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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 View as Webpage

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STEM Student Events

  • October 24-January 13 - STEMGives Campaign - Note date change
  • Monday, Oct. 24 (3-5:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Rehearsal (ES Gym)
  • Monday, Oct. 24 (5-7 p.m.) - DEI Committee Meeting (HS Commons/Zoom)
  • Monday, Oct. 24 (5-9 p.m.) - MS Best Robotics
  • Monday, Oct. 24 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) - Girls’ Volleyball at Addenbrooke
  • October 25-28 - Eighth Grade Boston Trip
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 (7:15-7:45 a.m.) - DECA/FBLA Meeting (Room 130)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 (8-9 a.m.) - Parent Coffee with Administration (ES Cafeteria)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 (3-4 p.m.) - MS Brain Bowl (unofficial practice) (Room E222)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 (6-9 p.m.) - HS First Robotics (FRC) Club Meeting (P-TECH)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 (3-3:45 p.m.) - MS/HS Girls' Persist (Room 145)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 (3-4:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Chess Club (Room 108)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 (3:45-5:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Theater Rehearsal (ES Gym)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 (6-7 p.m.) - Volleyball @ STRIVE Prep
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) - STEM PTO Meeting (Fall Teacher Grants Announcements)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 (3-4:30 p.m.) - MS/HS Science Olympiad (Room 114B)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 (3-4 p.m.) - SteMed Meeting (HS Commons)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 (3-3:45 p.m.) - MS Broadcasting Club (Room E 261)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 (3-3:45 p.m.) - MS Math Counts (Room 233)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 (3:15-4:15 pm.) - MS Dungeons & Dragons Club (Room 103)
  • Friday, Oct. 28 (3-4 p.m.) - MS/HS CyberPatriot Meeting (146)
  • Friday, Oct. 28 (4-9 p.m.) - HS Best Robotics
  • Friday, Oct. 28 (4-5 p.m. Set-up; 5-7 p.m. Event) - Trunk-or-Treat (ES Parking Lot)
  • Friday, Oct. 28 (6-7 p.m.) - Volleyball @ DSST Green Valley Ranch

We'd like to acknowledge and celebrate with our Indian community the start of Diwali (October 22-26)

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

SoS: Who is Your Trusted Adult at STEM?

Sources of Strength is holding a Trusted Adult Campaign, click the button below to complete the form.

Click here to Complete the Form
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Check-In with Interim CEO Dr. Karen Johnson

Dear STEM Community,

I hope you have enjoyed the fall break and the beautiful weather that fall brings! Although it was a very busy week before the break, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with so many parents during conferences. It is very rewarding to hear your personal stories related to the success your students are having. One of my main goals is to also listen to ways in which we can improve. Please feel free to reach out to your student's teachers if you did not have a chance to meet with them. We strive to create a community where all stakeholders are supported.

As described in the September newsletter, STEM School Highlands Ranch has a Strategic Plan that is designed to guide the school's overall focus. The first pillar included our focus on Community Alignment and replication. This month, it is relevant to focus on Independent Funding, a second pillar.

At the STEM Board of Directors meeting on October 11, the Board discussed and passed a resolution to support the Douglas County School District Mill Levy Override (MLO) and Bond Initiatives.

Click here to read more.

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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

Secondary News/Updates

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

  • Free Chromebooks for FRL Students
  • Help us Spread the Word! Prospective Spartan Showcase Night on Thursday, Nov. 3
  • CSHS Movie Night Poll (HS Students Only)
  • More

Click here to read more

Boys' and Girls' Basketball Registration now Live!

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!

Kafe Piccone


The thing about artists is that they're often not very organized. They spend so much time working alone that working together can be challenging. Kafe Piccone is an exception to that stereotype. Not only organized and committed but a talented artist as well. Thanks for making NAHS happen, Kafe! Let's get these artists organized!

Shaivi Koul


Shaivi is always working hard, paying attention in class, turning in assignments on time, and going above and beyond what is necessary for the assignments. 

Akshara Pydikondala


Akshara is always supportive and caring. She will always listen to you and be there for you. She always finds a way to put a smile on your face.

Audrey Lakhani


She's always there when you need her. She loves all of her closest friends and can always keep a promise. 

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.