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September 17, 2020 ACT Day and Parent Leadership Team

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

The first day of fall is quickly approaching and officially begins on September 22. As we look forward to the temperate weather and beautiful colors, we are excited to kick start the fall season. Please see below for a few items of note upcoming.

 

ACT for 12th Grade and Virtual Day for 9th, 10th and 11th Grades – Tuesday, September 22 

  

Seniors (both in person and @home) will have the opportunity to take the ACT on Tuesday, September 22 at the STEM School. Seniors are to report at 8:40am that morning. This is an official ACT test for college entrance applications. 

  

IMPORTANT – ONLY seniors will report to the STEM School on that day. We will be spacing seniors out throughout the entire building in order to test with social distancing in place for each student. All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade will complete a virtual school day on September 22 and will NOT report to the STEM School building. Items for work will be posted in Canvas. 

  

Any senior or parent with questions regarding the testing procedures may contact the College and Career Access Counselor, Jennifer Parris (parris_jennifer@hcde.org). Please note that a make-up test date will occur on October 6. This is only for seniors who are unable to participate on September 22.

 

Parent Leadership Team

  

The STEM Parent Leadership Team (PLT) held its first virtual meeting last week. The PLT is our parent organization for STEM and designed for STEM parents that want to lead and take an active role in STEM parent led initiatives. Below are the different committees offered currently. Committees change each year and parents on the PLT are welcome to create and develop new committees, as well as eliminate committees from previous years. This year is very unique as many committees are impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and below includes the COVID-19 influence on each committee.

 

---Silent Auction Committee: Fundraising event connected to our STEM student showcase in December. Due to COVID-19, may consider a different format this year for the silent auction (potentially virtual event).

---Staff Appreciation Committee: Organizes faculty and staff luncheons once a month throughout the year and gifts for staff. Due to COVID-19, will need to look at luncheon process that is feasible to implement.

---STEM Jubilee: The STEM Jubilee is an elementary STEM event hosted by the STEM School in May. The event is the largest elementary STEM event in the state of Tennessee. The parent committee helps develop corporate sponsorship and also manages the hospitality area for workers during the event. Due to COVID-19, STEM Jubilee is currently on hold.

---National Honor Society Committee: This committee helps assist with National Honor Society Induction Ceremony each fall. Due to COVID-19, ceremony is being considered for spring.

---Facebook Internal Page: A parent Facebook page for STEM is available for parents. This implementation is not impacted by COVID-19.

---Parent Representatives for Learning Community Meetings: Parents in this committee attend and participate in Hamilton County School community meetings. This committee provides the opportunity to provide feedback to district decisions and direction. Meetings are being held virtually due to COVID-19.

  

Thank you to everyone who attended the first meeting. The next STEM Parent Leadership Team meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30pm through Zoom. At that time, we will delve further into implementation for the committees that can get started.

 

Fall and Increased Chances of Cold Symptoms

 

Please note that common colds and upper respiratory infections are more prevalent traditionally in the fall than the spring or summer. With the added issues with COVID-19, this will certainly make it challenging for everyone during this season. However, even with the changes in season, please stick with this simple rule of thumb: do not send your student to school if he/she is sick, has a fever greater than 100 degrees, has any COVID-19 symptoms, or has been in close contact with a positive COVID person.

 

COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

 

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, Ms. Scruggs (scruggs_larisa@hcde.org), and she will assist you with making decisions appropriate for your student. Please also make sure to contact the nurse or front office if anyone in your immediate family is being tested for COVID. 

 

Please note that all work is posted in Canvas for students so that if a student cannot be on campus, the student still has access to his/her classwork.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

September 9, 2020 – Updates and Links for STEM Parent Meet and Greet

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

We hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! We wanted to share some items with you and look forward to seeing you at the upcoming STEM Teacher Meet and Greet.  

 

STEM Teacher Meet and Greet – Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm

 

The STEM Teacher Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm is almost here! Our different grade levels will be hosting a Teacher Meet and Greet via Zoom. The Teacher Meet and Greet will last approximately one hour. Each teacher team (9th grade team, 10th grade team, and the combined 11/12th grade team) will host their own Zoom during that time. The format will have each teacher presenting and allow for parents/guardians to post questions to the teacher team only through the chat. We are excited for you to hear from your student’s teachers and learn what is happening in your student’s classes. Please note that parent video and audio functions will be muted. Each of the Zoom Meet and Greets will also be recorded, so if you want to view multiple grade levels, you will be able to attend one live and watch the others at your convenience.

 

9th Grade Zoom Meeting Link

https://hcde-org.zoom.us/j/98934501673?pwd=Z1U3eDZIOUx4TitBNkdNWkRyamdWUT09

Meeting ID: 989 3450 1673

Passcode: 844238

 

10th Grade Zoom Meeting Link

https://hcde-org.zoom.us/j/99122561239?pwd=ZjRiTVJZZW11QTRETXl5ZzBqMCtXdz09

Meeting ID: 991 2256 1239

Passcode: 220523

 

11th-12th Grade Zoom Meeting Link

https://hcde-org.zoom.us/j/97735538832?pwd=ZGYvZTM5aE5DQmZZaWtGakd4OXRRQT09

Meeting ID: 977 3553 8832

Passcode: 373553

 

Parent Leadership Team – Thursday, September 10 at 7:30pm

 

The STEM Parent Leadership Team (PLT) will host their first meeting of the year right after the STEM Meet and Greet. The PLT is our parent organization for STEM. For STEM parents that want to lead and take an active role in STEM parent led initiatives, this organization is for you! The meeting will be 20-30 minutes in length and take place via Zoom. We will introduce the PLT and how it is different from a traditional PTO, and we will provide opportunities for parents to lead committees for parent led initiatives. 

 

A zoom link to the STEM Parent Leadership Team meeting has been sent to parents who have responded that they would like to attend. If you are still interested in attending, you may email Tony Donen (donen_t@hcde.org) and he will send you the Zoom PLT Link.

