Aurora Central -Trojan Parent News

Aurora Central- Boletín de Padres Trojan

End Of Year 2016-2017 * Fin de Año 2016-2017

A Note From: Aurora Central Administrative Team

Dear Trojan Families,

During the week of April 10th-14th, we completed the required state testing. We are happy to have finished this task and are eagerly awaiting our student’s results. Additionally, we presented, to the state board, our Innovation Plan as our Turnaround Strategy and we are happy to report that the state unanimously approved our plan. Thank you to all of the folks that have had a part in creating and implementing the plan. It has been a team effort! Our students may be talking about news clips they may have seen and/ or social media posts indicating our school will be shut down. Please reassure our students that Central will not be shut down. We have no doubt that we will be the best success story in APS!

On another note, the end of the year is quickly approaching. While your students may want to relax, we are not to the finish line yet. Please make sure that they come to school each day and attend every class. This will support them in earning the credits needed to graduate and having good grades. If you need support with attendance, please contact a Dean via email, phone or by coming in.

The future of ACHS is very bright and by working together, we will be able to achieve our shared vision: graduating leaders who are self- aware, locally active and globally engaged.


The ACHS Administrative Team

Important Dates:

Parent Coffee

May 25th,2017

10 -11:30 a.m.


Aurora Youth Options

Families Forward Resouce Center

Children's Hospital -BC4U

Administration Team: End of Year Updates

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ACHS Staff Shout Outs

From Sharon Summers: Shout Out to Graduating Seniors: You are amazing young people, who will have a positive impact on your community, your city and the world in the coming years. You will never be forgotten at Central, and we will always be your “home away from home” when you want to visit. We are immensely proud of all of you and wish you not only great success, but much happiness in your new adventures.

From Nancy J. Atwood: I would like to give a shout out to the teachers in 9th-grade houses for being such fantastic collaborators for our kids!

From Ms. Ariel Sena-Calvillo :


Please join me in congratulating Monique Taylor for Coach of the Year award from the Denver Urban Debate League!

Please also congratulate Matthew Bouchey for being Denver Urban Debate League's Speaker of the Year! This is the second year in a row that an Aurora Central student has won this award.

Notes from the Office

10th and 11th grade SAT & PSAT Results


The 11th graders’ SAT results are starting to become available to students on-line. More are becoming available every day. To view them, students have to create a College Board account. They were given directions on how to create an account during Advisory classes. They can also stop into the library and ask Mr. Sipes for help creating an account.

10th Graders are supposed to be getting PSAT scores beginning on June 9. Again, they have to create a College Board account to get those scores.

Schools will not be getting the results until later in the summer.

Scores considered to be “on-track” to be college ready by graduation are:


430 Reading/Writing

480 Math


460 Reading/Writing

510 Math


480 Reading/Writing

530 Math

So, ask your sons and daughters if they have created an account and log on with them to see how they did.

Also, if students want to re-take the SAT, they can link their scores to the Khan Academy. It’s a FREE on-line study tool that can help kids prepare. It has everything that those expensive books have and much, much more. It will individualize the study practice based on performance on this test. It is HUGE! This is one of the main reasons that Colorado changed from ACT to SAT. And again…IT’S ALL FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alan Sipes

Assessments Coordinator

Aurora Central High School

(303) 326-1881 Extention 27045

Cap And Gown Photos

Cap and Gown photos will be mailed the first week of June.

Deborah Abbott

Aurora Central High School

Art Department

Notes from the ILC and DLC Classrooms

On Monday, May 10th Jim Rash from the Aurora Home Depot came to ACHS and supported our ILC and DLC students with building planters. The students used tools and paint to complete their projects and finished by planting flowers in them for Mother’s Day.

Renee Rath MA, CCC/SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Notes from the Music Department

Some of the Trojanaires Choir members performed at the Elitch Garden's Music Festival on Saturday, May 13th, and did a great job representing Aurora Central! They received a plaque for receiving all 1's...Superior (Gold) scores from the judges. The men also received a trophy for Outstanding Musicianship on their soli sections. They performed their music from their Multicultural Choir Concert, and from the CHSAA music festival. I attached a couple pictures from their performance, for those who are interested. Four performers are not pictured in the picture with their plaque and trophy. Only about half of Trojanaires performed for Elitches. Here are the students who performed:

Ruben Arredondo

Wendy Camacho

Quentin Early

Alicia Enriquez

Miranda Guardipee

Marquise Harris

Savion Harris

Olivia (Oli) Langley

Wendy Arely Noe Avila

Cindy Magana

Rudy Martinez

Marlene Mendoza

Isabel Paez

Aleja Parks

Sergio (Junior) Regalado

Lorena Rivas Morales

Jessica Terrones-Aguilar

Brittany Ware

Christian Wells

Thank you,

Ms. Donella Iverson

Vocal Music Director

Aurora Central High School

Notes from Sports and Activities- Colfax Marathon

The Varsity Women’s Basketball Team volunteered yesterday at the Colfax Marathon at 4:30 am. We need to celebrate these young women as they were true Trojan’s yesterday.

