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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Friday, April 08, 2022 View as Webpage
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A Message from Ms. Kovalesky, Interim Executive Director
Dear Secondary Spartans,

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve you in the role of K-12 Executive Director of STEM. As some of you may know, I joined the STEM Administration Team in the Spring of 2019 as the Elementary Assistant Director.  

While becoming a part of our STEM community, I have enjoyed supporting our ES students, teachers, and families while always welcoming the opportunity to connect with those at the Secondary School. One of the wonderful parts of being at a K-12 school is having the opportunity to see our students grow and achieve success past fifth grade.  

It is hard for me to believe that my first group of STEM Spartans will be eighth graders next year. In my new role, I look forward to playing a greater part in each student's growth. My goal is to work with our Leadership Team, our Administration Team, and our amazing teachers to ensure you have exponential opportunities at your disposal.

As I stated during the interview process, I want every student and family to feel welcomed and included. One of the first steps in accomplishing that is learning why we didn’t meet the needs of some of our students and work to make any improvements that we can.

If you are a student that has chosen to leave STEM, please reach out to Mr. Ryan Alsup ( (High School Director) or Mrs. Maura Ridder ( (Middle School Director) to set up time with to meet with them so that they can hear your concerns. 


Thank you,

LynAnn Kovalesky, Interim Executive Director
STEM is on the Move! A Replication Update
Twice a week, STEM provides Parent Information Sessions on Zoom for families who are interested in learning more about either of our two proposed schools. One is for our STEM School Sterling Ranch campus and one is for our STEM School Denver campus within the Denver Public Schools District. Before the evening sessions, the STEM Replication Team puts the appropriate background image to reinforce the future school’s brand.

I had a moment of panic when right before we were letting in parents to the session, I had the wrong image and was scrambling to switch it out. Afterward, it was a moment of realization that we are no longer one campus but pretty soon we will be three. Each with unique characteristics, and all part of our one STEM family.  Click here to read more
STEM Wide Events
  • Saturday, April 9 - Varsity Track and Field at Legend Titans Track Clash Meet
  • Monday, April 11 - All non-testing grades have a regular schedule
  • Tuesday, April 12 (4-5 p.m.) - Varsity Boys' Lacrosse vs. Castle View
  • Tuesday, April 12 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) - DPS Virtual Community Meeting (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, April 13 (All Day) - 6, 7, 8 & 12th Grades Virtual due to testing
  • Wednesday, April 13 (3:15-4:15 p.m.) - Varsity Girls' Soccer vs. Lotus School
  • Wednesday, April 13 (6:30-8 p.m.) - STEM PTO Meeting (Zoom)
  • Thursday, April 14 (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) - Fifth-Grade Revolutionary War Reenactment Practice (ES Parking Lot)
  • Friday, April 15 (2-3 p.m.) - Varsity Track at Ponoma Invite
  • Friday, April 15 (3-4 p.m.) - Varsity Boys' Lacrosse at Regis
  • Monday, April 18 - 7th Grade Virtual due to testing
  • Monday, April 18 (4-5 p.m.) - Varsity Girls Soccer at Vanguard
  • April 18-21 (4-7 p.m.) - Colorado Youth Career Fair (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, April 19 (5-6 p.m.) - Varsity Boys Lacrosse at Rock Canyon
  • Wednesday, April 20 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) - SAC Meeting (STEM Center for Strength)
  • Thursday, April 21 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) - Fifth-Grade Revolutionary War Reenactment (Chatfield)
  • Friday, April 22 - No School - Professional Development Day
  • Friday, April 22 (4-5 p.m.) - Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs. Thunder Ridge
  • Saturday, April 23 (9:30-10:30 a.m.) - Varsity Track at DCHS Huskie Invite
  • Saturday, April 23 (7-11 p.m.) - STEM Prom (The Sanctuary Golf Course)

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.
Don't forget to order your Yearbook!
Click here to watch a promotional video by the Yearbook team about ordering your 2021-22 Yearbook.
Secondary news
In this week's Secondary News you can find information about:
  • A Message from Ms. Kovalesky
  • Colorado Youth Career Fair
  • Secondary Chinese Announcement
  • Important Senior Dates
  • More
Sharing Our Good News
In this week's Sharing Our Good News you can find:
  • STEM Kindergartners kick off Friday with a field trip to the Denver Museum
  • LynAnn Kovalesky introduced to staff as STEM Interim Executive Director
  • STEM Fifth graders conduct parking lot practice for Revolutionary War Reenactment
  • 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 to read Mr. Alsup's latest Athletics Message about Women's History Month.
Walking the Beat with Deputy Gabe
Walking the Beat with Deputy Gabe
Check out the first entry of Deputy Gabe Uribe's "Walking the Beat" Newsletter for the 2021-22 School Year.

Each week Deputy Gabe shares some helpful tips, reminders and insights from a safety perspective.

You can also access last year's version via the same link.
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!

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