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  • Join Us for The Stride! October 29th

    The Stride is back for its 22nd year! A Littleton Public Schools Foundation benefit, The Stride is a community event that brings together, students, parents, teachers, staff and neighborhoods. The goal: to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, while building partnerships and support for Littleton Public Schools. Event Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 Location: Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street, Littleton, CO 80120 Schedule of Events: 7:00 am -               Race Day Registration 8:00 am -               10k Run/Walk 8:30 am -               5k Run/Walk 9:30 am -               Kids Fun Run 10:00 am  -           Awards and Post-Race Expo Whether you are a seasoned runner ready to take on one of Denver Metros’ most challenging 10K courses, a beginning runner focusing on your first 5K or somebody who likes to go on fun walks with friends—there is something for everyone at The Stride! All ages are encouraged to participate. The Stride is also looking for volunteers! Join in on the fun and help with registering, marshaling, feeding and engaging with the participants.  For more information about The Stride, volunteer opportunities and to register online, visit The Stride page on the LPSF website.      

  • 2018-2019 Open Enrollment: October 2 - January 31

    Open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year begins October 2 and runs through January 31, 2018. Please visit the Open Enrollment page for the application and for additional information.  

  • Supt. Ewert's message: In LPS, ALL MEANS ALL (8/15/17)

    September 15, 2017 Dear Littleton Public Schools Parents: We are about one month into the 2017-2018 school year, and I want to convey the excitement I see in classrooms across the district. Since the very first day of school, it has been great fun to see our students arrive with smiles on their faces, eager to continue their journey of learning in LPS. I also want to share with you an important focus for LPS this year. Our district achievement goal states:  “One hundred percent of LPS students will graduate prepared for meaningful post-secondary opportunities.” In LPS, we are committed to the ideal that all means all. All students -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, twice exceptionality; students who are gifted, immigrants, English language learners, LGBTQ, homeless, poor, affluent; and those who may have social, emotional, behavioral, or academic challenges -- matter.  All students are welcome in our schools. I spent time over the summer thinking about how Littleton Public Schools might be impacted by the rhetoric of intolerance, discrimination and violence we have seen emerging across our nation and around the world. Our community is not disconnected from these events; what happens within society always finds its way to the schoolhouse door.   For example, we recently saw instances in our schools in which students used anti-Semitic symbols such as swastikas, racial epithets, and ridicule through stereotyping. In some cases, the students did not intend to be hurtful; they were simply unaware of the true meaning behind the symbols and language. They did not fully understand how painful these symbols and words can be. In other instances, the students had full understanding and chose to behave in this way.  These are societal issues and our schools reflect what happens in society. Therefore, we ask all LPS parents and community members to partner with us as we help our students to understand that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in LPS. We can be better. We have a number of social, emotional and behavioral programs and interventions in place that teach students appropriate ways to interact. Every day, our staff members reinforce these positive behaviors through instructional practices that align with Board of Education policies and state law. Each instance of inappropriate behavior is unique, taken seriously and handled with care. We address them individually, keeping in mind the age, maturity level, understanding of the issue and intent of the student. We utilize a range of interventions, including disciplinary consequences, restorative justice and educational activities to address these incidents. Parental involvement is an important part of this process. We expect our students to learn and demonstrate suitable ways to discuss age-appropriate (and sometimes controversial) topics in the classroom as part of their studies. As educators, it is our duty to model respect and inclusiveness for all. Every day in our schools, we honor the expectation that differing views and opinions should be discussed, but always within the framework of respect and seeking to understand.  It is our moral responsibility as public school employees to stand against hateful thought and ideology. It is our responsibility to create a culture of acceptance in our schools and community, so every student and family knows immediately that they matter, we care and we are committed to providing learning environments that are physically, socially and emotionally safe places for all.  The results of last fall’s districtwide climate and culture survey show that students, parents and employees overwhelmingly reported feeling safe and positive about the climate in their schools. In fact, LPS scored higher in the positive range than the national norms for every dimension except one (parent perception of safety in social media). We share our parents’ concerns about social media, as it exacerbates every challenge our students face. We will continue to support parents as they teach their children appropriate social media behaviors, find ways to limit their children’s social media exposure, and be aware of their children’ social media activity. We will be conducting the climate and culture survey again this year. The data tells us we are on the right track in many areas, but there are clear areas for improvement, as well. We look forward to the continued progress. This fall, as part of policy review, the LPS Board of Education will engage in conversations about these topics and will reinforce these beliefs. The LPS community is a caring place that continually demonstrates its commitment to our children and to its schools. Thank you, students, parents, staff members and community members, for working together to provide a safe and caring environment for all students, and for committing to continuous improvement. This is important work and we simply cannot do it without you. Your partnership matters. Warm Regards, Brian Ewert Superintendent Littleton Public Schools

