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April 2, 2014
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APS Launches New Mobile App

APS GET APPYNeed to know more about Aurora Public Schools?

Don’t worry. There’s an app for that!

APS now offers a new mobile app for iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets. The app provides a one-stop shop for all things APS! The app works on smartphones and tablets and provides district and school contact information, top news stories, cafeteria menus, upcoming events, access to the APS Parent Portal and much more. It also includes staff tools, such as access to email, absence reporting and Infinite Campus.

Download and register today at aurorak12.org/app. iPad users, please download the iPhone app at the iTunes store. Android tablet users, please download the app at the Google Play store.

It’s just a click away, so download and ‘Get Appy’ today!

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Join Us and Volunteer for Comcast Cares Day on April 26

cast Cares Day 2014For the fourth consecutive year, Comcast will partner with Aurora Public Schools on national Comcast Cares Day, Saturday, April 26. This year, Comcast and APS volunteers will collaborate on projects at Jewell Elementary and Gateway High School. Comcast will award cash grants to Jewell and Gateway based on the number of volunteer participants.

Comcast Cares Day projects are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

2014 Comcast Cares Day Save the DateJewell Elementary
14601 E. Jewell Ave.
Aurora, CO 80012                                   

Gateway High School
1300 S. Sable Blvd.
 Aurora, CO 80012

The projects will include painting classrooms and other school facilities and outdoor improvement projects (weather permitting). All volunteers will receive a free commemorative t-shirt, breakfast and lunch.

To volunteer for a project, you may sign up at www.comcastinthecommunity.com with your Facebook credentials. Alternatively, you may print out and complete one of the following registration/waiver forms:

  • Gateway High School Volunteer Registration Form
  • Jewell Elementary School Volunteer Registration Form

Please return completed registration forms to Jewell Elementary or Gateway High School or send to Rebecca Herbst, APS Communication Department, 15701 East 1st Ave., Suite 213, Aurora, CO 80011.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to improve our schools and thank Comcast for their great community support!

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Rangeview's CyberPatriot Team Sets Record at National Challenge

Team "Any Key"

Rangeview High School and the words "CyberPatriot" are almost synonymous in the Aurora Public Schools community. The team has shown that they belong among the nation's elite, and they proved themselves once again recently during the national finals in Washington, D.C.

After strong performances in each of the four finals events, Team "Any Key" earned the National Championship in the Digital Crime Scene Challenge, all while capturing the only perfect score ever recorded by an open division team in the event's history.

Team "Any Key" excelled through the national semifinals to set up a finals showdown against the nation's other top 11 teams. Schools competed in the last round of the season to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team made up of cyber security experts from the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Congratulations, Rangeview and Team "Any Key" on a job well done!

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Register Your Child for Kindergarten

APS Kindergarten RegistrationAPS will register students for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year from April 3 to May 31 at the centralized admissions office:

APS Centralized Admissions
1085 Peoria St.
Aurora, CO 80010
Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Spring registration allows time for parents to complete the enrollment process at their child’s home school before summer break. Parents who do not register and enroll their children for kindergarten by May 31 may continue to register after May 31 but will not be able to complete the enrollment process until after summer break.

Current APS preschool students may enroll directly at their home school. To determine which school your child should attend, use the online address lookup tool at aurorak12.org/schools/address-lookup-tool.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1, 2013 to start kindergarten on Aug. 14, 2013. For more information about registration, call 303-326-2200 or visit admissions.aurorak12.org.

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APS Students Compete to Save Energy in State’s Largest ReNew Competition

Click here to learn more about the ReNew our Schools Competition or to complete a pledge formStudents at 12 APS schools are leading the charge to find ways to save energy in a competition called ReNew Our Schools. The main goal of the competition, sponsored by the Center for ReSource Conservation, is to see how much energy each school can conserve during the month of April. Each of the participating schools is attempting to win one of three $20,000 solar arrays for their building.

The student-led challenge will focus on changing behaviors such as turning off lights, shutting down computers, and unplugging unused appliances. Students will earn points for energy savings and initiatives such as forming environmental clubs, creating videos, and developing energy lesson plans. Parents and community members can earn points for the school of their choice by pledging to save energy at home. Schools are competing in three separate divisions. The school in each division with the greatest number of points at the end of the month will win a solar array.

Schools competing in the ReNew Our Schools challenge are: Elkhart Elementary, Crawford Elementary, Side Creek Elementary, Tollgate Elementary School of Expeditionary Learning, Aurora Hills Middle School, East Middle School, North Middle School, South Middle School, Aurora Frontier P-8, Aurora Quest K-8, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, and Vista PEAK Exploratory P-8.

To learn more about the ReNew our Schools Competition or to complete a Home Energy Improvements pledge form visit http://conservationcenter.org/rnos/.

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Created on April 1st, 2014 | Last updated on April 2, 2014