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Cable Connection September 24, 2018

posted by Jane Baker


Important Dates:

September 24- 6:30pm High School Awards Night

September 26- 6:00pm Governance Board Stakeholders Presentation

October 4-  6:15pm Middle and High School Band and Orchestra Concert

October 10- PSAT/NMSQT for 11th grade students

October 10-Middle School Class Field Trips

October 10- Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name A-L)

October 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences 10:00am-2:30pm All students (no school for students)

October 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences  3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name M-Z)

October 12- Parent/Teacher Conferences by teacher invitation only (no school for students)

October 15- Professional Development Day (no school for students)

October 16 6:30am Middle School Boys Basketball Practice starts

October 16 6:00pm Middle School Boys Basketball Parent meeting- Secondary Commons

October 17- 6pm Board of Directors Meeting

October 20- 7pm-10pm High School Homecoming Dance

October 26- 7pm-9pm Middle School Dance



I am excited for our High School Awards Night tonight and look forward to 42 students receiving AP Scholar Awards and 139 students earning Academic Letter Awards. I am proud of how hard all of our students work and the time and effort they put in to school.


I also want to thank our CRC Committee for hosting the Harry Potter event this past weekend.   and providing a fun experience for over 750 people.


Rise above,

Rob


High School Academic Awards Night September 24 6:30pm

High School students earning Academic letters and students who earned an AP Scholar Award will be recognized. Families of students receiving an award have been notified and invited. Students earn an academic letter with a GPA of 3.5 and above for the previous Fall and Spring semesters at Stargate High School.


Middle School Awards Assembly October 25

Middle School Honor Roll students earning 3.5 or above each of the semesters last school year will be recognized at the Middle School assembly on Thursday, October 25 at 11:45am in the Field House. Families of these students will be notified and are welcome to attend.


Middle and High School Fall Conferences

In an effort to minimize parent/guardian wait time to talk with teachers at conferences, we have extended the time available to meet with teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences. We have also added suggested times (alpha split by last name) in an attempt to balance out the busy times.  Our conference format will be Open House, with all teachers available in the Secondary Commons. We are anticipating shortest wait time on Thursday, October 12, 10am-2:30pm. Please see below for schedule:

October 10- 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name A-L)

October 11- 10:00am-2:30pm (no school for students)

October 11- 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name M-Z)

October 12- By teacher invitation only (no school for students)


School Safety Drills

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is a priority at Stargate School. Although we talked to students about safety protocols at the beginning of the school year, we practice safety drills throughout the year to further reinforce to our staff and students what to do in an emergency. At some time during this week, we will practice campus wide Lockout and Lockdown drills. Members of the Thornton Police Department and Adams 12 Security Services Team will be on campus and assist with the drills.  

 

Our school works closely with local authorities and uses emergency management best-practices to correctly develop and implement safety procedures. The goal of our drills throughout the school year is to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans, improve our response skills, and make students aware of what to do in an emergency.

 

Our school will go into a lockout if there is a threat outside the building. When in a lockout, we will bring everyone inside, lock and secure all exterior doors, pull exterior blinds or shades, and continue business as usual inside the building. Once the building is secure, we will not let anyone in the building.

 

Our school will go into a lockdown if there is a threat inside the building. Our protocol for a lockdown is locks, lights, out of sight. We turn classroom lights off, lock classroom doors, and move to an area of the room that can not be seen from interior doors or windows. If students are not in a classroom when we move into a lockdown, evacuation may be the best option depending on the students’ location and the nature of the threat. Staff will help evacuate students to a safe location away from the building and wait for further instruction.

 

In the event of a real emergency, we will send email communication to our community, providing updates and next steps, as timely as possible.

 

Please talk with your student, if you deem it appropriate, about the drills. Our goal, while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students are safe.


High School Yearbook

High school yearbooks are now on sale! Don't miss out on a great way to commemorate all your wonderful Stargate memories. Just go here to order your yearbook today! Plain yearbooks are $51 and personalized are $59.


Senior Portrait Requirements


Senior Portrait Photographer Resource Page  (Please note: Senior portraits can be done by the photographer of your choice.)


Senior Class Yearbook Baby Ads

The time has come for our inaugural Stargate High School class to graduate! We are so proud of our seniors and we're sure you are to. One way to tell them how proud you are is to buy a senior baby ad for the yearbook! We have created sixteen templates for you to choose from at very competitive prices! If you'd like to order a baby ad, it is a simple, three-step process:

  • 2. Send photos to hsybphotos@stargateschool.org

  • 3. Pay through IC Payforit once the charge has been added to your account (allow up to five business days for this charge to appear)

Please make sure to follow the instructions on the form carefully and to complete all three steps. All baby ad orders must be received by November 1 and paid for by November 15. Any orders or payments received after these deadlines will not be accepted. If you have any questions, you can email Ms. vonHilsheimer at tessa.vonHilsheimer@stargateschool.org.


Middle School Yearbooks

Middle School yearbooks are now available to order here.

$51 before December 1st and $55 after December 1st

Personalized books will be $61 before December 1st and $65 after December 1st.


You must pay online through Pictavo in order to get your book; middle school is no longer accepting cash or check. As with last year, we will not order extras. Prices will go up after December 1. March 1 is the deadline to order.


8th grade students only-baby ads to be placed in the yearbook

  • Ad Includes: baby picture of the 8th grader, current photo and a brief parent perspective

  • Cost: $20.Pay through Payforit once the charge has been added to your account.

  • Deadline:  December 1 for orders and December 20 for payment. Any ads or payments received after this date will not be accepted, and your ad will not be run.

  • To order, send an email titled Baby Ad - {Student Name} to middleschoolyearbook@stargateschool.org with the following information:

    • student name as you want it to appear in the ad

    • brief message to the student (50 words max, including greeting and who the ad is from)

    • digital baby photo of the 8th grade student to be featured in the ad (must be 2nd grade or younger)

    • digital current photo of the student

      • Photo guidelines:

        • Digital photos should be sent in a .jpg format and at least 300 dpi, and labeled with the student's name, last name first.

        • No printed photos will be accepted.  You must submit digital photos only.

        • Any photos not sent in this format will be returned to you for correction.



Counseling Updates:

**The 8th grade Career Expo field trip will take place on November 13, 2018.

**The PSAT 9 & PSAT 10 test booklets from the 2017-2018 school year are available for pick up in the main office. Please see the front office staff for your booklet!

**Peer Tutoring: As a reminder, peer tutors are available for middle school students, Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays during lunch; and available for high school students during their off period.

**Please log into your Infinite Campus accounts to ensure that we have the most up to date email address and check your email for more information from the counseling department directly.

**The counseling department is beginning a new college campus visit program called Bus to College! We will be scheduling several campus visits throughout the school year to a variety of college campuses. All of the visits will be posted in Naviance titled "Bus to College" followed by the name of the school we will be attending. Each visit will have a capped number of students allowed to attend (for example, 50 students). It is on a first come first serve basis. These trips will occur instead of the whole class trips that we have taken in the past. These visits are open to all high school students grades 9-12! Students are allowed to attend a maximum of TWO college visits each school year. In order to attend students must sign up on Naviance no later than 1 week before the visit. Once students sign up on Naviance, find Mrs. Meeks to get your permission slip and turn in the completed permission slip to her by the due date stated on the form. You must sign up on Naviance prior to getting a permission slip.

**Our first Bus to College will be on October 4th to the Colorado School of Mines, the first 38 students to sign up in Naviance will attend. The deadline to sign up is this Thursday, September 27, 2018.  

