Secondary News and Updates (01/21/22)

Secondary-School News

Upcoming Events

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 24, from 5-7 p.m. – High School Commons

If you’re interested in getting involved in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at STEM, we encourage you to attend to find out more information. Email Amie McElroy (amie.mcelroy@stemk12.org) with any questions.

COVID Testing

Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the morning

STEM will be offering COVID Testing for students and staff again on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the morning.

SECONDARY FAMILIES: Secondary students whose parents have consented to testing will need to sign-up to be scheduled for a testing time on Tuesday. Please sign up your Secondary student for COVID testing at the link below. The sign-up will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 24. Only students that are signed up will be tested. You will receive an email late on Monday, Jan. 24 to let you know your student’s scheduled time for testing.

The on-site testing program will conclude on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Following February 1, we will no longer have COVID testing on-site.

Prospective Parent Building Tour

Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10-11 a.m – Secondary School Entrance

Each Wednesday, STEM opens up its doors from 10-11 a.m. for a building tour to interested families who would like to learn more about our school. We’d like to encourage our families to spread the word to anyone they know who might be interested in having their student(s) attend STEM. Interested tour participants should arrive 10 minutes early to get checked in and badged. They must bring a valid ID in order to get checked in.

After Prom STEM PTO Spirit Night at Torchy's Tacos

Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 4-8 p.m. – Torchy’s Tacos

STEM PTO is hosting a spirit night fundraiser for After Prom at Torchy’s Tacos (1515 Park Central Drive, Suite C-200 Highlands Ranch, CO 80129) from 4-8 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Proceeds will go to help fund After Prom. Contact Susan Montgomery at STEMAfterProm@stemk12.org with any questions.

STEM PTO After Prom at Torchy's Tacos

COVID Testing

Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the morning

STEM will be offering COVID Testing for students and staff again on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the morning.

SECONDARY FAMILIES: Secondary students whose parents have consented to testing will need to sign-up to be scheduled for a testing time on Tuesday. Please sign up your Secondary student for COVID testing at the link below. The sign-up will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31. Only students that are signed up will be tested. You will receive an email late on Monday, Jan. 31 to let you know your student’s scheduled time for testing.

The on-site testing program will conclude on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Following February 1, we will no longer have COVID testing on-site.

STEM Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m – High School Commons

The monthly STEM Board of Director’s Meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the High School Commons. The STEM BOD is comprised of parents and community members who volunteer their time. The Board’s role and purpose is to provide oversight of the Executive Director, who implements the policies set forth by the Board. The Board also provides support and direction of STEM’s long-term vision and mission. Additionally, the Board is active in making sure that STEM remains in compliance with all DCSD, state and federal compliance requirements, as well as STEM’s Charter Contract.

Meetings are open to anyone to attend. Anyone who would like to address the Board Members must sign-up in advance by completing the Public Comment Form no later than 12 p.m. the day of each Board meeting. If written testimony or a handout is submitted, presenters are asked to supply one (1) copy via email to communications@stemk12.org.

Prospective Parent Building Tour

Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 10-11 a.m – Secondary School Entrance

Each Wednesday, STEM opens up its doors from 10-11 a.m. for a building tour to interested families who would like to learn more about our school. We’d like to encourage our families to spread the word to anyone they know who might be interested in having their student(s) attend STEM. Interested tour participants should arrive 10 minutes early to get checked in and badged. They must bring a valid ID in order to get checked in.

Replication Information Session for STEM Parent Community

Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. – HS Commons

STEM Parents and Students are welcome to join us for an informational session on STEM’s efforts to replicate. Dr. Carletta Stewart, Compliance and Replication Officer will be doing a brief presentation on where STEM is so far in the application process and next steps. Following, she will open it up to questions from the community, and also provide a way for families and students to get involved in the replication efforts. Join us in the High School Commons.

College Night for Juniors

Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5:30-7 p.m. – High School Commons

Calling all Juniors! We’ll be hosting a College Night for Juniors on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the High School Commons. We’ll be reviewing the college application process for juniors and their parents with College and Career Counselor, Kelli Myrick. Come learn about where to begin when searching for a university, what all will be required to submit for college applications, and how Mrs. Myrick will support you throughout the next few years. Email kelli.myrick@stemk12.org with any questions.

High School Winter Formal

Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. – HS Commons

High School Student Government will be holding the Winter Formal on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the High School Commons. The theme is 1920s so students should come dressed in their best 1920s themed attire. Tickets are $10 at the door. To help raise money, Student Government is requesting donations for food and beverages. Click the button below to see the sign-up. Please drop off items labeled “Winter Formal” to the Secondary Front Office.

News and Updates

Message from Mrs. Ridder, Middle School Director to Middle School Famiiles

Dear Middle School Families,

As you are aware, our 6th- and 8th-grade classes are currently in outbreak status. Our teachers are doing their best to provide a quality education for both their in-person students as well as their quarantined students. The way this is accomplished is through Canvas. Each day, our Middle School teachers post an agenda on Canvas. All students, in class and at home, should pull up the agenda for each class and follow the instructions. If they have attempted a lesson or assignment and have questions, they are always welcome to email their teacher. Currently, our 6th-grade teachers are receiving an inordinate amount of emails asking them what they should do. The teachers are reiterating each day that students should check the agenda and follow their instructions. If you could reinforce this concept at home, that would be wonderful!

