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
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!
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.
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.
Click here for the most up-to-date High School news on our website.
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.
We invite you to also
mark your calendars for our High School Showcase Night on
Wednesday November 1st, from
Don't Miss the LATEST Middle School NEWS
Click here for the most up-to-date Middle School news on our website.
K-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
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!
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.
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.