STEM College and Career News

September 2021

From Mrs. Myrick

Happy September, Spartans!

Senior parents: Mark your calendars for September 29! The Senior Parent College Night will be from 5:30-7:30 pm in the high school commons. I will be going over the college application process and Jay Murray from Solutions for Tuition, LLC will be discussing financial information about paying for college.I will send more information throughout the month. I hope to see you all there!

Junior parents: I will be doing this presentation in the spring semester. More to come as we determine dates!

Junior and Senior Checklist

Save and refer to the image below as a checklist guide to your junior and senior year.
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Mrs. Myrick will send all transcripts to universities. Please put her information on all applications.

Transcripts for Common App: you must sign your FERPA (located on the left hand side of the Common App Portal) before you can invite your recommenders. You will add Kelli Myrick, as your Counselor Recommender to add your transcripts.

Transcripts for SendEdu, Coalition, & all other Application Portals: You will add Kelli Myrick, as your Counselor to add your transcripts.

Transcripts that need to be mailed or emailed due to lack of portal system: Please complete the Transcript Request Form

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation (LOR): To receive a letter of recommendation from Mrs. Myrick you need to have completed a Post-Secondary Planning Packet (PPP). To request a letter of recommendation, you will add Mrs. Myrick as your Counselor Recommender via the website you use to apply to college. For most of you, this will be Common Application. For the colleges not listed on Common Application, the others use either SendEdu or Coalition where you will create an account to request your Letter of Recommendation. The process is the same with your other recommendation letter writers.

Colorado School of Mines:

For Mines, you can use SendEdu OR your recommenders will need to send their letters directly to:

College Fairs

College Fairs of Greater Denver - have moved to all virtual. I will update this section as more information becomes available.

  • Wednesday, September 29th 5:00 - 7:45 pm

  • Thursday, September 30th 5:00 - 7:45 pm

NACAC Fairs - currently all virtual

  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: Northeastern US Fair: 4-8 p.m. ET

  • Sunday, Oct. 3 Signature Fair: 1-6 p.m. ET

  • Thursday, Oct. 14: Midwest US Fair: 5-9 p.m. ET

  • Sunday, Oct. 24: Signature Fair: 1-6 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, Nov. 2: Arts & STEM Fair: 4-8 p.m. ET

  • Sunday, Nov. 14: Signature Fair: 1-6 p.m. ET

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation


I know several students have already been accepted to one or more universities. Congratulations!! As you are accepted into universities, please complete the form below!

College Visits at STEM

Seniors: It is so important to come to these visits and meet with college admissions representatives. At some schools, they are the ones reviewing your applications so it is important to have as much face-time with them as possible.

Juniors: Come visit as many schools as possible! Whether it is your top school, or one you have never heard of, it is important to learn about what each school has to offer you for your college experience!

This year, STEM if offering 3 types of college visits

Lunch visits will be held during the lunch hours in Mrs. Myrick's office. On Naviance it will say the visit begins at 11am - please just come down during your lunch.

After school visits will be held from 2:55-3:20 in Mrs. Myrick's office.

Virtual visits will be held on Zoom from 3:15 - 3:45pm.

Lunch visits will be scheduled every day of the week. In-person after school visits will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. Virtual visits will be on Tuesdays and Thursday.

I will specify which type of visit below! (Lunch, virtual, after school in-person)

Harvey Mudd College: September 21, 2021 (virtual)

Fort Lewis College: September 23, 2021 (lunch)

Hofstra University: September 27, 2021 (lunch)

Williamette University: September 28, 2021 (virtual)

University of Northern Colorado: September 29, 2021 (lunch)

George Washington University: September 29, 2021 (after school in-person)

Stevens Institute of Technology: September 30, 2021 (virtual)

St. Olaf College: October 1, 2021 (lunch)

San Diego State University: October 4, 2021 (lunch)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: October 6, 2021 (after school in-person)

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs: October 7, 2021 (lunch)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott: October 8, 2021 (lunch)

Bethel University: October 26, 2021 (lunch)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities: October 26, 2021 (virtual)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: October 28, 2021 (virtual)

Temple University -Japan: November 4, 2021 (virtual)

Montana Tech of the University of Montana: November 9, 2021 (lunch)

University of New Mexico: November 19, 2021 (lunch)


For the month of September, students have the opportunity to win a $20 gift card of their choice! To enter, submit the form below of which post-secondary institutions you want to see visit STEM's campus.

Please only add schools you are interested in attending and that you would come to the session if they visited STEM. Submit one entry per school.

Each entry will be entered into the raffle, so the more suggestions you submit, the higher your chances are of winning!

Raffle winner will be selected at random on September 23 at 3:45 pm. All submissions must be completed by this time to be entered into the drawing.

SAT and ACT Testing

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Career Discovery 2021-2022

We are glad to announce mentorships and internships for STEM high school students. By simply filling out the Career Discovery application, high school students' interests will be matched with subject matter experts in mentorships or internships. APPLICATION LINK

To learn more about Career Discovery, please look at this LINK.

To find the Career Discovery webpage on the STEM website, go to Academics / Student Support Services / Career Discovery.

Finding Industry Partners

One way to help Career Discovery support mentorships and internships is to share the Building Ships webpage with subject matter experts in businesses and industries. Please direct any prospective industry or business mentors to the survey. We are inviting industry, community, and businesses to join us in making sure every student has the kind of "ships" that promote kindness, readiness for future careers, and passion for infinite opportunities to help humanity.

Internship Beyond STEM Career Discovery

Students are encouraged to research internship opportunities outside of STEM. Many of these may qualify for STEM Internship Credit. Our Career Discovery team is available to help students navigate opportunities outside of STEM as well as the policies and paperwork required by DCSD and the state.

What Makes STEM Career Discovery Unique?

  • We are able to work with subject matter experts to design mentorships and internships that align with our student's interests.
  • Our Building Ships Executive-Level Advisory Board works with us to make sure our efforts prepare students to thrive in their future careers and lives.
  • We collaborate with other schools, educational organizations, and state organizations like Colorado Workforce Development to make sure our students are connected with an entire network of support.

Student and Parent Voices

We would like to create HS Student and Parent Advisory Committees to inform our efforts.

  1. Building Ships HS Student Advisory Committee
  2. Building Ships HS Parent Advisory Committee

If you are a high school student or parent that would like to be involved in an advisory committee, please complete this interest survey.

For more information about mentorships and internships, please contact Gregg Cannady.

Local Employment Opportunities

Code Ninjas Highlands Ranch

Wind Crest by Erickson Senior Living

Ohana School of Early Learning

Free Application Days

Free Application Days for Colorado universities are coming up next month! These are the days that application fees will be waived for Colorado universities.
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