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Friday, May 22, 2020 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage
STEM Parent Academic Survey and School Operations Survey
As we continue to focus on further improving our school, we look to the STEM families for feedback. We are asking for feedback related to the teaching staff, curriculum, school culture, parent engagement, and have added a specific area related to our recently implemented remote learning. 

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the  STEM Parent Academic Survey (please complete one per student) and the School Operations Survey (please complete one per family) regarding the 2019-20 school year. 

We greatly value your feedback. As an organization we are committed to ongoing improvement in all facets of our school to better serve our students. Please complete the surveys prior to Monday, May 25. 

Thank you,

School Accountability Committee (SAC) & STEM School Administration

STEM PTO Newsletter
Check out the latest edition of the STEM PTO Newsletter to get the latest on news and events from our parents.

A Message to Secondary Students from Ms Lytle
Many colleges are going test-optional for next year; however, Ms. Lytle strongly encourages students to take the ACT/SAT for scholarships. She's had conversations with numerous college admissions counselors and most are saying that Honors College applications, selective programs, and scholarships will still require SAT/ACT scores.

For applications, the Common Application opens on August 1st. Once a student fills the application out for one school, they can copy it for others. Be sure to try and apply for any Early Admission deadlines because your chances of acceptance and scholarship increase dramatically. If a school is not on Common App, they will have their own application linked on their website (example, MINES). 

The Class of 2021 STEM Senior Handbook is being finalized with updates regarding COVID-19 and will be sent to all parents and students as soon as possible. In the meantime, check Ms. Lytle's website and weekly newsletter for updates.

Information about Grades
Grades will be posted in Infinite Campus for families to view. Please note, if you have a student in Concurrent Enrollment courses, not all grades are entered yet so please be patient as they will update over the coming days.
Welcome New Board Member
Following a very close election, Michael J Green has been elected to the STEM Board of Directors as a Class A member.

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.

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. 

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.

What is SAC?
The School Accountability Committee, also known as SAC, is an advisory committee to the director of the school. The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the planning of the school's instructional program and quality improvement process. Click here to find out more.

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

As we wrap up this school year, we want to make sure that you have all the resources you may need over the summer. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has discontinued Text-A-Tip, so please encourage students to send tips via the Safe2Tell app, safe2tell.org, or call 877-542-7233. 

If you have concerns about safety-related issues while school is not in session (i.e., concerns about possible thoughts of suicide, self-harming, thoughts of harming others), please ensure that your first contact is with an emergency response service, such as 911, a Colorado Crisis Services walk-in center, or the Colorado Crisis Services hotline. 
Here is a list of some emergency services in our area: 
Trained Crisis Counselor Hotline: (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
Chat online (open from 4pm-12am daily): Click Here
Walk-in Locations (open 24/7): Location List  
Nearest Locations:
Littleton (24/7) - 6509 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton CO 80120
Denver (24/7) - 4353 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220
Aurora (8am - 11pm) - Anschutz Medical Campus, 2206 Victor St., Aurora CO 80045
AllHealth Network : 303-730-8858 main line, 303-730-3303 crisis line
If you or your child have safety concerns for someone else, you can contact: 
(877) 542-7233
Managing your fears and kid's fears as the pandemic evolves : Parent Academy Webinar from Sky Ridge Emergency Pediatrics.

Thank you,

Hannah Reese, Recovery Coordinator
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!
Middle School Virtual Photography Contest Winners
Click here to see a PDF of the Middle School Virtual Photography Contest winners.

Cameron Ryan Recognized as Outstanding Colorado High School Educator by CU
More than 300 high schools were asked to submit nominations for the University of Colorado Boulder's Outstanding Colorado High School Educator Award program, which recognizes the top high school teachers, faculty and staff in the State of Colorado who go above and beyond to support students as they pursue their higher education dreams. Congratulations to High School Computer Science Teacher Cameron Ryan.
STEM Stories from Quarantine
STEM Stories from Quarantine is organized and produced by Mrs Maura Ridder and features stories from our students and staff. Click the logo to the right to watch the latest episodes.

STEM Quarantine Lookbook
Click here to see a presentation of tips, ideas, inspiration, and resources for summer activities, volunteer work, reading, and educational resources. 

STEM Senior Offered Internship at Boom Supersonic
Congratulations to Kevin White on being offered a prestigious internship by Boom Supersonic as an aerospace engineer.
Second Grader Anirudh Rao Wins PBS Kids Utah Writer's and Illustrator's Contest
Anirudh Rao, a 2nd grader from Ms. Slater's class won the PBS kids Utah Writers and Illustrator's contest - 2nd grade category for writing and illustrating a book with the theme on "Exploring the outdoors". His book titled "Jai's outside Adventures" was about a young boy who gets lost in the forest searching for his favorite blue ball and gets in to a magical kingdom of temples and palaces. 
Distance Art Showcase
Secondary "Squabble" Music Project
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.