Updates

November 19, 2021 – STEM School Info 11/19

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

As we approach Thanksgiving week, thank you for your support throughout this year. We are incredibly thankful to our parents… you all are awesome! Here are some items of note for you at this time. Please also note that next Friday is part of the Thanksgiving holiday, so the next email update will take place on Friday, December 3.

 

COVID Procedures Update

 

Hamilton County Schools (HCS) has updated its COVID-19 protocols and guidance in accordance with the Tennessee State COVID-19 Omnibus Bill.Governor Lee signed this Bill into law on November 12, 2021.

 

In order to comply with the Omnibus Bill, HCS lifted its mask requirement as of Monday, November 8. As of this date, no one is required to wear a mask; however, anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so. This bill also limits the authority to determine quarantine and isolation requirements to the Tennessee Commissioner of Health. Therefore, HCS can no longer require anyone to quarantine under the authority of the local Hamilton County Health Department. At this point, only the state Commissioner of Health can require quarantine or isolation. Of course, the administration advises students and staff to stay home if they are feeling ill.

 

The district will continue to monitor county-wide COVID-19 data to determine if, at any point, schools can request a 14-day mask mandate in accordance with state law. If the state Commissioner of Health advises the district and/or the local health department to enforce quarantine or isolation periods, HCS administration will comply. HCS will continue to contact trace when information is available and appropriate and will recommend, but not require, quarantine and isolation for individuals identified as close contacts or that report a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. 

 

Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI)

 

As the GCDI gets started, more and more opportunities are beginning to take place for STEM students in using the center. STEM IV 12th grade students have been actively using the GCDI in creating their prototypes, 9th Grade Tech Time participated in learning how to use Microbits in the GCDI, 10th graders have used the GCDI for both the Hunter Museum PBL and their current Creative Discovery Museum PBL incorporating varied technical equipment and tools including laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC Router Shopbots, vinyl cutters, soldering and more, and STEM III 11th grade students have used the GCDI to support their efforts in developing prototypes and products for their business partnership projects. 

 

Some activities upcoming in the GCDI include students in 9th grade art class using the GCDI to develop kinetic art, English III 11th grade students building a display for their upcoming TV project, students in both grade 9 and 10 that are not in need of ER participating in a quarterly design challenge the week of December 13 titled the DaVinci Invention Challenge, and students in both grade 11 and 12 having an opportunity to participate in a weeklong class in the GCDI during the week of January 10 prior to the start of the spring semester academic course schedule.

 

Interested juniors and seniors will also again have an opportunity to intern in the GCDI this spring semester. Interested students must be either a journeyman or master fabricator, and will need to apply with Ms. Burrus in the coming weeks. Ms. Burrus will post this internship opportunity in Canvas for students to apply.

 

The GCDI is an amazing opportunity for our students. Just this week I received an alumni email from Virginia Tech touting their new Frith Engineering Design Laboratory which is used for engineering students for fabrication and innovation. It is fantastic to see how the GCDI aligns well to what is taking place at theuniversity level, providing our students with a competitive edge over their peers from across the country. To see what is taking place at Virginia Tech, click on this Frith Engineering Design Lab link.

 

Food City and Publix Partnerships

 

Food City and Publix have partnered with area educators to raise money for local schools. We would love for you to participate in these programs by simply linking your Food City ValuCard to STEM School Chattanooga and signing up for Club Publix. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, this is a perfect time to link the STEM School to your card or account and raise money for our wonderful school.

 

Please click on this link for instructions on linking your ValuCard and signing up for Club Publix. Let the shopping begin!

 

Food Drive – November House Competition 

 

The November House Competition – a Food Drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank – is in full swing! Please bring any non-perishable items, cans, boxes, etc. for the drive. At this time the Food Bank is having an increased need for canned soups, canned vegetables, and canned proteins (such as beans, peanut butter, chicken) but ALL items are welcome as we attempt to support our community! Additional information about donating can be found here. Drop off bins are located at the front entrance and students may bring in items and place them in the container labeled with their House. The drive will run from Nov 8 - Dec 6.

