Getting Involved at STEM

Volunteering and Giving

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 requests 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

Charter Requirements

Our charter requests 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 Hours Donations – NEW!

Many families have asked if they can just make a donation to cover their volunteer hours. We are finally able to accommodate that request. If you’d rather make a monetary donation to go toward your volunteer hours, click the button below and select Volunteer Hours Donation. Please remember that if you select this option that you cannot claim this donation on your taxes at the end of the year.

Volunteer of the Month

Thank you to Angela Findle and Joe Arthur! They are our Volunteers of the Month for January. Angela has been a dedicated Driveline volunteer throughout the school year for our Elementary School and Joe has donated his time to First Robotics and Driveline. Both have completed a combined 64.5 hours of service to STEM by volunteering their time. We’d also like to recognize the following parents for their commitment to STEM during the month of December. (parents with 10 hours or more)

  • Jessica Baker
  • Cherish Bowers
  • Jeanne Davison
  • Amber Hunter
  • Danielle Loomis
  • Kelly Murphy
  • Elizabeth Pheteplace
  • Meredith Tong
  • Christine Uribe

So far, you’ve all contributed over 3,998 hours of service this school year!

Previous Volunteers of the Month

  • August – Kelly Ryan
  • September – Suzanne Savolainen
  • October – Vimala Snow
  • November – Eric Perkins
  • December – Marc Lorenzana
Donations Needed

ES Student Council Gift Baskets

To celebrate the grand opening of our new gym, Elementary Student Council would like raffle off a few gift baskets to draw attention to our wonderful new space. We are looking for donations of completed gift baskets of various themes – each with an approximate value of $50 or more. Please send in completed, wrapped gift baskets by 2/27 to Ms. Bench’s room or in the elementary office. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Need Medium to Large Boxes!

Don’t throw away those empty medium to large boxes. Please consider donating them to STEM to be used for an upcoming event that our Student Advisory program needs. Please donate them to the KOSON/P-TECH Building during School Hours.

Math Honor Society Snack Donations

The Math Honor Society will be hosting study groups the week before finals week (specifically the 14th, 15th, and 16th) to help prepare students for their math finals. The club would like to have snack donations in order to provide students with snacks during their tutoring sessions. Click the button below to sign up to donate. Drop off donations to the Secondary Front Office and be sure to label them Math Honor Society.

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteer Lunch Donation Request

On January 24 and 25 we will be holding our annual Vision and Hearing Screening event. We’re in need of food donations for our volunteers who will be assisting the team conducting the screenings. Please consider signing up to donate a food item.

Front Office Donations

Our Elementary and Secondary Front Offices are always in need of donated items. Click the button below to see what we need and to order through Amazon. If you don’t want to purchase off Amazon, please drop the donated items off at the Secondary Front Office to give to Mona Loptien.

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.

High School Winter Formal Donations

High School Student Government is requesting donations for the High School Winter Formal on January 28 from 7-10 p.m. Please drop off all donations to the Secondary Front Office, labeled Winter Formal.

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

STEMShares Clothing Drive Volunteers

Our Student Advisory Committee would like to request volunteers to help drop off clothing items that were collected during its STEMShared Clothing Drive event. Click the button below to sign up.

STEM Varsity & JV Boys’ Basketball Volunteers

Our Boys’ Basketball Team needs volunteers to help during games to serve as Statisticians, Clock Operator and Scorebook. Click the button below to see volunteer opportunities with our Varsity and JV teams. These hours count toward the required Volunteer Hours for families so don’t forget to log your hours!

High School Winter Formal Chaperone Sign-Up

High School Student Government will be hosting Winter Formal on Saturday, Feb. 4 in the new Gym! They are in need of chaperones to help with the event. Please click the button below to sign up.

Vision and Hearing Screening Help

We will be conducting our annual Vision and Hearing Screening on January 24 and 25 at STEM. We’re in need of volunteers to help with this screening process. Please click the button below to sign-up. We will provide drinks and food during your volunteering session. 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.