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.

With COVID 19, and visitors or volunteers not being allowed in the building this year, STEM has continued volunteer needs as the year finishes.
Please consider what your family can contribute with time or donations.

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). With COVID 19, and visitors or volunteers not being allowed in the building this year, STEM has continued volunteer needs as the year finishes. Please consider what your family can contribute with time or donations. Every $20 of donated items translates to one volunteer hour. Remember, 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.

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.

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

STEM School Highlands Ranch SENIOR BBQ

Seeking donations for the Senior BBQ on May 6, 2021. Items can be brought to the MS Office before 10 am labeled “Senior BBQ”. Click here to sign up.

Juice Boxes for Spring Musical

Our theater department is requesting packages of juice boxes (any flavor) to be sold as concessions during our spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Please sign up here (you can drop them off at the MS office by 3:00 PM on (or before) May 10th, and label them with “Theater Marketing”).

2021 Middle School Fairy Tale Dance Donations

Please review the signup genius to donate food or other items for the Middle School Fairy Tale Spring Dance. Any donations made should be dropped off at the Middle School front office before May 21st, labeled MS DANCE.

Elementary Health Room

Our bin of donated clothing for the ES Health Room could use a few items. We use these often for when kiddos have an accident and need new pants and undies, or a shirt from a bloody nose etc. Please bring to the ES office labeled Health Room. We could use the following:

  • girls leggings /pants size 6-8
  • girls shirts / size 6-8
  • socks – smaller children’s sizes

Staff Feedback Team Donations

The Staff Feedback Team is seeking “treat” donations for staff. If you are interested in donating any of these items, please bring to the MS Office labeled “SFT Treats” – thank you so much!!

Individual bags of:

ES Counseling Donations:

Please bring to the ES Office labeled ES Counseling. Thank you!

PE Donations (Secondary)

Our Physical Education Department would love to take your students on new and exciting adventures, but sometimes that requires extra equipment. There was recently a disc golf course built within walking distance from our campus, and we would love to use this space in our community to enhance our curriculum. We are looking for donations of frisbee golf discs that students can use. Anything and everything would be greatly appreciated!

Please bring these donations to the MS office labeled PE Donations. For questions, contact Megan Lipe, Secondary Physical Education Teacher megan.lipe@stemk12.org. Click here to sign-up.

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.