Secondary Newsletter

Have a Great Break! Students Return January 5th, 2021!

How to translate this newsletter:

📢 All School Announcements 📢

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS December 18th- January 4th

For the safety of our students and staff, Lotus School for Excellence will continue with remote/virtual learning through the month of January, 2021!

Please read the following letter from our Executive Director for more information regarding this decision.


We want to take a moment and congratulate the students that have won our November and December Attendance Contests! Due to the current COVID restrictions, our attendance winners will be receiving PBIS points that can be used for some great prizes when our PBIS store reopens. For January's attendance challenge, we are challenging all students to have ZERO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES for the month starting Jan. 5th! For students that accept and fulfill this challenge it is an amazing feat of dedication and there will be a tangible prize given to our winners at the end of Jan.

Hope you all have an amazing and relaxing break,

The Attendance Team

2nd Quarter and 1st Semester Grades

Grades for your student will be available to view in Infinite Campus beginning Monday, December 21st. Remember there are two gradings in this reporting period, which are 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester.

2nd quarter and Semester 1 grades for your student will be available digitally through the Infinite Campus parent portal on Monday, 12/21. To locate Infinite campus visit If you still do not have access to the IC parent portal, click here to view instructions on how to log in.

If you have questions about grades please email your student's teacher:

¿Cómo llego a las maestras de mis alumnos?

6th Grade Contact Sheet

7th Grade Contact Sheet

8th Grade Contact Sheet

9th Grade Contact Sheet

10th Grade Contact Sheet

11th/12th Grade Contact Sheet

Teachers may not respond to any communication until Jan. 4th through Jan. 8th due winter break.

ACCESS Testing is Coming!

What is ACCESS?

ACCESS is an English language proficiency test that measures students' academic English language skills. This English language proficiency test is taken every year by students identified as English language learners. This testing helps teachers understand whether students have the language skills they need to fully participate in the classroom. Test scores also help ELD (English Language Development) teachers track each student's progress in learning academic English and helps determine what support services to provide to each student.

ACCESS for ELLs is a computer-based test. Students do not need to study for ACCESS. The test is an opportunity for students to demonstrate all the ways that they understand and can communicate in English. It is important that students do their best to use all of the skills they learn in the ELD classroom on each part of the test. There are four areas that are tested - Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. The best way to prepare your child for the test is to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and eats breakfast the day of the test. The test will be administered at Lotus starting on January 11, 2021. You will be notified which days your child will need to be at Lotus to take the test.

As a school we are taking every precaution to keep your child safe and healthy during the test. All students will be required to have symptoms and temperatures checked, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer before entering the school. Staff members will follow the same strict protocols. Testing groups are limited to eight students to allow for adequate social distancing. Only one elementary and one secondary grade level will be in the building on any day to minimize contact with others. Plexiglass barriers will also be used to separate students while testing. The Lotus staff, as well as district personnel, have developed a detailed plan to keep everyone safe and the building clean during this process.

What each student needs to bring:

  • Charged Chromebook
  • Personal headphones (optional)
  • Water bottle with water (Students will not be allowed to fill it at school)
  • A mask that covers nose and mouth
  • A jacket
  • A Book to Read

2nd Semester Material Pick Up for Students

We are asking parents/students of specific grades to pick up materials that will be needed for the 2nd semester from Lotus:

January 8th

9th/10th Grade pick up times from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

11th/12th Grade pick up times from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CE Women's US History & AP World History)

January 11th

6th Grade students pick up times from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Details regarding pick up location on campus as well as safety precautions will be available the day before pick up.

Counseling Survey - we want to hear from you!

We are calling on all parents and students to complete the survey regarding counseling needs. This will help us to continue to provide great counseling support. The survey is open until the Holiday break -- thank you in advance!

LSE Survey Counseling Needs

Calling ALL Seniors!

Did you miss the ICAP lesson by Ms. Cohen and Mr. Chris this past week? You can catch the replay by clicking here. View the slides used in this presentation.

Notes from the Nurse

Need Assistance with Meals during the Winter Break?

Please check out these links for food pick up options:

APS daily meal pick up locations for all families

State Resources Hunger Free


Family members, community members, and others who would like access to COVID testing in Aurora and Denver should register here:

Winter Holiday Tips During COVID

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 - Jennifer Warren

Dean of Student Culture - Anthony Watson