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Littleton Public Schools
April, 2012

Toronto school officials impressed by technology in LPS



Beth Butcher, Superintendent of Education for the Toronto, Ontario School District  and several of her Toronto colleagues spent two days-April 2 and 3 - visiting 14 LPS schools to learn how technology is so successfully integrated into classrooms at all levels throughout the district.  The Toronto School District serves more than 260,000 students.
PIctured:  Butcher and an East Elementary student

Read the article published in the  Denver Post Yourhub.com 4/4/12.


Littleton Elks present check for Veterans Day activities

Members of the Littleton Elks presented LPS Superintendent Scott Murphy with a check for $1,500 during the April 12, 2012 Board of Education meeting.  Over the past seven years, the Littleton Elks organization has generously donated thousands of dollars to help LPS schools honor  community veterans on Veterans Day.  Thank you, Littleton Elks!

Hats Off!

Twain 5th grade teacher Tammy Escue has been selected by the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association to attend the 2012 Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center.  Tammy will join 200 third through fifth grade teachers from across the nation in Jersey City, New Jersey for a one week, intensive, all-expense paid professional development opportunity. 

Littleton High senior Kellen Smith has been chosen to participate in the Broadway Theatre Project this summer in Tampa, Florida.  Only 200 students were chosen in nation-wide auditions to participate in the prestigious musical theatre workshop. 

7th graders Eric Zhang, Rylie Breslin and Sam Sandeep represented Littleton Academy in the National STEM Competition, "e-cybermission," which is a web-based competition for 6th to 9th graders.  The students engineered, designed, and built a remote control prototype that is controlled by a laptop in another location. Their project has been chosen to be a possible Colorado state finalist.

Ben Fisk, Littleton High senior, won one of the eight State Championship titles at the Colorado State Speech and Debate tournament.  Ben won the title in the category for “Interpretation of Humor”.   In speech and debate competitions, there are no 5A, 4A, etc. classifications, it is a single classification and participants compete against every student in the event.

The Denver Post recently recognized several LPS athletes:
 Michelle Patton, Heritage All-Colorado Swimming – 100 breaststroke
 Shane Jensen,  Arapahoe 1st Team – 5A All-State Boys Basketball
 Zach Kocur,  Arapahoe 2nd Team – 5A All-State Boys Basketball
 Tim Haas,  Arapahoe Honorable Mention – 5A All-State Boys Basketball
 Lauren Huggins, Heritage Honorable Mention – 5A All-State Girls Basketball
 Amanda Martinez, Arapahoe Honorable Mention – 5A All-State Girls Basketball

Options senior Cali Murphy won Gold in the Extemporaneous Health Poster Contest at the recent Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) state competition. 

Goddard Destination ImagiNation teams participated in the regional tournament in March.  The "Alberta Einsteins" and "It" earned the top spots; the "Nerdy News Narwhals" finished second; and the "Penta Pegacoms" finished third.    The teams competed in the state competition on April 14th.  At the state competition, the "Albero Einsteins" and "It" teams won first place and the prestigious De Vinci award for exceptional creativity.

Littleton High boys varsity basketball Coach Ray VanHeukelem was recently inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He has coached boys basketball at Littleton since 2007.

WEB Leader Students from Euclid were presented with the Silver Level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  The award, established in 2002 by President George W. Bush and issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, recognizes groups who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

Littleton High junior Anson Nicholson has been named assistant sound designer at Denver’s premiere experimental theatre, The LIDA Project.  Anson was originally chosen as an intern, but because of his work, he has been brought on as a fellow artist.

Nine students from Options recently competed in the county level Mock Trial competition.  Team coaches were Sam Smith, Options social studies teacher, and retired attorney Terry Fiske.

Several Options students competed with other students from across the metro area at the annual ACE Challenge.   Students who received recognition were:  Meg Witters, Gold Medal for Interviewing; Aaron Juslin, Silver Medal for Interviewing and Ryan Doe, Bronze Medal for Application Writing.

Ingrid Mayer, a member of the visually impaired services team, has been certified as a Colorado State Braillist.  Ingrid provides many opportunities for LPS students who use Braille.

Heritage head wrestling coach Ray Barron was recognized for 40 years of coaching at the recent State Wrestling Championships.  He will also be honored at the National Wrestling Hall Fame banquet in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 12th when he will receive the “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” award.

Littleton business and marketing teacher Galen Graf was recently named the Colorado DECA Teacher of the Year.

Seventh graders Liam Douglas from Euclid, Ramon Flores from Powell, and eighth grader Hank McKittrick from Goddard qualified as semifinalists for the 2012 Colorado Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society, which was held at the University of Denver on March 30th.

Arapahoe sophomore Lizzie Stephani is one of six Colorado students who have been selected to serve as “national youth correspondents” at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference this summer at George Mason University. 

