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Make the calendar your GO TO place for school information! The calendar is THE place for you to find out everything about all events at the school. The calendar now not only includes the event listing but all of the information you will need including place, time, price, downloads of materials and a contact person for more information.

Subscribe to the All School Calendar today. Follow these steps:
  • Visit the school website.
  • Click on Calendar on top yellow band.
  • Click on All School Calendar.
  • Click on Subscribe on the top right. The drop down will give you the option to subscribe via iCal, Outlook, Google or .ICS.

January 11 4th-8th - Spelling Bee
January 15 As - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day
January 16 AS - STEM BOD Meeting
January 17 AS - SAC Meeting
January 18
January 19 3rd - Field Trip Butterfly Pavilion
MS - NJHS Meeting
January 23, 24 5th - Overnight Field Trip 

Heads up About State Mandated Testing in April

As an early reminder, state mandated testing will be  April 2-19 during the school day for students in grades 3-11. More info here. Please contact Hannah Reese with questions.
Important Absences Update

A gentle, but important reminder that because our classes are now 90 minutes instead of 55, students who accumulate 7 (rather than 12) total absences (excused or unexcused) per semester may be denied credit for the course. This change is effective immediately. See the student/parent handbook for more info. Please plan accordingly. If you have questions please e-mail Sarah Boland.
General Office Updates

Don't Forget: NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 15th - MLK

Lost and Found
Lost and Found has piled up already, so items will be donated over our next Professional Development day (January 26th). Please have your student check for lost items!

December Volunteer of the Month - Celina Perea
Our volunteer of the month for December is Celine Perea , logging 125 hours with her donations. These donations are so helpful to our school and we couldn't do all we do without them. Thanks Celine, you are appreciated!

Donations Needed
Brrrrrr, the cold weather brings many runny noses. Please consider a donation of tissues as we have depleted our stock!  Click here to sign up.

Help STEM Sophomores with Interviewing Skills
Sophomores will be participating in a career unit this February. Students will be researching career paths and learning how to create resumes and cover letters. 

Career Guest Speakers
We are looking for guest speakers to share with students what life is like working in a particular field, as well as encourage students to look at careers in fields they might not have thought of before. We are also in need of multiple parent volunteers on Thursday 2/28 and Thursday 3/1 to conduct mock job interviews with students. If parents are interested in assisting with this or guest speaking, please contact Ms. Harper before January 19th. 

Please visit the  volunteer page to view other upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Student Support Corner

Click here to read news from the Student Support Team, including:
  • 2018-19 Course Registration for MS and HS
  • 2nd semester schedule changes
  • High School Course Offerings Expo
  • Parents Encouraging Parents
To find out more about Student Support, programs and offering and to learn more about the team, please visit our website.
Wow! We are Floored by this Amazing Story on our Synchronous Learning

Take a few minutes to read this story that was released over winter break from Colorado Succeeds. Get a better idea of the SYNK room and how it benefits our partnerships with rural schools.

Learn More about Career Discovery 

Want to learn more about Career Discovery at STEM? Join us from 3-3:45 p.m. in room 236 on January 31st. 
  • Hear from students about their past experience and internships.
  • Talk to our school's Career Discovery leadership team about the different programs and the application requirements for each one.
  • Hear presentations by Careerwise Colorado and STEMS' Career Mentor Program. 
  • Question/Answer sessions will follow.
This info night is open to all HS students and current 8th graders, no parents please. Students, enter through the HS entrance. Questions? Please e-mail Alexandra Braeger.  
Calling All High Schoolers, Crash Club Game Night

All high schoolers are welcome to attend Crash Club Game Night on February 9th from 3-6 p.m. which will include board, video, and card games. The event will be held upstairs in the HS. It is free and concessions will be sold. Please contact Taylor Wenblad with questions.
High School Keystone Ski Trip April 5, 6

During two days at Keystone Ski Resort, we will go tubing, ice skating, and skiing. This trip is for High School students only. There is a separate trip for Middle Schoolers in March. Limited to the first 50 kids to sign up. Email Stef Evilsizer with questions. More info on the website.
High School News on Website

Remember, if you misplace the newsletter, you can always go to our website for the latest High School news. 

Also,  subscribe here to Principal Blackburn's page.
Join Friends for Movie Night

On Monday, January 25th from 4-6:15 p.m., MS Student Government. is offering three movies: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13), and Beauty and the Beast (PG). If you plan to attend a PG-13 movie, you need to submit a permission slip to Maura Ridder.