** Upcoming College Rep Visits & Bus to College Dates:

Sierra Nevada College

Mon October 1, 2018

2:15 PM

Kalamazoo College

Tue October 2, 2018

11:15 AM

Savannah College of Art and Design

Tue October 2, 2018

12:15 PM

Arizona State University

Tue October 2, 2018

1:15 PM

Cornell College

Wed October 3, 2018

1:15 PM

BUS TO COLLEGE: Colorado School of Mines

Thu October 4, 2018

10:00 AM

Sweet Briar College

Thu October 4, 2018

11:15 AM

Tufts University

Thu October 4, 2018

1:15 PM

Miami University, Oxford

Fri October 5, 2018

10:15 AM

New York University

Mon October 8, 2018

2:15 PM

Dartmouth College

Wed October 10, 2018

12:15 PM

John Brown University

Tue October 16, 2018

9:15 AM

Columbia College

Wed October 17, 2018

11:15 AM

BUS TO COLLEGE: University of Denver

Thu October 18, 2018

9:00 AM

Harvard-College Interview Process Workshop

Mon October 22, 2018

10:15 AM

Colorado Christian University

Tue October 30, 2018

11:15 AM

BUS TO COLLEGE: University of Northern Colorado

Tue November 6, 2018

9:00 AM

University of Wyoming

Wed November 7, 2018

9:15 AM

Bryant University

Wed November 7, 2018

11:15 AM



Middle School Brain Bowl Tournament

Middle School Brain Bowl is back! Students, get your team together and compete against 90 teams from across Colorado and Wyoming in this fun academic style tournament that's a bit like playing Jeopardy. More information can be found on the 2019 Middle School Brain Bowl Tournament Flyer.


Middle School Boys Basketball Registration October 1-12

NO LATE REGISTRATION

First day of practice-October 16 6:30am-7:45am

Parent Meeting: October 16 6:00pm Secondary Commons

Information about Sports Registration is found on the SPORTS REGISTRATION page.

Please remember that your student must have a current physical form on file before the first day of practice in order to participate. Physicals are good for 365 days so please plan ahead

Hischke’s Happenings! September 24, 2018

posted by Jane Baker


Important Dates:

September 24- Kickoff - Box Tops/Longmont Dairy Milk Caps/Tyson Labels Contest

September 25- 8:15am Social Emotional Committee Meeting-Elementary Commons

September 25- 6:30-8:00pm Elementary Talent Show

*A small group of students will perform from 6:00 - 6:30 pm and parents of  these students were notified via email

September 26- 6:00pm Governance Board Stakeholders Presentation

September 27-6:30pm Fundraising Allocation Committee Meeting

October 3-5- 5th Grade Overnight to Camp Timberline

October 5- 9 am- 1:30pm Kindergarten Field Trip-Miller Farms

October 10-12  K-5 Conferences

October 15- No School-Professional Development Day for the staff

October 17 6pm Board of Directors Meeting



Hello to all Stargate Families,


It’s hard to believe that the month of September is almost over and Fall is already here. As I reflect on the past month and a half I would like to share a few thoughts with you that have been on my mind.


At Stargate we strive to focus on a few core values and I would like to take the opportunity to highlight those values.


We Put Kids First

With everything we do, we focus on students. We focus on both their academic and social/emotional growth. We want them to have a positive experience when they are with us at Stargate and with every decision that is made, we ask how will this affect students.  


Respect

It is important that we model respect for one another at all times. This is something we teach and model for our students daily. We want students to respect themselves and others and this is a continuous work in progress. We also expect the same from our parent community.


Grace

This is a word I keep coming back to daily. We need to grant each other grace in our daily interactions. This means to assume positive intentions, act with kindness, and compassion toward others. To me, grace is a way of life and a way of  interacting with those around us.


The staff here at Stargate works tirelessly for their students. If you have an opportunity to write a card of gratitude to a staff member to thank them for their efforts, that would be much appreciated. I know that whenever I have a difficult day, the one thing I can do to change my mindset is write a card of appreciation; it truly fills my soul and heart.


Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal



Social Emotional Meeting

Tomorrow morning is our first Social/Emotional Committee meeting! It will start at 8:15 tomorrow morning. Please check in at the front office and then head into the Elementary Commons.


I know several of you sent a personal email that you would like to be a part of this group, but we would like to extend the invitation to everyone. We are excited about the group and all are welcome! See you tomorrow.


Talent Show

The Elementary K-5 Talent Show, hosted by Mr. Osburn, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. There has been a slight change in the schedule due to the number of students that tried out for the show. To accommodate more students, Mr. O will start the show at 6:00 pm for students that have short acts. All the parents of the students starting at 6:00 pm have been notified via email.


If you have any questions as to when your student will perform in the talent show, please contact the front office and they will be able to answer your questions.We hope you will be able to attend and support all of our talented students.


School Safety Drill Messaging

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is a priority at Stargate School. Although we talked to students about safety protocols at the beginning of the school year, we practice safety drills throughout the year to further reinforce to our staff and students what to do in an emergency. At some time during this week, we will practice campus wide Lockout and Lockdown drills. Members of the Thornton Police Department and Adams 12 Security Services Team will be on campus and assist with the drills.  

 

Our school works closely with local authorities and uses emergency management best-practices to correctly develop and implement safety procedures. The goal of our drills throughout the school year is to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans, improve our response skills, and make students aware of what to do in an emergency.

 

Our school will go into a lockout if there is a threat outside the building. When in a lockout, we will bring everyone inside, lock and secure all exterior doors, and continue business as usual inside the building. Once the building is secure, we will not let anyone in the building.

 

Our school will go into a lockdown if there is a threat inside the building. Our protocol for a lockdown is locks, lights, out of sight. We turn classroom lights off, lock classroom doors, and move to an area of the room that can not be seen from interior doors or windows. If students are not in a classroom when we move into a lockdown, evacuation may be the best option depending on the students’ location and the nature of the threat. Staff will help evacuate students to a safe location away from the building and wait for further instruction.

 

In the event of a real emergency, we will send email communication to our community, providing updates and next steps, as timely as possible.

 

Please talk with your student, if you deem it appropriate, about the drills. Our goal, while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students are safe.



Health Policy-When to Keep your Student Home

District policy states your child must stay home for at least 24 hours if he/she is sent home from school with any of the following:

  • Fever of 100 or above

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea


Other reasons to keep your child home:

  • Rashes - Child should stay home unless a note is provided by a doctor stated that the rash is not contagious or the rash goes away on its own

  • Strep throat - Child may return after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and when symptom free

  • Common Cold - Keep your child home if your child is “not feeling well”, has a fever, a lot of nasal discharge (yellow, green, white), persistent cough

  • “Pink Eye” (Conjunctivitis) - Child should stay home until doctor determines infection is not contagious

  • Impetigo - Stay home until doctor advises their return

  • Chickenpox - Child should stay home for one week after symptoms appear or until all papules (water-filled lesions) are scabbed or crusted over

  • Persistent Cough - Stay home if the cough disrupts child’s learning/classroom

  • Eye/ear infection or Infected wounds - Stay home if drainage or until physician advises return to school


Watch DOG Information

Thank you to all the dads that attended the Watch DOG meeting on Thursday, September 20. There were many new faces and some familiar ones too. This was a great evening in which individuals shared their experiences with the Watch DOG program and what it has meant to them, their children, and the students and teachers at Stargate. We do have some T-shirts available for purchase at Elementary front office.


If you were unable to attend, but would still like to sign up to be a Watch DOG, please click here for the Sign Up Genius link. It can also be found on the Stargate webpage on the left hand side under “Get Involved.” If you have any questions about the program, please contact Missy Hischke at missy.hischke@stargateschool.org.


Windsock Day

If the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or heavy precipitation is present, students will need to enter the school through the commons entrance (left of the main entrance) and they will sit with their grade level in the Elementary Commons. We politely ask that you do one of two options at drop off:

  • Parents can drop their student off in the loop and your child can walk themselves to the commons and then sit with their grade level peers

  • Parents can park in the parking lot and then walk their child to the commons


We have approximately 500 students that we place in the commons and 92 kindergarten students in the gym, so it is a busy morning during a Windsock Day. We would invite parents in, but space is at a minimum. The commons is supervised by three to four Eagle’s Landing staff members, our assistant principal, Sara Moeller, and me (Mrs. Hischke).


Indoor recess will be supervised by adults/teachers in the classroom. Student dismissals will also be conducted through the main entrance. Kindergarten will be dismissed from the elementary commons, so please use the side door that is left of the main office entrance.


Colorful windsocks will be displayed at different locations around the school (two at the south entrance and one at the north entrance) to indicate that conditions exist for an "inside day".


