PLCs

LPS is Committed to Student Achievement

All LPS schools will provide time for teachers to meet together to have frequent, consistent, and data-driven conversations about student achievement. These meetings are called Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). There are 10 late-start days built into the school year calendar that allow time for PLCs to take place.

In PLC meetings, teachers answer four critical questions:

  1. What is essential for students to learn?
  2. How will we know when each student has learned it?
  3. How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
  4. How will we respond when a student already knows it?

Through this kind of collaboration, instructional staff will be able to work together to continually improve their teaching to ensure high levels of learning for every student.

It’s important to remember that no instructional time is lost in this model; non-student time was restructured, and seven minutes were added to every school day. This makes the two-hour late start on the 10 PLC days possible.

PLCs make a difference!

  • LPS students continue to significantly outscore the state average on state assessment tests.
  • LPS is the only Denver metro area school district to be Accredited with Distinction – the highest academic accreditation rating given by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – five years running!
  • LPS high schools have the highest graduation rate and the lowest dropout rate of any high schools in the Denver metro area.
  • Principals report that classroom instruction continuously improves because teachers now have time to share best practices with one another, which strengthens everyone’s efforts.

Calendars Provide Time for PLCs

Ten mornings during the 2016-2017 school year, the school day will begin two hours later. During this time, teachers will participate in Professional Learning Communities.

The following school days will begin two hours later:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Child Care on 10 PLC Late Start Days

To ensure the safety of all students, please make sure your child arrives at school at the later start time on the 10 PLC late-start days and not before. Schools will NOT provide supervision for children who arrive early.

The Elementary School Age Child Care program
Parents may choose to enroll their children in the tuition-based School Age Child Care program at their elementary school on PLC late-start mornings. Advance registration will be required. Contact your elementary school's office for more information.

Transportation on Late Start Days

Buses will run exactly two hours later on the 10 late-start PLC days.  These times are reflected in the bus schedule that was sent to parents prior to the beginning of the school year. Schedules can be found online as well.

To ensure the safety of all students, please make sure your child arrives at school at the later start time on those 10 days and not before. The school will not provide supervision for children who arrive early.

PLC Bell Schedules

 

School

Beginning Bell on regular days

Ending Bell on all days       

Beginning Bell on PLC days  

Centennial

8:16 a.m.

3:18 p.m.

10:16 a.m.

East

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Field

8:40 a.m.

3:40 p.m.

10:40 a.m.

Franklin

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Highland

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Hopkins

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Lenski

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Moody

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Peabody

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Runyon

8:36 a.m.

3:13 p.m.

10:36 a.m.

Sandburg

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Twain

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Wilder

9:06 a.m.

3:43 p.m.

11:06 a.m.

Euclid 

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Goddard

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Newton

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Powell

7:54 a.m.

2:43 p.m.

9:54 a.m.

Arapahoe

7:21 a.m.

2:16 p.m.

9:21 a.m.

Heritage

7:21 a.m.

2:18 p.m.

9:21 a.m.

Littleton

7:20 a.m.

2:14 p.m.

9:21 a.m.

Options

7:26 a.m.

2:18 p.m.

9:26 a.m.