 

ACT for 12th Grade – Tuesday, September 22

 

All seniors (both in person and @home) will have the opportunity to take the ACT on Tuesday, September 22 at the STEM School. Seniors are to report at 8:40am that morning. This is an official ACT test for college entrance applications.

 

IMPORTANT – ONLY seniors will report to the STEM School on that day. We will be spacing seniors out throughout the entire building in order to test with social distancing in place for each student. All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade will complete a virtual school day on September 22 and will NOT report to the STEM School building. Items for work will be posted in Canvas.

 

Any @home senior or parent with questions regarding the testing procedures may contact the College and Career Access Counselor, Jennifer Parris (parris_jennifer@hcde.org).

 

HCS Phase 3 Decision for Hamilton County Schools

  

Hamilton County Schools has decided to remain in HCS Phase 3 (all in person students report) through September 25. Both in person and @Home students will continue with their current schedules during this time. In HCS Phase 3 the primary prevention method is wearing of face masks, which are required to enter the building.  

 

House and Spirit Gear

 

House t-shirts, zip up sweatshirts, and pullover hoodies are back!  All three of these popular designs are approved for dress code and may be worn daily to represent our STEM Houses - Staupers, Tesla, Einstein, and Mirzakhani!

Please use the link below for ordering details, photos, prices, etc.. The ordering window runs through September 15. That means you have the option of the softest of tees and comfiest of sweatshirts in time for cooler weather.

STEM House Gear Order Link


Please double check your order for accuracy as changes may not be able to be made and direct any questions regarding orders to Ms. Brockelbank (brockelbank_b@hcde.org).

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

September 4, 2020 – STEM September Start Update


Parents and Guardians, 

 

Happy Friday! Hard to believe this was the first full week of attending school for in person students since March. They (and all the @Home students working diligently!) have certainly earned the upcoming three-day weekend. Some quick items of note and reminders as we go into the weekend.

 

Labor Day – Monday, September 7

 

There is no school this upcoming Monday. That applies to both STEM School classes and Chattanooga State college classes. We wish everyone the best during this three-day weekend and encourage everyone to keep safe.

 

Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Students is Free

 

Starting Tuesday, September 8, ALL students (regardless of whether they are free lunch, reduced lunch or full pay lunch status) may receive FREE breakfast and lunch. We are excited to offer this opportunity to every student, every day.

 

@Home Students Meals

 

The FREE breakfast and lunch does not only apply to in person students. @Home students may participate as well! The food service staff will prepare meals each week that can be picked on Wednesdays for @Home students. The weekly meals will include 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. Again, ALL @Home students may participate. In order to do so, please click and fill out the following form: @HomeMeals

 

Reminders

 

---Next Phase Decision for Hamilton County Schools---

  

Hamilton County Schools has us in HCS Phase 3 (all in person students report) through September 11. A decision regarding what phase the school system will be in after September 11 is supposed to be made by the end of today. If the decision is HCS Phase 3, we will continue as we are this week for the next three weeks. If not, we will adapt and adjust if the phase changes and communicate schedule items to you and the students.

 

---STEM Teacher Meet and Greet – Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm---

 

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm! Our different grade levels will be hosting a Teacher Meet and Greet via Zoom. The Teacher Meet and Greet will last approximately one hour. Each teacher team (9th grade team, 10th grade team, and the combined 11/12th grade team) will host their own Zoom during that time. The format will have each teacher presenting and allow for parents/guardians to post questions to the teacher team through the chat. We are excited for you to hear from your student’s teachers and learn what is happening in your student’s classes. Each of the Zoom Meet and Greets will also be recorded, so if you want to view multiple grade levels, you will be able to attend one live and watch the others at your convenience. Links for the Zooms will be forthcoming the week of the STEM Teacher Meet and Greet. For those new to STEM, the STEM Meet and Greet is our version of an Open House… though this will be our first virtual attempt!

 

---Parent Leadership Team – Thursday, September 10 at 7:30pm---

 

The STEM Parent Leadership Team (PLT) will host their first meeting of the year right after the STEM Meet and Greet. The PLT is our parent organization for STEM. For STEM parents that want to lead and take an active role in STEM parent led initiatives, this organization is for you! The meeting will be 20-30 minutes in length and take place via Zoom. We will introduce the PLT and how it is different from a traditional PTO, and we will provide opportunities for parents to lead committees for parent led initiatives. 

 

If you would like to attend the STEM PLT meeting via Zoom, please let us know (just reply to this email that you want to attend!). We will add you to the list for a Zoom invitation. We will send out invitations to the PLT Zoom link the week of the meeting. We look forward to working with our parent leaders!

   

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


August 31, 2020 – HCS Phase 3 Start

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

Happy Monday! We wanted to share some items with you as we begin the HCS Phase 3 implementation.

 

Phase 3 Start and Next Phase Decision

 

The first day of Group A and B students together is going well today. We will continue to focus on items that we can control for safety precautions as we have all the in-person students at school together. For those with in-person students, please ask them how the day went. At the very least, we hope that reconnecting with friends and/or making new friends will bring some smiles under those masks.

 

Hamilton County Schools has us in HCS Phase 3 (all in person students report) through September 11. A decision regarding what phase the school system will be in after September 11 is supposed to be made by the end of this week. If the decision is HCS Phase 3, we will continue as we are this week for the next three weeks. If not, we will adapt and adjust if the phase changes and communicate schedule items to you and the students.

 

STEM Teacher Meet and Greet – Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm

 

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm! Our different grade levels will be hosting a Teacher Meet and Greet via Zoom. The Teacher Meet and Greet will last approximately one hour. Each teacher team (9th grade team, 10th grade team, and the combined 11/12th grade team) will host their own Zoom during that time. The format will have each teacher presenting and allow for parents/guardians to post questions to the teacher team through the chat. We are excited for you to hear from your student’s teachers and learn what is happening in your student’s classes. Each of the Zoom Meet and Greets will also be recorded, so if you want to view multiple grade levels, you will be able to attend one live and watch the others at your convenience. Links for the Zooms will be forthcoming the week of the STEM Teacher Meet and Greet. For those new to STEM, the STEM Meet and Greet is our version of an Open House… though this will be our first virtual attempt!

