Secondary News and Updates (04/01/22)

Secondary-School News

Upcoming Events

STEM Monthly BOD Meeting

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

The monthly STEM Board of Director’s Meeting will be Tuesday, April 5 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

STEM Monthly PTO Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 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.

DPS Virtual Community Meeting for STEM School Denver

Tuesday, April 12, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – High School Commons

The next step in our replication efforts includes holding a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an opportunity for the DPS community to learn more about our new school and to get to know what we’re all about. We hope you can join us via Zoom.

2022 NQS Community Meeting Flier

Colorado Youth Career Fair

April 18-21, from 4-7 p.m. (virtual event)

The second annual statewide Colorado Youth Career Fair is taking place virtually on April 18-21. This educational event is intended to expose Colorado youth to a broad sampling of career fields. Registration is now open for youth, families, and educators as well as career panelists. Free, virtual event for youth, families, and educators. This event is sponsored by the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Visit for more details and registration

Colorado Youth Career Fair flyer

SAC Monthly Meeting

April 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – STEM Center for Strength

The SAC meeting will be held at the STEM Center for Strength, to draw attention to the center and have an opportunity to learn about mental health and what the center does for the community. There will be a tour if time permits.

There will be no Zoom for this meeting, as we want to encourage everyone to come in person for the benefit of learning about the Center. Please request ahead of time to participate in Public Comment by emailing

Our upcoming meetings:

April 20th – at the STEM Center for Strength

May 18th – Standard meeting w/ Zoom

The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the School’s performance, improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan, and meets to discuss the implementation of the School’s plan and other progress pertinent to STEM’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. The SAC makes recommendations to the director for prioritizing the spending of school money.

News and Updates

STEM PTO After Prom Donation Request

STEM PTO After Prom Committee is in need of donations for Decorations, Food, Door Prizes and Monetary Donations for After Prom on Saturday, April 23. Click the sign-up buttons below put your name down. Please email to arrange the drop-off of item donations.

U.S. Young Leader Summit 2022

Modeled after an international summit in Singapore, Colorado will be the first in the U.S., an initiative backed by Governor Polis. This is a great opportunity for young people eager for leadership opportunities and who want to tackle big issues in our society – a major resume and network-building opportunity!

Reach out with any questions: Madison Knapp, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Colorado Succeeds,

The opportunity:

U.S. Young Leader Summit, a youth civic engagement, leadership, and sustainability initiative that is commencing later this year in Colorado. The primary goal of the initiative for 2022 is to engage youth and tap into their enthusiasm, creativity, and self-driven mindset.

Our hope is that through non-partisan collaboration and experienced mentorship, the young leaders of this summit will be able to address some of Colorado’s most critical needs, with the outcome being an actionable set of recommendations that will be submitted to the Governor’s office for review and potential implementation at the end of the summit.

The Streams (key focus areas):

  • How we consume (manufacturing, supply chain, food security, plastic, etc.)
  • How we live (green/sustainable spaces)
  • How we move (transportation, clean energy, etc.)
  • What and how we learn (jobs of the future, curriculum of tomorrow, cross-sector collaboration)Why businesses exist (corporate purpose and more purpose-led organizations)
  • How we engage (community-based change, productive political dialogue, mobilize participation in democracy)

The vision is to provide students (aged 17 to 25 years old) with a forum in which to collaborate with and be inspired by a diverse network of experts, as well as each other, to play a part in shaping their future in a meaningful and tangible way.

How the selection process works:

  • The current deadline for applications (Google Form) is EOD May 1st.
  • After applicants/students submit the Google Form, a 7-part application that includes two submitted letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s quality of leadership, the USYLS Core Team staff will review the applications.
  • Based on applicant responses to questions, interest in the program Streams (see website), and individual capacity of the Summit, an email response in the form of an acceptance, waitlist, or denial to participate in the Summit by May 8th.

Internet access for participation:

  • The last two years have brought into the stark reality that not all students and homes have access to the internet for meeting their educational and work needs. This should not and will not be a barrier for applicants applying or participating in the U.S. Young Leader Summit, particularly if they have the motivation and aspiration to bring about change in their communities.
  • Given that the USYLS is, for the time being, remote for each of its sprints, meetings, and panel discussions, we believe that it is essential for all participants to be given equal access to the Summit and a stable internet connection. This is a major challenge that the USYLS seeks to tackle, and we will coordinate with each applicant that is selected by providing the resources and assistance they require to participate in the Summit.

Ultimate Frisbee

There is still time to join our Ultimate Frisbee team this spring! The team is open to 8th grade and up, and practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 at NorthRidge Park.

Wings Over the Rockies Summer Camp Opportunities

Wings Over the Rockies will be having summer camp at both the museum and at our Exploration of Flight Campus at Centennial Airport. Below are links for staff and students who are interested in summer jobs.

College and Career Newsletter

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Airventure Internship Flier

Airventure - Summer Aviation Opportunity

Falcon AeroLab has designed an immersive experience for students interested in aviation, including an airplane, glider, and helicopter flight.

Internship Opportunity for Rising Seniors!

Are you interested in doing a full or part-time internship in fall 2022? Next fall, will you have most of the credits you need to graduate?

STEM is now part of the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot (ILOP) program which provides for more schedule flexibility than students have had in the past. If you are participating in ILOP, you no longer have to be on-campus at STEM for 6 classes (or off-campus for a minimum 12 credit hours). You can take the classes you need to graduate and spend the rest of your day in an internship. To participate, you must have most of your credits completed toward HS graduation. If you are interested in doing an internship through ILOP, please complete the Career Discovery application below and you will be interviewed for the ILOP pilot program. The deadline to submit the Career Discovery application for the ILOP pilot is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

If accepted for this pilot program, STEM will work to place you in an internship in your area of interest. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask one of the Career Discovery Team members (Dr. Cannady, Mr. Shallenburger, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Reinkensmeyer)

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.

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#

DCSD News and Resources

Mental Health Resource of the Week

4-7-8 Breathing: A Simple Deep Breathing Technique

If you or your child need to calm down quickly, try the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. It’s a simple technique that you can do anywhere and anytime to reduce stress and anxiety.

Literacy Resource of the Week

Students Reach Greater Heights With School Librarians – National School Library Month

April is National School Library Month and is the perfect time to thank our DCSD school librarians for the daily support they offer our students and teachers. For example, librarians transform school libraries into exciting collaborative centers that help foster a love for reading and learning.

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Time-Saving Physical Activities for Busy Families

If you want to be physically active with your family but feel like you are short on time, try pairing activity with daily tasks. Try some time-saving strategies for getting the whole family active while accomplishing your regular routine!

Community Events

Macaroni Kid Summer Camp & Activities Fair
Sunday, April 3 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SkyView Academy, Highlands Ranch

More than 30 summer camps and activities will have representatives in attendance to answer your questions. Camps include performing arts, adventure, sports, gymnastics, horsemanship, traditional day camps, overnight camps, and more! The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Sources of Strength Community Night
Monday, April 11 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PACE Center, Parker

This event will provide an overview and highlights of the Sources of Strength program, and share about the amazing work that is happening across our school district. There is no cost to attend. The night will feature student peer leaders, school staff and our Guest Speaker, Jarrod Hindman, Chief Operating Officer at Sources of Strength.

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