 

School Tours and STEM Showcase

 

With the changes in the Hamilton County Schools COVID procedures, HCS schools are now open to parents and visitors. Starting Monday, November 15, our weekly tours for prospective students and parents have started again. Current parents are also welcomed to join these tours. If you are a parent that has never been in our STEM building and want to see the school in action, connect with Amy Robinson (robinson_amy@hcde.org) and she can add you to one of our weekly tours. 

 

In addition, mark your calendars for Friday, January 28. We will be hosting our in-person STEM Showcase evening. The STEM Showcase will feature student displays of work from grade 9 through grade 12. This is an excellent way to see the school and the work progression expected of students as they mature over four years. We are excited to reinstate this experience for our students and parents. More information will be forthcoming in the future. 

 

Thanksgiving Week Schedule 

 

Please note the schedule for Thanksgiving week this year (Monday, November 22 through Friday, November 26). 

--STEM School: Regular schedule and classes on Monday and Tuesday. No classes and school closed on Wednesday through Friday. 

--Chattanooga State: No college classes the entire week – Monday through Friday. The campus will also be completely closed on Thursday and Friday. 

 

Graduation Date, Time and Location – May 19

 

The graduation ceremony date, time and location have been set! The Class of 2022 will be graduating on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm in Memorial Auditorium. We are super excited to have Memorial Auditorium as our location again this year. There is plenty of space so our graduates can invite as many people as they would like, and the weather does not impact the ceremony. Seniors and parents – mark your calendars now!

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen 

Principal



November 12, 2021 – STEM School Info 11/12

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

Happy Friday! Below are some items we wanted to share here in November. 

  

COVID Face Covering Update

 

Hamilton County Schools, as of November 8, has made masks optional in HCS buildings. HCS has communicated several reasons for the change, including the percent of vaccinated individuals and the drop in COVID cases across our county. Please watch the two-minute video message from the Interim Superintendent, Dr. Towns, for more details. Please note the change is for everyone who enters the STEM School building – students, staff, parents and visitors.

 

Please note that even though masks are optional in Hamilton County Schools, there is still a mask requirement for indoor spaces at Chattanooga State until December 31. So, students on the college campus in college classes and buildings would still need to wear masks in those spaces. This includes the GCDI – Global Center for Digital Innovation. 

  

Student Led Conferences – Nov 15 and Nov 17

 

Student Led Conferences are almost here! Parents and students are expected to participate in the SLC. The student will be sharing information about their progress during the SLC. Emails have been sent out by your student’s house faculty advisor with information on setting up your SLC time. If you have not received an email, please let us know.

 

To accommodate parents and students, all conferences will be held virtually through Zoom. Parents have the opportunity to email with the House faculty advisor to set up a time between 6pm and 8pm for the conference. Once a time is established, the House faculty advisor will share a Zoom link with the parent and student for the meeting. 

  

Food Drive – November House Competition 

 

The November House Competition – a Food Drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank – is in full swing! Please bring any non-perishable items, cans, boxes, etc. for the drive. At this time the Food Bank is having an increased need for canned soups, canned vegetables, and canned proteins (such as beans, peanut butter, chicken) but ALL items are welcome as we attempt to support our community! Additional information about donating can be found here. Drop off bins are located at the front entrance and students may bring in items and place them in the container labeled with their House. The drive will run from Nov. 8 - Dec. 6. 

 

The last year we held this competition,we donated over 1,000 lbs. of food!That is incredible! Let's see if we can'tbeat our recordthis time around!

 

School Tours and STEM Showcase

 

With the changes in the Hamilton County Schools COVID procedures, HCS schools are now open to parents and visitors. Starting Monday, November 15, our weekly tours for prospective students and parents will start again. Current parents are also welcomed to join these tours. If you are a parent that has never been in our STEM building and want to see the school in action, connect with Amy Robinson (robinson_amy@hcde.org) and she can add you to one of our weekly tours.

 

In addition, mark your calendars for Friday, January 28. We will be hosting our in-person STEM Showcase evening. The STEM Showcase will feature student displays of work from grade 9 through grade 12. This is an excellent way to see the school and the work progression expected of students as they mature over four years. We are excited to reinstate this experience for our students and parents. More information will be forthcoming in the future.