Please know that our teachers are doing the best they can to ensure that all of our students are learning and growing. We have endured so much here at STEM, and we know this too shall pass.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at (303) 683-7836,

Wishing you all good health!

Maura Ridder, Middle School Director

Message from Mrs. Wu, Director of Student Support About Safe2Tell Assembly

Dear STEM High School Parents,

Your students participated in a presentation on Safe2Tell. Safe2Tell Colorado allows students and adults in Colorado to anonymously report safety concerns. This letter includes a summary of the student presentation as well as additional information for parents/guardians.

Safe2Tell 2018-2019 statewide data:

  • 19,861 actionable tips
  • 3668 suicide tips, 2164 drug tips, 1871 bullying tips

The presentation emphasized 5 main ideas:

  1. Students know safety and mental health concerns about their peers before adults.
  2. As part of a healthy community, students have a duty to inform others about safety concerns.
  3. As a first step, students should always try to talk to a trusted adult.
  4. If that’s too hard, or it’s after school hours, Safe2Tell is a backup plan.
  5. Safe2Tell is anonymous to encourage students to report safety concerns.

What do parents need to know about Safe2Tell?

  • Tips can be submitted by calling 1-877-542-7233, at www.safe2tell.org, or on the Google Play and Apple Store Apps.
  • Parents can make a report themselves as well as with/on behalf of their child(ren).
  • After submitting a report, a Safe2Tell dispatcher will always respond with their name and ask follow-up questions. Please wait and engage in a conversation with Safe2Tell.
  • Safe2Tell relays concerns to local law enforcement and schools. Safe2Tell itself does not investigate tips.
  • If you and/or your child(ren) have a mobile device, add the Safe2Tell app to it.

What Safe2Tell Can/Cannot Do For You:

  • Safe2Tell does not notify the Reporting Party of the report outcome. All outcome information is private and autonomous to Safe2Tell.
  • If you have previously reported the situation to your school staff and are not satisfied with the outcome, Safe2Tell cannot enforce a different outcome. Please find the process within your school district for escalating these concerns.
  • Safe2Tell is not a resource for keeping a “record” of your school or child’s history.
  • Safe2Tell is a successful violence intervention and prevention program for students to anonymously report threats to their own, and others’, safety. Safe2Tell is not an emergency response unit nor mental health counseling service provider; it is a conduit of information for distributing anonymous tips to local law enforcement and school officials pursuant to state law.

For more information, visit https://safe2tell.org/?q=parents, call the Safe2Tell administrative office at 720-508-6809, or email info@safe2tell.org.

Thank you,

Mrs. Christina Wu, Director of Student Support

Do you intend to return to STEM?

For enrollment planning purposes, please let us know, either way if your child plans to return to STEM School Highlands Ranch next year. Please complete the form below for each of your currently attending STEM students. If you are currently enrolled at STEM please let us know that your child is returning. You do not need to “open enroll” to remain at STEM. If your child is currently attending STEM, they will be automatically enrolled for next year. Please also complete the form if your student is planning to seek enrollment at another school so that we can have an accurate count of returning students.

Intent to Return

STEM's Annual NHS Wish Week is coming up!

Dutch Bros will be hosting a state-wide giveback day in support of our school’s Wish Week! Next Friday, Jan. 28, $1 from every drink sold at the Dutch Bro’s location at 7960 S. Broadway, Littleton, CO., 80122 will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

Dutch Bro’s not only wants to support wish kids through this effort, but they want to support your school and students! What does this mean? The funds raised through this give-back day will be added to our school’s fundraising total!

STEM Wish Week Fundraiser Flier - Dutch Bros

Reminder of our Virtual Weather Day Procedures

In the event that DCSD determines that the district should follow the DCSD Delayed Opening protocol, STEM School Highlands Ranch will abide by its Virtual School Day Policy. When it snows, our school’s operation and instructional expectations will be determined by one of these three scenarios:

  1. Snow Day – Douglas County Schools (check www.dcsdk12.org) calls a snow day – The STEM building is closed and implements a Virtual School Day with 20% of the learning being synchronous. (NEW; STEM will not have Snow Days morning forward)
  2. Late Start Day – Douglas County Schools calls a Late Start day – STEM is closed and implements a Virtual School Day with 20% of the learning being synchronous.
  3. All Schools Open – Douglas County Schools declare Highlands Ranch area schools open – STEM is open and operating to our regular schedule.

Impact to Morning and Afternoon Elementary and Secondary Driveline

Due to the construction, the West side of the Elementary Parking Lot (active loading zone area in front of the Elementary School Doors) will be closed from Wednesday through Friday, and will impact Elementary morning and afternoon driveline.

Elementary Driveline will be rerouted through the parking lot, along the East side of the Elementary Building, exiting through the Secondary exit.

