It is the season to give thanks and I want to take this moment to say how incredibly thankful I am to be part of APS. I am grateful to be surrounded by such talented, caring and dedicated professionals whose synergy helps ensure that every student shapes a successful future.
I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving gathered around your favorite foods with your family and friends. Before diving in, please take a moment to reflect on your successes and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
My thankfulness extends to our new Board of Education members who will give their time and talents to ensure our students are successful. I invite you to join us for a dessert reception on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. at the Professional Learning & Conference Center to honor our outgoing Board members, welcome our new members and witness them take the oath of office.
I am also extremely grateful the Colorado Department of Education recently awarded APS more than $17 million in grant funds toward the cost of providing East Middle School with a partial building replacement and remodel. The grant funding comes from Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), a program that helps public schools with capital construction needs. Thanks to BEST funds, we were also able to rebuild Mrachek Middle School, which was completed in 2018. By securing these two grants, APS has been able to save Aurora taxpayers more than $32 million dollars.
The holiday season is also a time for giving. Please note that Dec. 10 is Colorado Gives Day. Our wonderful community partner Academy Roofing will match every dollar donated to the APS Foundation up to $7,500. With a full match, we can unlock nearly $800,000 in scholarships for APS students!
May the holiday spirit also move you to support the Pickens Technical College holiday plant sale. APS staff members can purchase plants beginning Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited Dec. 4-5. There will be a beautiful selection of poinsettias, wreaths, houseplants, succulents and more grown and/or designed by Pickens' very own Urban Horticulture students.
Above all else, please take care of yourselves. The holidays, with all the wonderful cheer they bring, can also be a source of mental, physical and/or emotional stress. Thank you for being an integral part of the APS team. I wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving break.
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.”