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CUSD NEWS
Recent News in Chester Upland
Welcome to our News and Annoucements page, where you'll be able to find recent press releases and other news about big changes in the Chester Upland School District.

Two more Chester Upland students are awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships!

Photo credit: Kenvon Mingledoff, STEM student

An open letter from CUSD's Receiver, Dr. Francis Barnes, concerning special education funding in the Chester Upland School District (8/24/15)

"Scholarships, winter coats, friendship and support are all gifts from area auto dealers that mean so much to our children and indeed the entire Chester Upland School District community," said CUSD Supt. Gregory Shannon. "On behalf of the five high school seniors who are receiving scholarships from the Pacifico Foundation, and the hundreds of our children who received quality winter coats last winter from the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, we say thank you. Our local car dealers are outstanding members of our community."

From left to right: Chief of Staff Claudia Averette, Khalaf Jihad, Kerry Pacifio, Ocean Williams, Superintendent Gregory Shannon, Jailene Rodriguez, Principal Greaves of STEM Academy, Jeovanni Carrion, Tae'Juan Payne, and Principal McAlister of Chester HS.


 
Mayor John Linder, Principal Constance McAlister, Nicole Cogdell (Community Liaison to Mayor Linder), Superintendent Gregory Shannon, and Representative Thaddeus Kirkland ring in the start of classes at Chester High.

The Board of School Directors invite parents and their children to come back to the Chester Upland School District's Cyber School during a meeting at the district's administration building today. From left are Board Members Wanda Mann; Beverly Harris; William Riley, treasurer; Anthony Johnson, vice president; Bettie McClairen, president; Tyra Quail, secretary; Joan Neal and Cephus Richardson.
Not able to attend the meeting was Charlie Warren II. (Photo by Kevin Thomas).

The STEM School at Showalter accepts the donation of five laptops courtesy of KYW Newsradio and Crozer-Keystone Health System.  Pictured are:  Adam Baldwin from KYW Newsradio, Principal Alexis S. Greaves, Karonn Grant, Nauteya Whyee, Juan Kuilan, Kalasha Towns, Lasheeda Boardley, District Chief of Staff Claudia Averette, Superintendent Gregory Shannon, and President of Springfield Hospital Gwen Smith.


 
44 REASONS TO ENROLL IN CHESTER UPLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2013
 
44 REASONS TO ENROLL IN CHESTER UPLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
Enrollment Campaign Launched to Save Main Street School
 
(CHESTER, PA) – Leaders representing the NAACP and Chester Upland School District today pointed to 44 compelling, exciting programs, features and services to be offered in the coming school year as reasons for parents to enroll their children in what they called “the new school district under new leadership.”  In launching a door-to-door campaign this week, the leaders said their plan is to keep Main Street and CUSA Elementary Schools open by raising overall enrollment.
 
“We want to share the good news about the new Chester Upland School District and invite parents and their children to join us in September. And we urge them to enroll this week,” Receiver Watkins said at a press conference at Main Street Elementary School. “With increased enrollment, we can keep two of our neighborhood schools – Main Street and CUSA Elementary – open. But we need to bump up our enrollment numbers quickly to meet the requirements of our state-mandated Recovery Plan.”
 
Among the reasons to enroll are higher test scores than charter schools, new leadership, new course offerings, greatly enhanced security, learning opportunities for parents as well as students and more choices for students of all abilities and situations. A high school honors academy, an in-school cyber program, a ninth grade academy, new middle school programs and innovative special education programs are among the many new choices for students.
 
Receiver Watkins said key to the success of the district is new leadership under school turnaround expert Greg Shannon, who will officially begin his five-year term as superintendent on July 15 but who will be joining Watkins and community leaders in the door-to-door campaign this week.  
 
“With the leadership of Mr. Shannon, who is widely considered an expert in improving poorly performing school districts, we believe we will be giving parents plenty of reasons to entrust their children to us,” said Watkins said.
 
Watkins continued, “I recently challenged the parents of Chester Upland School District to give us reason to reverse the closure of CUSA, as called for in the Recovery Plan, by enrolling more students in the district. I now expand that challenge to include Main Street Elementary. We do not want to be forced to close either school, and if we can enroll enough students, we won’t have to close them.”
 
The new deputy superintendent for the district, Tamara Thomas Smith, said the new leadership has already been hard at work, developing the new programs and offerings.
 
For example, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy, which will be offered at Showalter, will be expanded to include seventh and eight grade students who qualify. “The philosophy behind the program is to provide students with a unique opportunity to learn through non-traditional teaching methodologies. Teaching and learning will have a heavy emphasis on project based learning, experimentation, hands on activities and research,” she said.
 
Another new offering is the Honors Academy at Chester High School. “All students who are accepted into the Honors Academy will become part of a unique and challenging academic experience,” Smith said. “The Honors Academy experience seeks to enhance each student’s ability to reach his or her potential while fostering an ambition and passion for lifelong learning.”
 
Assistant Superintendent Andria Saia said special education programs will be greatly enhanced in the fall. “At Chester Upland, we believe the ability of our children to learn and grow has no bounds. With the right staff, programs and motivation, and in partnership with our parents, we can help our children achieve great things.” She said a variety of programs will be available to students schooled at home, in regular and specialized classrooms and in private schools.
 
Superintendent Shannon said, “We believe as our parents learn about the quality educational programs we are offering, they will decide to enroll their children in Chester Upland School District. We have been working hand in hand with community leaders and have every reason to believe we can bring students and parents back to the district.”
 
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Media queries: Contact Becky Taylor at 484.574.1060 or becky@btaylorpa.com
 
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