Conferences

Fall conferences will be held on October 10 - October 12. There is school that week for students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The students will not have classes on Thursday and Friday; and please note that there is no school for students on Oct. 15 due to a Professional Development Day.


This is a great time to connect with your child’s teachers and we hope to see you there. Most teaching teams sent conference forms home today, so please keep an eye out for it if you have not received one yet.



Kickoff - Box Tops/Longmont Dairy Milk Caps/Tyson Labels Contest

Gather all of the Box Tops for Education, Longmont Dairy Milk Caps and Tyson labels that you've been collecting all summer, put them in a plastic bag (include the name of your child's homeroom teacher) and drop them off in the main collection box near the K-5 front desk OR deliver to your child's homeroom teacher. Each of these items earns our school $$. The winning class for each category (Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Milk Caps for the Fall; Tyson labels contest will carry over to the Spring) will earn an Ice Cream Sundae or Root Beer Float party. Careful cutting and examination of expiration dates is appreciated as are clean milk caps! the last day to turn in these items is Friday, October 5th.


Staff information to help with processes

  • Sandy Francis - Elementary 504 Coordinator K-5 and ELL Coordinator for K-12

  • Nancy Provataris - Elementary School Psychologist

  • Chris Fee - K-3 Learning Services Provider

  • Patrick Holmbo - 4-6 Learning Services Provider

  • Sara Moeller - Elementary Assistant Principal

  • Veronica Vieyra - Administrative Assistant to Missy Hischke and Sara Moeller

  • Lori Bustamante - Elementary Registrar

  • Traci Snouffer-Elementary Health Aide

StarNews 9/17/18

posted Sep 17, 2018, 1:52 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:

September 17- Stargate Spirit Wear sale begins

September 17- September 24 4:00pm-Accountability Committee Election Voting Open

September 19- 5:30pm Fundraising Committee Meet and Greet Performing Arts Center Lobby

September 19-6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting-Performing Arts Auditorium

September 20- Dining Out Night

September 22- 4:30pm-7:30pm Harry Potter Night

September 25- 6:30pm- Elementary Talent Show

September 26- 6:00pm Stakeholders Presentation-Performing Arts Auditorium

September 27 - Pinot's Palette painting event

October 3-5- 5th Grade Overnight to Camp Timberline




Board of Directors Business Meeting

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:00pm

Performing Arts Auditorium

Link to Agenda


Please join us for the Stargate Governance Board Annual Stakeholder’s Presentation September 26, 2018, 6:00pm, Stargate Performing Arts Auditorium

Topics will include:

  • The School’s 2018-2019 Strategic Plan

  • Bond Refinancing

  • Student assessment data from 2017-2018 school year

  • Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Case Updates

  • Charter Renewal Process


HARRY POTTER NIGHT

4:30-7:30pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND  

Join our Heads of House to win the House Cup! Prof Anderson of Gryffindor, Prof. Buck of Hufflepuff, Prof. Zelinger Cohen of Ravenclaw, and Profs Phelps and Root of Slytherin can give you bonus points this week.

New Escape Room - Escape Snape!

Triwizard Tournament - Teams compete to win three levels

Save Dobby - Contribute new men's socks to earn extra 20 points per pair

Volunteers earn DOUBLE points sign up at http://bit.ly/2018HarrysHelpers

Price - $5/student, $1/adults

Concessions available!

We need Adult and Secondary student volunteers -

Please help and sign up at http://bit.ly/2018HarrysHelpers



Fundraising Committee Updates

The Fundraising Committee needs you!! We are looking for more volunteers to join our committee. If you like to plan events or if you would like to help with an event such as our dining out nights, Fall Fundraiser , annual Spring Gala, spirit nights and more, please join us on Wednesday, September 19th at 5:30pm in the lobby of the Stargate Performing Arts Center for a "Meet and Greet" with members of the fundraising committee prior to the Governance Board meeting. Or contact fundraising@stargateschool.org.

 

9/17 Stargate Spirit Wear sale

Wherever you go, don't forget your Stargate Spirit Wear! Our 2018-2019 sale kicks off on September 17th and runs thru September 30th. Flyers can be found here. Samples of items will be on display at Harry Potter Night on 9/22 and in the Elementary building.

Online orders are preferred and can be submitted here or paste the address into your browser:

https://squareup.com/store/stargate-spiritwear

If you prefer to order and pay with cash or check, you can find the order form here. Please include the name of your child's homeroom teacher on your order form, make checks payable to "Stargate", turn in payment and order form to either your child's homeroom teacher or the Secondary Front Desk.

Questions? Contact spiritwear@stargateschool.org

9/20 Dining Out Night: Join us for our first Stargate Dining Out Night for the 2018-2019 school year!! For the month of September from 4pm - 8pm, we will be enjoying delicious food at these great restaurants and, in turn, they will give a percentage back to Stargate (15% - 20%), all are located just down the street from Stargate:

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: 14255 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Your Pie Pizza: 14342 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: 14306 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Cuba, Cuba Cafe: 14312 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Flyers are coming to K-5 Monday folders or show a digital version posted here.

9/22 Harry Potter Night: Stargate Fundraising Committee will be selling  custom designed Stargate Harry Potter t-shirts, Stargate Pop Sockets and King Soopers reloadable gift cards the night of the event. On Friday, 9/21, Fundraising will be selling custom made cake pops ($3.00 each) and t-shirts ($12.00 each) after school. Get there early for the best selection.

9/24 - 10/5 Box Tops for Education, Longmont Dairy Milk Caps and Tyson Labels contest: Gather all of the Box Tops for Education, Longmont Dairy Milk Caps and Tyson labels that you've been collecting all summer, put them in a plastic bag (include the name of your child's homeroom teacher) and drop them off in the main collection box near the K-5 front desk, secondary front desk OR deliver to your child's homeroom teacher (for K-5). Each of these items earns our school $$. The winning K-5 class for each category (Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Milk Caps for the Fall; Tyson labels contest will carry over to the Spring) will earn an Ice Cream Sundae or Root Beer Float party. Careful cutting and examination of expiration dates is appreciated as are clean milk caps! The last day to turn in these items is Friday, October 5th.

10/26 - Pinot's Palette painting event (more details and flyers forthcoming)

King Soopers Fundraising cards

Support Stargate fundraising efforts by purchasing a Stargate reloadable King Soopers gift card.  Cards will be available at Harry Potter Night. These cards, pre-loaded with $5.00, will be available for purchase at the Stargate Secondary front office. Every time you reload the card King Soopers will donate 5% of the re-loaded amount to Stargate (at no cost to you). You can even reload directly at the register before you purchase your items. Use the cards to do your grocery shopping or purchase gas to support your school while you shop.  This is a way for King Soopers to encourage shoppers to patronize their store, and also for them to support non-profit organizations. For more information, click here.

If 300 Stargate families reloaded their cards with $200 each month to use on groceries and/or gas, our school will earn $3,000/month which means $36,000/year! This is one of the easiest ways to help Stargate earn $$!!!

AmazonSmile

Sign up to support Stargate by using AmazonSmile (go to: smile.amazon.com and Sign up ). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Stargate every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Stargate (0.5% of all qualifying purchases will go back to our school). It's fast, easy and links directly to your current Amazon account.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. For more details, click here.

Fundraising Committee Meeting Notice

The next Stargate Fundraising Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th at 6:00pm at Panera at The Orchard's.


