Enrichment News/Updates (01/26/24)

Visit for updates on after-school Enrichment programs including new program registrations and club news. As always, please check the Enrichment Calendar on the stemk12.org website for the most up-to-date information on event locations, cancellations, and time updates.

Please Consider Donating to STEM’s Enrichment Programs

Donations will enable Enrichment to provide much-needed program scholarships for STEM families in need of financial assistance, update equipment, like Spike Prime kits for our First LEGO League, and offset expenses for our low to no-fee clubs and activities, like Battle of the Books and Craft Club. Click the button below to donate to STEM Enrichment today!

Volunteers Make it Possible

Many of our after school programs wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our parent volunteers. Our FLL, BEST and FIRST Robotics teams are all supported by parent coaches and mentors through a labor of love for their children and quite possibly the chance to play with robots. TSA parents put the “luck” in potluck with a smorgasbord of culinary delights at TSA Run-offs. Middle school Dungeons is organized by fantastic parents that are sharing their love of the tabletop adventure game allowing the club to triple in size and support a half dozen campaigns and 30+ students. Volunteers make the after school enrichment world go round. Thank you all!

Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing winter break.

Kind regards,

Melanie & Emily

Elementary Enrichment News

Club Registrations

Several spring elementary enrichment registrations are now open including chess, crafts, fencing, hip hop, poms & cheer, theater production and yoga. Opening after the break: Girls Who Code (grades 3-5) on Tuesdays starting in late January.

Elementary
Program Meets Duration Time Grade Registration/Related Links
Battle of the Books – Practice dates Thursdays 12/7/23-TBD 2:55-3:30 3-6 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Chess Club 3rd Quarter Mondays 1/22-3/4/23 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Registration Closed
Chess Club 3rd Quarter Thursdays 1/18-3/7/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Register
Choir Audition Submission 4th – 5th Grade only Thursdays 2/1-5/9/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM 4-5 Registration Closed
Craft Club Kindergarten – 1st Grade Wednesdays 1/17-3/6/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-1 Registration Closed
Craft Club 2nd – 3rd Grade Wednesdays 1/17-3/6/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM 2-3 Registration Closed
Craft Club 4th – 5th Grade Wednesdays 1/17-3/6/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM 4-5 Registration Closed
Fencing – Spring 2024 Wednesdays 1/17-3/6/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Register
Girls Who Code Tuesdays 1/30/24-4/30/24 2:35 – 3:30 PM 3-5 Register
Hip Hop (age 5.5 or older) Fridays 1/19-4/19/2024 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Registration Open
Poms & Cheer Club (age 5.5 or older) Mondays 1/22-4/15/2024 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Registration Open
Scratch Code Thursdays
Theater – (age 5.5 or older) Wednesdays 1/24-4/17/2024 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Registration Closed
Yoga (age 5.5 or older) Thursdays 1/25-4/18/2024 2:35 – 3:30 PM K-5 Registration Open

Girls Who Code Grades 3-5 Tuesdays 2:35 – 3:30 p.m. Registration Open

Starts Tuesday, January 30th! Get more information. Girls Who Code Clubs are spaces where girls can join our sisterhood of supportive peers and use Computer Science to change the world. When you join a Club, you will learn by reading excerpts from our books Learn to Code and Change the World and The Friendship Code, practice new skills by completing fun and simple online coding tutorials, and build community through interactive activities with the rest of your Club. Space is limited to 12 students

Advance Choir Club Grade 4-5 Now accepting audition videos

In STEM’s Elementary Advanced Choir Club, students will learn a minimum of 5 songs that will be more rigorous and more challenging than the songs we learn in normal class. Students who audition for the Adv. Choir Club should want to learn harmonies, possibly sing solos, and perform in a small group to really hone in their musical skills. If your student would like to audition, please help them record and submit a 2-3 minute video of them singing an appropriate song of their choice. It could be a cappella or with a karaoke backing track as an audition. If you’re unable to submit a video, Ms. Erin will have a limited number of time slots available between January 29-31 to pull students for auditions. The video upload submission is the preferred method of auditioning. Videos will not be shared and will only be used for auditioning purposes.

STEM Elementary Coding Club for Grades K – 5 Spring: Thursdays 2:35-3:30 p.m.

STEM School Enrichment partnering with Crest Robotics and Coding Academy to provide coding classes for Spring 2024 using Scratch (a block-based coding platform built by MIT). Click this link for more information.

