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Welcome to STEM Launch

Welcome to STEM Launch. Our mission is to inspire achievement through rigorous, innovative, and authentic experiences. We offer a full range of rigorous educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literacy, and social studies with full support of music, art, and physical education. Student skills are developed for social, political, and economic participation in a diverse, independent, and changing world.

STEM is for all students

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM Launch will be fully inquiry-based and utilize problem-based learning to engage all students in STEM education and unique learning opportunities.

STEM Launch will have student-centered, fully integrated technology in every classroom. Classrooms will be demonstration in nature and highly innovative in design.

All students will have access to dynamic engineering curriculum and authentic experiences with industry partnerships to solve real engineering problems. Students will be immersed in the problem-solving process and be able to test and redesign their ideas.

STEM educators use proven, research-based, instructional practices that actively engage students in the learning process and encourage students to take ownership of their learning.

Characteristics of a STEM student:

  • Observant
  • Persistent
  • Curious about how things work
  • A risk taker
  • A problem solver
  • A questioner

Interested in STEM? Read our Admissions page

Highly Qualified Parents Right to Know

As a parent of a student at STEM Launch, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher who instructs your child. This is a requirement for all districts that receive Title I funds. Federal law allows you to request certain information about your student’s classroom teacher. The law also requires the district to give you this information in a timely manner upon request. Listed below is the information about which you have the right to ask for regarding each of your student’s classroom teachers.

  • Whether the Colorado Department of Education has licensed or endorsed your student’s teacher for the grades and subjects taught.

  • Whether CDE has decided that your student’s teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
  • The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
  • Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraeducators provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
  • Please contact Amy Spruce in the Human Resources at (720) 972-4058 or if you would like to receive any of this information.


Address9450 Pecos Street
Thornton, CO
Office Phone720-972-5120
Fax Number720-972-6062
Office HoursClosed until August 1, 2018
School Hours
8:15 am - 3:25 pm
Early Release
8:15am - 1:55pm

Upcoming Events

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes

Date & Time: Mon, 09/24/2018 - 8:15am to 3:30pm

Picture Retakes

09/24/2018 - 8:15am
Sep 24

PTO Meeting

PTO Meeting

Date & Time:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December on the first Tuesday until Tue May 07 2019 except Tue Jan 01 2019, Tue Apr 02 2019. Also includes Tue Jan 15 2019, Tue Apr 09 2019.
Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

10/02/2018 - 3:45pm
Oct 2

PTO Hispano

PTO Hispano

Date & Time:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December on the first Friday until Thu May 02 2019 except Fri Oct 05 2018, Fri Jan 04 2019. Also includes Thu Oct 04 2018, Fri Jan 11 2019, Thu May 02 2019.
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 8:15am to 9:15am

Por qué unirse al PTO   *Manténgase informado con reuniones mensuales *Involucrarse al ambiente de padres y maestros *Conectarse con otros padres *Aumentar el espíritu escolar *Construir nuevas actividades y programas para estudiantes *Oportunidades de voluntariado para beneficiar a nuestros niños *Eventos familiares patrocinados por la escuela.   Mejora nuestra escuela ¡ÚNETE HOY!

10/04/2018 - 8:15am
Oct 4

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Date & Time: Wed, 10/10/2018 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

K-8 Parent/ Teacher Conferences.

10/10/2018 - 3:00pm
Oct 10

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Date & Time: Thu, 10/11/2018 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

K-8 Parent / Teacher Conferences.

10/11/2018 - 8:00am
Oct 11

Upcoming Activities

Running Club - Outside on Track

Running Club - Outside on Track

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Thursday until Thu Nov 29 2018.
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Running club provides a positive and healthy opportunity for students to develop a daily routine of physical exercise. Students will set goals and be rewarded for the number of laps they can jog, run, skip or walk and have the opportunity to earn prizes for their effort. Join running club to not only improve your physical well-being, but also benefit from the mental health benefits running provides!

ALL 6th - 8th students are welcome and will be supported every "step of the way," whether you're new to running or a seasoned vet. Run your way into the STEM Launch "Marathon Club" if you complete more than 26.2 miles throughout the whole season!

Please wear running shoes, comfortable running clothes, and dress for the dynamic Colorado weather!  A water bottle is a must!

