Secondary News and Updates (10/13/23)

Secondary-School News

Upcoming Events

STEM All-Events Calendar

Please take a moment to check the STEM All-Events Calendar on our website.

There are lots of events already scheduled so please take a moment to take a look at the calendar to familiarize yourself with some of the events at the start of school. This calendar will continue to be updated throughout the summer as we get closer to the start of school.

Love and Logic Parent Information Night

Monday, Oct. 23, from 5-7 p.m. – via Zoom or in-person in the High School Commons

New for the 2023-24 School Year, our teachers and staff will incorporate guidance and curriculum from Love and Logic, a research-driven, whole-child philosophy founded in 1977 to support students’ social and emotional well-being. Throughout the school year, we will hold several Parent Information Nights to learn about Love and Logic, how it is being incorporated and implemented, and how it can be applied at home. We hope you’ll join us via Zoom or in person.

Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 27, from 5-7 p.m. – Elementary School Parking Lot

Trunk-or-Treat is our annual event organized by Student Government. Volunteers and clubs decorate their cars in the parking lot where students can come by in their costumes to get candy. Attendees should park in the Secondary, High School, or P-TECH/KOSON Parking Lot. The Elementary Parking Lot will be closed for the decorated cars.

MS Student Government will have a pumpkin painting booth and a slime-making booth. Both will be for sale for $2.

News and Updates

Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) Summer Internship Program

Applications for the 2024 summer internship are coming soon! Learn about career fields in the aerospace industry. More information on the CSBR website! Applications will be available January 2024.

National Security Agency High School Work Study Program and Scholarship programs now open

Calling all Juniors and Seniors

The NSA currently has programs available to HS seniors and juniors. Applications are being accepted now for next summer and the 2024-25 school year. Reach out to Nicole Ryan ( with questions.

CUPS One Pager

Summer Internship 2024 - Merrick & Company

Are you looking for a Summer internship? Merrick & Co is currently accepting applications for their summer internship program. Both positions are excellent opportunities for students who have completed or are currently enrolled in CAD coursework.

Lockheed Martin HS Internship Program

Mark your calendars! Lockheed Martin’s summer intern program application window is from October 5th thru Jan 4th for the Summer 2024 program. Register for one of the upcoming virtual information sessions via their website.

University of Colorado Anschutz CUPS Program

Applications are open for the CU Pre-Health Scholars program. The program is available for middle or high school students. It will expose students to high-impact events, research, STEAM and Healthcare careers.

Access Update

ACCESS continues to build as we get deeper into the school year. These past couple of weeks, students have begun to utilize ACCESS to visit teachers and seek extra support on learning concepts, make-up work, and other needs. In addition, we have started having college visits during this time and have spent some time discussing executive functioning and reflecting to identify our strengths and weaknesses. Looking ahead to October, all of the secondary students will continue the conversations around executive functioning strategies and ACCESS teachers will support students with how to utilize Canvas for monitoring work completion and organization of their workloads. Students will also get an introduction and overview of Naviance as they begin their required iCap lessons. ICAP stands for Individual Career and Academic Plan, and is described by the Colorado Department of Education as a process that guides students in the exploration of career, academic and postsecondary opportunities and helps students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness. Middle School iCap lessons for October will focus on career discovery and for high school they will focus on career and personality discovery, academic goals, and college applications. Finally, students will participate in an assembly with Deputy Uribe where the focus will be on cyber safety.

The following colleges will also be visiting in October and November (the schedule is subject to change). All visits will be in Ms. Myrick’s office from 11-11:40 a.m. unless otherwise noted.


  • Thursday, Oct. 26: Regis University


  • Wednesday, Nov. 1: University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Thursday, Nov. 2: University of Denver
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8: Trinity University Dublin
  • Thursday, Nov. 9: Colorado School of Mines – Presentation will be given in Mrs. Graham’s room, not Mrs. Myrick’s office.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15: Cal Poly: San Luis Obispo

Secondary Yearbooks are On Sale!

Now is the time! Don’t delay purchasing your Secondary Yearbook for the 2023-24 School Year. Click the button below to place your order by October 31 and only pay $50. After October 31, yearbooks will be $60.

Special ads are also due on October 31 and can be purchased via the link below. Portraits and quotes should be sent to

Stem Highlands Ranch Senior Yearbook Info

Setting up Canvas Parent Observer

One way to do this is to first be logged into your child’s account. Go to “Account” and then “Settings” on the left side. Then on the right side you should see a gray box that says “Pair with Observer.” This will give you a code that you can then enter in your parent Canvas account. You will need to do this from a computer, not a mobile device.

If that does not work for you, email, title the email “IT Canvas Observer Support” and include your child’s name and student ID number in the email so that IT can generate a code for you.

Update from IT Department about Securly

For any device at STEM to connect to our network, a certificate needs to be installed. A certificate or digital certificate is a unique, digitally signed document that authoritatively identifies the identity of an individual or organization. In our case, it associates the certificate with the STEM email. To download the certificate, go to and download the file associated with the operating system. The file is a program to run on the machine, but it only installs the certificate.

Once the certificate is installed and the computer is on STEM’s network, Securly Filter will ask once for the person’s identity. Once logged in with the STEM email account, Securly matches the email and the certificate and it then knows who it is and how the computer should be filtered. This system of identification using a certificate is the same that we have had in the past. We are just using a different vendor for that certificate. If students have issues installing the certificate, please send them to the IT office in RM 164.

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