Dear Littleton Public Schools Families:
Littleton Public Schools has had a great start to the school year! You can feel the energy in every school as students and teachers are hard at work.
My first six weeks of school have been spent learning about what makes LPS such a special place and where we are headed together. I attended nearly every school's Back To School event, and I continue to be impressed by the parent support. I've had the privilege of spending time with the principals and touring both Littleton Academy and Littleton Preparatory charter schools, and I respect the positive relationships both school communities have with LPS. I'm truly enjoying the 90 minutes I am spending with every principal in LPS, getting to know them personally and understanding their visions for their school communities. We are so fortunate to have such great leaders that care deeply about students and families! I continue to meet regularly with other community leaders, and everywhere I go, I see the benefits of our close relationships with our community partners.
I want to extend a special thank you to all staff members and school communities who were impacted by bond work this past summer. Despite the extensive work being done across the district, every school opened on time for the first day of school.
There's been a lot of excitement around the middle school one-to-one initiative, which provides a Chromebook to every middle school student for use at school and at home. More than 3,100 district-provided Chromebooks were deployed to LPS middle school students since the beginning of the school year! Schools increasingly use digital textbooks and resources, and it's important for students to be able to access online curriculum and projects anytime, anywhere.
I encourage everyone in the LPS community to learn about the candidates running for two seats on the LPS Board of Education. Check the election table at your school for additional information. Jim Stephens, Richard Boorom, and Robert Reichardt are running for the two at-large positions. Board Secretary Mary Nichols and Board Assistant Secretary Lucie Stanish are finishing their second four-year terms on the Board and cannot run again due to term limits. Ballots will be mailed to voters in the next few days.
K-12 education in Colorado continues to be challenged by increased unfunded mandates coming from both the state and national levels. LPS will need your help telling our story and expressing our students' needs to our legislators in the months to come; look for more information in the next few weeks.
I've also had the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the Foundation and the caring people who serve on its Board of Directors. LPS is so fortunate to have a Foundation that raises and donates thousands of dollars to help support all of our schools and the great work happening in our classrooms. I invite all of you to join in the fun at the LPS Foundation's upcoming Stride October 25, 2015 in support of our students and teachers. Registration information and details can be found on the Foundation's website.
I feel honored to be a member of the LPS family. Thank you for your continued commitment to all LPS students and staff. Your support makes all the difference.