APS: Natural & Renewable Resources

Weekly Newsletter: February 12th, 2016

Do good, go green, earn badges, earn green.

Hi all,

Hope you're all having a great week!


The Digital Badging Initiative has finally made its debut district wide this semester and environmental education has fully incorporated it into its platform.


In order to earn cash incentives moving forward, your club members will need to earn badges to demonstrate student engagement.


It's easy.


Here's the process:

The Green Stars Playbook and Digital Claim Codes are available on the Google Drive so that your club members will be able to badge their efforts in making their schools more sustainable!


1. Students select an activity or reflect on a past activity and how it's defined by the "Journey" Badges. The Journey Badges exemplify 21st Century Credentials and allow students to earn badges to unlock one or all of the Five Summit Badges:

Invention

Critical Thinking

Collaboration

Self-Direction

Information Literacy


2. Students complete activities that support their school in the Green Star Schools Program (i.e. participate and/or hold office in the club= uploading evidence to demonstrate the "Organization" Journey Badge categorized under "Collaboration")


3. Students upload evidence into credly.com (photos, reports, videos, links to websites, social media posts, etc.) using Claim Codes from the Green Stars Playbook to earn designated badges.


4. An email will be sent to the student with confirmation of earned badge!


Please be sure to login in to your aurorak12.org email account to access the full Green Stars Playbook with Claim Codes for uploading evidence.


Questions? Feel free to email Julie at jenorth@aps.k12.co.us

Look for these claim codes in the Green Star's Playbook on the google drive to have your students upload evidence of their Green Star activities!
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Also, it is not too late for your school to participate in the Green Star Schools Program & Energy Challenge Competition for this semester. If you’d like to schedule a time to meet with me to learn more about the Green Star Schools Program and/or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Again, thank you so much for your support, interest, and passion for our students and the Green Star Schools Program.


As always, Friday is around the corner, so please get the word out to your fellow teachers and staff to unplug appliances and electronics and to turn off any lights and unnecessary equipment.


Here's to going green!

Julie

jenorth@aps.k12.co.us

ext. 28668

Mobile: 720-400-3148

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!


Poster Contest

All of Colorado’s K-12 students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 10th Annual Recycling Poster Contest, a project of the Education and Outreach Committee.

This year's theme: "Top 10 Reasons to Recycle"

Download the rules (PDF)

Prizes

Ten (10) winners will receive prizes. One grand-prize winner receives a $100 gift card, and their winning artwork will serve as Colorado’s 2016 America Recycles Day (www.americarecyclesday.org) promotional piece and be distributed throughout the state. Plus, each school with winning entries will receive recycling educational materials and a free one-year teacher membership to RAFT Colorado.