Getting Involved at STEM

Volunteering and Giving

We are so excited to have volunteers back in the building!

Create your Volunteer account now, and choose your areas of interest. We will let you know when an opportunity becomes available. Volunteering and giving to STEM is vital to the success of our school.  Our school has a 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.

Volunteering Basics

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.

We want to recognize the volunteers that have been so generous with both their time and donations. Please see the information below on how to log your hours. For questions about Volunteering at STEM, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Reid.

Charter Requirements

Our charter requires a commitment of 30 volunteer hours per family (15 per single-parent family).

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 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 of volunteer time.

Who to Contact

Logging your Hours

One benefit of our volunteer system is that when you sign-in on the laptop at the front desk, your volunteer hours will automatically be logged for you. You also have the capability to log hours from home. Remember that any donated items will count toward your hours.

  • Every $20 = 1hour.
  • You will need to make the conversion and log in to the appropriate event. If logging from home, click here.

Help Counter

To make keeping track of your volunteering at STEM easy, we use HelpCounter.

Help Counter will:

  • Set-up family accounts for volunteer requirements
  • Track and log volunteer hours completed
  • Select “interest” areas which will allow us to contact you with volunteer opportunities
  • We can also email you with a sign-up link if an opportunity becomes available in your interest area

Setting up your Account

You will need to create an account in HelpCounter. You will be able to pick your areas of interest to volunteer. Once an opportunity becomes available in your area of interest, you will receive an email with a link to sign up if you choose to.

  • To get your account started, request your password, or log your hours, click here.
  • Please be sure to create your account as a family (i.e. Jack & Jill Hill)
  • If you will both be here at the same time and want separate accounts, please let us know by clicking this link so that we can link your accounts (once both accounts have been set up) and give full credit when adding up hours
  • Also, be sure to let us know by clicking this link if you are a single-parent family

Volunteering Opportunities

Driveline Volunteers

DECA Innovation Invitational Volunteers Needed

WHAT: 2021 STEM DECA Innovation Invitational

SCHOOLS: STEM School HR only. This is an in-house event to help prepare our 37 DECA members for Districts.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Judges are asked to check-in between 8:30 – 9 a.m. Event judging concludes at approximately 10:40 a.m. with lunch provided after; which should end at 12 p.m.

WHERE: STEM School, Elementary Gym. Please check-in at the Secondary Entrance. Face mask and photo ID required to check-in; Please arrive 10 minutes early to have your ID run through our Raptor System. Students will be at the check-in point to escort you to the gym.

MEALS: Breakfast will be provided. We also invite you to join us for a complimentary luncheon after the competition is finished, prior to our conference awards session. Coffee and tea will be provided throughout the morning.

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPETITION: Students will have a brief period of time to analyze a business scenario and develop a solution to the task or challenge outlined in their scenario. These scenarios will typically involve a sales, promotion or operations situation or related customer service concerns. Students will then have up to 8 minutes to meet with a judge and present their response in an interactive “role-playing” format.

JUDGE’S RESPONSIBILITIES: Each judge will be given a “section” of approximately 3-4 competitors. Each competitor will be attempting to solve the identical business challenge. Judges will be provided with a copy of the challenge, suggestions about how to interact with the competitors and a detailed, task-specific score sheet for each student. In a nutshell, you will interact with each student and then score and rank them based on how well they accomplished the tasks listed on the score sheets.

JUDGES TRAINING: A brief yet thorough training will be provided for our judges prior to the competition. We will provide you with all the help you need to work with our students at this competition.

EMAIL: Please provide your email address. You will receive a confirmation that we received your registration form responses. You will also receive a reminder email two days before the conference.

Click here to sign up

Lost and Found Coordinator

We’re seeking a Coordinator for our Elementary and Secondary Lost and Found. The coordinator would need to:

  • Tidy lost and found as needed
  • Help get Elementary items with names on them back to their owners (coordinate with Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Organize remaining items to get them ready for donation (at school breaks)

Have questions? Email volunteer@stemk12.org. Want to sign-up to be the coordinator? Click here.

Elementary Library Organizer

We are in need of at least (2) volunteers to help organize the ES Library for possibly a couple of days. Mornings, after the driveline, would be the ideal time, about 8-9 a.m. starting time. Volunteers will need to be able to use an iPad with an app (provided by us) to scan books and organize them by reading levels to be shelved in our “library”. If you are interested, contact Mona Loptien (mona.loptien@stemk12.org).

Lego Organizer

We are looking for parent volunteers to help organize all of our Lego materials. Please contact Michelle Gasser (michelle.gasser@stemk12.org) if you are interested.

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). Click here to sign up.

Lunchroom Volunteers:

Spartan Afternoon Program:

A great way to avoid waiting in the 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 Volunteers

To volunteer for TSA or to provide snacks please click here.

Donation Opportunities

Donations Needed

Gift Card Donation Request for Staff Prizes

If you’re looking for a way to give to STEM, consider donating gift cards for our Staff Prizes. Gift Cards in $5 increments are great for us to use to gift out when we do staff recognitions and games. Please drop gift cards off at either the Elementary or the Secondary Front Office and label it “Staff Prizes.” Thank you!

Chess Club Donations

Consider donating to our Chess Club. The group would benefit from having some good tournament sets with clocks. These are the tournament sets we would like to have, with blue and buff boards, black and white pieces and a blue clock. Click the link below to sign up.

Both our Elementary and Secondary Offices are always in need of donated items. Click the button below to see what we need and to sign up. Please bring the items to the appropriate front office with a label for what it is for.

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.

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.