Sharing Our Good News (10/07/22)


Retired Apollo flight control engineer visits with STEM Astronomy students

Fascinating to hear the life story of Donald Fleming, who gave a guest presentation in Mr. Schnacke’s Astronomy class. Fleming served for the Air Force in Japan during the Korean War as a jet mechanic. In 1954, he became a crew chief for the new T-33 Lockheed jet at Andrews AFB. He then went on to work the Mace Missile Program, Titan 2 program as a flight control engineer, did 20 launches with the Gemini manned space program and was the primary flight control engineer for Apollo 11. He went on to work the Apollo 14 flight and Titan space missions before retiring from Martin Marietta in 1993. Fleming’s career advice:
“Find something you absolutely love to do. Don’t waste time doing something you don’t like. Take a job that you look forward to doing everyday and even if it’s not ideal, it can lead to something even better. That’s what I found. I always looked forward going to work at Cape Canaveral. I loved it so much, I even went to work when I was sick. It wasn’t ideal for family life because they would call you in to fix things at all hours of the night, but it was absolutely worth it.”

A conversation with Lisa Clay, STEM Middle School Counselor

Check out this conversation with Lisa Clay, STEM Middle School Counselor. Lisa comes to us from Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania and is excited to work with our middle school students. Welcome to STEM Lisa!

STEM Communications team accepts 2022 Best of Highlands Ranch Award for "exceptional marketing success"

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The Communications Department at STEM is proud to accept the 2022 Best of Highlands Ranch Award! Each year, the award is given to companies that “achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.”
Over the past two years, STEM content online has seen a dramatic audience increase going from just the state of Colorado to now over 45 countries. During that same time, social media engagement has increased 567% overall through publishing on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. During the 2021-2022 school year, STEM content topped 100K organic views on social media.
Two years ago, Nicole Bostel, STEM’s Director of Communications and Jeff Maher, STEM’s Communications Manager developed a communications and marketing strategy that called for consistently creative content, celebrations of students and staff, ad campaigns, promotional development, community outreach and great storytelling about the amazing things happening at STEM each and every day.
It’s great to see the plan pay off! A reminder to subscribe to STEM’s YouTube channel, social media and be sure to look through the weekly newsletter for all of the latest and greatest STEM news and content!

"Pink Out" volleyball game is a shutout victory for STEM

A great turnout this week for our Girls’ Volleyball “Pink Out” game and our team also notched a solid victory! Our lady Spartans won 3-0 against Aurora West CP Academy:
We also raised over $300.00 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! A special thanks to everyone who came out to support the team and contributed to the fundraiser.
pink out volleyball
pink out volleyball
pink out volleyball
pink out volleyball

Ignite The Spark: Kelly Reyna, STEM Board President/Chair

You’ve seen her in Driveline, in the classroom and on STEM’s Board of Directors serving as President and Chair. Kelly Reyna is the latest Ignite The Spark spotlight feature!
Kelly dedicates so much of her time to STEM and moving the school forward. In this interview, she talks about what ignites her spark, why she chose to serve on the board and some of the STEM projects she’s been involved with that she is especially proud of.
Thank you Kelly for your continued dedication and service to our students and staff!
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