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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage

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KOSON Chief Innovation Officer Update from BOD Chair Kelly Reyna

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Community,

Your dedicated KOSON/STEM Board of Directors has been working hard all year long to continue our mission of Never Stop Innovating. In order for us to accomplish this, the Board truly believes that we have all the right pieces in place to continue to grow and bring our Instructional Model of Problem-Based Learning to every student.

In addition to an energetic and committed Board, we have a highly-qualified leadership team at our flagship campus that has proven to us over the last six months that they have the right pieces in place to continue to provide our students with the best possible learning experience and environment.

As was shared before break, the KOSON Chief Innovation Officer position has officially been posted and we are actively recruiting candidates for the position. The KOSON/STEM Board of Directors are excited to take these next steps and we hope that our community will be involved in the process.

The Chief Innovation Officer of KOSON Schools will exemplify the mission of Never Stop Innovating. They will be responsible for strategic vision, building stakeholder relationships, fundraising, replication, overall accountability for the KOSON Schools network, and maintaining alignment with the policies and strategic direction of the KOSON Board of Directors. The position will report directly to the KOSON Board of Directors and work to accomplish Board established yearly objectives and benchmarks.

Direct reports to the CIO will be the KOSON Shared Services team (Robert Hoornstra (Chief Operations Officer), Star Ake (Chief Financial Officer), Nicole Bostel (Communications Director), Jaquelyn Howe (Human Resources Generalist) and Mike Pritchard (IT Director)), LynAnn Kovalesky (STEM School Highlands Ranch Executive Director) and any Executive Directors of future campuses.

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Join the KOSON/STEM Board of Directors!

Each year the KOSON/STEM Board of Directors holds elections in the Spring to fill open parent seats on the board. As the Board prepares for the elections this year, they'd like to invite any interested parents who would like to be considered for the upcoming election to reach out to learn more about what the Board does. They want to provide opportunities to meet with a Board member to ask questions and learn some of the work they are involved in. If you're an interested parent, please email

Upcoming Events

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 here for the STEM Events Calendar
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Secondary Academic Scheduling Parent Information Nights Next Week

Our Student Support Services team would like to invite all families in grades 5-11 to the Secondary Academic Scheduling Parent Information Nights next week. This first-ever event is to walk families through the scheduling process that students will go through during the Week of January 23-27 as they choose their courses for the 2023-24 school year.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 6-7 p.m. (MS Cafeteria) - Families with current students in grades 8-11

Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6-7 p.m. (MS Cafeteria) - Families with current students in grades 5-7

Please see the Elementary News/Updates or the Secondary News/Updates section of this newsletter for more information.

Elementary News/Updates

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

  • A message from Mrs. McElroy
  • Upcoming Events
  • Elementary Yearbooks
  • Student Fees Reminder
  • More

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Secondary News/Updates

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

  • A message from Mrs. Ridder and Mr. Alsup
  • Upcoming Events
  • Student Fees Reminder
  • More

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Marc Lorenzana is our December Volunteer of the Month! Thank you to All Volunteers! Don't forget to log your hours.

Volunteer Hours Donation Link

On-Going Volunteer Opportunities


Each week we update our Parent "Get Involved" page of our website with new volunteer and donation opportunities:

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Athletics News/Updates

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

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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, with Deputy Gabe

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.

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Center for Strength

The mission of the Center for Strength is to promote recovery and resilience for the STEM School Highlands Ranch community through social connection and wellness programming. Visit the Center for Strength for more information. 

Click here for the January Newsletter.

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Each week our STEM PTO puts together a newsletter for our community, sharing information about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

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Click here to learn more about STEM PTO.

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STEM Is Hiring!

We're still hiring for some open positions and we'd like to encourage our community to take a look at our open positions. Click here to see all of our open positions.

Featured positions:

  • School Nurse (Temporary)
  • Secondary Counselor


Welcome to STEM! If you're a new family joining us, we want to help you onboard. Please review our archive of newsletters to get caught up. You can also check out our Back to School Hub where we have Parent Information Sessions to help you get started.

Welcome to the New School Year!

Check out the Back to School Information Hub for a one-stop-shop for all information to help your start the new school year successfully. We also strongly encourage you to check your school's specific News and Updates Section in this newsletter for the latest information.

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Each Friday we send out three newsletters to our various stakeholder groups (parents/community, students and staff). Parents are automatically signed up for our newsletter using the information provided in Infinite Campus. People can also sign-up for the newsletter using our sign-up form and can find archives via the Get Connected page on the Parent Page. Newsletters are sent through Constant

Since we are a K-12 school, there is a lot of information that gets shared with our community each week. In order to be as efficient as possible with our limited resources, we break up the newsletter into specific sections to organize the information as best as we can for our families. For Elementary-specific news, please click on the Elementary News/Updates section. For Secondary (6-12)-specific news, please click on the Secondary News/Updates section.
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