January 14, 2022 – STEM School Info 01/14




It was great to connect back with students for the entire week! I especially enjoyed seeing our upperclassmen each day as we completed our UP (enrichment) days prior to the start of their college type schedules next week. Below are some items of note as this week concludes.


COVID Update


The start of this semester has certainly been one of the tougher stretches for COVID infections. We have sent an email each day this week with information about new COVID positive individuals with STEM. This surge has impacted both students and staff, and we are working our best to continue moving forward even during times where we are short staff. Thank you to everyone for their patience as we navigate this surge.


Please note there have been 18 positive cases for individuals with STEM since we returned this semester. That is the most in any timeframe we have experienced the past two years. The good news is that we do not have any information that any of the cases had significant medical issues.


At this time, we are reliant on each of you to be vigilant in monitoring your student throughout this surge in COVID-19. Our recommendation is to act as if your student will come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 at some point over the next few weeks. Talk with you student each day about how they are feeling. In particular, find out if your student is having any symptoms that are COVID-19 related: fever or chills, shortness of breath, uncommon fatigue, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. 


FIRST STEP: If your student is having symptoms, please keep them home and get them tested for COVID-19 before sending them to school.


NEXT STEP: If your student is having symptoms, please contact our school nurse, Lara Scruggs at 423-531-6270 or scruggs_larisa@hcde.org, to discuss the symptoms prior to sending your student to school.


Grade 11 and 12 Schedules – Starts Tuesday, January 18


Juniors and seniors begin their college type schedules this upcoming Tuesday, January 18. All schedules should be complete at this time, minus students who may have been out due to medical reasons. Schedules are posted in the student’s Google calendar. Any students or parents with questions and/or concerns should contact Ms. Millard, millard_anna@hcde.org, by the end of the day on Tuesday.


STEM Showcase – January 28 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Reminder to mark your calendars for the evening of 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. The showcase will include the CETAS, Wacker and STEM buildings. Guests will enter through the entrance to the GCDI in the main parking lot for CETAS. Guests will have an opportunity to view Silent Auction items, see the GCDI (Global Center for Digital Innovation), see STEM IV Business Plans developed by seniors in the CETAS hallway, STEM III Community and Business Partnership Projects by juniors in Wacker, and varied project work by sophomores and freshmen in the STEM building. All students are expected to attend and participate that evening as part of their STEM School requirement. Expectation for parents and guests: walk the hallways and see what our students are doing! See you on Friday, January 28 between 5:30pm and 7:00pm!


Silent Auction Information (from STEM Parent Leadership Team)


Our 4th annual STEM Showcase is combined with the finale of our fabulous Silent Auction! At the conclusion of this exciting in-person event, our week-long Virtual Silent Auction will come to an end, allowing families with winning bids to take home their items.


Because the auction raises funds to support STEM initiatives that all students benefit from, we ask each and every STEM family to secure one auction-able donation in the form of gift certificates, merchandise, or professional services to be turned in to the school office by Thursday, January 20. What should you donate? Gift cards, certificates for services/experiences, or merchandise of any kind will do nicely. Be creative. Have fun. All donated items should be turned in to the school office as soon as feasible. 


School Closings – Inclement Weather


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. Information on TigerAlert can be found at https://tigerpedia.chattanoogastate.edu/techhelp/faq/99866.


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 


January 7, 2022 – STEM School Info 01/07




We hope you had a wonderful holiday break with your family. Even though as we start back from the holiday break, we are having to navigate inclement weather and another COVID surge, it is exciting to connect back with our students and dive into our STEM work. Below are some items for you as we start the semester.


COVID Update


As you are aware, there is a current surge in COVID cases. For a look at the caseload reported locally, a quick Google search can provide you with current case counts, seven-day averages and other statistics. For example, click the