 

STEM IV and Southeastern Regional Pitch Competition

 

STEM’s senior class have been busy all semester working on their senior projects for STEM IV. The premise of this project is to act as a culmination of all four years at STEM, where students put themselves in teams, invent a solution to a STEM problem, and pitch their product to a panel of judges.

 

Some of these teams have gone above and beyond, taking their projects outside of STEM to enter into a regional pitching competition:ESTEAM Pitch Competition. This competition is open to all students in the Appalachian region to submit a business pitch, competing for a cash prize. Overall, STEM had 7 teams to submit, and out of those 7, two teams have advanced to the final round!!

 

Those two teams areGig-City EnhancementsandPeach Stim. Both are tied for second place at this point in the competition. Feel free to follow the competition scoreboard, posted on this website:https://goventuredash.com/competitions/110

 

All the teams have been phenomenal, but special shout out to the following students for advancing forward, representing the STEM School in the final round of the ESTEAM Pitch Competition: Julian Achata, Mackenzie Conway, Delanie Dempsey, Hayley Lewis, Alex Mangan, Taylor Rickman, and Kaitlyn Stoker!

Thanksgiving Week Schedule 

 

Please note the schedule for Thanksgiving week this year (Monday, November 22 through Friday, November 26).

--STEM School: Regular schedule and classes on Monday and Tuesday. No classes and school closed on Wednesday through Friday.

--Chattanooga State: No college classes the entire week – Monday through Friday. The campus will also be completely closed on Thursday and Friday.

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal



November 5, 2021 – STEM School Info 11/5


Parents/Guardians, 

 

November is here! It’s one of my favorite months in Chattanooga as we enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Below are some items we wanted to share as we kick start this month.

  

COVID Procedural Update

 

As COVID cases fall in our area (none at STEM since fall break!), Hamilton County Schools is updating their procedures. In the weekly newsletter from Hamilton County Schools, there will be information regarding updates and changes. Some of these items may include mask requirements, visitor access, and other school related activities. Be on the lookout for this communication.

 

Please note that if masks become optional in Hamilton County Schools, masks will also become optional inside the STEM School. However, there is still a mask requirement for indoor spaces at Chattanooga State until December 31. So, students on the college campus in college classes and buildings would still need to wear masks in those spaces. This includes the GCDI – Global Center for Digital Innovation.

 

Remote and Asynchronous Day – Nov 10

 

Hamilton County Schools has three remote and asynchronous learning days in the school calendar. The second is on Wednesday, November 10. Students do NOT report to STEM School classes that day. Students should use that day as a workday to catch up on existing work assigned. Teachers will be using this day for planning and preparation purposes and will not be available. For students with college courses, please note that ALL college courses are still in session. However, there are no buses running that day so students with college classes will need to arrange their own transportation.

 

Student Led Conferences – Nov 15 and Nov 17

 

At the STEM School we do not have traditional Parent Teacher Conferences where the parent comes in and a teacher talks about all the things your child is doing. Instead, our conferences are focused on the student leading a conference with parents and faculty members. The reason for doing so is because it is vitally important for the student to take ownership in his/her progress, be able to communicate what he/she has learned, and be able to communicate at what level of understanding and mastery he/she is performing. We will have Student Led Conferences during the evenings of Monday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 17. All parents are expected to participate. 

 

To accommodate parents and students, all conferences will be held virtually through Zoom. Each parent and student will be sent an email from their House faculty advisor inviting the parent to the SLC. Parents will have the opportunity to email with the House faculty advisor to set up a time between 6pm and 8pm for the conference. The House faculty advisor will share a Zoom link with the parent and student for the meeting. 

 

Parents and students are expected to participate in the SLC. The student will be sharing information during the SLC. If you do not see the email from your student’s house faculty advisor by Tuesday, November 9, please let us know. We can help connect you.

 

College Visits – Nov 12 and Nov 19

 

Two upcoming college visits will take place in November for juniors and seniors. This is a great opportunity for students to visit two colleges in one day. Information detailing the sign-up process for the college visit opportunities (including field trip form submission and payment) has been sent out by Ms. Parris and posted in Canvas as well. For questions about procedures or more information about the trips, you may also contact Ms. Parris at parris_jennifer@hcde.org

 

Trip: Maryville College and University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date: Friday, Nov. 12

Depart: 8:00am from STEM School

Return: 5:15pm to STEM School

Cost: $42 per student - includes box lunch at Maryville

Seats Available: There are limited seats still available. Those will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis which includes signed permission form and payment.

