Cable Connection 8/14/17

posted Aug 14, 2017, 3:55 PM by Jane Baker

Cable Connection  August 14, 2017

August 15 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Meet the Teacher Night

August 16 - 6th and 9th grade School Pictures

August 17 - 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th grade School Pictures

First Day of School

6th Grade - August 16, 8:15 am - 11:00 am

9th Grade - August 16, 1:00 pm - 3:35 pm

All Students - August 17, 8:15 am - 3:35 pm

August 17-5:15pm Middle School Fall Sports Parent Meeting-Stargate Fieldhouse.

August 21- Solar Eclipse

August 21- 10th grade class trip

August 23 - 6:30 pm Governance Board Meeting in the Secondary Building

August 29- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Curriculum Night

September 11-13 and 13-15- 6th grade Keystone Overnight Field Trip

September 11-13- 7th grade Cheley Overnight Field Trip

September 13-15- 8th grade Cheley Overnight Field Trip

Flight School

All students will start the year with Flight School. Flight School will take place the first three days students report. On Wednesday, 6th and 9th grade students will not need to bring anything to school. On Thursday, the only thing students need is a lunch (either hot or cold). On Friday, students should bring their computer and will need a lunch. The purpose of Flight School is to build school culture, build and grow peer and staff relationships, become familiar with the new building, discuss and create common expectations, and introduce school safety procedures. The outline for Flight School can be found below:

  • August 16- 8:15 am - 11:00 am - 6th grade only - Team building activities, school tour, pictures/ID

  • August 16-1:00-3:35 pm-9th grade only-Team building activities, school tour, pictures/ID

  • August 17 - full day (8:15 am - 3:15 pm) - all grades- Team building activities, rules and expectations discussion, technology expectations, introduce school safety procedures, pictures/ID for all other Secondary grades

  • August 18 - full day (8:15 am - 3:15 pm) - Student will go through their daily schedule and will spend time in each class engaging in class team building activities and developing class expectations. Students will also get a supply list from each teacher.

Student Technology (Bring Your Own Device)

Every student in the secondary building (grades 6-12) needs to bring their own computer to school every day. If you are still looking to purchase a computer for your student, please access the BYOD Guidelines to see minimum needed requirements. Students and parents/guardians will also be asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy the first week of school. You can preview the policy here.

Class Schedules

Secondary Class Schedules are available now on Infinite Campus. Please print and bring the schedule to Meet the Teacher night on August 15. Students will also need their printed schedule the first day of school. Students will need to meet with their counselor with schedule questions or change requests.

Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night is Tuesday, August 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. This is a time for you to see the building and meet your student's teachers in a open house style format and learn about volunteer opportunities at Stargate. There will be a meeting for New Parents in the Fieldhouse 5:30-6:00pm.  We will be selling some Stargate t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.. in the Secondary Commons (cash or check please)as well as information about lunches. Also, the Kona Ice truck will be there if you need a snow cone treat.  Bring cash as the snow cones are $3, $4, or $5, depending on size."

Solar Eclipse-August 21

As you may be aware, on August 21, 2017, from 10:23 a.m. - 1:14 p.m., a near total solar eclipse will be visible from our school in Thornton. This event is being called The Great American Eclipse because it is the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States.

Safety is our top priority. To ensure our students experience the eclipse in the safest way possible, Stargate has purchased enough eclipse glasses for each student and staff member to safely experience the 93% partial eclipse. These glasses meet the safety standards set by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Our teachers and staff at all levels are busy planning as we will make this once in a lifetime experience a day to remember for our students. Please remind your child (as will we) that it is not safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in our planned eclipse activities, please email  Students whose parents do not wish for them to participate will be able to watch the live NASA broadcast of the eclipse in a classroom and complete an instructional learning activity.

If you are one of the many families that will be viewing the eclipse in a different state as it travels throughout the US, please notify us by calling the attendance line at 303-450-3936 (option 1) or emailing us at

If you ordered hot lunch from My Kids Lunch for this day, it will be served as a sack lunch to allow for more flexibility to celebrate and observe the solar eclipse. If you need to change your order, please contact My Kids Lunch 303-778-0916 by Thursday, August 17.

Middle School MAPS Assessments

All middle school students will take a reading and math NWEA MAPS assessment in their Connect (formerly Advisory) course sometime between August 22nd and September 8th. These MAP assessments are normed assessments that will provide us with information regarding the effectiveness of our curriculum and instruction and provide families a snapshot of how their student is doing among their grade level peers. Students will take reading and math MAPS assessments again in the spring so we can measure growth over the course of the year.

Curriculum Night

Tuesday, August 29th is curriculum night. From 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm you will go to each of your student’s classes for eight minutes each to hear from each teacher. I will have a Middle School Parent/Guardian orientation from 5:30 - 6:00 pm and a high school parent/guardian orientation from 7:30 - 8:00 pm.

Middle School Overnight Field Trips

All middle school grades have an overnight field trip scheduled during the week of September 11th. Our 6th grade will go to Keystone Science School, split in two groups, one group going Sept. 11th - Sept. 13th and the other group Sept. 13th - Sept. 15th. Our 7th grade will go to Cheley Camp Sept. 11th - Sept. 13. Our 8th grade will go to Cheley Camp Sept. 13th - Sept. 15th. More information about each trip will come out within the next week.

Lockers for Middle and High School Students

There is a $10 optional locker fee available on  Middle and High School students who have paid the fee by Friday, August 11 will be issued their locker during Flight School. The next round of lockers will be distributed the first week of September for those who have paid by September 1st.

Student Parking

This year we will be implementing student parking permits in our North lot. We will explain the process at the beginning of the year and and will not begin checking for permits until September 1st. If your student plans to have a parking permit, please select this as an optional fee in Infinite Campus.

Middle School Athletics

Fall sports for Middle School are Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball and Co-ed Cross Country.  Registration forms and practice/game information can be found on the Middle School Athletics webpage.

High School Athletics

Fall sports for High School are Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Co-ed Cross Country and Co-ed Mountain Biking. Registration forms and practice/game information can be found on the High School Athletics webpage.

Secondary Hot Lunch Options

There are two different lunch options for students in Middle and High School. More information can be found on the website on the Lunch Page

This year, we will also offer a Soup & Salad Bar option in the Secondary building. Soup & Salad bar will be $4.50, Soup Only will be $2.50, and Salad Only will be $3.00.

    • Wholesome Foods will be available to order in the Secondary Building Monday-Thursday.

    • Restaurant choices are:

    • Monday: Tokyo Joes/P F Chang's (alternating)

    • Tuesday: California Pizza Kitchen

    • Wednesday: Wahoo's

    • Thursday: Which Wich/Subway (alternating)

  • Fridays are Pizza Friday and need to be ordered through My Kids Lunch (see link above)