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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 View as Webpage
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The Balancing Act Between Funding and Operations

Colorado legislators convened this week. Public schools throughout Colorado closely monitor the discussions regarding school finance. STEM School Highlands Ranch has one primary source of funding, per-pupil revenue or PPR. Colorado is one of the lowest funded PPR in the United States and slips further from the median each year. Suburban schools are the lowest funded in a low-funded state. Is this the year of reckoning to finally fund education at a level that meets basic needs?

Amie Baca is the Colorado Education Association president and has written extensively on the dire state of Colorado education funding. Although charter schools are not unionized, STEM meets or exceeds the Douglas County School District’s current pay scale. The benefits package offered to STEM employees is rated in the top 95% nationally for educators as reported by the benefits provider. Click here to read more.
STEM Wide Events
  • Monday, Jan. 17 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18 (7-11 a.m.) - COVID On-Site Testing (Sign-Up Required)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18 (5:30-7 p.m.) - Replication Informational Session for STEM Community (HS Commons)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Tour
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) - STEM SAC Meeting
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 (3:30-6 p.m.) - STEM Spelling Bee (ES Gymnasium)
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 (3-5 p.m.) - TSA Fleece for Fighters (Engineering Labs)
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 (5-9 p.m.) - TSA Restaurant Night at Torchy's Tacos
  • Friday, Jan. 21 (3:30-9:30 p.m.) - MS/HS CyberPatriot Semi Finals (Room 141, 145, 146)
  • Monday, Jan. 24 (5-7 p.m.) - DEI Committee Meeting (HS Commons)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25 (7-11 a.m.) - COVID On-Site Testing (Sign-Up Required)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 28 - Fifth-Grade Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Tour
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 (4-8 p.m.) - After Prom STEM PTO Spirit Night at Torchy's Tacos
  • Thursday, Jan. 27 (7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)
  • Friday, Jan. 28 (7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)
  • Saturday, Jan. 29 (3-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)
  • Sunday, Jan. 30 (7-9 p.m.) - STEM Theater Presents: "She Kills Monsters" (MS Cafeteria)

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.
A message from the Yearbook Team
Hello, STEM Spartans! 

The Yearbook staff hopes you all had an amazing winter break! We would like photos from your holidays before and during winter break (for example, photos from Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, etc.). Also, if you’d like to be interviewed about how you celebrate your holidays, please let us know!! You could be featured in our holidays spread. Please send photos to, and include interview availability times if you would like to. Thank you and have an amazing day!!

Thank you!!
STEM's Got Talent Auditions
Hello Spartans! It’s that time of the year again, where you’ll have the opportunity to share your talents with others. HS Student Government is hosting this year’s 10th annual schoolwide STEMS’ Got Talent! The show is open to all students, k-12. If you wish to audition for the show, please fill out the link below or use the QR code posted around the building to sign-up. Auditions will be held on February 17th from 3-6 p.m. in Room 149, the MS Music Room.

In this week's Secondary News you can find information about:
  • Upcoming Events
  • COVID Testing (Sign-Up)
  • Virtual Weather Day Procedure Reminder
  • More
In this week's Sharing Our Good News you can find:
  • Tylor Chacon joins the STEM Team
  • STEM Elementary students take on lunar exploration PBL
  • Gay Saunders joins STEM as Grant Writer
Click here to see the latest Spartan Athletics News. Click on each sport to see updates from the coaching staff/student-athletes.

Click here for an Athletics Update from Mr. Alsup.
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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Check back next week for more Shout-Outs.
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.