Please contact Mrs. Kawalec or Mr. Kawalec with any questions.  

Instructors: Tara Kawalec and Nick Kawalec
Grade Levels: 6th - 8th
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 4th - May 17th - WILL NOT MEET IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY. 
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:15
Location: Outside on the Track (in the Gym in case of inclement weather) 
**Some workouts will involve running off school grounds (i.e., north from Pecos Park or to Anythink Huron, but not crossing major streets).
Cost: FREE
Maximum Enrollment: 25

09/20/2018 - 3:30pm
Sep 20

Learning in Peru Room E208

Learning in Peru Room E208

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Apr 05 2018.
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn about the Culture, Art, & Geography of Peru.  This club is to support students who are planning on joining STEM Launch and STEM Lab on an Education First sponsored trip to Peru in the spring of 2019.  Interested students should come to an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 12th @ 6:00 in the STEM Launch Library with their parents.  We will meet every other Friday to learn about this fabulous country, the opportunity to travel, service learning and how to raise funds to experience the trip. 

Instructor: Marti Page, Rachel Gardner, Andrea Overton, Kate Klaver
Grades: Current 7th & 8th grade students going on the EF trip to Peru.
Dates: Staring Sept. 20th – April 5th, Thursdays
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: E208
Max Enrollment: 30 Students

09/20/2018 - 3:30pm
Sep 20

Young Philanthropists Data Room

Young Philanthropists Data Room

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 16 2019 except Thu Sep 27 2018, Thu Oct 11 2018, Thu Oct 25 2018, Thu Nov 08 2018, Thu Nov 22 2018, Thu Nov 29 2018, Thu Dec 13 2018, Thu Dec 27 2018, Thu Jan 10 2019, Thu Jan 24 2019, Thu Jan 31 2019, Thu Feb 14 2019, Thu Feb 28 2019, Thu Mar 14 2019, Thu Mar 28 2019, Thu Apr 11 2019, Thu Apr 25 2019, Thu May 09 2019.
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Young Philanthropy Foundation is a wonderful opportunity for students to have a voice in their decision about a cause the school would like to support. Students will have a penny harvest in the fall to raise money for a cause determined by a student body vote.

Young Philanthropists will explore and investigate different non-profit organizations that support the cause chosen by the student body. The club members will learn interview skills and meet with different organizations to decide where the money will be spent. The students in the club will also participate in a service learning/volunteer opportunity to help them further understand their cause and how volunteering makes a positive impact.

Instructor: Silvia Soderberg
Grade Levels: 5th - 8th
Dates: 1st and 3rd Thursday of Each Month, starting September 19th. 
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:00
Location: Data Room
Maximum Enrollment: 10 – 15

09/20/2018 - 3:30pm
Sep 20

Drama Club (2nd & 3rd Gr) Room F205

Drama Club (2nd & 3rd Gr) Room F205

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 16 2019.
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Location: F205

Drama Club (2nd & 3rd Graders)

Are you a 2nd or 3rd grader? 

Do you want to use your IMAGINATION and TELL STORIES?

Join the DRAMA CLUB!

  • Who:  Ms. Abbas and YOU!
  • When:  Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45 (Our first meeting will be Thursday, September 13th)
  • Where: Ms. Abbas’s room F205 (Meet at the 2nd grade pick-up door after school.)

Questions? Email   Ms. Abbas at:    

09/20/2018 - 3:30pm
Sep 20

Drama Club (4th - 8th Gr) Room C101

Drama Club (4th - 8th Gr) Room C101

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Nov 02 2018.
Fri, 09/21/2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Are you interested in acting, set or costume design, or providing play support behind the scenes? If so, sign up for Drama Club!  By the end of this club we will bring a full play or musical to life and perform it complete with sets, costumes, and music on Tuesday, December 4th from 5-7:30 in partnership with our school's Talent Show. The club will need both actors as well as crew members (the behind the scenes assistants).

Teachers? Mrs. Overton, Mrs. Bowes and Mrs. Tipton

Who? 4th - 8th graders interested in helping or being a part of a play production.

Where? Elementary Music Room - C101

When? Beginning September 14th 

 Final performance: December 4th

09/21/2018 - 3:30pm
Sep 21



Meal Calendars

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