Aurora Frontier P-8 Staff Bulletin

February 7, 2016

What is happening at Frontier:

  • 2/8-Building Council-2:45pm
  • 2/9-Rebecca Coats birthday
  • 2/9-Weather Works Presentation-3rd Grade-C-11-12:00-2:30
  • 2/10 Late Start: Content teams meet. 7:30-9:00
  • 2/11-Parent Teacher Conferences-3:00-7:00
  • 2/13-Wendy Waterman's Birthday


Due to last week's snow day and shortened week, this week's newscast was not able to be recorded. Please tune in on 2/16 for our next broadcast.

Next Week:

  • 2/15-President's Day-No School
  • 2/17-SLO Progress Monitoring Due
  • 2/17-Parent-Teacher Conferences-3:00-7:00pm
  • 2/18-Donita Torres' birthday
  • 2/18-ELT Meeting-2:45-4:15pm
  • 2/19-Charmaine Clark's birthday
  • 2/19-Fourth Grade Field Trip to History Colorado and Molly Brown House Museum-9:00-2:00pm
  • 2/20-Celi Leggett's birthday

Cari's Corner

Hi all,

I hope that you had a great few days off. This time of year can be busy with different testing and schedules that are ever changing. I want to thank everyone for their flexibility. I wanted to remind everyone that I have an open door policy and if you need anything please don't hesitate to come talk to me. I am here to support you.

Have a great week,

Cari

District Announcements

APS:

For the past nine years, the APS Leadership Team has collected feedback from students, parents and staff on the climate in APS and at your worksites. This year, we are continuing with this practice.

· Student surveys

o From Feb. 8 through Feb. 26, our middle and high school students will have the opportunity to share their thoughts through climate surveys at their schools.

· Parent surveys

o Elementary and K-8 schools will receive surveys for students to take home to their parents during the week of Feb. 22.

o We will mail surveys to parents of secondary students the same week.

· Staff surveys

o Based on prior feedback, we will not conduct the traditional licensed climate survey. Instead, from Feb. 22 through March 11, licensed staff will have the opportunity to take the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Colorado Survey. TELL is an anonymous, statewide survey for all licensed, school-based educators to assess teaching and learning conditions at our schools and APS support sites.

o For all other staff, we will open the 2016 APS climate survey from Feb. 8 through Feb. 26. We encourage all classified and administrative/professional technical staff members to take the survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

o Classified staff may complete either the confidential online survey or a confidential printed version that will be available at each site and school. Administrative/professional technical staff will again have the opportunity to complete confidential surveys online.

More information about the surveys

When the survey window opens, Chief Accountability and Research Officer Lisa Escarcega will send the Administrative/Professional Technical and Classified climate surveys to you via email. TELL Survey information will come to schools through their AEA representatives. Again, all surveys are voluntary and completely anonymous.

The APS Leadership Team will use the feedback to identify strengths that we should enhance, as well as growth areas to address. We will share the climate survey results on each school website and on the APS website at aurorak12.org.

Thank you for your support as we work to ensure that every student shapes a successful future.

Rico Munn

Community Partners' Announcements

We couldn't be more excited to start welcoming Watch D.O.G.S. in to Frontier this month! During our launch party we were thrilled to have a full house and were able to add 40+ volunteers to our calendar through end of May!


WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have each volunteer spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.


Prior to each dad's scheduled volunteer day we will be sending a calendar appointment for each teacher to know they will be having a volunteer in their classroom at a specific day and time.

Our goal for our Watch DOGS is to help with a group or any other activity that gives them direct interaction with students. We also hope that this program affords you more time to have direct contact with students. So if you have a Watch DOG in your room, please engage them and keep them busy.

If an appointment does not work for your class, please decline the appointment so we can schedule him elsewhere. If the appointment is not declined you can expect the Watch DOG to come to your classroom.


