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Grab your running shoes and head out to the Littleton Stride this Sunday, October 28!  Online registration closes at 2 p.m. this afternoon (Oct. 26). Walk-up registrations on Sunday are welcome.  Join your friends and students for a challenging 10K run or a great 5K run/walk that supports our schools.  The event kicks off at the Littleton Museum/Ketring Park, 6028 S. Gallup St. in Littleton.

Tell your friends and neighbors with current 8th graders that they are invited to join our three high schools for Freshman Showcase events:

  • Heritage Freshman Showcase, HHS Theater, Mon. Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.
  • Arapahoe Freshman Showcase, AHS Gym, Wed., Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
  • Littleton Lion Pride Preview, LHS Theater, Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
  • International Baccalaureate Programme Info. Night, LHS Theater, Thurs., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.

All interested high school students are welcome!

Loren Richmond in LPS security is seeking volunteers for the annual Thanksgiving Outreach by the East Denver Bible Baptist Church.  This year's free thanksgiving meals will be served Sat. and Sun. Nov. 17-18.  Call Loren at 303.421.9329 for information.

Are you having Big Mac attacks?  Stop by the McDonalds at 6300 S. Broadway next Friday, Nov. 2 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Euclid staff members will be working to raise money for the school's fitness center:  15% of the profit will go to the school.

Looking for Board policies?  Minutes from Board meetings?  Agendas for upcoming meetings?  Find all of these items and more in BoardDocs.



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



LPS welcomes teachers new to LPS and returning to LPS!
Eighty-eight teachers joined the LPS ranks this fall. According to Human Resources, 38 teachers are in their first year of teaching (21 elementary, nine middle, and eight high school). Nine teachers have returned to LPS after having been gone for at least one year. Ten of the 88 teachers attended school in LPS, and eight graduated from an LPS high school (five from Arapahoe and three from Littleton High). Two of the 10 are now teaching at the school they once attended (Arapahoe). Best wishes for a wonderful school year! 


New licensed evaluation pilot underway
Senate Bill 191 mandates implementation of the state’s Educator Effectiveness evaluation system. A process was put in place during the 2011–2012 school year to prepare LPS for this transition. Since that time, a needs assessment has been completed and an advisory council made up of teachers, principals, central office staff, parents, and community members was formed: The Littleton Council for Educator Effectiveness (LCEE). The LCEE recommended that LPS pilot the new evaluation system during the 2012–2013 school year, and the pilot is underway. The pilot includes 82 volunteer teachers, assistant principals, and principals from across the district. Learn more about the work of the Littleton Council for Educator Effectiveness and this year’s pilot.

LPS celebrates Classified Employees Week October 7–12, 2012
Several members of the Classified Employees Advisory Council (CEAC) attended the October 11, 2012, Board of Education meeting to join the Board in celebration of Classified Employees Week. There are 841 classified employees in LPS, which represents nearly 45 percent of all employees. Human Resources Director Ken Moritz addressed the Board during the celebration. “Whatever the task – working in offices, the warehouse, clinics, cafeterias, kitchens, classrooms, on playgrounds, transporting our students, or keeping our facilities and grounds clean and in good repair – classified employees play a key role in the success of our district,” said Moritz. As part of the celebration, members of CEAC are again offering nearly $2,500 in mini-grants to schools. The funds come directly from the budget set aside by the district to purchase mementos of thanks for classified employees. CEAC decided several years ago to instead grant those funds back to the schools they serve. CEAC is proud to announce this year’s mini-grant recipients:

Highland Elementary, photography center and equipment for classroom listening center

Sandburg Elementary, two-way radios for playground

Adult ESL Program at Bemis Library, program materials

Euclid Middle, fitness center

Pictured: Megan Jensen, Denise Lee, Sandy Sullivan, Sandi Erickson, Cathy Trammel, Margaret Lopez-Nelson, Diane Renaldo, Karla Elliott, Ken Moritz, Sue Otto, and Christina Warren.


LPS also celebrates Safe Schools Month
The Board of Education also proclaimed October as Safe Schools Month at its October 11, 2012, Board meeting with the message that together, we keep our schools safe. LPS works hard to keep our schools positive, safe and caring places for all. We ask the entire community to support our efforts during Colorado Safe Schools Week October 21–27, 2012. Thank you, City of Littleton and the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative (GLYI), for sponsoring activities in our schools in observance.