 

Visiting: Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University

Date: Friday, Nov. 19

Depart: 7:30am from STEM School

Return: 7:00pm to STEM School

Cost: $42 per student - includes lunch at MTSU cafeteria

Seats Available: There are limited seats still available. Those will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis which includes signed permission form and payment.

 

Food Drive – November House Competition

 

The Heads of House are pleased to announce the November House Competition - a Food Drive for theChattanooga Area Food Bank! Please bring any non-perishable items, cans, boxes, etc. for the drive. At this time the Food Bank is having an increased need for canned soups, canned vegetables, and canned proteins (such as beans, peanut butter, chicken) but ALL items are welcome as we attempt to support our community! Additional information about donating can be foundhere. Drop off bins are located at the front entrance and students may bring in items and place them in the container labeled with their House. The drive will run from Nov. 8 - Dec. 6. 

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

October 29, 2021 – STEM School Info 10/29

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

Happy STEM Jam Night! It has been a wonderful Spirit Week at STEM, and we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the student creativity and excitement this week. Here are some items of note for you as we move forward into November.

  

House Competition Results

 

What a great Wednesday House Competition this week! House Mirzakhani and House Einstein each earned 1100 points and tied for first for the Wednesday competition. House Staupers earned 900 points, while House Tesla came in with 800 points. Competition activities included Giant Jenga, Pumpkin Carving, Soccer, Pumpkin Launch and Scavenger Bone Hunt. After this competition, we have a new leader for the overall House Cup Competition… congrats to Einstein for moving in to first place! House Staupers may have lost their lead, but they are close behind in second, followed by House Mirzakhani and House Tesla. I have the feeling this year’s competition is going to be very tight!

 

STEM Jam Tonight – Oct 29

 

STEM Jam is STEM’s version of hanging out and getting together for STEM students. Some schools host a school dance, we host STEM Jam! It is an opportunity for STEM students to play some games, eat some food, and win some prizes outside of the school day. This event will only happen once this year, so don't miss out tonight!

  

For those without tickets, don’t worry! Tickets are also sold at the door. The cost to attend is $10 per student. The STEM Jam will start at 6pm and end at 8pm. Only STEM students are allowed to attend. Since it is primarily an indoor event, students will also be expected to maintain the same mask procedures as during the school day. STEM Jam funds raised help support the Robotics Team.

 

Some of the highlights of the night: The Haunted Hallway designed and hosted by STEM students, featuring a few teachers sprinkled in. Also, a Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament in a bracket format and prizes to win!

 

Remote and Asynchronous Day – Nov 10

 

Hamilton County Schools has three remote and asynchronous learning days in the school calendar. The second is on Wednesday, November 10. Students do NOT report to STEM School classes that day. Students should use that day as a work day to catch up on existing work assigned. Teachers will be using this day for planning and preparation purposes and will not be available. For students with college courses, please note that ALL college courses are still in session. However, there are no buses running that day so students with college classes will need to arrange their own transportation.

 

College Visits – Nov 12 and Nov 19

 

Two upcoming college visits will take place in November for juniors and seniors. This is a great opportunity for students to visit two colleges in one day. Information detailing the sign-up process for the college visit opportunities (including field trip form submission and payment) have been sent out by Ms. Parris and posted in Canvas as well. For questions about procedures or more information about the trips, you may also contact Ms. Parris at parris_jennifer@hcde.org

 

Trip: Maryville College and University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date: Friday, Nov. 12

Depart: 8:00am from STEM School

Return: 5:15pm to STEM School

Cost: $42 per student - includes box lunch at Maryville

Due Date: Nov. 5 - seats filled on a first-come, first-served basis which includes signed permission form and payment

 

Visiting: Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University

Date: Friday, Nov. 19

Depart: 7:30am from STEM School

Return: 7:00pm to STEM School

Cost: $42 per student - includes lunch at MTSU cafeteria

Due Date: Nov. 5 - seats filled on a first-come, first-served basis which includes signed permission form and payment

 

Ride CARTA Free with Chattanooga State Campus ID

 

Chattanooga State has reached a universal rideshare agreement with CARTA. All students, faculty, and staff can ride CARTA for free with a valid ChattState ID. This plan runs through August 31, 2022. The agreement is for all routes, not just the ChattState/Amnicola Route.

