May 13th, 2013
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND AGENDA
MEETING OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
May 15, 2013, 10:00 A.M.
Arizona State University At SkySong Innovation Center
Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road
And StarShine Academy VIA TELECONFERENCE 712-432-7607 pin: 87087#
Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 38-431.01 and 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the general public that the meeting of the CORPORATE and GOVERNING Board of Directors of StarShine Academy shall be held at the foregoing time and place to discuss and authorize action upon the following agenda items, but not limited to these items:
1. Identification of Time, Place and Location of Meeting
2. Identification of Present and Absent Board Members
3. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes April 26, 2013
4. Items for Discussion:
• Status of StarShine Academy Construction Project
• Introductions to Team Members involved in the project
• School Calendar for 2013-2014
• Call to Public
5. Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting: June 27, 2012 10:00A.M.; June 27, 2012 10:30A.M.
Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.03.A.2 and A.3, each Board may vote to go into Executive Session, which will not be open to the public, for legal advice concerning any item on the agenda or to review, discuss and consider records exempt by law from public inspection, including the receipt and discussion of information or testimony that is specifically required to be maintained as confidential by state or federal law. One or more members of the above mentioned Board may attend the foregoing meeting by teleconference from StarShine Academy.
Dated and Posted this 13th day of May, 2013 By Trish McCarty, President, StarShine Academy
October 9th, 2012
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING AND AGENDA
MEETING OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
3535 E McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008
to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 38-431.01 and 38-431.02, notice is hereby
given to the members of the general public that the meeting of the GOVERNING Board of Directors of
StarShine Academy shall be held at the foregoing time and place to discuss and
authorize action upon the following agenda items, but not limited to these
- Identification of Time, Place and
Location of Meeting: Teleconference Call
Identification of Present and Absent Board Members
3. Approval of Board
Meeting Minutes June 29,2012
4. Items for
Renewal Contract and Extension of Current Contract to be matching congruent
- Call to Public
- Date, Time and Location of Next
Meeting: October 29, 2012 10:00A.M.
to A.R.S. 38-431.03.A.2 and A.3, each Board may vote to go into Executive
Session, which will not be open to the public, for legal advice concerning any
item on the agenda or to review, discuss and consider records exempt by law
from public inspection, including the receipt and discussion of information or
testimony that is specifically required to be maintained as confidential by
state or federal law. One or more members of the above mentioned Board
may attend the foregoing meeting by teleconference from StarShine Academy.
Dated and Posted
this 8th day of October 2012 By Trish
McCarty, President, StarShine Academy
July 3rd, 2012
StarShine Academy is a K-12 Charter School that is
recognized as an innovator in education. We are dedicated to revamping
education and shaping our teaching techniques, so that each student is given
the best opportunity to learn. At StarShine we do not just build great
students, we build great people. StarShine is dedicated to preparing each child
for success and this is done through a combination of outstanding teaching,
compassion, understanding and the ability to recognize that each child has
specialized needs that pertain to their learning style. At StarShine we believe
that Self-Empowerment along with Self-Discipline is essential to success. Through
our efforts StarShine has been nationally and internationally accredited, along
with having the distinct honor of being recognized by the United Nations as a
school for peace.
StarShine Academy is currently looking for highly qualified,
dignified and energetic, elementary and high school teachers, particularly in Reading,
Science and Math and volunteer assistant teachers. Teachers at StarShine Academy
are passionate individuals who are dedicated to
helping every child find their talent to grow into a peaceful, productive, and
successful person, while at the same time igniting a student’s passion to
learn. If you are interested in being part of this amazing program that is
single handily changing education then please contact us here.
January 4th, 2012
StarShine is making history happen. The vision of StarShine Academy from the very beginning was to HIGHLY educate the masses AND the elite…not just the elite. If we know what works, why don’t we use it every time for every student, for every child? Well, after nearly ten years, we know a lot more about why things don’t work for every child and we are determined to break through and help every single child get what they need to become a part of our dear American Dream, so precious to the world.
