Getting Involved at STEM

Volunteering and Giving

Volunteering and giving to STEM are vital to the success of our school.  Our school has a volunteer charter that requires a commitment of 30 volunteer hours per family (15 hours per single parent family).

To make volunteering easy and seamless, please refer to the Volunteering Basics section that will allow you to set up your volunteer account and keep track of your hours.  We are extremely grateful for the time and energy donated by STEM parents each year.

Due to COVID 19, no visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building at this time. Drive-line will still need volunteers. Volunteer requirements will be adjusted as needed. Please keep track of donated items to log in later once we provide instructions.

Thank you to our volunteers at STEM School Highlands Ranch!  Every parent, family and volunteer makes a huge difference to the success of our school and your children.

Charter Requirements
Our charter requires a commitment of 30 volunteer hours per family (15 per single parent families). Contributions count too!  Every $20 of donated items translates to one volunteer hour. Remember, the law states that you cannot deduct the value of your time. The IRS does not allow a charitable deduction for volunteering your services. By IRS definition, charitable contributions represent gifts given without reciprocity. Our donation policy is that every $20 donated equates to one hour volunteer time.

Monetary Donations and Volunteer Hours
Every $20 of donated items translates to one volunteer hour. However, the law states that you cannot deduct the value of your time. The law states that you CANNOT use a donation as a tax write off if you receive anything in return (volunteer hours). The IRS does not allow a charitable deduction for volunteering your services. By IRS definition, charitable contributions represent gifts given without reciprocity. Our donation policy is that every $20 donated equates to one hour volunteer time.

For questions about Volunteering at STEM, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Reid.

Current Opportunities

  • Book donations needed for a Third-Grade Classroom. Would love new or gently-used books around third-grade reading level. Please bring to the Elementary School office labeled Ms. Martin, third grade. For questions contact Ms. Martin at cassandra.martin@stemk12.org.

Elementary Classroom Wish-Lists:

Click on the names below to view the classroom wish-lists.
Please bring items to the Elementary Office (or send in with your student) labeled with the Teacher’s name and grade.
Thank you!

Secondary Art:

Hello,

Remote learning can be especially difficult for art students. Without access to the studio students may miss out on the hands-on experience that art class provides.The secondary art department has compiled a list of art supplies that were too costly to purchase from the regular budget but would help to enrich distance learners in art classes at STEM. The items are specifically for use at home.

You can access the list here https://www.dickblick.com Please take a look. We appreciate your support!

Best wishes,

Joseph Smith (joe.smith@stemk12.org)

To visit this list, please go to https://www.dickblick.com/lists/wishlist/T334TPSBG7B0J/publicview/

On-going Opportunities

  • Elementary Recess Volunteers
    • We would like to invite parents to help during outdoor recess time each day. Recess starts at 10:50 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. If you are interested, please enter through the ES lobby. Register as a visitor and complete the health screening form.
    • After completing the registration form, we ask that you meet grade levels at the ES playground on the East side of the school. Please sign up here.
  • Driveline (Earn Double Volunteer Hours): Parent supervisors needed during AM & PM Driveline! sign up here. Arrive 5 minutes early to find parking and grab a vest. Extra incentive: Earn double hours ie: log 60 hours in Driveline. (that’s 30 actual volunteer hours).
  • Spartan Afternoon Program: A great way to avoid waiting in afternoon drive-line, and maybe even take your own child home with homework complete.  This opportunity is after school and only requires volunteers to monitor students (no tutoring involved). If you are interested, please click here.
  • TSA Volunteer: To volunteer for TSA or to provide snacks please click here.
  • Donation Opportunities: We are in need of many classroom, office and health-room donations. Items include sanitation products, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc.) Remember that every $20 = 1 volunteer hour.  Just make the conversion and log in the appropriate event. Click here to view all of the Donation Options available.

School Accountability Committee (SAC)

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is comprised of parents, teachers and community members who would like to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

PTO’s mission is to work in partnership with the school to foster a strong sense of community, provide enhancement activities for student, staff and families and to help increase the educational, social and emotional experience for all.

Board of Directors (BOD)

STEM School Highlands Ranch is a self-governed charter school authorized by DCSD. Our Board of Directors set the school’s policies.