Hischke’s Happenings! April 23, 2018

posted Apr 23, 2018, 3:38 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates

April 23 6:00 pm Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night (Secondary Commons)

April 23-27 Scholastic Book Fair(Elementary Library)

April 25 9:15-5:15 5th Grade Field Trip Rockies Game

April 26 Double Play Dine-out night - Modern Market and Blaze Pizza

April 26 Take your kid to work day

April 27 Adroit Expo Day

April 30-May 4 Elementary/Secondary Art Show

April 30 Elementary Battle of the Books District Battle

April 30 9-1:30 Kindergarten Field Trip - Barr Lake

April 30-6pm Board Candidate Meet and Greet-Secondary Commons

May 1-8-Board of Directors Election

May 3 6-8 pm Art Show Reception Elementary and Secondary

May 4 K-5 Assessment Day 8-3 pm

May 8-6:30pm Elementary Music Concert

May 9-5:30pm Board of Directors Working Session

May 16-6:30pm Board of Directors Business Meeting

May 16 and May 17-States Fair for grades ¾

May 18-5th grade Field Trip-Beatles/Civic Center

May 23-5th Grade Picnic

May 24-8:30am Kindergarten Graduation

Take Your Child to Work Day: April 26, 2018

If you plan to take your child out of school this Thursday, April 26 for Take Your Child to Work Day, please use the link below and fill out the Google Form. Your child will receive an excused absence for the day. You may also choose to call the front office to leave a message or email gina.lindholm@stargateschool.org .


K-5 Curriculum Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow Night

April 24, 2018

6:30 - 7:30 PM

K-5 Curriculum Town Hall

Our Mission Statement:  Stargate School will provide a differentiated program designed specifically to meet the needs of identified intellectually gifted learners in order to challenge each student’s academic abilities, support their unique emotional needs, promote individual character development and encourage a life-long love of learning.


All interested stakeholders, especially K-5 parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers


An interactive meeting designed to gather community feedback on current faculty conversations regarding looping/multiage classrooms in ½ and ¾, and content generalization/specialization


Tuesday, April 24th, from 6:30-7:30pm


Elementary Commons


We want to offer the best education possible to our gifted students and their families. As we monitor and analyze data, we strive to continually show improvement toward our goals and mission, as we provide a differentiated curriculum to students by teachers who are master teachers in each content area.


Introduction: 10-15 minute introduction presented by a panel of administration and teachers.

Exploration: Families will have 30 minutes to explore five stations set up around the room, spending approximately five minutes at each station:

  • Station 1: Possible options

  • Station 2: Impact on Specials

  • Station 3: Standards

  • Station 4: Depth & Complexity Framework

  • Station 5: Professional Development

Wrap-Up: 10-15 minute Question & Answer Session

Participants will receive a tool to help them look at options effectively and to form their own opinions.

The introduction and conclusion will be recorded and available via live feed so that stakeholders not able to attend will have access to information.

K-5 stakeholders will receive a survey. The survey will be available on Friday, April 27 and will close on May 7 at 3:00 PM.

Then what?

Teacher and parent feedback will be considered, and a recommendation for next year will be provided to the Governance Board on May 16 at the Board Meeting, and an agreement will be reached.

Stargate Student Council Announces

I cannot be more proud of the Elementary Student Council students for creating the Kindness Kup! They are looking for ways in which to recognize positive students behaviors and interactions.


What is it? The Kindness Kup is a way for students who are Kind to be acknowledged for their Kind deeds.

Who does it involve? All elementary students.

What are the rules? Teachers, administrators, staff members, and student council members have Kindness Koupons that they will give to students Kaught being Kind. If you get a Kindness Koupon, you will take it back to your classroom and put it in your Kindness Kup Kontainer.


  • Help someone pick up their dropped school supplies

  • Hold the door for someone


  • Respect in your classroom

  • Kindness and respect on the playground

Why? To demonstrate Kindness.

How and what do you win?

  • CLASSES - At the end of the Kindness Kontest, the student Kouncil will count up the Kindness Koupons in each classroom and the winning classroom wins a party of the class’s choice. It can be a pizza party, ice cream party, chicken nugget party, or something similar and the student council members will be happy to run the party and make it a fun celebration of your hard work.

  • INDIVIDUALS - At the end of the Kindness Kontest, after the winner has been decided, we’ll take the rest of the Koupons and draw names for prizes. They will be drawn during morning announcements.

When: Starts: April 23rd

Ends: May 10th

  • Party will be the week of May 14th - 17th. The date and time will be decided by the winning class’s teacher. The class will decide the type of party they would like.

  • Two students’ names will be pulled out of the drawing daily during announcements on each day from May 14th - 17th.  

May 4th Elementary Assessment Day

Kindergarten Testing Information

Reading Assessments for Kindergarten are coming up on Friday, May 4th! Students will be taking a DRA Reading benchmark assessment with their literacy teacher, which focuses on finding the student’s instructional reading level by assessing their reading skills. The focus is on reading comprehension and fluency and accuracy. Please either use the link below or locate your child's literacy teacher's blog to sign up for an assessment time.

