Thank you to all of the presenters and participants in Thursday evening’s Town Hall, that served to revisit the STEM Board’s adopted Strategic Plan. Participation included students, parents, teachers, staff, Board members, administration and community members.
I was thrilled to see the level of involvement from our entire community, but especially that of our students and teacher. Their insight and contributions made the evening so much more valuable as we collectively consider the rollout over the next five years.
One question that was asked by one of our students was, “Who owns the strategic plan? Who is responsible for how STEM School Highlands Ranch moves forward guided by the five pillars of the Plan?”
The answer is that every member of the community owns this plan and we all have our part in the success of the rollout and future STEM. The strength of the five pillars is that it defines what we value and what we will assign our resources of time and treasure to fulfill.
While the work around the Strategic Plan began in 2017, a more focused and intentional approach began in 2019. The Town Hall in January of 2020, provided our community with the opportunity to provide feedback that was then incorporated into the final version that was adopted. The goals and benchmarks were refined and presented to the STEM Board last spring and the Strategic Plan was officially adopted by the STEM Board in April 2020.
Beyond the Strategic Plan are STEM’s required compliance and internal measures of success. STEM adheres to numerous dashboards that are reported to the Colorado Department of Education, DCSD, STEM’s bond investors, and others. By any measure, STEM is always top of the class. The reputation of STEM for academic excellence, financial strength, transparency and stability consistently earns the highest ratings.
As we move into 2021, the renewed positive energy around the Strategic Plan from our community is so exciting. In order to keep the momentum going, we want to remind our families how they can get engaged and involved and what the roles and responsibilities of our stakeholder groups are to assist with that engagement.
Our Communications Pathways document is the best way to find the appropriate person(s) to reach out to with specific questions and feedback. We also have our electronic Feedback Form that can be used if there is not an appropriate Communications Pathway.
Our STEM Board of Directors, our School Accountability Committee and our Parent Teacher Organization all meet on a monthly basis and have opportunities for involvement and pathways to communicate with STEM. Please see the helpful information videos below to learn more about each of these groups.
We always want to make sure that our community is heard and that the appropriate pathway is utilized in order to find the most success.
Thank you for your continued commitment to STEM, our students and our staff. Enjoy your Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend!
P.J. Eucker PhD