 

Parent Leadership Team – Thursday, September 10 at 7:30pm

 

The STEM Parent Leadership Team (PLT) will host their first meeting of the year right after the STEM Meet and Greet. The PLT is our parent organization for STEM. For STEM parents that want to lead and take an active role in STEM parent led initiatives, this organization is for you! The meeting will be 20-30 minutes in length and take place via Zoom. We will introduce the PLT and how it is different from a traditional PTO, and we will provide opportunities for parents to lead committees for parent led initiatives.

 

If you would like to attend the STEM PLT meeting via Zoom, please let us know (just reply to this email that you want to attend!). We will add you to the list for a Zoom invitation. We will send out invitations to the PLT Zoom link the week of the meeting. We look forward to working with our parent leaders!

 

Half Day for STEM Classes – Wednesday, September 2

 

Hamilton County Schools has a half day on Wednesday, September 2. A half day for the STEM School is from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Buses will run that day. 9th and 10th grade students will have an extended PBL time that morning, so it is critical for students to participate during this half day to get their projects going. 11th and 12th grade students will attend STEM classes up through 1pm as normal. Please note that Chattanooga State classes are on a regular schedule and are a full day.

 

COVID-19 Safe Pledge

  

As we move forward throughout the year in the midst of a pandemic, we know our students, parents, staff and others will not be immune to the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to help us keep our school safe as we navigate schooling through this time. Please remember 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, Ms. Scruggs (scruggs_larisa@hcde.org), and she will assist you with making decisions appropriate for your student. Please also make sure to contact the nurse or front office if anyone in your immediate family is being tested for COVID. 

  

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


August 25, 2020 – School Updates and HCS Phase Change

 

Parents and Guardians, 

 

School is now really gearing up. Underclassmen will begin their cross-curricular PBLs this week, upperclassmen will begin their academic college schedules, and students have become familiar with Canvas use. We appreciate your patience as we started the year and are looking forward to what we can do even amidst a pandemic.

 

Chattanooga State Fall Term

 

The Chattanooga State fall term started this past Monday. Normally this would mean that the campus is bustling with activity and traffic would be fairly heavy. Not the case this fall. Most Chattanooga State courses are virtual and only a limited number of classes are meeting in person. This is both good and bad for us. The good part is that traffic and congestion should be relatively minimal. The bad part is that campus access to buildings and other amenities at the college will be limited. If students have questions about what may or may not be accessible, please have them connect with our school counselor and other STEM staff for assistance.

 

Sickness and COVID-19

  

Everyone has been doing fantastic in following the HCS Safe Pledge commitment. We appreciate your efforts to help us keep our school safe. 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, Ms. Scruggs (scruggs_larisa@hcde.org), and she will assist you with making decisions appropriate for your student. Please also make sure to contact the nurse or front office if anyone in your immediate family is being tested for COVID.

 

School Fees

 

We wanted to remind everyone that school fees can be paid online by clicking here. Please note that the fees for each student are used to help each student throughout a grade level (whether the student is in person or at home). The fees are used for projects in STEM I, II, III and IV and impact opportunities to support student innovative efforts. Just as a small example in 9th grade, we are currently in the process of starting our build for student pinball machines and fees support that effort.

 

We also wanted to clarify the fees being paid online. The only two fees being collected are the $20 Art Fee (9th grade only) and $40 Magnet School Programming Fee (all grades 9-12). HCS@Home and in person students both pay those fees.

 

HCS Phase 3 Begins Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 11

 

The Hamilton County Schools COVID Task Force has used its gating criteria and data to decide that we will be in HCS Phase 3 starting Monday, August 31. During HCS Phase 3, larger groups of students will be together throughout the day. With the number of students we have and the makeup of our building, social distancing beyond 6 feet will not be feasible in our classrooms and other areas of the building. The primary mitigation factor for everyone will be the requirement to wear masks.

 

Important note on student in person or at home status. Students may move to HCS@Home at any time in the fall semester by parent request. However, once a student is in HCS@Home, the student must remain in HCS@Home for the remainder of the fall semester.

 

Here is what HCS Phase 3 means for students and in person attendance.

 

9th and 10th Grades

 

Group A and Group B students are no longer divided. All in person students (Group A and B) report to school every day. So, for example, all in person students (Group A and B) will be at school each day Monday through Friday. There will be no virtual days for these students.

 

HCS@Home students will continue to work from home throughout the entire fall semester. Regardless of HCS Phase, these students will always be virtual students. 9th grade HCS@Home students meet daily in advisement with Ms. Bolus and she can help answer additional questions during that time. 10th grade HCS@Home students meet on Monday and Friday in advisement with Mr. Evans and he can help answer additional questions during that time.

 

11th and 12th Grades

 

Group A and Group B students are no longer divided. All in person students (Group A and B) report to school for every STEM School class. There will be no virtual STEM School classes for these students.

 

HCS@Home students will continue to work from home throughout the entire fall semester. Regardless of HCS Phase, these students will always be virtual students. HCS@Home students can access STEM teachers during posted office hours. If an 11th or 12th grader still has a question, he/she can connect with Ms. Millard (school counselor) or Ms. Stanley (lead teacher in 11th and 12th) for answers. 

 

Chattanooga State Classes

 

Regardless of the HCS Phase or whether a student is Group A, Group B or HCS@Home, students are to follow the meeting guidelines set by Chattanooga State for their college courses. The instructor for the college course will communicate the meeting schedule for his/her course. Most courses are virtual, so please make sure you read the college syllabus for each class to determine class sessions that are synchronous (everyone meets at same time together online) or asynchronous (no set time for whole class meeting).

