The STEM Weekly Stream

STEM Academy Family Newsletter

Week of December 20

Welcome to the newest edition of the STEM Weekly Stream, our family newsletter. Winter Break begins this Wednesday, December 22. In this edition, our new Reading Mentor Program with Stetser Elementary School is highlighted. Also included are updates from the 2021 Fall Sports Banquet. This will be the final newsletter of 2021 - look for a brand new calendar in 2022!


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Holiday Message

As we approach Winter Break, I would like to extend my best wishes to all members of the STEM Academy Family and Chester Upland Community. Regardless of how you celebrate during the Holiday Season, I hope you and your family enjoy a healthy and joyful week; and an excellent beginning to 2022!


Winter Break Schedule: Half Day - This Wednesday, December 22

This Wednesday, December 22 has been changed to a half-day, with dismissal at 10:30 AM. Students will have their 1st and 2nd period classes only. Due to the schedule change, Pajama Day will now be held on Tuesday, December 21.

There is no school and offices are closed Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24. Students return on Monday, January 4, 2022.

Chester Upland School District and STEM Academy offices will be open Monday, December 27 through Thursday, December 30. If you plan to stop in, please call ahead to ensure someone is here to receive you.

Conclusion of Second Marking Period & First Semester

Just two weeks after we return from Winter Break, the First Semester will end. It's hard to believe but we are nearly half way through the 2021-22 school year.

It is very important that students who are struggling take advantage of their time off this week and next to complete missing work and bring their grades up.


Reading Mentors

On Thursday, December 16, we launched a brand new reading and mentorship program in partnership with Stetser Elementary. In the fall, several STEM students came forward with an idea for helping young students in our district. With the help of Stetser Principal Dr. Lavada Greene, the idea grew into a partnership in which each classroom at Stetser was assigned a STEM student mentor.

On Thursday, STEM students met their Stetser classrooms, read them a story, and engaged them in a discussion about their book. They also discussed how to be a positive and productive young student. Going forward, STEM students will visit the same classroom each month, building relationships with the younger students and helping guide them in their academic journey.

STEM Readers

Makel Martin

Leah Warren

La'Nya Bell

Elaijah Stevenson

Kethzy Baez-Muniz

Ne'Aijah Townes

Naomy Anaya-Diaz

Terrence Cobb

Elizabeth Laseinde

Aramis Hernandez

Zanae Holland-Barksdale

Na'yanna Muhammad

Christopher Laroche

Angelina Casimir

Adrianna Ortiz-Garcia

Larenzo Jerkins


Fall Sports Banquet

On December 15, we celebrated Clipper student-athletes from the Fall. It was definitely a great season on the field, track and court; and many of our athletes excelled in the classroom as well. At the banquet, members of the Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Cheerleading, and Football teams were honored. From each team one member received the Academic Excellence award for classroom performance and the Sportsmanship award for displaying great character on the field of play.

Girls Volleyball

Academic Excellence Award: Kiyonna Presbery

Sportsmanship Award: Nasshae Madison

Boys Cross Country

Academic Excellence Award: Jaydon Bantum

Sportsmanship Award: Walton Garnett

Girls Cross Country

Academic Excellence Award: A'Laisa Mosley

Sportsmanship Award: Ja'Naisa Dearry

Boys Soccer

Academic Excellence Award: Aramis Hernandez

Sportsmanship Award: Damian Najdek


Academic Excellence Award: Leah Warren

Sportsmanship Award: Ja'Nylah Bishop


Academic Excellence Award: Makel Martin

Sportsmanship Award: Isaiah Freeman


The Chester STEM Hi-Q Team completed its first match on Thursday, December 9. The final score was:

Bonner & Prendie 26

Academy Park 24

Chester STEM 9

The team will be practicing hard over the next few weeks to get ready for our home match on January 12.

