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An electronic newsletter for the employees of
Littleton Public Schools
February, 2012

LPS Retirement Celebration April 27

All LPS employees are invited to attend this year's District Retirement Celebration, scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Pinehurst Country Club.  Those wishing to attend should call Lou Ikard, x3386, to purchase tickets, which are $30 per person.  The special evening includes a reception, dinner, and celebration of each reitree's career.  The event is funded by the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Denver.

Hats Off


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

Runners-up:

  • 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!


 

In Remembrance

Ellen Rose Smrek
Teacher
Highland, Field
1988-2012
 

 

FYI

Looking for information from LPS Board of Education meetingsVisit BoardDocs.  All agendas, minutes, reports, and presentations are available online.

 

All three high schools are currently or will soon be performing spring musicals:

  • Littleton High presents, "Guys and Dolls" Feb. 23-25
  • Heritage High presents, "Xanadu" Feb. 23-25
  • Arapahoe High presents "Pirates of Penzance" April 18-21

 

The LPS Foundation is hosting its first annual LPS Community Night at the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 11, 6 p.m. game.  Visit the Foundation website to buy discount tickets and support your school!

 

The LPS Foundation Spirit Celebration will be held Saturday, April 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.  Learn more here.

 

Don't forget to spring forward one hour!  Daylight Savings Time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012.

 

The Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association (CSPERA) is offering the Birnadine Mack Foundation Scholarship to aid active school personnel in their pursuit of further education.  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one recipient in each of the four divisions of the association.  The funds may be used for recertification credit or further study in pursuit of a degree.  All current school employees are eligible to apply.  Contact Sandy Sullivan in human resources, ssullivan@lps.k12.co.us,  to get an application.  The deadline is April 2, 2012.

The LPS Top Ten

Top 10 Reasons Why Littleton Public Schools is the Best Place To Be:

1.  All three LPS high schools — Littleton, Heritage, and Arapahoe — are nationally recognized and award winning.  They have been featured in Newsweek Magazine’s Top High Schools in America and 5280 Magazine’s "Top High Schools in Denver."
 
2.  LPS high schools have the highest graduation rate and the lowest dropout rate of any high schools in the Denver metro area.
 
3.  90 percent of LPS graduates are college-bound. LPS seniors earn $30 million annually in college scholarships.  

4.  LPS consistently has a high number of National Merit Scholars, Boettcher Scholars, and Presidential Scholars. Each year, students earn appointments to U.S. military academies. 

5. Such success in high school is possible because of the strong academic foundation built over time in LPS elementary and middle schools!

6.  Almost 20 percent of LPS students are open enrolled.  That is the highest percentage of any school district our size or larger along the Front Range.

7.  LPS ranks at the top in math, science, reading, and writing in all grades and all areas tested on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test, compared to other Denver area school districts.

8.  LPS remains the only Denver metro area school district to be Accredited with Distinction, the highest academic accreditation rating given by the Colorado Department of Education. This puts LPS in the top 10 percent of all school districts in Colorado.

9.  LPS leads the rest of the country in 21st century learning. More than 10,000 computers, laptops, and netbooks are in use by students and staff in LPS, which represents an 82% increase from 2006.  LPS offers one-to-one computing learning environments in all 5th grades and in all language arts classes grades 6 through 10. LPS teachers are known internationally for their use of instructional technology.
 
10.  The LPS community takes control of its destiny. It does not put off the difficult work until tomorrow. Instead, it tackles the tough issues and solves them to the best of everyone's abilities.

 

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