All Activity, Technology and Food services fees can be paid quickly and easily in this portal. (All parking permit fees should now be showing in student accounts.)
  • Schoology: Many courses and classes are updated daily. This is a very important tool for communicating!
  • Service Desk: Technology support can be accessed here. Please review the directions for the new platform for service desk request for the 23-24 school year.

Internships and Partnerships

Ms. Susan Boardman, Internships and Partnerships Coordinator

Ms. Cory Butler, Administrative Assistant

Please be sure to review the portion of our website, STEM in Our Community for a complete overview of our Pathways and Practicum Program.

Downingtown STEM Academy

The Downingtown STEM Academy is the third high school in the Downingtown Area School District. The STEM Academy opened in the fall of 2011 at 335 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335.

The Academy is an IB World School offering every student the opportunity to earn an IB Diploma. The curriculum offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Pathways. Students are engaged in rigorous, challenging academic work that requires a mindset of growth and effort.