Cable Connection March 5, 2018

posted Mar 5, 2018, 3:12 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

March 7 6:30pm Finance Town Hall-Elementary Commons

March 8 8:15am Coffee-CFO Finance Town Hall-Elementary Commons

March 10- Stargate Gala

March 12-Middle School Sports practice begins

March 16-7:30pm Star Party

March 17-2pm Basic Maintenance and Roadside Repair Clinic

March 19 6:30pm Board Communication Town Hall-Elementary Commons

March 21- 6:30pm Board of Directors Meeting

March 26-30 Spring Break-No School

April 6- 8:15am Coffee-Board Communication Town Hall-Elementary Commons

April 6-4pm-7pm Secondary Dodgeball

April 10-Field Trips for all Middle School Students

April 10-PSAT/SAT for all High School Students

Upcoming Emergency Drills: Each school year, we work with our partners at Adams 12 and the Thornton Police Department to complete emergency drills. In the wake of the tragic events in Parkland, Florida, we wanted to communicate to everyone that Stargate will be conducting our spring Lockdown Drill  in the month of March. Per Adams 12 District policy, 3510.2.5 - All schools shall complete an annual unannounced lockdown drill involving the Operations/Security Services Department and local law enforcement staff between January 1 and April 30 of each school year. While we do not have the exact date/time, we did want to communicate with families that the drill will happen in March and we will follow up with families once the drill has occured to alleviate any stress. Please visit the emergency preparedness site to find more information.  


As mentioned in the last Cable Connection, state CMAS testing will soon be upon us. This year, again, in an effort to minimize testing's impact on instructional time and the number of instructional days effected, we are going to have all students in the secondary testing at the same time. In order to do this, each student will test on their personal laptop. We will send out computer set up instructions later this week.

On all the testing dates, daily start and end times will be the same as our regular schedule. The exception is on Tuesday, April 10, High School students will be released after their PSAT/SAT around 12:15pm.  

CMAS 2018 master schedule can be found HERE

Grade level testing dates are outlined below:

  • All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will take English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics CMAS March 19, 20 and 21.

  • On April 10, all 9th graders will that the PSAT9, 10th graders will take the PSAT10, and 11th graders will take the SAT.

  • All 8th grade and 11th grade students will take the Science CMAS test on April 17 and 18.

Knowledge Bowl and Mock Trial Teams Going to State

Our HS Mock Trial Team will compete at the State Tournament on March 9 and 10. Our HS Knowledge Bowl Team will compete in the State Tournament on March 12 and 13. We all wish these students and teams GOOD LUCK!

Middle School Spring Sports

Boys Baseball and Girls Soccer registration is open now.

The first official practice will be Monday March 12.

  • Boys baseball will practice on the turf fields 6:45AM -8AM on M, T, W, & TH. If there is inclement weather they will practice in the Field House.

  • Girls Soccer will practice on the East turf field from 3:45pm-5pm on M, T, & TH.

All forms, fees and physicals must be turned in by March 12. Your student will be unable to participate until these are complete and on file.

There will be a parent meeting Monday March 12 5:15pm in the Field House. You will receive more information on the season as well as have a chance to meet the coaches. Game schedules are currently posted on the community website under Middle School Athletics.

Star Party March 16

Stargate will host a free Star Party here on campus on Friday, March 16th at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in learning about our night skies and would like to directly experience astronomy with your own eyes, with binoculars, and through a variety of telescopes then join us on the west end of the soccer fields at 7:30 PM. We will discuss the basics of observational astronomy, demonstrate how to use a planisphere (donated to  Stargate by a local company) to find constellations, and discuss some of the types of objects you can observe. We will then discuss telescope etiquette and go to the observing field for views of the night sky with naked eyes, binoculars, and telescopes. We expect the event to run between one and two hours, but we will stay out with our telescopes as long as there is interest.

  • We will be depending on clear skies. If there is precipitation or cloudy skies we will reschedule the event.

  • Remember to dress warmly. It gets cold pretty quickly when the sun goes down. Wear multiple layers and don't forget gloves. Hats are a great idea too, but if you have a brim or visor on your hat that you must remember to take it off when looking through a telescope.

  • Please do not bring flashlights and do not use cell phones or tablets at the observing site. White light depletes our night vision adaptation. If you have a red filtered light feel free to bring it along. Honestly though, it is pretty bright here in Thornton and you will be able to navigate around on the field pretty well after letting your eyes adjust for just a few minutes.

  • If you have binoculars, please go ahead and bring them. Binoculars make the best first telescope!

  • If you have a telescope and would like to bring it out please do. If you would like a few pointers about using your scope we will be happy to assist as time allows.

  • If you are an experienced amateur astronomer and would like to help, please contact Paul Darrah at (951) 218-2974

  • Refreshments will sold by our middle school student government in the elementary commons.

Student Culture Surveys

This Spring we are going to have students complete a school culture survey. The results of this survey will be used to identify our school's strengths and areas of needed improvement regarding our school  climate and culture.  Students will be asked to sign in to their Stargate Google Account to restrict responses to only Stargate students, email addresses will not be collected and results will be collected anonymously. Results will help Stargate Staff and Stargate student leaders make improvements to our school culture and climate. High school students will take this survey in Adroit on March 7th and middle school students will take this survey in Connect the first two weeks of April.