 

Student Led Conferences

 

At the STEM School we do not have traditional Parent Teacher Conferences where the parent comes in and a teacher talks about all the things your child is doing. Instead, our conferences are focused on the student leading a conference with parents and faculty members. The reason for doing so is because it is vitally important for the student to take ownership in his/her progress, be able to communicate what he/she has learned, and be able to communicate at what level of understanding and mastery he/she is performing. We will have Student Led Conferences in November. More information will be forthcoming in next week’s parent email.

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


October 22, 2021 – STEM School Info 10/22

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

It’s great to start our second quarter! As we do, here are some items we wanted to share. 

  

Global Center for Digital Innovation Opens – It’s Official! 

 

That’s right, it’s official! The Global Center for Digital Innovation is open. We are excited to have this addition for Chattanooga State and Hamilton County Schools. We are even more excited that our STEM students will have access to this center throughout their STEM School experience. For upperclassmen (grades 11-12), the opportunities with the GCDI also include internship experiences. Students who have earned at least Journeyman status for STEM micro-credentials can apply for these internship opportunities. Not only are these opportunities to build STEM skills, but they are also a valuable resume addition for college admissions.

 

Check out the article in the Times Free Press about the opening of the GCDI and the video of the grand opening!

 

Spirit Week – Oct 25 through Oct 29

 

Next week is STEM Spirit Week hosted by the House Committee. Each day has a dress up theme that students and staff are encouraged to participate in. Check out the days chosen this year by your House Heads!

 

-Monday:Parent Swap - Dress like a Mom or Dad, bring those white New Balances and jorts

-Tuesday:Pajama Day - ACTUAL PAJAMAS ONLY (Onesies, fleece or flannel tops and bottoms etc, must be school appropriate)

-Wednesday:House-Out-Head-to-toe in all House colors (Also, House Competition Day!)

-Thursday: Throwback-Dress like a blast from the past

-Friday: Costume Day- Wear your fave costume (Pro tip - use for STEM Jam costume competition Friday night)

 

Reminder:Each day's theme isoptionalfor all students. Students who choose not to participate need to be in the normal STEM uniform. 

 

STEM Jam – Oct 29

 

STEM Jam is STEM’s version of hanging out and getting together for STEM students. Some schools host a school dance, we host STEM Jam! It is an opportunity for STEM students to play some games, eat some food, and win some prizes outside of the school day. This event will only happen once this year, so don't miss out!

 

This year’s STEM Jam will also include a Haunted Hallway. The Haunted Hallway is the STEM School version of a haunted house. It is designed and hosted by STEM students, featuring a few of your teachers sprinkled in... enter at your own risk. Mwahahaha.

 

The STEM Jam is also used to raise funds for our Robotics Team and House Committee. The cost to attend is $10 per student. Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Condra during Phase 1 lunch, Mr. Vanzant in the afternoons, and at the door the night of the event. The STEM Jam will take place on Friday, October 29 from 6pm to 8pm. Only STEM students are allowed to attend. Since it is primarily an indoor event, students will also be expected to maintain the same mask procedures as during the school day.

 

What will STEM Jam feature? Music, Costume contest (prize to the winner), Raffle giveaways every 20 minutes, Pizza, Snacks, Drinks, =Super Smash Brothers Competition (prize to the winner), Cornhole, Haunted Hallway, Photo booth and A WHOLE LOT more.

 

Still have questions?Email Mr. Vanzant atvanzant_d@hcde.org

 

Medication – From Nurse Scruggs, RN, BSN

 

We are excited to tell you that, for the first time, our nurse has a few over-the-counter medications available in the School Health clinic. OTC medications available include:

-Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol)- both tablets and liquid

-Antibiotic ointment

-Antacid tablets (generic Tums) 

-Diphenhydramine liquid (generic Benadryl)

-Glucose gel- for hypoglycemia 

-In addition, you may supply other OTC medications (i.e. ibuprofen)

 

In order for students to be able to receive these OTC medications, parents will need to complete the following Google form: OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our school nurse, Laura Scruggs, scruggs_larisa@hcde.org

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal



October 8, 2021 – STEM School Info 10/08

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

Thank you for a fantastic first quarter! As we head into the HCS fall break, please note the STEM School will be closed during fall break. Our next email update will also skip a Friday and return on Friday, October 22. Please see below for more information we wanted to share with you.

