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STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of February 14

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. It is already mid-February and spring is around the corner. In this week's edition, the names of second marking period Honor Roll students are listed, as well as January Students of the Month. We have updates on the availability of Interim Reports. Upcoming Events are highlighted, as well as Hi-Q and the Chester Sustainability Project. Before checking all that, please read an important reminder for students to Be on Time.

FEBRUARY CALENDAR

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BE ON TIME

First Period Lateness

As we are settling into the new year, we have discovered an unwanted trend at STEM. Far too many students have begun arriving late to school. Automated calls are going out, however we need to take additional steps to correct the problem. Students who are consistently late are performing poorly in their first period classes, and excessive lateness can result in referrals to truancy.


Please help us in our efforts to reverse this trend! You can check your student's attendance daily on Home Access Center. Also, beginning next week, we will be holding a school-wide contest to reward the grade with the fewest amount of latenesses.

SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Distinguished Honor Roll

7th

La'Tye Jordan


9th

Brittany Brown

Kira Dance

Amani Gordon

Tae'Qwann Naylor

Destini Ramsey

Dallas Thompson

Jasaad Watson-Abdullah


10th

Khaleedah Ahmad

Jasmine Alexander

Michel Badou

Jazira Boyer

Sonjae Ferrante

Tahjee Gant-Irons

Zubair Haley

Sabree Lee

Dagoberto Miranda

A'Laisa Mosley

Aser Ossel

Dante Payne

Keirah Porter

Nevaeh Ross

Zionna Stansbury

De Shawn Thompson


11th

Naomy Anaya Diaz

Terrance Bright

Rnae Burton

Terrence Cobb

Angelina Figueroa

Zanae Holland-Barksdale

Elizabeth Lasiende

Nasshae Madison

Zion Spotwood

Quamirah Yates


12th

La'Nya Bell

Rachelle Bobo

Victoria Caratello

Olivia Coulanges

Isaiah Freeman

Markayla Holmes

Mariama Kabbah

Elaijah Stevenson

Zhaniyah Stockman

Ermias Tedla

Leah Warren

Honor Roll

7th

Jahlil Carter

Kiannah Casimir

Timothy Ferguson

Ciani Fournier


8th

Nyrell Hackett-Pray

Jamasce Lowrie

Stephen Swen


9th

Tanyia Alexander

Emily Barrios

Sierra Baxter

Nicole Blake

Fleurette Casimir

Kimora Cobb

Shamaad Cottman

Issiah Dawson

Nyseem Dawson

Najih Hudson

Erica Jefferson-Caldwell

Dayanara Martinez

Gregory Maxwell

Ma'Naya McKie

Israel Nieves

Anaijah Reed


10th

Jada Abdullah

Nyree Alleyne

Hamza Clay-Goudelock

Christian Crespo-Meletiche

Cyvonne Dale

Nee'Asjah Evans

Larry Floyd

Armani Franklin

Adrianah Hall

Shyne Hall

Quadir Harris

Takaii Harris

Keily Hutchins-Johns

Kylie Hutchins-Johns

Omar Jackson

Larenzo Jerkins

Zion Lawrence

Karam Laws

Mah'Kiyah Pierce-Smoak

Zachory Randolph

Milan Rasheed

Ruwaidah Roberts

Hakeya Robinson

Hamira Robinson

Yanieltza Santiago-Delgado

Deja Simpkins

Na'Quan Thomas

Nyla Thomas

Jay'Mya Wilson


11th

Justin Arroyo-Pagan

Devon Beaver-Byard

Benjamin Bell

Mariama Diallo

Gabriel Echevarria

Colin Ferrell

Ali Goodman

Aramis Hernandez

Zsadeerah Husam

Adrianna Ortiz-Garcia

Mew Sorphapmixay

Briana Walker

Dasmen Williams


12th

Taaliyah Allen

Kethzy Baez-Muniz

Tajzah Bethea

Janylah Bishop

Tay'Shaun Bland

Pilar-Jeanae Brice

Ronald Campbell

Gabriel Cephas

Andreka Dennis

Marlenne Garcia-Acuna

Maxwell Gedzah

Zakia Granberry

DeSean Hubert

Amani Johnson

Alina LaForest

Makel Martin

Raheim McIver

James Muhammed

Aaliyah Pitts-Lewis

Bryant Quiros

Alexander Ramos

Kimiah Showell

Quadir Tabron

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT STEM

Mr. Narehood

Former STEM and Toby Farms teacher, Mr. Joe Narehood is currently fighting cancer. On Friday, STEM students and staff wore "Narehood Night" T-shirts to honor Mr. Narehood and support him and his family. Please join us in sending love and strength to the Narehood family!
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Hi-Q

The Chester STEM Hi-Q Team hosted Ridley High and Haverford High on Wednesday, February 9 in the final regular season matchup of the Delco Hi-Q season. In Hi-Q, students compete to answer questions in a variety of categories, including Current Events, Biology, History and Physics.


Although we got off to a slow start, our team began catching up at the end. We'll be practicing hard in the offseason and will be back and better than ever next season. Great job this year!


