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Friday, June 5, 2020 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage
Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer break and getting in some much needed quality family time. As we continue to plan for the new school year, we want to again ask for you to share your feedback with us on what you'd like to see for your student(s). To do so, please use the form via the button below.

While we are asking for your input, we are also actively engaging members of our staff to make sure that we are setting attainable goals for our plans. We are working hard to provide options that suit all of our families needs. For those families who would like to keep their students at home, we are working to provide the option for continued online access to teachers and our STEM-based curriculum. For families that would like to have their students in-class, we are working to make adjustments to our classrooms and facility to accommodate.

As a reminder, if you prefer your student to start the school year through virtual learning, please contact stephanie.webb@stemk12.org to set it up. A normal or modified schedule can be designed to best meet your student’s needs during this global pandemic. STEM can adapt to your specific needs during this uncertain time.

We will continue to provide information throughout the summer weeks to keep you as informed as possible on our progress. Thank you for being a part of our amazing STEM community.

STEM School Highlands Ranch
Face Shields Have Been Ordered
In order to prepare for students and staff returning for the new school year, we have ordered 3,000 Face Shields for our students and staff (in appropriate sizes). The above photo shows a sample of the Face Shield so that families can get familiar. This is an optional PPE that families can also purchase for their students, if they so choose.
Coming Together. Stronger Together.
Earlier this week, the Douglas County School District shared a statement with our entire community about standing together against Racism and Social Injustice.

At STEM, we envision a world of exponential possibilities where every child develops the innate knowledge, skills, creativity and character to thrive, lead and succeed in an ever-changing future. Within this vision is our Formula for Character that outlines how all students, parents, faculty and staff should treat one another with Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Empathy.

We do not tolerate racism and/or bigotry at STEM against any race, culture, sexual orientation or religion. We want to share the resources that DCSD has put together with our families, to review with your students throughout the summer.

"Together, we are stronger. Together, we can make a difference."
Welcome to STEM Dave Snow
High School Math
Summer Hours and School Closure
Have a great summer everyone! The offices at STEM will be closed through June 23. Summer hours will begin (possibly remotely) on Wednesday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We'll share additional information in the coming weeks.

A Message from DR Photo
With restrictions slowly opening on businesses, we at DR Photo are doing a soft opening for our families to have the opportunity to commemorate the promotion/continuation/graduation of their students. We are opening our studio for cap and gown portraits to the families for limited appointments that will meet all social distancing guidelines and we are in compliance with Colorado's Safer-At-Home order. A lot of our children have had their lives turned upside down, and we are hoping that the opportunity to have a cap and gown portrait to commemorate their special occasion, may bring some order back to their lives. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Welcome to STEM Jessie Thomas
Second Grade
Yearbook Information
Elementary: Yearbooks will be held for distribution until the start of the 2020-21 school year. If your student will not be returning for the 2020-21 school year, we will reach out to you once we have access to the yearbooks at the start of the 2020-21 school year to arrange a way to get it to you. If this changes, we will communicate additional information via the weekly newsletter. Didn’t order an Elementary Yearbook? You’re in luck! We have a few extras to sell! Please pay here and you’ll receive a yearbook when you pick up your child’s items!

Secondary: Secondary Yearbooks for SENIORS will be mailed to the primary address on file in IC if purchased before May 25 . Delivery will be at the end of July. Yearbooks for all other secondary students, and those purchased after May 25, will be distributed at the beginning of the school year. If your student will not be returning for the 2020-21 school year, we will reach out to you once we have access to the yearbooks at the start of the 2020-21 school year to arrange a way to get it to you. If this changes, we will communicate additional information via the weekly newsletter. 
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.
STEM Center for Strength
The STEM Center for Strength is taking shape. Click the logo to the left to visit their website to get helpful resources as we continue our journey through recovery. You can also visit the STEM Center for Strength Facebook Page,
A new support group for students in grade 4-7 on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Click here to to join the Zoom session.
The STEM Center for Strength is excited to open its doors--virtually--to serve the community of STEM School Highlands Ranch. We are here to support students, parents, staff, and any community members affected by the incident of mass violence on May 7, 2019. 

Please join the mailing list to get information on free services and events at the STEM Center for Strength over the summer!

The STEM Center for Strength has therapy dogs, student groups, social activities, yoga, clinicians, and a variety of programming over the summer. Please check the website frequently for updates!
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.