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Littleton Public Schools
October 17, 2011

October Celebrations
 LPS Celebrates Classified Employees’ Week October 9 – 15, 2011
At the October 13, 2011 Board of Education meeting, Board members and those in attendance celebrated Classified Employees Week by signing a proclamation in honor of the 832 classified employees in LPS. In lieu of a gift for classified employees, the Classified Employees Advisory Council (CEAC) will make a donation to designated schools.
 
LPS Celebrates Colorado Safe Schools Week October 16 – 22, 2011
Student safety has always been of the highest priority in Littleton Public Schools. Safe schools contribute to the academic achievement of our students, and LPS strives to make schools positive and caring places for all. This week, LPS schools in conjunction with the City of Littleton and the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative will observe Colorado Safe Schools Week. The three organizations have worked together for years to help prevent crime and violence, bullying, aggression, substance abuse, suicide concerns, gang activity, vandalism, and absenteeism. Thanks to all LPS employees, students and families  for making LPS schools safe places to learn and work!
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Jim Woods joins LPS
Former Littleton City Manager Jim Woods has joined LPS as the district’s interim chief of operational services. He will help facilitate and coordinate operational functions across the district, such as transportation, security and facility management on a part-time basis. Welcome Jim!
 
Board of Education passes resolution in support of Proposition 103
At its regularly scheduled meeting on September 22, 2011, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution in support of Proposition 103 "Bright Colorado" ballot initiative.  The Board passed this resolution to show its support for the ballot initiative, which -- if passed this November – would provide additional income tax revenue in Colorado from years 2012 to 2017.  This additional revenue could help support K-12 public education in Colorado while other education funding solutions are studied.  The Board cited years of previous budget cuts in Colorado to K-12 education as its primary reason for supporting the measure.
 
Senior Citizen Tax Rebate participants celebrate 10 years in the program
Five members of the LPS Senior Citizen Tax Rebate Program were honored by the Board of Education on September 22nd for celebrating their 10th year in the program. The program’s goal is to not only give tax relief to senior citizens, but also to enhance student learning by incorporating the skills and knowledge of the community’s valued senior citizens into the schools. Congratulations to Ronnie Adams (Runyon), Vivian Bradford (Euclid), Lynn Forsberg (Field), Barbara Shores (Runyon) and Jim Tegart (Euclid)!
2011-2012 Annual Charities Campaign
LPS employees give generously to local charities
LPS held its annual charities campaign September 19-23. LPS employees once again demonstrated their generosity by donating more than $33,000 to four designed charities: the LPS Foundation, Inter-Faith Community Services, United Way and Partnership for Colorado. Thank you to everyone who contributed and to the following employees who served as building and department representatives:
 
Hilary Anthamatten
Jennifer Leyden
Tina Baca
Sharon Miller
Julie Bagnall
Donna Murphy
Laura Bevins
Penny Olson
Katie Brooks
Tina Oteka
Pam Bump
Sue Otto
Jamie Fetterley
Denise Rice
Diane Flagg
Liz Roesch
Cheryl Fleming
Deb Sabato
Susan Gray
Al Schaeffer
Shelly Hall
Gail Schillinger
Barb Herman
Carrie Sheftel
Marilyn Hoffman
Carol Siegal
Nancy Knight
Heather Spragins
Rebecca Kocur
Amy Tharp
Sandy LaBonville
Ken Whitney
Jonathan Levesque
 

 

FYI
This week, the Powell Middle School community will be celebrating Powell’s 30th birthday! Beginning Monday, there will be a variety of activities that involve students, staff, parents, and community members.
 
Families of all current 8th graders and interested high school students are invited to attend LPS high school information nights:
 
  • LHS International Baccalaureate Information Night: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
  • AHS Freshmen Showcase: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.
  • HHS Freshmen Showcase: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • LHS Lion Pride Preview: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

The East Denver Bible Baptist Church is looking for volunteers to help with its 14th annual Thanksgiving Outreach Program, which serves more than 1,200 meals and provides more than 300 food and clothing boxes to those in need.  Volunteers are needed Nov. 19th and Nov. 20th.  Interested?  Contact Loren Richmond, LPS security officer and pastor of the church, 303.421.9329.

In Remembrance
Pat Coles
Teacher
Newton Middle School
1967-1975; 1983-2002
Hats Off

Thirty-three LPS seniors have recently earned National Merit Recognition
The following students are 2011 National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Scholars, National Achievement Scholars – Outstanding Participants and National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. The finalists will be announced in April 2012.
Arapahoe High School Semifinalists: Melissa Chang, Logan Crum, Paul Friedrich, Anna Hatstat, Jacob West-Roberts
Heritage High School Semifinalist: Bennett McIntosh
Littleton High School Semifinalists: Reine-Marcelle Ibla, Ray Pittman
Arapahoe Commended Students: Brian Arnold, Nicholas Brown, Robert Carlson, Bronson Dowd, Mariah Foley, Paul Haefliger, Paul Highum, Bethany Ho, Anne Lindsey, Eric Loucks, Jordan Pontillo, Anish Punjabi, Jameson Rowledge, Connor Strait, Bernardo Trindade
Heritage Commended Students: Kaitlyn Johnson, Kira MacLean, Griffin Smith, Alexis Stein, Issac Witte
Littleton Commended Students: Juan Alvarez, Chip Bollendonk, Vidya Ravilochan, Victoria Sisk
Littleton National Achievement Scholar (Outstanding Participant): Reine-Marcelle Ibala
Arapahoe National Hispanic Recognition Scholars: Bernardo Trindade, Justin Bribiesca (honorable mention)
Littleton National Hispanic Recognition Scholar: Juan Alvarez
 