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


August 17, 2020 – Introductory Week Items

 

Parents and Students, 

 

We are excited that we were able to connect last week for each student’s orientation day. This week will be focused on introductory items so that students can practice the procedures and expectations for the fall semester. There will certainly be some kinks to work out as we do so, but we know that this deliberate and slower approach will assist students in navigating schoolwork for the remainder of the fall.

 

Canvas

 

Each student completed a training course in Canvas during orientation. Canvas use is critical for the success of students during this fall semester. All work, announcements, expectations for what a student needs to complete will be posted in Canvas. The main focus for each student during this introduction week (August 17-21) is to become familiar with navigating their courses in Canvas. If a student has a question on using Canvas, please encourage the student to reach out for assistance this week. The student can message and/or email a teacher. We do not expect students to be Canvas experts right now. However, we do expect that students dive in to Canvas this week for each of their classes and learn to use this Canvas platform.

 

COVID-19

 

Hamilton County Schools has a lot of information about COVID-19 procedures and updates each day. There are two items we wanted to highlight.

 

The first item is regarding students or persons that are feeling unwell or are going through COVID testing. The simple rule of thumb is this: 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, Ms. Scruggs (scruggs_larisa@hcde.org), and she will assist you with making decisions appropriate for your student.

 

The second is the HCS Phase system. As we continue to meet in Phase 2 (students groups split in half) until August 28, HCS is posting information about Phase data on the hcde.org website. Unfortunately, we do not have a specific date when we will know a final decision on what HCS Phase will be implemented for August 31, but we will share the Phase plan as soon as HCS makes a decision.

 

Course Schedules

 

For those that are familiar with our school, you know that students are at the core of making decisions and choices. In that vein even our freshmen make selections and pick course times for their schedule. The 9th and 10th grade students are working through making their schedules this week. Group A students, for example, will begin specific class schedule times starting on Tuesday after making selections on Monday. All 9th and 10th grade students will have their first quarter schedules in place by Friday.

 

For 11th and 12th grade students, all students and parents will receive an email by Wednesday evening with the fall semester schedule for the student. This schedule will begin on August 24 to coincide with the first day of classes for Chattanooga State. The email will include a Google Form for approval that must be completed by the parent. If any upperclassmen parent has a question about the schedule, please connect with Ms. Millard (millard_anna@hcde.org), our school counselor. Please note that these schedules will reflect all STEM and college courses for full time attendance. If we are in an HCS Phase like Phase 2 where only half the students come in person at a given time, students will be assigned Group A and Group B in person classes to limit in person attendance sizes.

 

HCS@Home

 

As we work through our introduction week, HCS@Home students are learning about the structures involved in working from @Home for the fall. Procedures for HCS@Home students have several unique aspects. Here are some of those items.

 

HCS@Home Attendance

 

All HCS@Home students are to submit a Google Form for attendance each day. This form is to be completed by 10am each day. Students in HCS@Home are expected to submit work plans each class day. If the student is unable to work, a parent/guardian must submit a request for an excused absence to the STEM School. The parent/guardian may call the school at 423-531-6270 ext 6 or email Ms. Pearson, attendance manager, at pearson_g@hcde.org with the request. All HCS@Home work is posted in Canvas. Students are expected to check Canvas and their student email every day. Please have your student bookmark this link to complete each day.

 

Link to Attendance Form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8g985DdEGZ1ZzEIkylsCNBRQW_t9b7xr2Ae4enajUSMVbgg/viewform

 

HCS@Home Schedules

 

Class schedules and supports for HCS@Home students are different depending on the grade level the student is in. However, while schedules may be different, all items will be posted in Canvas courses. Below are some schedule items of note for each grade level.

 

---9th Grade HCS@Home---

 

Teachers will be available each day during the following modules for HCS@Home 9th graders. The current times for each module can be found below ***.

 

Mod 1: Art w/ Ms. Price-Gray

Mod 2: Advisee Time w/ Ms. Bolus

PBL Time: PBL w/ Ms. Bolus

Mod 3: Physical World Concepts w/ Mr. DiLorenzo

Mod 4: Math (Algebra I/Geometry) w/ Dr. Williamson

Mod 5: World History w/ Mr. Evans

Mod 6: English I w / Ms. Bolus

 

****We run two types of schedules for 9th grade. We run full day schedules and a block schedule (where we meet with half the classes on one day for two hours, and the other half on the other day). Currently, we are running full day schedules only. Times in the full day for the above Mods are as follows.

Mod 1: 9:35am – 10:30am 

Mod 2: 10:30am – 11:25am

PBL Time: 11:25am – 12:05 pm

Mod 3: 12:50pm – 1:45pm

Mod 4: 1:45pm – 2:40pm

Mod 5: 2:40pm – 3:35pm

Mod 6: 3:35pm – 4:30pm

 

All HCS@Home 9th graders are expected to be online with their teachers as needed during these timeslots. Ms. Bolus will also be meeting with all HCS@Home 9th graders for advisement (started today). It is SUPER important that each HCS@Home 9th grader participate with Ms. Bolus at these advisement meetings. She will answer, clarify, provide guidance to the students for HCS@Home items.

 

FYI: For this Tuesday, links have been posted in Canvas for students to meet with their teachers.

 

---10th Grade HCS@Home---

 

Teachers will be available each day during the following modules for HCS@Home 10th graders. The current times for each module can be found below ***.

 

Mod 2: Advisee Time w/ Mr. Evans on Mon, Fri and Spanish w/ Ms. Femal on Tues, Wed, Thurs

PBL Time: PBL w/ Mr. Evans and Ms. Femal

Mod 3: Math (Geometry/Algebra II) w/ Ms. Jaynes

Mod 4: Chemistry w/ Dr. Heron

Mod 5: US History w/ Mr. Evans

Mod 6: English II w / Mr. Kubisak

 

****We run two types of schedules for 10th grade. We run full day schedules and a block schedule (where we meet with half the classes on one day for two hours, and the other half on the other day). Currently, we are running full day schedules only. Times in the full day for the above Mods are as follows.

