Aurora Frontier P-8 Staff Bulletin

January 19, 2016

What is happening at Frontier:

  • 1/18-Martin Luther King's Birthday-Enjoy your day off!
  • 1/20-Dr. Yemi Late Start-Cognitive Engagement begins in the Media Center at 7:30 am
  • 1/21-ELT Meeting 2:45-4:15
  • 1/21-Watch Dogs Meeting 6:30 pm in the Gym
  • 1/22-Vista Peak Orchestra Performance 9:45 am in the Gym

Weekly Student Announcements are on hiatus till 1/25 so that my students can learn how to do the announcements.

Next Week:

  • 1/25-Staff Meeting 2:45-3:45 in the Media Center
  • 1/28-PBiS Meeting 3:00-3:30 in C-11
  • 1/28-PTO/Accountability-6:00pm
  • 1/29-Christine Robbin's Birthday!

Cari's Corner

This week will continue our learning with Dr. Stembridge on Wednesday morning. Please be ready to roll at 7:30 in the media center.

Remember our work on Wednesday morning is important and gives us time to learn how to best meet the needs of our students, with that said please try not to schedule personal appointments during professional learning time. Thanks for your attention with this matter.

Remember that if you want to give a student or staff member a Shout out on the announcements the shout out sheets are in my box.

Hope everyone has a great week,


Date changes during second semester

Our staff meeting will be on Jan. 25th right after school.

The Feb. 1st staff meeting will be changed to Feb 29th.

Talent show will be March 25th, Stacy will send us more information as it is planned.

Feb. 4th is our exchange day NO SCHOOL for staff - please be sure to continue to document your 7.5 hours the documentation will be due Monday, May 2, 2016.

Parent contact

It is important that anytime you contact a parent that you log it into IC. If you need help with how to do this, please ask any of the Admin as we are happy to show you how.


Boy's Basketball

Practice will begin on Jan. 19th.

First Game is on Feb. 1.

If you need CPR please let Thomas know.

Professional Learning

22 Questions that Force Students to Think:

PARCC scores
- the state has created a resource link to support our learning around PARCC

Winter Secondary Math Newsletter Contents:

*Sign Up for Transformational Geometry Professional Learning Study

*New Resources Website

*Course Titles

*Math Resources for 21st Century Learning

*Book Review: Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler

*Move to the SAT: what are the implications for Aurora?


January Read Newsletter Contents:

· PALS Plus Form C Information

· Kinder READ Plan and PALS Updates

· Using PALS Data to Drive Instruction-Summary Reports of ID'd Students

· Creating and Updating READ Plans

· Parent Involvement and Communication

· Retention/MTSS Information


Staff Announcements

  • The Feb. 1st staff meeting has been changed to Feb 29th at the same time
  • Staff, please remember to check your voicemail daily and respond to voice mails within 24 hours.


If you are interested in sponsoring a spring club, please let Lauren know so that she can get you the correct paperwork to fill out. Reminder, per district expectations, a club must have a minimum of 9 meetings, and a minimum of 10 active members. See Lauren with any questions.

District Information

From the office of Assessment and Research

Access to Tableau is being expanded to include all teachers with students who took the CMAS PARCC assessment this past year. The process to receive access will be completed as follows:

· Later today, the included teachers will receive an email from Accountability & Research with a link to a data privacy video created by the US Dept. of Education. (

· To receive Tableau access, the teacher must view the nine minute video then confirm their understanding of the data privacy policies by responding to a single question in a Survey Monkey link.

· Upon completion of the video and consent, it may take up to 5 business days for the teachers to be granted access. Teachers will receive an email informing them of their access.

· Teachers who do not complete the video and confirm their consent cannot be granted access to Tableau.

Please contact DJ Loerzel at if there are any questions or support needed.

From Mr. Munn regarding APS Budget


At the Jan. 5 Board of Education meeting, the APS Leadership Team presented a detailed 2015-16 readopted budget for consideration. The Board is likely to make a decision on approving the budget at its Jan. 19 meeting. I would like to provide you with an update on the readopted budget and what changes you can expect to see.