Prom-Tickets on Sale Now

This year we will have our first ever Junior/Senior Prom. This event is available to our current Juniors and each Junior may bring one high school aged guest. It will take place at the Stonebrook Manor in Thornton from 8pm-11pm on April 21. The theme will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets are currently on sale for an early bird price of $40 per ticket. After March 9, the price will be $45 per ticket. Included in the Prom ticket price will be admission to the After Prom event in the Stargate Fieldhouse hosted by our parent After Prom Committee. The After Prom event will be 11pm-2am.


2019 High School Graduation

The 2019 High School Graduation Committee is being formed. If you are interested in participating, please email josh.cochran@stargateschool.


Okay adults, here's your chance. Maybe you have a secret desire to play Jeopardy. Perhaps you want to relive your High School Knowledge Bowl glory days. Or could it be that you just want to have some fun and challenge that big brain of yours in the process? Stargate is hosting its first annual Battle of the Brains on April 14th, from 12:00-4:00. Check out the Battle of the Brains website and get your team together today!

What's Going on in Adroit?

In Adroit, the 6th graders are finishing up their Tiny House designs and presenting them to the class. The students have come up with TH designs to accommodate a wide variety of needs! From homeless veterans to traveling musicians, these THs ideas are potential housing options for so many in need.

The 8th graders are finishing up their vending machines in class this week! They have researched, designed, and created these inventions to fit the needs/wants of their peers in class.

Adroit students have started brainstorming and researching their passion areas and how they can transform something that they LOVE into something that they can present on April 27th during our Adroit Expo. Most of this work will be completed outside of class, but Mr. Varel will help in anyway that he can to make sure that every student gets to showcase their passion in a creative way! Here is an example of a few passion projects in progress.

Thank you again for all of the donations that we have been receiving! We can always use the materials for projects in class. Stay tuned for the next adventures in Adroit!

Keith Varel

Life is Adroit!

Adroit is Life!

Middle School Counseling

Twenty-Five middle school students completed their No Place for Hate training on February 21st, 2018.

In April, Mrs. Reid will be entering classrooms to facilitate a lesson based around No Place for Hate, through this lesson all middle school students will be creating a school-wide Resolution of Respect.

High School Counseling

The Big Virtual online college fair is on March 13, 2018. If your student is interested they can sign up Here

Basic Maintenance and Roadside Repair Clinic Rescheduled!

Come join us in the Stargate Student parking lot on March 17th at 2:00 p.m. to learn basic maintenance and repair such as checking fluids and changing tires! This clinic is available for all current Stargate students in 8th-11th grade and will be taught by two ASE Certified Mechanics who are current Stargate High School Students. Be sure to dress appropriately and wear closed toed shoes. The event is free to attend, though donations towards the Stargate Rallycross Project will be accepted and appreciated. Thank you all for your flexibility with our reschedule due to weather.

Don't Forget To Order Lunch!

Reminder to all Stargate parents. Please don't forget to order lunch for your hungry students. Hot meals must be ordered a minimum of  2 days in advance. There are No Same Day Meal Orders. Meals are easily ordered through the online ordering system. Login at:

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: Renegade Burrito

Thursday: Which Wich/Subway (alternating)

Please click the following for more information on how to order from Wholesome Foods.

Wholesome Foods Information Sheet

Fridays are Pizza Friday and need to be ordered through MyKidsLunch under "Stargate Pizza Friday."

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Please consider signing up to volunteer on Pizza Fridays. It’s a great way to see your student at lunch and enjoy a delicious slice of pizza. To get started please click the following:




Ten members of Stargate’s MATHCOUNTS team competed in the North Metro Chapter competition on Saturday, February 24th, at Rocky Top Middle School.  A total of 110 students from 19 schools participated.

The mathletes from Stargate continued their impressive performance this year.  The team of Donavon Facey, Max Kulbida, Jeremy Huang, and Allison Xin took 2nd place in the team competition.  In the individual competition Allison placed 2nd, Jeremy placed 3rd, Max placed 4th, Colin Duffy placed 7th, and Donavon placed 9th.

Nine members of the team qualified for the State competition, the most of any school in our chapter.  In addition to the students named above, also qualifying were Ritwik Bhattacharjee, Alex Horne, Alex Wallach, and Alvina Zhang.  Also competing Saturday was Nick Nguyen.

The State Competition will be held March 24th at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Campus.

Brain Bowl

Congrats to the Stargate Middle School Brain Bowl teams that participated in the State Tournament. Two of the teams advanced to the afternoon elimination rounds and all of our teams did well.

The teams had to place in the top six at their Regionals to even qualify for the State tournament. Over 1200 middle school students participate in Brain Bowl each year so their accomplishments are pretty awesome. Please congratulate the following students.

  • 6th Grade Team- Finished in 8th Place at State: Cooper King, Nicolas DeBell, Cameron Nusz, Andrew Bui, Brendan Agnew, Nick Hofer

  • 7th Grade Team- Finished in 7th Place at State, narrowly losing to the 1st place team:Garrett Fleischmann, Rayan Lekmine, Greyson Ono, Lucas Williams, Mason Moritzky

  • 8th Grade Team -Finished in 12th Place at State:Caitlin Amero, Emma Hoopes, Arabella Hill (not an 8th grader!), Alexa Harper, Hannah Nguyen

Eagles On The Move

  • Jordan Ruigrok competed in 3 alpine sports during the Jr. Olympic Qualifying races and earned his best placing in the Men's Slalom placing 87th overall out of 126 Jr. Olympic competitors.

  • James Briggs competed in the Prater Cup and qualified for Junior Championships ins ski racing.

  • Parker Scott also competes in ski racing and He’s placed in the top 20 for most of his races this season

  • Garrett Fleischmann, 7th grade student, has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, April 6, 2018.