2021-22 Hi-Q Team

Mariama Kabbah

Rachelle Bobo

Mew Sorphapmixay

Mariama Diallo

Nyree Alleyne

Mr. Larry Schoppet (Coach)


First Quarter: Distinguished Honor Roll


Jahlil Carter

Kiannah Casimir

La'Tye Jordan

Vanel Melendez


Sanaa Davis


Kira Dance

Nyseem Dawson

Gregory Maxwell

Taeqwann Naylor

Destini Ramsey

Dallas Thompson

Jasaad Watson-Abdullah


Khaleedah Ahmad

Jasmine Alexander

Michel Badou

Kyla Blackston

Sonjae Ferrante

Tahjee Gant-Irons

Zubair Haley

Jazlynn Jones

Alyssa Kealy

Tiara Lawler

Zion Lawrence

Destiny Littleton

Dagoberto Miranda

A'Lasia Mosley

Aser Ossel

Keirah Porter

Ruwaidah Roberts

Nevaeh Ross

Zionna Stansbury


Naomy Anaya Diaz

Rnae Burton

Terrence Cobb

Aramis Hernandez

Antanajah Hinson

Christopher Laroche

Elizabeth Laseinde

Nasshae Madison

Mew Sorphapmixay

Zion Spotwood

Briana Walker

Quamirah Yates


Rachelle Bobo

Pilar-Jeanae Brice

Victoria Caratello

Olivia Coulanges

Maxwell Gedzah

Desean Hubert

Amani Johnson

Mariama Kabbah

Makel Martin

Elaijah Stevenson

Zhaniyah Stockman

Leah Warren

First Quarter: Honor Roll


Vanelys Melendez


Sahira Banks

La'Niyah Butler

Niya Jeffers

Quiaysia Shaw-Golson

Stephen Swen

Brianna Tally


Tanyia Alexander

Khyree Banks

Sierra Baxter

Fleurette Casimir

Shamaad Cottman

Issiah Dawson

Amani Gordon

Ah'Miyah Jackson

Dayanara Martinez

Alexander Morales

Israel Nieves

Anaijah Reed

Ryan Thompson


Jada Abdullah

Nyree Alleyne

Kiara Burdine

Larry Floyd

Tashan Gibson

Nasiem Green McQueen

Adrianah Hall

Quadir Harris

Keily Hutchins-Johns

Dwayne Jackson

Qi'Mani Jackson

Siniyaa Lacey

Karam Laws

Sabree Lee

Dante Payne

Mahkiyah Pierce-Smoak

Antwon Reed

Kevin Rucker

Yanieltza Santiago-Delgado

Janiyah Spady

De Shawn Thompson


Justin Arroyo Pagan

Jionnie Barber

Devon Beaver-Byard

Benjamin Bell, Jr.

Terrance Bright

Shaniya Council

Kaniyah Dallam

Jabree Davis

Dahmir Davis-Wilmer

Mariama Diallo

Gabriel Echevarria

Colin Ferrell

Angelina Figueroa

Ali Goodman

Tavon Grandberry

Zanae Holland-Barksdale

Malachi Jackson

Daeon Jackson

Kam'Ren Mills

Jasiyah Muhammad

Adrianna Ortiz Garcia

Dakota Richards

Elwina Tedla

Najzhay Todd


Jaxiel Arce

La'Nya Bell

Ja'Nylah Bishop

Marliqka David

Andreka Dennis

Jamai Evans

Isaiah Freeman

Genessa Green

Markayla Holmes

Olayinka Itabiyi

Anthony Massa

Dorian Miller

Bryant Quiros

Jose Rosario

Kimiah Showell

Dayan Sierra Duclerc

Myani Watson

Keasia Webb


Covid Resources

On Friday, December 10, a Special Edition of the STEM Weekly Stream was sent in order to communicate important information about Covid health and safety.

Cases continue to be very prevalent locally and across the nation. As we attempt to maintain a safe environment during this surge, we need to all work together.

Here at STEM, we will continue to stress the importance of masking to our students, as well as other safety measures, such as frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Please support us in these efforts at home and stress the importance of safe practices with your students. While Covid is present in our area, we cannot complete prevent it from entering our building. However, by working together, we can limit the spread.

For more information about our health and safety procedures, please visit the CUSD Covid Resources page.


It is important to note that getting vaccinated has proven to be the most effective way to guard against Covid. An additional benefit for students who are vaccinated is that they have reduced isolation and quarantine periods in the event they are exposed to Covid.