STARGATE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Regular Business Session Agenda

posted Sep 17, 2018, 6:46 AM by Jane Baker

STARGATE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Regular Business Session Agenda

Meeting to be held at Stargate School

September 19, 2018

6:00 PM

1.                   CALL TO ORDER

 

2.                   OPEN SESSION

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Welcome

Teresa Walsh

B

Roll Call

Leah Choi

C

Reading of the Stargate Mission

TBD

D

Recognition and Appreciation

Elizabeth Williams

 

3.                   REVIEW/ACCEPT AGENDA

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Motion to accept the agenda

Teresa Walsh

                               

4.                   BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Motion to approve the minutes from the Governance Board Special Meeting held August 22, 2018

Taylor Johnson

                               

5.                   SCHOOL OPERATIONS

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Director of Finance and Operations Report  

Lynne Allen

B

Secondary Principal Report

Robert Cable

C

Elementary Principal Report

Missy Hischke

D

OCR Summary Update

Elizabeth Williams

 

6.                   PUBLIC COMMENT

Reminder: The Board meeting is structured to allow the Board to conduct its business in a timely manner. Public comment is set aside for members of the audience to raise issues that are not specifically on the agenda. Comments may not be immediately addressed but will be considered as future agenda items. Anyone wishing to speak must sign-in before the meeting begins. Comments are limited to three (3) minutes each and total time allotted for all public comments will not exceed twenty (20) minutes. Those wishing to speak that do not get the opportunity to do so can submit their comments to governance@stargateschool.org or may attend the next Board meeting to do so. Please note that time may not be donated to others and comments are expected to maintain professional courtesy, civility, and respect.

 

7.                   BOARD OPERATIONS: COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item

Committee Name

Report

Presenter

A/B

Bond Advisory/

Foundation

Written report only

n/a

C

Community Relations

Written report only

n/a

D

Elections

SAC Election Update

Brad Schoenfeld

E

Finance

Written report only

n/a

F

Fundraising

Annual Report

Annual Campaign Letter

Denise Vitt

G

Fundraising Allocation

Written report only

n/a

H

Grant

Written report only

n/a

I

Recruiting

Written report only

n/a

J

School Accountability

Written report only

n/a

K

Website

Written report only

n/a

 

8.                   BOARD PLANNING: ACTION ITEMS

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Review/Approval of 2018/2019 Goals for Director of Finance & Operations, Secondary Principal, & Elementary Principal

Elizabeth Williams

B

Recognition of Committee Chairs

Teresa Walsh

C

Review/Approval of 2018/2019 Strategic Plan

Elizabeth Williams

D

Review/Approve Revised Orientation Policy

Teresa Walsh

 

9.                   BOARD PLANNING: DISCUSSION ITEMS

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Board Training / Work Session – Oct 3

Teresa Walsh

C

AD12 Renewal Process / Update

Teresa Walsh

D

Policy Manual Review

Teresa Walsh

E

Committee Updates

Elizabeth Williams

F

Stakeholders Meeting – Sept 26

Elizabeth Williams

 

10.               FUTURE PLANNING: BOARD CALENDAR

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Review ongoing action item status, upcoming action items, Board attendance at events, and future meeting topics

Teresa Walsh

 

11.               ADJOURNMENT

Item

Report

Presenter

A

Motion to adjourn

Teresa Walsh

 

Hischke’s Happenings! September 10, 2018

posted Sep 10, 2018, 3:57 PM by Jane Baker


Important Dates:

September 10-11  3-4 pm Talent Show Audition

September 13- Elementary Curriculum Night

September 14- Elementary School Pictures

September 19- 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

September 20 -5:30 pm Watch DOGS orientation meeting

September 22-Harry Potter Night

September 25- 6:30-8:00pm Elementary Talent Show

  (Auditions 9/10, 9/11, 9/17, 9/18 3-4pm)

October 3-5- 5th Grade Overnight to Camp Timberline


Dear Stargate Families,


The year is off to a great start and we are excited to interact with families this Thursday night for the Elementary Curriculum Night! This is an opportunity for you to meet with your student’s homeroom (Theme), math, and literacy teacher(s). Below is the schedule:


  • 5:00PM -6:00PM (Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 4th grade)

  • 6:30 -7:30 PM (1st grade, 2nd grade, and 5th grade)


We hope to see you all there!


As mentioned in the last Hischke’s Happenings, the elementary building is looking for a committee to look into different social emotional programs that we would like to invest in for our gifted learners. We received emails from a variety of parents and would like to send this out one last time before we hold our first meeting. If you are interested in this committee and have not yet emailed me, please send an email to missy.hischke@stargateschool.org to express your interest. The meeting is scheduled for September 25 at 8:15 am in the Elementary Commons.


Please read the rest of the information below for other school and campus updates.


Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal




Staff information to help with processes

  • Sandy Francis - Elementary 504 Coordinator K-5 and ELL Coordinator for K-12

  • Nancy Provataris - Elementary School Psychologist

  • Chris Fee - K-3 Learning Services Provider

  • Patrick Holmbo - 4-6 Learning Services Provider

  • Sara Moeller - Elementary Assistant Principal

  • Veronica Vieyra - Administrative assistant to Missy Hischke and Sara Moeller

  • Lori Bustamante - Elementary Registrar

  • Traci Snouffer-Elementary Health Aide



Talent Show

The Elementary K-5 Talent Show, hosted by Mr. Osburn, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Tryouts will be held after school on September 10, 11, 17, 18. More information to come. We hope you will be able to attend and support all of our talented students.


Picture Day - September 14

Picture Day for K-5 students is scheduled for September 14th. For those who are new to Stargate there are typically two different picture days during the school year. In the Fall, students take individual pictures and then in the Spring, class photos will be taken with homeroom classes. Order forms will be sent home in Monday folders.



WATCH D.O.G.S. Program

We are excited to launch our WATCH D.O.G.S. Program for 2018-2019 school year! Several parents have expressed interest in the program and we would like to invite all Dads to attend an orientation meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 pm in the K-5 Building in Ms. Beatty’s classroom. There will be a brief overview of the program and overall expectations, a tour of the buildings on campus, and pizza will be served. We hope to see you all there. The online sign-up system will be ready after the meeting for those that would like to volunteer. Please review the link below for more information about the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program.

http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/


Fundraising Allocation Committee Requests

The Fundraising Allocation Committee (FAC) will distribute fundraising dollars for community requests. Any current Stargate Stakeholder or current Stargate student is welcome to apply for funds to purchase items/materials.

Requests will be prioritized based on impact to students, programs, and teachers. If you have questions please reach out to your building principal. Requests that exceed $5000 must be approved by the Governance Board.

The first round of requests are due by Friday, September 21st. The FAC will meet on September, 27 2018 to review the requests.

The Fundraising Allocation request form can be found here: Fundraising Allocation Committee Request Form


i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment

We are excited to share that Stargate is implementing a Math and Reading diagnostic program called i-Ready. Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.


The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! We look forward to sharing i-Ready reports with you throughout the year and to providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.

Cable Connection September 10, 2018

posted Sep 10, 2018, 3:48 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:

September 10-12 and 12-14- 6th grade Keystone Overnight Field Trip

September 10-12- 7th grade Cheley Overnight Field Trip

September 12-14- 8th grade Cheley Overnight Field Trip

September 19- 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

September 22-Harry Potter Night

September 24- 6:00pm High School Awards Night

October 10- PSAT/NMSQT for 11th grade students

October 10-Middle School Class Field Trips

October 10- Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name A-L)

October 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences 10:00am-2:30pm All students (no school for students)

October 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences  3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name M-Z)

October 12- Parent/Teacher Conferences by teacher invitation only (no school for students)

October 15- Professional Development Day (no school for students)



It was fun to see many of our 6th and 7th grade students head off to their overnight field trips today. I have already received updated from our staff sponsors and it looks like students are having a great time.


As was reported in last week’s StarNews, I am very proud of our students and staff for their achievement and growth on last year’s standardized assessments. I am especially proud of our current senior class for achieving the 3rd best school SAT score in the state.


Rise above,

Rob



High School Academic Awards Night September 24 6:00pm

High School students earning Academic letters and students who earned an AP Scholar Award will be recognized. Families of students receiving an award have been notified and invited. Students earn an academic letter with a GPA of 3.5 and above for the previous Fall and Spring semesters at Stargate High School.


Middle School Awards Assembly October 25

Middle School students earning a GPA of 4.0 last school year will be recognized at the Middle School assembly on Thursday, October 25 at 11:45am in the Fieldhouse. Families of these students will be notified and are welcome to attend.


Counseling Updates:

The PSAT 9 & PSAT 10 test booklets from the 2017-2018 school year are available for pick up in the main office. Please see the front office staff for your booklet!


