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Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage
The Balancing Act between Funding and Operations
Colorado legislators convened this week. Public schools throughout Colorado closely monitor the discussions regarding school finance. STEM School Highlands Ranch has one primary source of funding, per-pupil revenue or PPR. Colorado is one of the lowest funded PPR in the United States and slips further from the median each year. Suburban schools are the lowest funded in a low-funded state. Is this the year of reckoning to finally fund education at a level that meets basic needs?

Amie Baca is the Colorado Education Association president and has written extensively on the dire state of Colorado education funding. Although charter schools are not unionized, STEM meets or exceeds the Douglas County School District’s current pay scale. The benefits package offered to STEM employees is rated in the top 95% nationally for educators as reported by the benefits provider.  Click here to read more
SCHOOL NEWS AND UPDATES
STEM Wide Events
  • Monday, Jan. 17 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18 (7-11 a.m.) - COVID On-Site Testing (Sign-Up Required)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18 (5:30-7 p.m.) - Replication Informational Session for STEM Community (HS Commons)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Tour
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) - STEM SAC Meeting
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 (3:30-6 p.m.) - STEM Spelling Bee (ES Gymnasium)
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 (3-5 p.m.) - TSA Fleece for Fighters (Engineering Labs)
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 (5-9 p.m.) - TSA Restaurant Night at Torchy's Tacos
  • Friday, Jan. 21 (3:30-9:30 p.m.) - MS/HS CyberPatriot Semi Finals (Room 141, 145, 146)
  • Monday, Jan. 24 (5-7 p.m.) - DEI Committee Meeting (HS Commons)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25 (7-11 a.m.) - COVID On-Site Testing (Sign-Up Required)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 28 - Fifth-Grade Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Tour
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 (4-8 p.m.) - After Prom STEM PTO Spirit Night at Torchy's Tacos
  • Thursday, Jan. 27 (7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)
  • Friday, Jan. 28 (7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)
  • Saturday, Jan. 29 (3-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)
  • Sunday, Jan. 30 (7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)

Click on the STEM Events Calendar to see everything that is happening at STEM. We've added Enrichment and Athletic Events to the calendar as well.

Click on the Elementary News and the Secondary News buttons to see what's happening at each school level.
Elementary News
In this week's Elementary News you can find information about:
  • Upcoming Events
  • COVID Testing Information (No-Sign-Up)
  • Virtual Weather Day Procedure Reminder
  • More
Secondary News
In this week's Secondary News you can find information about:
  • Upcoming Events
  • COVID Testing (Sign-Up)
  • Virtual Weather Day Procedure Reminder
  • More
Sharing Our Good News
In this week's Sharing Our Good News you can find:
  • Tylor Chacon joins the STEM Team
  • STEM Elementary students take on lunar exploration PBL
  • Gay Saunders joins STEM as Grant Writer
Volunteers & Donations
Each week we update our Parent "Get Involved" page of our website with new volunteer and donation opportunities:
  • Vision and Hearing Volunteers
  • Class List donations
  • More
Spartan Athletics
Click here to see the latest Spartan Athletics News. Click on each sport to see updates from the coaching staff/student-athletes.

Click here for an Athletics Update from Mr. Alsup.
STEM Social and Emotional Support
Students, families and staff have access to a variety of emotional and mental health supports. In addition to resources, you can see upcoming events from DCSD and more.

Click here to access STEM's Social and Emotional Supports Resources page.
THE FOUNDATION FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which works with corporations and organizations to develop private resources to enrich education within Douglas County schools for the fulfillment of lifelong learning experiences of our students, citizens and community. Visit the website.