Caleb Bacon, Heritage senior and Eagle Scout, was presented the 2011 Colorado Eagle Scout Medal and Trophy and a scholarship check by the Colorado Eagle Scout Committee.  The award goes to the most accomplished Eagle Scout in Colorado.  He will now compete for the national award.  In addition, Caleb is a recipient of the Congressional Award Gold Medal.  He will be presented his award in Washington, D.C. this June.

The Arapahoe boy’s basketball team took 2nd in the 5A State Basketball tournament after a tough, overtime battle for the championship.  Congratulations for an outstanding season!

Congratulations to LPS students from Arapahoe, Heritage and Littleton high schools on their outstanding performances and accomplishments at the Colorado State DECA Competition that was conducted at the Broadmoor Hotel on February 26 – 28.  Over 2,000 students throughout the state participated in this event
• Arapahoe had 67 students participate.  Sixteen students advanced to the final round of competition, and eight students qualified for the International DECA Competition in April.
• Littleton had 24 students participate.  Of those, 11 students advanced to the final round of competition and ALL 11 qualified for the International DECA Competition.
• Heritage had nine participants.  While they did not place in the final round, all students did very well.

Goddard seventh grader Jack Spangler won first place, boys division, in the Zone level of the Optimist Oratory Contest recently held at Bemis Library.  He will next compete at the regional level.  Emma Olsen, Goddard seventh grader, competed in the girls division.

Littleton senior Joyce Jowers won the “Best of Show” for her 3-dimensional sculpture at the recent Continental League Art Show.  Senior Caroline Brewer received a 3rd place award in 2-dimensional mixed media.

Field Elementary students are donating a portion of the proceeds they earn by demonstrating the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".  The goal is to raise the equivalent of $1,000 by the end of the school year for the Heifer Project International, which provides small loans to families in developing countries. 

Heritage High celebrated Make A Difference week beginning April 16th.  The entire student body has made a commitment over a span of several years to making a real difference in the world.  In the past four years, over $79,000 has been donated to Sierre Leone in Africa to support an amputee camp, a blind school, and to build and sustain their namesake sister school – Heritage High School of Kabala.  Over 20 students and staff members have traveled to Africa, first to help build the school and more recently, to connect with the principal, staff and students.  A number of students have formed pen pal connections, and ongoing live blogs continue to strengthen the bond.

Jack Bobzien, Arapahoe senior (basketball, lacrosse); and Kaela Edwards, Littleton senior (cross country, track) were named the Denver Post Student Athletes of the Week April 22, 2012.

2011 Arapahoe graduate Eric Dement has recently received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.  He attended CSU as an engineering student this past year.  He will report to the Naval Academy at the end of June.

Congratulations, Retirees!

Thank you for a combined total of 1,154 years of service in LPS!

Lynn Adams, 19 years
Lauren Allwein, 22 years
Linda Arnold, 30 years
Vicki Barriga, 9 years 
Ray Barron, 32 years
Theresa Beers, 28 years
Greg Bickler, 4 years
Ron Booth, 27 years
Diana Branham, 31 years
Marlyce Buch, 18 years
Christine B. Chittick, 17 years
Diana Cook, 11 years
Kim Creadick, 29 years
Jennifer Curlee, 19 years
Maggie Davison, 18 years
Pamela Deulley, 19 years
Jeanette G. Doyle, 21 years
William Foster, 15 years
June George, 15 years
Jose E. Giron, 28 years
Galen Graf, 26 years
Harry Grainger, 33 years
Barb Herman, 21 years
Cindy Himelspach, 21 years
Joan Keene Hitchens, 30 years
Sandy Holstein, 22 years
William (Terry) Kay, 22 years
Bill Knipmeyer, 37 years
Karen Lacy, 19 years
Jim Lamb, 31 years
Diane Langston, 17 years
Nancy Linger, 19 years
Vanessa Lloyd, 18 years
Don Lopez, 27 years
Kirk Madsen, 14 years
Melvyn McNamara, 16 years
Mary Lee Mercer, 21 years
Keith Michie, 22 years
Lois Mitchell, 31 years
Marjorie Ogden,17 years
Beverly Palmer, 19 years
Cindy Pangell, 24 years
Doug Parker, 31 years
Ilga Paul, 21 years
Rita Z. Sanders, 21 years
Margie Smith, 24 years
Debbie Snemyr, 31 years
Paul Turelli, 12 years
Sandy Vizina, 22 years
Melisa Robinson Wessiwick, 26 years
Maureen White, 12 years
Janet Whonsetler, 35 years

2012 LPS Retirement Celebrations




The Village Preschool will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child from April 23 – 27 with an Art Fair.  The public is invited to attend on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Google will showcase LPS in its "Google Apps for Education" series.  LPS was one of only three school districts in the United States selected to host a webinar this spring.  The other two are Fall River in Massachusetts and Berkeley Unified in California.  During this one-hour webinar, Littleton ITS staff will discuss how the district migrated to Google for both staff and students and how Google services are integral to LPS' Inspired Writing initiative. Over 1,000 teachers, IT leaders, principals, and district administrators from around the world have registered to participate in the Google webinar.  Registration is free and available at the link below:


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