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Aurora Public Schools offers a wide range of services for all identified gifted and talented and high potential students. For more information, visit the AGATE Website.

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School Address

1009 South Uvalda St.

Aurora, Colorado 80012

Tel. (303) 341-7450

Fax. (303) 326-1250 Main Office

Fax. (303) 326-1871 Counseling Office        

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The Aurora Public Schools Community Update is now available at aurorak12.org/update. This update provides information about student academic progress including TCAP results, School Performance Framework reports, and teacher quality data for the 2012-13 school year.

If you would like a printed copy of the data, contact the APS Communication Department at 303-365-7805.

 

Aurora Public Schools offers a voluntary Fifth Block of Instruction for students who have shown academic growth during the school year and who could benefit most from additional learning time in math and literacy. Priority is given to students who are not proficient in both literacy and math, both unsatisfactory and partially proficient. 

Invitations will be offered to incoming second through incoming tenth graders who are not yet proficient but demonstrate evidence of growth. Fifth Block also includes incoming fourth graders who are low proficient in reading and incoming sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth graders who are low proficient in math. Students must have had continuous enrollment in APS for at least one year (March to March) consistent attendance and overall good behavior.

Fifth Block is provided to students at no additional cost to parents. Students are generally taught in their own schools using district curriculum. Class size is set at a 25 to 1 ratio.

The regular school year runs from August 6, 2013 – May 21, 2014. The Fifth Block of Instruction will be offered from May 27, 2014 to June 26, 2014 for the 2013-14 school year.

School staff will notify parents of eligible students from March 3, 2014 to April 4, 2014, and parents must return signed contracts to accept participation of their child in Fifth Block no later than April 11, 2014.

Transportation, breakfast/lunch and nursing services will be available to students. There will be no need to reapply for free or reduced lunch.

For more information about Fifth Block of Instruction, please visit fifthblock.aurorak12.org.

Fifth Block se ofrece en mayo de 2014

El distrito escolar de las Escuelas Públicas de Aurora (Aurora Public Schools, o APS) ofrece la sesión “Fifth Block of Instruction” (Quinta Sesión de Instrucción), en la cual la inscripción es de forma voluntaria, para los alumnos que han demostrado progreso académico durante el ciclo escolar y que son los que más podrían beneficiarse de tiempo adicional de aprendizaje en matemáticas y alfabetización. Se le da prioridad a los alumnos que no han alcanzado la competencia en ambas materias de alfabetización y matemáticas, las dos de nivel insatisfactorio y parcialmente competente.

Se ofrecen invitaciones a los alumnos que ingresarán del segundo al décimo grado, que todavía no alcancen el nivel de competencia, pero que muestran evidencia de crecimiento.  Fifth Block también incluye a los alumnos que ingresarán al cuarto grado y que están a un nivel de competencia bajo en lectura y a los alumnos que ingresarán al sexto, séptimo, octavo, noveno y décimo grado y que están a nivel bajo de competencia en matemáticas. Los alumnos deben haber estado matriculados continuamente en APS por lo menos durante un año (desde marzo hasta el siguiente marzo), haber asistido a clases en forma regular y haber tenido una buena conducta en general.

Fifth Block se proporciona a los alumnos sin ningún costo adicional para los padres. Los alumnos generalmente reciben la enseñanza en sus propias escuelas usando el plan de estudios del distrito. El tamaño de la clase se establece en una proporción de 25 alumnos por cada maestro.

El año escolar regular es del 6 de agosto de 2013 al 21 de mayo de 2014. La sesión Fifth Block of Instruction se ofrecerá del 27 de mayo al 26 de junio para el año escolar 2013-2014.

El personal escolar notificará a los padres de los alumnos que se recomienda que asistan, desde el 31 de marzo de 2014 hasta el 4 de abril de 2014, y los padres tienen que notificar a la escuela para confirmar la participación de sus hijos en Fifth Block no más tarde del 11 de abril de 2014.

Habrá servicios de transporte, desayuno/almuerzo y enfermería, disponibles para los alumnos. Los padres no tendrán que solicitar nuevamente las comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.

Para más información acerca de Fifth Block of Instruction, por favor visite fifthblock.aurorak12.org. 

Aurora Hills Middle School

Family Book Club

“Bringing our community together as we support the literacy development of our students”

Book Club Selections include Classics and Current Best Sellers

Summer Reading 2014

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (free on iTunes)

Animal Farm by George Orwell ($.99 on iTunes )

Divergent(series) by Veronica Roth

 

Fall Reading 2014

Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Winter Reading 2014-2015

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau

 

Spring Reading 2015

The Call of The Wild by Jack London (free on iTunes & Kindle)

Eyes of The Dragon by Steven King

 

Contact Aurora Hills Middle School

(303) 341-7450    or

http://ahills.aurorak12.org/

For more information

 

 

 

 

By Ms. Travers

Cooking Matters is back at Aurora Hills for two classes this spring. The organization empowers families to create healthy, affordable meals that taste great! The class meets on Wednesday evenings and runs in 6-week cycles. Cooking Matters teaches us about nutrition, kitchen safety and how to navigate a recipe from start to finish. The best part is, it’s FREE! A new class is forming for April 2nd. See Ms. Travers if you’re interested in more information!

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Inspirational Speaker Wows Aurora Hills Students

Story by Leslie Fajardo
APS Communication Team Intern

Students at Aurora Hills Middle School recently had the opportunity to hear a motivating presentation from Canadian inspirational speaker Alvin Law.

Law is not your ordinary inspirational speaker; he was born without arms. This was the result of his mother's use of the morning sickness drug Thalidomide while she was pregnant with him. However, Law doesn’t let his disability get in the way of doing what he really wants.

Apart from talking about his struggles in life and how he overcame them, Law also demonstrated how he carries out everyday tasks—using his feet. He played the piano, drums, combed his hair and even showed students how he eats. Students were thrilled and it was evident that Law impacted many students’ views on how to overcome life’s challenges.

During his speech, Law incorporated his five laws of life, which can be seen in his book, “Alvin’s Laws of Life…5 Steps to Successfully Overcome Anything.”

APS would like to thank ConocoPhillips for providing this great opportunity for students. Through its investment, ConocoPhillips continues to make a positive impact on communities like Aurora. 

Alvin Law's Laws of Life:Alvin Law

Attitude

Learn

Value Your Life & Spirit

Imagination

Never Give Up 

Alvin Law Video

 

 

 

On Wednesday, January 29, Mr. Frank’s 1st period Social Studies class wrote affirmations and attached them to 6th grade student lockers.  It was a powerful, positive experience, kids were talking about it all day.  What a way to Capture Kids Hearts, we saw lots of smiles.  Thank you 6th graders for making a difference!

Surprise Affirmations


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