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Last C Notes of The 2015-2016 School Year! May 23, 2016

posted May 23, 2016, 9:14 AM by Josh Cochran   [ updated May 23, 2016, 11:11 AM ]

What an incredible year 2015 – 2016 was for the Stargate Family. This was the first time in 21 years that we opened our doors to high school students. We serve the largest population of gifted students at any school in the state of Colorado. All 841 of the unique learners thrived in our classrooms, demonstrated incredible growth on a variety of assessments, designed creative products and made it a pleasure to come to work each day!

We have officially outgrown our building and are ready for our new campus. A campus where our families can grow together and watch our future leaders rise above! A campus where we can continue to provide differentiated learning experiences and instruction that is commensurate with each student's individual abilities. A place where our students can find their passions in our makerspaces and become Adroit!

wholeheartedly believe that our Adroit program will truly change the landscape of education. We will teach our kids to be design thinkers through the cycle of empathy, define, ideate, prototype and test. By collaborating with The D School at Stanford University’s Institute of Design, our student's will learn by doing.

The first 21 years in our school's history were full of amazing memories and people who have helped shape our school to the great place it is today. We are not starting over in 2016 but building on an incredible foundation of success. Pushing our students and staff to the next level in education. Our Hands On Minds On approach to learning will help kids to rise above!

For those families and staff whose last few days at Stargate are coming to an end this week, I want to thank you. Thank you parents for trusting us with the education of your child and for allowing us to be a part of their school journey. Thank you staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that every student has an adult who believes in them. Thanks for always working to do what is best for our kids!

Thank you to the staff, students, volunteers and families who have made all of this work possible. The trusting relationships we have built will last forever.

We have much to be proud of this year and below are a few of the highlights!

Our staff has worked tirelessly to provide the best gifted experience possible for our students. Our teachers have grown an incredible amount this year as many of them served as a mentor/mentee in the second year of our teacher induction program. Our teacher evaluation scores have consistently risen and many of our staff achieved the status of being a Master Stargate Teacher! They accomplished this by scoring a 95% or above on our Educator Effectiveness Rubrics. Our leadership pipeline has provided our staff with an avenue for professional growth and new career opportunities. Over 50 staff members have participated in our graduate degree cohort in Gifted Education. Twenty-four of our teachers have attained their Gifted Endorsement by participating in our cohort and 7 additional teachers will complete the requirements this summer. Sixteen of our 22 new staff members have also signed up to take a gifted education class before they ever step foot in a Stargate classroom. I am proud that our staff is committed to always getting better!

Our students have once again risen to the challenge. From academic competitions, class projects, breaking social norms, and philanthropic opportunities, they have truly accomplished a lot! Thank you for being that constant reminder of why we come to work each day! 

Our Community has also stepped up this year like never before. As a community we raised over $263,000 in our various fundraising efforts. You have also been incredible in your support of our school expansion! Working collaboratively with our staff to help us move our school’s future forward! In addition to your financial support, families have also given us something that is invaluable, Time. You have spent time on committees, time in classrooms, time on field trips, time planning events, time preparing projects, time working on homework. The time you spend supporting your child's education allows for deeper and more meaningful connections between home and school. Thank You for giving us the gift of your Time!

 This year, The Stargate Family...

