Secondary Newsletter

January 17th - January 21th

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 17th, 2022


Honoring Dr. King!


LSE would like to invite you to visit to find out more information about this champion of history! Dr. King stood up for justice and created room for everyone to be included. We gladly support this effort and continue to support these ideals everyday.

Thank you,

The LSE Secondary Admin Team

Mark Your Calendars

Parent/Guardian and Teacher conferences will be held on Feb. 11th. More information will be available next week regarding signing up for meetings with teachers.

Half Days Added to the Academic Calendar for 2021-2022

Early Release (1/2 day for K-12) on the following dates:

Feb. 4th

March 4th

March 25th

May 6th

Elementary will be released at 11:35 a.m.

Secondary will be released at 12 p.m.

Revised Academic Calendar for 2021-2022


Do you know someone who might want to attend Lotus? We are accepting applications for the upcoming year's lottery which will be held February 10th at 10 a.m. Applicants can complete their application by clicking the NOW ENROLLING button.

Adult English Classes Registration

Adult English classes will begin soon. You can register for these classes by clicking this button.


As a result of increased safety measures due to the spread of COVID-19, spectators are no longer allowed at athletic events. This includes students/siblings of athletes/parents & guardians. If you have any questions please contact the athletic department or a member of the Secondary Admin team.

Access Testing Continues This Week....

Each year, students in English learner programs take the ACCESS for ELLs language proficiency test. The test measures academic English language proficiency for students learning English in our school and throughout our state.

Teachers in our school use this information to help them make decisions about instruction for your child. Teachers also use these test scores to monitor the progress your child makes toward English proficiency.

This test will be given to all English language learners at Lotus in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade starting January 10th and continuing until February 11th. The ACCESS test has four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is important that students are in school for these tests unless they are too ill to attend. Please follow the guidelines from our nurse that are provided by the school nurse.

You will receive test results in May or when we return to school in July/August.

Please contact me if you have questions about the ACCESS for ELLs test.


Heather Chol

Coordinator for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Dress Code Reminder

As we enter Quarter 3, we remind all students that dress code is expected to be followed at all times. Middle school students should wear navy blue polo shirts and solid navy blue outer wear. High school students are expected to be in solid black polo shirts and to have solid black outer wear.

Non-navy blue (middle school) and black (high school) jackets and coats should be stored in the students locker during school hours. Students are allowed to wear non-navy blue or black outerwear during outdoor activities if no other jacket or coat is available.

Why should students come to school in uniform?

The uniform requirement at LSE is in place to create an environment where students can concentrate on school activities. When all students are dressed the same, it creates constant equality among students. Uniforms also makes it easier for students to get ready for school every day. Finally, the school uniform policy makes it easier for school staff to spot trespassers or anyone who is on campus that should not be. Having all students dressed in uniform makes Lotus a safer place for students.

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Infinite Campus Parent Portal

In order to access your students attendance and grade reports in Infinite Campus, you will need to obtain your login credentials to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Infinite Campus is the main portal you can use to track your student's attendance and grade reports.

Note: Report cards are available in digital format on Infinite Campus ONLY. Printed copies will not be provided for Semester 1.

If you are having trouble accessing the parent portal; please use the "Request Access for Parent Portal" link on our website to submit a request, and you will receive your login information in the email. The form is located on our website, under the "Parents." You can also send an email request to the Secondary office staff

The first semester grades will not be in IC until the first week of January.

LSE Tutoring Schedule

If your student needs extra help, check out the tutoring schedule.

Weekly LSE Covid Report

Lotus’s goal is to be transparent regarding communication with our Lotus community during the pandemic. We have created a location for you to get weekly updated information regarding the number of cases in our school. Please see: 21-22 LSE Covid Report


Students who show COVID-like illness and have major symptoms that last longer than 24

hours and minor symptoms that last more than 48 hours, will be required to provide a negative PCR test or isolate at home for 10 days before they can return to school.

Major symptoms:

New or unexplained persistent cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Loss of Taste and Smell

Minor Symptoms:

Fever >100, Chills

Sore Throat

Runny nose or congestion

Muscle or body aches



Nausea, vomiting, Diarrhea

Need to get a COVID test or interested in the COVID vaccine for 5 and older? Check out these resources: - for testing and vaccination

Attendance Line

Please call your student in on the attendance line at x300 if they are going to be absent. Daily notices will be emailed to parents regarding when to return when you student is sick or no reason for absence is recorded. If you have any questions regarding attendance, the Attendance Committee, or any attendance challenge please call ext. 103 for the Attendance Clerk or ext. 230 for the Dean of Student Culture.

Family Liaison Corner

Do you need help with basic needs? Check out these resources. If you need help or a referral, please let me know at

Utilities: call 1-866-432-8435

Water: Aurora Water Cares: 1-833-559-2837

Rent/Mortgage Payment Assistance

Internet: Free Internet Options



Colorado EBT Cards: 1-888-328-2656


Do you know someone who might want to attend Lotus? Applicants can complete their application by clicking the NOW ENROLLING button.

Non-Discrimination Introductory Statement

Lotus School for Excellence (LSE) does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, or any other grounds prohibited by law. LSE serves students with disabilities and English Learners and provides services to students as required by state and federal law.

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

Assistant Principal -

Dean of Student Culture - Anthony Watson