The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of March 14

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. March has been very busy so far, and we are just two weeks from the close of the 3rd Marking Period. Read below to see who was named February Students of the Month. Updates on Admissions 2022 and the State Playoffs are also included. This week will also be the implementation of new masking guidelines.


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Mask Optional - Beginning Tuesday, March 15

On Tuesday, March 15, masks will become optional for students and staff in the Chester Upland School District. This change is consistent with practices in neighboring school districts and is aligned with the most recent guidance from CDC. Please read the letter below from Dr. Parkinson for more information regarding the move to mask optional.

Although masks will be optional, we will continue to have them available and provide them at no charge to any student, staff or guest who requests one. Additionally, our daily temperature screening and other Covid safety protocols will continue. Should you have any questions, feel free to call or email Mr. Bell.

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3rd Marking Period

There are now two weeks left in the 3rd Marking Period. Grades will close on Friday, March 25, which is an asynchronous day for students. Teachers will be encouraging students to get work completed during this final stretch. Please speak with your students as well and make sure they finish the quarter strong. As always, you can check Home Access Center daily to monitor their grades, assignments and attendance!

Home Access Center (HAC) Sign-Up

The HAC is where you will find your student's report cards and interim reports. Not only that, visiting the HAC will allow you to check your student's grades and attendance on a daily basis.

If you do not have your HAC set up yet, email Ms. Misha Memon ( She will reply with your username, password and a link to the log in page.

9th Grade Update

Families of 9th Grade students will soon be receiving communication from their teachers. We are becoming concerned with a drop in grades that has occurred during the third marking period for many students. Additional individualized communication will also be going out to families whose students are in danger of failing multiple courses. This will include a reminder that students must maintain acceptable grades and attendance in order to remain at STEM.

Please help us help your 9th graders use the remainder of the year to solidify their academic standing. By checking Home Access Center frequently, you can stay up to date, and assist in holding your student accountable for their performance.


February Students of the Month

The following students were chosen by their teachers as February Students of the Month. They displayed excellence in Academics, Leadership and Character throughout the month. Congratulations!! Pictures will be coming next week!

7th Grade: Timothy Ferguson

8th Grade: Quiaysia Shaw-Golson

9th Grade: Shamaad Cottman

10th Grade: Nevaeh Ross

11th Grade: Terrence Cobb

12th Grade: Kimiah Showell


Admissions Season Has Started...

We have officially begun the 2022 Admissions Season!

This past week, we visited 8th Graders at Widener Partnership and 7th/8th Grade at Chester Community Charter. We were able to meet many prospective students and speak about the opportunities available here at STEM. We will be visiting Toby Farms on Tuesday, March 22 to meet their 6th and 8th Graders.

The students we spoke with were excited and asked lots of great questions. Many thanks to STEM Seniors Olivia Coulanges and Makel Martin who took part in the presentation and answered student questions.

Please keep in mind that our new application will be available online beginning Friday, April 1. We accept applications for all students entering grades 7-12 in the 2022-23 school year. Be sure to spread the word!


Family Engagement Policy

As a Title I school, STEM Academy is entitled to receive funding from the federal government in order to support our students' academic needs. As parents and families, you have the ability to help guide how our school operates and take part in the ongoing improvement process. During the STEM Showcase, I reviewed a few documents that outline how our school and families should work together, and the information is available for those who were not in attendance.

This year's Family Engagement Policy and School-Parent-Student Compact can be found on our school website. These documents were developed with assistance from families. As we look toward next year, we would ask you to provide any feedback you have about these documents. If you feel there should be additions or changes, please submit those to Mr. Bell ( by Friday, April 8.


Victory Over Archbishop Ryan

Once again, the Clippers came from behind to win in exciting fashion. The victory over Archbishop Ryan means we will play Shippensburg HS on Tuesday night in the State Quarterfinals. Congratulations to Coach Taylor and the team, and let's keep the momentum going!

Tickets for State Playoffs

Tickets are now on sale for tomorrow night's game, which will be held at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster at 7:30 PM. There will be no cash sales at the door - all tickets must be purchased in advance online.

Students who are interested in attending must also purchase tickets online. A bus will be available for students, and they can sign up using the links below. The links are also available on their grade level Google Classroom pages.

The student bus will be leaving from Chester High at 4:30 PM. For students who are unable to come home and return in time, transportation can take them to Chester High, and a meal will be provided prior to departure.

Bus Registration

Bus Permission Slip

Ticket Link

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ID STEM - Increasing Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Dr. Thomas Butler from Crozer Health visited STEM on Wednesday, February 2. He met with 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to speak about his experience becoming a doctor, and encourage them to participate in the ID STEM Summer Program at Crozer Hospital.

During the week of June 27, students have the opportunity to get up close experience with medical professions by attending the program at Crozer. Families, please contact Mr. Bell for more information. There are limited spots, so please reserve soon!

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