The counseling department is beginning a new college campus visit program called Bus to College! We will be scheduling several campus visits throughout the school year to a variety of college campuses. All of the visits will be posted in Naviance titled "Bus to College" followed by the name of the school we will be attending. Each visit will have a capped number of students allowed to attend (for example, 50 students). It is on a first come first serve basis. These trips will occur instead of the whole class trips that we have taken in the past. These visits are open to all high school students grades 9-12! Students are allowed to attend a maximum of TWO college visits each school year. In order to attend students must sign up on Naviance. Once students sign up on Naviance, find Mrs. Meeks to get your permission slip and turn in the completed permission slip to her by the due date stated on the form. You must sign up on Naviance prior to getting a permission slip.


Our first Bus to College will be on October 4th to the Colorado School of Mines, the first 38 students to sign up in Naviance will attend.


Upcoming College Rep Visits:

Kansas State University

Tue September 11, 2018

10:15 AM

Fort Lewis College

Wed September 12, 2018

11:15 AM

Colorado State University

Wed September 12, 2018

12:15 PM

Western State Colorado University

Thu September 13, 2018

9:15 AM

The University of Arizona

Mon September 17, 2018

8:15 AM

Ringling College of Art and Design

Mon September 24, 2018

1:15 PM

Kalamazoo College

Tue October 2, 2018

11:15 AM

Arizona State University

Tue October 2, 2018

1:15 PM

Cornell College

Wed October 3, 2018

1:15 PM

Gettysburg College

Thu October 4, 2018

8:15 AM

Tufts University

Thu October 4, 2018

1:15 PM

Miami University, Oxford

Fri October 5, 2018

10:15 AM

New York University

Mon October 8, 2018

2:15 PM

Dartmouth College

Wed October 10, 2018

12:15 PM

John Brown University

Tue October 16, 2018

9:15 AM

Columbia College

Wed October 17, 2018

11:15 AM

Harvard-College Interview Process Workshop

Mon October 22, 2018

10:15 AM

Colorado Christian University

Tue October 30, 2018

11:15 AM

University of Wyoming

Wed November 7, 2018

9:15 AM



Peer Tutoring:

As a reminder, peer tutors are available for middle school students, Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays during lunch; and available for high school students during their off period.



Fundraising Allocation Committee Requests

The Fundraising Allocation Committee (FAC) will distribute fundraising dollars for community requests. Any current Stargate Stakeholder or current Stargate student is welcome to apply for funds to purchase items/materials.

Requests will be prioritized based on impact to students, programs, and teachers. If you have questions please reach out to your building principal. Requests that exceed $5000 must be approved by the Governance Board.

The first round of requests are due by Friday, September 21st. The FAC will meet on September, 27 2018 to review the requests.

The Fundraising Allocation request form can be found here: Fundraising Allocation Committee Request Form


Senior Class Yearbook Baby Ads

The time has come for our inaugural Stargate High School class to graduate! We are so proud of our seniors and we're sure you are to. One way to tell them how proud you are is to buy a senior baby ad for the yearbook! We have created sixteen templates for you to choose from at very competitive prices! If you'd like to order a baby ad, it is a simple, three-step process:

  • 2. Send photos to hsybphotos@stargateschool.org

  • 3. Pay through IC Payforit once the charge has been added to your account (allow up to five business days for this charge to appear)

Please make sure to follow the instructions on the form carefully and to complete all three steps. All baby ad orders must be received by November 1 and paid for by November 15. Any orders or payments received after these deadlines will not be accepted. If you have any questions, you can email Ms. vonHilsheimer at tessa.vonHilsheimer@stargateschool.org.



Middle and High School Fall Conferences

In an effort to minimize parent/guardian wait time to talk with teachers at conferences, we have extended the time available to meet with teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences. We have also added suggested times (alpha split by last name) in an attempt to balance out the busy times.  Our conference format will be Open House, with all teachers available in the Secondary Commons. We are anticipating shortest wait time on Thursday, October 12, 10am-2:30pm. Please see below for schedule:

October 10- 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name A-L)

October 11- 10:00am-2:30pm (no school for students)

October 11- 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name M-Z)

October 12- By teacher invitation only (no school for students)


Middle School i-Ready Testing

Middle School students are finishing i-Ready Math and Reading assessments in their Connect classes. We will have i-Ready reports available for parents/guardians at Parent Teacher Conferences in October.


Middle School Brain Bowl Tournament

Middle School Brain Bowl is back! Students, get your team together and compete against 90 teams from across Colorado and Wyoming in this fun academic style tournament that's a bit like playing Jeopardy. More information can be found on the 2019 Middle School Brain Bowl Tournament Flyer.

StarNews 8/20/18

posted Sep 4, 2018, 2:23 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:

September 10-4:00pm Accountability Committee Nominations Due

September 10-12 and 12-14- 6th grade students to Keystone Science School

September 10-12- 7th grade students to Camp Cheley

September 12-14- 8th grade students to Camp Cheley

September 13- Elementary Curriculum Night

September 14- Elementary School Pictures

September 17- Stargate Spirit Wear sale begins

September 17- September 24 4:00pm-Accountability Committee Election Voting Open

September 19-6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting-Performing Arts Auditorium

September 20- Dining Out Night

September 22- 4:30pm-7:30pm Harry Potter Night

September 25- 6:30pm- Elementary Talent Show

September 26- 6:00pm Stakeholders Presentation-Performing Arts Auditorium

September 27 - Pinot's Palette painting event

October 3-5- 5th Grade Overnight to Camp Timberline


Stargate Students Soar On State Exams

Seniors Among Highest Scores In Colorado


Stargate School is bursting with pride as it prepares for its first graduating class next spring. The School’s first senior class just earned some of the highest SAT scores in the entire state.


“I am proud of our teachers for challenging our students and taking them to new heights,” said Rob Cable, Principal of Stargate’s secondary school. “I am thankful for our parents/guardians for supporting our students and the work of the school. Most of all, I’m proud of our students for working hard, allowing themselves to be pushed and challenged, not settling for good enough, and always striving to grow.”


In 2018, Stargate’s total mean score on the SAT for its seniors is 1255. The statewide average is 1014. Stargate’s scores ranked third in the entire state out of 513 high schools. Only Liberty Common Charter School and D’Evelyn Senior and Junior High School scored higher than Stargate.


Stargate’s students are outperforming state and district averages on most metrics at all grade levels. For example, students in grades 4-8 are scoring high on achievement and growth—the two key state metrics for that age group. According to the combined test results in English and math for all students in grades 4-8, both Stargate and the District are outpacing state averages.


In the past few years, Stargate’s students experienced high achievement, but low to moderate growth scores. The results for the School’s CMAS, PSAT and SAT testing last spring showed that students continued to experience high achievement, while making great gains in growth. 


“We set the bar very high for the students. Our amazing staff took on an incredible challenge to ensure the students achieved the growth they were capable of in both math and English language arts,” said Missy Hischke, Principal of Stargate’s elementary school. “We are blessed to be in a community that supports our teachers and the work they do for the students. To say that I am proud of our students and teachers is an understatement.”


Students in grades 9-11 also distinguished themselves on the PSAT/SAT tests. In reading and writing, Stargate’s students scored an average growth score of 77, while the statewide average score is 50. Cable explained that Stargate recently implemented school-wide writing goals, focusing on constructed responses.


Unfortunately, more than half of all Colorado students in third through eighth grade are below state expectations in reading, writing, and math, according to the statewide tests. For more information about Colorado’s SAT and PSAT scores, please visit

https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/cosatdataandresults



Accountability Committee Election

Self-Nominations for the Stargate School Accountability Committee (SAC) are open NOW through September 10 at 4 pm. The nominating form can be found HERE.  Elections will be September 17-24. The positions available for this election:

           3 Parent (all two-year terms)

           2 Staff (1, two-year term and 1, one-year term).

Interested candidates should review the SAC FAQ document, the SAC training plan for more information.


Please note that the upcoming elections for the Stargate Accountability Committee (SAC) will be conducted through email only--there will be NO paper ballots distributed. Ballots will be sent to the email address on file in Infinite Campus you provided at registration as per election policy.