  • Started an inaugural High School class with 65 gifted 9th graders
  • Published authors, Theme Projects, Students Performances and Field trips galore
  • Competed in and qualified for state in Math Counts, National History Day, Science Olympiad, Western Academic Talent Search, National Geography Bee, Spelling Bee and NREL Solar Car Challenge
  • Over 250 participants in the Stargate Art Show
  • 1 Ninja Warrior course, 18 field events and 10 Jumpy Castles for the Best Field day in town! 
  • Middle School Athletic League Inaugural Baseball Team
  • Middle School Athletic League Girls Soccer Champions
  • Over 200,000 completed IXL math problems in K - 2
  • Continued  2nd Step Anti Bullying Program
  • Participated in A Day Without Hate!
  • 52 Stargate students achieved National Honor Roll recognition from the Noetic Math competition (out of 25,000 participants)
  • Band and Orchestra received Silver and Gold Medals from the Elitch Music Festival
  • 1 outstanding soloist at the Elitch Music Festival
  • 2 students invited to the CU honor band
  • Hundreds of talent shows, musical performances, sporting events and competitions outside of school
  • 1 Rock and Roll Show with over a 16 bands performing
  • Over 28 students attained Honor recognition for the Western Academic Talent Search for their performance on the ACT and/or Explore Test
  • 68% of our students who are in our English Language Learning program scored 5.5 (95%) on the ACCESS test.
  • Over 50% of our 6th-9th grade students participated in Athletics
  • 26 staff participated in our teacher induction program
  • $155,000 dollars raised by our parent population at our annual gala
  • Continued school wide Gifted Discussion Groups for the second year
  • Staff met monthly with small groups of kids and focused on individual social emotional needs.
  • 34 High School Students took two Advanced Placement College Exams
  • Over 150 dads participated in our WatchDog program
  • 120 candidates came to the first ever Stargate Job Fair
  • 9 middle school girls went the Girls in Stem Careers Conference
  • 17,000 total volunteer hours logged in our Raptor System.
  • The best community celebrations around thanks to our Community Relations Committee
  • 3 school buildings being built for an August 23 Grand Opening
  • 1 PGA Golf in Schools Grant for 3-5 graders
  • 1st and 2nd graders participated in the Seed Survivor agriculture program
  • $10,000 raised at our Walk to Stop Diabetes
  • Sold our current facility
  • and many more wonderful successes  

Thanks to our community for their support with our celebration of Mrs. B and Ms. Mary today and thanks to Anna Schoenfeld and Oscar Proffitt for putting togethers these amazing videos! 

Farewell Mrs. Bustamante by Anna Schoenfeld

Farewell Stargate School Building by Oscar Proffitt 

If I don't get a chance to connect with you personally, I want to thank you for your support of the work we are doing and letting us be a part of your child's(ren's) life. Have a safe and wonderful summer and remember to Play Hard and Love Hard! 

See you at our new school's in August! 

Josh

 

 

C Notes, May 16, 2016 Last full week of School!

posted May 16, 2016, 9:02 AM by Josh Cochran

What an awesome Spirit Week we had last week that was capped off with a fantastic day of awards assemblies and yearbook signing! Thanks to our student leadership who planned such a fun week and all the kids that participated. I appreciate all of the families that came to celebrate the accomplishments of our students as they have worked incredibly hard this year!   

If you want to take a trip around the United States and want to travel fro FREE we have a solution for you! The 3/4 State fair is this week and our students will be representing a state of their choice. The creativity and presentations will be awesome! Please join us on Thursday from 8AM - 10AM to see our kids in action! 

Please join Mrs. Cleary at a very important presentation on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30PM: Social/Emotional Well Being: How Middle School Parents Can Understand, Connect with and Support their Middle School Children

The discussion will cover the following questions:

  • Early Adolescence- What changes is my Gifted Middle Schooler experiencing as he or she enters early adolescence?

  • Moodiness- How can I tell if my Middle Schooler is just moody or if he or she might be depressed and need help?

  • Risk-Taking- How and why should I  support my Middle School student(s) in taking appropriate risks?

  • Communication- How can I have meaningful conversations with my Middle Schooler?

  • Expectations- What are healthy expectations for my Middle School child, and how can I support them in achieving all that is expected of them?


The discussion will be on Thursday, May 19th, at 6:30 pm in the Multi Purpose Room. Please direct all questions to the K-8 School Counselor, Lauren Cleary, at Lauren.Cleary@StargateSchool.org.

The last full week of school brings an abundance of lasts for our school in this building including our last full week of driving in the loop, last pizza Friday in the cafagymatorium, and last music concert (high school) to name a few. 