  

COVID Update

 

As we see the COVID numbers continue to drop, Hamilton County Schools will continue to update their plan on what schools can and cannot do. For the immediate future, masks are still in place for staff and requested for students inside the STEM School building. In addition, masks are still mandated for both staff and students for indoor Chattanooga State buildings (like the GCDI) and for any field trips we take for PBLs (in particular, STEM III business partnership projects).

 

Grade 10 Hunter Museum Docent Night

 

It was great night at the Hunter Museum last night! Our grade 10 students set up their innovative digital fabricated and/or media art pieces in the Hunter’s atrium. It was exciting to see and hear from the STEM students about their work outside the walls of the school. Thank you to all the parents, family members and friends who came out to support our students and the school!

 

Adera Causey, Hunter Museum Curator, had this to say about the partnership project - We are very proud and honored to be a partner with the STEM School. This project is one of the highlights of our year. The depth of the student work and thinking is so impressive and WE learn something new each year!”

 

Grand Opening for Global Center for Digital Innovation – Oct 20

 

We are incredibly excited to announce the official Grand Opening for the Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI)! At 1pm on Wednesday, October 20 on the front steps of the CETAS building, the Chattanooga State Community College President, Dr. Ashford, and the Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent, Dr. Towns, will be ushering in the official opening of the GCDI. As the nation's first K-14 Digital Fabrication Center, the GCDI is committed to serving the greater Chattanooga community by facilitating ideation, creation, and production through maker-centered learning. The GCDI goal is to provide tools and processes in a safe, equitable, collaborative, and inspiring space to embolden a maker identity and ignite the STEM entrepreneurial spirit. Through digital and traditional fabrication, students and community makers can improve their own lives and the communities around them by turning their ideas into reality. 

 

Move2Stand – Oct 22 (Grade 9)

 

When we return from fall break, students in grade 9 will participate in an important culture building opportunity called Move2Stand. Move2Stand is an interactive training program of STARS that challenges students to examine their attitudes toward bullying. This one-day youth summit creates empathy and helps young leaders understand how bullying impacts school climate and communities. Since we have students that come from all over the county, this also provides a unique opportunity for freshmen to learn about each other and delve more into the grade 9 diversity focus for collaboration. If you have any questions and/or concerns about this opportunity, please reach out to our school counselor, Anna Millard, millard_anna@hcde.org.

 

STEM 101 – Learning about Canvas, Powerschool and Grading

   

On Monday, October 4, the STEM Administration hosted STEM 101 Night, which was a night for parents to begin their journey in learning about the grading process. During STEM 101, parents learned about Canvas, Powerschool, Grading, and ER (Extended Remediation Week). If you were unable to make Monday night, no problem. We have posted a video recording of that presentation and everything you need for STEM 101 on the school website under the Parents tab and STEM 101 webpage.

 

Fall Breaks

 

Fall Break for Hamilton County Schools takes place from October 9 through October 18. Fall Break for Chattanooga State takes place from October 2 through October 10. These breaks impact our students as follows.

 

STEM School Classes: There are no STEM School classes during the Hamilton County Schools Fall Break. The STEM School will be closed during this time. The last STEM School class day for the first quarter will be Friday, October 8. STEM School classes will resume on Tuesday, October 19. 

 

Chattanooga State Classes: There are no Chattanooga State college classes during the Chattanooga State Fall Break. The last Chattanooga State class day for the first term is Friday, October 1. Chattanooga State college classes will resume on Monday, October 11. 

 

Students with college classes should make sure they know and understand the above break schedules. For example, if a STEM student has a Chattanooga State college course that meets on Tuesday each week, the student is expected to attend the college class on Tuesday, October 12 (even though the STEM School is closed on this date). 

