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STEM School Highlands Ranch Weekly Newsletter | Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 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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STEM Student 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.

Visit the STEM Events Calendar

Nerds Night Out is Coming Up! - Friday, Jan. 20, 7-10 p.m.

Hey Spartans! Would you like to join your friends and Student Government for Nerds Night Out? Join us for activities like Gaga ball, movies, karaoke, snack bar, and more! Make sure to wear pajamas or an ugly holiday sweater for our holiday costume contest. Nerds Night Out is on Friday, Jan. 20, from 7-10 p.m. in the High School

Admission is free!! Hope to see you there!

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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.

Student Feedback Google Form

Student Advisory is working with the STEM Administration Tam to find a better way to collect student feedback about the school. Please fill out the Student Feedback Google Form to anonymously share your feedback with the Administration. Student Advisory will have access to the responses and will share them with the Administration Team during our monthly Student Forums.  

Cllick here for the Student Feedback Form

STEMShares Clothing Drive Reminder

Hi Spartans!

Student Advisory is raising items of clothing for our January Warm Clothing Drive. All clothing items will go toward homeless shelters within our area and the local community. We will provide boxes for all 6th period/homeroom classes for middle school and elementary, respectively. The class that raises the largest amount of clothing items will receive a Pizza Party! We will be collecting clothes from January 10-31. We prefer clean and wearable clothes to be donated. Student Advisory appreciates your help in our community!

Thank you,

Student Advisory

Update from STEM IT Department

Our IT department has been graciously allowing students to charge their computers in their offices; however, lately, it has become overwhelming for them. We are asking all parents to help support their students in bringing their computers to school charged each day and ensuring that they bring a charger with them to school. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 17, students cannot charge their computers in the IT department.

Secondary News/Updates

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

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

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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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Athletics News/Updates

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

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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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! 

Elsie Hulsman


Elsie is an all-around great person. I didn't even know which trait to put because she is so many! Elsie is exceptionally responsible as she emails classmates that she's working with just to check in and make sure everything will be done on time. And even after it's technically finished, she'll go the extra mile just to make sure it's perfect. Elsie is an amazing student!

Sofie Rincon


Sofie is someone you can trust anything with. She'll always help you no matter who or what is bothering you and puts others in front of herself.

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 Mrs. Fitzroy (, Enrichment Coordinator.