Kindergarten Sign-Up for May 4 Assessment Day

Mrs. Bowman’s Literacy Class


Ms. Peters’ Literacy Class


Mrs. Wells’ Literacy Class


Mrs. Wilson’s Literacy Class


1/2 Team Testing Information

Reading Assessments for 1-2 are coming up on Friday, May 4th! Students will be taking a Reading A-Z benchmark assessment with their literacy teacher, which focuses on finding students' instructional reading level by assessing their reading skills (comprehension) with developmentally-appropriate texts while recording reading behavior (fluency and accuracy). Please either use the link below or locate your child's literacy teacher's blog to sign up for an assessment time.

1/2 Sign-Up for May 4 Assessment Day

Ms. Bolger’s Literacy Class


Mrs. Falace’s Literacy Class


Ms. Kim’s Literacy Class


Mrs. Lee’s Literacy Class


Mrs. Ramsey’s Literacy Class


Mrs. Ross’ Literacy Class


Mrs. Spletzer’s Literacy Class


Mrs. Walls’ Literacy Class


3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Testing Information

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will need to arrive at school by 7:55 AM. Please treat this like a normal morning drop off and the students will head to the back of the school and will be supervised by their Specials teachers until they are let in when the bell rings.

All 3rd through 5th grade students will take a writing assessment to see how well they have progressed with the writing process during the 2017-2018 school year. The 3/4 students will complete a Step-Up to Writing prompt while the the 5th grade students will complete a writing prompt for 6th grade placements for the 2018-2019 school year.

All 3rd through 5th grade students will be dismissed at 10:00 AM. The teachers will walk all of the children outside for dismissal.

Please contact Missy Hischke if you have any questions about the May 4th Assessment Day.




The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!

April 23 – 27th

Elementary Library

11-4 Monday

7:45-2:30 Wed

7:45-4 pm T, Th, F

Online 4-18 through 5-1

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please makes plans to come to our Book Fair.  Remember, all purchases benefit our school. If you want to purchase books for our new expanded space next year,

you can use the link below to see our library wish list.


If you are interested in volunteering to help out at the book fair, contact Jean Farr or Rachelle Czarnecki  


Meet and Greet with the Board Candidates: Please come on Monday, April 30 at 6 pm in the Secondary Commons to meet the candidates running for Two – Three Year Board Terms. Each Candidate will give a short presentation on who they are and why they are running, then you will have the opportunity to ask them relevant questions. Please come out and make an informed decision for this Board Election.

Governance Board Election: May 1 – 8. Ballots and e-mails will go out next week. Look for more information coming in next week’s news!


5th Grade Choir Students Will Perform at the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park

Rodney Osburn, the K-5 General Music teacher at Stargate, is happy to announce that his 5th grade choir students will be performing  at the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park on May 18, 2018 from 11:00AM-12:00PM. The students will perform several Beatles songs including many from the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” album in celebration of the 50th-year anniversary release date, June 2017.


The free event, called Beatles in the Park, serves a greater purpose to bring awareness to the homeless community. Students will be making large signs with messages like: HELP THE HOMELESS and PEOPLE NEED HOMES. Fundraising through donations at the event is still TBD. The 12 songs the students will perform include: Twist and Shout, Eleanor Rigby, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, When I'm 64, Penny Lane, Blackbird, Here Comes the Sun, Golden Slumbers, Carry that Weight and The End. The 100 plus students will be dressed to look just like the Sgt. Pepper album cover with an additional 2 rows of contemporary famous people. Several 5th grade students will accompany the choir with guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. There will also be several professional musicians from local symphonies and Rock bands (including teachers and parents) who will join with the students on certain “iconic” cameo instrumental parts. This should be a truly “multi-generational” event. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! Thanks for your attention to this.

We hope many will be able to attend this event.


The 2nd Annual Adroit Expo

Friday, April 27  8 am -

During this school-wide event, we invite our entire community to share their passions! This is different from the Adroit classes, where students are learning the design thinking process. During the Adroit Expo, students will present their passion projects which they have been working on for months! Students are welcome to sell items that will benefit a non-profit or have an empathetic cause.


Students will present in their homeroom or advance classes (see attachment) during 1 of 4 sessions. Students will either present outside or in the commons of their buildings. They will also be organized by theme/subject matter. When not presenting, students will have a passport that will be used to visit others and make connections to spark new ideas. All students will check in with their teachers following each session. We will have food trucks from Hey PB&J, Meatball, Mac 'N Noodles and Kona Ice of Broomfield and Arvada. In addition, Officer Mendez’s band will be performing! Students will end the day with a written reflection back in their Homeroom (K-5) and Advance (6-11) classes.


We invite anyone in our community to join us in sharing their passions during any one of our sessions. We would also like to invite parents/family members to help our students make real life connections by highlighting your job and profession. We invite you to share a passion, job, career or profession at the Adroit Expo! Please email josh.cochran@stargateschool.org if you would like to participate.

Please see schedule HERE


Second Annual Car Show Fundraiser
Come join the Stargate RallyX Project on Saturday April 28th at 9:00 A.M. at Stargate School for the Second Annual Car Show Fundraiser! Everyone is invited to bring any car they have! There will be food and drinks and it is fun for the whole family! There is no entry fee however donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to the RallyX project. We hope to see you all there!

Elementary Battle of the Books

Come and Cheer on the teams as they battle for the Championship Title on Monday, April 30th at 5:30-8pm. Meridian Elementary School, 14256 McKay Park Circle, Broomfield.. Teams should arrive at 5:15. Any questions, please contact Rita Stephenson or Sarah Buck.