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October 7, 2014
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The APS Leadership Team and Board of Education have spent the past 18 months laying the groundwork for a new strategic plan for Aurora Public Schools. Since 2006, APS has operated under the VISTA strategic framework, which will conclude in January 2015.
Strategic Planning Team
To ensure that our new plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future, reflects the goals and values of the APS community, we’ve brought together a Strategic Planning Team to gather internal and external stakeholder feedback to develop the plan. The team consists of APS staff, Board members, parents and community and business members.
Opportunity for Feedback
To learn more about the strategic plan development process and provide feedback, please visit aps2020.aurorak12.org.
Strategic Planning Team members will incorporate this feedback as they draft the plan. In January 2015, the Board will consider adopting the plan, which would lead to a full launch and implementation of APS 2020: Shaping the Future.
APS has established a committee to recommend the attendance area for the new P-8 school currently under construction on the APS Community Campus.
Attendance area options will be presented to the community in a series of open houses. Community members are welcome to attend any of the open houses listed below.
OPEN HOUSE DATES AND LOCATIONS:
Open house attendees will have the opportunity to:
Based on the data collected and community input, the committee will present recommendations to the APS Leadership Team and the Board of Education in November. The Board will make a decision on the attendance area in December, and the new boundaries will go into effect in the 2015-16 school year.
To learn more about the attendance area process and options, visit: aurorak12.org/boundary
Story by Ashley Smith
It’s that time of year again! Winter is coming and many Aurora Public Schools students need coats! Last year, the Aurora community came together and donated more than 1,000 coats to children in need. We are asking community members to step up again this year by donating new or gently-used coats.
This year’s coat drive will run from Sept. 22 to Nov. 1. We are specifically looking for coat sizes that fit elementary school children. Children’s gloves, hats and scarves are also welcome.
The Aurora Police Department and the APS security department are hoping to provide more coats to kids in the community than ever before. Donations can be dropped off at the locations below.
Every child who receives a coat will be grateful for your generosity.
Nineteen-year-old student Wilber Gonzalez-Garay is excited about his future. In it, he sees himself doing a variety of things that interest him, especially work that involves using his hands. Even more impressive is the fact that less than a year ago, Gonzalez-Garay was homeless and desperate for a change.
"I didn't have house and I had just lost my job," Gonzalez-Garay said. "I really needed something to keep me busy, and the one thing I wanted to do was go back to school."
Gonzalez-Garay is just one of close to 200 students enrolled in Futures Academy, which serves students ages 17 to 21 who have too few credits to earn a traditional high school diploma but are still interested in furthering their education and pursuing a post-secondary degree. Through a partnership with Colorado Youth for a Change and Aurora Public Schools, students are able to access resources, guidance and targeted academic instruction that will allow them to leave Futures with an associate degree, Pickens Technical College Certificate, GED or a combination of the three.
Students, community members and staff ̶ including representatives of the APS Board of Education, Pickens and the Community College of Aurora ̶ recently came together to celebrate the grand opening of the new center's location at 14707 E. 2nd Ave. Student ambassadors and staff members conducted building tours and Q&A sessions for attendees looking for more insight on how the program works. As Gonzalez-Garay put it, Futures staff members are concerned with more than just academics, a quality any young student trying to get ahead would appreciate.
"I've now got a good idea of how to speak to people and write resumes," he said, adding that he also learned how to produce a cover letter. "I had no idea what that even was."
Now taking classes at Futures, Pickens and CCA, Gonzalez-Garay said he has everything he needs to accomplish his ultimate goal - earning his mechatronics engineering degree.
"If I wasn't here at Futures," Gonzalez-Garay said, "I'd probably be somewhere on the street begging people for money."
Thanks to his new found discovery, that scenario is far from reality.
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Created on July 10th, 2014 | Last updated on October 7, 2014