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Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage
STEM PTO presents our 4th annual STEM Gives! fundraiser! STEM Gives! is a direct giving campaign that will run November 9, 2020 to January 24, 2020. All benefits will go to our STEM School Highlands Ranch for teacher and school grants and STEM PTO events.
STEM is looking ahead to the future of P-TECH! Engineering teacher Mike Shallenberger sat down with our new Communications Manager Jeff Maher to talk about the plans for P-TECH and what it will ultimately do for our students. Check out the video interview via the button below.
Engineering teacher Cara Phillips gave an excellent virtual demonstration to her sixth-grade class about building bridges out of balsa wood. She also addressed the pros and cons of virtual learning, and how STEM students in particular are finding ways to excel in the virtual classroom. Check out the video interview via the button below.
Mark your calendars! State of STEM Coming Up on Tuesday, Dec. 8
We hope you can join us for our virtual State of STEM event on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. State of STEM is where we provide our community with accomplishments and highlights over the last year.
STEM Offices will be closed through Winter Break for Visitors
  • The best way to reach staff is by email.  
  • For general inquiries, contact info@stemk12.org.
  • Please call the attendance line for absences (303) 683-7836.
  • For questions about Zoom or Canvas, please contact your teacher via email. If you're still having difficult, submit a ticket to support@stemk12.org to get IT Support.
  • For questions regarding enrollment, please visit the Enrollment tab on our website
  • If you have items inside the building that you need to pick up, please email support@stemk12.org with details and our facilities team will attempt to find the item for you to pick up.

COVID-19 Exposure Notifications - From the CDPHE
CDE urges school leaders to promote the use of the statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system launched recently in partnership with Google and Apple. The system works if users opt-in to the free service on their Android and Apple phones, which share anonymous tokens with other users through Bluetooth technology. If another user tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period and chooses to upload their results, users who were within range of exposure will receive an alert on their phones. The tokens are not associated with any phone number, name, location, IP address, and they change every 15 minutes to add an extra layer of anonymity.
The notification system automates the contact tracing process and complements the existing statewide health safety protocols without compromising the privacy of Coloradans and can be critical to prevent further spread of COVID-19. CO Exposure Notifications also provides individuals who receive an exposure alert with instructions on recommended next steps, including information on quarantine and contacting their local public health agency.
Learn more about CO Exposure Notifications at addyourphone.com and watch a video of Gov. Jared Polis explaining the system. For additional resources on COVID-19, visit covid19.colorado.gov.
Amie McElroy, Dean of Students
Amie will play a crucial role in the support of teachers in their classrooms, and will aim to create more positive relationships between students. Amie comes to us from Columbine High School, where she spent 13 years teaching chemistry, biology, and earth science. Check out Amie's video interview about her role at STEM via the button below.
Jeff Maher, Communications Manager
Jeff spent most of his 20-year communications' career as a television anchor and multimedia journalist. Jeff will focus on building out STEM's daily multimedia content to showcase all the innovation of our students and teachers, as well as expand its social media reach. Check out his video interview about his role at STEM via the button below.
Have feedback for STEM? Use the button below to access the Feedback Form to help STEM improve.
Have a question? Check out our Communications Pathways that outlines the Communication Process for specific questions.
Comprehensive List of DCSD Resources Available During COVID-19
Click here to access a PDF of valuable resources that DCSD has put together for those who need additional assistance during COVID-19.

AllHealth Network Offering FREE Support in Response to COVID-19
AllHealth Network has received a FEMA grant to start a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) to provide FREE disaster behavioral health support in response to COVID-19. The program is named Colorado Spirit. Colorado has set up similar programs in the past after floods and wildfires. All of our services will be by telephone or video for now. 

Areas where Colorado Spirit can help:
  • Support around feeling of worry, sadness, hopelessness, anger, isolation or disconnection that life with COVID brings up.
  • Understanding and managing stress
  • Help with coping strategies
  • Connection to resources

Anyone can access these support services by calling 720-707-6789, emailing COSpirit@allhealthnetwork.org, or filling out the contact form on our website www.allhealthnetwork.org/Colorado-Spirit
Free Two-Hour Training on Psychological First Aid
Click here to access a flier with upcoming dates on free Zoom sessions on Psychological First Aid. You'll learn how to support people after an intense event by: Supporting Safety, Listening, Comforting, Connecting and Instilling Hope. Click here to sign-up.
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 above 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.

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!
Check out our Facebook page to use the Camera Frame or add a Frame to your Profile Photo. Share with us how long you've been at STEM so we can celebrate together.

Click here to see STEM's history of Innovation.
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.