Other Elementary Spring Enrichment Opportunities with space including Poms/Cheer, Fencing, Yoga and Hip Hop.

Hip Hop Club – Fridays after school

This upbeat class will get your child moving to the latest moves. Class is designed for beginners. Paramount to class is respect for one another and each students’ expression. Students will develop musicality, creativity, coordination through Hip Hop, break dancing and dance games.

Yoga Club – Thursdays after school

Students will learn basic yoga poses while maintaining a playful, fun class experience through games, props and music. Classes focus on building self-confidence, strength and concentration. Children are encouraged to express themselves while learning the basic yoga principles of respect to self and others.

Poms & Cheer Club – Mondays after school

Energize your child’s afternoons with our exciting and dynamic Poms & Cheer club! Designed to inspire creativity, build confidence, and promote physical activity, this engaging after school program offers young participants the opportunity to explore the world of dance and cheerleading in a fun and supportive environment.

E.M.E.R.G.E. Inside Out – Grades 3-6

Exploring Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Resiliency and Grounding through Exercise. Center for Strength is partnering with STEM School for another session of their E.M.E.R.G.E. program. This session’s theme is inspired by the movie Inside Out. The “Inside Out” group is an expressive arts group to help support emotional and social skills in children 3rd-6th grade. View the program sign-up. Starts Monday, January 22nd

Secondary Enrichment News

New Registrations are available, including Chess Club, CyberPatriot, MS Broadcasting Club, MS MathCounts. Click registrations for individual club details. Club registrations will continue to open up for secondary students, so please continue to watch the Enrichment page on stemk12.org and the newsletter updates throughout the year.

Middle School Registrations

Middle School
Program Meets Duration Time Grade Registration/Related Links
Battle of the Books – Practice dates Thursdays 12/7/23-TBD 2:55-3:35 3-6 Must be selected for teams to receive registration.
BEST Robotics Mon/Fri/Sat 9/8/23-12/17/23 Varies 6-8 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Brain Bowl Tue/Thurs 8/22/23-TBD 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-8 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Broadcasting Club Thursdays 9/14/23-5/9/24 3:00 – 3:45 PM 6-8 Register
Chess Club Wednesdays 9/13/23-5/15/24 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-12 Register
Cubing (Rubik’s) Club Thursdays 8/24/23 – TBD 3:00 – 3:45 PM 6-12 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
CyberPatriot Fridays 9/1-TBD 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-12 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Dungeons and Dragons Club – New Thursdays 1/11 – 5/16 3:00 – 4:30 PM 6-8 Register
Flight Club – New Monday/Friday Jan – May 3:00 – 4:30 PM 6-12 Register
Game Master Training Tuesdays Varies 3:00. – 3:45 6-12 Registration Coming Spring 2024
Girls’ Persist Wednesdays 9/6/23-5/9/24 3:00 – 3:45 PM 6-8 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Magic the Gathering Club Tuesdays 8/22/23-5/9/24 3:00 – 4:45 PM 6-8 Register
MathCounts Thursdays 8/24/23-5/9/24 3:00 – 3:45 PM 6-8 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Project 7 Bible Club Fridays 9/15/23-5/17/24 3:00 – 3:45 PM 6-8 Register
Science Olympiad Thursdays 11/16/23-4/11/24 3:00 – 4:30 PM 6-8 Register
Star Wars Club Fridays 8/7/23-5/9/24 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-12 Register
SteMed Jr. Thursdays 8/24-12/14/23 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-8 Register
Theater Production – Addams Family Cast/Crew Mon/Wed 1/29-5/5/24 3:00 – 5:30 6-12 Register
TSA Club (After School Only) Tuesdays 9/5/23-TBD 3:00 – 4:30 PM 6-8 Register
TSA State Conference Student Participant Thur-Sat 2/22-2/24/24 All Day 6-12 Payment & Permission Form

