Aurora Frontier P-8 Staff Bulletin

January 11, 2016

What is happening at Frontier:

  • 1/11-Building Council, 2:45-3:45
  • 1/13-Amy Bradac's Birthday
  • 1/13 Late Start Professional Learning begins in Media Center at 7:30
  • 1/14-Fourth Grade Field Trip to Young Ameritowne, 9:00-2:00
  • 1/15-Baby Shower for Natalie Guenther, 3:15 in the Media Center
  • 1/16-Jennifer Handy's Birthday

Weekly Student Announcements are on hiatus till 1/25 so that my students can learn how to do the announcements.

Next Week:

  • 1/18-Martin Luther King's Birthday-Enjoy your day off!
  • 1/20-Dr. Yemi Late Start-Cognitive Engagement begins in the Media Center at 7:30am
  • 1/21-ELT Meeting 2:45-4:15
  • 1/21-Watch Dogs Meeting 6:00pm in the Gym

Cari's Corner

Beginning next week we will start our content area learning walks. During these walks we will be observing how our professional learning is supporting our students. Our first content area we will visit is Science. I am looking forward to connecting how our work is helping our students achieve at higher levels.

Thanks again for all your hard work!,


Messages from our Parents and community

Fab Lab

This is wonderful! Congrats to the teachers, students and all the community. This will take the STEM program to a whole new level!
Donna Hunt


Girls Volleyball Schedule:

1/11-C Team Quarter/Semifinals

1/16-A, B, and C Team Championships

If you need CPR please let Thomas know.

Professional Learning

Online Testing Resources

Below is the link to information to help teachers find sites and resources for preparing their students for online testing. There are also a couple flip charts included in this document that teachers can use whole class.

Online Testing Resources-Prepare Students for PARCC and CMAS (also WIDA/ACCESS info at end of doc)

Spring Master Scorer Cadre

In addition, if you would like to participate in our Spring Master Scorer Cadre after school once a month on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, details are available here: Please email Laura Summers if you would like to join this spring cadre (or would like to be notified of future options), and I will send you more details.

22 Questions that Force Students to Think:

Great Teachers Don't Teach - What?

Interesting reading about teaching non-fiction

Nonfiction Reading Improved but Still Short of College Readiness Levels

PARCC scores
- the state has created a resource link to support our learning around PARCC

Winter Secondary Math Newsletter Contents:

*Sign Up for Transformational Geometry Professional Learning Study

*New Resources Website

*Course Titles

*Math Resources for 21st Century Learning

*Book Review: Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler

*Move to the SAT: what are the implications for Aurora?


Staff Announcements

Congratulations to Gwynn and team, their application to present at ISTE was approved. Way to go!

Congratulations to our Fab lab committee as we have been chosen as one of the winners and will receive the $100,000 grant. Nice work, we did it! Over the next few months we will be working with Flinn Scientific to make our lab happen in 2016. Please congratulate the team who helped with this grant. ( Gywnn,Meagan, Amy Rogers, Linda, Amy and Cari)

During the month of January we will completing our midyear conferences, please be sure to come to your meeting with the following:

  • SLO progress and growth data
  • Midyear professional goals completed in RANDA
  • Review any observations and check that you have seen them in RANDA
  • We will also review your professional learning rubric as a progress check

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss your instructional practice and what a great job you are doing supporting our student's achievement.

District Information

From the office of Assessment and Research

Access to Tableau is being expanded to include all teachers with students who took the CMAS PARCC assessment this past year. The process to receive access will be completed as follows:

· Later today, the included teachers will receive an email from Accountability & Research with a link to a data privacy video created by the US Dept. of Education. (

· To receive Tableau access, the teacher must view the nine minute video then confirm their understanding of the data privacy policies by responding to a single question in a Survey Monkey link.

· Upon completion of the video and consent, it may take up to 5 business days for the teachers to be granted access. Teachers will receive an email informing them of their access.

· Teachers who do not complete the video and confirm their consent cannot be granted access to Tableau.

Please contact DJ Loerzel at if there are any questions or support needed.

From Mr. Munn regarding APS Budget


At the Jan. 5 Board of Education meeting, the APS Leadership Team presented a detailed 2015-16 readopted budget for consideration. The Board is likely to make a decision on approving the budget at its Jan. 19 meeting. I would like to provide you with an update on the readopted budget and what changes you can expect to see.