Mod 2: 10:30am – 11:25am

PBL Time: 11:25am – 12:05 pm

Mod 3: 12:50pm – 1:45pm

Mod 4: 1:45pm – 2:40pm

Mod 5: 2:40pm – 3:35pm

Mod 6: 3:35pm – 4:30pm

 

All HCS@Home 10th graders are expected to be online with their teachers as needed during these timeslots. Mr. Evans will also be meeting with all HCS@Home 10th graders for advisement on Monday and Friday as needed. It is SUPER important that each HCS@Home 10th connect with Mr. Evans for support. He will answer, clarify, provide guidance to the students for HCS@Home items.

 

FYI: For this Tuesday, links have been posted in Canvas for students to meet with their teachers.

 

---11th Grade HCS@Home---

 

11th grade students are currently working in our UP days, which are enrichment and introductory days for the fall semester. All UP day items are posted in Canvas for the students. These activities are very important for students to participate in and complete. In particular, these items will directly impact STEM III teams and project opportunities for the fall semester.

 

Student teams for STEM III may consist of students from throughout @Home, Group A and/or Group B. If an @Home student wants to work in the FabLab for the STEM III project, a student must request to do so with Mr. Vanzant and a parent must email Mr. Vanzant (vanzant_d@hcde.org) also approving this request.

 

On Tuesday, all @Home students are to also complete a practice ACT in the morning. Students will be sending in their answer sheets which we will have analyzed for individual student areas to strengthen. This is extremely important for students to complete in a quiet setting and for students to adhere to testing protocols, especially the same time restrictions. Ultimately, this practice test will help us to help each student maximize their ACT score. There is one standardized test that ultimately matters for student options and scholarship opportunities. The ACT is that test for our students.

 

Even though @Home students are not coming to school in person, all will have a schedule. This schedule will denote when classes are taking place. The individual instructors for these courses will determine with the @Home students when classes are synchronous (student must attend virtually) and asynchronous (student does not attend class time and will complete items on their time). Each instructor will also provide office hour time (student can zoom with teacher for individual or small group support).

 

All scheduled courses will be emailed to parents and students for confirmation by Wednesday evening. All courses will start on August 24 aligning with the Chattanooga State course start date.

 

---12th Grade HCS@Home---

 

12th grade students are currently working in our UP days, which are enrichment and introductory days for the fall semester. All UP day items are posted in Canvas for the students. These activities are very important for students to participate in and complete. In particular, these items will directly impact STEM IV teams and project opportunities for the fall semester.

 

Student teams for STEM IV may consist of students from throughout @Home, Group A and/or Group B. If an @Home student wants to work in the FabLab during the prototyping stage for their team’s invention, a student must request to do so with Ms. Lowry and a parent must email Ms. Lowry (lowry_m@hcde.org) also approving this request. STEM IV will conclude this fall semester with Inventanooga. All seniors are required to participate in the Inventanooga pitch competition. We will host a virtual pitch opportunity for students and teams that do not participate in person.

 

Even though @Home students are not coming to school in person, all will have a schedule. This schedule will denote when classes are taking place. The individual instructors for these courses will determine with the @Home students when classes are synchronous (student must attend virtually) and asynchronous (student does not attend class time and will complete items on their time). Each instructor will also provide office hour time (student can zoom with teacher for individual or small group support).

 

All scheduled courses will be emailed to parents and students for confirmation by Wednesday evening. All courses will start on August 24 aligning with the Chattanooga State course start date.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


August 10, 2020 – First Days Email to Parents

 

Parents and Guardians,

 

Our first days of school start this week! As we do, here are some items to note as we approach this COVID-19 schooling situation. Please note that all these emails are also posted on our school website, stemschool.hcde.org, under the “Updates” tab for future reference. 

 

Entering Campus – Chattanooga State Procedures

 

All persons entering Chattanooga State must complete the online questionnaire on each day they enter campus. The questionnaire must be completed on the same day the persons enter campus. Everyone in a vehicle** must complete the questionnaire. Once completed, each person will have a green screen with date and approved entrance screen that must be shown to the guard at the main entrance. The main entrance is the only access to campus.

 

Questionnaire link: https://tigerweb.chattanoogastate.edu/covid-19-oc-form

 

**Please note that ONLY students on a bus will not complete this questionnaire each day. The bus drivers will be using a different process for campus access.

 

CETAS Parking, Drop Off and Pick Up Area

 

The CETAS parking lot area has limited availability this fall. The CETAS building is under construction as the GCDI (Global Center for Digital Innovation) is built. Once completed, the GCDI will be a 15,000 square feet Super Fab Lab which our 11th and 12th grade students will have access to use. We are super excited about this incredible facility; however, we have to endure the construction area in the meantime.

 

Attached is a map that includes how the traffic flow will take place during this construction timeframe. Chattanooga State police officers will assist vehicles as we implement this new traffic pattern. Please be patient as we work through this process.

 

Link to Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LCWyF0I9AJiHMdMo2Vw4GfRaM3XtW_TS/view?usp=sharing

 

Orientation Days – Entering School

 

In person students on Wednesday (Group A: last names A-L) and Thursday (Group B: last names M-Z) report as follows as they walk up to the STEM School entrance.

 

---9th Grade - Report to the Commons (large classroom space in middle of building) to individually assigned table. Signs will direct students to the Commons area. 

---10/11/12 Grades - Report to House Advisee room.

 

Signs will be posted outside the front entrance for all 10/11/12 house lists and locations for students to view prior to entering the building. Included in signage will be that every student must report straight to House Advisee room with one student seated per table. All students should be seated at separate tables (goal of 1 student per table, max of 2 students per table if necessary). A mask station will be available to students prior to entering the front door. These additional masks are for students who are without a mask. Each mask will be in an individual Ziploc baggie. Reminder, masks must be worn properly prior to the student entering the building.  