This will cause delays during the morning and afternoon driveline. The drop-off in the morning begins at 7:10 a.m. Secondary Driveline begins picking up at 7:30 a.m. We are asking all Elementary families to please arrive prior to 7:30 a.m. to avoid a conflict with the Secondary Driveline. In the afternoon, we are asking parents for patience during pick-up as students and staff will be getting used to a different pick-up pattern.

Thank you so much for your understanding.

Nominate a High School Student for CBS Denver Future Leaders Scholarship

Nominations are now open for the CBS Denver Future Leaders Scholarship. If you know a High School student who is thriving in the STEM core subjects please consider nominating them for this $1,000 scholarship.

Click the button below to access the nomination form and to find out more. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that will include a $1,000 award along with a student profile on CBS4. The nomination window will run through April 22, 2022.

CS@Mines Coding Competition - For HS Students

Do you like problem-solving and programming? Then this competition is for you.

On April 9, 2022, the Colorado School of Mines will hold its annual coding competition! Teams of two to four students will compete in one of four competitions: in-person beginner, in-person advanced, virtual beginner, and virtual advanced. This is for HS students only.

Anybody can compete and there is no limit on the number of competitors, so if you want to help carry on STEM’s legacy at the CS@Mines Coding Competition, please complete the form via the button below by February 11, 2022.

For any questions, please send an email to Mrs. Basu at simi.basu@stemk12.org.

CSNA Summer Conference One Plate Challenge

The Colorado School Nutrition Association will be holding their annual conference this summer on June 15-16. Part of the conference is the One Plate Challenge at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. Check the flier to the right for more information.

CSNA One Plate Challenge

Order yearbooks while prices are low!

Attention Middle School and High School students!

Don’t forget to purchase your yearbooks. Go to Yearbookforever.com to buy your yearbook for $45. Buy it while you can because come October 31 the price goes up to $55. Additionally, if you would like your photo in the yearbook, you can share your photos with us. You can share them using the Yearbook Snap app using the code STEM22. It’s available on the App Store and Google Play Store, download it today and share those photos. If you have any questions about the yearbook or how to use Yearbook Snap, please email one of the yearbook editors-in-chief at elizabeth.noethlich@s.stemk12.org and cadence.coan@s.stemk12.org or stop by room 110 after school.

School Picture Retakes and Orders

Families can access their photos by visiting the link to the right or going to dr-photo.com, selecting the School Portrait Proofs link, and when prompted enter their private password in the following format: Student ID#

Information about the Optional SAT with Essay in Colorado

Attention Families of Juniors!

Please read the flier to the right from The College Board regarding how to register for the SAT optional essay. Registering for the essay is a student’s choice. By default, registration for all juniors is the SAT without the essay. The essay registration window is January 17-February 15. This is a firm deadline.

If you miss the registration window they cannot add you at a later time. You may add the essay to your registration through your online College Board account. Please note that the essay is scored separately from the SAT. Your score on the essay will not improve or reduce your score on the SAT. If you have questions regarding the benefits of taking the essay or are unsure about whether it is required by the colleges you plan to apply to, please reach out to your College and Career Counselor Kelli Myrick at kelli.myrick@stemk12.org.

SAT-CO-Essay-Optional-Flyer 2022

Nominate a Student for Douglas County Youth Awards

Please nominate a student and pass along to others! The Youth Award recognizes teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. The Youth Awards focus on teenagers who have triumphed over great odds and serve as inspirations and role models. If you know young people who would be good candidates for the Youth Award, please help us identify them by completing the nomination form, link is below.

Nomination forms are due by March 4, 2022

The reception honoring our award winners is April 25, 2022, 6-8 p.m., Douglas County Miller Building, Castle Rock, CO.

Questions? Call 303-814-5327 or email malston@douglas.co.us

DCSD News and Resources

Mental Health Resource of the Week

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5 Ways Parents Can Inspire Children to Love Reading

When it comes to reading, kids can come up with a million excuses as to why they don’t like it. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways parents can encourage their children to read – and hopefully to love reading!

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Meal Planning with Choose My Plate

Get resources, tools, and recipes that can help you prepare budget-friendly, nutritious food. You can even take a quiz to get a customized guide to eating healthy.

Nominate a Teen for DC Youth Award

The Youth Award recognizes teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. Nominations are due Friday, March 4.

Community Events

DCSD Parent University – License to Survive: Teen Driving Survival & Graduated Drivers Licensing
Wednesday, January 26 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Free virtual event
Register here via Eventbrite

Parents, is your teen ready for their driver’s permit? Learn more about the process, what to teach, and the potential risks of teen driving. All beginning drivers are welcome to attend.

Save the Date! Supporting Our Students Forum: Mental Health Resources and Supports in DCSD Schools
Hosted by the DCSD District Accountability Committee (DAC)
Thursday, February 17 | 5:30 p.m.
Rock Canyon High School

Supporting Our Students Forum: Mental Health Resources and Supports in DCSD Schools
Hosted by the DCSD District Accountability Committee (DAC)
Thursday, February 17 | 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rock Canyon High School
More information >>

Parents, guardians, students and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend this free event. Breakout sessions will include topics like Social Emotional Wellness and Learning, The Role of the School Counselor, Calming Strategies and Interactive Sensory Experiences, and more

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