Team University





The members of Team University are proud to foster an authentic and unique sense of community where genuine concern for one another, empathy, mutual support, diversity, constructive feedback, and fun are emphasized and reinforced as a group; therefore, each individual who is a member of the team will grow and reach their maximum potential.


Chelsea Stofan – English/AVID – Team Lead

Jessica Thomas – Math

Terry Fisher – History

Chris Harrell – Science

Nicole Misner Harker- Academic Support

Aubrey Dunn- Academic Support

Team University News

Hello everyone! We are excited to get back into the building and the swing of things. Our team will spend the first week issuing lockers and going through the policies and procedures of the school. Your child(ren) will need the school supplies listed on the IRM School Supply List. Please reach out to Mrs. Stofan if you have any questions/issues obtaining these items. The school will provide an agenda and Student Handbook on the first week of school. If it is lost, it can be replaced for $5 at the School Store, which is open during homeroom.

Team University’s Philosophy and Mission

Each member of Team University will be fully valued and will help establish acceptable behavioral norms that ensure that all members are safe and included in the community. It will be the responsibility of each team member to uphold their end of the commitment and to help hold others accountable as well. Here are the principles that establish the framework of the Full Value Commitment:

  • Safety (physical and emotional)

  • Commitment

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

Grading Policy

Team University utilizes the policy set forth by Chesapeake Public Schools. Grades are calculated for all students on Team U using the following guidelines: PRACTICE 30%, QUIZZES 30%, and TESTS 40%.

PBIS System

The 8th grade uses a merit/demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. This system will restart at the beginning of each quarter. For positive behaviors, Rise Rewards (merits) will be issued. Students may use 3 Rise Rewards to purchase back a demerit (must be signed and returned first). Failure to meet the expectations listed above will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:

1st & 2nd Demerit

Demerit issued to be signed and returned to issuing teacher.

3rd Demerit

Demerit issued and parent phone conference.

4th Demerit

Referral to Mr. Kesner, our Assistant Principal

4+ Demerits

Referral to Mr. Kesner, our Assistant Principal

Examples of inappropriate behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive talking

  • Bullying

  • Not prepared for class

  • Defiance

  • Disrespect towards a staff member or student

  • Profanity

Rewards for Positive Behavior

  • Rise Rewards (merits)

  • Homework passes, extra credit, and Learning Log passes

  • Weekly awards and recognition on the announcements

    • Brave of the Week

    • Rising Star

  • Class and team celebrations

  • Opportunities for school-wide recognition contests

  • End of marking period rewards

  • Positive phone calls home

  • Increased trust from teachers and parents

  • Opportunities for out-of-school activities

  • Sense of pride, confidence, and well being

Communication with Team University Teachers

All teachers on Team University view communication as an essential element in the success of our students. There are many ways in which you can communicate with the teachers if you have a question, comment, concern, or compliment! Our emails are listed above, and information about the Remind App will be passed out on the first week of school. The student agenda is also a simple form of contact that can be used. Additionally, you can call the school (578-7030) and ask to speak to any Teacher from Team University to schedule a team conference. We are available on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays from 9:30 AM- 10:15 AM.