Josh

C Notes May 9, 2016

posted May 9, 2016, 6:29 AM by Josh Cochran

Thanks to our entire parent community for their amazing contributions to Teacher Appreciation Week. The love and support that our staff feels is incredible. Thanks as well to the CRC for the planning, organization and delivery of all the treats, gift cards and prizes for our staff! YOU are the BEST! 

Thanks to everyone who came out to help us PLAY at our field day! Ms. Lamonski did an amazing job of making this a memorable day that our kids will not soon forget! Congratulations to the staff soccer team who edged out the parent team in our annual soccer showdown! MVP goes to Mr. Adam who stole the show with his dazzling moves and 4 goals! 

Please join me in welcoming the newest member of the Stargate Family, Adalia Cable! At 8:50 am on Saturday, May 7th Rob and Kelsey welcomed their third daughter, Adalia Joy, into the world. Adalia came in at 7 lbs 6 ounces and 21 in. long. Both Adalia and Kelsey are doing great!

Spirit Week is coming! Join in the fun this week May 9th-13th. 

Monday, May 9th - Tacky Tourist Monday
Tuesday, May 10th - Dress Like a Teacher Tuesday  
Wednesday, May 11th - Wonderful World of Disney Wednesday
Thursday, May 12th - Superhero Thursday
Friday, May 13th - Formal Friday 

Friday May 13th is also our annual Student Awards Assembly. Teachers will be notifying parents of students that are receiving awards. 
The times for the assemblies are below. (KG students do not have an awards assembly due to their awesome graduation ceremony!) 
1-2 9:30-10:15
3-4 10:30-11-15
5-8 12:45-2pm

Stem Scouts is coming to Stargate Learn more Thursday May 12, at 7PM

Stargate is proud to be launching the STEM Scout program next fall for our Elementary, Middle, and High School students. We will be holding an introduction to STEM Scouts presentation on Thursday May 12th at the school starting at 7:00 PM. Please join us to learn more about this exciting new coed program https://stemscouts.org. Parent participation is encouraged. Opportunities are available for parent volunteers to be involved as Lab Leaders as well. STEM Scouts, (a Boy Scouts of America affiliate) is a coed pilot program that is designed to focus on the fun and exciting opportunities for boys and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through weekly after school meetings using four-to six-week thematic modules that cover a variety of disciplines, STEM Scouts is designed to be fast paced, thought provoking, and fun. The coed program, available to elementary, middle and high school students, provides a great opportunity for collaboration and gives all youth a chance to develop better STEM understanding and skills. Research continues to show that mentoring adds significant value to a student’s STEM education and interest, so STEM Scouts focuses on recruiting STEM professionals as Lab leaders and STEM organizations and companies as partners.

Denver has recently been chosen by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to participate in the expanded STEM Scouts program to bring additional learning and growth opportunities to youth in our area. Please email any questions to: Kevin Baird  Kevin@BairdHomeTeam.com


Coffee with C - Join me for the last coffee with C of the 2015-2016 school year on Monday May 16th at 8:10AM. Parents will have a chance to hear an update on our expansion, hiring update, academic progress update (MAP averages per grade level), and a chance for a question and answer session. 

Please join Mrs. Cleary at a very important presentation on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30PM: Social/Emotional Well Being: How Middle School Parents Can Understand, Connect with and Support their Middle School Children

The discussion will cover the following questions:

  • Early Adolescence- What changes is my Gifted Middle Schooler experiencing as he or she enters early adolescence?

  • Moodiness- How can I tell if my Middle Schooler is just moody or if he or she might be depressed and need help?

  • Risk-Taking- How and why should I  support my Middle School student(s) in taking appropriate risks?

  • Communication- How can I have meaningful conversations with my Middle Schooler?

  • Expectations- What are healthy expectations for my Middle School child, and how can I support them in achieving all that is expected of them?


The discussion will be on Thursday, May 19th, at 6:30 pm in the Multi Purpose Room. Please direct all questions to the K-8 School Counselor, Lauren Cleary, at Lauren.Cleary@StargateSchool.org.


Have a fantastic week! 