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal



October 1, 2021 – STEM School Info 10/01

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

This first quarter is wrapping up quickly! Here are some items of note as we get closer to fall break.  

  

COVID Update

 

Chattanooga State has extended its mask mandate for their indoor spaces through December 31. Hamilton County Schools continues to provide the opt out mask option for students. Even though the HCS opt out mask option is in place for the STEM School inside space, we still request everyone to wear masks. We have been very fortunate this first quarter that COVID quarantines have only impacted a small percentage of our student body. 100% teacher vaccinations and many of our students getting vaccinated have certainly helped, as well as a high percent of students wearing masks. Thank you to everyone for their efforts to help mitigate the impact of COVID on our school.

 

House Competition

 

As you may or may not be aware, all students (and staff) at STEM are sorted into one of four Houses. The Houses are Staupers, Tesla, Einstein, and Mirzakhani. We use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for our “sorting hat” to help with this sorting. Information about the Myers-Briggs and our Houses can be found on the school website in the STEM Houses link. We encourage parents to also take the Myers-Briggs assessment so you can talk with your student about the different personalities in your family.

 

Along with sorting students, we also have a yearlong House Competition each school year. Last Friday we had a large competition across the school where each House competed against each other in volleyball, kickball, cornhole, musical chairs, and chalk design. After last week’s competition and from previous competition results, the current 2021-22 standings for House Points are: Staupers – 1900, Einstein – 1800, Mirzakhani – 1475, Tesla – 1325. Staupers are in the lead but there are still many points to win throughout the rest of the year. Good luck to all Houses as we continue forward!

 

Open House – Virtual Teacher Meet and Greet: Zoom Videos Posted

 

The Open House – Virtual Teacher Meet and Greet Zoom videos are posted online for you. If you were unable to attend the live event, want to hear from one of our world-class educators, or need to see a presentation from a different grade level, the videos are available to you. The videos for grade 9, grade 10 and grades 11/12 are posted on the school website for viewing in the “About Us” tab – titled “Open House – Virtual Teacher Meet and Greet”.

 

STEM 101 – Learn about Canvas, Powerschool and Grading – Oct 4 

   

On Monday, October 4 at 6:30pm, the STEM Administration will be hosting STEM 101 Night, which will be a night for parents to begin their journey in learning about the grading process. During STEM 101, parents will learn about Canvas, Powerschool, Grading, and ER (Extended Remediation Week). If you are unable to make Monday night, no problem. We have posted everything you need for STEM 101 on the school website as well.

 

STEM 101 Activities:

Posted Activities for STEM 101 on the school website – STEM 101 Learning Tasks

 

STEM 101 Monday Night Info:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 944 1834 5662

Passcode: 098890

 

IMPORTANT NOTE for STEM 101: Though STEM 101 is for our parents, please participate with your student. Your student has user ids and passwords for many items involved in his/her school management – Chromebook, Canvas, ClassLinks, Powerschool, etc.. Having your student with you for STEM 101 can assist with your access and efficient learning of these systems.

 

ER Week (Extended Remediation) – Oct 4 thru Oct 8

 

At the end of each quarter this year, students will have an opportunity to improve all learning target grades during ER Week. ER Week is a time that students can re-submit graded projects for higher levels of proficiency. Students can also re-take assessments to earn a higher level of proficiency. Higher levels of proficiency include grades of proficient (85) or advanced (100). For students who are struggling with reaching proficient (85), students will have an opportunity to work with teachers in focus groups to earn basic (70). 

 

During ER Week, three items take place: student independent work time, workshops run by teachers where students choose to attend to get assistance or re-assess, and focus groups where students are assigned and required to work with a teacher. New work and assignments are not posted during this week. This week is set up as an opportunity for students to improve any learning target grade for the first quarter. 

 

For students in grades 9-10 (underclassmen) who have no missing and/or below basic learning targets, these students may continue to work in ER to improve their grades to advanced (100). Students will also have an enrichment opportunity for the week – Fabrication Days. These students will be working in the brand-new Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI) on STEM micro-credentialing projects. 

