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Gateway H.S. Graduate Michelle Howard Rises as Highest Ranking Woman in Naval History

Gateway H.S. Graduate Michelle Howard Rises as Highest Ranking Woman in Naval History

July 10, 2014
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Upcoming Events in APS

APS will kick off the 2014-15 school year with several community events. Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

Aug. 2, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
7th Annual Back-to-School Kickoff
Aurora Central High School, Ilium Field
11700 E. 11th Ave.
Aurora 80011

Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m.
APS Early Beginnings: A Zoom Site Grand Opening
812 N. Jamaica St.
Aurora 80010

Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m.
New P-8 School Groundbreaking
APS Community Campus, 6th Avenue & Airport Boulevard
Aurora 80011

Watch for more information about these events in upcoming editions.

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Bond/Mill Levy Community Report Available


Bond and mill levy funds approved by voters in 2008 and 2012 are benefitting every student in Aurora Public Schools. To learn more about the APS bond and mill levy programs, view the 2013-14 Bond/Mill Levy Community Report.

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APS Now Hiring School Bus Drivers

APS is hiring school bus drivers for the 2014-15 school year. All positions include competitive pay and excellent benefits, such as medical and dental insurance and a retirement plan.

Qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent and five years of driving experience. Bus driving experience is preferred, but not required. For more information, call 303-326-1986 x28819 or apply online at: hr.aurorak12.org/work-for-aps/job-postings/.

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Gateway H.S. Graduate Rises as Highest Ranking Woman in Naval History
Courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released

Courtesy: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released

The U.S. Navy recently promoted Adm. Michelle J. Howard to become the No. 2 officer in the service. She is the first woman to serve as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Howard is not only the first woman to be promoted to four-star admiral, but also the first African-American.

During her promotion ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony, she spoke to a crowd of family, friends and peers.

"If you don't believe today was a first, when I called to order four-star shoulder boards for women, they didn't exist," Howard said. "A special contract was let, and you folks are seeing the first set in the history of the United States Navy."

1978 Gateway High School Yearbook Photo

1978 Gateway High School Yearbook Photo

Howard graduated from Gateway High School in 1978. In her senior year yearbook, Howard was recognized as one of Gateway’s “Top Ten Achievers” with a 3.922 GPA.

Howard then went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. She also earned a master’s degree from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998.

She has been making history ever since. In fact, on March 12, 1999, Howard took command of the USS Rushmore, becoming the first African-American woman to command a Naval ship.

Howard’s drive to reach new heights and make history may be epitomized in the quote she chose to accompany her senior year photo.

It is a quote from Satchel Paige that reads, “Never look back! Something may be chasing you (and it may be gaining).”

Satchel Paige was considered the greatest pitcher in the history of the Negro Leagues. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Congratulations Adm. Howard! Your Aurora Public Schools family is proud of your historic accomplishments!

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Division of Finance Team Captures 30th Financial Reporting Award
Accounting Department

The APS Accounting Department has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 30 consecutive years.

30 years. Three decades. Ten thousand nine-hundred and fifty days.

No matter how you slice it, the APS Accounting Department is still on top of their game, earning yet another Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The award, which represents the highest honor in governmental accounting and financial reporting, recognizes state and local government staff who go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence full transparency and disclosure.

Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer Adrienne Bradshaw and her team for continuing to help accelerate learning for all APS students!

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