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It’s May! Wow, this year feels like it has flown by but there is still much left to do while we finish this school year strong. As we finalize the year, here are several items we wanted to share with you.

STEM Jubilee – May 15 and 16

The largest school based STEM activity that has ever happened in TENNESSEE is fast approaching! We are excited to host the STEM Jubilee again this year and have grown the event to a whopping 4000 elementary students over two days. 10th grade students will be running booths they created, while 11th and 12th grade students will help with logistic duties. 9th grade students in Dividend Days will also have an opportunity to attend and help with booths and other activities. For interested parents be on the lookout for information to participate from the STEM Parent Leadership Team. Please note that this event is not open to the general public as the elementary students signed up have already filled all of our available slots for the fun! We are fortunate this year to be supported by Amazon and First Tennessee in financial sponsorship, the Creative Discovery Museum, Girls Preparatory School, Signal Mountain Middle High School and others for booths, and Chattanooga State for the location to host.

Testing and Performance

State testing is over! Even though April can be inundated with testing, please know that we spend the majority of our year focused on learning and application of content, and try to minimize “test prep” time. We feel strongly in this model of education as it engages students in higher expectations for their work and ownership of that work.

We do review our results as they come in each year to assess our performance status as a school. Over the past two years, our students have performed at the highest level of state recognition. In fact, we were the only Hamilton County high school that received the Tennessee Reward School status for high performance in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Chromebook and iPad Items

Chromebook: (9th Grade): Chromebooks will be collected by May 23rd. If a Chromebook is not working properly, students should let Mr. Vanzant know by May 14th. If the Chromebook requires a major repair (for example, a cracked screen), there will be a $79 fee.

iPads (10th and 11th Grades): All iPads for 10th and 11th graders are to be in good condition by May 14th. Good condition means that the iPad is working properly and there is no impeding physical damage to the iPad (examples of items to be fixed: screens with broken glass, images are blurry, etc.). Scratches only need to be fixed if the scratches distort iPad images or change the effectiveness of the iPad. It is the responsibility of the parent and student to make sure this is the case by May 14th. For those students and parents who need to repair the iPad, Simply Mac in Hamilton Place Mall does iPad repairs.

iPads (12th Grade): 12th grade student iPads are to be submitted to Mr. Vanzant by May 10th. If the iPad requires repair, there will be a $79 fee. If the student has lost the iPad, there will be a $225 fee to get a replacement. Hamilton County Schools has decided to use these iPads in special education settings for next year to support elementary students. We look forward to providing the devices for this endeavor.

Chromebook or iPad summer usage: Devices may be requested for student use in the summer for students returning to the STEM School for the 2019-2020 school year. There is a $40 enrichment fee for using the device over the summer. The fee must be paid by May 21st. Checks should be made out to STEM School Chattanooga.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th thru 10th. Dr. Donen and Mr. David have a special surprise for teachers on Monday morning, and the STEM Parent Leadership Team will be organizing an opportunity for you to provide gift cards for teachers at the end of the year PLT Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.

Please feel free to also thank any of your student’s teachers throughout this month. We have a tremendous staff who really care for your students. Teacher appreciation, even if it is just a note or thank you email, is a great time to recognize your student’s teachers for their efforts.


Yearbooks will be passed out to juniors and seniors in the next week. Freshman and sophomores will be receiving their yearbooks during the last week of school. The yearbooks are fabulous! Students will really enjoy the tremendous efforts made by the Yearbook Team and the endless number of pictures included.


We will soon be placing a bulk uniform order for our rising 9th grade students. If you would like to take advantage of the bulk pricing as well, please send an email to Amy Robinson for an order form. Orders will be placed for prepaid items only (cash, money order or online) and the order deadline is May 23rd. Once we have your order form, you may begin paying online by visiting our website – – and selecting Online Payments.

Calendar of Events

May 6 – Final day for 9th and 10th grade students to submit any missing learning targets
May 10 – Final day for 9th and 10th grade students to re-submit learning targets for proficient or advanced
May 10 – Final day for 9th grade students to submit PBL items
May 10 – Last day of school for 12th grade students
May 13 – First day of Inertia Institute and Dividend Days for 9th and 10th grade students
May 13 – First day of 11th grade UP or ER, 12th grade ER day
May 15 and 16 – STEM Jubilee
May 17 – Last day of school for 11th grade students
May 17 – Graduation practice at Tivoli (9:00am) – Graduating senior must attend to participate in graduation ceremony
May 18 – Graduation Ceremony at Tivoli (11:30am ceremony)
May 20 – ER starts for 11th grade students
May 22 – ER ends for 11th grade students
May 23 – Last day of school for 9th and 10th grade students (half day for students)
May 23 – Faculty and staff appreciation lunch by Parent Leadership Team
June 3 – First day of summer school for 9th and 10th grade students
June 10 – Report cards

Items of note regarding calendar of events above:

--Dividend Days are reward day activities for 9th and 10th grade students who have mastered all learning targets. Dividend Days run from May 13 to May 23.

--Inertia Institute is for 9th and 10th grade students who will be continuing to work in Edgenuity to show mastery of learning targets. Inertia Institute runs from May 13 to May 23.

--ER (Extra Remediation) may be assigned for an 11th or 12th grade student beyond the last day of school date listed above. Parent will be contacted by 11th-12th grade teacher team if that is the case.

--Summer School is for 9th and 10th grade students who have not mastered learning targets by May 23rd. Mr. Vanzant will be contacting parents of these students with details.

--Report cards may be picked up starting Monday, June 10th. We are happy to send a digital copy of the report card to you at that time. If you would like the report card to be sent to you by email, please let Amy Robinson know (

Final Note

I would like to thank you again for your patience and support throughout the year. We are truly blessed to work with these inspiring students at our school. They are amazing. We also have the absolute best staff that make this school a joy to lead. And, of course, I cannot praise our parents enough. Thank you for your awesomeness!

If I do not see you before the end of the year, have a wonderful summer.

Thank you for your support!
Dr. Tony Donen


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