Chester STEM Hi-Q Team 2021-22

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Coach: Mr. Larry Schoppet

Zhaniyah Stockman

Mariama Diallo

Mew Sorphapmixay

Mariama Kabbah

Nancy Howard

Rachelle Bobo

Assistant Coach: Mr. Andrew Blasenek

Nyree Alleyne (not pictured)

Chester Sustainability Project

The Chester Sustainability Project began back in 2019 when a group of STEM students identified a community need for healthy food. The greenhouse that was later constructed behind the school was a part of this project. Although the pandemic caused a disruption, the group is back at work.


The ultimate goal of the CSP is to become a source of fresh and healthy food for residents of Chester. In the meantime our students are learning valuable skills that will serve them well in college, their career and life.


With the help of Jill Buck and Raven Maier Bell from the Go Green Initiative, as well as STEM teacher, Mr. Andrew Piasecki (who took over for retired teacher Pete Cosfol), students are now working with hanging gardens in addition to the greenhouse. The indoor gardens will allow the team to grow even more plants, and work year round!


CSP members are pictured below from left to right:

Mr. Piasecki, Kam'Ren Mills, Rachelle Bobo, Shakyre Willis, Mariama Kabbah, DeSean Hubert, De Shawn Thompson (not pictured)

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January Students of the Month

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


7th Grade: Kiannah Casimir

8th Grade: Jonah Rivas

9th Grade: Destini Ramsey

10th Grade: Larry Floyd

11th Grade: Elizabeth Lasiende

12th Grade: Ibrahim Shabazz

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Interim Reports

Believe it or not, we are now half-way through the third marking period. That means Interim Reports will be available on Wednesday.


Be sure to check Home Access Center on Wednesday, where you will see a Pass or Fail grade, plus comments for each of your student's classes.

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 (mmemon@chesteruplandsd.org). She will reply with your username, password and a link to the log in page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aviation Career Fair

Careers in the airlines are in higher demand than ever. The industry is growing, and employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill all the jobs required to manage the demands of air travel.


We will be hosting an Aviation Career Fair on February 23 & 24 right here at STEM. All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will have the opportunity to interact with professional air traffic controllers, learn about career opportunities, and build connections with possible future employers.


Air traffic controllers receive outstanding pay and benefits, are in high demand, and have opportunities for advancement. We are extremely excited for this event and the potential benefit for our students!

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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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STEM Showcase and Awards Ceremony

We are excited to announce the annual STEM Talent Showcase and Award Ceremony will be returning soon! The event could not go on last year due to Covid, but it will be back this year on March 2nd.


More information will be coming soon about tickets to attend in person, and ways to watch the Showcase if you can't join us in the building.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Vaccination

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and your family from serious cases of Covid. Additionally, the more students who become vaccinated, the more likely we are to stay in school without any returns to remote learning.


The vaccination numbers have been climbing here in Chester. Thank you to all who participated in the vaccination clinic events that were held in CUSD in January and February. Vaccines continue to be available and free at many locations in the city. Check out the Vaccination Calendar for more information!

Health and Safety Protocols

In addition to vaccination, it is important that everyone at STEM commit to following health and safety guidelines. Masks will continue to be required at all times while inside CUSD buildings. We recommend the use of N95/KN95 masks, or the combination of a surgical and cloth mask. The vast majority of our students have been compliant with masking policies throughout the year, and teachers will continue reviewing proper masking techniques. In order to maintain the safety of the entire school community and ensure continuity of in-person learning, a student who refuses to comply with our masking policy will be sent home from school.


Please make sure your student comes to school with a mask - N95/KN95 if possible. We will continue to supply masks to those who forget them, however we want to ensure we continue to have plenty of extra on hand.


If your student is feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of Covid, they must be kept home. You can contact our office by phone or email (yjones@chesteruplandsd.org ldixon@chesteruplandsd.org) to inform us of the absence.

ADMISSIONS 2022

Admissions Season is Coming...

As we approach Spring, we are planning to begin the admissions process for the next group of new STEM students. As with the past two years, our new student application will be found online beginning in early April. Please make sure your prospective 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students are checking the STEM Academy Home Page often for updates.



New student applicants will be evaluated based primarily on their report card grades from this year (2021-22). Other considerations include transcript history (for applicants already in high school), attendance, teacher recommendations, essay, and discipline. Make sure to remind prospective students to ensure their application is top-notch.


In the coming weeks, we will be visiting elementary schools to speak with students about the benefits of attending STEM Academy. If you have students at CCCS Aston, Widener Partnership, or Toby Farms, we will be coming to visit soon. We also hope to hold an in-person Prospective Student Night this Spring.


Finally, please be aware that current STEM 8th Graders must re-apply for admission into 9th Grade. Application requirements and criteria are the same as for students applying from other schools.

CLIPPERS ATHLETICS

Boys Basketball & Cheerleading Senior Night

On Thursday, February 10, Seniors and their Families were honored at Senior Night. After the ceremony, the Clippers finished the regular season with a win over Academy Park, and wrapped up another Del-Val league championship. District 1 playoffs start next week!

Seniors

Basketball

Isaiah Freeman

Qadir Lowrie

Olayinka Itabiyi


Cheerleading

Janylah Bishop

Leah Warren

La'Nya Bell