Cable Connection October 22, 2018

posted Oct 22, 2018, 4:06 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

October 23- Picture Retakes K-12

October 25- Middle School Assembly

October 26-Last day to order-Fall Fundraiser

October 26- 7pm-9pm Middle School Dance

November 8-10 Romeo and Juliet Fall Play

Updated Sports Schedules

Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, School Information, Staff Directory

Hello to all Stargate Families,

This week Missy Hischke, the elementary principal, and I felt strongly about sending a joint message to all of our families in grades K-12. We had many conversations over the course of last week and we kept coming back to the word perseverance and what that means to us as a community.



  1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

In a society that seeks instant gratification, the importance of perseverance is often lost. We have fast food, immediate answers at our fingertips, and are constantly trying to make sure our lives and our children's’ lives run smoothly.

Are we allowing our students to persevere or do we create conditions that smooths the process for them?

Here are a few thoughts:

  • Students should be allowed to struggle and work through challenges for optimal growth.

  • There is always beauty in mistakes and students will benefit from learning from them. Grant your children the grace to make their own mistakes.

  • The easy and quick answer is not always the best answer.

  • Recognize and praise growth, effort, and perseverance. This allows the process to be more impactful and the final outcome to be more meaningful.

  • Perseverance is a skill that can and should be taught.

As we continue through the rest of the school year, please look for ways in which you can help your student persevere. There are numerous opportunities daily, weekly, and yearly. Growth comes from the struggle, the falling, the failing; and persevering through these challenges results in allowing us to discover what we are truly capable of accomplishing.

Rise above,


High School Homecoming

Last week we had a phenomenal homecoming week, ending on Saturday night with over 300 students at the Homecoming Dance. A huge thanks goes out to Stargate staff, students and families for supporting all the homecoming events throughout last week.

Middle School Spirit Week and Activities

Middle School STUCO has some exciting things coming your way during October!  During the week of October 16th, Middle School STUCO will have a variety of activities, events, and surprises to promote a week of kindness in Middle School!  During the week of October 22nd, there will be a Stargate Spirit Week, and we would LOVE to see all of Middle School participate! Each day they dress out, their class will also receive class points!!!  

  • Monday, October 22nd - wear your favorite sports gear from your favorite team or your own team!

  • Tuesday, October 23rd -  wear a tie, tutu, or tie dye!

  • Wednesday, October 24th - dress like your favorite holiday!

  • Thursday,  October 25th -wear your class colors to be represented at the Pep Assembly that will take place during Advance Class (6th grade wears yellow, 7th grade wears pink, 8th grade wears blue).  

  • Friday,  October 26th -dress up like your favorite character from a book, movie, Disney, hero, or anyone you admire!

Middle School Dance: Friday, October 26th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, please join the Middle School in the first Middle School Dance of the year in the commons.  The dance will take place in the Secondary commons and admission is $5 at the door. This dance is reserved for current Stargate middle school students only.

Halloween - Middle School STUCO will be bringing you some Halloween Fun during lunch on Oct. 31st!!

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 have been notified and are welcome to attend.


Wednesday, October 31st is a normal academic day however, middle school and high school students may dress up for Halloween. Costumes that are inappropriate, offensive, or out of dress code are not allowed. In looking at costume options, please consider the following:

  • No scary costumes (must be appropriate for our K-12 audience)

  • No costumes that cover faces/conceal identity

  • No weapons (or anything that resembles a weapon)

  • No costumes that will not allow a student to function normally in a classroom setting

Middle School i-Ready Reports and Pictures

Any i-Ready reports and school pictures not picked up during conferences will be distributed in Middle School Connect classes this week.

Picture retakes on October 23 K-12

If your student needs their picture retaken, the original picture package must be returned and the student's picture will be redone. Retakes will be first thing October 23 in the morning.