The movie is free and concessions will be sold. 

Enter through the MS lobby. Parents will pick up outside of the MS cafeteria. Please be prompt in picking up your child. See the student/parent handbook for the policy on late charges. Find the flier here.
Middle School Keystone Ski Trip March 8, 9

During two days at Keystone Ski Resort, we will go tubing, ice skating, and skiing. This trip is for Middle School students only. There is a separate trip for High Schoolers in April. Limited to the first 50 kids to sign up. Email  Stef Evilsizer with questions. More info on the  website.
Snowball Dance

Student Government. presents our annual Middle School Snowball Dance on Saturday, February 3rd from 6-8 p.m. in the MS Cafeteria. This is a Sadie Hawkins dance which means that the girls ask the boys! (However anyone can attend with anyone, whether they are asked or not!) The dance is free and concessions will be sold. There will be a DJ and dancing. STEM MS students only. Please bring school ID. If you'd like to be a parent volunteer for the dance please e-mail Maura RidderFind the flier here.
Middle School News Always on Website

Remember, if you misplace the newsletter, you can always go to our  website  for the latest Middle School news. 

Also, subscrib e here for updates from Principal Weyman. 
Chinese New Year Celebration 

Elementary parents, join us on February 20th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. as our 3rd and 5th graders put on a performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The performance will be held in the Middle School cafeteria. Please enter through the Elementary doors. If you have questions please e-mail Shan Neuman.
Elementary School News Always on Website

Remember, if you misplace the newsletter, you can always go to our  website   for the latest Elementary School news. 

Also, subscribe to Dr. Johnson's elementary school news
PTO News

Upcoming Restaurant Nights

Mod Pizza

January 17th, 4 to 8 p.m.
3622 E Highlands Ranch Pkwy, Highlands Ranch

Mod Pizza is hosting January's restaurant night. Feel-good ingredients, prepped  fresh daily and ready to go. Mix it up. Be spontaneous. Meaty to vegan and everything in between. Hope to see you there! Please mention STEM at checkout. 

Tokyo Joe's
February 20th, 4 to 8 p.m.

9131 S Broadway, Highlands Ranch
303-791-9222- to go orders

Make dinner simple and yummy with the help of Tokyo Joe's. Fresh, delicious food fast! Call your order in to pick up or eat there, either way you win! Please mention STEM at checkout.

Scrip - Fundraising While You Shop!

What is Scrip? Scrip is a way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in
place of cash, checks, and credit cards. Scrip fundraising allows families to easily support STEM School. You buy gift cards at face value for over 780 retailer brands where you already shop. You earn a rebate, usually between 2% and 16% depending on the retailer. That rebate comes directly to STEM PTO. We run our scrip program through, who has worked with over 30,000 nonprofit organizations.

Register your account by visiting and click Join a Program. Enter our enrollment code: 39CA845156671.  It's easy to pay online with PrestoPay and your checking or savings account. (We do not accept checks.) More information here

Contact our coordinator with any questions: email Stephanie Sayre or call at 720-989-3312.
FIRST Robotics and Sewing?

Did you know that part of our FIRST Robotics (FRC) program includes sewing? Thanks to one of our FRC mentors, Jack Rumple, our team has access to an industrial sewing machine and instruction. This past December, the team made and donated pillowcases to Children's Hospital using the machine. The outreach allowed them to learn sewing skills for their upcoming season - they can now make bumpers, banners, and items for the team's robot. Thank you to our FRC team for their outreach and commitment to helping kids in our area!

Check out the Enrichment page of the website and view the most recent 
Enrichment newsletter.  Contact Sara Phelps with questions about all things Enrichment.

The Douglas County School District is Colorado's third-largest school district, serving more than 67,000 students in preschool through twelfth-grade.  Visit the  DCSD website.

Click here for the Gifted and Talented newsletter.
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools 
(formerly the Douglas County Educational Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which works with corporations and organizations to develop private resources to enrich education within Douglas County schools for the fulfillment of lifelong learning experiences of our students, citizens and community. 
DCSD Winter Community Events
  • National Western Stock Show - Jan. 6th-21st - View flier
View all upcoming winter events here.  Remember that our school earns money when you purchase tickets using our school name!

Visit the Foundation Page on the DCSD website.
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