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Tell your friends and neighbors with current 5th graders or interested middle school students that they are invited to join our four middle school principals for 5th Grade Parent Information Night, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage High School Auditorium.  Parents only, please.

LPS welcomes the Class of 2026!  Kindergarten Registration for the 2013-2014 school year will take place January 28 and 29, 2013 at all LPS elementary schools. 

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


In Remembrance

Max Smith
South/Moody, Special Services

Jean Hackman
South/Moody, Runyon

Anna Lois Gump
Visually Impaired Program
1956 - 1980



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


Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Dear LPS colleagues:

There are so many reasons to celebrate this holiday season. We want to take this opportunity to let you know how much you are appreciated and how thankful we are to work with all of you, the very best in the education profession.

We wish for each of you a joyous and restful holiday break with family and friends and a Happy New Year. Your work on behalf of children is truly a blessing in our community.

Happy Holidays,

Bob Colwell, Board President
Lucie Stanish, Board Vice President
Mary Nichols, Board Secretary
Renee Howell, Board Treasurer
Sue Chandler, Board Assistant Secretary
Scott Murphy, Superintendent


District, schools earn academic excellence awards from CDE

Today, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) announced districts and schools that have received various awards for their excellence in student achievement.

2012 Accredited with Distinction rating
For the third year in a row, Littleton Public Schools earned the rating of, “Accredited with Distinction,” the highest accreditation rating given by the Colorado Department of Education. Only 18 school districts, or 10 percent of Colorado’s school districts, earned this top academic rating. LPS has earned it all three years it has been awarded. LPS remains the only school district in the Denver Metro area to be Accredited with Distinction.

In addition, several LPS schools received awards:

2012 John Irwin Award
The 2012 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. High schools receiving this award also meet or exceed graduation expectations. LPS schools that received this award are:

  • Arapahoe High School
  • Heritage High School
  • Lenski Elementary School
  • Littleton Academy Charter School
  • Sandburg Elementary School
  • Wilder Elementary School

2012 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award 
The 2012 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.
Runyon Elementary School received this award.

“For the past four years, our districtwide focus has been on literacy, and these scores indicate that our students are really benefiting from these efforts,” said Connie Bouwman, deputy superintendent. “We are particularly pleased to see so few students across the district scoring unsatisfactory in reading and writing. We have a number of interventions in place at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to help students become better readers and writers. Our teachers and all those who support their work have been completely dedicated to helping all students achieve at higher levels in literacy. While there is still work to be done, I can’t stress enough how much of a difference our teachers’ efforts have made in improving student achievement in literacy.”


LPS security ranked 11th best in the nation

Congratulations to the districtwide LPS security team! Security Magazine, the national security industry trade publication, ranked LPS as the 11th best school district in the nation for security protocols. LPS’ high ranking was based on its national reputation and recommendations from peers across the country in all industries. Security Magazine has also named LPS as one of the top 500 security operations for the entire security industry! LPS has joined some of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies, banks, government entities, entertainment stadiums, and energy companies as having the best security protocols. The rankings were published in the November 2012 issue. Thanks to LPS Director of Security and Emergency Planning Guy Grace, the security team, and to all of the employees who serve on school emergency management teams for keeping students, employees, and facilities safe.


Pictured:  LPS Director of Security and Emergency Planning Guy Grace receives a framed copy of Security Magazine from LPS Superintendent Scott Murphy during the December 13, 2012, Board of Education meeting.

Runyon students lead Google Apps training

Students from Runyon Elementary represented LPS and presented alongside Google staff in a live webinar Thursday, December 13 sponsored by Tech&Learning Magazine. The webinar’s purpose was to show how Google Apps for Education is being used in a 5th grade classroom to further instruction. Students regularly use it to communicate with teachers, to complete assignments, to conduct research, to work collaboratively with other students, and to create group projects and presentations. Runyon’s demonstration, led by Runyon Teacher Katie Christie, was representative of how teachers and students use these tools in every school across the district.

