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Elections - Paperless Voting New for 2018

posted Apr 16, 2018, 9:43 AM by Lisa Griffin   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 9:47 AM ]

We are making some changes to the Stargate election process. A Paperless Voting FAQ is available on the Elections page. We also provided the information below via weekly Hischke Happenings/Cable Connections communications to parents.

Background

Twice a year, you have an opportunity to vote on important school stuff (including electing members to the School Board and the School Accountability Committee). It is important because you vote and decide who serves on the elected boards and committees of Stargate School.

What's Changing?

To improve voter turnout and reduce our overall election expenses we are going to be moving to paperless email voting, and YOU ARE A BIG PART OF IT.

For the Spring 2018 Stargate Election, we are going to introduce paperless email voting as well as the same paper-based voting that we have offered for the past few years. Why BOTH methods of voting and not just one? As any student of Stargate will tell you, change can take a few tries. As such, our goal is to adopt a completely paperless election in the Fall 2018, but for the election of Spring 2018, we want to offer both options (email or paper) so we can work out any problems with paperless voting before diving all the way.

How Will It Work?

For the Spring 2018 election, you will still receive a colorful ballot instruction via your Monday folders (ES) or by mail (MS-HS) just like you have in the past. For some of you, these are the paper ballots that your dog ate, or you child did not tell you about until you called the election committee and then found it… but I digress.

Stakeholders who have a “qualified email address” that is registered with Infinite Campus will ALSO receive an email which will also enable them to vote. If you get both options to vote (paper and email), you can vote either way, but once you vote by either method, you cannot vote a second time and your ballot or email that you did not use becomes invalid once your vote is cast. Note that we our offering both options only for the Spring 2018 election.


Infinite Campus Link: https://ic.adams12.org/campus/adams12.jsp


What is this “qualified email address”?

A “qualified” email address has three characteristics (and all must be satisfied to vote by email):
  1. Your email address must be current. A current email address is one that you check regularly (i.e. daily). It can be a work or personal email address, but it must be one that you know works and you are actively able to use. Your email address must be valid.

  2. valid email address is one that has been entered correctly. Examples of valid email addresses are: bob21@gmail.com, dogsforbones33@comcast.net, elmer.fudd@hotmail.com. Examples of invalid addresses are: bobsemailnodomain, baddomain@gmai.cnmm, and missingatsign.com.

  3. It must be unique. A unique email address is on that is NOT SHARED (because we can only send one ballot per email address).


Audience participation time: Do you know who is responsible for ensuring they have a current, valid, and unique email address registered in Infinite Campus (where we get the list of stakeholders and their email addresses) 30 days prior to the election?? YOU ARE!

Call to Action - What Do You Need to Do Next?

In preparation for the spring election we need to YOU to register and reconfirm that you have a VALID EMAIL address in Infinite Campus. We will collect the email addresses from Infinite Campus 30 days prior to the spring election. Even if you believe your email is correct, please double-check. Your vote depends on it!


Need More Information?


For more information about 
paper-less voting, please go to our Election Page at http://charter.stargateschool.org/elections.

Governance Board Elections - Voting Opens May 1

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:25 AM by Lisa Griffin   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 8:29 AM ]

Spring elections are right around the corner. Stakeholders will receive ballot instructions on/around May 1, either via:
  • electronic election ballot instructions, emailed to the email address on file with Infinite Campus
  • Monday folders (K-5 students) 
  • U.S. mail (6-11th grade students)
Photos, bios and more information about the parents running for two open seats on the Governance Board of Directors will be posted on the Elections page prior to the voting period. Polls will open May 1 and will close at 4pm MST on May 8. If you'd like more information about the election process or about ways to volunteer for Stargate, contact recruiting@stargateschool.org.

Staff stakeholders will receive their ballots from the office.

Nominations Open through April 14 - Governance Board Positions

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:20 AM by Lisa Griffin

Email sent to community stakeholders on April 6 and April 14:

Nominations are open NOW through April 14 for TWO seats on the Governance Board of Directors. Both seats will hold a three-year term. Information on what is required to be a Board Member can be found on the Board Information page. You may also contact Sharon Robinson, Chair of the Recruiting Committee at 303-981-6942 or recruiting@stargateschool.org with any questions.

Interested applicants should follow the link posted on the Election Committee page to submit their nomination by April 14.

Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey - 2017-18 Parent Feedback

posted Feb 15, 2018, 9:31 AM by Lisa Griffin   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 9:23 AM ]

The School Accountability Committee has compiled data from the annual confidential Parent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey.  

The survey was conducted January 5-19, 2018 and was open to all parent members of the Stargate community.

Parent Survey results are posted in the Accountability Committee folder on the Forms and Files page. A link to the results can also be found on the School Accountability Committee page. 

The goal of this survey is to gauge how Stargate is meeting the needs of your children and family. Specifically, these results are used to:
  • Create recommendations for the Governance Board
  • Prepare reports for the State of the School presentation
  • Guide the Governance Board in their reviews of the Administration
  • Monitor progress toward Stargate’s goals
  • The survey is anonymous! No names or IP address are collected.
If you have any questions about the survey or about the 2017-18 data, please email accountability@stargateschool.org.

Dec 2017 - Quarterly KPI Progress Report

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:42 AM by Lisa Griffin   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 7:42 AM ]

The December 2017 quarterly Key Performance Indicators (KPI) report - a tool to help stakeholders better understand how Stargate is performing relative to the school's strategic plan and its KPIs - is posted below.


