Sharing Our Good News (01/26/24)


STEM senior receives top honor for academic achievement

Congratulations to STEM student Reed Elliott, who has just been named as a candidate for the 2024 United States Presidential Scholars Program.
This program was established to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Students have the opportunity to become U.S. Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment: broad academic achievement, academic and artistic scholarship, or ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. All candidates complete and submit an application for review. Approximately 600 will be named semifinalists. In April the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the semifinalists, and selects up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars each year. To commemorate their achievement, Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion.
Reed was chosen as one of the top 150 kids in Colorado. The nomination might be based on his 36 ACT and/or 1570 SAT scores. Reed is currently a full time off-campus student at Metro State University but has been attending STEM since 6th grade and will graduate with his classmates this May.
Reed has decided he wants to apply for the chance to receive the award from the President at the White House.
Best of luck to you Reed on the next stage of the award and congratulations on all of your hard work!

Grab a Dutch Bros Coffee Saturday for a good cause!

We are so excited for the 3rd annual statewide giveback day with Dutch Bros Coffee this Saturday!
On Saturday, January 27th, one dollar from every drink sold at Dutch Bros will be donated back to Make-A-Wish Colorado and added to STEM’s fundraising total.
We would also love to see your photos from when you make a contribution this weekend. Be sure to take a picture of you with your coffee and tag Make-A-Wish and Dutch Bros Coffee using the @WishColorado, @DutchBrosCoffee and STEM handles.
We appreciate your contributions and are greatly looking forward to this year’s Wish Week at STEM!
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Local technology company donates laptops to STEM students

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A welcome donation!
STEM gives a special thank you and shout-out to RF-SMART for donating nearly one dozen laptops to our Computer Science classes.
STEM’s teachers really appreciate the donation as they have already slated a few uses for the computers. They are planning to have high school students work with our middle and elementary students to take apart the laptops and put them back together in a “special event” type of lesson.
These computers also are powerful enough to run VMWare imaging software, which is an application STEM will use to train students for cybersecurity competitions like CyberPatriot. We will likely use them long term to help train our students during clubs and classes on a variety of scenarios related to cybersecurity and to serve as back-ups for our computer lab in room 141.
Thank you again to RF-SMART for helping our students get some real hands-on experience with laptop building!

STEM Senior talks about how he earned his associate's degree with P-TECH

Check out this video testimonial from STEM Senior Tejas Luthra about STEM’s P-TECH Program and Career Discovery. Tejas is set to graduate this year from STEM and he will be receiving both his diploma and associate’s degree in cybersecurity.
How was Tejas able to do that? By joining the P-TECH program for his last two years of high school. During that time, he accumulated 72 credit hours and the college courses were paid for by STEM. So, he saves on tuition costs and gets a two-year head start when he starts college in the Fall.
STEM’s P-TECH program has areas of focus that include Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity and Robotics and Automation. Interested in getting your student into P-TECH? Visit our website for enrollment details:

STEM teacher Yacina Tamendjari earns Hall of Fame nomination

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Hall of Fame nominee!
Congratulations to STEM Secondary Math Teacher Yacina Tamendjari for being nominated for Charter School Educator of the Year by Colorado League of Charter Schools.
The winners for each category will be announced by the end of January and an awards ceremony follows in February.
Thank you Yacina for all that you do for STEM!

STEM Crowns its 2024 Spelling Bee Champion!

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, STEM held its annual Spelling Bee with 17 qualifiers from grades 4-8. Winning his 2nd Spelling Bee in a row, 6th grader Anirudh Rao took home 1st place while 5th grader Ishaan Barhate finished runner-up. The final round took almost 40 words back and forth before Anirudh achieved victory, and both Anirudh and Ishaan are qualified for the District Bee held on February 4th at DCSD’s Legacy Campus. Please congratulate these fine STEM master spellers!

2024 STEM Spelling Bee Champions
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