It is normal to present a readopted budget each year. There were several factors that affected our current re-adoption process. Although our student enrollment increased by 79 this year, excluding charter and preschool students, we were 614 students below our Spring 2015 enrollment projections. In addition, other enrollment factors affected our budget. These included:

· A decline in the percentage of the district’s at-risk student population.

· An increase in charter school enrollment requiring a larger allocation of revenues from the general fund to charter schools.

Together, these adjustments resulted in the district needing to reduce $15.3 million in expenditures from the APS general fund. These expenditure reductions will be used to offset the net decrease in available resources and increase the district’s unassigned reserve.

Because our top priority is accelerating learning for every student, every day, the APS Leadership Team was determined to keep budget cuts from happening in schools or classrooms. Instead, we made our cuts at the district level, which include the Board of Education, divisions of Accountability and Research, Equity in Learning, Finance, Human Resources, Superintendent and Support Services. $15.3 million is a significant amount of money, which will force us to think differently about how we use our remaining resources during the rest of this academic year.

The APS Board of Education and Leadership Team are committed to supporting our students, parents and staff. We believe these budgetary actions do just that.

We thank you for your continued dedication and all you do to help our students shape successful futures.


Rico Munn


Aurora Public Schools

“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way. My community needs me to do my job.”


Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, Jan 28 - review quarterly data & create support plans for MTSS behavior students

Thursday, Feb 18 - plan the assembly

Tuesday, Mar 1 - final assembly details

SOAR ASSEMBLY, Friday March 4

Dean's Box

  • Duty this week- Sounds like our duty schedule has been switched up some how in certain areas. Will you please get with your team and let me know who has duty this week. Thank you

  • Thank you for being visible in the hallways.

  • Electronic Think Times
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FREE Technology Learning Opportunity-Denver Public Schools is hosting an EdCamp on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 8-2 at Grant Beacon Middle School. Check out for more information and to register. I will be there. Anyone want to join me?

Poster Printer-The poster printer has been setup and ready for use. To use the poster printer, you will have to directly connect your laptop to the poster printer until the print job has started. I have created a help sheet for the printer driver install process and for printing documents and images. It is best that all documents be printed using a .pdf format. The helpsheet will be taped to the printer on Monday, can be access on the staff connections page of our website under tutorials, or directly by clicking the HP Poster Printer link.

Media/Library-Overdue slips will be in homeroom/literacy teachers boxes the end of the day on Monday. Please note that if students have an overdue book, I am restricting students check-out privileges to get books returned. If a student that has an overdue book and needs a book for a class assignment they can check out the book they need for their assignments. If students have questions about books on an overdue slip, please send them to the library, I will be happy to talk with them. Thank you for your help in helping get library books returned.


Student Council is supporting 2 ongoing events: GreenWorks and Say No to Bullying & Drugs Wear Red Days.

The GreenWorks Program is to encourage energy conversation. Our school can earn money by reducing our energy consumption school wide. Student Council has made some reminder notes for your classrooms that will be in your mailboxes. Ways to conserve energy in your classrooms: turn off projectors when not in use, turn lights off when the room is empty, remember to turn off your desktop and laptop computers at night. Student Council members will also be around occasionally doing "audits" as a way to monitor our energy conservation and build their awareness of conservation.

Say No to Bullying & Not To Drugs stay tuned for information about our next Red Day in January.

Equity in Learning Leadership Team

  • Please turn in your Equity and Leadership Team planning guide (in google docs) to me as soon as possible.


1/11/16 Meeting

No concerns were brought forward. Meeting adjourned at 2:55pm
Members: Cari Roberts, Kari Santos, Caleb Tucker, Cheryl Rebik, Erin Boyle, Celi Leggett

Next meeting, February 8th, 2016 2:25pm in the Conference Room