STARS Statement of Faith

    • There is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    • God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
    • Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is God come in the flesh.
    • The Holy Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God.
    • Man is by nature sinful and is inherently in need of salvation, which is exclusively found by faith alone in Jesus Christ and his shed blood.
    • Christ’s death provides substitutionary atonement for our sins.
    • Jesus Christ literally rose bodily from the dead.
    • Jesus Christ will literally come to earth again in the Second Advent.
    • Marriage is a God ordained institution consisting of the union of one man and one woman.

Source: From the HSLDA Statement of Faith available HERE

Neuroscience and Society: The Meditating Brain (9/28/17)

Below is an announcement about the next event in the ongoing neuroscience series, Neuroscience and Society, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation. STARS students are invited to go as an extracurricular STEM opportunity. This is a free, catered event hosted down the street from the Spy Museum at the AAAS Headquarters in D.C. Register here

Sara Lazar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Harvard Medical School

Andrew B. Newberg, M.D
Director of Research, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital

Chris Streeter, M.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine

“From contemplation to prayer, forms of meditation exist in every society. Now, using up-to-date technologies, these ancient practices are being increasingly studied by neurologists. Although learning to meditate—to turn off all distractions—is no easy task, the advertised benefits claim it to be worthwhile. Such alleged benefits include the “calming” of neurotransmitters, beating addiction, and even building a bigger brain. Published studies argue that meditation can produce structural alterations in the brain and may even slow the progress of certain age-related atrophy. Similarly, some yoga advocates claim that the practice, which is explored as a treatment for major depressive disorders, expands mental faculties. Further, prayer, according to the Huffington Post, can help dissuade impulsive actions. Neuroimaging technologies are revealing changes in blood flow to areas of the brain, indicating more activity. This program will explore the neurological bases of these claims, if any, by explaining how the mind and body talk with one another during the acts of meditation, yoga, and prayer. ”


AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
September 28, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Eastern Time

STEM Lecture Series: Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefing

Below is a new STARS STEM extra curricular opportunity:

“The American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology,
and the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation
In cooperation with the
Invite you to a briefing on
Understanding and Minimizing Sports-Related Brain Injuries
September 14, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 
2060 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch will be provided
Repeated concussions and other sports-related brain injuries have attracted public attention recently.  The Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, in partnership with the American Brain Coalition, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation, will present a briefing that explores our current understanding of sports-related injuries and research efforts aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of these injuries on the human brain.
The briefing will feature Dr. Ann McKee, a Professor of Neurology & Pathology at Boston University and Chief of Neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System, who is a renowned brain researcher and one of the leading authorities on TBI and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the nation. In a recent publication, Dr. McKee and others report that of the 111 donated brains of former National Football League players, all but one had evidence of CTE.
The briefing will also feature Noel Heiks, CEO of MVTRAK a company that designs wearable sports monitoring technologies that provide athletes who play contact sports with feedback on concussion risk. The company was founded by Cindy Parlow Cone, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion who retired at 24 due to post-concussion syndrome. Ms. Cone will share her story and her advocacy efforts related to reducing head injury in youth soccer via video presentation. 
This is one in a series of Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefings that seek to promote a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages.  The Caucus also seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses. 
This widely-attended event complies with all appropriate regulations. Please RSVP to Megan Anderson Brooks at or 202-484-1100.”

HOMEWORK WARS: Help! Educational Seminar

September 21, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. RSVP Online Form

Help for your STRUGGLING STUDENTS and the HOMEWORK WARS that disrupt your homeschool. You are invited to this important event sponsored by the Springfield Teaching and Resource Services (STARS).

Veteran homeschool parents will share their experiences overcoming educational challenges due to visual and auditory processing delay, problems with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Asperger’s and learning styles that are problematic in the classroom environment.

We also will have Dr. Chris Ogilvie discuss the role of nutrition in the health and feeding of the mind of the struggling learner.

Chuck Hinshaw, COVT will discuss visual processing and the importance of the eyes working together with the brain for learning.

Don Hollenbeck from Learning RX will discuss the value cognitive skills training and how it can help the brain to think, read, learn, remember, and pay attention better.

*Tentative*: Al Nestor will share his wisdom with us on how to develop well-rounded, healthy adults from his many years of counseling.

And much more!

Where: Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150.

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NEW CLASS: Intro to Circuits and Programming (Python)

Teacher: Mr. Neil Jacob      Thursdays 11-12:30pm

Tuition: $285 (one semester long), $10 supply fee

This class is for 6th grade and above. This is a once a week, one semester course offered once during the school year (Spring semester). It is a hands on, project based course with minimal work outside the classroom. This course is an introduction to basic electrical engineering and computer programming principles, taught with Arduino. Students will learn the basics of electrical current, electrical elements, and how to program the Arduino with C as a control unit for a variety of tasks ranging from lighting up LEDs to detecting water levels. Parents are welcome to sit in on the class.

Prerequisites: No Algebra 1 is required, but a computer is required for the class.

Materials: Students must purchase a kit that will be used during the class. There is a $10 supply fee. Further questions about the content of the class can be addressed to, while questions about the time or tuition should go to

SPIRE: Cross Country Running


SPIRE Running: Cross country – (Springfield) – Join Spire Running in our 16th season of running. This cross country team is open for all junior high and high school homeschool students. Practices are held on Tuesday (right at STARS!), as well as Thursday afternoons and Saturday morning at Burke Lake. We compete at meets held throughout the area. The season begins at the end of August and runs through October. For more information and registration contact Robin at

Extracurricular Opportunity: Neurotechnology: Bridging the Gap between Mind and Machine

The NeuroPolicy Affinity Group invites you to attend
Neurotechnology: Bridging the Gap Between Mind and Machine
Presented by Justin Sanchez, PhD
 Office Director of the Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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When: Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30pm-8pm
Where: Revelle Room, AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave NW
Please RSVP to this event here.
The electro-chemical pulses of neurons and the digital ones and zeros of computers both convey information, but in very different ways. DARPA’s innovations in neurotechnology are opening the possibility of real-time, seamless translation between our brains and our machines and devices-in limited fashion for now, but in ways that seem destined to change the way we solve complex problems and transform how we live, work, and engage with each other and with the world. Dr. Justin C. Sanchez will discuss DARPA’s current investments in neural interfaces and related technologies, laying out the ground truth of what is currently possible, explaining how neurotechnology can be applied to national security, sharing visions of what people might accomplish with their brains in a symbiotic future, and challenging audience members to begin thinking about the ethical, legal, and policy issues that emerging neurotechnologies are sure to raise.
Laura M. Skipper-Kallal
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
assigned to the National Science Foundation, CISE directorate

Spring Open House

STARS will be hosting our Spring Open House on Tuesday, May 9 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Springfield Church of Christ.  Please come out and learn about our program, meet our tutors, and meet some of our families.

STARS Graduation 2017

STARS will be celebrating the graduation of four of our students June 3, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. Graduation will be held in the Sanctuary of the Springfield Church of Christ (7512 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA).  All family members, friends, and STARS families are invited.  There will be a short reception in the Fellowship Hall afterward.

PROM 2017

STARS will be hosting the City of STARS Prom for all High School Homeschoolers May 20, 2017, from 7:00-11:30 P.M.  Location is the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA.  Invite your friends and come enjoy a night you will never forget.

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