Clipper Connection

E-Newsletter (March 22, 2023)

Message from Superintendent Dr. Craig L. Parkinson

Hello CUSD families!

We are one step closer to the end of this school year. The 3rd marking period ends THIS Friday, March 24.

Parent teacher conferences will take place on Friday, April 14. That day will be an Asynchronous learning day for students. Information about conference times for each school will be sent home within the next 1-2 weeks.

Volunteers Needed

As we enter into the fourth marking period, we would love to have some additional adults in our building to support our students.

Volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact on your child's education and the school community as a whole.

There are many ways that you can contribute your time and skills. You can volunteer in the classroom, cafeteria support, help with school events, chaperone field trips, and support fundraising efforts. We understand that everyone has different commitments and schedules, so any amount of time you can give will be greatly appreciated.

To become a volunteer, all you need to do is complete a volunteer application form, which can be obtained from the school office or on our school website. The form includes a background check authorization, which is required for all school volunteers. You can get the background check free of charge. Please click on the link to access information needed for background checks.

Gown Measurements for CHS Seniors

In order to receive the correct size and color graduation gown, Chester High School Seniors need to complete a survey.

Students can scan the QR code on the flyer to access the survey or contact Ms. King at for assistance.

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, March 31.

In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI)

Students & Staff Display Amazing Talent During Talent Showcase

CUSD hosted its first talent show in nearly two decades on March 10.

The Chester’s Got Talent Showcase featured 16 acts, with more than 40 participants from STEM Academy and Chester High School showcasing their skills in front of a nearly-full auditorium. Students and staff came together to display their impressive talents in a variety of categories that included, singing, dancing, monologues/spoken word, instruments, a performance by Chester High School’s marching band, and a Latinx-themed musical act and dance.

On behalf of district officials, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event a success including music teacher Albert Holden, Jason Djsmoove Felton, and the student participants.

District officials would also like to extend a special thank you to Ms. Bowser for her outstanding work in organizing and directing the event, and to everyone who attended the talent show or donated tickets.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the Arts Scholarship Fund-- a scholarship fund created to support Chester Upland School District students who plan to pursue a major in the Arts after graduation.

You can view photos from the event on our Facebook page.

To see the amazing performances from the Talent Showcase, click the video below.

Chester's Got Talent!

Parent University Hosts Career Readiness Event at STEM

Recently, our amazing volunteers with Parent University partnered with EDSI Delco to host a Career Readiness Day for students, CUSD families, and the community.

Attendees participated in workshops that focused on resume writing, mock interviews, and career exploration. Thanks to donations from members of the Parent University team and other community members, people who attended the workshops were also able to select and take home business attire that can be worn during any future interview.

Parent University frequently hosts similar programs for the community. If you missed this event, you can always check our website or social media pages for postings about upcoming programs.

You can also visit Parent University’s page on CUSD’s website to see what other support they offer families.

Health Awareness Event with Rep. Carol Kazeem

CUSD is proud to partner with Rep. Carol Kazeem for a community wellness event.

This event is free and will include health awareness activities, wellness information, and food and fun. It’s a great event for families.

WHEN: Saturday, April 15


TIME: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thursday Thoughts

If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of my Thursday Thoughts video message, just watch the video below.

These video messages are quick updates about the most recent events happening in and around CUSD.

Thursday Thoughts: March 16th, 2023

*** Upcoming Dates ***

  • CHS & STEM Scholarship Workshop - EVERY Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (during lunch periods)
  • Receiver’s Monthly Meeting - March 23
  • Middle School Basketball Banquet - March 24
  • 3rd Marking Period Ends - March 24
  • Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest & Andrew Turner Art Competition - March 29
  • Stetser Women’s History Month Celebration - March 30
  • Main Street Autism Awareness Walk - March 31
  • Spring Break - April 3 - 10
  • Asynchronous Day/Parent Teacher Conferences - April 14