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STARS Open House 2015-2016
STARS Prom Mixer #2
Springfield Church of Christ,
STARRY NIGHT HOMESCHOOL PROM – ALL HOMESCHOOLERS 14+ INVITED!
Open House/Registration 2015-2016 School Year
Interested parents and teens are welcome to attend our open house Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm, Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, Virginia. Meet the tutors, preview class materials, and interact with current students!
STARS features inspired instruction from top teachers in the metro area with decades of homeschooling experience to motivate your students and spark that love of learning. Our rigorous courses include Apologia science curriculum with intensive lab work, including Physical Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, Nutrition, Chemistry, and Physics – Saxon Algebra I, Algebra II, Advanced Math, and Jacobs Geometry – Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing, World Literature, Essay Writing with SAT Prep – American History – Spanish and German language instruction – Art and Graphic Design – Knitting and Sewing – Classical Guitar and Guitar ensemble — Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet. Tutoring is available as well in selected subjects.
STARS also organizes field trips, such as to Kennedy Center fine arts education programs and for instruction at a renowned and/or Ivy League college for a day, as well as seasonal extra-curricular events and parent support activities.
Please email Anne-Marie Mingo at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and/or to RSVP (appreciated but not required!).
Correction to ShareNet Ad
STARS would like to invite you, on April 7th and 9th, 2015 between the hours of 10:30-1:30, to an Open House for students and families to meet our newest tutor, Matt Rogers for instrument demonstrations, direct Q & A with him, as well as signing up for an opportunity to try sax, flute, or clarinet themselves. Matt will be offering private lessons with STARS on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to set up free 30 minute trial lesson, email him at Matt@MattRogersMusic.com. We are so fortunate to have him join us and to have a musician of this caliber teach our students. Matt has also been asked to be a soloist for the Easter sunrise service at the Lincoln Memorial and will be performing with Michael Tait of the Newsboys. He would love to meet you and has invited students to come down to the stage afterwards to say hello.
New Music tutor at STARS starting 3/3/15!
We are super excited to add Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet to our music opportunities. Victoria has been a big fan of Matt Rogers and we have finally worked out an opportunity for him to join us. You will find his bio below as well as contact information for him.
Matt Rogers (Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet) holds a degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University and has been teaching and performing in the D.C. area for over 20 years. He has performed with national acts including Roberta Flack, Allen Vizutti, Doc Severinsen, Travis Cottrell, Mandisa, Beth Moore-Living Proof Ministries and other nationally-known ministries. In addition, he has opened for artists including The Mighty Cloud, Salvador and Jaci Velasquez. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) National Instrumental Competition in 2000 (Estes Park, CO). Locally, Mr. Rogers has performed on numerous occasions at McLean Bible Church, The Falls Church Anglican, Truro Anglican Church, as well as many others, including Capital Church, his home church. Mr. Rogers specializes in all levels and styles of saxophone as well as all styles through an upper-intermediate level in flute and clarinet. Composition, arranging, & transcription instruction available. Theory, sight-reading, rhythmic training and technique building are all standard in weekly lessons. Mr. Rogers is a member of MENC and NVMTA and is VIRTUS trained and certified.
Mr. Rogers is available to teach at the STARS campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-2PM beginning on Tuesday, 3/3/15. For your convenience, Mr. Rogers allows for a trial lesson of 45 minutes for the reduced rate of $25. Should you decide to continue, you may arrange a time to study with him at the STARS campus via email at:
Payments are monthly and will be given to Anne-Marie Mingo made out to Mr. Rogers’ company: NBW Productions, LLC, at the last lesson prior to the start of the month you are paying for. Submitting post-dated checks for us to keep on file in the office is encouraged.
If you do not already own an instrument, please contact Mr. Rogers directly for rental or purchase recommendations.
Duke SPLASH – Spring 2015 SAVE THE DATE!
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STARS Social – Dandy Prom 2014 2 (of 3)
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All About Heidi!
Heidi Hammel: Ushering In Hubble’s Successor – The James Webb Space Telescope
Planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel — a world authority on the planets Neptune and Uranus — is known for her many achievements probing the cosmos, often using the famous Hubble Space Telescope in her work.
For instance, in 1994 when comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, Heidi was the leader of the ground team that analyzed photos of the event from the Hubble Space Telescope. She was also a member of the research group that first spotted Neptune’s Great Dark Spot (a raging storm as big as Earth) with the Voyager spacecraft, and led the Hubble team that later documented the Great Dark Spot’s disappearance.
Today she is involved in another milestone: helping to develop the next great space observatory that will succeed Hubble — the James Webb Space Telescope which is scheduled to be launched later in 2018. “As much as I love Hubble, it’s time to build an even more sophisticated tool that will enable us to see new things,” says Heidi, the Executive Vice President of AURA, Inc. (The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy), a consortium of 39 U.S. universities as well as educational and non-profit institutions, and seven international affiliates. AURA operates world-class astronomical observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, and the Gemini Observatory.
In her post at AURA, Heidi is working with the team that is planning the development and launching of the Webb Telescope. “Webb will be able to probe regions of the cosmos that are simply not visible to Hubble,” she explains. “It’s bigger and it will be tuned to wavelengths that Hubble can’t really see. With Webb, we have the potential to answer questions about the origins of just about everything in the universe.
No doubt, the Webb Telescope, in addition to giving astronomers greater insight into other mysteries of the universe, promises to afford Heidi enhanced observations of her two favorite planetary bodies: Neptune and Uranus (‘The Ice Giants’). Often considered by the lay public as two of the “least exciting” planets, she says they are anything but that. “These planets are not dull. They change a lot,” she says. “Actually, they are great for a researcher. Because they are located at the outer reaches of the solar system, they’ve been less studied than nearer planets. So whenever I make an observation, anything I find is brand new.”
Particularly intriguing is Uranus, she explains. “With Uranus, now we’re rewriting the textbooks on it. Our recent observations are so counter to what we originally thought. There is all sorts of connective activity going on there, which 20 years ago we didn’t see. We once thought of Uranus’s atmosphere as pretty much dead. But it’s not.”
It was not until her sophomore year in college (when she took an astronomy class as an elective) that Heidi thought seriously about pursuing planetary exploration as a career. However the seed may have been planted years earlier by happenstance during road trips with her parents while growing up in California, she admits. “I would get very car sick during these trips and to distract myself, especially at night, I stared out the window and started recognizing patterns in the sky. I learned the constellations because it helped get my mind off the fact that I felt absolutely awful in the car.”
Following high school, she was admitted to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She then went on to the University of Hawaii, earning her Ph.D. in physics and astronomy there in 1988.
Says Heidi: “I was very fortunate to be in graduate school in Hawaii at the time that they were building these fabulous new telescopes.” After a post-doctoral position at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., she returned to MIT, where she spent nearly nine years as a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. When the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet crashed into Jupiter, she was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s public face, explaining the science to television audiences worldwide.
Heidi is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her achievements as a scientist, science communicator and outreach professional, including: receiving the Carl Sagan Medal (given to scientists whose communications have greatly enhanced the general public’s understanding of planetary science); named as one of Discover Magazine’s 50 most important women in science in 2003, and receiving the Harold C. Urey Prize of the American Astronomical Society.
Her book, “Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel” is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0309095522/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Click here for more information on her website.