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An electronic newsletter for the employees of
Littleton Public Schools
September 13, 2011

 

You may be the one a student most remembers

Looking back at my education, I can say with certainty that—while I had many good teachers through the years -- there was one particular teacher that made a significant impact on my life.

Her name was Mrs. Coffman.   She was my 9th grade civics and government teacher.  She had high expectations and could motivate her students to do their best.  She taught us about the world and made us think about what our role might be in it someday.  She was interested in our lives outside of school, too, and she was there for us when we needed somebody to talk to.

I would imagine that ALL of us can reflect on our school years and, without too much trouble, name that one teacher or other school adult that made a difference in our lives.

That’s what we do in Littleton Public Schools.  We are committed to doing our very best for every student every day.  Many times, it is the classroom teacher that we think of.  But, often times it is the bus driver, the food services employee, the custodian, the school secretary, the principal, the counselor, the playground supervisor, and the coach that is the person who makes a significant difference in the lives of children, that brings out their very best, that encourages them to be more than they ever thought they could be. 

That is our commitment to our students, our parents, our community members, and to each other as education professionals.  I urge all of us to reflect on how we can not only bring out the best in each student academically, but to be the people who truly make a difference in the lives of our community’s children.  Indeed, it is an honor and privilege to be given that opportunity.

Sincerely,

Scott Murphy
Superintendent

Nichols and Stanish to serve on school board another four years;

Cancelation of the election saves LPS $ $40,000 to $65,000

At its regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on September 1, 2011, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education voted to cancel the November 1, 2011 school board election. 

Colorado law allows school districts to cancel elections when only as many candidates have filed to run as there are vacated seats. For the November 2011 Board election, only two candidates filed to run for the two available positions.  Both are incumbents who are currently finishing their first four-year term:  Lucie Stanish and Mary Nichols.  Both were elected to the LPS Board of Education in November, 2007.  Canceling the school board election is estimated to save LPS somewhere between $40,000 and $65,000, based on the costs of the last two LPS elections. 

“I want to thank both Lucie and Mary for stepping up again and deciding to make the commitment to serve on the Board of Education another four years,” said Board President Bob Colwell.  “Your willingness to do so helps with the cohesiveness of this Board and the continuity of our work on behalf of the children we serve.” Full story.

LPS Board of Education "Goes Green"

Beginning with the September 22, 2011 Board of Education meeting, all Board meeting agendas, support materials, and minutes will be available online through an e-governance solution called BoardDocs. This system is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and legal requirements of governmental agencies including school boards.  It also greatly reduces the need for paper when planning, conducting, and archiving records of official Board of Education meetings. The link to BoardDocs is available on the district website.

Combined Charities Campaign Kicks Off September 19

The LPS Combined Charities Campaign supports four non-profits:  the LPS Foundation, Inter-Faith Community Services, United Way and Partnership for Colorado.  Employees may make cash donations or use the payroll deduction plan.  Look for information from your building or department representative on September 19.  The campaign will be held for one week:  September 19-23.

LPS students perform well on CSAP tests

LPS students continue to outscore the state average by as much as 23 percentage points proficient and advanced in all grades and all subjects tested on CSAP;
Euclid, Goddard, Newton, and Powell middle schools post the highest Grade 7 math scores they’ve ever had

Results from the 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) show that Littleton Public Schools students continue to perform at high levels. LPS students are scoring from 10 to 23 percentage points higher at the proficient and advanced levels than the state average in all grades and all subjects tested.  LPS typically scores 15 percentage points above the state average.

The following grade levels and content areas all scored greater than 15 percentage points higher proficient and advanced than the state:

  • Reading, Grades 4, 5, and 9
  • Writing, Grades 3, 5, 9, and 10 (Grade 9 scored 17 percentage points higher than the state)
  • Math, Grades 5, 7, 9, and 10 (Grades 9 and 10 scored 19 percentage points higher than the state)
  • Science, Grades 5 and 10 (Grade 10 scored 23 percentage points higher than the state)

Full story.

FYI

Enroll now for the licensed sick leave bank

Licensed staff wishing to enroll in the Certified/Licensed Sick Leave Bank must submit a "Consent to Participate – Sick Leave Bank" for to the payroll office no later than September 30, 2011. Contact Jenise Conway in HR to request a form or to receive more information. jconway@lps.k12.co.us

Annual flu shots

Visiting Nurses Association is offering a flu shot clinic on Friday, October 21 in the ESC Boardroom from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Kaiser will be notifying their members of flu shot availability at their clinics
  • CIGNA participants can check with their primary care physician's office regarding flu shot availability
  • Many local area merchants will also be offering flu shots.

Retirement Information/PERA meeting

A retirement/PERA information meeting will be held on Monday, November 28 in the ESC Boardroom. The same meeting will be offered at both 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. This is a good time to get information about district and PERA retirement, even if you are not planning to retire next year – everyone is welcome. Those planning to retire at the end of the 2011–2012 school year should definitely plan to attend, as this this the starting point for the retirement process.  Mark you calendars!

