East Elementary has been recognized as one of 14 public schools and 2 charter schools by the Foundation for Great Schools for outstanding success in improving academic performance. East and the other 15 award winners will receive grant funding from the organization. The 2012 grant awards program focuses on recognizing and encouraging success among schools serving high proportions of low-income students. Common success factors found among the 2012 winners range from principals with exceptional leadership skills; to a school culture with high expectations, values, accountability, and consistency; to data-driven teaching strategies; to success in English language acquisition.
Congratulations to Paul Friedrich and Bridget Louis from Arapahoe and Bennett McIntosh of Heritage for their selection as 2012 Presidential Scholars Candidates. In April, the Commission selects up to 141 finalists who will be honored in Washington, D.C. in June.
Daniel Chao, Lenski 5th grader, created an App for use on the ipad, iphone, and itouch called iReadMonthly. The App logs and tracks minutes that he is required to read every day at school. We've been told that Apple has approved his App for download!
Powell’s yearbook “The Prowl” has received the 2012 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award and is a finalist for the Pacemaker Award. This yearbook was previously recognized:
• 2008-2009 yearbook received the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award;
• 2009-2010 yearbook received the Gold Medalist Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Yvette Manculich is the yearbook advisor.
Arapahoe High junior Tim Kloewer was selected as an International Honors Tuba Player and performed recently at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He joined musicians from 17 different countries for the 2012 International Honors Choir-Band-Orchestra Concert. Carnegie Hall annually hosts the American High School Honors Performances for advanced musicians.
The Heritage High theatre department was selected as the featured school in the spotlight by Broadwayworld.com, a national theatre website, during the week of January 16th. Heritage was chosen from all the schools in the country.
The Littleton High girls varsity soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2011 spring season. The team is one of only five Colorado schools to receive this honor. This is the 13th straight year that head coach Terry Banfield’s teams have received this award.
Tim Haas, Arapahoe senior, was recognized as a Student Athlete of the Week by the Denver Post. He is the leading scorer for the Warriors basketball team.
East Elementary principal Greg Sumlin was recently named the Recreational Coach of the Year for Colorado Youth Soccer. There are more than 37,000 youth soccer players in the organization.
U.S. Senator Mark Udall has nominated three Littleton Public School seniors to United States Service Academies:
David Kessler, Arapahoe; United States Naval Academy
William Kinsley, Heritage; United States Air Force Academy
Austin White, Arapahoe; United States Military Academy
These students will now compete with other nominees from around the country for the final selections by each academy.
Wilder students surpassed their goal of raising $4,000 for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. In three weeks, the students raised $7,324. The fundraiser was organized by the 5th grade student council members.
Amanda Crosby, Arapahoe social studies teacher, was selected the 2012 Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Mount Rosa Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Arapahoe senior Anish Punjabi received the 1st place essay contest award.
Congratulations to the LPS middle school students who participated in the Optimists Central Region Brain Bowl held at Heritage. Our LPS teams did an outstanding job and several have been invited to compete at the Championship Tournament on March 3rd. The teams are:
6th grade 1st place Littleton Academy (6A)
2nd place Powell (6A)
3rd place Newton (6A)
4th place Powell (6C)
7th grade 1st place Goddard (7C)
2nd place Goddard (7B)
3rd place Euclid (7A)
4th place Powell (7A)
8th grade 1st place Littleton Academy (8B)
Arapahoe students in Anne Smith’s ninth grade honors language arts class recently read the novel, "Little Brother" by author Cory Doctow. The students had a powerful experience when they had the opportunity to Skype and discuss the novel directly with the author who lives in London, England.
160 LPS students from Arapahoe, Heritage and Littleton High schools and Euclid, Goddard and Powell Middle schools participated in the recent Technology Student Association (TSA) state competition. Over 700 students from across the state competed at the event. Euclid received the Middle School Chapter of the Year and Goddard came in a close second. Littleton High was the High School Chapter of the Year with Heritage coming in 4th. Thirty first, second or third place medals were awarded to our LPS middle school students and forty-three first, second and third place medals were awarded to our high school students. Congratulations to all the students and the awesome school sponsors and parent volunteers.
Congratulations to the following students who won and placed at the District Spelling Bee at Powell Middle School February 22, 2012. These students will now compete at the Colorado State Spelling Bee on March 10 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver:
District Winner: Tom Herndon, Newton Middle School
- Lucy Haggard from Newton Middle School
- Alyssa Maier from Euclid Middle School
- Lizzie Marquez from Goddard Middle School
- Christian Olsen from Wilder Elementary School
- Isabelle Revilla from Sandburg Elementary School
Thank you to the Powell Middle School staff for hosting, Dr. Amy Oaks for pronouncing, and Mimi Leonard, Heather Meesey, Amy McIntosh and Darcy Johnson for judging!