Secondary News and Updates (10/16/20)

Secondary-School News

Info about PSAT for 7th and 8th Graders

**Please note the date change**

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, STEM seventh and eighth grade students in Cohort A will take the PSAT 8/9, and on Thursday, Oct 22, seventh and eighth grade students in Cohort B will take the PSAT 8/9. This assessment is not part of the state-mandated accountability testing, but an opportunity for parents, students and teachers to see what skills students need in order to prepare for high school and college. More information about the PSAT 8/9 can be found here. Also, click here to view the PSAT 8/9 Overview that includes the schedule for October 6 & 8, as well as FAQs.

School Photos Update

To view your student’s school photo proofs, visit DR Photos and select the link School Portrait Proof. Use your student’s ID number to access their proofs and place any orders that you’d like.

If your student has not taken a picture yet, this is your chance to have an updated photo for this school year. Picture ID cards will be made on the spot.

This year school pictures make-up/retakes will take place the week of October 19-22 for Secondary Students. Secondary students will go in small groups during their study hall (M, T, W or Th). If a student does NOT have a study hall, they can get their photo during their lunch break, or make an appointment at the photographer’s studio. If the student will miss their study hall due to PSAT testing, the student can have their photo taken AFTER completing their test.

It will be up to the parents to inform their student of the desire for a make-up or retake picture. Students wanting a retake, or that have not had a photo taken should participate.

Students may make an appointment to have a photo taken at our photographer’s studio. DR Photo – 8110 W Brandon Dr, Littleton, CO 80125. Click here to set up an appointment.

Volunteer News!

*Due to COVID 19, no visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building at this time. Volunteer requirements will be adjusted as needed. If you are making a donation, please keep track of your donated items for the time being until we provide additional instructions on how to log your hours.

We need Driveline Volunteers

If you have some extra time in the mornings or afternoons, please consider signing up to volunteer for our Secondary School Driveline. We need volunteers to help from 7:20-7:50 a.m. with unloading students from their cars and directing cars through the parking lot. In the afternoon, we need volunteers to help from 2:30-3:15 p.m. to assist with student safety and traffic in the parking lot.

If you are interested, please enter through the Middle School lobby, register as a visitor and complete the health screening form. Masks are required.

Donations Needed!

Additionally, we have an ongoing need for classroom and healthroom donations. Click the link to the right to see all of the donation items that we are collecting for, and to sign up.

FREE Meals for Hybrid and Virtual Learners from DCSD

Nutrition Services is excited to announce that, effective immediately, ALL meals served in school are now free for all students. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit or veggies, and/or milk. As a reminder, STEM does not serve breakfast.

For Virtual/Online Learners, DCSD will begin weekly remote meal bag pick-ups at all neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools in Douglas County (pick-up not available at STEM) every Friday from 1-2 p.m. These bags will contain five breakfast/lunches for Virtual/Online Learners and three breakfast/lunches for Hybrid learners. Meal pick-ups do NOT require pre-order. Simply pull up to our curbside pickup locations and request a meal for kids, just like our Summer Feeding sites. Kids do not need to attend DCSD Schools and do not need to be present for pickup.

TSA Middle and High School Informational Meeting

Middle School Meeting – Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

High School Meeting – Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Middle School students are invited to attend an Information Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom. High School students are invited to attend an Information Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Virtual Open House with Advent Health University

Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m. via Zoom

High School Students! Are you interested in pursuing a healthcare career? Join AdventHealth University at their upcoming virtual Open House. Guests will speak with faculty and students via Zoom, explore their campus labs with professors, and learn more about the educational opportunities available and what makes AdventHealth an uncommon university. Application fees will be waived for attendees. Email with any questions. To reserve your spot, click the button below.

Current Off Campus CE Registration Meeting

Monday, Oct. 26, from 3:30-4:40 p.m. via Zoom

All current Off-Campus CE students must attend this meeting in order to register for their Spring 2021 CE courses. This meeting is only for current Off-Campus CE students (grades 10-12) currently enrolled in classes for Fall of 2020 that intend to continue CE in Spring of 2021. Click the button to register for this event. A Zoom link will be provided via email after registration.