View the webinar.
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Resources are available online for staff and parents

A variety of resources are available on the district website in light of last Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. 

View the letter from Scott Murphy to LPS families.

Access resources that support parents as they talk to and support their children through times of tragedy.

Review LPS safety and security protocols.

There are no words to express our sadness and sympathies for all those impacted by Friday’s events.  If you or anyone you know needs assistance, please contact a school counselor or an administrator who can help you connect with appropriate resources.


Hats Off

The Board of Education and Scott Murphy received the 2012 Colorado Art Education Association Distinguished Leadership Award. The award was presented at the CAEA annual state conference October 27, 2012. Thanks to all of the LPS art teachers who contributed photos for the Board's acceptance video!

LPS Financial Services has received the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award for the 17th consecutive year. The 2012-2013 budget was submitted for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria and the budget met or exceeded that criteria.

Arapahoe’s Marching Band recently placed 4th in the Colorado Band Association’s State Marching Band Championship. The Arapahoe band also was named the overall winner in the Parade of Lights.

Eight Littleton High students have been accepted to participate in the 2013 National American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir that will perform in Dallas, Texas on March 16th – Kat Troxler, Megan Sanders, Charlotte Grimm, Anna Sonju, Stephanie Kern-Alley, Genoa Martin, Cori Reid and Erika Remy.

Littleton High students Amelia Jacobs and Stirling Rutty have been selected to the All-State Choir that will perform in Denver February 8th. Stirling has also been selected to the All-State Jazz Choir that will perform at the annual CMEA convention at the Broadmoor in January.

Arapahoe High students London Dyer, Matt Farley and Emily Jones have been selected to the All-State Choir.

Arapahoe junior Natalie Cofield recently had DECA’s Top Overall Test score and 4th place in her event at the Chaparral Wolverine Invitational.

At the recent Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge, Littleton High students took the first four places among 50 schools. Connie Martin is the club sponsor at Littleton High.

Students from Littleton Academy and Powell middle schools recently participated in the Math Counts Competition held in Douglas County. Sanat Mehta from Littleton Academy placed 3rd among the top 10 competitors in the Count Down Round and was recognized in the Top Performing School Representatives. John Griffin from Powell was recognized for his Individual Outstanding Performance. Littleton Academy Middle School placed 1st for Outstanding Team Performance.

Eleven Arapahoe scholar-athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the college level on early signing day in November.

Congratulations to all scholar-athletes and coaches whose seasons recently concluded.

Powell principal Steve Wolf recently made a presentation entitled CORE Plus at the Colorado Association of Middle Level Educators (CAMLE) Conference. CORE Plus is time allocated to every Powell student at the beginning of each day that ensures students receive the interventions they need as well as enrichments activities to enhance their education.

Arapahoe High Toms were named 5A State Champs at the recent spirit competition held at the Denver Coliseum. There were 26 teams in the 5A competition.

Littleton High School science teacher Leslie Fotopulos has been recognized by Stanford University for her exceptional teaching. Fotopulos was nominated by Tres Pittman, class of 2012, for her constant source of positivity, sense of purpose as his chemistry teacher and as the head coach of the boy’s swim team.

Mimi Leonard, coordinator of career and technical education, received the Order of the Filament Award from the Colorado Technology Education Association at the Colorado and Rocky Mountain States Conference. This is the organization’s highest honor.

Tim Erwin, Heritage senior, Bryan Howey, Arapahoe senior and Nate Kiszla, Arapahoe senior have been named Honorable Mention for The Denver Post All-Colorado Boys Soccer Team.

Franklin Elementary Student Council with the help of students and families collected a record-setting donation of $2005.59 for UNICEF.

Goddard has received a $12,000 grant from the Friedman Family Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase 34 iPads for an 8th grade math class.

Heritage senior Courtney Bartusiak, Heritage junior Allie Miller and Arapahoe senior Lexi Mercier have been named Honorable Mention for The Denver Post All-Colorado Volleyball team.





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