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August 29 Picture Make-ups
September 4 Labor Day (School Closed)
September 6 High School JET College Fair
September 12 BOD Meeting (Quorum pending)
September 13
STEM-PTO Monthly Meeting
September 19 Flu Shot Clinic
September 20 SAC meeting
September 21 Skate City PTO Event
September 21 Best of U - UK College Options Program
September 22 Professional Day (School Closed)

euckerMessage from Our Executive Director 
From the Desk of Dr. Penelope Eucker

2017 Test Scores Released
Congratulations STEM School Highlands Ranch

Colorado has released the results for our 2017 mandatory state tests.
STEM School Highlands Ranch is the highest scoring DCSD school for SAT, PSAT, and 9th grade science. Additionally, except for one elementary and one middle school in the district, we were the highest scoring in the district for science in grades 5 and 8. At 90.5% proficient and above, it is likely that we are the highest in the district for Algebra II. 
Even though about 30% of our students opted out, we still managed to outscore DCSD in every category from grades 3 to 9. (Not counting our middle school grade-level math where most of our students take the Algebra I, II, and Geometry tests instead.) 
Our students on IEPs (special education) scored 14 points higher than state average and 12 points higher than DCSD for growth. Congratulations to our hard-working special education providers for closing the achievement gap. Every ethnic group at STEM School Highlands Ranch significantly outscored the state and DCSD as compared to the ethnic group scores in other schools. Our welcoming, inclusive environment paired with high expectations for all students contribute to this achievement.
Elementary outscored every DCSD score although we do not "drill and kill" with endless worksheets that can crush the spirit of inquiry in our young students. Schools that emphasize these basic skills and take this approach tend to score higher, but our students score higher every year they remain with us as the testing shifts to the abstract and application of knowledge. Plus, they retain their love of learning that is so critical for future success.
This is a team effort with strong partnerships between our parents and teachers. Canvas and Google Classroom allow a constant flow of information between parents, teachers and students. Clear communication about learning objectives and progress toward those objectives result in higher achievement.
We do not simply teach to the test; we rely upon our rigorous curriculum and instructional platform that emphasizes critical thinking, creating new knowledge, and teamwork. These 21st century skills are so necessary for success in a global economy.
With our mission of never stop innovating, we recognize that we still have some work to do on our growth scores in some areas. High scoring students are more challenging to see growth, but we are confident that it is possible with thoughtful analytics and precise instruction. This will be one of our goals at STEM School Highlands Ranch this year.

For visuals of test score comparisons, see the table below and charts   here .
We can all feel great pride in our school!
Flash Friday Slideshow
General Office Updates

Picture Make-ups
Make-ups will be on August 29th. More info here.

Flu Shot Clinic September 19th
All information about the Flu Shot Clinic is on our website, including an announcement flier, information on the vaccine, a consent form, and a sign up link. 

Yearbook Orders
Want to purchase your yearbook early and save money?  Link here and search for STEM School and then click on yearbook.

Volunteering At STEM
If you haven't already done so, y ou can create your Volunteer Account in the HelpCounter.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: 

Earn DOUBLE Volunteer Hours with Driveline
Learn how you can help with Driveline and earn double the volunteer hours on  here.

You can see these and other volunteer opportunities on our website.
Counseling Corner

Jesuit Educational Tour (JET) College Fair
When: Wednesday, September 6th, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Where: STEM Elementary School Gym
Who: Current STEM students in grades 9-12 only
Students must sign up through Naviance by Friday, 9/1 to be excused from class. Visit our website for a list of colleges attending this fair and to view  other  upcoming events.

News from the Student Support Team
Click here to read about:
  • Screenagers film showing
  • Sources of Strength Program
  • Elementary students transitioning into the new school year
All School News
Make sure to read through the All-School Update section of this newsletter for important updates. 

Principal's Page - Did You Subscribe?
Visit the High School Principal page, Principal Cody Blackburn, as he will be updating it with news particular to the High School. 
Attention National Junior Honor Society Members! The first meeting for NJHS will be  Friday, September 8th  after school ( 2:55-3:45 p.m.) in room 105 (Mr. Haydel's Room).  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Alfaro or Mr. Haydel .

Sea Camp
The first trip departs October 23. Check the school website Educational Trips for forms and more information.

All School News
Make sure to read through the All-School Update section of this newsletter for important updates. 

Principal's Page - Did You Subscribe?
Please make sure to subscribe to Principal Weyman's  Principal Page as she will be updating it with news particular to the Middle School. 
Upcoming CogAT Assessment: 3rd and 5th Graders
Click here  for more information and read more about the CogAT test on our website.

Principal's Page - Did You Subscribe?
Please make sure to subscribe to Dr. Karen Johnson's  Principal Page as she will be updating it with news particular to the Elementary School. 
Check out the  Enrichment page of the website and view the most recent 
Enrichment newsletter.

PTO News
Thank you from PTO Presidents 
Lynne Paris and Angela Tolar

Thank you STEM Community, for a successful 4 th Annual STEM Blast Off Family Social. What a great day! The weather was perfect, the day was full of amazing activities (giant water slides, human hamster balls, bouncy houses, face painters and much more!), delicious food, and smiling families making new friends. 

Close to 500 people attended and we want to give a huge round of applause to the STEM Blast-Off Chairs and Committee for all their amazing effort and talent in creating such a wonderful event for our school. It was absolutely fabulous!

Thank you STEM Blast-Off Volunteers! The dedicated committee members spent countless hours planning this event and it could not have happened without them: Kalissa Braga, CoChair; Susan Montgomery CoChair; Kelley Marie Paulson, CoChair; Marcia Britton, Tess Paultler, Champa Shrestha, Alicia Reid, Annegret Weckerle, Melyssa Wilson and Laura Wyse. Thank you to all our volunteers! For a full list, click here.

What did you think? Did you like the event? Want to see more? How can we improve next year's STEM Blast Off? Please fill out this survey to give us your feedback. Thank you! 

Our Sponsors allowed families to support the event and promote their businesses. Your support allowed us to create the largest event we have ever held. A HUGE thank you! Please help us to recognize and support all the wonderful event sponsors for this year's event

Want to be a part of the new, improved PTO? 

We're taking things to the next level!  The STEM community is rapidly growing and evolving in new and exciting ways and the PTO is embracing it with many new initiatives and offerings. You can be a part of it though the PTO!  "Help be the change you want to see!" Simply take a few seconds to fill out the PTO Volunteer Interest Form and we'll be in touch soon!

Up Next:

9/13: PTO Meeting, Elementary Cafeteria, 6:30-8 p.m. (also available via Facebook Live)
9/21: Skate City, Littleton, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


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
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!

CU Boulder "Rocky Mtn Showdown" Community Event at  Sports Authority at Mile High -  Sep 1st, 6:00 p.m. (more info)

Back to School Weekend with the Rockies at  Coors Field -  Sep 15th - Sep 17th,  all-day (more info)

Community Night with the Rapids  at Dick Sporting Goods 
Park -  Oct 7th, 7:00 p.m.

More event details here Visit the Foundation Page on the DCSD website.
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