 

For students in grades 11-12 (upperclassmen), ER Week also has an additional difference. When an upperclassman no longer has any ER work left to remediate, the upperclassman is not required to attend school for the remainder of ER. An email has already been sent to each grade 11 and 12 student (and parent) that is assigned mandatory ER. Please note that even if the student is not assigned mandatory ER, the student is still welcome to come in and participate to improve their learning target grade to advanced (100). 

 

Fall Breaks

 

Fall Break for Hamilton County Schools takes place from October 9 through October 18. Fall Break for Chattanooga State takes place from October 2 through October 10. These breaks impact our students as follows.

 

STEM School Classes: There are no STEM School classes during the Hamilton County Schools Fall Break. The STEM School will be closed during this time. The last STEM School class day for the first quarter will be Friday, October 8. STEM School classes will resume on Tuesday, October 19.

 

Chattanooga State Classes: There are no Chattanooga State college classes during the Chattanooga State Fall Break. The last Chattanooga State class day for the first term is Friday, October 1. Chattanooga State college classes will resume on Monday, October 11.

 

Students with college classes should make sure they know and understand the above break schedules. For example, if a STEM student has a Chattanooga State college course that meets on Tuesday each week, the student is expected to attend the college class on Tuesday, October 12 (even though the STEM School is closed on this date).

 

Email Updates – Posted on Website

 

These email updates are posted on the STEM School Chattanooga website by clicking the “Updates” tab. Not only will the current update by viewable, but you can look back through updates previously sent. We also share these updates in STEM General for the students in Canvas.  

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal



September 24, 2021 – STEM School Info 09/24

 

Parents/Guardians, 

 

Today is House Competition Day! And what a perfect weather day for the outdoor activities with it. It’s a great day to be a STEM Python! Here are some items of note for you this Friday.

  

COVID Update

 

Not sure if you noticed, but there were no COVID emails this week! We are super excited to report we have no individuals with STEM on the COVID list and no individuals quarantining as close contacts at this time. Thank you to everyone for their efforts!

 

As a reminder, the simple rule of thumb: do not send your student to school if they are sick, have a fever greater than 100 degrees, have any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with a positive COVID person. In addition, if a student OR anyone in your home is considering COVID testing, awaiting COVID testing results, or has tested positive for COVID, do not send your student to school. Contact our school nurse, Lara Scruggs, and she will assist you with making decisions appropriate for your student. You can reach Ms. Scruggs at 423-531-6270 or scruggs_larisa@hcde.org.

 

We continue to request everyone to wear masks indoors and will do so until directed otherwise by our district office.

 

Open House – Virtual Teacher Meet and Greet: Zoom Videos 

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Open House – Teacher Meet and Greet last night. Though not in person, we hope you were still able to get a sense of the excitement and types of activities students are doing with each teacher. For those that missed it or have students in multiple grade levels, no worries! We recorded each Zoom session. These will be posted by next week on our school website for viewing in the “About Us” tab – titled “Open House – Virtual Teacher Meet and Greet”.

 

STEM 101 – Learn about Canvas, Powerschool and Grading – Oct 4 

 

Student grades for first quarter are beginning to be populated in Powerschool. Grades are associated with the learning targets for each course. Learning targets are the key concepts that students must master in a course (for more information on grading and learning targets, click here).

  

On Monday, October 4 at 6:30pm, the STEM Administration will be hosting STEM 101, which will be a night for parents to begin their journey in learning about the grading process as well. During STEM 101, parents will learn about Canvas, Powerschool, Grading, and ER (Extended Remediation Week). This will be hosted via Zoom and also posted online on our school website. 

 

We ask that 9th grade parents be patient with us as the freshmen students grow in their understanding of the process. After Fall Break, if you would like to connect with a teacher to discuss a specific item, we will be happy to connect with you at that time. Thank you for your patience as we train this great group of STEM learners!

 

ER Week (Extended Remediation) – Oct 4 thru Oct 8

 

At the end of each quarter this year, students will have an opportunity to improve all learning target grades during ER Week. ER Week is a time that students can re-submit graded projects for higher levels of proficiency. Students can also re-take assessments to earn a higher level of proficiency. Higher levels of proficiency include grades of proficient (85) or advanced (100). For students who are struggling with reaching proficient (85), students will have an opportunity to work with teachers in focus groups to earn basic (70).

 

During ER Week, three items take place: student independent work time, workshops run