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November 10, 2014
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APS Students, Saluting America Teaming Up Again to Honor Veterans
Saluting America 2014

Members of the Aurora Central High School ROTC organize Saluting America tribute cards for distribution to all 59 APS schools. Students will have the opportunity to fill out cards for the upcoming Veteran's Day holiday.

For the second consecutive year, Aurora Public Schools students will have the chance to showcase just how special Veteran's Day is to them. 

APS has teamed up with the Saluting America School Program to help students celebrate Veteran's Day. Through Saluting America, a state program that helps raise youth awareness of sacrifices made by our nation’s active duty military personnel and veterans, students will create a bevy of materials that will serve as a tribute to those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms. The program consists of multiple elements, including tribute cards and a tribute contest, where students can compete against one another to express the values they learned through the program. Past entries have included essays, poems, videos and other presentations. 

Recently, members of the Aurora Central and Gateway high school ROTC gave of their time to help pack up the tribute cards to send out to all 59 schools throughout APS. Students will work on the cards and other materials in the time leading up to the holiday. 

Some of the upcoming events to salute our veterans include:

Montview Elementary – Nov. 11, 7:30 a.m.

  • Montview will host a breakfast in honor of all active military and veterans in the Montview community. Following the breakfast, the guests of honor will visit classrooms.

Virginia Court Elementary – Nov. 11, 10 a.m.

  • Virginia Court is inviting active and retired military to their flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem. The choir will lead the school in other patriotic songs. The active military members will also play Taps while the flag is lowered.

Aurora Quest K-8 – Nov. 11, 11:11 a.m.

  • Aurora Quest K-8 will host a flag ceremony, complete with a visit from the Buckley Air Force Base Honor Guard. The Honor Guard will also play taps. Students will wear red, white, and blue.

Aurora Frontier K-8 – Nov. 12, 1 p.m.

  • The entire school will be in the front of the building for a special ceremony, which will include the Pledge of Allegiance, Color Guard presentation and lowering of the flags to half-staff. Third-grade students will perform the Star Spangled Banner and Grand Old Flag. The Buckley Air Force Base military personnel will play Taps, fold a United States flag and perform and a fly over.

Iowa Elementary – Nov. 14, 2:50 p.m.

  • The students at Iowa Elementary are saluting local veterans in a special assembly.  Students will present American flags to their veteran or active duty parents and family members. The students will also present handwritten notes to a staff member of the Department of Veteran Affairs, who will deliver them to the local VA hospital. 

To learn more about Saluting America, visit salutingamerica.org.

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APS Community Campus P-8 Attendance Area Update

The APS Attendance Area Committee recently hosted a series of community open houses to present boundary scenarios for the new P-8 school currently under construction on the APS Community Campus. After considering community feedback, reviewing the committee’s adopted criteria, and assessing optimal enrollment for the new P-8, the committee has made a recommendation to the APS Leadership Team.

The APS Board of Education will review attendance area information on Nov. 11 and will likely make a decision on the new school boundaries at its Dec. 2 meeting. Board meetings are open to the public and are held in the boardroom of the ESC-4 building, located at 1085 Peoria Street.

The attendance area presentation to the Board will be posted on the APS website at aurorak12.org/boundary on Nov. 11.

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Weather Closure Reminder

If Aurora Public Schools closes schools or delays start times, the news will be shared via the following:

  • Local television and radio stations
  • Automated phone calls to parents and staff
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • APS website
  • APS Emergency Line (303-326-1080)
  • APS app

Weather Conditions
When inclement weather hits Aurora, APS staff members assess conditions beginning just after midnight to determine the impact on operations. If there is a need to close schools or delay the start of the school day, Superintendent Rico Munn and staff would make the decision as early as possible.

Delayed Start Times
Should APS staff make the decision to delay school, the school day would begin one hour later than normal. APS buses would pick up students one hour later than normal. Staff members are expected to arrive at school as close to their regular start time as is safely possible.

Please note: A delayed start does not change regular pick-up times at the end of the school day.

For additional information, visit aurorak12.org/schools/weather-closures.

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Created on November 10th, 2014 | Last updated on November 10, 2014