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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

PTO Meeting

PTO Meeting

Date & Time:
Repeats every month on 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, 01/15/2019 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

01/15/2019 - 3:45pm
Jan 15

Loteria Night

Loteria Night

Date & Time: Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gym

As you might have already heard, PTO Hispano is hosting a Loteria night tomorrow night in the gym from 4-7pm. 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! 

01/15/2019 - 4:00pm
Jan 15

K - 5th Grade New Reading Program Parent Meeting

K - 5th Grade New Reading Program Parent Meeting

Date & Time: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Location: Library

Attention Kinder - 5th grade students and parents! Teachers will be sending home books during the new year and we want you and your parents to know what to expect. Please come to the library on Wednesday, January 16th after school. We will have a session for your parents in the library from 2 to 2:45 to teach them about American Reading Company and what to expect. We hope to see you there!

01/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Jan 16

Elementary Assessment Day

Elementary Assessment Day

Date & Time: Fri, 01/18/2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Elementary Assessment Day

01/18/2019 - 8:00am
Jan 18

Upcoming Activities

Yearbook Club Room D200

Yearbook Club Room D200

Date & Time:
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Thu Mar 21 2019 except Tue Dec 25 2018, Tue Jan 01 2019.
Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:30am to 4:30am
Location: D200

Yearbook

Students will collaboratively design and layout the yearbook.  This will include taking photos, organizing pages, sequencing the yearbook, and determining themes surrounding this year's memories.  We already have a deadline to meet in March, so we need your help!

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Meis

Instructor: Barbara Meis
Grade Levels: 4th-8th
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 25th - March 20th
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: D200
Cost: FREE
Maximum Enrollment: 20

01/15/2019 - 3:30am
Jan 15

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, 01/15/2019 - 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

01/15/2019 - 7:15am
Jan 15

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, 01/15/2019 - 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

01/15/2019 - 3:30pm
Jan 15

Battle of the Books middle school - Room D112

Battle of the Books middle school - Room D112

Date & Time:
Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Tue Mar 19 2019 except Tue Jan 01 2019.
Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Battle of the Books is a competitive reading sport. Student read books, 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!

MS Battle of the Books Competition will take place on March 20th from 5:00PM - 7:00PM at Thornton High School.

Please contact Ms. Lincicome with any questions.

Instructor: Shawna Lincicome
Grade Levels: 6th - 8th
Dates: Every other Tuesday, September 11th – March 19th  
Meeting Times: 3:30 - 4:15
Location: D112
Maximum Enrollment: 20

01/15/2019 - 3:30pm
Jan 15

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, 01/15/2019 - 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!

01/15/2019 - 3:30pm
Jan 15

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