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, email info@stemk12.org.

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.

Volunteer of the Month

Thank you to Kelly Ryan! She is our Volunteer of the Month for August. Kelly has completed over 30 hours of service to STEM in our Driveline. We’d also like to recognize the following parents for their commitment to STEM during the month of August. (parents with 10 hours or more)

  • Avital Bendoim
  • Mary Casper
  • Destiny Effertz
  • Angela Findle
  • Carla Gustafson
  • Megan Kempf
  • Jane Kim
  • Jennifer Levitt
  • Kerri Lewis
  • Meredith Lindsay
  • Amy Lu
  • Samara Lyon-Frick
  • John Palmer
  • Vinay Rane
  • Kaitlin Sorel
  • Allison Thompson
  • Meradith Wheeler

So far, you’ve all contributed over 446 hours of service for the month of August.

Headshot of Kelly Ryan, Volunteer of the Month (August)
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 order through Amazon. Please bring the items to either the Elementary or Secondary Front Office with a label for what it is for.

DECA Innovation Invitational

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when graduating high school.

We’re in need of food donations for our volunteers who will be taking part in this event. Click the button below to view the sign-up. Please drop off all donations to the Secondary Office and label them DECA Invitational.

Newspaper and Shoebox Donations

First grade is requesting Newspaper and Show Box donations for an upcoming project. Please drop off these items to the Elementary Front Office by Wednesday, Oct. 5 and label them first grade.

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. If you purchase them in person, please drop gift cards off at either the Secondary Front Office and label them “Staff Prizes.” If you’d like to purchase electronically, please use the button below. Thank you!

TSA Meetings Snack Donations

Our Technology Student Association would like to request donations of snack items that they can have at their weekly meetings after school. Please click the button below to sign up to donate an item. Please drop them off at the Secondary Front Office with the label TSA Snacks. Thank yoU!

Student Support Team Wishlists

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.

Opportunities to volunteer at STEM will be posted here as the school year starts. Be sure to check back each week to see all of the new volunteer opportunities. These opportunities will also be included in the Weekly Parent Newsletters.

One-Time Opportunities

DECA Innovation Invitational

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when graduating high school.

We’re in need of volunteer judges to help prepare our 40 DECA and FBLA members for Districts. This event is on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click the buttons below to find out more and to sign-up.

Lego Sorting and Organizing

Our Robotics clases need your assistance in sorting LEGOS. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

On-Going Opportunities

Driveline (Earn Double Volunteer Hours):

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:

  • Click here to sign up or to volunteer in the Secondary Lunchroom.
  • Click here to sign up to volunteer in the Elementary Lunchroom.

Volunteer with Career Discovery

Did you know that you can get volunteer hours by sharing your expertise with our students in the classroom? We have opportunities throughout the school year to serve as an expert panelist, support our Problem-Based Learning instruction, or work with our students in a mentorship capacity. You could also be a guest speaker on Zoom or in-person. If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities, click the Career Discovery Interest Form below.

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.