Hope you are staying warm during what is likely the first of many cold spells this fall and winter. We wanted to share some information with you about school news items, school closings, and upcoming events.

Global Center for Digital Innovation Announcement and Demo Day

On Tuesday the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, Dr. Bryan Johnson, and the Chattanooga State President, Dr. Rebecca Ashford, officially announced the building of the Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI). The GCDI will be located on the 2nd floor of the CETAS building and STEM School faculty will partner with Chattanooga State to run and organize the space. The GCDI is the first of its kind in the world and will house 15,000 plus square feet of a Super Fab Lab with an entrepreneurship center.

How did this happen? The GCDI was created based on the work happening at STEM School Chattanooga. STEM School administration worked with Hamilton County Schools and Chattanooga State to develop a vision for a K-14 digital fabrication network. The GCDI will host a Fab Ecosystem of ideation (entrepreneurship), creation (digital fabrication) and production (manufacturing). This center will be accessible to STEM School students for upperclassmen projects, provide college internship opportunities for STEM School students in digital fabrication, and be a centerpiece for STEM School students to become Master STEM Fabricators – a distinction that will distinguish them from any other students in the world! The GCDI is scheduled to open during the 2020-2021 school year. 

STEM Showcase – Friday, December 6

Mark your calendar for the can’t miss event of the year – the STEM Showcase! The STEM Showcase will be an evening event from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the STEM School and CETAS building. All students, 9th grade thru 12th grade, will be showcasing STEM work pieces for public display. Come and view the progression of student work from 9th thru 12th grades. The STEM Showcase will also include two other events. The first will be a silent auction fundraiser by the STEM Parent Leadership Team. The second will be promotional and informational booths for Chattanooga State Engineering and Information Technologies Division programs as well as University of Tennessee-Chattanooga programs. 

All STEM students are expected to attend and will act as docents for their work during a 45 minute time slot that evening (either from 6:30pm-7:15pm or 7:15pm-8:00pm). Additionally, the STEM Showcase will be an interactive experience as parents and guests will be provided the opportunity to give brief written feedback on student work. 

The STEM Showcase will be a large event and take over the entire CETAS building. 9th grade projects will be in Phase I of the STEM School, 10th grade projects will be in Phase II of the STEM School, 11th grade STEM III projects and the silent auction will be in the Wacker building, 12th grade entrepreneurial STEM IV businesses will be in the CETAS engineering hall, and Chattanooga State and UTC will be at the entrance to the CETAS and Wacker building. We look forward to seeing everyone that evening and enjoying the showcase experience!

Tennessee Educator of the Month Finalist – Mr. Kubisak

Congratulations to Mr. Kubisak as he is a finalist for the TN Educator of the Month. The final winner will be announced based on votes for the educator. Everyone can vote once each day. Please vote for Mr. Kubisak by going to<>

School Closings

Please note that the STEM School is part of Hamilton County Schools and is closed for inclement weather when Hamilton County Schools is closed. However, upperclassmen that have Chattanooga State or UTC college courses are expected to attend their college courses if those campuses remain open. All upperclassmen should be on the TigerAlert system for Chattanooga State that will allow them to receive texts from Chattanooga State regarding any changes in their regular schedule of classes. 

If there is a two-hour HCDE school delay in opening time, please note that the STEM School classes will begin at 11:30am. Morning buses will also run two hours later.  

Website Highlight – STEM Tours

Each month I will highlight a portion of the school website for you in these emails. We have a lot of information about our school that can be found at the link and this will provide the opportunity to emphasize a particular item for you. 

This highlight is for our STEM Tours. By clicking on STEM Tours at the top of the homepage, visitors are taken to a page that briefly explains the process for setting up a tour of our school. We have tours fairly frequently from locals and also people across the world. As the STEM lottery also approaches, you may be asked about how to visit and tour the school. This page has the contact information for prospective parents on how to set up a tour date.

Upcoming Dates

Nov 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes at STEM or Chattanooga State)

Dec 6: STEM Showcase (evening event – all students expected to participate)

Dec 6-12: Chattanooga State College Exams

Dates for 9th and 10th Grades 

---Wednesday, December 18th – Last student day of fall semester. This is a half-day (9:30am-1:00pm).

—Monday, January 6th – First student day of spring semester. This is a full day. 

Dates for 11th and 12th Grades

---Friday, December 6th – Last student day of fall semester for most 11th and 12th grade students. 

—Monday, December 9th thru Friday, December 13th – These dates are for 11th and 12th grade students who have not finalized learning targets in a fall STEM School class. These students are REQUIRED to be here for Extended Remediation (ER) each day (9:30am-4:30pm).

—Monday, January 6th thru Friday, January 17th – All 11th and 12th grade students report to STEM School for our Upperclassmen STEM Community Development. Activities for students will run each day in the morning and afternoon with STEM School teachers. Students are to report at 9:30am on Monday, January 6th to meet with teachers, learn about the activity schedule, and choose their activities for participation.

---Tuesday, January 21st – First day of college and STEM schedule for spring semester.  

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Tony Donen



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