Josh

C Notes May 2, 2016

posted May 2, 2016, 7:56 AM by Josh Cochran

Happy May! It seems surreal to know that we are in the last month of school and gearing up for all of the exciting events that will help us to close out the 2015-2016 year! 

Thanks to our entire community for their support during the Stargate Walk to Stop Diabetes. Our families raised over $10,000 that will go directly to support kids going to diabetes summer camps! Thanks to Andreas Miller, Shamus Noonan, Andrew Casteneda, Mrs. Pecosky,  Mr. VanPatten and their families for their leadership and guidance during this event! 

Join us this week for Field Day. May 4th is FIELD DAY!!!!!! - Join us for the Stargate Olympics as our K-5 students take the field to complete an obstacle course, field events, bounce houses and Olympic team events! We also need parents to participate in Staff/Parent Soccer game at 12:15pm. Last year, the parents took the crown and the staff is looking for revenge! 

Assessment Day for K-5 on May 5th - Sign up 

K-3 - Individual Reading assessments Scheduled through Signup Genius 

4 - MAP Math testing - Parents please sign up for one out of the three sessions 9:35AM, 10:40AM, 11:45AM Scheduled through Signup Genius 

5 - MAP Math assessment from 8AM-9:15AM and Health Choice Talk from 9:30- 11:55AM. Students dismissed at 11:55AM

No School for all students on May 6th. Staff will participate in a Professional Development workshop where we focus on long range planning. 

Spirit Week is coming! Join in the fun Next week May 9th-13th. 

Monday, May 9th - Tacky Tourist Monday
Tuesday, May 10th - Dress Like a Teacher Tuesday  
Wednesday, May 11th - Wonderful World of Disney Wednesday
Thursday, May 12th - Superhero Thursday
Friday, May 13th - Formal Friday 

Friday May 13th is also our annual Student Awards Assembly. Teachers will be notifying parents of students that are receiving awards. 
The times for the assemblies are below. (KG students do not have an awards assembly due to their awesome graduation ceremony!) 
1-2 9:30-10:15
3-4 10:30-11-15
5-8 12:45-2pm

Stem Scouts is coming to Stargate Learn more Thursday May 12, at 7PM

Stargate is proud to be launching the STEM Scout program next fall for our Elementary, Middle, and High School students. We will be holding an introduction to STEM Scouts presentation on Thursday May 12th at the school starting at 7:00 PM. Please join us to learn more about this exciting new coed program https://stemscouts.org. Parent participation is encouraged. Opportunities are available for parent volunteers to be involved as Lab Leaders as well. STEM Scouts, (a Boy Scouts of America affiliate) is a coed pilot program that is designed to focus on the fun and exciting opportunities for boys and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through weekly after school meetings using four-to six-week thematic modules that cover a variety of disciplines, STEM Scouts is designed to be fast paced, thought provoking, and fun. The coed program, available to elementary, middle and high school students, provides a great opportunity for collaboration and gives all youth a chance to develop better STEM understanding and skills. Research continues to show that mentoring adds significant value to a student’s STEM education and interest, so STEM Scouts focuses on recruiting STEM professionals as Lab leaders and STEM organizations and companies as partners.

Denver has recently been chosen by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to participate in the expanded STEM Scouts program to bring additional learning and growth opportunities to youth in our area. Please email any questions to: Kevin Baird  Kevin@BairdHomeTeam.com


Coffee with C - Join me for the last coffee with C of the 2015-2016 school year on Monday May 16th at 8:10AM. Parents will have a chance to hear an update on our expansion, hiring update, academic progress update (MAP averages per grade level), and a chance for a question and answer session. 

Have a fantastic week! 

Josh


C Notes April 28, 2016

posted Apr 25, 2016, 8:35 AM by Josh Cochran

 Happy Monday! It is crazy to think we are entering the last week of April. Time sure flies when you are having fun! 

 Calling all Art aficionados -  Join us Tuesday April 26th for our Stargate Student Art Show and Reception at 6PM. Families will have a chance to view all of our students creative talents.  

 Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th at 12:30PM -  You have the power to be a superhero! Join us as we Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th to support our three students and two teachers living with type 1 diabetes! Your donations towards our first inaugural Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes stays right here in Colorado. Our goal of $10,000 will support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sweet Pea for kids ages 5-10 years old and Camp Colorado for kids ages 9-17 years old living with type 1 diabetes. Campers can enjoy traditional camp activities, while being surrounded by health professionals who provide continuous medical supervision. Campers learn how to manage their own diabetes-care, while interacting with counselors who have diabetes and serve as positive role models. They meet friends who understand what it's like to be a person living with diabetes and have fun at summer camp - just like any other kid! Every dollar you donate helps to send a Colorado kid to diabetes camp! 

 Donate directly on our webpage: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/Stargate2016 

Turn in your envelope to your Homeroom teacher today (4/25/16) or Advisory, totaling online contributions as well as any enclosed cash/checks (payable to American Diabetes Association). The homeroom, advisory group, or staff group with the highest fundraising will receive a LUNCH PARTY, provided by our friends at the ADA.  April 27th, be sure to join us (along with your fellow students, parents and friends) for a Pep Assembly at 12:30pm, followed by the first annual Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Also – the first 300 students or staff members to donate $25 or more get a T-shirt to wear on the Walk! For questions, please reach out to Mrs. Pecosky, Teacher Sponsor (deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org) or Adrian Miller, Parent Champion (amillers@comcast.net).

Good Luck to our 3rd - 5th grade students participating in the Lions Club Relays this Sunday May 1 at noon! Run like the wind!

NO ADDITIONAL DAYS TO OUR SCHEDULE- Based on the AD12 interpretation of instructional time (teachers having lunch duty), the overnights our students participate in and the approximately 200 minutes on average that K-5 students are at school on assessment days, we will not have to add any additional time to our calendar. (I probably jinxed myself.......) 

May 4th is FIELD DAY!!!!!! - Join us for the Stargate Olympics as our K-5 students take the field to complete an obstacle course, field events, bounce houses and Olympic team events! We also need parents to participate in Staff/Parent Soccer game at 12:15pm. Last year, the parents took the crown and the staff is looking for revenge! 

Assessment Day for K-5 on May 5th - Sign up 

K-3 - Individual Reading assessments Scheduled through Signup Genius 

4 - MAP Math testing - Parents please sign up for one out of the three sessions 9:35AM, 10:40AM, 11:45AM Scheduled through Signup Genius 

5 - MAP Math assessment from 8AM-9:15AM and Health Choice Talk from 9:30- 11:55AM. Students dismissed at 11:55AM

Have a great week! 

C Notes April 18, 2016

posted Apr 18, 2016, 10:23 AM by Josh Cochran   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 10:35 AM ]

We made it past Snowmageddon! I hope everyone survived this weekends precipitation! I always cringe for spring snow as it means we are canceling our outside sporting events. 

Congrats to our HS Girls' Soccer team who picked up the first high school soccer win in our school's history against Northfield High School last week! 

Congrats to our Middle School Boys' Baseball team on their inaugural game! They played Academy Charter in a cold and windy game last Friday! The boys rallied in the bottom of the 6th inning but came up short 5-7! 

NO ADDITIONAL DAYS TO OUR SCHEDULE- Based on the AD12 interpretation of instructional time (teachers having lunch duty), the overnights our students participate in and the approximately 200 minutes on average that K-5 students are at school on assessment days, we will not have to add any additional time to our calendar. (I probably jinxed myself.......) 

