Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019! I hope you had a restful and memorable winter break. We are excited to embark on a new semester as we continue our ongoing work to help every student shape a successful future.
School Board Recognition Month
During January, districts across the state celebrate School Board Recognition Month. Please join me in thanking our Board of Education for the vital roles they play in our students’ success. Our Board serves countless unpaid hours to ensure that APS is the best it can be. I encourage you to take a moment to express gratitude to these selfless individuals for their incredible leadership and undying dedication to our students, families, staff and community members.
As I shared with you before the break, we are continuing our work on Blueprint APS, our long-term facilities and education plan. Over the past several months, our community has helped develop five scenarios that were presented to our Board of Education in December as part of Phase 1 of the process. A detailed report of our Phase 1 work will be released in mid-January.
We are now starting Phase 2 of Blueprint APS, which we expect to include additional community engagement and will conclude with our Board of Education's decision on how to move forward. You will be learning more about Phase 2 in the coming weeks.
2019-20 and 2020-21 Conventional Calendars
Members of the APS Calendar Committee will present recommendations for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 conventional calendars to our Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the APS Professional Learning and Conference Center. Please join us to hear what the committee recommends based on feedback they received from parents, staff and community members.
The Board will likely make a final decision on the calendars at its Jan. 22 meeting. I would like to thank the calendar committee for its hard work in bringing the proposed calendars to fruition.
As we start our second semester, our focus remains on accelerating learning for every APS student every day and our work is driven by our strategic plan, APS 2020. I truly appreciate the work you are doing to help students create plans, develop skills and earn credentials that will open doors. As a reminder, we have backpack checklists available for students at every grade level to plan for a successful future.
As always, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the APS community. I look forward to a strong finish to the 2018-19 school year.
Aurora Public Schools
“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way. My community needs me to do my job.”