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District Announcements
TEC Open House
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the new part of the Englewood Campus will be open for visitors from 1pm to 3pm. 

Stop by for self-guided tours, information on new learning spaces and technology, and Pirate gear giveaways!

The Englewood Campus is located at 3800 S. Logan St. