Connect with APS Leaders Through Virtual Meetings

Calling All Parents: Connect with APS Leaders Through Virtual Meetings
Aurora Public Schools’ Family Advocacy, Registration, and Engagement (FARE) Team would like to invite parents and families to participate in our upcoming Chalk Talk virtual series.
These talks will serve as an opportunity for families to build connections with district leaders while also sharing valuable feedback about your children’s experience at school.

The first Chalk Talk , which will be facilitated by APS Chief Academic Officer Andre Wright and his executive team, will be held virtually at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. There will be subsequent sessions at 4 p.m. on Oct. 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12 that will be led by Learning Community Directors and the FARE Team. Please visit the Chalk Talk calendar on the Parent Playbook for more details!

Atención padres de familia: Los invitamos a conectarse con los líderes escolares de APS mediante las reuniones virtuales
El equipo FARE ( Family Advocacy, Registration, and Engagemen t) del Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Aurora desea invitar a los padres y familias de los estudiantes a participar en nuestra próxima serie de charlas virtuales “ Chalk Talks ” . Estas charlas ofrecen una oportunidad para que las familias se conecten con los líderes escolares y a la vez compartan aportes valiosos sobre las
experiencias de sus hijos en la escuela.

La primera charla de la serie “ Chalk Talks ” se llevará a cabo por medio virtual el día jueves, 1° de octubre a las 2:30 p. m. y será moderada por Andre Wright, Director Académico Ejecutivo de APS, y su equipo directivo. Habrá reuniones posteriores los días 5, 6, 7, 8, y 10 de octubre a las 4:00 p. m., estas serán conducidas por los Directores de las Comunidades de Aprendizaje y el equipo FARE . Para más detalles, por favor, consulte el calendario de “ Chalk Talks ” en el sitio web: Guía para Padres de APS ( Parent Playbook ).

Fall Sports in APS

APS High School Staff, Parents and Guardians,

As many of you may have heard through media reports, there has been growing interest and pressure to reopen high school football and start a fall season next week. Some districts have opted to play in a Season “A” and will start practicing next week. However, we have made the decision that as a district, all of our football teams and sideline spirit (cheerleading) squads will be playing in Season “C”, which starts in the spring of 2021. 

Since the revised Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) 2020-21 sports schedule was announced last month, our football teams and spirit squads had been planning and looking forward to the spring season. We are confident that the work of our students and coaches will allow for a strong and competitive experience for everyone, including the opportunity to compete for a championship against many of our traditional rivals. As such, we will continue to support and encourage all of our schools to participate in Season C. 

We understand that this may be disappointing news for some and welcome news for others. We have prioritized a return to as much in-person learning as possible as soon as possible. The late edition of these sports seems likely to compromise our in-person instructional plan under the current Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance. While variances have been granted to allow play, the current health guidance around when to exclude students and others in their cohorts does not align with the late introduction of these sports.  By playing in Season C we can implement the expected changes to CDPHE guidance in a way that allows our students to fully take advantage of in-person learning and participation in these sports.

Currently, all of our comprehensive high schools plan to participate in Season C. That includes Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley, Rangeview and Vista PEAK Preparatory.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The September 15th date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Quick Facts (Source)

  • As of July 1, 2018, the Hispanic population of the United States was 59.9 million people, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority (18.3% of the total U.S. population). Additionally:
  • The United States has the 2nd largest population of Hispanic people in the world, second only Mexico.
  • 63.9% were of Mexican background, 9.5% Puerto Rican, 3.8% Salvadoran, 3.7% Cuban, 3.2% Dominicano, and 2.4% Guatemalan.
  • Ten states have over 1 million Hispanic residents: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York & Texas.
  • 1.2 million Hispanics are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • 3.3 million businesses in the U.S. were Hispanic-owned (in 2012).

Fall Sports and CHSAA Information / Athletic Open House

The following 2020 fall sports will begin as originally scheduled: boys golf began practice on Aug. 3, softball and boys tennis is set to begin on Aug. 10, and cross country on Aug. 12.

Athletics for 2020 - 2021 have changed, including some traditionally fall sports. Please take to read the complete  article for information. - Click here for CHSAA story.

Vaccinations & Dental Services

APS is partnering with Salud Family Health Centers to offer mobile vaccination and dental services for APS families on September 11th,18th, 25th, and October 2nd.  Families should call 303-697-2583 Ext 4235 or 2243 to schedule an appointment (there will not be walk-up services available).  
 
Clinics will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations:
  • September 11th and 25th - ESC4 1080 Peoria St.
  • September 18th and October 2nd - 14707 E. 2nd St.
Please spread the word and encourage families to make an appointment!