If you have any questions about the Accountability Committee, here is a link to the Accountability Page, or you can contact the accountability committee at accountability@stargateschool.org or the Recruiting Committee at recruiting@stargateschool.org.



Fundraising Committee

Upcoming events:

 

9/17 Stargate Spirit Wear sale begins: Flyers and more information forthcoming!

 

9/20 Dining Out Night: Join us for our first Stargate Dining Out Night for the 2018-2019 school year!! For the month of September from 4pm - 8pm, we will be enjoying delicious food at these great restaurants and, in turn, they will give a percentage back to Stargate (15% - 20%), all are located just down the street from Stargate:

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: 14255 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Your Pie Pizza: 14342 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: 14306 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Cuba, Cuba Cafe: 14312 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Flyers are coming to K-5 Monday folders or show a digital version posted here.

 

9/22 Harry Potter Night: Stargate Fundraising Committee will be selling Pop Sockets and custom designed Stargate Harry Potter t-shirts! Get there early for the best selection.

 

9/24 - 10/5 Box Tops for Education, Longmont Dairy Milk Caps and Tyson Labels contest: Gather all of the Box Tops for Education, Longmont Dairy Milk Caps and Tyson labels that you've been collecting all summer, put them in a plastic bag (include the name of your child's homeroom teacher) and drop them off in the main collection box near the K-5 front desk, secondary front desk OR deliver to your child's homeroom teacher (for K-5). Each of these items earns our school $$. The winning K-5 class for each category (Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Milk Caps for the Fall; Tyson labels contest will carry over to the Spring) will earn an Ice Cream Sundae or Root Beer Float party. Careful cutting and examination of expiration dates is appreciated as are clean milk caps! The last day to turn in these items is Friday, October 5th.

 

9/27 - Pinot's Palette painting event (more details and flyers forthcoming)

 

King Soopers Fundraising cards

Support Stargate fundraising efforts by purchasing a Stargate reloadable King Soopers gift card.  These cards, pre-loaded with $5.00, will be available for purchase at the Stargate Secondary front office. Every time you reload the card King Soopers will donate 5% of the re-loaded amount to Stargate (at no cost to you). You can even reload directly at the register before you purchase your items. Use the cards to do your grocery shopping or purchase gas to support your school while you shop.  This is a way for King Soopers to encourage shoppers to patronize their store, and also for them to support non-profit organizations. For more information, click here.

If 300 Stargate families reloaded their cards with $200 each month to use on groceries and/or gas our school will earn $3,000/month and $36,000/year! This is one of the easiest ways to help Stargate earn $$!!!

 

AmazonSmile

Sign up to support Stargate by using AmazonSmile (go to: smile.amazon.com and Sign up ). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Stargate every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Stargate (0.5% of all qualifying purchases will go back to our school). It's fast, easy and links directly to your current Amazon account.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. For more details, click here.

 

Fundraising Committee Meeting Notice

The Fundraising Committee needs you!! We are looking for more volunteers to join our committee. If you like to plan events or if you would like to help with an event such as our dining out nights, annual gala, spirit nights and more, please contact fundraising@stargateschool.org.

The next Stargate Fundraising Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at 6:00pm at Panera at The Orchard's. This meeting is open to the community and anyone interested in giving back or becoming more involved in the Stargate community is encouraged to attend - hope you can join us!  If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more about the Fundraising Committee, please email fundraising@stargateschool.org.


Community Relations Committee

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Entries for the Harry Potter Contests are due no later than noon on Tuesday, September 11th. Fan Fiction may be emailed to crc@stargateschool.org. Artwork and Maker items need to be turned in to either front office. CRC invites all students to participate in 3 Harry Potter Contests - Fan Fiction, Fan Art or Maker's Faire. Here's a link to the rules and starters! http://bit.ly/HPFanContest2018


Are you excited for Harry Potter Night, too? Save the Date: 4:30-7:30 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND. Parents, if you are interested in helping with pre-event work, contact crc@stargateschool.org


Our next meeting is September 12th at 8:15am at Daylight Donuts . CRC meetings are open to the Stargate Community. If you are unable to attend meetings, there are still lots of volunteer opportunities. Please contact us at crc@stargateschool.org to get added to our email distribution list.  


Please join us for the Stargate Governance Board Annual Stakeholder’s Presentation September 26, 2018, 6:00pm, Stargate Performing Arts Auditorium

Topics will include:

  • The School’s 2018-2019 Strategic Plan

  • Bond Refinancing

  • Student assessment data from 2017-2018 school year

  • Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Case Updates

  • Charter Renewal Process


Weekly Newsletters

Weekly newsletters this year will alternate between Hischke’s Happenings (Elementary School Updates and Information)/Cable Connection (Secondary School updates and information) and StarNews, which will provide K-12 updates and information. This week you receive the first StarNews. Next week will be the Hischke’s Happenings and Cable Connection Newsletters. Please be sure to check our community website community.stargateschool.org for the Master Events Calendar and specific teacher information.


Drop Off and Pick Up reminders

Please remember that the best option is to use the loop and drop your child off at the curb.

  • Please remember to pull completely forward in the loop.

  • Use the right lane to drop at the K-5.

  • Use the left lane to merge after the VIP spots and drop off at the secondary.

  • The VIP parking spots are an auction item from our annual Gala and are not to be parked in at anytime.

  • The North Lot is for student and staff Permit Parking only. Please remember that we have new student drivers in the north lot. Your patience and grace is much appreciated in keeping our students safe and confident as acclimate to driving.

  • It is not safe to drop off or pick up students from the outside left lanes. Please pull to the curb.

  • Please pay attention and stay off your cell phones during pick-up and drop-off and be patient as we all adjust to the start of a new school year.


Lost and Found - No matter how old (or responsible) your child is, please write their name on the items they bring to school daily! This will help with our overflowing collection pile and allow the water bottles, coats and lunch boxes to find their owners.


Board Update: August & September 2018

posted Sep 1, 2018, 10:34 AM by Jane Baker   [ updated Sep 1, 2018, 11:59 AM ]


Board Update: August & September 2018

Hello Stargate:

Welcome back for the new school year and please join me in welcoming our new students and their families to the Stargate community! Our children unite us all.

My name is Calley Herzog. I’m a proud Stargate parent. As of July, I’m also the new President of Stargate’s Governance Board. I have served on the Board since 2012 and I’m looking forward to working with you as we begin our biggest year yet. We’re off to a very fast start!

The past year has been challenging for the Stargate community. As you may know, since January of 2017 a total of 7 complaints were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). These complaints were, and continue to be, taken very seriously. As a Board, we have worked tirelessly to understand and address each of the allegations in these cases and to learn from our mistakes.

Let me be perfectly clear, there should be no impression within our community that these complaints were frivolous or unfounded. The complaints were legitimate, and the ensuing investigations resulted in findings that were unacceptable and that required immediate corrective actions for wrong doing as well as improved processes for preventive action.  The Board and Administration have worked as a team to make numerous changes to school policies and procedures. We have learned some painful lessons along the way, but I truly believe the school is now stronger and smarter.

Thanks to our fabulous students, parents and staff, the School never lost sight of its mission and vision. Now, it’s time to come together and rally around our students and staff. It’s time to rebuild our community with transparency, trust and mutual respect. We all deserve an environment that’s safe, inclusive, and open to differing opinions. Each of us can do our part to make the Stargate community stronger.

We acknowledge that it can be frustrating to the community when we are unable to share details about the work we do.  In some cases, we cannot respond at all without compromising confidential information and the investigation process.  On behalf of the Board, I’m sorry that you and other stakeholders had to endure this process.  As the individual cases come to a close we will be sharing details with you regularly, as permissible by law. These updates will be provided during Board meetings and a general summary will become public as part of the meeting minutes.