In Remembrance

  Alphonse Herrera
  Custodian – Euclid, Peabody
  1982–1990

Hats Off

 Transition students celebrated Patriot's Day and "Never Forget 10–year anniversary of 9/11" at ESC on Friday, September 9, 2011. Their invited guests and speakers included the VFW Post 102 Honor Guard, Littleton Fire Rescue, Heritage High "Taps" players, and Littleton High Choir.

Guy Grace, director of security, contributed to the "9/11 Anniversary" article in the September issue of Security Magazine.

The Food Services department has initiated, for the first time, "breakfast in the classroom" at East and Field. The program ensures that all children start their school day with the fuel they need to do their best academically.

Hurray for our LPS Volunteers!  During the 2010–2011 school year, our parents, senior citizens, and community members volunteered approximately 182,728 hours that in turn calculates to $1,809,000 of in-kind contributions. Community involvement is essential for the continued success of our school district! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Heritage High recently welcomed back the Rachel's Challenge Program with a series of one-hour assemblies. Parents and community members were invited to see the original presentation in the evening to share this enlightening and powerful experience. The assembly program was developed after the Columbine High tragedy and is named for Rachel Scott, one of the victims.

Don Emmons, Littleton instrumental music teacher, has been nominated and selected for membership in the American School Band Directors Association. Members of this organization have achieved a consistent record of high-achieving bands recognized by their peers.

David Hilliard, Twain principal, has been named the 2011 Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented. David will be recognized at the Association's state conference in October.

Littleton High's Lions Pride Marching Band marched in the opening day parade at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

Some 50 LPS middle and high school students, along with six teachers and TSA advisors, attended the National Technology Student Association conference and competition held in Dallas in June. Students from Euclid, Goddard, Arapahoe, Heritage, and Littleton participated and represented LPS very well:

  • Goddard TSA students were in the top 10 finals six times including one 2nd place.
  • Euclid TSA students were in the top 10 finals three times including one 3rd place.
  • Heritage and Littleton were also in the top 10 finals.
  • Chip Bollendonk, Littleton student, was selected as the National TSA Treasurer for the 2011–2012 school year.

Carissa Ortega, Heritage 2011 graduate, has been recognized as one of the 2011 Nestle Very Best in Youth winners. She was selected from over 3,500 students in the competition. Every two years, Nestle USA selects 25 students ages 13–18 to nationally recognize for their academic excellence and exceptional community service. Carissa plays for the Colorado State goalball team (a sport for the visually impaired), swims, runs cross-country, and was a member of National Honor Society. Additionally, on a mission trip to Sierra Leone in West Africa, she provided materials and moral support to the Kabala School for the Blind. Carissa is attending CU this fall.

Powell has been recognized as a "No Place for Hate" by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Powell earned this designation by going through a process that included student and staff development, school activities, and workshops. Nathan Frasier, assistant principal, coordinated Powell's efforts of researching the program, forming a student and staff team, and following through with the school community at large.

Meredith Winnefeld, Arapahoe senior, was recently crowned Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2011. She received a $1,000 scholarship and will compete in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando. Meredith will serve one year and her main platform is preventing teen suicide. Arapahoe senior, Ashley Schuett was named the first runner-up.

Littleton High yearbook students won Best Overall Yearbook Concept at the Rocky Mountain Journalism Camp in July. The concept derived at camp will be used to produce the 2011–2012 Cor lionis yearbook.

Kevin Keena, Heritage band teacher, was recognized at the 2011 Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Awards Program. Willie Payne, 2011 Boettcher Scholar, nominated Kevin as a teacher who made a significant contribution to his growth and education, and impacted his life. Kevin received a $1,000 grant which he may use toward a program or project at Heritage.

Katie Ahlgren, Twain 3rd grade teacher, was selected as a finalist for the KBCO Teacher of the Year.  She was interviewed by the KBCO Morning Show.

Littleton High Girls Basketball team will continue to focus on community service projects such as last year's book drive to gather donated children's books for students at East and Field, and sending Valentines to the troops in Afghanistan. A car wash was was held in July to raise money for the Denver Rescue Mission and area homeless.

East Elementary has developed business partnerships with Qwest and its Pioneers program, Norgren, and Designs by Sundown.

Last year Newton participated in the Penny Harvest, a year-long service learning program designed to teach kids about their value as contributors to society. Newton students  donated $250 to the Safe House of Denver, $750 to Smile Train, and $250 to Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Heather Greenwood, Arapahoe business teacher, was selected by the Great West Great Teachers Program as one of 25 award-winners for a $5,000 personal literacy grant.  Heather says she plans to use the grant award to develop a semester-long Financial Independence Challenge in her personal finance course at Arapahoe.

Heritage High School Marketing Class held the grand opening of the brand new DECA store in the student center earlier this week.  The store sells Heritage clothing and spirit items, and the proceeds help fund student participation in DECA competitions.

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