Congratulations to our new 2017-18 PTO Executive Board

Dear STEM Lab Parents and Guardians,

As you know, STEM Lab K-8 is currently reviewing interested candidates for the five open Executive Board Officers positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Fundraising Chair.  As the Executive Director of Secondary Schools, I am responsible for overseeing the election process.

On April 3, 2017, I distributed an email to all STEM Lab parents seeking interested candidates for the five open Executive Board Officer positions.  I also indicated that an online election would take place from April 20, 2017-May 9, 2017 for the five open positions. Currently, all five interested candidates are running unopposed. Therefore, I have determined that an online election process will not be necessary.

The Executive Board Officers are:

  • President: Monica von Hoff
  • Vice President: Melissa Roder
  • Secretary:  Tia Beeby
  • Treasurer: Katie Henneuse
  • Fundraising Chair: Heather Carpenter

Please feel free to contact (720) 927- 4077 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of STEM Lab,

Janette Walters
Executive Director of Schools

2017-2018 PTO Officer Elections

The STEM Lab PTO needs your participation for the 2017-2018 school year. STEM Lab PTO is an organization of parents and teachers/staff cooperating to build a better educational environment for our children. In order for the PTO to be successful, it is essential to have parental involvement.

Interested in running for a position?

  • Everyone is welcome!
  • No experience necessary.
  • You can be nominated or self-nominate.
  • All positions are open.

STEM Lab PTO has five open Executive Board Positions – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Fundraising Chair. For more information regarding board positions and the election timeline, please read the attached letter below from Janette Walters, Executive Director of Schools.

STEM Lab PTO Executive Board Positions & Timeline

Not Interested in a position, but still looking to help? No Problem!

  • Come to a meeting.
  • All ideas are welcome.
  • We want to hear from you!


STEM Lab receives John J. Irwin Award



Huge congratulations to our STEM School and our own principal Tracy Tellinger. The Board of Education honored seven Five Star schools this evening for their academic excellence as recognized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards.

The John Irwin awards, named after former Colorado State Representative, John J. Irwin, are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the academic achievement indicator.

Congratulations to all our STEM teachers, staff, students and parents.

Please join us for STEM Arts Night


Thursday, March 23rd 5pm to 7pm
Everyone welcome! Live performances as well as a visiting artist.

**Parents, We still need volunteers to help out at ARTS Night. Please sign up here if you could volunteer some of your time. Thank you in advance.**

2017 STEM Lab School Carnival – Fri. May 19th 6-8pm

Please plan to join us!

Details and volunteer opportunities available soon. Please check back for additional information.

Questions, Comments, Concerns & Compliments for STEM Lab PTO

The STEM Lab PTO takes our relationship with parents and staff very seriously. Do you have a question for PTO?

  • What is PTO doing with the money they raise?
  • Can anyone view the bank statements?
  • Are my donations being put to good use?
  • Can anyone make recomendations?

We want to answer all your questions. STEM PTO is excited to announce our new Questions, Comments, Concerns & Compliments page on our website. Submissions will be sent to both the PTO board and Mrs. Julie Yamasaki, office manager at STEM Lab. All ideas are welcome and comments & concerns are kept confidential.  Let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you.

Welcome to STEM Lab PTO

The mission of the STEM Lab Parent Teacher Organization is to build and support the STEM Lab community of Students, Teachers, Parents and Families, Staff and Business Partners through fundraising and community events to develop and enhance the education of STEM Lab students.

In addition, the organization offers a number of opportunities for parents to support the efforts of the organization including: fundraising, The District School Improvement Team (DSIT), volunteering, and community events.  The STEM PTO meets bi-monthly during the school year.

The PTO operates on an annual budget, which is approved by a PTO membership vote. All members of the STEM Lab PTO, attending the monthly PTO meetings, have voting privileges. The money used to sponsor PTO activities is raised through PTO annual fundraising events.

Inspiring Achievement Through Rigorous, Innovative, And Authentic Experiences.

STEM provides problem-based learning for our students. STEM students have opportunities to be problem solvers, risk takers, critical thinkers and innovators by taking positions on real world problems.  By working through a combination of learning strategies they discover the nature of a problem, understand the variables involved and gain a perspective viewpoint of those affected.  Students also participate in a number of unique field experiences every year and many industry partners/experts work side-by-side our students.

Characteristics Of A STEM Student

STEM students are observant, persistent, curious about how things work, risk takers, problem solvers and questioners! He or she may:

  • Like to read and write about nonfiction topics; such as nature, earth sciences, technology, social studies, etc.
  • Like to design, create, and build things.
  • Like to communicate through designing, diagramming, drawing, discussing and writing.
  • Like to work with friends to accomplish difficult goals, team sports, First Lego League, Destination Imagination, ropes courses, and other games that require 3 or more people.
  •  Like searching for “why” themselves when questions arise about how things work or interact.
  • Have an affinity towards animals.
  • Be Interested in the who, how, and why of sciences.
  • Construct items from everyday objects like; tape, paper, rubber bands, paper clips, cotton ball, cardboard, etc.

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