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.

Due to COVID 19, no visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building at this time. Out-door opportunities, including driveline, will still need volunteers. Volunteer requirements will be adjusted as needed. Please keep track of donated items and hours to log in later once we provide instructions.

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.

Charter Requirements
Our charter requires a commitment of 30 volunteer hours per family (15 per single-parent families). Donated items count too!  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 volunteer time.

Monetary Donations and Volunteer Hours
Every $20 translates to one volunteer hour. However, the law states that you cannot deduct the value of your time. The law states that you CANNOT use a donation as a tax write off if you receive anything in return (volunteer hours). 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 volunteer time.

For questions about Volunteering at STEM, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Reid.

Current Opportunities

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.

Elementary Classroom Wish-Lists:

Click on the names below to view the classroom wish-lists.
Please bring items to the Elementary Office (or send in with your student) labeled with the Teacher’s name and grade.
Thank you!

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.