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

Volunteer Appreciation #STEMStrongerTogether

Volunteering is described as “an unpaid activity where someone gives their time to help a not-for-profit organization, leaving an impact on the community”.

I had the pleasure of being present when part of our charter was being written, and having input on the “why” of our volunteer program. Volunteering is a wonderful way to be a part of your student’s school community. I’ve had the joy of seeing a proud student’s face when their parent is volunteering, or even bringing some needed supplies. The years are so fleeting, and the memories that volunteering can create are priceless.

I want to thank you all for your time, talent and treasure.

Below is a list of parents that have already completed their volunteer hours for the year. Please stop by the office next week to pick up a gift of appreciation! In gratitude ~ Kathy Reid, Volunteer Coordinator

Albertoni, Maria
Alleman, Ronalea
Arnold, Janet
Baker, Jessica
Banko, Elizabeth
Boen, Eric
Chaudhari, Marina
Davison, Jeanne
DeBarr, Bonnie
Dew, Hannah
Dick, Jennifer
Effertz, Destiny
Furuya, Alison
Galvan, Sylvia
Gonyea, Jennifer
Groeschl, Maria
Gustafson, Carla
Haas, Jonathan
Haas, Penny
Hegemann, Andy
Huebschmann, Matt
Irish, Terri

Jackson, Kate – Roberts, Paula
Jones, Tamra
Kim, Hemi
Kim, Hyounmi
Kim, Jane
Kingman, Brett
Koenig, Jennifer
Lander, Kimberly and Chris
Lee, Jeong
Lee, Martina
Liyanage, Gayani
Lukez, Rudy
Luong, Natalie
McConnell, Kristen
McLain, Robert
Mitchell, Lisa
Montgomery, Susan
Mukkamala, Ramesh
Munro, John
Ohm, Cathy
Oletu, Vincent & Ashley
Otto, Michaelle

Parol, Beata
Pautler, Tess
Pheteplace, Elizabeth
Pirvulescu, Maria
Prince, Julie
Raskin, Airin
Rieple, Ashley
Rothrock, Shana
Ryan, Kelly
Ryder, Pei
Savolainen, Suzanne
Sheppard, Kristina
Shure, Chris
Smith, Claire
Tesar, Vida
Thompson, Allison
Tong, Meredith
Tran, Teresa
Wert, Joanna
Winans, Amy
Winslett , Peggy
Young, Lindsay
Zhu-Gilje, Jan

Volunteer of the Month

Our Volunteer of the month for April is Terri Irish. Her continued support of our drive-line is amazing. We are so grateful for her dedication and want to send a huge shoutout to her. Thank you Terri!

Donations Needed

Health Room and Front Office Donations

Both our Health Room and Front 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 Secondary Front Office with a label for what it is for.

Elementary LSS

We would like prize box items for K-5. We aren’t picky but regularly requested items include Pokemon cards, Minecraft and lego minifigs, gift cards, fidgets (thinking putty, pop its…), gel pens, erasable pens, invisible pens, mochis.

Welcome to High School Party Donations

Please donate food and beverages for the Welcome to High School Party! Please drop off all donations to the secondary entrance by Thursday, May 26 labeled Student Government.

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 Secondary Front Office and label them “Staff Prizes.” Thank you!

Driveline Volunteers

Volunteer Skill Areas:

We are working on some partnerships with various industry leaders, and will need volunteers to help facilitate. Please fill out this form and let us know your skill areas that you would be willing to share with STEM.

Middle School Field Day Volunteers

We are looking for parent volunteers to help make our MS field day a success. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. We have broken the slots into when each grade level is on the field. If you would like to volunteer for multiple grade levels, please make sure to sign up for each time slot. The times for each grade level are as follows:

  • 6th grade 8-10 a.m.
  • 7th grade 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • 8th grade 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Lego Organizers Needed

The Teacher Support Team is looking for help organizing our Legos into our bins. This would be an in-school volunteering opportunity since the organizer bin is rather large. If you are available to volunteer, please email michelle.gasser@stemk12.org to set up a time to come in. Thank you so much for your support.

Kinder Continuation

We are in need of parents who are willing to decorate the gym for Kinder continuation on May 25th. We will need volunteers from 2:00-4:45 to blow up balloons, set up tables/tablecloths, and set up general decor.

On-Going Opportunities

Driveline (Earn Double Volunteer Hours):

  • Parent supervisors needed during AM & PM Driveline! 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.

Elementary Recess Volunteers:

We would like to invite parents to help during outdoor recess time each day. Recesses start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. 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.

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

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.