Cable Connection December 11, 2017

posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:39 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

December 13- Middle and High School Choir Concert

December 14- Financial Aid Night for Juniors

December 15-Middle School Night In

December 18-21 Secondary Finals

December 19-21 Secondary dismissal after finals-student pick up by noon

December 19 “Double” Dining out night- Chipotle or Panda Express

December 20-6:30pm Board of Directors Meeting

December 22-Staff Development Day-no school for students

December 25-January 5-Winter Break-campus is closed

January 8-Staff Development-no school for students

January 9-Students return to school

Secondary Finals December 18-21

In an effort to maximize student success and minimize student stress and anxiety, our finals schedule is spread-out over four days and, as indicated in our school calendar published last spring, December 19th, December 20th, and December 21st will be half days (8:15 am - 11:30 am). This schedule allows students to have no more than two finals each day, and extra time to prepare for finals/decompress in the afternoon on December 19th and December 20th. Please make arrangements for your student to be picked up by noon on December 19th, December 20th and December 21st. Also remember that students do not have class on Friday, December 22nd. Please access the detailed finals schedule here.   

Secondary School Finals Expectations
Core subjects - It is the expectation that every core class (math, science, social studies, and English) give an assessment during their designed time during finals week. Assessments may include a project, presentation, paper or exam.
Elective subjects -  A final assessment may be given at teacher discretion, but is not required of all electives teachers to administer a final. Assessments may include a project, presentation, paper or exam.

Parent/Guardian tips for Finals Week
1. Be sure your student has a balance of studying and down time leading up to and during Finals Week
2. Help ensure your student is getting plenty of sleep
3. Help ensure your student eats a healthy, balanced breakfast each morning
4. Send a healthy snack that your student can eat between finals each morning

Holiday Giving Tree

‘Tis the season for sharing and helping others in need.We are collecting gifts and gift cards for families in need from Leroy Drive Elementary, as well as some Stargate families. Please see the gift tags in the front office for specific items requested and return the gifts and gift cards to the front office. Gift cards from Target, Walmart, King Soopers are always welcome.Please remember to attach the tag with the gift and leave at the front office by December 15.

One Act Festival
The Stargate Theatre Department will be hosting our second annual One Act Play Festival. There are 10 short one act plays, directed by Stargate High School Theatre students and featuring both Middle and High School actors. There will be 5 short plays produced on Monday, December 11th beginning at 6:30 PM and 5 different short plays produced on Tuesday, December 12th beginning at 6:30 PM. (Titles of which show will perform on which night will be released a week prior to performances.)
This year we have 3 of our plays that are written by student directors. We even have a One Act musical version of "The Little Match Girl" in the works.
They will be held on the Secondary commons stage.
Tickets are general admission, $4 for parents and students.
Stargate staff is free.
Please bring your family and enjoy the wonderful performances and hard work of our incredible students!

Heart & Sole (a Girls on the Run Program for 6-8th grade girls)

Coming this spring to Stargate Middle School!

Calling all 6th-8th grade girls - Come be a part of the fun! Join us at Heart & Sole!

So… What is Girls on the Run Heart & Sole?

Stretch yourself – physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Girls will be inspired to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with fun, self empowerment lessons. This program promotes individual achievement and self–confidence. Girls gain self-esteem and learn healthy lifestyle habits while training for a 5K run/walk race.

What if I don’t like to run?

We use the term “running” loosely – girls can run, hop, skip, speed walk or dance towards their goals. The lessons promote self-challenge instead of competition; self-worth instead of societal worth; and cooperation instead of rivalry.

Our goals for each girl are to:

Understand her place in the community.

Have strong sense of identity.

Learn how to give and receive support in a group.

Learn to stand up for herself in a healthy manner.

Have an improved body image.

Complete a 5K run/walk event in the community.

Watch for details in January. Online registration will start February 5.

Practices are twice a week for 90 minutes. Practice begins the week of March 5th and runs through week of May 14th.

Go to to learn more about this program.

Stargate High School Career Night

Please mark your calendar for January 24th and January 30th for our Stargate High School career nights. We have had a wonderful response from our community with people willing to come talk with our students about their career field at our career nights.  We are still in the early stages of planning, but have decided on January 24th and/or January 30th to host our evening career night/s. More details will come in early January. This Wednesday we will survey the students to see what career fields they are interested in hearing more about so we can schedule our guest speakers for January and we will have students sign up for the exact sessions they wish to attend in early January. The career nights are available for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Whether or not your student knows what career fields they are interested in pursuing, please encourage them attend our career nights.

