Sharing Our Good News (12/08/23)


STEM graduate Gitanjali Rao making headlines at MIT

Leading change.
STEM graduate Gitanjali Rao was recently featured in an article on Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News. Gitanjali is now attending MIT and was recently honored at The White House with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for promoting science and innovation among youth and inspiring them with several inventions.
During the visit, Gitanjali had the opportunity to take a tour of The White House and even spent an evening bowling in The White House Bowling Alley.
Check out the MIT article about Gitanjali here:

Consultants focused on growth visit STEM classrooms

Refinement and growth.
STEM welcomes Bellwether Consulting to the campus, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to deepening and accelerating the impact of school districts and charter schools.
STEM was awarded a grant through the Colorado League of Charter Schools to work with Bellwether Consulting to help analyze the educational impact of our school. Consultants from Bellwether spent time in our classrooms and met with teacher and student focus groups to see what our students are learning on a daily basis. We will work with them for the next five months as we work to update our strategic plan for future impact and growth.
Two parent-focus group sessions will be held on December 14. Keep an eye out for more information on those sessions in the weekly newsletter.
For more information about Bellwether Consulting:

STEM BEST Robotics team making headlines ahead of Regionals Competition

STEM robotics
Making headlines!
Check out this article from The Highlands Ranch Herald about our BEST Robotics team and their upcoming Regional Competition.
The competition will take place at The Denver Coliseum on December 15th and 16th. STEM students spent months designing their innovative operating room and we look forward to seeing how they do at Regionals!

STEM Computer Science Honor Society Club Recognized by Samsung in National competition

State finalists!
We’re happy to announce that a small group from our Computer Science Honor Society club has been selected as state finalists for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM Competition. The group has won $2500 in Samsung equipment for the school (so far) and has a chance to go even further in the competition in the next few months. Congratulations are due for Siddhi Singh, Robyn Ballheim, and Dhriti Sinha for their work on the proposal.
For more information about the competition and the finalists:

Donate today to the STEM Staff Holiday Gift Card Program

The STEM Staff Holiday Gift Card Program is back!
It’s a chance for you to say thank you to STEM teachers and staff just in time for the holiday season. You can purchase a gift card of any amount to be donated to the hard working staff at STEM.
Once all donations are collected, the total amount is evenly divided amongst the staff and each employee receives a gift card on December 22nd.
You can donate by scanning the QR code in the video or by visiting this link and clicking the “click here to donate” tab.
Thank you for your generosity!

STEM 3rd graders experience life on the stage

STEM students acting
In the spotlight!
This week our third graders took a trip to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and had a wonderful experience.
They watched the musical “Little Red” and participated in an acting workshop. The students were able to use their imaginations to portray characters from the play and test out their acting abilities.
Who knows, maybe some of these are destined for the stage and screen!

Google Engineers visit with STEM 6th grade Computer Science students

What is it like to work at Google?
A quick Q&A with Google engineers Paul and Thomas in between class presentations at STEM this week.
The two were kind enough to visit STEM from the Google offices in Boulder, Colorado.  They gave a presentation about basic coding and animation and answered many questions from STEM 6th grade Computer Science students about what it’s like to work at Google.

STEM Middle School Art students brighten the walls with Frank Stella inspired art

Names as sculptures.
STEM Middle School art students were tasked with a Frank Stella inspired art project. They had to build out their names in the form of these colorful sculptures that were then added to the walls.
Artist Frank Stella is known for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
Great job to all of these STEM students for this wonderful 3D creation!

STEM teacher Daniel Kerwin thanks DCSD voters

STEM Girls Volleyball Team Earns CHSAA Honors

Volleyball honors!
Recently, the CHSAA Girls Volleyball All-State Teams were announced and STEM student Kyle Pautler was named Honorable Mention.
The All-Confluence League Athletes are; Kylie Pautler (1st Team) Sera Close & Auburne Mauger (2nd Team) and STEM was voted the Girls Volleyball Sportsmanship Team of the Year for the Confluence League.
Here are some more stats:
Varsity GPA: 4.12
These three are all juniors and the team captains.
Confluence League: Kylie led the league in hitting percentage and blocks. She was 3rd for the total number of kills and 7th for aces.
Division 3A: Kylie was 7th for blocks.
Confluence League: Auburne was 3rd for aces, 4th for kills, 6th for hitting percentage and 8th for digs.
Confluence League: Sera led the league in assists and 3rd in the league for blocks.
Congratulations to these amazing STEM Spartans!
girls volleyball

STEM Elementary parents need to claim lost and found items prior to break

Where’s my owner?
Attention STEM Elementary parents. Please take a close look at this video clip to see if you can identify any missing jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, hats and other accessories that may belong to your student. The lost and found in our Elementary School is piling up!
Please claim yours prior to the upcoming break before it is all donated. Thank you!
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