May 31, 2016, Community Connection

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May 31, 2016

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APS Celebrates the Class of 2016

Pickens Tech GraduationCongratulations to the nearly 3,000 students who recently graduated from Aurora Public Schools. Students earned diplomas and certificates from the following schools:

  • Aurora Central High School
  • Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
  • APS Online High School
  • Gateway High School
  • Hinkley High School
  • Pickens Technical College
  • Rangeview High School
  • Rebound (North and South)
  • Vista PEAK Preparatory 
  • William Smith High School

Our preschoolers from Kids Tech, the class of 2029, also celebrated their graduation as they prepare to enter kindergarten in the 2016-17 school year.

View a slideshow for a look at some of this year's graduates.

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Bright Future Ahead for Class of 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Grad-clip-artThe Aurora Public Schools' class of 2016 was not shy when it came to applying for scholarships and grants for college. This year’s graduating seniors took full advantage of the opportunity to earn dollars -- totaling more than $13 million -- for their higher education. Read highlights of some of the students who have earned scholarships so far this year!

  • The Aurora Public Schools Foundation has chosen the following award recipients for their robust scholarship program:
    • Advantage Security Scholarship
      Kiefer Quinn – Gateway
    • Richard Anderson and Anderson Family Autism Scholarship
      Kendall Knighten – Rangeview
    • James Burns Memorial Scholarship
      Adrianna Linnebur  – Gateway
    • Bob Caviness Scholarship
      Alan Rios – Hinkley
    • Denise Davis Teen Parent Scholarship
      Mayra Avila  /  Aurora Central
    • Gerkin Family Expository Writing Scholarship
      Layla Abdulla – Gateway
      Jesus Gandara – Aurora Central
    • Matt Hirschfeld Scholarship
      Darrien Hammond – Gateway*
    • Kristin D Hiza Memorial Scholarship
      Alexander Hawkins – Vista Peak
    • Linn Hogue Memorial Scholarship
      Augustina Uwandu –  Hinkley
    • Jack Knapp Memorial Scholarship
      Sydney Hunt – Rangeview    
    • Vista Peak Business Pathway Scholarship
      Vicky Ramirez / Vista Peak*
    • Lore H. Wiggins Scholarship
      Esmeralda Campos / Gateway*
    • Myrtle Replogle Travis and Russell Romayne Travis Memorial Scholarship
      Jesus Gandara /  Aurora Central*
    • Nora Jane Crocker Redding Scholarship
      Madaleen Newhouse  /  Rangeview

      *The specific school is a requirement of the scholarship

  • Seven talented and highly-skilled students were recently named 2016 Daniels Scholars. The Daniels Fund Scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and other miscellaneous college expenses. Students earned the investment by persevering through an extremely competitive process that involved more than 2,200 applicants.
  • Gateway High School senior Kellie Lam is a 2016 Greenhouse Scholar. Greenhouse Scholars, an education non-profit organization, serves low-income college students who are exceptionally high performing. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, service to community, demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need. 
  • Rangeview High School's Alexis Wall earned a 2016 Boettcher Scholarship! She was one of only 42 students selected from more than 1,400 applicants. The Boettcher is one of Colorado’s most prestigious, merit-based scholarships, providing students a full ride to any in-state, four-year institution.
  • A host of APS seniors from various high schools participated in internships this year through the Pickens Technical College Executive Internship Program. The program committee presented $500 scholarships to students Joseph Graff, Sydney Hunt and Raymond Simanjuntak
  • Aurora Central's Andy Guerrero is a 2016 Horatio Alger Association National Scholarship recipient. The prestigious award will grant Guerrero $22,000 – an average of $5,500 per year – to apply toward the tuition at his selected college or university. 

Visit to read more and celebrate our class of 2016 graduates and scholarship recipients!

APS 2020: Shaping the Future Strategic Plan - Core Belief:
Students take an active and ongoing responsibility for their learning.

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APS Board Considers Facility and Technology Needs

Mrachek Middle SchoolThe APS Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee recently presented recommendations to the Board of Education for a five-year facilities and technology improvement program. The APS Board of Education is considering this program as the basis for a potential bond measure to fund new schools as well as building and technology improvements at every school in the district.

The Board will continue to review the recommendation and make a decision on whether to authorize a November 2016 bond election later this summer. To view the Board presentation, including the LRFAC recommendations, visit

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First Annual Digital Badge Summit Takes Place on June 24

digital-badge-summit-thumb2Aurora Public Schools invites global badge leaders, educational and industry pioneers, and curious learners to the 2016 Digital Badge Summit in Aurora, Colorado!

Friday, June 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning & Conference Center
Aurora, CO 80011

This one-day event will bring together some of the brightest and most inspiring Digital Badge thought leaders on the planet for highly interactive learning and sharing. Attendance is limited to 300 attendees. In addition to providing breakfast and lunch, the Badge Summit will offer attendees a facilitated Dream Makers' Lounge for expert help in Badge system design, electronic poster sessions, two keynotes and concurrent sessions and panels along four curated strands:

  • K-12 Implementation
  • Higher Ed and Teacher Professional Development Badging
  • Hot Topics in Badges and Micro-credentials
  • Industry Badging and Micro-credentials

Read more about the First Annual Digital Badge Summit and learn how to register.

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