Welcome Back from Fall Break Message


I hope you had a good fall break.  As we begin the second quarter, I want provide you with an update on our work and invite you to a Community Conversation on Oct. 27.

APS 2020: Shaping the Future

Our new strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future, developed in conjunction with our community, is creating systemic change in our district.  To view the metrics and our preliminary work with implementation plans, visit http://aps2020.aurorak12.org/

To reach our vision and become a school district where “Every student shapes a successful future” we have developed several education reforms to increase student achievement.  To see an overview of the reforms taking place in APS, visit aps2020.aurorak12.org/reform.


As part of our strategic plan, we are continuing our work on ACTION Zones.  The first ACTION Zone will engage up to five schools in the Central feeder pattern.  Over the past few weeks we have formed a Zone Advisory Committee (ZAC) that has evaluated and recommend a theme for our first zone.  I am excited to announce that the theme for the first ACTION Zone will be International Leadership. We believe the theme will capture the emotion, attention and imagination of APS students, families, staff and community partners. It will also provide students with meaningful academic experiences and connections to college and/or career opportunities.

In a district that represents more than 130 languages and countries, the wealth of diverse experiences is a tremendous asset for APS and our city.  The International Leadership theme will build on this strength so that all APS graduates are prepared for their lives as global citizens.  Schools within the ACTION Zone will focus on this theme they develop their innovation school plans.  We are excited to see how this work celebrates the diversity within Aurora and creates unique academic experiences for our students. 

Over the last few months we have been presenting various community groups with information about our strategic plan and ACTION Zone.  I would like to invite you attend one of these Community Conversations to learn more about our strategic plan and our new ACTION Zone.  The next meeting will be held at:

  • Tuesday, October 27, 6 p.m. at Aurora Central High School

I am proud about our work thus far to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. Thank you for your support.

-Rico Munn