Hischke's Happenings! 3/6/17

posted Mar 8, 2017, 6:22 AM by Jane Baker

On March 1, Stargate was awarded the John J. Irwin school of Excellence Award.  The award was given to five (5) schools in our district that demonstrated excellent academic achievement. The achievement is based upon the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, we are identified as  “exceeding” expectations on the academic achievement indicator. - Way to go Stargate!

Dodgeball is coming!  March 7th and 9th – this Tuesday and Thursday

PARENTS!!!! We are in need of referees for the dodgeball tournament for both the Secondary and Elementary nights.  Referee shifts are for one hour and as a thank you, we will provide you with a certificate to the concession stand.  Please sign up here if you would like to help with refereeing.

Elementary on Thursday: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4bafaa23a31-grades

Secondary on Tuesday http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4bafaa23a31-grades1

Volunteers are still needed - if you haven't volunteered, there is a short list http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084cada92b0-dodgeball.  We need your help to make this event spectacular!   

If you have a child playing, please be sure to review the rules with them.  We want everyone to have fun!  http://bit.ly/2017dodgeballwaiver

The next CRC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at 8:15 at Daylight Donuts, 14352 Lincoln Street #107 (in the Cabela’s and Hobby Lobby shopping center).  Everyone is welcome.  For more information, please send an email to CRC@stargateschool.org.

Lost and Found

Please look through the lost and found items this week. All remaining items will be donated to charity after school on Friday. There are many coats, gloves, and hats and we will ask teachers to bring their students down to look for lost items.

Girl Scout Troop 2714 is having a Book Drive

We need your books! New or gently used. We are collecting books for Federal Heights Elementary. The class that donates the most books will win a pizza party with Girl Scout Cookies!

There will be a box in each classroom labeled Book Drive for any and all donations. The contest/book drive runs from February 27- March 24th. Thank you for any books you can donate

PARCC/CMAS Testing Dates

It’s almost time for testing season. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) will start on March 14.

Here are the dates for all of the assessments:

PARCC for all 3rd through 5th grade students  - March 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, and 24

We will start with four math assessments and then complete three english language assessments (ELA). All the math assessments are 60 minutes long and the time reflects setup and time to read the instructions. The ELA assessments are all approximately 90 minutes long with time to read the directions.

Testing times for March 14, 6, 17, and 18

Testing times for March 21, 23, and 24

  • 8:15 - 9:30 3rd grade math

  • 9:30 - 10:45 4th grade math

  • 12:30 - 1:45 5th grade math

  • 8:15 - 10:00 3rd grade ELA

  • 10:00 - 11:45 4th grade ELA

  • 12:30 - 2:15 5th grade ELA

Testing times for April 10, 11, and 13

  • 8:15 - 9:50 4th grade social studies

  • 12:30 - 2:05 5th grade science

Every year we complete an infrastructure trial with the 3rd grade students to make sure they are knowledgeable on how to use the online tools that the assessments provide. This will take place this week on Thursday, March 9.

A few parents have expressed a desire to review the test with their student at home and here is a link that will be helpful with practice problems and a tutorial on how to use all the tools the test has to offer.


I recommend going through the TestNav 8 Tutorial and the Online Student Tutorials for ELA and Math. The ELA will cover reading and writing and the other section covers Math. Select the 3-5 released materials.

At Stargate, we like to have a healthy approach to standardized assessments and we strive to keep stress at a minimum. There is so much more to our children than the results of a standardized assessment.

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Stargate Theatre Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This production is directed and choreographed by Christopher Sergeeff and it is going to be a fabulous production! I have heard the students practicing and it will be a show that is remembered for year.

It is showing on March 15 - 18 with all four shows starting at 7:00 PM. It will be held in the K-5 Commons. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults and all proceeds go back into the Stargate Drama Progr

Golf Club for 5th-8th grade

5th - 8th grade Golf Club - Sign up Here Beginning March 20 2017, there will be a youth golf club for  5th - 8th grade boys and girls at Stargate.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the following by March 17, 2017.  We are limiting the club to the first 20 participants.

The club will be held on Tuesdays (5th 3:15pm-4:15pm, 6-8 3:45pm -4:45pm) and Wednesdays (5th 1:35pm-2:35pm, 6-8 2:10pm-3:10pm. The first two weeks, golfers will learn the basics of golf while practicing at Stargate.

Beginning the week of April 10, Tuesdays will be spent at Stargate  and Wednesday's parents will be responsible for transporting students to a Highland Hills golf course to play on their par 3 course and driving range.

The club will run from March 20 - April 26

Fee is $45 per golfer and includes three weeks of driving range practice at Highland Hills, one pro lesson, and a final week tournament on their blue course. Please bring clubs if you have them. We are also looking for additional parent volunteers!

Parents must transport their student or organize a ride to the golf course on Wednesdays. The school or volunteer coaches will not be responsible for transportation.

April 12 Fun Run

Stargate High School students are putting on a Fun Run to help the Homeless this April 12th at Stargate. It will be after school on Wednesday 4/12 at 2:30. Bring your friends and family for a fun outdoor event to exercise while helping the homeless. Walk, Run, Jog, Crawl, whatever you can do! Admission is free but please donate if you can. All donations will go to feeding the homeless. See You There!

Elementary Friday Pizza Day Volunteers

We are in need of parent volunteers to help prepare and serve food to our students on Fridays.  The hours will be 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  If you are interested, please sign up HERE on the day(s) that will work best for you. Thank you for your support!

Yearbooks - Limited Time Only

Kids grow up so fast, so let's make sure those memories last forever! Even if you missed that early bird special, it's not too late to buy a yearbook! Yearbooks are on sale for $56 for the K-5 yearbook until March 10. We are not ordering extras, so get one now and don't miss out. You can order K-5 Yearbook HERE