This brings me to my next important point: Facebook. There have been several inquiries and concerns about discussions on unofficial, but school-related, social media sites. Since these are not official school sites, the Board and the School have no control over the content, nor do we monitor them for misinformation or abusive behavior. We urge our stakeholders to treat each other with respect and common courtesy on any forum. We encourage everyone to do your part in promoting a healthy community online and offline. Remember, Stargate’s official Facebook site is found here. Please review our code of conduct in the community handbook.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Let’s keep the communication channels open as we continue shaping the future for our children. Thanks to our dedicated students, parents and staff - the best is yet to come at Stargate!

Sincerely,

Calley Herzog

President, Stargate School Governance Board

calley.herzog@stargateschool.org


August

·         Bond Refinance: The School recently earned a glowing report from Moody’s Investor Services and our bonds have been upgraded to investment grade. That allowed us to refinance the school’s bonds, which will save the school approximately $13 million over the next 30 years. Thanks to Lynne Allen and the entire refinance team. Our teachers all earned bonuses as a result.

·         Charter Renewal: The School’s charter is up for renewal with Adams 12 Five Star Schools. The School will host the District’s Board of Education for a site visit in November. Thanks to Teresa Walsh and the entire renewal team for spearheading this very important effort.

·         Test Scores: According to recent statewide testing, our elementary and secondary students are thriving and growing in leaps and bounds. Our Administration and Staff are proud of these results and excited to share more details with the community.

·         Help Wanted: We need volunteers to help on many levels. Just a few hours per month makes a big difference. Opportunities are available in the classroom and on Board committees. We are currently actively recruiting for the School Accountability Committee and the Website Committee.  If you are interested in either of these committees or have questions, please contact our Recruiting Committee at recruiting@stargateschool.org.

·         August Business Meeting:  Below are highlights from the August 22nd Regular Board meeting. Additional detail on these items will be available in the formal minutes which will be reviewed and approved at the next Board meeting. Once approved, minutes are posted to the Governance Website HERE.

o    Approved allocation of fundraising money toward a Wellness Program for staff and for discretionary funds for each Principal.

o    Received an update on finance and operations and recent student assessment scores.

o    Approved changes to the Board meeting calendar, the high school admission policy and the employment contract for the Elementary Principal.

o    Assigned Board members to special projects for the year and assigned Board liaisons to each committee.


September

·         The Board will meet on September 9th from 9am – 4pm for our Annual Strategic Planning Session and Team Building.  This is a working session and no motions or decisions will be made.

·         The next regular Board meeting will be held on September 19th at 6pm. Proposed agenda items include:

o    Review / Approval of 2018-2019 goals for Director of Finance & Operations, Secondary Principal and Elementary Principal

o    Approval of the 2018-2019 Strategic Plan

o    AD12 Renewal process update

o    OCR update

o    SAC Election update

o    Policy Manual review

·         Please join us for the Stargate Governance Board Annual Stakeholder’s Presentation, September 26th at 6pm. Topics will include:

o    The School’s 2018-2019 Strategic Plan

o    Bond Refinancing

o    Student assessment data from 2017-2018 school year

o    Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Case Updates

o    Charter Renewal Process Updates

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Cable Connection August 27, 2018

posted Aug 27, 2018, 4:08 PM by Jane Baker   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 3:02 PM ]


Important Dates:

August 28-Secondary Late Registration Pictures

August 28-5:30pm-6:00pm Middle School Parent/Guardian Meeting

August 28- 6:00 pm-7:30 pm - Curriculum Night Middle and High School Parents/Guardians

August 28- 7:30pm-8:00pm High School Parent/Guardian Meeting

September 3- Labor Day Holiday (no school for students)

September 4- Staff Development Day- No school for students

September 6- 6:00pm-8:00pm College Case Study Night for 11th grade families

September 10-12 and 12-14- 6th grade Keystone Overnight Field Trip

September 10-12- 7th grade Cheley Overnight Field Trip

September 12-14- 8th grade Cheley Overnight Field Trip

September 19- 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

September 22-Harry Potter Night

September 24- 6:00pm High School Awards Night

October 10- PSAT/NMSQT for 11th grade students

October 10-Middle School Class Field Trips

October 10- Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name A-L)

October 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences 10:00am-2:30pm All students (no school for students)

October 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences  3:30pm-7:30pm (Last Name M-Z)

October 12- Parent/Teacher Conferences by teacher invitation only (no school for students)

October 15- Professional Development Day (no school for students)



Hello Stargate Families,


It is nice to be in our second full week of school as students and staff are all settling in to our routines and procedures. I am excited to see everyone at Curriculum Night tomorrow and for you to experience all the great things happening in our classrooms this year. The beginning of the school year is a great time for students to be involved in a sport, club or activity. Please have conversations with your student about getting involved.


Rise above,

Rob Cable

Secondary Principal




Curriculum Night

Tuesday, August 28th is Curriculum Night for parents and guardians. From 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, parents/guardians will go to  your student’s classes for eight minutes each to hear from teachers. There will be a Middle School Parent/Guardian orientation from 5:30pm - 6:00pm and a High School parent/guardian orientation from 7:30pm - 8:00pm in the Commons. As the focus of this event is for parents/guardians, students do not need to attend. Please bring a copy of your student’s schedule. If your Middle School student has an “A” day and “B” day class during one of the periods, meet in the library during that period to talk with those teachers. If your High School student has an “Off” period, you are welcome to spend that time in the Commons. While it was great to see students at Back To School Night to meet their teachers, we ask that for Curriculum Night, you come without your student as space in classrooms is limited.


WIFI Update

Last week, the wifi on our campus was intermittent and today it was not working. Our IT Department is actively seeking solutions to resolve the issues as technology is a large part of what we do at Stargate. We are working with our teachers to provide the support they need so our students continue learning in our classrooms until this is resolved.


Secondary Late Registration Pictures

Students who missed our picture and ID days on August 15 and 17 can get their pictures and IDs tomorrow morning (August 28). Click on this link for School Picture Online Order Information Picture order forms are also available at the Secondary Front desk. This is not for picture retakes---retakes will be on October 23, 2018 in the morning.


Recruiting Committee News

We will soon be opening nominations and holding elections for Stargate’s Accountability Committee (SAC). This year, there will be 3 parent seats open (all 2-year terms) and 2 staff seats open (1 2-year term and 1 1-year term). The nomination period will be open September 3 - 10 and elections are September 17 - 24. If you would like more information on what the SAC does, here is their Stargate Webpage . Or you can contact the accountability committee directly at accountability@stargateschool.org OR the recruiting committee at recruiting@stargateschool.org.

*Please note that this election will be conducted in an electronic format only (no paper ballots). Ballots will be sent to the email address on file in Infinite Campus you provided at registration as per election policy.


Communication Pathways

The Communication Pathways were updated over the summer. You can find a copy of it on the governance website or by clicking HERE. We encourage all of our community members to become more familiar with this policy and, when concerns arise, to follow the steps that it outlines in order to ensure the most effective communication and timely response.


New Secondary Staff Biographies

We are very excited to welcome new staff to our Secondary building. Please click here for our new staff biographies.


Peer Tutoring

The Counseling Department is excited to announce that Peer Tutoring is available to all middle and high school students. High school students are encouraged to stop by the College Center to get assistance from any of our highly qualified peer tutors during their off period. Middle school students can access Peer Tutoring during their lunchtime on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Student and parents wanting to know more about peer tutoring opportunities for their students should plan on stopping by the Peer Tutoring information table during the upcoming curriculum night on Tuesday, August 28.  

High School Boys Basketball Open Gym

High School Boys Basketball Coach VanPatten will be holding Open Gym Sessions for Boys Basketball on Mondays and Thursdays (with a few exceptions) 6:30pm-8:000pm beginning on August 27 in the Fieldhouse. All high school boys interested in playing Stargate Basketball are invited to attend.


Middle School Overnight Field Trips

All middle school grades have an overnight field trip scheduled during the week of September 10th. Our 6th grade will go to Keystone Science School, split in two groups, one group going Sept. 10 - Sept. 12 and the other group Sept. 12 - Sept. 14. Our 7th grade will go to Cheley Camp Sept. 10 - Sept. 12. Our 8th grade will go to Cheley Camp Sept. 12 - Sept. 14. Information and permissions forms about each trip were emailed last week and are available at the front desk. Please be sure to complete and return all forms by September 4.


