The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of April 4

Hello STEM Families and welcome to this week's newsletter. We are approaching Spring Break, so please check here for the Upcoming Schedule. This Tuesday will be Report Card Conferences, and information about the day is below. Spring Testing will begin shortly after the break - read for important dates. We hope to see you tomorrow in person or on Zoom for conferences!


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Report Card Conferences

Conferences will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5) from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM here at STEM. We encourage you to attend in person, however if you are unable to make it, all teachers will be available via Zoom as well. Teacher Zoom links will be posted to the STEM Academy Home Page tomorrow. Appointments are not required. We look forward to seeing you!

Early Dismissals

Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6 will be Early Dismissal days for all Chester Upland Schools. Here at STEM, our students will be dismissed at 10:30 AM each day.

Students will attend their 3rd and 4th Period classes on Tuesday, and their 1st and 2nd Period classes on Wednesday.

Spring Recess

All Chester Upland School District schools will be closed next week for Spring Break. Our teachers and staff have worked incredibly hard this year, and we're excited they will have some much needed time off.

We all will return on Tuesday, April 19, relaxed and ready for the final stretch of the school year! Spring testing will begin soon after we return from the break. Further down in the newsletter, you can find more information about testing.


Mr. Joe Narehood

Former STEM Academy and Toby Farms teacher, Joe Narehood, passed away last Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Narehood taught Social Studies and was passionate about history and geography. More importantly, he served as a mentor to many of his students and was a leader among his colleagues. Mr. Narehood was an important and beloved member of the STEM Academy community and he will be missed.

Mr. Narehood is survived by his wife, Christine, and his two sons, Henry and Charlie. Please keep their family in your prayers.


Report Cards

The newest Report Cards were posted to Home Access Center this Thursday, March 31. Again, we will not be printing report cards for all students, however we will do so upon request. If you would like a paper copy sent home, please request it by emailing Ms. Jones or Ms. Dixon (; or calling 610-447-3650. Also, paper copies will be available to those who join us tomorrow for conferences.

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.


2022 New Student Application

Due to technical difficulties, the STEM Academy 2022 New Student Application is not yet available. We expect it to be online in the upcoming days. Please continue checking the STEM Academy Home Page for more information.

8th Grade Must Re-Apply

Each year, STEM 8th Graders who wish to continue on to high school here must re-apply. Our returning students undergo the same application process as those students who attend other schools. If you have an 8th Grader, please make sure they complete their application as soon as possible.


PSSA & Keystone Exams

Each year, students in grades 3-8 are required to participate in PSSA exams. Also, high school students currently enrolled in Algebra I, Biology, or English II must take Keystone Exams in those subject areas. Since we have students in Grades 7-12, testing season is very busy here at STEM.

Please mark your calendar for these dates, as attendance is very important. More information about PSSA, Keystone and other testing dates are below, as well as a letter from Chief Academic Office, Dr. Sutton.

Testing Dates

PSSA English Language Arts (7th/8th Grade): April 26-28

PSSA Math (7th/8th Grade): May 2-3

PSSA Science (8th Grade): May 4-5

Keystone Literature (Select 10th Grade): May 17-18

Keystone Algebra (9th Grade): May 19-20

Keystone Biology (Select 9th/10th Grade): May 23-24

SAT (11th Grade/Select 10th Grade): April 26

NOCTI (12th Grade CTE Students): April 26 (Performance); April 27/28 (Written)

AP (Select 10th/11th/12th Grade): May 2 (Chemistry); May 3 (Psychology); May 4 (Literature); May 5 (Geography); May 9 (Calculus)

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SAT - April 26

STEM Juniors will take the SAT in school on Tuesday, April 26. For many of them, this will be their first experience taking this exam. We have been working hard to prepare them here - please make sure your 11th Grader is ready to go on the 26th.

NOCTI Exams - CTE Seniors

Seniors enrolled in Engineering and Communications Technology programs will be taking their NOCTI exams in April as well. The performance tasks will take place on April 26, and the written exams on April 27 & 28.

AP Exams

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will also have their culminating exams in May. If your student is in an AP class, ask them when their exam will be taking place. Remember, a passing grade (3 or higher out of 5) in an AP course results in college credit!


Important Dates and Locations

Prom: Prom will be held on Friday, May 27 at The Waterfall in Claymont, DE. Seniors will be receiving detailed information about Prom at a class meeting on Tuesday, March 29.

Class Day: Chester Upland School District's annual Class Day will be held on Tuesday, June 7 in the Courtyard at STEM. Invitations to students who will be honored on that day will be coming later this Spring.

Graduation: This year's CUSD Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Mirenda Center on the campus of Neumann University on Monday, June 13. The Graduation Committee is hard at work planning this year's event, and will be communicating further details to Senior families in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


On Thursday, March 31, the annual Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest and Andrew Turner Art Competition was held here at STEM.

This event brings students from across the district together to celebrate the words and message of Frederick Douglass. Additionally, student artwork from each school is displayed for the public.

This year's competition was a great success. The auditorium was packed and the amazing talents of our Chester students was on display.

A special thanks to the following people for their contributions to a great evening:

Ms. Jean Arnold - Event Organizer

Ms. Amanda Johnson & Dr. York Williams - Masters of Ceremonies

Mr. Jean-Pierre Brice, Judge Nathaniel Nichols, Mr. Gregg Volz - Guest Judges


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!!

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

February Staff Member of the Month - Ms. Vicks

Our February Staff Member of the Month is School Safety Officer Shakeerah Vicks. Ms. Vicks joined the STEM team this year after having served at Chester High. She is committed to our students, working hard to promote a safe and positive school environment. Additionally, Ms. Vicks has worked many long nights and weekends this month accompanying our students to District and State playoff games. Congratulations and Thank you Ms. Vicks!


Football Signing Day

On Thursday, March 31, three Chester Clipper football players announced their intention to become student-athletes at the college level. All three expressed heartfelt thanks to their families and the football coaching staff for helping them get to this moment. Congratulations and best of luck to these young men:

Dorian Miller: Delaware Valley University

Darron Miller: Lycoming University

Isaiah Freeman: Lincoln University

Spring Sports

Spring sports have begun for the Clippers. We are expecting great things from our athletes this season! Please check out the schedules below and support our teams.
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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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