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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage
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One-Year Mark Information
As the one-year mark approaches, Hannah Reese has begun the process of planning what that day will look like and the events that will encompass that day. If you have any feedback on who you'd like STEM to partner with for any community-related activities, please complete  this form . Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks. Questions can be directed to Hannah.Reese@stemk12.org.
Network Evolution - How High-Speed Internet is Driving Change
Our Middle School and High School Networking classes had an opportunity to hear from guest speaker and a STEM parent, Mr. Douglas who works for Johns Manville. Innovation fuels us and students learned about manufacturing plants, Data Center and how IT networking design works in big organizations. They also learned about network evolution from slow connections to high-speed internet. Students also had a chance to look into IT challenges of low bandwidth and discuss about VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). 
Congratulations to our STEM Varsity A Basketball Team!
STEM's varsity "A" team opened their conference tournament with an upset of the No. 1 seed Endeavor Academy. The team opened the first half on a 22-12 run and then relied on their defense to hold of a late-game surge to end up winning a close game 28-26 to secure the victory and move on in the tournament for the championship. They will play in the semi-finals this coming Friday at Cresthill Middle School at 5:30 p.m. The Junior Varsity team will play at 7:30 p.m. It is going to be senior night.
STEMed Gets Invaluable Experience
Stop the Bleed came in and taught SteMed how to save lives through pressure and tourniquets. After a brief presentation, we had the opportunity to practice techniques on each other and go through a bleeding simulation.
STEM Students Move on to State MATHCOUNTS Competition
STEM middle school students competed at the Denver Metro Mathcounts Regional tournament on February 1, held at the University of Denver. We are excited to announce that four students are headed to the state competition on March 14. Please congratulate Luke Gailloux, Alicia Tan, Siddhartha Aradhya and Nehal Choudhary for advancing to state in the team round. They secured third place at the regional event. The students who also represented STEM in the Denver Regional Competition are Marissa Peckham, MariaJose Miranda, Joshua Cho, Adarsh Kalyan, Joshua Asbridge and Nakul Choudhary. Great job everyone who participated. Special thanks also goes to the parents who helped put this team together, including coach Elaine Gailloux. Help us to wish them the best of luck at state.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining our custodian team, we have several positions open. Interested applicants should complete this application and email it to careers@stemk12.org . To see all of our open positions, please visit our Employment page .
Volunteer/Donation Opportunities
Check out all the opportunities to volunteer at/donate to STEM.
Reminders from the Health Room
With cold and flu season upon us, just a friendly reminder as to when you should have your child return to school when home ill.
  • After 24 hours of medication for the following conditions: Strep throat, Conjunctivitis, or any other conditions requiring antibiotics.  
  • Free from the following conditions for at least 24 hours: Fever without the benefit of fever reducing medications (Tylenol/Motrin). 
  • Free from the following conditions for at least 48 hours: Diarrhea and Vomiting (related to stomach virus such as norovirus) with a fever. 24 hours after last bout of diarrhea and/or vomiting if without a fever.

Don't forget to wash your hands!
Following these District Policies will help keep some of the illness out of the classrooms! Please contact Karen Lewis (STEM School Nurse) at Karen.lewis@stemk12.org , or call 303-683-7836 with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for helping us keep STEM a healthy place
Poetry Cafe
We will be holding our annual poetry cafe on February 24, and are looking for donations of coffee, hot chocolate and goodies.  Click here to view sign up sheet.
Support NEHS at Shake Shack on February 24
On Monday, Feb. 24, consider ordering your lunch or dinner from Shake Shack in Highlands Ranch to help support the National English Honor Society. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 25% from of meal proceeds will be donated to NEHS.
Chaperones Needed!
CHAPERONES needed for the Middle School Student Government's Fire and Ice Dance on Saturday, March 7th. Volunteers needed from 5:30-8:30pm, please email Jenny.Johnson@stemk12.org if you can help!
Reminder About Visitors to STEM
All secondary visitors must enter through the Middle School entrance and all elementary visitors must enter through the Elementary entrance. The High School entrance is not an entrance for visitors at any time. 

The High School entrance will be open for students to enter the school from 7:30 - 7:50 a.m. each day, and for students to exit at the end of the day. No one, including students, will be allowed to enter or exit from the High School entrance at any other time during the school day. 

All visitors MUST present identification to have a visitor badge made. Thank you!
AP Testing Proctors Needed
We are testing May 4-15, and seeking parent volunteers as proctors. Here are the requirements to be a proctor:
  • be a responsible adult
  • may not have a child taking the exam they are proctoring
  • be reliable, have attention to detail, and understand the importance of ensuring a secure testing environment
If you are interested, please contact Liz Dougan at liz.dougan@stemk12.org .
Donate to STEM via Smile.Amazon.Com
Did you know that you can donate to STEM through smile.amazon.com? Just set STEM Academy as your organization and a percentage of each of your order will be donated each quarter to STEM. To date, we have received $1,796.87 in donations.
Elementary Health Room Needs
We are in need of a few clothing items. View sign up sheet here .
Reminder to Pay Your Fees
Enrollment and AP testing fees for the 2019-20 school year were assigned to all students in July of 2019. All enrollment fees were due by August 8 as indicated in the Parent Student Handbook on page 11 and here. AP testing and special class fees were added once students schedules were complete. 

Please take a moment to log into your My School Bucks Account and check to see that all fees have been paid. If you have any questions about fees, please contact Ashley Westfall at ashley.westfall@stemk12.org .

*All outstanding fees for seniors must be paid by April 1 if your student plans to walk in the graduation ceremony. 
Mental Health Supports Page
If you haven't checked it out, our Mental Health Supports page, has a number of helpful resources for students and parents.
DCSD Mental Health Support Page
Douglas County School District has a Mental Health Resources page with a variety of resources for students and families. Please take a moment to review all that they have listed.
Additional Supports from All Health Network
The All Health Network has two opportunities for families and students to receive mental health supports. Click here to view the Parent Flier and click here to view the Student Flier , detailing the dates, times and locations of the support groups.
Dr. Cypers Anxiety Presentation for Parents on March 12
Dr. Cypers from Children's Hospital will present on helping students manage anxiety on Thursday, March 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. All parents are welcome to attend
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools 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. Visit the website.