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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 View as Webpage

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Update from KOSON Interim CEO on Strategic Plan and Replication

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Community,

As we settle into the routines and rituals that occur at the beginning of the school year, I am continually reflecting on our Mission of "Never Stop Innovating" and how we are committed to the focus on the importance of our Vision and Core Values.

For those who may not know, STEM School Highlands Ranch has a Strategic Plan that was designed to guide the school's overall focus. It is made up of Five Pillars:

  • Staff Care
  • Funding
  • Parent Trust/Engagement
  • Distributed Leadership
  • Community Alignment

Work on the Strategic Plan is led by the Building Leaders and key members of STEM’s Leadership Team. My role in the Strategic Plan is serving as the facilitator to make sure that the team is staying focused and accomplishing the work that is outlined.

Part of the role of the Interim CEO of KOSON Schools is to also lead the efforts toward Replication. Years ago, the STEM Board of Directors and previous STEM Leadership had the vision to replicate what we are doing here in Highlands Ranch and bring it to students everywhere. Our current Board of Directors is mission-focused to continue to push in this direction and I am happy to pick up where we've left off over the past few years to continue to fulfill their vision. Click here to read more.

STEM Wide Events
  • September 19-22 - Homecoming Spirit Week
  • Monday, Sept. 19 (4-6 p.m.) - STEM BOD Working Session (P-TECH/KOSON Building Conference 117)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 (8-9 a.m.) - Parent Coffee with Administration (ES Cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 (10-11 a.m.) - Prospective Parent Building Tour (Secondary Front Office)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) - STEM SAC Meeting (Mechatronics Lab P-TECH/KOSON Building)
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 (4-7 p.m.). - STEM PTO Blast Off (Secondary Parking Lot/Playfield)
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 (7-10 p.m.) - Homecoming Dance (HS Commons)

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.

From our STEM DEI Committee

Upcoming Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 25 and will continue all day on Monday, September 26. Yom Kippur will begin at sundown on October 4 and will continue all day on October 5. Students 13 and older may be fasting on October 5 (which is part of the Yom Kippur observance). These are the holiest days in the Jewish calendar and attending services is often a high priority for Jewish families.

Visit the STEM Events Calendar

Don't forget! Student IDs are required starting on Monday, Sept. 19.

Need a replacement? Complete the Student ID Replacement Request Form. The first reprint is free. Each additional is $5 and will be charged to your MySchoolBucks account.

Secondary News/Updates

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

  • A message from the School Nurse
  • Time to order SENIOR Caps and Gowns, Announcements and More
  • 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.

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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.

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.

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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!

Zaina Matin


Zaina is always very sweet and listens to whoever is having issues and tries to help out!

Yuliya Gorbunova


Her personality is just the best of the best since she knows and gets along with almost everyone. She always improves everyone's mood by cheering them up and making them feel better. She could be described as the life of the party, always encouraging everyone and making them feel welcome.

Connor Calme


Connor has dedicated himself to assuring that the CyberPatriot program will remain strong at STEM while we transition to new club leadership. 

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.