January 27, 2016, Community Connection

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January 27, 2016

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Students Create Plans to Shape Successful Futures
Hinkley's Teaggan Ilela displays her MyCap Commitment Form that accompanies her plan.

In 2015, Aurora Public Schools launched a new strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future. Its three goals set forth what every student will walk away with upon graduation. Over the past few months, staff and administrators have worked closely with all students on the first goal: [Every Student Will Have:] A plan for his or her future.

Hinkley High School junior and International Baccalaureate student Teaggan Ilela understands the importance of a plan. She knows her personalized academic and career plan can be her roadmap to success.

“I want people to know that I do have a plan,” Ilela said. “I want to be a doctor. My doctor even encourages that career choice, which is really cool.”

Like most students, Ilela’s plan has changed at least once since her freshman year. That’s the idea – students develop their plans throughout their academic careers. To ensure success, every student also has a team of caring adults who share the responsibility of pushing them toward the finish line.

For more information about student plans, visit aps2020.aurorak12.org/goal-1-plans/.

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Board of Education Approves 2016-17 Calendar

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The Board of Education approved the 2016-17 school year calendar at its meeting on Jan. 19 based on recommendations by the Calendar Committee. The committee was comprised of school staff, parents and APS administrative staff. 

Some of the 2016-17 calendar highlights include:

  • The school year begins for grades 1 through 12 during the week of Aug. 8. Preschool and kindergarten students begin school on Monday, Aug. 15. Please check with your school for specific dates.
  • The school year ends for most students on Thursday, May 25. Please check with your school for specific dates.
  • Fall Break occurs at the end of the first quarter from Monday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 14. This will ensure uninterrupted learning during the first quarter.

The new calendar is similar to the one in place for the current school year. The committee recommended this approach because the calendar has worked well for APS staff and families this year. We are confident that a similar calendar will provide a smooth transition into the 2016-17 school year.

View the Approved 2016-17 Conventional School Calendar

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Aurora Frontier Wins National Science Lab Makeover Contest

AuroraFrontierFalconStudents and staff at Aurora Frontier P-8 have plenty to celebrate these days, thanks in part to a national science lab makeover contest they recently won.

The Falcons participated in the Northrop Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs Makeover Contest, where middle schools across the country submitted photos and videos of their current science classroom(s) and shared their visions for a dream STEM lab makeover. After advancing to the semifinal round of 20, Aurora Frontier enlisted the help of students, staff, parents and community members in a one-day-only voting campaign to help them win.

Aurora Frontier — Colorado's lone representative in the contest — is one of only five winning schools and will receive $100,000 to assist school leaders in creating a state-of-the-art STEM lab. Throughout the process, Frontier will partner with science education resource company Flinn Scientific on science supplies and innovative ideas to help teachers and students succeed. The new STEM lab will provide unlimited potential for students to expand, enhance and advance their learning, ensuring their STEM-related coursework is exciting and engaging.

Congratulations, Aurora Frontier! 

View their winning video submission!

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Parents! Register your Child for Preschool

Preschool Screenings for the 2016-17 school year are now available. All children ages 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2016, are eligible for the APS Preschool Program. For your child to be considered, a parent or legal guardian must attend the preschool screening process. Your child must be present for the screening and your child’s birth certificate is required. If your name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate, you MUST bring legal documentation of guardianship.

Appointments are not necessary. Due to a limited number of preschool slots, attendance at a screening does not guarantee placement. A greeter will be available at the screenings to help you. For more information, visit ece.aurorak12.org or call 303-364-9371.

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