Getting Involved at STEM

Volunteering and Giving

Volunteering and giving to STEM are 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.

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 families).

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.

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

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.

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 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

Current Opportunities

  • Professional Development Week Volunteer Opportunities
    • We are looking for volunteers to support our teachers as they get ready to return to school. Volunteer opportunities could include: helping with staff breakfast, helping with PD games and events, helping teachers set up rooms. If you are interested, please provide us with the dates and times you are available and we will partner you with a teacher or event.
    • Are you cleaning out your closet? Think about donating some of your used items to STEM for our staff PD. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Items can be brought to the Main office on Monday. Click here to access the sign-up genius.

On-going Opportunities – Upon Returning to School

  • 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 (will be available once we allow visitors in the building): 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 Volunteer (will be available once we allow visitors in the building): 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. Remember that every $20 = 1 volunteer hour.  Just make the conversion and log in to 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.