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Superintendent Rico Munn helps a young student cut the ribbon at the grand opening celebration of APS Early Beginnings

Superintendent Munn helps cut the ribbon at the grand opening celebration of APS Early Beginnings.

August 25, 2014
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Join Us for the APS Community Campus P-8 Groundbreaking

Join Us for the APS Community Campus P-8 GroundbreakingPlease join us for the Aurora Public Schools Community Campus P-8 groundbreaking:

Wednesday, Sept. 3
5:30 p.m.
APS Community Campus
2nd Avenue & Airport Boulevard

To address continuing enrollment growth at elementary and P-8 schools in the district, the APS Board of Education approved the construction of the new school on the APS Community Campus.  The school will serve more than 900 students and will open in September 2015.

The groundbreaking will be held at the P-8 construction site, just south of 2nd Avenue.  Parking will be available on 2nd Avenue and in the Aurora Quest K-8 parking lot.

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APS Foundation Annual Gala on Sept. 18

The 3rd Annual Gala for the APS Education Foundation will bring together more than 600 business, non-profit and elected leaders as we celebrate our work, our teachers, our administrators and our students. The gala will take place at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum on Sept. 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

AEF Annual Gala Save the Date postcardDownload the flier.

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APS Chief Information Officer Earns High Honors

Steve ClaggThe 2014-15 school year is off to a great start for Aurora Public Schools Chief Information Officer Steve Clagg who recently earned the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) “2014 CALET Outstanding Technology Administrator” award. This recognition hails Clagg’s outstanding commitment to technology in education and his professional contributions toward improving teaching and learning environments in Colorado.

Clagg serves as president for CALET, the Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology, a department within CASE, which provides professional development opportunities to enhance the growth of educational technologists.

Colorado Department of Education Chief Information Officer Daniel Domagala nominated Clagg for this honor, expressing, “He [Steve] has successfully introduced technical infrastructure efficiencies, organized an effective support structure and elegantly aligned reporting processes with state systems.”

“Awards like these are not about an individual, but the efforts of many. I am honored to be the recipient, but truly pleased that our collective hard work at APS is being recognized.” – Steve Clagg

Despite Clagg’s humble acceptance of praise, he shined in the spotlight once more when the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) inducted him into their 2014 Volunteer Hall of Fame. This represents a small token of CoSN’s appreciation for Clagg’s tireless service, generosity and noteworthy contributions to CALET, their Colorado chapter.

Clagg is thankful for the opportunities provided to him through his involvement with the organizations, which he notes has aided him and the IT team in continuing to improve technology strategies and tactics for APS.

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New APS Early Learning Center Shines For Community at Grand Opening Gala

Early Beginnings Grand Opening

Clarissa DeHoyos and Casandra Orozco have quite the full plates. Having become mothers while still in high school, both students faced considerable challenges. However, thanks to a new early learning center in north Aurora, DeHoyos, Orozco and other teen parents in Aurora Public Schools will now have a place to take their children for the day while they attend school. 

APS Early Beginnings: A Zoom Site focuses on providing quality childcare and parenting support for teenagers who attend APS. Recently, more than 100 guests -- including program donors, teen parents, and staff and community members -- turned out to help celebrate the grand opening, which featured a ribbon cutting, building tours and complimentary food.

DeHoyos and Orozco briefly addressed the audience, commending and thanking everyone involved for providing a service that teen parents desperately need. 

Another teen parent, who was unable to attend the grand opening celebration, said via a written statement, "I am happy and blessed to know my daughter is in a safe place while I'm at school."

The new center expands the existing Jamaica Child Development Campus with a specialized program for children from ages 3 weeks to 5 years old. 

Generous donations from the Piton Foundation (through a donor-advised fund from The Denver Foundation), Foundation for Educational Excellence, Gates Family Foundation, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and Qualistar Colorado funded the construction of the early learning center.

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Created on July 10th, 2014 | Last updated on August 25, 2014