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Wow! Our School Raised Over $54,000 for STEM Gives!

Thank you so much for supporting our school with your generosity! As you may recall, our goal for STEM Gives was $40,000 to fund  classroom enrichment, the new play field , and more.  The STEM community came together and surpassed our goal, raising over $54,000! 

Please read our STEM PTO Presidents' message. W e sincerely appreciate all those who participated and also want to give  thanks to Heidi Elliott and Andrea Pedotto, STEM Gives Co-Chairs, for creating such a successful fundraiser. 

For the latest STEM Gives online total or if you'd still like to add your donation, click here .   And don't forget to ask your employer about corporate match. Contact  for assistance.
AllSchoolUpdatesImportant Upcoming Dates


October 5 Evening Conferences: Regular School Day (More info below on Conferences)
October 6 No School
Conferences (More info below on Conferences)
October 9 - 13 No School (Fall Break)
October 16-20 Middle School Spirit Week
October 17 Coffee with the Principals (after Driveline)
October 18 3rd Grade Field Trip
SAC meeting
October 19 Picture Re-Takes
4th Grade Field Trip
October 20 NJHS meeting
October 25 PSAT NMSQT Testing for Juniors
Virtual Day for 9th, 10th, and 12th Graders
Students Learn about and Program a Universal Robot!

One of our industry partners, Panther Industries, introduced the high school robotics classes to a company called Fiero Fluid Power located in Denver. The company provided our students with the rare opportunity to  learn about and even program a Universal Robot!

Mike Connaughton, Greg Short, and Cale Whitney from Fiero Fluid Power brought a six axis UR5 Universal Robot to our High School Robotics classes for our students to use.


After a short demonstration and introduction, students were using this industrial robot, setting way points, picking up fittings, and placing them in a container. The folks from Fiero were amazed at our students' ability to pick up on these skills so quickly! 

Thank you to both Panther Industries and Fiero Fluid Power for taking the time to invest in our students, and help them learn how to use industry standard equipment.

Looking for Resources to Keep your Student Safe Online?

Digital citizenship and online safety are important topics covered in all grades, K-12 at STEM. If you want to also discuss the topic at home, parents can find valuable resources about cyberbullying, technology addiction, and internet safety here. "Common Sense" is an independent organization that provides parents, teachers, and policymakers empowering advice related to media and technology use by students. This week, "Common Sense" published an article about several concerning apps that are widely used by Middle School and High School students. We encourage you to give it a read.

Acts of Kindness Contest for K-12 Students  Month of October

For this month-long contest, students are challenged by Allies in Diversity to practice random acts of kindness either at STEM or out in the world and document them with photographs. 

Students can submit their images and descriptions of their acts  here to be entered into the running for a prize! 

The goal is to spread as much kindness as possible throughout October in recognition of National Bullying Prevention month, and  K-12  students are encouraged to participate! 

Join us for Trunk or Treat October 27th

Put on your best Halloween costume, bring your families, and join us to trick or treat from our school's decorated car  trunks at our annual  Trunk or Treat event on  Friday, October 27th from  4-6pm in the elementary school parking lot. This event is hosted by  High School Student Government and is open to all students and families, grades K-12. Admission is free. Please contact Lisa Hasse with questions. 

Flash Friday Slideshow
 

General Office Updates

Lost and Found
Please have your student check the lost & found before Fall Break (it will be donated over the break). Parents may want to take a look as well if they are in the school for conferences!
Visit our website for more info. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Trunk or Treat
High School Student Government is putting on a trick or treat from our school's decorated car  trunks at our annual  Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 27th from 4-6pm in the elementary school parking lot. Admission is free, and candy donations are needed.  If you are interested in this donation volunteer opportunity,  sign up here
Please contact  lisa.hasse@stemk12.org with questions. 

Vision & Hearing Screenings
We are looking for volunteers to help with our screenings, as well donations for snacks.  Click here to view sign up sheet.