Fall Play-Romeo and Juliet Tickets On Sale NOW

Join us for our first production in the new Stargate Performing Arts Theatre, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, running from November 8th - 10th (Two performances, 2pm & 7pm on the 10th). We will take you back to the 80's in style! It is 1988 in the Verona District of San Francisco, a young aspiring punk musician Romeo falls for the daughter of his family's greatest enemy, the upbeat and idealistic Juliet. Mercutio, fights in secret to win the heart and love of her best friend Romeo, while Tybalt maliciously plots her vengeance against all Montague scum, and the rich golden boy Steff Paris pursues the hand of Juliet and the Capulet empire. In a world filled with overbearing hate and manipulation, Romeo and Juliet must fight to keep their new and true love alive, yet ultimately their fates end in tragedy. A unique take on a classic tale with the majority of the Shakespeare language uncut and in tact.

Please come and enjoy this wonderful production, however, please keep in mind the Shakespeare language, the story, and that some of it's tragic/dramatic nature may be too mature for younger students. Tickets are available now ONLINE

Fall Fundraiser Last week to order from Charleston Wrap

There is still time to participate in the Fall Fundraiser!  Some great products available through Charleston Wrap! Visit: to register your student with Stargate School ID z-16094, and shop online from the complete Fall Fundraiser catalog!!

Orders, including prizes earned for sales, will be delivered in approximately 4 weeks!

Additional order forms and packets are available in the Stargate front office.

Sale runs through THIS FRIDAY, October 26th! THANK YOU for supporting our school!

National Honor Society (High School)

Students who have submitted an application for NHS have been sent a letter of selection status. The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center.  To be eligible for NHS, a student needs to have a GPA of 3.5 and higher for the last two high school semesters at Stargate and have completed a NHS student dossier.

National Junior Honor Society (Middle School)

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) sent out eligibility letters last week via student's Stargate email. To be eligible for NJHS, a student needs to have a GPA of 3.5 and higher for the last two middle school semesters at Stargate. Applications will be due October 19, 2018 to the NJHS Sponsor, Mrs Root. Students will be notified of acceptance by November 5, 2018 and induction will be 8:30 am on November 14, 2018 in the Secondary Commons.

High School Winter Sports -Girls and Boys Basketball, Cheer

Basketball Registration will take place October 29-November 9

NO late registration will be accepted.

For more information about what is required, go to the Sports Registration Page

Parent Meeting: November 6 at 6:00pm Secondary Commons

First day of practice-Basketball-November 12

First day of practice-Cheer-November 8 (registration due by 4pm 10/29)

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

  • 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

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 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.

5 Star Student Highs School Program

Stargate High School has started a new initiative, the 5 Star Students Program, to get students involved in the school and promote a positive learning environment. Through this program, students earn points for positive behaviors, attending school events, becoming members of teams or clubs, and school attendance.  

Research shows us that students who are involved in their school have less discipline issues, improved attendance, improved grades, and a huge reduction in dropout rates. In fact, over 55% of students who are not involved in their school will dropout. If a student becomes involved in one thing at their school, that dropout rate reduces to 5%. Even better, if a student is involved in two or more things at their school, the dropout rate becomes virtually non-existent!

At various point levels students will have the opportunity to receive Stargate gear, gift cards, or other donated items from local businesses, individuals, and private entities. The hope is that we create a “Do Right” attitude as well as a push to become productive citizens not only in our school, but in our communities, throughout their lives.

Stargate would like to enlist your help to support this program in whatever way you see fit. We are always in need of Stargate gear (rally towels, t-shirts, hoodies, hats, cups, lanyards, etc…), gift cards, coupons, “big ticket” items (iPads, iPods, Nooks, Laptops, TV’s, game systems, bikes, etc…) for high point earners at the end of the school year, and monetary donations to buy items mentioned previously.

Donations can be dropped off in the Secondary office at any time throughout the school year. We can also provide a thank you letter for your donation for your tax purposes.

Thank you so much for your consideration and help!

Eagles on the Move

Congratulations to Connor Smith (9th grade) for placing first at Regionals, qualifying for state and making it to the semifinals in the State Tournament in Tennis. He plays tennis for Monarch High School.

Congratulations to the HS Cross Country Teams! They both competed in the 3A regional meet at Lyons HS. The girls team placed 6th and the boys team placed 5th, running against some of the best talent in the state! A big shout out to Scott Enriquez who qualified for the State meet with a 15th place individual finish! The team coaches are Von Miller and Kelsey Thornton.

Congratulations to the Middle School Cross Country Team--the girls team placed 4th in state! The team coaches are Mr Varel and Ms Lamonski.