An historical event happened on Friday, December 16th, 2011. The StarShine Board of Directors met in the morning with Utah State Senator Mike Morley to hear about our vision for StarShine; to build an Eco-Village, focused on K-12 college preparatory education, community and parenting, arts, science, music and theater to be opened seven days per week from 7am to 7pm and to include a child-care center for employees and students’ families. StarShine wants to be a beam of light for other communities to use the talents within their own communities to repair and rebuild each person and each community, one person, one community at a time; to build love not fear, academic achievement and reverence for the wisdom of elders while including surrounding colleges, universities and global schools.
StarShine has created a StarShine Network to give other schools, home schools and communities the tools they need to become successful for their children’s futures. We see a great beam of hope rising from this little village and want you to become a part of it. There are many opportunities to help, no matter where you are or what you have to offer. This is a very exciting time.
The tragic events of 9/11/10 tipped-over a serious effort to change the way people look at things and to launch a new way to work together, starting with “Teach Your Children Well.” This coming September 11 Days of Peace and Sustainability, 9-11–21 includes the United Nations Day of Peace. We will combine efforts to recognize Arizona’s 100th Birthday with StarShine’s 10th Anniversary and our vision for all that is possible for America and the rest of the world. We encourage you to be a part of this history in the making.
December 7th, 2011
Our Chief Solutions Architect, Dr. Byron Davies, is on his way to Switzerland to perform an act of scientific gratitude.
Among the many fields of knowledge that StarShine brings to bear on children’s learning is systems engineering, introduced to StarShine by our great mentor Jack Ring. Systems engineering helps us understand how everything fits together as a system, from the individual child learning math to the envisioned StarShine Planet with thousands of schools, tens of thousands of teachers, and hundreds of thousands or millions of students. Systems engineering instructs us on the benefits of smaller schools, and on the best configurations to ensure that kids and teachers can learn productively together.
Even esteemed mentors have mentors, and one of Jack Ring’s key mentors is a Swiss gentleman named Rudolph Starkermann, or Rudy for short. Rudy is a systems engineer’s systems engineer. He’s the person that one of the world’s biggest engineering companies sends around the world to solve systems problems that practically no one else can solve. For example, if a new billion-dollar electrical generating facility can’t seem to work reliably, Rudy goes in to make things work.
Beyond his practical work, Rudy has done eye-opening research in how people succeed and fail in working together. While fixing engineering problems around the world, he found that many problems thought to be technical were actually human and organizational. The problems were not so much with the machines but with the people responsible for the machines. This inspired Rudy to apply the techniques and mathematics of systems engineering to human systems.
Through theoretical analysis and computational simulations, Rudy figured out how people work in groups. He analyzed groups with as few as two people and groups with larger numbers of people, and came up with some fascinating results. For example, he figured out the optimal way for two people to achieve maximum productivity in problem solving. As another example, he figured out that five is effectively the largest size for an effective problem solving group — beyond that, the communication patterns between the individuals become too complicated to manage. Starshine leverages knowledge like this to ensure maximum effectiveness as a learning community.
Rudy is now growing old — he’s 87 — and his vision is fading. Another StarShine systems engineering mentor, Bill Livingston (who designs nuclear plants in his sleep), suggested that “someone” should assist Rudy in ensuring that his collected works actually get collected. In addition to many paper documents and books, Rudy has electronic documents and simulation models stored on a 1996 Mac computer that has never been fully backed up.
Our own Dr. Byron Davies volunteered to be that someone. With financial assistance from Bill Livingston and an anonymous donor, Byron will spend 12 days in Wuerenlos, Switzerland, near Zurich, working with Rudy to compile and catalog his works. If you look on a map, you’ll see that Wuerenlos is in one of the few parts of Switzerland without mountains. The weather in Switzerland at this time of year is fog, rain, and snow, so Byron fears that he may spend his time in Switzerland without even seeing a mountain. But even though he has a mountainous task ahead of him, he looks forward to helping Rudy deliver his collected works to the world.