Other Volunteering/Donation Opportunities
Remember that every $20 = 1 volunteer hour. Just make the conversion and log in the appropriate event. By the way, as Fall season hits, we are desperately in need of tissues! Other needs:
Student Support Corner
(formerly Counseling Corner)

Below is a link to some very important information from the Student Support team.  Please take a minute review the document.
 
Click here  to read about:
  • Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
  • Notes from Mrs. Ewing, College and Career Counselor
  • 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • Parents Encouraging Parents
To find out more about Student Support, programs and offering and to learn more about the team, please visit our website.   
hsupdates

Important PSAT NMSQT Info: ALL High Schoolers Please Read

On October 25th,  juniors will take the PSAT NMSQT. This assessment is not part of state mandated accountability testing, but it is an opportunity for students to practice for the SAT. This exam is used as a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will have a Virtual Day on October 25th.  Click here for more information. 
LATEST High School News

Click here  for the  most up-to-date High School news on our website .
Middleschool
Eighth Graders - Don't Forget  -    HS Shadow Day at STEM!

When:  October 23rd - 24th; Two days with four different blocks (morning and afternoon).  Space will be limited to the first 150 students who sign up.

What: Internal shadow opportunity for our current 8th graders. This is an excellent chance for students to gain a first-hand perspective of the High School and all it has to offer. The students who sign up will have the opportunity to observe in two classes; one core and one elective. When they sign up they will select their top four core and elective courses that they would like to try.  

More details on our website . Please also see the flier for more info.

We invite you to also mark your calendars for our High School Showcase Night on  Wednesday November 1st, from  6-8 p.m.
Don't Miss the LATEST Middle School NEWS

Click here  for the  most up-to-date Middle School news on our website.
elemanchorK-5 Cheer Camp - Learn from our High School Cheerleaders

The K-5 Cheer Camp, starting October 26th, is a wonderful opportunity for Elementary students to learn the basics of cheer from our High School cheerleaders, while having fun with classmates. The registration deadline is October 18th. More info on our website.

Don't Miss the LATEST Elementary School News

Click here  for the most up-to-date  Elementary School news  on the website.
PTO News
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STEM PTO and SAC Joint Meeting   (Wed, 10/18)

The next STEM PTO meeting is combining with the SAC (School Accountability Committee) meeting. It will be held in the elementary cafeteria on  Wednesday, October 18th at  6 p.m. Please join us and find out more about STEM PTO and SAC at the same time! Be sure to grab a scoop of ice cream at Cold Stone first (more info below).

Save the Dates for Upcoming Restaurant Nights
  • Cold Stone Creamery, 9338 Dorchester St.
Wednesday, October 18th, 5 to 8pm
Join us for a treat as STEM teachers and staff scoop your favorite flavor mixes! This Cold Stone Creamery is always happy to host our Spirit Nights and is a gracious community supporter. Just mention you are part of the STEM fundraiser and up to 35% of all purchases on ice cream, cakes and pies will raise money for STEM PTO. Wear your STEM gear and socialize with other STEM families and friends!  
  • CB & Potts, 43 Centennial Blvd.
Wednesday, October 25th, 5 to 8 pm
CB & Potts is a local company supporting the STEM School Highlands Ranch PTO. It's a great local partnership! CB & Potts have committed to give back 10% of all proceeds for the evening. Come show your support and enjoy a night off from cooking dinner. A win-win!
Enrichment
Enrichment at STEM

Check out the Enrichment page  of the website and view the most recent 
Enrichment newsletter. Some highlights below. Contact Sara Phelps with questions.

New STEM Art Club
This new club is a place for visual artists to gather to learn from each other and share art, with occasional visitors and workshops about art in the world and art professions. Open to middle and high school students. Click here to learn more and register!

Middle School Basketball 
STEM will be coordinating middle school basketball teams through a local recreation center.  Click here to register your interest.

Elementary Yoga and Ballet 
We are partnering with Mountain School of Music and Dance to offer new dance and yoga exercise classes for our elementary students. Click  here to learn more and register.
DCSD

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. 
Coming Up!
Info about the Denver Center for the Performing Arts discounts can be found  here Visit the Foundation Page on the DCSD website.
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