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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Friday, Nov. 04, 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 Student Events

  • Sunday, Nov. 6 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • October 24-November 7 - Best Robotics Butter Braids Fundraiser
  • November 7-11 - Seacamp Trip
  • Monday, Nov. 7 (3-5:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Rehearsal (ES Gym)
  • Monday, Nov. 7 (5-9 p.m.) - MS BEST Robotics
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (7:15-7:45 a.m.) - DECA/FBLA Meeting (Room 130)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (3-5 p.m.) - MS TSA Meeting (Room 133/132)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (3-4 p.m.) - HS UNICEF Club (Room 134)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (3-4 p.m.) - MS Brain Bowl (Room E222)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (3:45-7 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Tech Week (ES Gym)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (6-9 p.m.) - HS First Robotics (FRC) Club Meeting (P-TECH Building)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Tour
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (3-5 p.m.) - HS TSA Meeting (Room 133)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (3-4:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Chess Club (Room 108)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (3-3:45 p.m.) - MS/HS Girls’ Persist 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (3:45-7 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Tech Week (ES Gym)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (6:30-8 p.m.) - STEM PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3-6 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Tech Week (ES Gym)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3-4:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Science Olympiad (Room 132)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3-4 p.m.) - SteMed Meeting (HS Commons)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3-3:45 p.m.) - MS Broadcasting Club (Room E261)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3-3:45 p.m.) - MS Math Counts (Room 233)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3-3:45 p.m.) - Climate Change Action Meeting (Room 104)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (3:15-4:15 p.m.) - MS Dungeons & Dragons (Room 103)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (5-8 p.m.) - Cross Country Banquet (HS Commons)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) - STEM Theater Department Presents: Little Women (ES Gym)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day
  • Friday, Nov. 11 (8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) - Second Grade Field Trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (students only)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 (3-4 p.m.) - MS/HS CyberPatriot Meeting (Room 146)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 (4-9 p.m.) - HS Best Robotics
  • Friday, Nov. 11 ( 3-6:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Tech Week (ES Gym)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) - STEM Theater Department Presents: Little Women (ES Gym)
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 - MS/HS BEST Robotics Local Competition
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 (1-10 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Tech Week (ES Gym)
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 (3-5 p.m.) - STEM Theater Department Presents: Little Women (ES Gym)
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) - STEM Theater Department Presents: Little Women (ES Gym)

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.

Visit the STEM Events Calendar
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Check-In with Ms. Kovale

Dear STEM Secondary Spartans,

Thank you so much for making STEM School Highlands Ranch an amazing school for every student and staff person. Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed students demonstrating the Spartan Character Values and your passion for learning. The faculty/staff's hearts grow bigger each time you SHINE. We have all had opportunities to see our students compete in sports events, robotics competitions, field trips, enrichment clubs, parades, community events and the Prospective Spartan Showcase night. STEM will continue to be one of the top schools by working collaboratively with all of our stakeholders, which includes our student body. We believe in each of you and we are dedicated to helping you all reach your full potential.  

We know that there has been turnover and turmoil over the last few years with staff retention and the impacts of May 7th and COVID. Your STEM Administration Team is committed to improving our school culture and making your experience at STEM one of the best of your educational career. We ask that you continue to collaborate with us so that together we can continue to innovate and grow stronger.

As the end of the first semester draws closer, the teachers and administration begin planning for the next school year. We collect data about current classes and investigate ideas for new course offerings. We speak with students, parents, and staff to determine our calendar and master schedules. If you are interested in contributing to these ideas and planning for the 2023-24 school year, please consider attending our monthly Student Information Sessions and Forums, joining our various leadership committees, and completing student surveys.  

Please take a brief moment to take the following survey about Study Hall and ACCESS class options. 

ACCESS is time that is set aside for students to get intervention time for classes when needed. It is also an opportunity for students to get assistance or to re-test in classes when needed. ACCESS is also the opportunity that students get for Social-Emotional Learning and it is time set aside for assemblies for grades and schools.

We ask that you remember to demonstrate high levels of the Spartan Character Values when providing feedback. Your STEM building directors want to know how our students feel about the time spent in study hall and their interest in the ACCESS class. 

Thank you in advance,

Ms. Kovalesky, Executive Director

Click here to take the 2023-24 ACCESS/Study Hall Schedule Survey

An Update on Standards-Based Learning

As we enter into the second quarter I want to help clarify some questions that are coming up about Standards Based Learning (SBL).

  • Resubmissions
  •  Final grade reporting for Middle and High School

Click here to read more

Email with any questions

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DCSD Apple Award Nominations Open

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools is proud to honor exceptional educators and staff who are inspiring a love of learning in students and are trailblazing extraordinary innovation in our schools. Over the years, the Apple Awards has grown to engage the entire community, bringing in thousands of nominations every year for teachers and staff members across the district.  Click here to Nominate

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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 

Click the link below to read an update from DCSD

Click here to see STEM's SAC Statement of Support

Secondary News/Updates

In this week's Secondary News you can find inFree Chromebooks for FRL Students

  • College and Career Newsletter
  • Parking and Loitering in the surrounding Business Park
  • 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.

Click here to read more

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.

Click here to read more

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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!

Matilda Griffiths


She is always there to help and help you feel better. If you are feeling down, she'll manage to cheer you up. She is always willing to listen to you and be willing to try your ideas. She is a great classmate and friend.

Asher Loomis, Sarah Hathaway, Caidyn Wheelock, Vincent Lieungh, William Gonzales, Lorenzo Luchini, Gia Basra, Carmen Moseley, Carson Petersen, Devin DeBarr, Eli Brevoort, Emerson LeGrand, Haley Moore, Tyler Marquez, Katie Fitzgerald, Liam Thomas, Sophia Bertsch, Lucas Nieves, Neel Jha, Ranya Ettachfini, Sarah Winfrey, Zephyrus Shure, Aaravjeet Singh, Kellen Madden, Maggie Nelson, Lilly Goudjil, Adan Carlos, Jay Nevico Snider, Lincoln Nus, Gustavo Yabrudy, Gabe Ureta

Responsibility, Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Empathy

Shout-Outs to all the students who took part in our Cleaning Event on Thursday, Nov. 3, to help get our building ready for our Prospective Spartan Showcase. Our custodial crew was over the moon touched by everyone's help and support. They've been short-staffed and they are stretched so thin, that seeing our students giving back just made their day.

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.