iSTEM@Bell Middle School

Our 2018-2019 iSTEM application is now available beginning November 28, 2017 and closing on January 22, 2018 at 3PM. 
Letters of notification will be sent out via email on February 1, 2018.  
  • ONLY students interested in our 7th and 8th grade will need to apply to the program. 
  • All students entering Bell for 6th grade next fall will experience our iSTEM model through their Science class and electives choices; they do NOT need to apply.
  •  If you have questions after reviewing the application process, please contact

iSTEM Basic Application Form 2018-2019


Our application window is open between November 28, 2017 - January 22, 2018. 

In addition to the above form, the following submissions are required as part of the application process: 

1.     6th grade: Incoming 6th graders will not need to apply for an iSTEM seat in 6th grade. All students entering Bell in 6th grade next fall will experience our iSTEM model through their Science class and electives choices; they will NOT need to apply to the iSTEM program.


2.    7th & 8th Grades: Basic Application Form above and Choice enrollment form if necessary.  

a.     Students currently in the 6th grade iSTEM program at Bell must reapply for 7th grade iSTEM. BOE is not  needed as they are accessible for current students. 

b.     Students currently in the 7th grade iSTEM program at Bell do not need to reapply for 8th grade iSTEM.

c.    In addition, please submit the items below for 7th & new 8th grade applications via email to

        • Body of Evidence (BOE): State assessments (CMAS, PARCC), district assessments, and grades will be considered. Please send documents clearly identified with your student’s name.
        • Artifact: Please submit a digital artifact demonstrating your passion or interests via our email:
        •  It must be a digital submission and be no more than 1 minute in length.
          • Show us your creativity, problem-solving skills, or innovative thinking. It must be your own ( not group) work and may not be a school project or assignment - if you want to modify an assignment further and write an explanation of the changes, this is acceptable.
          • You may use something you've created in the last year that you care deeply about; it does not have to be "perfect".  Review the Rubric to see where your artifact matches some of the criteria we consider.
3.  Artifact Rubric

4. Artifact Examples: We receive a variety of artifacts including computer game designs, claymation, videos about an experiment or problem the student solved, artwork, music composition, robotics or other types of technical building and design. Some topics have been: how to build the best beehive for our home, building games using coding, designing a better solution for a common household item. The key is the 3 elements on the rubric rather than the specific product. We hope to "see" a student's type of thinking, their passion, their interest in thinking differently for solutions.


Jeffco's Choice Enrollment Window is January 8 – January 31, 2018

 Please use the URL below to determine if you will need a Choice application to Bell Middle School along with your iSTEM application.

·      District Choice Enrollment site :

Who needs a Choice application submitted? 

 IMPORTANT: Choice enrolled students moving from elementary to middle school and middle to high school must submit a new choice enrollment application at each level. Being accepted via choice enrollment into an elementary school does not guarantee entry to the middle and high schools that elementary feeds into.

  •   Incoming 6th grade students who are not currently enrolled in the Golden articulation area elementary schools.
  •  Incoming 7th and 8th grade students who do NOT have Bell as their home school.
  •  If Bell Middle School is not your home school, please complete a Choice Enrollment form and hand deliver it to the main office during the enrollment window.
  • We will review your iSTEM application only if you have been invited as a Choice student at Bell after Jan.

Please email Valerie Calvert at with any questions you may have about our program.
Thank you!

STEM is an integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The national STEM initiatives started as a way to promote education in these related areas so that students would be prepared to study STEM education through real-world problem solving learning.  

iSTEM at Bell will be the  innovation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. On a given school day, students will be collaborating with peers, teachers, and experts in the STEM fields as well as students from Warren Tech, Red Rocks Community College and School of Mines. iSTEM learning will be embedded in the Jefferson County School curriculum using 21st century skills to prepare students to be competitive in a global work force.