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Parents/Guardians,

November… I love the leaves! Today though, not the cold blistery rain. I’ll keep hoping that November continues to bring the beauty and exclude the dreary. Here are a few items we wanted to share this mid-November.

Student Performance

Students continue to earn recognition outside the walls of the school for their student performance. STEM School Chattanooga is only one of two Hamilton County Schools to receive recognition as a Rewards School by the Tennessee Department of Education over the past two years. STEM School Chattanooga was also recently commended for our student growth scores on the ACT (https://www.hcde.org/newsroom/a_c_t_scores_hold_steady), which makes the third consecutive year of growth. And, Chattanooga State recently released college course fall semester midterm grades and half the scores for our STEM students were A’s with a 94% pass rate overall. We certainly are proud of our students for their academic efforts!

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break is coming up soon. All grade levels have the same break this year. There is no school (STEM or Chatt State) on Wednesday, Nov 21 thru Friday, Nov 23. We hope everyone has a great holiday break!

STEM Showcase – Friday, December 7

Mark your calendars now for 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 a STEM work piece for public display. 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 II of the STEM School, 10th grade projects and the silent auction will be in Phase I of the STEM School, 11th grade STEM III projects 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 throughout the CETAS and Wacker building. We look forward to seeing everyone that evening and enjoying the showcase experience!

Graduation

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2019 will take place at the Tivoli at 11:30am on Saturday, May 18. For all the graduating senior parents, information for graduation orders will come out in January from Ms. Pearson.

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Tony Donen
Principal

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