Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,
Today, the Douglas County School District, along with 13 other major school districts in Colorado, announced that the students will continue their education remotely for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. We understand this will continue to impact all of our community so we want to once again remind our families of the resources that are available.
Please check the Weekly Parent Newsletter that was emailed for these resources for accessing free meals for children under the age of 18, as well as mental health resources.
Living through an unprecedented and rapidly-changing world pandemic requires tremendous resilience. Together we will get through this health crisis. Send your questions to our communication manager at email@example.com. We will continue to provide our students with access to our teachers and to the high-quality education they provide.
Take care and stay well,
P.J. Eucker PhD
Assistant Director of Student Support
We realize that it is a challenging transition on everyone and want to lend a hand when and where possible. In an effort to stay connected, Elementary parents are welcomed to attend a Weekly Zoom Session with members of our admin team on Fridays from 10-11 a.m.
This week we have seen students engaging in lessons in literature and science using ZOOM (and some really fun virtual backgrounds!). Students have had online discussions about math, pets and spring break. We have had virtual guitar lessons, virtual workouts and online discussions. Moving forward we are hoping to continue to provide our students with learning and connection opportunities. We are also streamlining the connection process and scheduling for our families. Thank you all for your hard work, patience, and understanding.
Hello STEM School Highlands Ranch Community!
Wow! We’re four days into our Virtual/Online Learning schedule and I can’t say it enough that I miss seeing all our smiling faces. A lot is changing daily and it can feel a bit overwhelming so I want to make sure that we remember we are all in this together. Even though the goal of closing school is to help prevent the spread of the virus, it does not mean that we should not be connecting with one another and ensuring we all have the resources that we might need while away from STEM.
Here are some tips that might be helpful during the next few weeks:
- Stay connected! Since we are unable to spend time together in person with friends and community, you can still have real phone conversations, write letters/cards/emails, play board games with people in your home, spend time with your pets if you have and reach out to friends and loved ones via facetime or other video platforms.
- If applicable to you, keep in contact with outside providers and try to keep appointments for mental health treatment. Ask if your providers can do a “telehealth” or ZOOM video conference with you.
- Be mindful of media intake. Temporarily limit exposure to sources that increase negative and overwhelming thoughts and or feelings. Stick to content, engage and focus on things that help you feel hopeful, happy, calm, connected, inspired and uplifted.
- Set a schedule daily and give yourself grace. Get into the flow and routine of reading emails from teachers, doing assigned school work, exercising, and going outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
- Create a place in your house that you can designate as the area to complete your schoolwork and spend your virtual learning day.
- If you are feeling stressed or anxious try using some healthy coping skills such as breathing, drawing, coloring, journaling, reading a good book, watching a feel-good movie, exercising, going for a walk or calling a friend.
Adjustments can be difficult so don’t feel like you’re in this alone. Parents and students, please reach out to teachers, counselors or any of our mental health support team members with any questions or concerns as we navigate through this time.
Have a great last day of the week!
Jordyn Russo, LCSW
High School Social Worker
We hope that you are staying sanitized!
This week has been off to a great start. As with anything else that we work to accomplish at STEM, everyone in the community stepped up and jumped right in. Your feedback has been instrumental in getting to where we are so quickly.
Since Monday we have had 58,492 meeting minutes in Zoom. WOW!
We want to provide some information about using Zoom.
We have created a Zoom Etiquette document.
If you run into any issues and need assistance, please send an email to the IT support team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leanne Weyman, EdD