Thank you so much for all you do to make Aurora Frontier a wonderful place to learn! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


Have a great week! -Brandi & Shelly

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Athletics

Boys Basketball Schedule


  • 2/8-Mrachek vs. Frontier

7th Grade plays at Mrachek

8th Grade plays at Frontier



  • 2/10-Murphy Creek vs. Frontier

7th Grade plays at Murphy Creek

8th Grade plays at Frontier



  • 2/13-Vista Peak vs. Frontier

7th Grade plays at Frontier

8th Grade plays at Vista Peak



  • 2/16-AWCPA vs. Frontier
8th Grade plays at Frontier




  • 2/17-AWCPA vs. Frontier
7th Grade plays at AWCPA




  • 2/18-East vs. Frontier
7th Grade plays at Frontier

8th Grade plays at East

Professional Learning

2/10 Late Start Wednesday

Meet with your content teams.


Twitter Post from Cynthia Glover Woods: The real learning is in revision; the real teaching is in feedback.


Timely Feedback: Now or Never

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/timely-feedback-now-or-never-john-mccarthy


Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-students-to-embrace-mistakes-hunter-maats-katie-obrien

Staff Announcements

Acuity #3

Testing window is 2/9-2/2, grades 3rd - 8th.


CMAS/PARCC

Testing window 3/14-4/29

Literacy & Math, 3rd - 8th grades

Social Studies, 4th & 7th grades

Science, 5th & 8th grades

PTO Announcements

What is the Aurora Frontier PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)? The PTO consists of dedicated parents and teachers seeking to enhance the quality of our children’s education through fundraising and positive relations with school administration and staff.


The PTO/Accountability meeting for this month will be Tuesday, February 23rd, starting at 6:00 p.m. We hope you'll join us!!


Coming Soon! We will be sending information and order forms home soon for our upcoming Spring Fundraiser ~ Integrity Fundraising, selling Butter Braids®! For those of you that are not familiar with Butter Braid® pastries – you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Each pastry is a hand-braided treat filled with your choice of 6 delicious flavors. Your taste buds will surely thank you! All funds raised will be used for Staff Member Grant Requests! Please help us do all we can to improve our school, help our staff, and enhance the education our children receive.


Aurora Frontier PTO is pleased to have approved $9,627.00 in staff grants and school purchases so far this school year.


PTO would like to thank all of Aurora Frontier for their continued support!

PBIS

Upcoming meetings:

If you have a student you would like behavior support with (MTSS Behavior), please email Celi and she will walk you through the process.


NEXT PBIS Meeting:

Tuesday, February 23, 2:45-4pm, MTSS/Enrich training

Tuesday, March 1 , 2:45-4pm - final assembly details

SOAR ASSEMBLY, Friday March 4

Dean's Box

Duty this week: Stacy, Candi, Celi, Sarah, Lisa, Rebecca C., Lauren V., Christine R., Krisi, Jody, Justin, Joclyn, Jennifer, and Amy.

Media/Technology

Upcoming Events:

Spring Book Fair-February 29-March 4

February 12 is Digital Learning Day


Heard about a way to build students learning using technology, Digital Learning Day. I just found out about this day during a session at EdCampDenver this past weekend. I know it is short notice for planning and there is Acuity testing going on, but have you ever thought how you involve students in digital learning? Is it through whole group modeling, small group or independent learning. Listening to other educators talking about this day was engaging to hear the different ways teachers discussed their instruction and understandings about tech integration with students and uses for student learning. If you want to know more, I will be writing reflections on my wiki over the week. I'll post the link next week.

Equity in Learning Leadership Team

Big thanks to our focus teachers for their hard work on Wednesday. Rebecca, Courtney, and Candi we appreciate your knowledge and work as we try to increase engagement at Frontier.

BUILDING COUNCIL

Next meeting, February 8th, 2016 2:25pm in the Conference Room
Members: Cari Roberts, Kari Santos, Caleb Tucker, Cheryl Rebik, Erin Boyle, Celi Leggett