The last month of the school year

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May is a unique month in the school calendar and is full of so many events that it feels like a roller coaster.

  • Our seniors decide on their college choice with a deposit due to secure their space in the next school year’s freshman class.
  • Welcome to Middle School and Welcome to High School events help with the transition between schools.
  • Graduation comes with the stress of saying goodbye yet the excitement for the next chapter for our grads.
  • Finals and grades are submitted and reviewed to make sure enough credits are earned to progress at the secondary level.
  • High-stakes AP and CE finals for college credit are completed to allow students to bypass college freshmen courses.
  • Teacher and staff appreciation week includes staff meals and treats provided by our PTO and parent volunteers.
  • Anxiety about the long summer without meaningful connections at school builds, while the spring temperatures and Colorado blue skies lead to daydreams of fun activities and vacations.
  • And of course, the reflective time of our darkest day, May 7th, three years ago.

At the April STEM board meeting, Elizabeth Brown presented the idea that STEM should not have school as usual on May 7th in future years. Elizabeth is a school counselor provided to STEM through a recovery grant. Elizabeth is a survivor of Columbine and stayed on staff for many years working with Frank DeAngelis. Columbine does not have school on April 20th in perpetuity.

The STEM board unanimously voted to not have normal operations on May 7th, but to also give discretion to the STEM Administration Team to make the best decision possible each year based on unforeseen complications such as the AP national testing schedule and other potential reasons the school would need to accommodate.

Gratitude and helping others is a way forward to heal for many. STEM Shares is the community platform to link our efforts and ideas to lift each other up. Finding goodness and kindness in a day of dark memories can be challenging. Help is available through the STEM Center for Strength, our partner to provide support to students, staff and our community.

Our STEM families have uploaded stories of simple and personal giving such as helping an elderly neighbor with yard work, serving at a food bank, calling grandparents, or reading to younger siblings. Please share your story with us by clicking the button below.

STEMStronger together as we move forward to close out a very successful school year.

Happy Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo,

P.J. Eucker PhD
CEO, KOSON Schools

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