Sharing Our Good News (01/20/23)


STEM students win awards from Colorado Scholastic Arts & Writing

Check out these incredibly talented STEM student artists!
LiDan Song and Joshua Cho each received awards from Colorado Scholastic Arts and Writing.
LiDan won a gold key in the Comic Art Category and Josh won a silver key in the Drawing and Illustration Category in this year’s awards.
A shout out to their respective art teachers, Mr. Levinson (LiDan) and Mr. Smith (Joshua).
Congratulations to both of you!
Some background on the awards program:
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12, ages 13+.
Each year, thousands of Colorado youth enter an average of 5,000 pieces of artwork into the program with the Colorado Art Region of Scholastic Art & Writing. Through the process of blind adjudication, exhibitions of award-winning work, recognition, and awarding of scholarships on the state and national levels students have opportunities that would not be possible without this program.
Judges look for work that best exemplifies originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, American Visions & Voices Nominations in the Spring of 2022 will receive Certificates of Merit. Notable artists with a Colorado connection who’ve previously received Scholastic Art Awards are: Quang Ho, Dale Chrisman, Mel Silverman, Donald Lipski, Robert Redford, Hugh Grant and Cal Duran.
Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Special Awards.
This prestigious national program has been an annual event in Colorado for the last 73 years.

STEM teachers thrilled to be nominated for DCSD's 2023 Apple Awards

Checking in on this Friday with STEM’s Apple Award nominees – Annette Nason, Max Schwartz and Rebecca Phelps!
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools is proud to honor exceptional educators and staff who are inspiring a love of learning in students and are trailblazing extraordinary innovation in our schools. Over the years, the Apple Awards has grown to engage the entire community, bringing in thousands of nominations every year for teachers and staff members across the district.
Finalists are selected in mid-February and on April 1st, five Apple Award winners will be announced at the annual Apple Awards. Congratulations to Annette, Max and Rebecca and thank you for all of the amazing work you do at STEM!
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STEM's new CHSAA gym set for ribbon cutting ceremony & basketball game on February 1st

The wait is almost over! Join us Wednesday, February 1st starting at 4:45 p.m. for the grand opening of the new gym at STEM!
Park in the Elementary School parking lot. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the new athletics entrance.
We will be holding our annual State of STEM event throughout the evening. Free admittance to Boys’ Basketball game at 6 p.m.
A lot of work has gone into making it all happen and we are so excited to share the experience with you of STEM’s state of the art new CHSAA gym. A big step forward and we can’t wait to see you for the festivities in February!

On Friday morning, DCSD members of the School Choice and Programming Team took a tour of STEM’s campus led by Executive Director LynAnn Kovalesky and KOSON Interim CEO Dr. Karen Johnson. Also on the tour – STEM School Board President Kelly Reyna, STEM School Board Vice President Carla Gustafson and STEM CFO Star Ake.
The purpose of the tour was part of the annual DCSD site visit for the ongoing charter contract renewal. The group toured classrooms, parts of the new building renovation, P-TECH, cafeterias and staff offices.
A lot of new improvements at STEM and our team was more than happy to show our guests what the excitement is all about!
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