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BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT!!
Aurora Hills Middle School Community,
We are inviting all Aurora Hills students to participate in our Aurora Hills kick-off event for the school year. We will have important information to hand out, along with an opportunity to complete enrollment or student check-in, and the possibility to pick up a backpack.
We’re asking that everyone adhere to the following drop-off/pick-up times so the process runs smoothly. Unfortunately, we are only allowed limited staff for this process, so your cooperation and patience is sincerely appreciated.
Because we will be starting off the school year in remote status, it is necessary to confirm everyone has a working Chromebook. Please bring your issued technology with you to be re-scanned. If you are new to Aurora Hills and do not yet have an APS assigned Chromebook, the school can provide one. New Chromebooks will only be given to students who have not previously checked one out.
Please Plan to arrive at the front drive thru (Parking area off of Uvalda) at the prescribed times referenced below.
Monday, Aug 10 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Students with last names A - M
Tuesday, Aug 11 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Students with last names N - Z
Before Scanning and Picking Up items:
- Stay in your vehicle throughout the entirety of the pick-up/drop-off process.
- All students who have technology devices need to bring them for scanning.
- Only parents/guardians or students will be permitted to have items scanned or picked up.
- Only students who have never attended Aurora Hills and are new to APS are eligible to receive a new Chromebook.
- Wear masks to the school site and limit the number of people who come to scan/pick-up items.
Registration and Check-In or Parent Portal Assistance
Parents and Guardians if you are in need of completing the enrollment process, check-in, parent portal, or free and reduced lunch application assistance please email Ms. Valerio (our registrar) at firstname.lastname@example.org to get help or to set up an appointment for in person assistance. Appointments will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. No walk-ins will be seen. You must have an appointment to enter the building. The following protocols will have to be followed: Only one person from each family will be allowed into the building. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. When you enter your temperature will be taken and you must apply hand sanitizer.
APS Will Start School Remotely
Dear APS Community,
Thank you for your continued patience as we review updated public health guidance and plan for the upcoming school year. We want to continue to keep you updated with important information as quickly as possible. On Friday, the APS Board of Education provided direction during their meeting about the start of the school year. With the Board’s direction, APS will be starting in a fully remote learning model for the beginning of the school year. This decision was made considering the recent rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in both Adams and Arapahoe counties.
Students will be learning remotely from home through the first quarter, which ends on October 8. A decision about whether to begin in-person learning at that time will be made in the coming months taking into consideration health data on COVID-19 cases in our community.
Fully Remote Learning at Home
After implementing remote learning access this spring, we will be shifting to provide more rigorous, engaging and standard-based learning for students this fall. Students will have opportunities to take part in live classes from home. This means students will sign on and learn in real-time from teachers through video on their laptops. For example, a student may be assigned to sign on from 8-9 a.m. for their English class and then 9:15-10:15 for their math class.
In addition to live learning, students will also be asked to watch lessons and learn on their own time. Both of these remote learning modes will be used and teachers will be regularly checking in to support students.
We may also be able to bring in small groups of students into schools for specialized instruction. Schools will work with families to accommodate this need.
Please know that we have a strong plan in place for APS teachers to receive specialized training and coaching to provide rigorous remote learning that supports students academically and socially-emotionally. More than 1,000 teachers have already engaged in training opportunities over the summer and we are thankful to have such dedicated teachers in APS.
School staff will be working with families of children with special needs who are on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan to determine how services will be provided. Students who are English Language Learners will continue to receive additional language development support.
All students will have access to mental health resources including APS psychologists, social workers, counselors and other school staff. The health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority.
Even though we are starting the school year remotely, it is still important that all of our families check in their children using the APS Student Check-in System. Complete the online process to update or confirm your addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts, health information, preferred language and more. Please contact your child’s school if you need support completing the check-in process. There is a question asking whether you plan to send your child to school in person or keep your child at home and learning remotely. We recognize this question no longer applies to the beginning of the school year. However, select your preference to the best of your ability as we may transition to in-person learning after the first quarter.
As we have shared previously, we remain grounded in the science provided by the Tri-County Health Department. We will continue to share additional information about the upcoming school year as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and support. We look forward to welcoming all APS students back remotely for the 2020-21 school year.
- Superintendent Rico Munn
START OF SCHOOL PUSHED BACK ONE WEEK:
Superintendent Munn presented a recommendation to the APS Board of Education to delay the start of school for students by one week. This would allow for an additional week of professional development for teachers and school staff before students return. The Board voted unanimously to approve this recommendation. This means, most students in grades 1-12 will now start school on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Students in kindergarten and preschool will now start on Monday, Aug. 24.
Use the Online Student Check-In System to update your
student and family information, apply or re-apply for free and reduced lunch, and check them in for the
2020-21 school year!
Use el Sistema de Actualización de Datos en Línea para actualizar la Información de los estudiantes y la familia, aplicar para recibir alimentos gratuitos o a precio reducido y asegurar que su hijo esté listo para el año escolar 2020-21.
Staff and students acknowledge positive behaviors in each other, creating a safe and welcoming environment in which everyone feels like they are an integral part of the Aurora Hills Middle School community. A positive school culture and climate is necessary in order for every student to accelerate their learning and for staff to eliminate the barriers to achievement.