Supt. Message: Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

Aurora Public Schools Colleagues:

The 2019-20 school year is underway and we are looking forward to a great year of learning for every APS student! I hope you had an opportunity to rest and enjoy time with your family and friends over the summer. We are excited to have you back in our schools and leading the incredible learning that is happening in all of our classrooms.
It was a pleasure seeing you at our all-staff meetings. These meetings give us a chance to connect before the school year and to reflect on our work ahead. As I shared with you all, I want each of us to challenge the status quo, imagine new ways of doing things and change for the better. A powerful tool for change is asking “What if...?” and I hope to hear lots of “What if…?” thinking throughout the year. 
Our work is never easy, but it is critical for our students, families and community. It is truly an honor to be planning alongside you all for the great things we bring to Aurora. We are in the room every day, and that demands the very best from all of us and creates endless opportunities for our students and families. Thank you for your dedication and relentless efforts in helping every APS student shape a successful future. 
Here are pictures from our all-staff meetings. If you were not able to join us for the all-staff meetings, you may view a video recording here.
In one of our meetings, I answered a question about our established practices in responding to immigration officials. On May 16, 2017, the APS Board of Education adopted a community resolution. We shared that with staff in 2017 and have it posted on our district website. You may read the resolution and an accompanying memo here
I also addressed a few questions related to Blueprint APS, our long-term educational programming and facilities planning process. If you have not already done so, please review the materials we have posted online. Implementation planning is ongoing and we will continue to provide you with updated information.
As we start the year, I also recognize that safety is on the minds of our students, parents and staff. I want to take a moment to remind you of our comprehensive approach to health and safety, called APS CARES. Please share this flyer if you receive questions. Thanks to the generous community support of our 2018 mill levy override, we are welcoming more than 70 new mental health professionals to APS. These social workers, counselors and psychologists are a key part of our APS CARES framework.
Lastly, we started the year off in grand fashion on Aug. 3 with our 12th Annual Back to School Kickoff at the Town Center at Aurora. From free backpacks and school supplies to immunizations and community resources, the kickoff provided a great start to the school year for our families. I would like to thank the many staff members, community partners and volunteers who helped make this an unforgettable event. Click here to view photos.
As always, I appreciate the work you do every day and look forward to seeing you at our schools and events. APS, I cannot wait to find out what is possible when we ask “What if…?”

Rico Munn
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.”