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4/24 - 4/28

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Important Dates

4/24 - 4/28 - Free Dress Days

4/24-26 - CMAS ELA and Math for 6-8

4/27 - CMAS Science for grades 8 and 11

Title I Survey - We Want To Hear From You!

Dear Guardians,

Thank you to the families and staff who could attend our annual Title I Spring Meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to find out what events families would like to see at Lotus for the next year. The money for these programs comes from our Title I Family Engagement budget. In order to get as many voices as possible, here is a survey for you to fill out at your earliest convenience. The links have been corrected. I again apologize for the inconvenience.

Also, if you would like to learn more about the committees mentioned on the survey. Please contact me at or 303-360-0052 ext. 204.

We need your voice!

Thank you!





Elementary Art Night - Everyone Is Invited!

The National Honors Society will be hosting an Elementary Art Night in the elementary gym on Thursday, April 27th, from 5pm to 7pm. The cost for attendance will be $2 for kids and $1 for adults. There will be a raffle at the end of the night for a chance to win prizes. Each participant will be given a raffle ticket upon arrival, but additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you there!

Important State Testing Information

4/24-26 - CMAS ELA and Math for 6-8

4/27 - CMAS Science for grades 8 and 11

It is very important that all students are present in school for state testing. Our last round of state testing will be CMAS. If your child is in an AP (Advanced Placement) class, those exams are coming up soon also. Avoid scheduling appointments or other activities that require your student(s) to miss school on these dates. This is especially important for CMAS testing of 6, 7, 8 and 11th grade students. We have limited time available to complete testing this year, so please make every effort to have your child at school every day April 24-28th. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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CMAS: What you need to know

Colorado has a series of educational standards known as the Colorado Academic Standards that outline academic objectives for students in every grade across 10 content areas. The standards were recently revised to raise the bar for Colorado students, increasing expectations to prepare them to succeed in college or careers upon high school graduation. Colorado administers a set of common assessments known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and PSAT/SAT to measure students' mastery of the state's academic standards.

In April 2023, third- through eighth-graders in Colorado will take the CMAS tests aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards. Colorado's ninth and 10th graders will take the PSAT, and 11th graders will take the SAT (11th graders also take CMAS science). The state-level results for these tests are expected to be made available in August 2023.

How will the tests help my child?

The tests allow your child to show what they have been learning and practicing in their classroom and how well they connect with classroom instruction. The results will help you check your child's progress toward mastering the academic standards' grade-level expectations. The results will let you know how well your school is teaching all students and will provide you and other families in your community with information about how local schools are meeting the needs of all students.

How will the tests help my child's school or district?

The tests provide critical information to the district and state on how well all students in your child's school are doing, so the school can be supported. They allow teachers and principals to see any differences between groups of students and improve instruction so that all students can succeed. The results can highlight achievement gaps, so steps can be taken to ensure all students are supported in making meaningful progress. And the results can help state policymakers and local school boards identify schools needing more assistance or resources.

State law allows parents to excuse their children from taking state assessments. If a parent wants to excuse his or her child from participating in an assessment, the district is not allowed to impose negative consequences on students or parents, including prohibiting school attendance, imposing an unexcused absence, or prohibiting participation in extracurricular activities. Likewise, districts cannot impose unreasonable burdens or requirements on a student to discourage the student from taking an assessment or to encourage the student's parent to excuse their child from the assessment. Parents should know, however, that nonparticipation in state assessments means they will not have information on their child's attainment and growth on the state standards compared to other children.

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Lotus School for Excellence

LOTUS School for Excellence


Lotus first opened its doors in August 2006 with a total of 147 students in grades 6 and 7. Each year after that, its enrollment increased gradually to finally reach over 900 students, with grades spanning from Kindergarten to 12th. In such a diverse and disadvantaged community, for over a decade, Lotus has managed to instill interest in students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Today it is one of the most successful schools in Aurora.

Leadership Team

Executive Director - Brett Williams

Principal - Yavuz Durmus

Dean of Student Culture - Anthony Watson

Secondary School Nurse- Denise Nelson