 
Newton 8th grade and art teachers, along with partner school Pathways Non-Traditional Program, were selected by the Scientific and Cultural Collaborative (SCC) as a recipient of the Arapahoe County Alliance Project Grant funded through cultural organizations by the citizens of SCFD. Only one school per county is selected. Throughout the school year, students will participate in visiting programs in the classroom and some field trips to enhance their learning opportunities.
 
Newton students, Elaurah Ashby, Addie Finch, Hannah Lea, Erina Randel, Anna Sonju – 8th grade; Jordan Chandler – 7th grade – were selected to perform with an honor choir for the Colorado American Choral Directors Association conference. The students were the only LPS students to sing with students from other metro area schools.
 
Heritage senior Bennett McIntosh earned a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT! In addition, from Littleton High School, two students earned a perfect 800 on the writing portion of the SAT, and another Littleton High student earned a perfect 800 on the science portion. More than 1.5 million students from across the nation take the SAT each year. These students represent less than .02% percent of students who earn a perfect score on any portion of the SAT. Congratulations!
 
Arapahoe senior, Bridget Louis, is one of only eleven students in Colorado to receive a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.   Louis and the other 10 Colorado students as well as their families will be honored by the Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education at a celebratory luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Colorado Convention Center November 10th.
 
Congratulations to the LPS purchasing and warehouse staff for their “green” efforts. Over the past two years, they have generated over $12,000 in revenue for the district by recycling wooden pallets from the warehouse, and recycling various metal items disposed of by schools and departments. It has also saved the district money on trash service and landfill fees.

Littleton High will be hosting about 20 teachers associated with the Fulbright Teacher Exchange program Friday, October 21st.  This is part of the annual Denver-area Fulbright conference that is held for all teachers who are here from overseas.  Kristen Krone, Littleton High language arts teacher, was a Fulbright teacher last year and recently returned from Scotland. 

The Arapahoe High Singers recently performed at the 40th anniversary of the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado in downtown Denver. The group combines many defense intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency from Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. National dignitaries from all five countries and top intelligence community leaders from Washington D.C. were in attendance. The Singers performed the national anthems of the countries as they were introduced.
 
Heritage High’s marketing class held their grand opening of the brand new DECA store located in the students center on September 12th. The store is run entirely by students in the class. Proceeds from the sales help to replenish merchandise and to supplement costs for students competing in DECA competitions. 
 
Peabody joined in the community-wide ribbon cutting celebration for opening Phase I of the Centennial Regional Trail Link. Phase I provides access to Peabody, Goodson Recreation Center, deKoevend Regional Park and the High Line Canal trail.
 
Heritage High graduates Kara Drechsler and Ellyn Green were highlighted in a recent issue of the magazine, The Science of Speed: The Authority on CO2 Racing for their dragsters that competed at the 2011 TSA National Conference in a team-oriented dragster challenge event. The girls have competed in various TSA events since the sixth grade. The graduates noted that their former teachers – Larry Grimes at Euclid and Jason Whitehorn at Heritage were a tremendous influence on them.
 
LPS is featured in the new book,  Learning in the Cloud: How (and Why) to Transform Schools with Digital Media by Mark Warschauer. Throughout the book, LPS’ Inspired Writing Program and use of GoogleDocs districtwide—particularly at East Elementary and Hopkins Elementary--were referenced as methods to model. Congratulations to all of our teachers across the district and all those who support them who make these opportunities available to our students!
 
Littleton High School Principal Dr. Amy Oaks was interviewed for an article in the October / November issue of Out of Denver magazine. In the article, Oaks highlights the benefits of attending any LPS high school.
 
Ethan Horvath, Arapahoe junior, was selected Student Athlete of the Week by the Denver Post as AHS varsity soccer goalie.
 
The Powell Yearbook, The Prowl, was recently awarded All American status with five marks of distinction by the National Scholastic Press Association. This is the second year in a row The Prowl has been awarded All American status.
 
Six Newton 7th graders were selected this past summer to perform with an honor choir for the Colorado American Choral Directors Association Conference. The girls were selected from student choir members across the Denver metro area. 
 
Arapahoe seniors Anna Hatstat and Kailyn Witonsky were two of only nine Colorado high school seniors who have been recognized as recipients of the 2011 Achievement Awards in Writing by the National Council of Teachers of English.

The LPS Finance Department was recently awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by the Association of School Business Officials International for its excellence in budget presentation.  Contratulations!  
 

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