The report will be updated quarterly by the School Accountability Committee. If you have any questions, please contact accountability@stargateschool.org.

About Stargate's Key Performance Indicators

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are measurable values that demonstrate how the school is performing. These values are represented in five categories that align with the Governance Board’s Strategic Plan. Defined goals and measures that are outlined in the school’s Unified Improvement Plan are also included so that progress toward those goals can be more effectively evaluated and tracked. Stargate School’s KPIs are formulated and monitored by the School Accountability Committee. As data from various sources is collected and analyzed and historical trends are established, changes may be made to the scoring process. New indicators will also be included as new data becomes available. KPIs will be updated on a quarterly basis and will be made available to the Stargate community after data is finalized and approved.

The KPIs will highlight areas of strength, as well as reveal areas that require continued attention and goal-oriented strategies. The KPIs will be utilized by the Board in the preparation of each year’s Strategic Plan, as well as in their day-to-day decision making as they strive to fulfill the school’s mission.




New - Quarterly KPI Progress Reports

posted Jan 10, 2018, 9:58 PM by Lisa Griffin

Stakeholders have a new tool - a quarterly performance report - to help them better understood how Stargate is performing relative to the school's strategic plan and its Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The School Accountability Committee's first report for the school community is posted below. 


The report will be updated quarterly by the School Accountability Committee. The report reflecting numbers as of Dec. 31, 2017 will be available once information has been received and reviewed.  If you have any questions, please contact accountability@stargateschool.org.

About Stargate's Key Performance Indicators

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are measurable values that demonstrate how the school is performing. These values are represented in five categories that align with the Governance Board’s Strategic Plan. Defined goals and measures that are outlined in the school’s Unified Improvement Plan are also included so that progress toward those goals can be more effectively evaluated and tracked. Stargate School’s KPIs are formulated and monitored by the School Accountability Committee. As data from various sources is collected and analyzed and historical trends are established, changes may be made to the scoring process. New indicators will also be included as new data becomes available. KPIs will be updated on a quarterly basis and will be made available to the Stargate community after data is finalized and approved.

The KPIs will highlight areas of strength, as well as reveal areas that require continued attention and goal-oriented strategies. The KPIs will be utilized by the Board in the preparation of each year’s Strategic Plan, as well as in their day-to-day decision making as they strive to fulfill the school’s mission.



Annual Stakeholder Survey - Jan. 5 to Jan. 19

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:21 AM by Lisa Griffin

Attention all parents. We need to hear your voice.
 
The School Accountability Committee is conducting the annual confidential Parent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey.  The survey is NOW open January 5-19, 2018, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6Q3Q853

The goal of this survey is to gauge how Stargate is meeting the needs of your children and family. Specifically, these results are used to:
  • Create recommendations for the Governance Board
  • Prepare reports for the State of the School presentation
  • Guide the Governance Board in their reviews of the Administration
  • Monitor progress toward Stargate’s goals
The survey is anonymous! No names or IP address are collected.

You can win a $50 Amazon gift card! To enter the drawing, please complete the following steps upon completion of the survey:
  1. Print the final page (the confirmation page).
  2. Write your child’s and teacher’s name on the page.
  3. Return it to the front desk or send it to class with your student.
Only one entry per household permitted.

THANK YOU for your participation!

If you have any questions please email accountability@stargateschool.org

Fundraising​ ​Allocation​ ​Committee - Applications Due Dec. 1

posted Nov 16, 2017, 4:49 PM by Lisa Griffin

The Fundraising Allocation Committee is excited to announce the second round of fundraising allocations. Request Applications are due by December 1, 2017 and the FAC will meet on December 13, 2017 to review the requests. Any current Stargate Stakeholder or current Stargate student is welcome to apply for funds to purchase items/materials. Requests will be prioritized based on impact to students, programs, and teachers. If you have questions please reach out to your building principal. Requests that exceed $5000 must be approved by the Governance Board. If you would like to submit an applications, please access it via this link.

School Accountability Committee - Fall Election Results

posted Sep 26, 2017, 6:23 AM by Lisa Griffin

Three parents have been elected to fill School Accountability Committee parent seats. Congratulations to Rob Cernich, Patrick Millmore and Amanda Szymanski. You can find more detail on the Elections page.Three staff members - Barbara Falace, Rita Stephenson and Bethanny Tarantino‐Kelly - ran unopposed and were appointed Sept. 13 at the Governance Board meeting to fill staff seats on the Accountability Committee.

Fundraising Allocation Committee - More Information

posted Sep 16, 2017, 8:42 AM by Lisa Griffin

The Stargate Board of Directors reviewed and approved an updated charter for the Fundraising Allocation Committee on Sept. 13, 2017. To access the charter document, click here, or visit the Forms and Files page. Also in the Sept. 13 meeting, the Board: 
  • Allocated $15,000 to the Fundraising Allocation Committee for discretionary fundraising requests
  • Confirmed that initial applications for consideration of fund distribution will be taken until September 29, 2017
For more information about the committee, including how to submit a request for funding and additional deadlines for submitting requests, visit the Fundraising Allocation Committee page

If you have additional questions, please email fundraisingallocation@stargateschool.org or reach out to your Primary or Secondary school principal. 

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