Back to School – 2021-22 Information Page

Welcome Back to School

School Starts on Tuesday, Aug. 10

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year

Weekly Parent Information Sessions August 2-6

To help our new and returning families be as prepared as possible for the start of the new school year, we will be offering five Welcome Back to School – Parent Info Sessions the week of Monday, Aug. 2 through Friday, Aug. 6 from 12-1 p.m. each day. Each session will cover important topics, outlined below, that all families should know in order to start the school year off on the right foot. Following a brief presentation on each topic, we will allow families to ask questions related to that topic. Each session will be over Zoom. We will record each session so that it will be available on this page for those who couldn’t attend.

  • Monday, Aug. 2 (12-1 p.m.) – Driveline Procedures & PikMyKid (Elementary Families)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 3 (12-1 p.m.) – Getting Informed (Attendance line, using IC, visiting STEM, Student/Parent Handbook, Fees, School Photos, etc.)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4 (12-1 p.m.) – Getting Connected (Communications Pathways, who to contact when?, communications at STEM, etc.)
  • Thursday, Aug. 5 (12-1 p.m.) – Getting Involved (volunteering, donating, STEM PTO, STEM SAC, etc.)
  • Friday, Aug. 6 (12-1 p.m.) – The STEM Experience (Enrichment and Athletics)

Monday, Aug. 2 - Driveline and PikMyKid

Tuesday, Aug. 3 - Get Informed

Wednesday, Aug. 4 - Get Connected

Thursday, Aug. 5 - Get Involved

Friday, Aug. 6 - The STEM Experience

STEM Spartan Launch

Kindergarten Spartan Launch

All STEM kindergarten students are invited to spend an abbreviated school day at STEM to kick off the year. Students will meet all the teachers and staff, tour the school, engage in STEM activities, and be informally assessed for classroom placement. We ask that all kindergarten students attend one session on either August 10 or August 11.

Available session options will be:

August 10

  • AM Session from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
  • PM Session from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

August 11

  • AM Session from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
  • PM Session from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parents will receive classroom and teacher notification on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug.11. The first full day of kindergarten will be on Thursday, Aug. 12. In order to ease parents and students in the initial drop-off and the start of kindergarten classes, we ask that kindergarten students be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday of that week only. Teachers will meet students in the gated sandbox area to the north of the Elementary School Entrance driveline drop-off area. Please be on the lookout for an email from our kindergarten team of teachers later this summer.

Elementary Spartan Launch

All new to STEM Elementary School students are invited to spend a portion of their day on Monday, Aug. 9 at STEM to kick off the year. Students will meet all the teachers and staff, tour the school, and engage in STEM activities.

  • Students in grades first and second will be invited to attend the morning session from 9-11 a.m.
  • Students in grades third, fourth and fifth will be invited to attend the afternoon session from 12-2 p.m.

Secondary Spartan Launch

Monday, Aug. 9, from 9-11 a.m. or 12-2 p.m.

New students to STEM (and students who were new to STEM last year who attended virtually) who will be entering secondary school (grades 6-12) are invited to participate in our Secondary Spartan Launch!

Come meet new friends, learn about STEM School’s culture and student expectations, team building, and tour the school. Participation in Spartan Launch will help prepare all new students for their first school day on Tuesday, Aug. 10. This event is for students only. Please enter through the Middle School Doors. Click the button below to sign-up for one of the two sessions being offered.

Resources for Parents

Please click the buttons below to find out more information on important resources for the start of the school year.

K-12 Grades

Registrar News

Please check Infinite Campus to make sure we have your current address. If you have a change of address please email Tiffany Klenke (tiffany.klenke@stemk12.org), K-12 Registrar, with a proof of residency. Douglas County School District and STEM School Highlands Ranch only accept the following legal documents as proof of residence:

  • warranty deed
  • deed of trust
  • lease agreement
  • tax notice
  • county assessor
  • notarized letter

Reminder of New Guidelines for Non-Medical Exemption Forms

As we prepare for the 2021-22 School Year, we’d like to remind our families on the important medical documents that will need to be completed. There have been some updates to the non-medical exemption forms. Please take a look at them in the Health Services section of our website.

Secondary Grades

The fee for a locker will be $5 Lockers will be assigned beginning on July 9, 2021, at 4 p.m. If your student has received a locker, the fee will be present in your Express Check-In fees. Students that have paid the fees, will receive their locker number and combination through email.

Getting Involved at STEM

Please click the buttons below to find out more information on how to get involved at STEM.

The STEM Experience

Enrichment

Enrichment at STEM is the place students can find all of the school’s after-school, summer, and other enrichment offerings. Because many of the offerings are as unique as our school is, we invite students from throughout the Denver metro area to participate in our Enrichment program. Through Enrichment at STEM, students can participate in a variety of amazing clubs and programs, in arts, athletics, robotics, technology, and a variety of special interests.

Athletics (High School)

The athletic teams at STEM are coached by staff at STEM. Our teams give our students the opportunity to learn teamwork, safe competition and life-changing skills. High School Director Ryan Alsup will be our Athletic Director and is currently attending CHSAA training. More information on Athletics will be shared soon. For now, students can register for Fall Sports by clicking the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have forgotten your username and password for your Infinite Campus account, please reach out to our registrar Tiffany Klenke (tiffany.klenke@stemk12.org) for assistance.

The $200 fee is a technology and supplies fee that all families pay at the start of the school year. That fee covers the Elementary School Supply Kits and also covers license fees for programs that our Secondary students use.

Secondary Class Schedules will begin to be available for students and families to view starting the week of August 3. This will be the first week back for our counseling staff so please be patient as they work to respond to all questions.

STEM will follow the State, Local and District guidelines as it pertains to COVID-19 guidelines. You can view DCSD’s Return to School guidelines here.

Click here to access the Elementary Virtual Learning Sign-Up Form.

Click here to access the Secondary Virtual Learning Sign-Up Form.

Please submit any questions and/or important health-record paperwork to nurse@stemk12.org.

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