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A special request

We ask that you monitor your children at home. We are living in times where children have access to many things, and parental supervision is a necessity. We want to partner with you to make sure that our scholars understand that their actions and school have consequences in school but also at home. We have to be on the same page.

We need to know the status of the devices that students use on a daily basis. Please make sure scholar are bringing their school issued laptop to school every day. Some our kids are constantly forgetting their Chromebooks at home and want to borrow one from the building. In order for us to let students use a school device we need to know the condition of the ones they already have. We ask that you ensure that your children are bringing their issued device.

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This is STEM, this is Our School!

As you know, the Vance County Board of Education held a special called meeting on February 21, 2022 to discuss face coverings. Based on the recommendation of Governor Cooper, guidance from the Department of Health and Human Resources and Senate Bill 173, the Board of Education voted unanimously for Vance County Schools to begin optional masking for students and staff on February 28, 2022.

The district will continue to encourage students and staff to become vaccinated as well as participate in weekly COVID-19 testing provided by a partnership with Mako Labs. If you wish for your child to participate in this program, you will need to complete the registration information found in this page. Weekly testing is one of the many layers of protection we have in place to keep our students and staff safe. To learn more about Strong Schools NC COVID-19 testing, you can visit

The district will continue to maintain our COVID-19 dashboard on the VCS website. Temperature checks will be optional, and the district will maintain nurses in our schools. We will continue with increased cleaning protocols. We encourage our students to respect personal space and continue to bring reusable water bottles for the touchless water fountains. As a school, we are committed to maintaining protocols to a safe school environment every day.

Please continue to monitor your children’s health. Alert the school if you or anyone in your household comes in contact with someone that has tested positive for Covid.

As always, remember that this is STEM, this is OUR school!

This will become an official school T-Shirt!

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One of our 7th graders design this and will become an official T-Shirt for the school. Be on the lookout for information on how to get it.


Reminders for the week:

  • · Students can work on a daily basis in Iready. This is a great tool to keep instruction going on at home or during weekends. Please, encourage students to log in to Iready as much as they can. We will start rewarding students who commit to this tool regularly.

    · Please be reminded that school arrival is at 7:45 but instruction starts at 8:30.

    · School dismissal is at 3:15. Please be reminded that students cannot be picked up early constantly because they are missing valuable instruction. If you need to pick up your child early due to a doctor’s appointment or any other valid reason, please do so at 2:40 at the latest. Picking up students after 2:40 interferes with our dismissal times.

    · Some of our 8th grades will be making up their science check in this week. Please make sure students are in attendance.

    · I want to remind you that hoods, cell phones and earbuds cannot be worn or used during instructional time. We advise students to keep these away while in class. It is in our policy. If students are not compliant with this, we will take the cell phones away and will be returned to a parent.

    · Please, refrain from picking up your children from the bus lot at VCMS. If you want your child to be a car rider, we ask that you get them from school and not from VCMS.

    · We ask that if you, your child, or anyone in your household is exposed to Covid or has been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid, please keep your student home, and notify the school nurse immediately. We have to do all we can to make sure all of the members are safe.

Apply to STEM EHS!

If you know someone who will be a 6th grader for the 2022-2023 school year, tell them to aply to STEM! Applications are still open until March 9! Visit for more info and to download the application packet.
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This is Stem, this is Our school!

Women History Month Fact

The first Women's History Day was held in 1909.

February 28, 1909 marked the first Woman's History Day in New York City. It commemorated the one-year anniversary of the garment workers' strikes when 15,000 women marched through lower Manhattan. From 1909 to 1910, immigrant women who worked in garment factories held a strike to protest their working conditions. Most of them were teen girls who worked 12-hour days. In one factory, Triangle Shirtwaist Company, employees were paid only $15 a week. describes it as a "true sweatshop." Young women worked in tight conditions at sewing machines, and the factories' owners didn't keep the factory up to safety standards. In 1911, the factory burned down and 145 workers were killed. It pushed lawmakers to finally pass legislation meant to protect factory workers.

Spanish word of the week!

Our color of the week is: "Azul", "Azul" means Blue. You can pronounce it like: Ahsool

A little humor

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Stay happy!

HAPPY - Pharrell Williams (feat. Minions)