Adroit Update

Adroit is a chance for student to explore and pursue their passions and position themselves for maximum post-secondary success. We have had a great first semester as design thinkers! The students have used a wide array of tools, skills, and mediums to create some amazing projects and creations that have impacted the people and the community surrounding Stargate. In class now the 6th graders are using Makey Makeys to develop and construct products to make learning fun for others in class. The 7th graders are using RasPi and arduinos in class to investigate how to change the world around them with technology.  
In class next semester, students will spend time engaging in design thinking, preparing for the Adroit Expo in April, and building their skill set with a variety of tools and mediums (woodworking, 3D printing, welding, programming technology, etc.). Along with their in-class experiences the 11th graders will be able to choose from a variety of a menu of options for them to pursue passions outside of the classroom and have the opportunity in class, to reflect on those experiences and share them with their classmates.

A few weeks ago we introduced all 11th grade students to the Adroit requirements that are due. Please have a conversation with your 11th grade student about what options they wish to pursue.

If you would like to donate to Adroit, we are always looking for prototyping materials, building supplies, tools, art supplies, or anything else that you think could be used to design and create. If you are not sure if what you have can be donated, please email Mr. Varel to see if the Adroit classes can use it.

Counseling Updates

Financial Aid Night for Juniors and their families!

Please join us this Thursday, December 14th, 2017, from 6:00-7:00pm for a Financial Aid Night. A representative from Front Range Community College will be presenting on the financial aid process for our Juniors and their families.

Upcoming Finals:

Finals are approaching! It is a stressful time for students, so we wanted to send a quick reminder about self-care! Remember to get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast when coming in to take your finals! Keep snacks with you throughout the day in order to keep your focus! And most importantly of all, when finals are over, REST and ENJOY your break!!!!

Upcoming College Reps (College Center):

University of Northern Colorado: January 12, 2018 2:00PM.

Adams State University: January 26, 2018 11:00AM.

*All college representative visits are posted in Naviance. Students need to follow the directions posted there; sign ups must happen through Naviance and Eventbrite in order to attend.*

Junior & Sophomore ROAR (Regional Officers of Admissions of the Rockies) College Fair: January 31, 2018 11:00AM-1:00PM

College Essay Workshop

Attention Juniors: The High School English Department will be piloting a college essay writing workshop this coming January. There will be one session spanning over a three-week period for a total of 4 hours. It will take place after school. They will be accepting up to 40 students for this workshop. Cost: $150 per student. Dates: January 18, 2018 4:00-5:30pm, January 25, 2018 4:00-5:30pm, February 1, 2018 4:00-5:00pm. Sign-up is due by December 15, 2017. The $150 fee will be added to the student’s Infinite Campus fees and needs to be paid through by December 21. If you have any questions or to register your student, please contact Ms. vonHilsheimer-

Middle School Night In December 15

Hop aboard the Polar Express!  Middle STUGO is proud to bring you a night in on Friday, December 15th from 4:00-6:00pm.  Please join us for a night of fun for only $5.  Your $5 includes dinner, Polar Express movie, games, crafts, and more!  There will also be concessions available for purchase.   If you bring an unwrapped toy or book to donate to the Santa Clause Shop to help children in need this holiday season, you get $1 off admission.  We are also excited to bring you a hot chocolate bar!  For $1 a cup, you make your chocolate any way you want with all the fancy fixins’!   We are looking forward to seeing you for a night of fun together!

Middle School Girls Basketball Registration is Now Open  

Middle School Girls Basketball practice begins Tuesday January 9th 6:30-7:30AM with tryouts. Tryouts will be held Tuesday through Friday of this week. Teams will be made by Friday afternoon, January 12 and posted then. All forms, fees and physicals must be turned in and complete before the first practice. Practices will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings (6:30am-7:30am)for A and B teams. The Developmental Team will practice Wednesday mornings 6:30-7:30AM.

A schedule of games will be emailed to all parents once registration is complete. Registration Form can be found HERE

Keith Varel and Devon Lotkowski will be coaching again this season. Please feel free to email them with any questions you may have,,

Keyboards Needed for Music Theory Class

The Stargate Community, do you have any musical keyboards that aren't being used?  The high school music theory class needs your keyboards next semester.  In class, the students will need to demonstrate and understand how to incorporate music theory and the best way to teach this is by using keyboards.  If you can please donate your keyboard to Mrs. Pegler in the Secondary building.  The keyboards should be 3-4 octaves and should be able to plug in and also have a place for batteries.  If it includes a music stand with it, even better but not necessary.  Please drop off by December 20th.   If you have any questions, please email me at:


Jongho Choi made it into the All State Orchestra and Gibson Mahnke made it into the MS CU Honor Band.  Congratulations to our Stargate musicians!

Child Care During Board Meeting

Free childcare is being offered during Stargate School Board of Directors Meeting on December 20, 2017 (6:30pm-9:00 pm) for children Kindergarten age and up.  RSVP is required by 9:00 am on December 18. CLICK HERE to sign up for childcare.  Please email with any questions.  This childcare offering is a trial, and continuation is contingent on minimum participation.  Hours subject to change.