Assessment Day for K-5 on May 5th
K-3 - Individual Reading assessments Scheduled through Signup Genius 
4 - MAP Math testing 3 optional sessions for parents beginning at 9:35AM, 10:40AM, 11:45AM Scheduled through Signup Genius 
5 - MAP Math assessment from 8AM-9:15AM and Health Choice Talk from 9:30- 11:55AM. Students dismissed at 11:55AM

Diabetes Walk: You have the power to be a superhero! Join us as we Walk to Stop Diabetes on April 27th to support our three students and two teachers living with type 1 diabetes! Your donations towards our first inaugural Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes stays right here in Colorado. Our goal of $10,000 will support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sweet Pea for kids ages 5-10 years old and Camp Colorado for kids ages 9-17 years old living with type 1 diabetes. Campers can enjoy traditional camp activities, while being surrounded by health professionals who provide continuous medical supervision. Campers learn how to manage their own diabetes-care, while interacting with counselors who have diabetes and serve as positive role models. They meet friends who understand what it's like to be a person living with diabetes and have fun at summer camp - just like any other kid! Every dollar you donate helps to send a Colorado kid to diabetes camp! 

Donate directly on our webpage: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/Stargate2016 

Here’s how it works: By MONDAY, APRIL 25TH turn in your envelope to your Homeroom teacher or Advisory, totaling online contributions as well as any enclosed cash/checks (payable to American Diabetes Association). The homeroom, advisory group, or staff group with the highest fundraising will receive a LUNCH PARTY, provided by our friends at the ADA. 

Then, on April 27th, be sure to join us (along with your fellow students, parents and friends) for a Pep Assembly at 12:30pm, followed by the first annual Stargate School: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Also – the first 300 students or staff members to donate $25 or more get a T-shirt to wear on the Walk! For questions, please reach out to Mrs. Pecosky, Teacher Sponsor (deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org) or Adrian Miller, Parent Champion (amillers@comcast.net).

Have a great week! 

Josh

C Notes April 11, 2016

posted Apr 11, 2016, 8:12 AM by Josh Cochran

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful week off and came back rested and rejuvenated! I got to play with my kiddos for the whole week and enjoyed time with family and friends. My threenager definitely 

We are officially in the home stretch of the 2015-2016 school year with only 33 days of school left. 

Thanks to the CRC, Student Leadership, Spectators and all of the Participants of the Dodgeball tournaments! The kids had a great time and we appreciate the community building that it brings. I am also proud that our Governance Board team beat our staff team in a heated 5 game match! I am sure they will enjoy the bragging rights until next year! 

This week is our annual State of the School address where you have the opportunity to receive an update from our Governance Board and all of their subcommittees. This is a great night to hear about some of the amazing behind the scenes work our volunteers are doing to further the school! See you at 6:30PM

We have a busy week with field trips, overnights, athletic events and our State of the School! I hope you will join us at one of our night time events! 

Josh
 

C Notes March 28, 2016

posted Mar 28, 2016, 7:49 AM by Josh Cochran

Happy last week before spring break! 

What a wild weather experience we had last week. It has been a long time since we had multiple snow days in a school year let alone four! We are currently looking at all of our minutes and hours for grades K-5 and 6-9 to determine what, if any, time needs to be made up. Since our students participate in overnight field trips at grades 3-9, we have some extra time that we usually do not include in our calculations that may alleviate some of the missed time. The only potential change may be to have a regular day of school instead of the planned K-5 assessment day in May (May 5).  Once a final decision has been made we will let you know. 

This Tuesday (K-5) and Thursday (6-9) is our annual dodgeball tournament! This fun event supports a local charity and allows our students, staff and parents a fun atmosphere to let loose! Please come out and cheer on all of the participants in this great event. 

This week we will wrap up the Math and Language Arts testing portion for our state testing. Monday through Wednesday our 6th-8th graders will complete their Math tests and on Thursday our 3rd-5th graders will make-up the Math section that was missed during the snow days. Thanks for everyone's flexibility in scheduling and making sure their students are well prepared as we we wrap up the week! 

Have a wonderful and Safe Spring Break and enjoy the time with your kiddos! 

Josh

C Notes March 21, 2016

posted Mar 21, 2016, 10:18 AM by Josh Cochran   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 12:26 PM ]

What a FANTASTIC Gala we had on Saturday night! Thank you to the Fundraising Committee for putting on the biggest and best event in our schools history! The hundreds of silent auction items that families donated and students created were incredible. Our student performers were well rehearsed and rocked out! During the live and paddle auction our families were incredibly generous in their giving to the school! Our Alumni Speaker, Alyssa Werner was eloquent and graceful as she recalled her Stargate experience. We are so very fortunate to be a part of such a caring community who truly goes above and beyond for our kids! Thank you to everyone for making Stargate the most amazing school around! 