Student Parking

Student parking permits are required in our North lot. The Parking Permit fee is an optional fee in payforit.net. Once the fee is paid, students will need to bring their driver’s license, registration and insurance card to the front desk to obtain a permit. If a student has not already attended a Parking Lot Safety Talk with our SRO, they will also need to do that before a permit will be issued. The first Parking Lot Safety Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 30 during lunch with our new SRO, Office Walker. In order to give students time to obtain their parking permit, we will not begin checking for permits until September 5th.


AP Class Boot Camp

Ms. Walsh is offering an optional online class to help students in AP classes. This will be a six week online class, beginning September 1. There are no grades for the class and no credit will be offered. The class is geared towards first time AP students but anyone is welcome. Each topic will be posted during the day on Sunday, with discussions happening throughout the week. Students will be able to join or leave at any point based on their needs. AP teachers will be posting the Classroom codes this week, or students can find the code on Ms. Walsh’s board. The topics are: Learning Styles and Study Groups, Scheduling Your Time, Concentration, Listening in Class, Reading and Note Taking, and Tests and Exams.


College Case Study Night 11th Grade Students & Parents

On Thursday September 6th Stargate Counseling will be hosting a Case Study night for 11th grade families from 6:00-8:00pm in the secondary building. A case study night will allow students and parents to experience the application process through the eyes of a college or university. There will be six college representatives here that evening running small group sessions. We highly encourage you and your student to attend!


Senior Class Yearbook Baby Ads

The time has come for our inaugural Stargate High School class to graduate! We are so proud of our seniors and we're sure you are to. One way to tell them how proud you are is to buy a senior baby ad for the yearbook! We have created sixteen templates for you to choose from at very competitive prices! If you'd like to order a baby ad, it is a simple, three-step process:

  • 2. Send photos to hsybphotos@stargateschool.org

  • 3. Pay through IC Payforit once the charge has been added to your account (allow up to five business days for this charge to appear)

Please make sure to follow the instructions on the form carefully and to complete all three steps. All baby ad orders must be received by November 1 and paid for by November 15. Any orders or payments received after these deadlines will not be accepted. If you have any questions, you can email Ms. vonHilsheimer at tessa.vonHilsheimer@stargateschool.org.


Eagles On The Move

2nd World Champion!!

9th grader Colin Duffy visited Moscow, Russia earlier this month, where he participated in the IFSC World Youth Climbing Championship.  In Bouldering he was 8th and in Lead Climbing he successfully defended his World Championship title. This makes him the only youth male in USA climbing history to win 2 golds and to do it consecutively.


Hischke’s Happenings! August 27, 2018

posted Aug 27, 2018, 3:24 PM by Jane Baker


Important Dates:

August 31 3-4 pm Kona Ice Fundraiser Kick Off

September 3- Labor Day Holiday-no school

September 4- Staff Development Day- No school for students

September 10-11  3-4 pm Talent Show Audition

September 13- Elementary Curriculum Night

September 14- Elementary School Pictures

September 19- 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

September 20 -5:30 pm Watch DOGS orientation meeting

September 22-Harry Potter Night

September 25- 6:30-8:00pm Elementary Talent Show

  (Auditions 9/10, 9/11, 9/17, 9/18 3-4pm)

October 3-5- 5th Grade Overnight to Camp Timberline


Dear Stargate Families,


We are finally in our first full week of school and the students and teachers seem ready to go! It has been exciting to see the teachers establishing their classroom routines and expectations. Everyone seems to be settling in nicely.


This year we are working on a new Positive Behavior Support System led by our assistant principal, Sara Moeller. She has worked with the students and the staff to get the system up and running to “catch” students showing positive behavior traits. The traits we are focusing on include responsibility, kindness, perseverance, courage, and integrity. The students are given a Soaring Pass when one of the character traits is observed and they can enter a drawing for a prize. If your students receives a Soaring Pass, please know it is a big deal and it should be celebrated. Please have dinner conversations with your student about the various character traits and how they can demonstrate those behaviors both at school and home.


At last week’s board meeting Mr. Cable and I were proud to share our CMAS Growth scores with the board and community members. Our students and teachers worked hard day in and day out to make improvements in both Math and English Language Arts. Please look for our achievement and growth data in future communications; the results need to be celebrated.


As we enter our third year on our new campus, I would like to invite parents to join a committee to search for a social emotional program that will best fit the needs of our gifted students. If you are interested in joining, please email me at missy.hischke@stargateschool.org . More information and meeting times will be given in the next Hischke’s Happenings.


Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal




Staff information to help with processes:

  • Sandi Francis - Elementary 504 Coordinator K-5 and ELL Coordinator for K-12

  • Nancy Provataris - Elementary School Psychologist

  • Chris Fee - K-3 Learning Services Provider

  • Patrick Holmo - 4-6 Learning Services Provider

  • Sara Moeller - Elementary Assistant Principal

  • Veronica Vieyra - Administrative assistant to Missy Hischke and Sara Moeller

  • Lori Bustamante - Elementary Registrar

  • Traci Snouffer-Elementary Health Aide



Communication Pathways

The Communication Pathways were updated over the summer. You can find a copy of it on the governance website or by clicking HERE. We encourage all of our community members to become more familiar with this policy and, when concerns arise, to follow the steps that it outlines in order to ensure the most effective communication and timely response


New Elementary Staff Biographies

We are very excited to welcome new staff to our Elementary building. Please click here for our new staff biographies.


WIFI Update

Last week, the wifi on our campus was intermittent and today it was not working. Our IT Department is actively seeking solutions to resolve the issues as technology is a large part of what we do at Stargate. We are working with our teachers to provide the support they need so our students continue learning in our classrooms until this is resolved.


Recruiting Committee News -We will soon be opening nominations and holding elections for Stargate’s Accountability Committee (SAC). This year, there will be 3 parent seats open (all 2-year terms) and 2 staff seats open (1 2-year term and 1 1-year term). The nomination period will be open September 3 - 10 and elections are September 17 - 24. If you would like more information on what the SAC does, here is their Stargate Webpage . Or you can contact the accountability committee directly at accountability@stargateschool.org OR the recruiting committee at recruiting@stargateschool.org.

*Please note that this election will be conducted in an electronic format only (no paper ballots). Ballots will be sent to the email address on file in Infinite Campus you provided at registration as per election policy.


Elementary Hot Lunch

Hot lunch is provided in the Elementary building by My Kids Lunch. More information can be found on the website on the Lunch Page

Link to set up your account and order: https://michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net/


Clubs

After school clubs will begin the week of September 10. Information and sign-ups will be coming by email this week.


Talent Show

The Elementary K-5 Talent Show, hosted by Mr. Osburn, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Tryouts will be held after school on September 10, 11, 17, 18. More information to come. We hope you will be able to attend and support all of our talented students.


Picture Day - September 14

Picture Day for K-5 students is scheduled for September 14th. For those who are new to Stargate there are typically two different picture days during the school year. In the Fall, students take individual pictures and then in the Spring, class photos will be taken with homeroom classes. Order forms will be sent home in Monday folders.


Curriculum Night - September 13

Curriculum Night is a great opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and hear about what they will learn during the school year. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Elementary Curriculum Night 5:00PM -6:00PM KG - 3/4

  • 6:30 -7:30 PM 1/2 and 5th


WATCH D.O.G.S. Program

We are excited to launch our WATCH D.O.G.S. Program for 2018-2019 school year! Several parents have expressed interest in the program and we would like to invite all Dads to attend an orientation meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 pm in the K-5 Building in Ms. Beatty’s classroom. There will be a brief overview of the program and overall expectations, a tour of the buildings on campus, and pizza will be served. We hope to see you all there. The online sign-up system will be ready after the meeting for those that would like to volunteer. Please review the link below for more information about the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program.

http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/


Testing/Placements

Thank you to the students and teachers for their hard work to get all the various assessments completed over the past week and a half. They have been taking both formal and informal assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics to ensure the students are appropriately placed in literacy and math.


Student placements are based on multiple data points and we appreciate your support and flexibility as we work towards the best needs-based ability groups possible.


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