We had 7 basketball players

We had 4 managers

We had 4 teachers (Aaron Cook, Jennifer Wos, Emma Jenkins, Twila Filipiak)

We had 1 hopefully teacher (Shelli Robins)

We had 3 Alumni (Terri Colabello, Jordan Colabello, Dave Colabello)

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Created by students from Crawford Elementary School's refugee tutoring program and Aurora Central High School Interact Club members (sponsor Lindsay Unks, counselor) Aurora, Colorado

Sponsored by Lutheran Family Services of Colorado Art Facilitator: Susan Ernst Corser

The Mandala Art Project is the result of a cooperative art activity undertaken by students from Aurora Central High's Interact Club and Crawford Elementary students, many of whom are refugees representing countries throughout the world. The students worked together as part of the Global Interact Club’s mentoring program, through which high school students mentor elementary students from their same home country. This pairing provides the younger students a chance to connect with older students in an environment that supports healthy relationship-building and dialogue as a way to encourage integration into a new culture and success in school. Global Interact Mentoring is part of the youth programming of the Lutheran Family Services’ Refugee and Asylee programs, which provide refugee and resettlement services and resources to Colorado’s refugee community.

2017 Aurora Scholars Honored by City of Aurora

The City of Aurora recently held a ceremony to recognize hundreds of Aurora Public Schools students as "Aurora Scholars" for the positive contributions they have made in their communities and schools. The annual event, now in its eighth year, was created to bring city officials, school district staff and families together to honor the achievements of Aurora’s future leaders.For the full article,follow the link:

Aurora Central High School
Apshara Siwakoti, 9th grade
Thaddeus Veasley, 10th grade
Christian Wells, 11th grade
Olivia Langley, 12th grade

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Aurora Central’s Class of 2019 Celebrates “Half Graduation”

Aurora Central High School recently celebrated its annual "Half Graduation" ceremony! The event brought Central staff and families together to celebrate sophomores who are on track to graduate with the class of 2019.

Students arrived in half caps and half gowns, but enjoyed a full-out commencement. The auditorium was full of balloons, flowers, and a sea of smiling faces.

For Full article, click on the link:

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ACHS Seniors Honored for Graduating at the Top of their Class

Congratulations to Aurora Public Schools’ top Class of 2017 graduates! These promising leaders of the pack took an active and ongoing responsibility for their learning and positioned themselves on a path to success.

To honor our highest-achieving seniors, APS is proud to partner with gracious sponsors to host the annual Top Ten Ceremony. The event will be an exquisite evening of star treatment, admiration and praise for the scholars and their families.

We thank the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, City of Aurora, Colorado State University-Global Campus, FirstBank, Medical Center of Aurora and Xcel Energy for their contributions toward helping these well-deserving students celebrate their success.

Trojan Awards Night 2016-2017

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Congratulations - Scholarship Recipients

Daniels Fund Scholars

The Daniels Fund Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships in Colorado. It is effectively a full-ride scholarship to any college in the U.S. and "provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities."

Aurora Central has three amazing young individuals who have earned this distinct honor of being a Daniels Fund Scholar:

Yishak Bedaso

Michelle Figueroa

Efrata Shiferaw

Congratulations to these students and to all of you who have assisted them in any way along their journey!

Denver Urban Debate League

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If your son or daughter has participated in a sport at ACHS, they are required to pay a $60 athletic fee for their participation. All fees need to be paid in full by the end of the school year!

Aurora Community Events

ACHS Trojan Tribune

Print isn't dead! We just moved online. You can find the Trojan Tribune ( a student publication going strong for 61 years) online. FOLLOW EMBEDDED LINK
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Informational Resources Addressing Immigration/Civil Rights Uncertainties !

Know Your Rights with ICE!

Immigrant Defense Project has been monitoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests in the community.

¡Entérate de tus derechos!

El Proyecto de Defensa al Inmigrante (Immigrant Defense Project — IDP) ha estado observando los arrestos por parte del ICE en la comunidad. ¡Entérate de tus derechos!

Soyez informés de vos droits avec la police de l’immigration (l’ICE).

Le Project de Défense des Immigrés (« Immigration Defense Project » ou IDP en anglais) observe les tendances d’arrestations de la police chargée de l’immigration (« Immigration Customs & Enforcement » ou ICE en anglais) dans la communauté.


Immigrant Defense Project has been monitoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) community arrests. Learn about the trends and know your rights!


El Proyecto de Defensa al Inmigrante (Immigrant Defense Project – IDP) ha estado observando los arrestos por parte del ICE en la comunidad. ¡Entérate de lo que está ocurriendo y lo que necesitas saber para proteger tus derechos!

Criminal-Immigration Helpline/Línea gratuita de asesoría legal sobre temas de inmigración!

IDP offers criminal-immigration advice and support to immigrants and their loved ones.

Thank You-Gracias!

We appreciate all you do. Please continue to work with us to provide the best learning opportunity for your student!

Best Wishes,

Ana R. Carrera

Aurora Central High School, Family Liaison

!Te apreciamos! Por favor continúe trabajando con nosotros para brindarle la mejor oportunidad de aprendizaje para su estudiante!

Los mejores deseos,

Ana R. Carrera

Aurora Central High School, Coordinadora de Familias

ACHS on Facebook

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