Secondary News and Updates (01/28/22)

Secondary-School News

Upcoming Events

High School Spirit Week

COVID Testing

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 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

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 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.

STEM's Valentine's Roller Skating Party

Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 6-8 p.m – Skate City (5801 S. Lowell Blvd.)

All staff, families and students are welcome to attend a private Valentine Roller-Skating Party at Skate City on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. STEM’s Elementary Student Government is planning a fun night of activities for all K-12. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3.

STEM PTO Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m – Zoom

STEM PTO is comprised of parents from the STEM community who work together to help foster a strong sense of community, provide enhancement activities for students, faculty, staff and families, while also helping to increase educational, social and emotional experiences for the members of their families.

STEM PTO is organized for the purpose of enhancing the quality of each students’ education, the school as a whole, and the entire community through the development of resources and participation of parents, school staff, and the community. Meetings are open for anyone to attend. Please park in the High School Parking lot and enter through the High School doors.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 12, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day

Colorado law (C.R.S. 22-1-116) states that grades K,1,2,3,5,7 and 9th shall be tested for sight and hearing. We also screen students that are new to a school district and any referrals. Click here to learn more.

Virtual Learners can also be tested in person via the dates and times below. Please check-in at the respective Front Office.

  • ES (K,1,2,3,5) – February, 10 at 7:30 a.m.
  • Secondary (7 & 9) – February 11 at 7:30 a.m.

Want to volunteer?

We are in need of 12 volunteers on those dates, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be a 30-minute training session from 7-7:30 a.m. because volunteers will be completing the vision/hearing screening and need to be comfortable doing so. We will also be asking for lunch donations for our volunteers and workers. Click here to access the sign-up sheet.

News and Updates

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.

National English Honor Society Writing Center

The National English Honor Society is excited to announce that STEM’s Writing Center will be open to all Middle School and High School students. Students looking for additional help on English assignments can join us every other week after school on Mondays via Zoom from 3:45-4:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays after school in Room 105 from 3-3:30 p.m. You can use the QR code found on our posters to sign up for a fifteen-minute slot during which we can help you with any essay, assignment, or project.

NEHS Writing Center

Summer 2022 ULA Rocket Payload Program

Do you want to begin learning how to launch a car into space? Interested in some hands-on Aerospace and Electronics project learning this summer, while having fun?

This spring and summer, STEM has been given the opportunity to participate with the ULA Intern Heavy Future program. The ULA Launch is tentatively scheduled for July.

OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS 6th Grade and Up, in the South Metro area.

This program is led by Jeff Dunker, who has led our summer ULA Payload Program for the past several years.​

Reach out to with interest.

HPE CodeWars 2022 Registration Open Now!

There is no charge to compete in HPE Code Wars. For any questions please email Mrs. Basu at

We would like to invite all High School students to make a team and sign up 25th annual HPE Code Wars event on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Space is limited, and registration will close on February 18 or when we have filled all spaces. If you are not familiar with Code Wars (or if you need additional information), please click on This year, Colorado will have virtual contests. When you register your teams, you will be able to choose to have them compete in one of the following contests:

  • Colorado (Fort Collins) Local Virtual Contest – due to delays in remodeling at HPE’s campus, we will not be able to hold this in person – contest runs 9:00AM-Noon Mountain Time
  • National Virtual Contest – this will be open to teams that are unable to travel to any of the in-person contests (restricted to schools in the United States and Canada) – runs three hours starting at 11:00 Eastern/10:00 Central/9:00 Mountain/8:00 Pacific

At each contest, we will have:

  • Advanced and Novice levels
  • Trophies for top teams at each level – teams will only compete against other teams in that contest
  • Prize drawing open to each student participant
  • Contest T-shirt for each participant

Registration Process –

1. Students create and manage their own accounts, and they select their teacher as part of their account registration process. Please select Mrs. Basu ( or talk to your Computer Science teacher and provide their name as the sponsor teacher. Teachers then must accept the student’s request to join their student roster before the student will show up in their list from which they can create teams.

2. New accounts are not enabled right away and cannot be used/logged into until these things happen:

  • If you already have an account from last year, we strongly encourage you to use that again (your email address is your logon). You can ask to reset the password if you have forgotten it.
  • For new accounts, you will get a verification email from which you must click on or visit the link (remember to look in any SPAM filters if you haven’t seen this within about 15 minutes).
  • For new teacher accounts, our admin team must review and approve the requests.

3. E-mails will not arrive instantaneously. They take a few minutes, and they may end up in the SPAM folder. Please be patient and check those SPAM folders. If nothing has arrived 15 minutes later, go to to request another email. If that still doesn’t work, then your school district, ISP, or personal email rules may be blocking our emails. You will need to work with your local support team to address this issue.

Registration is at then click Register/Login. We encourage you to see the whole registration process

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 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 through Monday and will impact the 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

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 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 and 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, 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

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

DCSD News and Resources

Mental Health Resource of the Week

The Best Peaceful Parenting “One-Liners”

Want to parent with more empathy but can’t think of what to say? Here are some no-fail sentences to get you started in any situation.

Literacy Resource of the Week

Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) Resources

The Colorado READ Act was passed in 2012 and provides the guiding philosophy, structure, and resources to get children reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade. Find out how parents can support literacy in elementary and secondary readers.

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

The Family Dinner Project

No matter your family make-up, where you live, or what your dinners are like right now, you can be a part of The Family Dinner Project. The only thing you need to do is share a meal with the people closest to you. Choose from many free resources to help you improve your family dinners and meet your mealtime goals.

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

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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