High School Registrations

High School
Program Meets Grade Registration/Related Links
BEST Robotics Fri/Sat 9/8/23-TBD Varies 9-12 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
Business Clubs – DECA/FBLA/SpartMart Wednesdays 9/6/23-3/20/24 7:00 – 7:45 AM 9-12 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2025
Chess Club Wednesdays 9/13/23-5/15/24 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-12 Register
Cubing (Rubik’s) Club Thursdays 8/24/23 – TBD 3:00 – 3:45 PM 6-12 Registration Coming Soon
CyberPatriot Fridays 9/1-TBD 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-12 Closed to new partcipants for 2023/2024
First Robotics Club (FRC) Tuesdays Year Round 6:00 – 9:00 PM 9-12 Register
Flight Club Monday/Friday Jan – May 3:00 – 4:30 PM 6-12 Register
Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA 9-12 For more information contact michelle.wesley@stemk12.org
Ornithology Club Wed/Sat 8/23/23-5/17/23 3:00 – 3:45 PM (Wed) 9-12 Register
Project 7 Bible Club Fridays 9/15/23-5/17/24 3:00 – 3:45 PM 9-12 Register
Star Wars Club Thursdays 8/7/23-5/9/24 3:00 – 4:00 PM 6-12 Register
SteMed Thursdays 8/24-12/14/23 3:00 – 4:00 PM 9-12 Register
Theater Production – Addams Family Cast/Crew Mon/Wed 1/29-5/5/24 3:00 – 5:30 6-12 Register
TSA Wednesdays 9/6/23-TBD 3:00 5:00 PM 9-12 Register
TSA State Conference Student Participant Thur-Sat 2/22-2/24/24 All Day 6-12 Payment & Permission Form
UNICEF Chapter Tuesdays 8/22/23-5/14/24 3:00 – 4:00 PM 9-12 Register

In the dark about what is happening with a club?

Join Canvas as an observer of your student! Many of the after school activities have an associated Canvas course where advisors post important information.

Competition Season is in full swing!

With BEST Robotics and CyberPatriots competitions in the books, Brain Bowl, DECA/FBLA, First Robotics Competition (FRC Team Impulse), MathCounts, Science Olympiad and Technology Student Association (TSA) programs are just gearing up for their heated competitions.

BEST Robotics Season Complete!

Our high school BEST Robotics team wrapped up an outstanding STEM record-setting season, receiving one final award-winning 1st Place National Robot Modeling Award – Denver Region to add to their 2nd Place BEST Award Denver BEST Robotics Regional Competition, 1st Place BEST Award Front Range BEST Competition and several individual category awards.

A huge shout out to volunteers Suzanne & Doug Savolainen, Eric & Beth Boen, Dakotah Mann and family, Maeve Moran, Eugen & Laura Nicoara, Travis & Jennifer Koenig, Amy & Mike Sagrati, Nicole & Shawn Hunter, Susan Wann, and Tara Vargish. BEST Robotics has thrived at STEM School due to your dedication to the program and our students.

Brain Bowl Metro Competition Success

Congratulations to the 8A Team members Zain K, Shaivi K, Emmett C, John G, and Vedant M for qualifying for the Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 10th. Thank you to Coach Evan Voorn for your brilliant dedication. Please wish them Good Luck in their final tournament!

CyberPatriots Competition Season Complete

Congratulations to the following teams:

  • Red Rain – #1 Colorado High School Silver Division Members: Bri S, Spencer K, Adam K.
  • Commanding Coconuts – #2 Colorado Silver Division Members: Mateen Z, Lucas P, Luke G.
  • GOAT (Greatest of all Time) – #2 Colorado Middle School Division Members: Max V, Ronit K, Tiernan M.
  • 6 Sages – Top 20 Colorado Middle School Division Members: James E, Steven W, Ethan L, Brycen L, Grayson S, Kellen H

2 Platinum Division teams and 1 Silver Division team from the High School were eliminated after the toughest State Round in the program’s history.
The competitions keep getting more intense each round, and every year the overall difficulty seems to be a little tougher than before.

Thank you to Coaches Tylor Chacon and Rhett Butler for rebooting the program and having a stellar year. Thank you to Racheal Espinosa for supporting the teams and coaches.

First Robotics Competition – High School Robotics Program

Are you wondering what the large wooden structures are that have popped up in various corners of our halls? They are the custom-built game field pieces for FRC’s 2024 competition Crescendo!™. Check out the game animation to see what FRC competition for this season. STEM’s FRC Team Impulse is looking for new members, potential sponsors and parent volunteers to add to their crew. No experience is required and a variety of skill sets are needed. Click here for more information or to register.

Flight Club

Remote-control airplanes, drones and more. Meets Mondays and Fridays in Ms. Viren’s room 132. 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Register.

Dungeons & Dragons

Register for Spring Session

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