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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 View as Webpage

This is your STEM Student Newsletter. Created by You! Help us make it what you want it to be. We're looking for interested students to join our STEM communications team to help us communicate with our STEM Spartans. Email if interested.
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STEM Wide Events
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 (7-10 p.m.) - Homecoming Dance (HS Commons)
  • Monday, Sept. 26-Monday, Oct. 10 - Official County Window
  • Monday, Sept. 26 (4:30-5:30 p.m.) - Boys' Soccer at William Smith
  • Monday, Sept. 26 (5-7 p.m.) - DEI Committee Meeting (HS Commons)
  • Monday, Sept. 26 (6-7 p.m.) - Girls' Volleyball at DSST: Byers
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Building Tour (Secondary Lobby)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 (4-5 p.m.). - Boy's Soccer at DSST: Conservatory Green
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 (4-5:30 p.m.) - Girls' Volleyball vs. DSST: Conservatory Green
  • Friday, Sept. 30 - Thornton Cross Country Invite
  • Friday, Sept. 30 (3-4 p.m.) - Boys' Soccer vs. Addenbrooke
  • Friday, Sept. 30 (6-7 p.m.) - Girls' Volleyball vs. Lotus
  • October 3-January 13 - STEMGives Campaign
  • Monday, Oct. 3 (10 a.m. -12 p.m.) - KOSON/STEM BOD Working Session (Zoom)
  • Monday, Oct. 3 (6-7 p.m.). -Volleyball vs Aurora West Prep

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 Secondary News buttons to see what's happening at each school level.

From our STEM DEI Committee

Upcoming Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 25 and will continue all day on Monday, September 26. Yom Kippur will begin at sundown on October 4 and will continue all day on October 5. Students 13 and older may be fasting on October 5 (which is part of the Yom Kippur observance). These are the holiest days in the Jewish calendar and attending services is often a high priority for Jewish families.

Visit the STEM Events Calendar

Standards-Based Learning Update

At Friday's professional development, our teachers worked on using Canvas to enter their grades. We worked on aligning our units to our standards and determining which assessments best allowed students to demonstrate their understanding. Here are some things to look out for. 

For our secondary students, we have finally been able to turn off the averaging function and the decimal point function in your grade book. All assignments that were entered into the grade book prior to today might still have a decimal point and a number in the parenthesis. The number in the parenthesis is the score that you received on that assignment. Any assignment entered after today will have the raw score of a 4, 3, 2, or 1.  

Students should view their grades in the grade book by clicking on the show more details button in the top right corner. This will show the assignment grade, as well as the learning mastery grade. We ask for some grace for our teachers as they learn all the pieces of the learning mastery grade book. If you notice that there is a mistake in the grade book, please kindly reach out to your teacher via email so that they can look into the issue. 

Click here to read an update from Mrs. Gasser
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MLO/Bond Update

On August 23, the Douglas County School District Board of Education unanimously voted 7-0 to place a $60 million Mill Levy Override (MLO) and $450 million Bond on the 2022 ballot. 

If passed by voters, these new funds would be used at our school to:

  • Increase teacher and staff pay
  • Make much needed repairs and upgrades to our building
  • Replace heating and cooling systems and components 

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Secondary News/Updates

In this week's Secondary News you can find information about:

  • A message from the School Nurse
  • Time to order SENIOR Caps and Gowns, Announcements and More
  • More

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Athletics News/Updates

Each week we'll share important Athletics News with our community.


Enrichment News/Updates

Enrichment at STEM is the place students can find all of the school’s after-school, summer, and other enrichment offerings. Our Enrichment Coordinator, Mrs. Fitzroy, coordinates with students and outside groups to offer after-school activities for all students.

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Sharing Our Good News

Want to see all the Good Things happening at STEM? Check out our Sharing Our Good News post. Each week we share photos, videos and information about the Good News that has happened that week.

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Walking the Beat

Each week our very own DCSO School Resource Officer Deputy Gabe Uribe, writes a newsletter for our community about important topics as it relates to safety and security.

Click here to read more

Student Shout-Outs!

We want to celebrate our students and for our students to celebrate each other. Give a Shout-Out to a fellow classmate!

Kevin Bogan


This student never gave up, even when the hope of it turning out well was slim.

Sible Sherhryar


Sible has earned responsibility because she is very hard working and is very responsible. 

Misha Parikh


She is an amazing person and she is always there for you when you need her. She is my best friend and she is a person that will put you before herself.

Sumi Pradhan


She won't ever lie to you and will make sure she is someone you can trust. 

Vanshka Singh


Vanshika is a very kind person. She always tries her best to cheer someone up when they are down.

Student Support Services
Have feedback and/or content for the STEM Student Newsletter? Email If you would like to promote an event, please work with your respective Student Government leaders or Sara Phelps, Enrichment Coordinator.