It is normal to present a readopted budget each year. There were several factors that affected our current re-adoption process. Although our student enrollment increased by 79 this year, excluding charter and preschool students, we were 614 students below our Spring 2015 enrollment projections. In addition, other enrollment factors affected our budget. These included:

· A decline in the percentage of the district’s at-risk student population.

· An increase in charter school enrollment requiring a larger allocation of revenues from the general fund to charter schools.

Together, these adjustments resulted in the district needing to reduce $15.3 million in expenditures from the APS general fund. These expenditure reductions will be used to offset the net decrease in available resources and increase the district’s unassigned reserve.

Because our top priority is accelerating learning for every student, every day, the APS Leadership Team was determined to keep budget cuts from happening in schools or classrooms. Instead, we made our cuts at the district level, which include the Board of Education, divisions of Accountability and Research, Equity in Learning, Finance, Human Resources, Superintendent and Support Services. $15.3 million is a significant amount of money, which will force us to think differently about how we use our remaining resources during the rest of this academic year.

The APS Board of Education and Leadership Team are committed to supporting our students, parents and staff. We believe these budgetary actions do just that.

We thank you for your continued dedication and all you do to help our students shape successful futures.


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.”

From Seb's Recreation Center

As we enter this new year, we solicite your continued support of Seb’s Recreation Center. We have added pictures from the Halloween Carnival to our website ( and are continuously updating our Facebook page. Please visit often for new articles, updates, and future fundraising events. We have also added a link to the GoFundMe page where donations can be made. Please share any and all of this information with your friends and family as we work toward finding and securing a location that will best serve the disabled community, along with their families and caregivers.

If you have any questions, you can send them to or

We wish all of you a prosperous 2016.

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Fire code - It's that time to check your spaces

Please be sure that you are following the fire code:

We can only have 20% of a wall covered and all windows need to be free from any posters. If your walls have more than 20% please take down the extras as we want to stay in compliance with the fire code. This is a great time to put up new student work as it is important for them to see their progress.

In the hallways please use the brown strips and avoid stapling into the walls.


Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, Jan 28 - review quarterly data & create support plans for MTSS behavior students

Thursday, Feb 18 - plan the assembly

Tuesday, Mar 1 - final assembly details

SOAR ASSEMBLY, Friday March 4

Dean's Box

  • Duty this week- Linda, Kurt, Cheryl, Jordan, Lisa, Rebecca C, Carrie, Lauren, C. Robbins, Krisi, Jody, Justin, Joclyn, Jennifer, and Amy.

  • Thank you for being visible in the hallways.

  • Electronic Think Times
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FREE Technology Learning Opportunity-Denver Public Schools is hosting an EdCamp on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 8-2 at Grant Beacon Middle School. Check out for more information and to register. I will be there. Anyone want to join me?

Poster Printer-The poster printer has been setup and ready for use. To use the poster printer, you will have to directly connect your laptop to the poster printer until the print job has started. I have created a help sheet for the printer driver install process and for printing documents and images. It is best that all documents be printed using a .pdf format. The helpsheet will be taped to the printer on Monday, can be access on the staff connections page of our website under tutorials, or directly by clicking the HP Poster Printer link.

Media/Library-Overdue slips will be in homeroom/literacy teachers boxes the end of the day on Monday. Please note that if students have an overdue book, I am restricting students check-out privileges to get books returned. If a student that has an overdue book and needs a book for a class assignment they can check out the book they need for their assignments. If students have questions about books on an overdue slip, please send them to the library, I will be happy to talk with them. Thank you for your help in helping get library books returned.


Student Council is supporting 2 ongoing events: GreenWorks and Say No to Bullying & Drugs Wear Red Days.

The GreenWorks Program is to encourage energy conversation. Our school can earn money by reducing our energy consumption school wide. Student Council has made some reminder notes for your classrooms that will be in your mailboxes. Ways to conserve energy in your classrooms: turn off projectors when not in use, turn lights off when the room is empty, remember to turn off your desktop and laptop computers at night. Student Council members will also be around occasionally doing "audits" as a way to monitor our energy conservation and build their awareness of conservation.

Say No to Bullying & Not To Drugs stay tuned for information about our next Red Day in January.

Equity in Learning Leadership Team

  • Presentation 1/13
  • Please turn in your Equity and Leadership Team planning guide (in google docs) to me as soon as possible.