Board hears good news in recent demographic study update: decline in resident student numbers slows, out-of-district enrollment continues to increase
The Littleton Public Schools Board of Education was presented with an updated demographic study on October 11, 2012. Overall, the news is very encouraging. Resident enrollment continues to decline, but at a slower rate than in the past; out-of-district enrollment helps offset resident losses and continues to increase, particularly at the high school level; the LPS student body is more diverse; and elementary schools are using generally between 75–100 percent of available space, an increase from the previous study. Full story.

LPS schools receive Safe Routes to School Grant
LPS was awarded a $47,000 National Safe Routes to School Grant that supported the Bicycle Colorado bicycle and pedestrian safety programs at Sandburg, Highland, Centennial Academy, Runyon, and Peabody. The students met during their P.E. classes for two weeks and culminated in a “walk’n and wheel’n week” which invited everyone to bike and walk to school. The grant was made possible through the collaboration of District Wellness Coordinator Robyn Zagoren, Bicycle Colorado, South Suburban Parks and Recreation, the City of Littleton, and the City of Centennial.

Pictured:  4th graders at Sandburg Elementary learn "the rules of the road" as part of the Bicycle Colorado program.

LPS employees give generously to local charities
LPS held its annual charities campaign September 17–21. LPS employees once again demonstrated their generosity by donating more than $29,000 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
Julie Bagnall
Laura Bevins
Kristi Blackwood
Cheryl Fleming
Carrie Goldsmith
Susan Gray
Shelly Hall
Marilyn Hoffman
Allie Holley
Annie Howerton
Rebecca Kocur
Sandy LaBonville
Vicki Lalone 
Jennifer Leyden
Sally Masek
Eric Metherd
Nicole Moyer
Donna Murphy
Tina Oteka
Sue Otto
Denise Rice
Liz Roesch
Deb Sabato
Al Schaeffer
Gail Schillinger
Carol Siegel
Kathy Smith
Melinda Travis

Hats off

Twenty-one LPS seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Seven students were named National Merit Semi-finalists, and an additional 14 were names Commended Scholars.
Arapahoe Semi-FinalistsJohn Brock, Melissa Merkel, Evan Powell
Heritage Semi-FinalistsMatthew Blaylock, Erika Davidoff, Evan Sidrow
Littleton Semi-FinalistCatherin Patton
Arapahoe CommendedBrandon Contino, Nathaniel Kiszla, Meredith Lutz, Brianna Mahoney, Emily Manning, Ian O’Conner, Eric Packer, Jessie Tubbs
Heritage CommendedJake McKnight, Bryan Ward, James Waugh
Littleton Commended Elena Sacco, Jesse van der Vorst, Kevin Wake
National Merit Finalists will be named in April 2013.

Our outstanding LPS volunteers donated more than 178,000 hours during the 2011-2012 school year, which in turn calculates to $1.7 million in in-kind contributions.

Congratulations to Littleton High School Yearbook Staff and their teacher, Ms. Leigh Smith. The 2012 LHS yearbook, Cor Lionis, was awarded "All Colorado Honors" for the second consecutive year by the Colorado High School Press Association. This award places the LHS yearbook among the top eight yearbooks in all of Colorado, including all schools of all sizes.

Heritage teacher Nancy Knight was awarded the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Literacy Promotion National Award for Outstanding Service at their annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Littleton High math teacher Christopher Marchetti was recognized by the 2012 Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Awards Program. He was nominated by 2012 LHS graduate Chip Bollendonk.

Heritage seniors Jake McKnight and Erika Davidoff and Arapahoe senior John Brock each scored a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT exam. Only 17 students across Colorado earned a perfect score, and three of those students attend LPS high schools!

Three golfers from Arapahoe and three from Heritage qualified to compete in the Colorado Boys State 5A golf championship in early October. The Arapahoe team finished 6th overall; the Heritage team finished 10th overall.

Arapahoe placed 3rd in the Colorado boys State 5A tennis championship!  Nick Farmer placed 3rd in singles, Dylan Panis and Jake Becker placed 3rd in doubles. 

In 5A Centennial League Cross Country Competition, Arapahoe boys placed 1st and Arapahoe girls placed 3rd!

In 5A Regional Cross Country Competition, Region 1 – Arapahoe boys placed 1st and Arapahoe girls placed 1st; Littleton girls placed 3rd; Region 2 – Heritage boys placed 2nd and Heritage girls placed 3rd! 

Congratulations to all of our LPS scholar-athletes for a tremendous fall season!


In Remembrance

Marilyn Brammeier
Food Services, Human Resources

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