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December, 2011

CDE awards LPS schools for excellence

 
Pictured: Jane Goff, Board Member, Colorado State Board of Education; Scott Murphy, Superintendent, LPS; Greg Sumlin, Principal, East Elementary School; Robert Hammond, Commissioner, CDE; and Jean Martinez, Director of Elementary Education.

On December 12, 2011, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) announced schools that have received various awards for their excellence in student achievement.  Several LPS schools received awards:

Center of Excellence
East Elementary School 
was named a 2011 Center of Excellence.  Established by the Colorado State Legislature, the Centers of Excellence award recognizes schools that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth as measured by the Colorado Growth Model among those that have at least 75 percent at-risk students.  Only 22 schools in the state of Colorado were named a Center of Excellence.

2011 John Irwin Award
The 2011 John Irwin awards are awarded to schools that exceed expectations on the 3-year school performance framework’s indicator related to academic achievement and that meet or exceed expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.  These schools demonstrate the highest levels of achievement not just for some students but also adequate performance across all student groups.  For high schools, the schools also meet or exceed graduation expectations.  LPS schools that received this award are:

  • Arapahoe High School
  • Heritage High School
  • Lenski Elementary School
  • Littleton Academy (middle level)
  • Runyon Elementary School
  • Sandburg Elementary School
  • Wilder Elementary School


2011 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award
The 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards are awarded to schools that exceed expectations on the 3-year school performance framework’s indicator related to academic growth and meet or exceed expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.  These schools demonstrate the highest levels of growth for not just some students but all student groups.  LPS schools that received this award are:

  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Lenski Elementary School
  • Littleton Academy (middle level)
  • Runyon Elementary School
  • Sandburg Elementary School
  • Wilder Elementary School

Congratulations!

Hats Off

Sue Chandler, Board of Education assistant secretary, received the state McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) at its regional meeting October 19. She was nominated by her fellow board members for leading with both "head and heart." 

Newton science teacher Charles Bottinelli was named the Colorado Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Teachers. 

Another successful LPS District Chess Tournament was held at Newton Middle School thanks to the students, parents, G/T facilitators and Newton staff.  The first place winners were:
           Kindergarten – Angus Dugan, Lenski
           K-1 – Gavyn Forcia, Lenski
           2nd – Max Pepper, Lenski
           3rd – Tanner Morton, Runyon
           4th – Quinn Barnes, Runyon
           5th – Ross Garrett, Wilder
           6th – 8th – Riker Johnson, Goddard
 
Heritage High’s varsity soccer team placed 2nd in the state 5A boys soccer competition.
 
Littleton High’s newspaper, and yearbook have been recognized by the Colorado High School Press Association with the “All-Colorado Award”.
 
The October student recipients of the John Lynch Foundation “Stars of the Month” award were Ellen Best and Dylan Keeney from Goddard, and Jenna Pinto from Heritage. Mike Griebel, Heritage High coach, was named Coach of the Month.
 
Arapahoe High senior Paul Friedrich earned a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT. Heritage High senior Bennett McIntosh earned a score of 1600 – a score of 800 in critical reading and 800 in math on the SAT. In addition, from Littleton High, two students earned a perfect score of 800 on the writing portion and another student earned a perfect score of 800 on the science portion.
 
Eight scholar athletes from Arapahoe and Heritage signed letters of intent to continue their athletic competitions at the college level for the fall 2012.   Littleton High will have their signings in February.
 
The select Littleton High male choir, “Manwich,” placed 2nd in the high school division of the Mile High Vocal Jam A Cappela competition.
 
Peabody instructional parapro Lynn Brown won the Holiday Cake Contest for the Southern Living magazine. Her cake will be featured in the December issue on the front cover, will be  included in an article inside, and have a notice posted on the magazine’s website.
 
Littleton High senior Megan Irvine has been selected to the 2012 Colorado All-State Jazz Choir that will perform at the Broadmoor Hotel during the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference in January.
 
Six Littleton High students have been selected to participate in the Southwest American Choral Directors Association Regional Honor Choirs scheduled for March in Dallas.
 
Arapahoe High for the 9th consecutive year has placed 1st in the annual Broncos Tackle Hunger Food Drive. The drive was organized by the student council.
 
East Elementary School’s East Dragon Den teacher’s blog has been named as a Top 50 Elementary Blog by Teacher Certification Degrees.com, an online blogging resource for teachers.
 
Six Littleton High students have been selected to participate in the 2012 All-State Choir – James Bragg, Anthony Barnum, Jared Giammanco, Reine Ibala, Megan Irvine and Kim Stanish.
 
Arapahoe High Warrior Marching Band was named the Overall Band in the Parade of Lights Band Competition. The band placed 3rd on Friday evening in the Music and Marching category and 1st on Saturday in the Lighting and Presentation category.
 
Littleton High music department hosted the Home Free Vocal Band from Chicago on December 12 for an a cappella Christmas show.
 
Two teams of 4th and 5th graders from Field Elementary participated in the First Lego League Golden Qualifier competition held at the Colorado School of Mines. The “Lego Legends” team placed 1st in the “Inspiration” competition.
 
Students in the Teacher Cadet Program hosted a book drive for Field Elementary School.  More than 600 books were collected, individually gift wrapped, and presented to Field students in Grades K-2 last week!
 
 

In Remembrance

Katie Burnett
Post Graduate Specialist
Heritage
2006-2011
 
Kathleen Potter
Teacher
Highland, Euclid
1989-2010
 
Rex Gasper
Teacher
Euclid, Heritage, Littleton
1969-1997

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