 

Bus Schedule

 

Buses will run for the STEM School on each school day, EXCEPT Virtual School days (August 14, 19, 26). Attached is the current bus schedule. Please be patient during the first two weeks as the buses are working these routes. Times on the routes are best predictions and may be off as Hamilton County Schools works through implementation. For those riding buses, please also note that masks are required on the bus.

 

Link to Bus Routes: https://stemschool.hcde.org/for_parents/2020-2021_bus_schedule

 

First Three Weeks Schedule Reminder

 

Below is the first three weeks schedule. The first three days are for preliminary orientation. The first full week will include many introductory activities to acquaint students with schooling throughout the fall. The second full week academic class schedules will be running fully. We hope this transition period will help students as we adjust to this new situation.

 

9th and 10th Grade Schedule 

 

Grades 9 and 10: Week 1 – August 12-14

 

---Wednesday, August 12 – Group A: In person students with last names A-L report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day (9:30am-4:30pm). Students in Group B (in person students with last names M-Z) and HCS@Home will be at home and will be sent a link with informational items that can be viewed at home with any device. 

---Thursday, August 13 – Group B: In person students with last names M-Z report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day. Students in Group A and HCS@Home will be at home and will be sent a link with informational items that can be viewed at home with any device.

---Friday, August 14 – HCS@Home Group**: Students who have signed up for HCS at Home complete a drive through at the STEM School to pick up technology and other important items (9:30am-11:00am) and complete a virtual time with teachers in the afternoon to learn about Canvas, at home expectations and class scheduling. Students in Group A and Group B will be at home on this day and must complete assessments in each of their courses. These Placement Assessments will be in Canvas and will be explained by teachers during Wednesday and Thursday orientations. These Placement Assessments are used by teachers to help assist students in scheduling in-person classes for the first nine weeks. 

 

**HCS@Home students ONLY come to school in-person to pick up technology and other items on Friday, August 14. Parents and students should drive up to the STEM School entrance between 9:30am and 11:00am. No one will need to exit their car. It will be a drive through pick up. 

 

Grades 9 and 10: Week 2 – August 17-21

 

---Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18 – Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday, August 19 – All students (Group A, Group B and HCS@Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21 – Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

 

Grades 9 and 10: Week 3 – August 24-28

 

---Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25 – Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday, August 26 – All students (Group A, Group B and HCS@Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday, August 27 and 28 – Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

 

11th and 12th Grade Schedule 

 

Grades 11 and 12: Week 1 – August 12-14

 

---Wednesday, August 12 – Group A: In person students with last names A-L report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day (9:30am-4:30pm). Students in Group B(in person students with last names M-Z) and HCS@Home will be at home. 

---Thursday, August 13 – Group B: In person students with last names M-Z report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day. Students in Group A and HCS@Home will be at home.

---Friday, August 14 – HCS@Home Group**: Students who have signed up for HCS at Home complete a drive through at the STEM School to pick up technology and other important items (9:30am-11:00am) and complete a virtual time with teachers in the afternoon to learn about Canvas and at home expectations. Students in Group A, Group B and HCS@Home will be sent items to do for STEM III (11th grade) or STEM IV (12th grade). These items are crucial for students to complete in order to begin the team selection process for these courses.  

 

**HCS@Home students ONLY come to school in-person to pick up technology and other items on Friday, August 14. Students should drive up to the STEM School entrance between 9:30am and 11:00am. No one will need to exit their car. It will be a drive through pick up. 

 

Week 2 – August 17-21

 

---Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18 – Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday, August 19 – All students (Group A, Group B and HCS@Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21 – Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

 

Week 3 – August 24-28

 

Students will complete scheduling of fall classes the week of August 17th. Because every student’s schedule is unique and includes college courses and high school courses, every student will have a unique scheduling pattern for coming to school this week of August 24th. Teachers will work with students to define and clarify each student’s exact schedule. In terms of college courses, these schedules are fixed by Chattanooga State and students must follow the Chattanooga State course schedule. As for STEM classes, here are some examples of what may take place. 

 

English IV: 

---Monday: Group A (last names A-L) in person; Group B (M-Z) and HCS@Home work virtually

---Wednesday: Group B in person; Group A and HCS@Home work virtually

 

Biology: 

---Monday: Group A in person; Group B and HCS@Home work virtually

---Wednesday: Group B in person; Group A and HCS@Home work virtually

---Friday: Group A, Group B and HCS@Home work virtually

 

Algebra II:

---Monday and Tuesday: Group A in person; Group B and HCS@Home work virtually

---Wednesday: Group A, Group B and HCS@Home work virtually  

---Thursday and Friday: Group B in person; Group A and HCS@Home work virtually

 

Again, teachers will work with the 11th and 12th grade students during the week of August 17th to finalize the Week 3 student schedule for each student. 

 

STEM School COVID-19 Procedures Reminder

 

The STEM School has implemented a school specific COVID-19 Action Team. This action team has been working on a procedural document specific to the STEM School. This COVID-19 procedural document is intended to provide guidance and structure for school implementation during the pandemic. The document includes STEM School based procedures to provide students, staff, parents and others with procedural safeguards. The document is not intended to eliminate the need for using sound judgment for personal protective measures. This is our best attempt to mitigate factors that may lead to COVID-19 transmission. This document link is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QH4z3cnBrwp2JXUGeI39fiZqrQOniKN_nRP7UMhqa30/edit?usp=sharing

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal


August 7, 2020 - School Safety Procedures for COVID-19

 

Parents and Guardians,

 

As we approach the upcoming start of school, we know that you may want to know more details about the safety procedures in place for the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are multiple items that work to address these protocols. There are links to district, state and school specific items. We hope this information helps you in understanding the efforts in place by Hamilton County Schools and STEM School Chattanooga.