2020 8th Grade Virtual Career Expo

Monday, Oct. 26, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Cohort A via Zoom

Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Cohort B via Zoom

100% Virtual/Online Learners have the option to attend with either Cohort A or Cohort B.

STEM is excited for our 8th grade students to participate in the 2020 Virtual Career Expo​,​ ​sponsored by DCSD.​ ​ With multiple career and postsecondary booths to choose from, students will have opportunities to learn from both national and locally known organizations. Professionals from ​Google, Lockheed Martin, USAFA, Janus Henderson Investors, Sky Ridge Medical Center​ are just a few of this year’s participants, who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences. Engaged through a variety of virtual presentations, videos, demonstrations and other links, each student will have a Career Expo Notebook to document answers they find to common questions such as income potential, career locations, required education, and more. All information has been emailed to students, and their second period classroom teacher will provide them further instructions.

First Time Off Campus Concurrent Enrollment Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 3:30-4:40 p.m. via Zoom

This meeting is for students completely new to Off-Campus Concurrent Enrollment. In this meeting all new Off-Campus CE students (grades 10-12) will complete all enrollment paperwork and learn how to register for classes. Click the button to register for this event. A Zoom link will be provided via email after registration.

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NMSQT Testing for Juniors

*Grades 9, 10 and 12 will be virtual*

On Thursday, Oct. 29, juniors will take the PSAT NMSQT. No lunch will be provided, as the cafeteria will not be open. Students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will complete remote assignments from home, regardless of cohort. Students who have selected the elearning option will attend at their scheduled cohort time. Testing rooms will be capped at 15 students, and social distancing will be maintained. Masks are required. Click the button below to review the schedule, what to bring and FAQs.

STEM College Advice Alumni Panel

Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom

This event is for all secondary families interested in hearing advice about the college experience and application process from graduates of STEM. Students from both in-state and out-of-state universities will answer questions about the college application process and discuss their educational experiences at their respective universities. Click the button below to register. A Zoom link will be provided via email after registration.

STEM Alumni Panel

2020-21 Future Leaders Program Accepting Applications

Applications for the 2020-21 Future Leaders program presented by CBS 4 and PDC Energy are being accepted, to recognize Colorado High School students excelling in STEM. Teachers, parents, mentors and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders. Nominations will be accepted through April. One student will be selected each month for the award that includes $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4. Nominations should include basic information on the student and their STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles that student has had to overcome in order to pursue their studies.

Secondary Yearbook Info

All Secondary Students can pick up their yearbooks from last school year at the Middle School Front Office. People who have yet to purchase their yearbooks from the 2019-2020 school year and would like one can email to request and get payment information.

Online ordering is now available for 2020-21 Yearbooks. Click here to purchase yours today!

Senior Photo Information

The last date to submit a senior picture for the yearbook is October 30, 2020. Aaron Guggenheim ( is our new Yearbook Advisor. Click here to view a helpful flier with important date and information on photos.

Class T-Shirt Ordering Now Available

Thank you for your patience! High School student government has created the order forms for students to sign-up and order their class t-shirts. Click on the respective links to the right to place your order today! Information on delivery will be provided at a later day.

SpartMart News

If you pre-ordered face masks or gators they have arrived and are at the MS Office for pick up.  If you are a fully remote student, please come to school to pick up your purchases. Spart Mart does not have shipping capabilities at this time.  Click the button to the right if you would like to purchase one. We have youth and adults sizes available.

Canvas Parent Resources

The following resources should be helpful for parents who are using Canvas to observe their child:

IT News

Has your student received a message similar to the image to the right? If so, that is a message from our IT Department. We are working to bring all of the student Zoom accounts into the school account. If your student sees a message like this, please approve the request. Any questions can be submitted via a ticket to

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We are aware that there have been some issues with logging-in to the Canvas Parent app. We have been able to resolve this issue. This should no longer be a problem. You will see a new referral page when going to that looks like the image below.
If you run into any problems with this or any other technology-related issues, please submit a ticket to and we will work to get it resolved as quickly as possible.
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