Secondary News and Updates (10/23/20)

Secondary-School News

Checking in with Mrs Magle-Haberek, Interim Middle School Director

One of my favorite things about STEM is our mission to “Never Stop Innovating”. The first few months of school have helped us to live this mission more than ever before. As I look back over the first few months of school, I am so impressed with the hard work and diligence of our students and staff members as we navigate through these unprecedented challenges in education. I think about the art classes I have been in, watching students create color wheels from found items at home, the theater classes that have seen students in person acting with students at home, students engaging in social studies debate groups in person and online, students at home coding in-game design paired with small groups of students on zoom.

Click the button below to read more!

Now is the Time to Think About Next Year for Your Student!

Please complete the Intent to Return to STEM form by November 30, 2020

Do you Intend to Return for the 2021/22 School Year?

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 this form 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.

Do you Have a Sibling Who Wants to Attend STEM Next Year?

Does your current STEM student have a sibling who is interested in attending STEM for the 2021/22 school year? Did you know that they have priority on our waitlist? Please add them to our waitlist now! STEM’s open enrollment is now open and we will begin notifying families of accepted spots for the 2021/22 school year beginning December 1st.

Now Accepting Names for the 2021/2022 School Year!

STEM is now accepting names for the waitlist for 2021/22 and beyond. Please spread the word to your family and friends. They can add their child to the waitlist here! We will begin notifying families of accepted spots beginning on December 1, 2020. Please note that STEM does not follow the Douglas County Open Enrollment process.

Intent to Attend Your Neighborhood School

If you wish to attend your neighborhood school, you must return this form to that school no later than January 5th. This will allow your child to attend that school in the fall of next year (2021/22).

Questions? Please call the MS office at 303-683-7836 or check the website for more enrollment information.

Volunteer News!

*Due to COVID 19, no visitors or volunteers are allowed inside 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.

Volunteer opportunities below are all outside of the school building.

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.

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.

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.

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 be providing weekly remote meal bag pick-ups at all neighborhood Middle Schools in Douglas County (pick-up not available at STEM). 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. Please see the flier to right right for more information.

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.

2020 8th Grade Virtual Career Expo

Friday, Oct. 30, from 3-4 p.m. – Introductory Meeting via Zoom

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. – Help Sessions via Zoom

We are excited to announce that STEM’s Writing Center will be open to all students. Please join us for an introductory meeting to learn more about what we are able to offer STEM students. Our weekly sessions will be for students looking for additional help on assignments. You can sign up for a 15-minute slot during which we can help you with any essay, assignment or project. We can’t wait to see you all!

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

Middle School Student Government Officers

Congratulations to this year’s newly elected Student Government Officers for Middle School.

  • Co-Presidents: Auburne Mauger & Maya Thatcher
  • Secretary: Claire Weiffenbach
  • Treasurer: Kylie Pautler
  • Public Relations: Emery Doser
  • Committee Chairs: Sidd Aradhya, Genna Hockin, Collete Rubin

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 sherry.wise@ 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 (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.

Canvas Parent Resources

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