We will continue to work with providers to make vaccination available and convenient for CUSD families. See the CUSD Vaccination Calendar for free vaccination opportunities, including:


Interim Reports

The second marking period Interim Grades have been posted to Home Access Center. Each student received a "P" or "F" (Pass/Fail) for all of their classes. Interims provide families an opportunity to check in with their student's grades and work with teachers to make sure necessary improvements are made.

Report Cards for the first marking period were posted to the HAC on the morning of Friday, November 12. If you do not yet have an HAC account, please follow the instructions below.

While we do not print paper copies of report cards or interim reports for all students, we can do so upon request. Just call or email Ms. Jones or Ms. Dixon in the office to request a copy, and we'll send one home with your student.


Home Access Center (HAC)

The HAC is where you will find your student's interim reports this Wednesday, as well as their first marking period report card. 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.


Information for Senior Parents

The school year is now in full swing, and it will be moving fast, especially for Seniors. Please keep important dates and information in mind:

Senior Dues: The second $100 installment of Senior Dues payments will be due Friday, January 14. The total amount is $250.

Senior Meetings: Seniors have all been scheduled for their initial Senior Meeting with their Counselor, Ms. Hargadon. At these meetings, they discuss their plans for next year, and are provided a guide for their next steps. Questions about college and scholarships should be directed to Senior Counselor, Ms. Hargadon.

Contact Information

Senior Advisor: Ms. Rachael Thomson -

Senior Counselor: Ms. Casey Hargadon -

Principal: Mr. Brendan Bell -


GPA - Grade Point Average

For many of our students, especially new 9th Graders, Grade Point Average (GPA) is a concept that takes a while to really understand. However, students need to know that once they get to high school, their grades really count. The final marks students received on this first Report Card will stay on their transcript and be seen by the admissions counselors when they apply to college. Please join us in emphasizing to students the importance of striving for the highest grades possible, even in Freshman year. The hard work will pay off when it comes time to apply for college.

After School Program

Our famous 21st Century After-School Program is now back in session! Many of our students have already signed up, but there are plenty of openings. Register here.

Our After-School Program provides great value for many of our students and families.

  • First and foremost, it is the ideal place for students to get enhanced academic support. With 12 of our fantastic teachers on staff, students have the opportunity to get an hour of individual or small group help from a certified teacher each day
  • Research shows that students who are involved in extra-curricular activities are much more likely to succeed in school. The After-School Program includes a variety of activities to meet the interests of students, including Robotics, Chess, Hi-Q, School Newspaper, Botany, and more!

Registration is open and we encourage all families to enroll their students! Check out the flyer and contact Ms. Merto ( with any questions.

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Early Warning System

At STEM, we strive to have systems in place to identify students who need help, and provide them with supports as soon as possible. Our Early Warning System (EWS) allows our grade-team teachers and counselors to collaborate to keep students on the right track. Using academic and attendance data, our teams identify students who may be in danger of failing multiple courses or missing excessive class periods.

This year, with the adjustment back to in-person learning, and with so many of our students new to the school, we are finding many students need extra support. We ask that families work with us to help students maintain the focus and effort necessary to stay on top of their academic work. Our teachers and counselors are your teammates working together to ensure students are successful!



PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is always important at STEM, and never more so than right now. We have so many students who are new to our school building and also those who have not been in a classroom for a long time. Our goal is to support our students by instructing them on how to be positive members of our school community.

Positive Behavior Emphasis: Be On Time

We use the STEM PBIS acronym below to teach students our expectations for their behavior. The "T" stands for Take Accountability, and we want our students to take ownership of their responsibilities. Our students usually do a great job, but when they need a reminder, we all need to work together to get them on track.

This week, I am asking families to help by making sure their students are on time for school. Students must be in their First Period class by 7:50 AM. We have students who are arriving later and later, which is beginning to seriously impact their classes.

Before we begin taking punitive action, let's work together to make sure our students arrive on time. Remember you can always check your student's grades and attendance every day by loggin into the Home Access Center (see the instructions toward the top of the newsletter if you don't have login information). Take a moment today to verify your student is arriving on time each day!

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Check out the World Famous Chester Clippers Cheerleaders showing us what PBIS means at STEM

Cheerleaders PBIS