 

HCS Phasing System

 

Hamilton County Schools adopted an HCS COVID-19 Task Force early in the summer to develop and create a plan for re-entry into school. As part of that work, the HCS COVID-19 Task Force designed a phasing system for school closure, partial opening, and full opening. The phasing system also looks at COVID-19 local health data and impact to determine school attendance and access. At this time we know that HCS is currently in Phase 2 (the phase where the amount of students at school each day is limited). To follow and learn more about the phasing system, please view the information at the following HCS link: https://www.hcde.org/safeschools/hcs_reentry_and_continuous_learning_plan

 

HCS Reentry and Continuous Learning Plan

 

In addition to the phasing system, the HCS COVID-19 Task Force wrote and established a plan for re-entry for the school system. This plan provides overview information for many different aspects of the re-entry plan to the school system for students and staff. The full plan can be found at the following link: https://www.hcde.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=30616189

 

HCS Safe Pledge

 

Every student and family in HCS are required to sign and comply with the HCS Safe Pledge. This pledge, which was included in the Registration Google Form for the STEM School, outlines the commitments each family is making to keep our schools safe and help limit potential issues of COVID-19 transmission. Information regarding the pledge can be found at this link: https://www.hcde.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=30631964

 

HCS Mask Requirements

 

Reminder, masks are required for entry to the STEM School building and Chattanooga State campus building access. In addition, per HCS procedures, face coverings will:

--Cover the nose and mouth and be secured to the head with ties or straps or wrapped around the lower face.

--Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.

--Be made of washable material such as cotton, silk, or linen, if not disposable.

--Include multiple layers of fabric.

--Allow for breathing without restriction.

--Masks with exhaust valves are not permitted.

 

HCS COVID-19 Response Procedure for School Community

 

HCS has established clear and timely procedures for how the school system will handle situations where a person in the system has COVID-19 and other people are exposed. Please note that the school building will be closed temporarily after a confirmed case and anyone exposed in close contact (including being a class with a confirmed case) would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The information regarding the response procedure is at this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zuo1E9D1vj8c2pXhwzM-uhvuBUwp6fOQcVMlNLMDDRE/edit?usp=sharing

 

HCS Parent FAQs

 

The Tennessee Department of Health has created two parent FAQ one-page documents for parents. The first answers questions on what to expect when your student has been exposed to COVID-19. The second answers questions on what to expect when COVID-19 has been identified in the school. Here are links to both documents.

Student Exposure link: https://emma-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/o9web/a0d1a68a7b535cbf37eb3b0f4ffc6e3d/ExposureinSchool_OnePager.pdf

School COVID Case link: https://emma-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/o9web/1e6b8cbd1cd200bed6ef5f966131808c/CaseinSchool_OnePager.pdf

 

STEM School COVID-19 Procedures

 

The STEM School has implemented a school specific COVID-19 Action Team. This action team has been working on a procedural document specific to the STEM School. This COVID-19 procedural document is intended to provide guidance and structure for school implementation during the pandemic. The document includes STEM School based procedures to provide students, staff, parents and others with procedural safeguards. The document is not intended to eliminate the need for using sound judgment for personal protective measures. This is our best attempt to mitigate factors that may lead to COVID-19 transmission. This document link is:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQD33uVMVZruqUTuM-xjMN2nYHvInaBgQWJk9b23kV4/edit?usp=sharing

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

August 5, 2020 – School Start Date and Schedules

 

Parents and Guardians,

 

There have been a lot of announcements the last few days from Hamilton County Schools regarding procedures and schedules. Below you will find information regarding items to clarify how scheduling announcements impact students and families for the STEM School. At the bottom you will also find the link and information sent out previously for registration (which is completely online).

 

School Start Date and Procedures

 

Hamilton County Schools has shared that the school system will start in Phase 2 (a hybrid model where students attend school in smaller groups). The following is that schedule expanded by grade levels to help you know where you are and when. Please note three important items:

  1. There are three Orientation Days – August 12, 13 and 14. These days for the STEM School are designed to hand out Chromebooks, train students in using Canvas (our new student management system), and provide information for the upcoming structure the students will experience this fall. Each day is designed to work with a smaller group of students so that those students have a more intimate orientation experience. So, it is very important for students to participate in their specific orientation day fully. The other two days will have supplemental pieces to support start of school activities. 
  2. Our 11th and 12th grade students have a very unique schedule as their schedules are part Hamilton County and part Chattanooga State. They begin their fall academic schedule on Monday, August 24 to align with Chattanooga State. Consequently, please keep in mind that their schedules will be very different from the 9th and 10th grade students and each of the first three weeks will have a different structure for the 11th and 12th graders.
  3. Students are in one of these three groupings: Group A (in person students with last names A-L), Group B (in person students with last names M-Z), or HCS@Home (all students participating in HCS at Home who are not attending school in person). As previously communicated, parents may request to have a student move from Group A to Group B or vice versa because of family situations (example: be on similar schedule to a younger sibling at an elementary school).

 

9th and 10th Grade Schedule

 

Grades 9 and 10: Week 1 – August 12-14

 

---Wednesday, August 12 – Group A: In person students with last names A-L report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day (9:30am-4:30pm). Students in Group B (in person students with last names M-Z) and HCS@Home will be at home and will be sent a link with informational items that can be viewed at home with any device.

---Thursday, August 13 – Group B: In person students with last names M-Z report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day. Students in Group A and HCS@Home will be at home and will be sent a link with informational items that can be viewed at home with any device.

---Friday, August 14 – HCS@Home Group**: Students who have signed up for HCS at Home complete a drive through at the STEM School to pick up technology and other important items (9:30am-11:00am) and complete a virtual time with teachers in the afternoon to learn about Canvas, at home expectations and class scheduling. Students in Group A and Group B will be at home on this day and must complete assessments in each of their courses. These Placement Assessments will be in Canvas and will be explained by teachers during Wednesday and Thursday orientations. These Placement Assessments are used by teachers to help assist students in scheduling in-person classes for the first nine weeks.

 

**HCS@Home students ONLY come to school in-person to pick up technology and other items on Friday, August 14. Parents and students should drive up to the STEM School entrance between 9:30am and 11:00am. No one will need to exit their car. It will be a drive through pick up.