  • An important message from Superintendent Brian Ewert (8/31/17)

    A letter from Superintendent Ewert: August 31, 2017 Dear Littleton Public Schools Parents: Many of you are aware that this has been a sad beginning to the school year. We lost a high school student in a tragic car accident two weeks ago. On Tuesday, a high school student took his own life. And, last night, a middle school student took his own life. Like you, we are grieving with our students, colleagues, and community. Our hearts are heavy as we continue to support all of our students and their families -- especially those closest to these tragic events. I want to remind you that the safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be our highest priority. We are a close-knit community and school district, and many families have been and will continue to be impacted. When students come to us in crisis, we immediately engage the student and the family. We do our very best to connect students and families with the community resources they need. We partner closely with external agencies (such as All Health, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Second Wind, Colorado Crisis Services, etc.). During times of tragedy, it is common for information and misinformation to quickly spread through mainstream and social media while the facts are still being determined. Our goal is to always communicate the facts directly to you as best we can and as soon as it is appropriate for us to do so in partnership with law enforcement and impacted families. Following any tragedy, we believe that school is the best place for our students to be, and we recognize the important role schools play in addressing the mental health and wellness of our students and families. We are also aware that safety and mental health are community-wide issues that need continuous discussion, partnership, and action on a broader scale. It is human nature to feel frustration, anger, and fear and to look for rationale when people in our community are in crisis. Sometimes simple answers cannot be found. This is when it is most important for us to continue to partner with one another as parents, community, and schools to find ways to better address the needs of our families. As you know, Littleton Public Schools has numerous programs, interventions and highly trained mental health professionals in place to address the needs of our students and staff, and we are always looking for ways to improve. We have many resources on the district’s website that might be helpful to you as you discuss these sensitive issues with your children in age appropriate ways. http://www.littletonpublicschools.net/content/socialemotionalandbehaviorservices. I also invite you to revisit the information in the 2016 publication, “Safety, Mental Health and Wellness in Littleton Public Schools”, which outlines the numerous safety, social, emotional, and behavioral services provided to LPS students, staff, and families throughout our school district. This publication, which was mailed to every LPS family last fall, is available on the district website. I am frequently reminded of the caring, character, and perseverance of the LPS family. LPS is a special place in which to learn, teach, and grow because of this community’s strong partnership with its schools. Please reach out to your school community if you need support, and continue to remind your children of just how much you love them. Sincerely, Brian Ewert Superintendent

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  • How Sick Is Too Sick?

    Have you ever wondered if your student is too sick to come to school? Have you questioned if they are well enough to return? Please take a look at this reference provided by our LPS Nurse Consultants from Children's Hospital for How Sick Is Too Sick.

  • Cell Phone Policy

    LPS Student Code of Conduct   Cell Phones   One of the areas listed in the Student Code of Conduct handbook speaks to the use of cell phones. You may refer to these rules on our LPS website under Board Policy JICDA.  While we appreciate the importance of communication between a parent and child and the assurance a cell phone provides, especially to students walking to/from school, cell phones should be regarded as emergency phones.   If a child brings a cell phone to school, please understand that they bring it at their own risk for potential damage, loss or theft.  Also, the cell phone is to be kept in their backpack at all times only for use off school property.   Students have the ability to use school phones if the need arises, (and cell phones are not to be the means by which a student contacts a parent of others during the school day.) This policy also applies to school buses which are also considered school property during the transportation of students. The use of a cell phone to take pictures on school property is strictly forbidden.   Classroom teachers have reviewed with students our Student Code of Conduct rules regarding this issue.  Unfortunately, if any student does not follow the rules as set before them, we will take their cell phone to the office and place a call to you so that you can pick up their phone.   Thank you for helping us enforce this policy so that our students are better able to focus their attention fully on learning and learning opportunities while at Hopkins.

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