We made it through our first week of PARCC testing and the students were awesome. I want to Thank Dale Briggs, our technology coordinator as we had a smooth experience! 

Last week our Director of Professional Development, Stephanie Westdyke, began organizing interviews and guest lessons with prospective teacher candidates. We are inviting candidates that have applied through our TalentEd hiring system and visited with us at a job fair. Candidates come in to teach a lesson to our gifted students, write a reflection about that lesson, sit down for a team interview and then the top two candidates are invited back for a final interview with the Executive Director. We have developed this comprehensive process because candidates having gifted experience usually equates to a classroom with a couple of gifted students or a pull-out program. There is nothing truly like have 25 gifted students in a class and the challenge it brings. Seeing them interact with our students allows us a comprehensive view of their instructional skills. We will be hiring for our growth at the middle and high school as well as some internal staff movement. 

MathCounts State Competition -Thanks to Mr. Haney for an incredible Math Season! Both Akshat Jain and Aditya Shankarling made it to the Countdown Round.  Akshat ended up finishing 8th and Aditya 10th.  Only one other school placed two students in the Countdown Round.  This is the second year that Aditya made it to the Countdown Round. The team of Akshat Jain, Aditya Shankarling, Joe Claver, and Noah Morken brought home the fourth place team trophy for Stargate.  Joe placed 21st overall individually. Donavon Facey and Natalie Stone also competed for Stargate.  Donavon was one of only 13 sixth graders that made it to the State competition and placed 85th overall. A total of 168 students from 58 schools competed today.  Only three schools qualified more students than Stargate for the competition. 

Dodgeball!!!!! - It is time to dodge, duck, dive, dip & dodge at next week's tournament. Parents and staff are welcome to form teams as well! This is one of the best community events we have and it is sure to be a great time!!!! Submit the registration forms to the front office ASAP! 

Thanks again to everyone for a great event Saturday Night and have a great week!!


Josh

C Notes March 14, 2016

posted Mar 14, 2016, 8:04 AM by Josh Cochran

Happy Daylight Savings! I hope everyone enjoyed springing forward! Thursday, March 17 is Saint Patrick's day and all students are welcome to wear green to get in the spirit! 

What a great night we had last Tuesday at our new school site! We had over 400 members of the Stargate family explore each school and see the progress that has been made thus far. Our new buildings are really coming along and it was so great to see the students in the hallways! 

Thanks to all the players, volunteer coaches and parents who participated in our Saturday K-5 basketball league. It was a wonderful season and so fun to see all the players get better each and every week! The end of the season party was an incredible success! 

We want to remind you that PARCC Testing will begins today. See the full schedule for testing during the months of March and April. This is an important series of tests as it gives each student the chance to gain experience and become more comfortable in a standardized testing environment, similar to what they will experience in the future when taking AP exams and the SAT/ACT. This testing is also important because it helps the school know how we are doing in teaching each student and how we compare to other schools across the state in instructing all students. In looking to make this testing season successful for your student and the school, please consider the following:

1. Please talk with your student about the importance of testing and encourage him or her to try their very best. 
2. While we always encourage student to get adequate sleep each night to stay healthy and well, please continue to encourage your student be get at least eight hours of sleep each night through the testing season.
3. A healthy, well rounded breakfast each morning will help set your student up for their best performance. 

Spring Sports for Middle and High School student athletes start today. Boys baseball and girls soccer begin for middle school and girls soccer and track begins for our high school students. We are keeping our fingers crossed for continued good weather. 

This Saturday is our annual Gala and I am sure it will be bigger and better than ever! A Big THANK YOU is in order for all of the volunteers on the gala committee! Your time and dedication is appreciated more than words can express!  

Josh




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