 

Grades 9 and 10: Week 2 – August 17-21

 

---Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18 – Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday, August 19 – All students (Group A, Group B and HCS@Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21 – Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

 

Grades 9 and 10: Week 3 – August 24-28

 

---Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25 – Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday, August 26 – All students (Group A, Group B and HCS@Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday, August 27 and 28 – Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

 

11th and 12th Grade Schedule

 

Grades 11 and 12: Week 1 – August 12-14

 

---Wednesday, August 12 – Group A: In person students with last names A-L report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day (9:30am-4:30pm). Students in Group B (in person students with last names M-Z) and HCS@Home will be at home.

---Thursday, August 13 – Group B: In person students with last names M-Z report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day. Students in Group A and HCS@Home will be at home.

---Friday, August 14 – HCS@Home Group**: Students who have signed up for HCS at Home complete a drive through at the STEM School to pick up technology and other important items (9:30am-11:00am) and complete a virtual time with teachers in the afternoon to learn about Canvas and at home expectations. Students in Group A, Group B and HCS@Home will be sent items to do for STEM III (11th grade) or STEM IV (12th grade). These items are crucial for students to complete in order to begin the team selection process for these courses. 

 

**HCS@Home students ONLY come to school in-person to pick up technology and other items on Friday, August 14. Students should drive up to the STEM School entrance between 9:30am and 11:00am. No one will need to exit their car. It will be a drive through pick up.

 

Week 2 – August 17-21

 

---Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18 – Students in Group A (last names A-L) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group B (last names M-Z) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

---Wednesday, August 19 – All students (Group A, Group B and HCS@Home) participate in a virtual learning day.

---Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21 – Students in Group B (last names M-Z) report to school starting at 9:30am for a full day while students in Group A (last names A-L) and HCS@Home students participate in virtual learning days.

 

Week 3 – August 24-28

 

Students will complete scheduling of fall classes the week of August 17th. Because every student’s schedule is unique and includes college courses and high school courses, every student will have a unique scheduling pattern for coming to school this week of August 24th. Teachers will work with students to define and clarify each student’s exact schedule. In terms of college courses, these schedules are fixed by Chattanooga State and students must follow the Chattanooga State course schedule. As for STEM classes, here are some examples of what may take place.

 

English IV: 

---Monday: Group A (last names A-L) in person; Group B (M-Z) and HCS@Home work virtually

---Wednesday: Group B in person; Group A and HCS@Home work virtually

 

Biology: 

---Monday: Group A in person; Group B and HCS@Home work virtually

---Wednesday: Group B in person; Group A and HCS@Home work virtually

---Friday: Group A, Group B and HCS@Home work virtually

 

Algebra II:

---Monday and Tuesday: Group A in person; Group B and HCS@Home work virtually

---Wednesday: Group A, Group B and HCS@Home work virtually  

---Thursday and Friday: Group B in person; Group A and HCS@Home work virtually

 

Again, teachers will work with the 11th and 12th grade students during the week of August 17th to finalize the Week 3 student schedule for each student.

 

Registration Link and School Fees

 

The STEM School uses a Google Form for you to sign off on the required paperwork for STEM School registration. Online registration should be completed by Monday, August 10. Here is the CORRECT link to the Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZoJilWqRkXMk5pLzD2nfY1D34KoVzAeB8_t-ZpamPM8/edit

 

We also wanted to clarify the fees being paid online. The only two fees being collected are the $20 Art Fee (9th grade only) and $40 Magnet School Programming Fee (all grades 9-12). HCS@Home and in person students both pay those fees. Please do not pay Virtual School fees as they are not part of registration fees. Link to the online fee payments: https://osp.osmsinc.com/HamiltonTN/BVModules/CategoryTemplates/Detailed%20List%20with%20Properties/Category.aspx?categoryid=DL521

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

 

August 4, 2020 – Registration Information

Parents and Guardians,

In just over a week, we will begin seeing your students either at the STEM School or virtually with HCS at Home. We are very excited to finally be learning together again. While we prepare for our first day, we need you to complete a few items for registration. Please see below regarding Registration, School Supplies and Fees, and Device Insurance. Information on start of school dates, times, etc. will be forthcoming later this week.

Hamilton County Schools normally has a “Registration Day” for parents to register their student. Please note that we do not hold an “in-person” registration. All of our registration is done and will continue to be done virtually. 

Registration is to be completed online by Monday, August 10. There are two steps involved.

  1. Complete the STEM Registration Google Form (link provided)
  2. Complete the Returning Student Registration in your PowerSchool Parent Portal (if you have not done so already)

#1: STEM School Google Form

Please complete the Google Form (link below) for STEM registration items. All forms are included, and electronic signatures are used so you can complete the registration from any device with internet access.

#2: PowerSchool Student Registration

Most families have already completed the following, but if you have NOT, please complete the following PowerSchool registration process. 

Log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://powerschool.hcde.org and click Returning Student Registration 2020-2021 to update your student’s information.

---Returning STEM students and/or students who were in HCS last year: Update your PowerSchool address/contact information. Click this link for directions. http://hcde.ss18.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=350278&pageId=30089281

---NEW STEM students who were NOT in HCS last year: Click this link for directions. https://www.hcde.org/parents___students/online_registration 

If you do not know your PowerSchool User ID and password, you can email Amy Robinson (robinson_amy@hcde.org) or Glenda Pearson (pearson_g@hcde.org) for assistance. 

School Supplies and Fees

Please see the attached fees and supply list for 2020-21. Fees can be paid online by clicking here. Please note that the fees for each student are used to help each student throughout a grade level (whether the student is in person or at home). The fees are used for projects in STEM I, II, III and IV and impact opportunities to support student innovative efforts. Just as a small example in 9th grade, we are currently in the process of building pinball machine kits for each student and fees will support that effort.

Device Insurance

Each student will be provided a Chromebook for the 2020-21 school year. If you would like more information about insuring the Chromebook, please visit our website at https://stemschool.hcde.org/ and click “Parents Tab” and “HCDE Device Insurance”.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Tony Donen

Principal

 

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