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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

 

Contact

Address9450 Pecos Street
Thornton, CO
Office Phone720-972-5120
Attendance720-972-5158
Fax Number720-972-6062
Office HoursM-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
School Hours
M,Tu,Th,F
8:15 am - 3:25 pm
Early Release
(Wednesday)
8:15am - 1:55pm

Upcoming Events

STEM Launch Jog-a-thon

STEM Launch Jog-a-thon

Date & Time: Fri, 04/26/2019 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Location: Gym

During electives on Friday, April 26th, students will be participating in the first STEM Launch Jog-a-thon to raise money for our PE program. The money raised will help replace broken or worn out equipment. In addition, the PE department would like to raise enough money to purchase new row machines.   Directions for donors: Please feel free to donate any amount. Each sponsor will be donating a specific amount of money per lap completed by the student. For example, if the sponsor commits to $0.25 per lap and the student completes 6 laps the sponsor will donate $1.50.   Students will have until 4/26 to get sponsored. Money or checks to STEM Launch will be accepted in the front office the following week, between 4/29 and 5/3.    If you have questions please feel free to contact Gilchrist or DeHerrera

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PDF icon JOG-A-THON STEM Launch.pdf43.22 KB04/11/2019

04/26/2019 - 8:00am
Apr 26

Loteria Night

Loteria Night

Date & Time: Tue, 04/30/2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gym

As you might have already heard, PTO Hispano is hosting a Loteria night tomorrow night in the gym from 5-7pm. Originating in Mexico, Loteria is a similar to Bingo, but  uses images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers.  Learn the meaning of popular Spanish phrases and words all while competing for fun prizes! Bring your whole family! 

04/30/2019 - 5:00pm
Apr 30

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, 05/02/2019 - 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!

05/02/2019 - 8:15am
May 2

Kona Ice Truck

Kona Ice Truck

Date & Time:
Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Thu Apr 04 2019. Also includes Thu Apr 18 2019, Thu May 02 2019, Thu May 16 2019.
Thu, 05/02/2019 - 3:25pm to 4:00pm

We are back in full swing at STEM Launch and there are a lot of sweet moments to celebrate! Join us right after school to purchase a delicious Kona ice treat!

05/02/2019 - 3:25pm
May 2

STEM Launch on the Go! May 2nd, 2019

STEM Launch on the Go! May 2nd, 2019

Date & Time: Thu, 05/02/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 STEM Launch on the Go! 3:30 to 5:30 pm outside near the parking lots

Join us for a celebration of spring, health and movement!

Spring Carnival ($8-$10)

Includes a bouncy castle, games and prizes! Bracelets for K-8 students on sale starting 4/15 out front for $10 (or $8 if you buy two or more). This gives kids access to all the games and prizes! Proceeds benefit PTO and teacher grant requests.

Family Fit Fest (Free)

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other wellness partners will be at STEM Launch to share information and prizes related to healthy living. Come get a wellness kit before they run out! Our fourth grade students put these together as part of their Healthy Choices for Life PBL. Kona Ice and DJ Neon will be at the event as well! Come dance, play and move at this fun event for all K-8 kids and families!

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PDF icon STEM Launch K-8 May 2019 Events Flyer Eng Span .pdf491.49 KB04/15/2019

05/02/2019 - 3:30pm
May 2

Upcoming Activities

Writing/Art/Creative Room B104

Writing/Art/Creative Room B104

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Monday until Mon May 06 2019 except Mon Dec 24 2018, Mon Dec 31 2018, Mon Jan 07 2019.
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Are you an aspiring writer or artist? Would you like to be part of a brand new club that will showcase your work? Come to The Open Locker, STEM Launch's new writing and artwork website.

Instructors: Mr. & Mrs. Kawalec
Grade Levels: 6th, 7th & 8th
Dates: Mondays, September 4th - May 9th
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: B104
Cost: FREE
Maximum Enrollment: 32

04/22/2019 - 3:30pm
Apr 22

Battle of the Books Elementary Room Library

Battle of the Books Elementary Room Library

Date & Time:
Repeats every 2 weeks every Monday until Mon Apr 29 2019 except Mon Feb 18 2019, Mon Apr 01 2019, Mon Apr 15 2019. Also includes Mon Feb 25 2019, Mon Apr 08 2019, Mon Apr 22 2019, Mon Apr 29 2019.
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Library

Battle of the Books is a competitive reading sport. Student read books, write questions, and compete against school teams to become experts on each of the books. The winning school team will compete at the district level in the spring. Teams are comprised of four students. We can help you form teams if you need it!

Please contact Ms. Lincicome with any questions.

Instructor: Shawna Lincicome
Grade Levels: 4th & 5th
Dates: Every other Monday, November 5th – March 20th
Meeting Times: 3:30-4:30
Location: Library

04/22/2019 - 3:30pm
Apr 22

Green Team F100

Green Team F100

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue May 14 2019 except Tue Dec 25 2018, Wed Dec 26 2018, Tue Jan 01 2019.
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 7:15am to 8:00am

Green Team is a Beyond the Bell program that encourages students and faculty to help the environment through recycling, energy conservation, composting, and recycling.

Instructors: Michael Cabibbo and Maureen Carlson
Grade Levels: 2-8
Dates: Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 11th - May 14th
Meeting Times: 7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
Location: F100
Cost: FREE
Maximum Enrollment: 10

04/23/2019 - 7:15am
Apr 23

Card Club F108

Card Club F108

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Friday until Tue Apr 30 2019 except Fri Dec 21 2018, Tue Dec 25 2018, Fri Dec 28 2018, Tue Jan 01 2019, Fri Jan 04 2019.
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our Card Club to test your wits and your deck. Bring your decks, your dice, and your skill to our arena. All school-appropriate card games are welcome, including Magic the Gathering, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-O! Some instruction is available, but participants must bring and maintain their own cards. We will be playing games and, as such, no trades will be allowed during club hours or on campus.  

Instructor: Molly Ewing
Grade Levels: 5th - 8th
Dates: Tuesday and Friday, September 7th - April 27th (NO meetings Nov. 1st-30th)
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: F108
Maximum Enrollment: 20

04/23/2019 - 3:30pm
Apr 23

Launch + Room Library

Launch + Room Library

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue May 14 2019 except Tue Dec 25 2018, Tue Jan 01 2019.
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Library

Launch+ is an after-hours program for the STEM Launch community that provides a quiet work environment in the school library. The program is currently open to students supervised by STEM Launch teachers and one administrator. Thursdays are for students in 6th - 8th grade. Students may complete homework or research, receive tutoring in any subject, collaborate on a PBL, and use technology for academic purposes. 

If students would like to practice and enhance math, literacy, or keyboarding skills, they may use the computers and log in to IXL, Think Through Math, Khan Academy, Reading Plus or a keyboarding practice website. Computers are to be used for academic purposes, so social networking and gaming are not allowed at Launch+.

Students may sign up in the main office, and space is limited to 20. In order to attend any Launch+ session, a Launch+ permission slip MUST be completed and on file in the main office. The Launch+ Handbook and permission slip are available in the main office and below in the Documents section. Attendance will be taken and parents are responsible for signing out their student from the front office upon pickup.

Please bring all materials needed for homework, tutoring, or PBL collaboration because locker visits are not allowed. Eat dinner first, and please leave all food, drink, valuables, and other distractions at home.

We appreciate the efforts of teachers, students, and parents to make Launch+ a place for our students to enhance their skills and grow as students!

04/23/2019 - 3:30pm
Apr 23

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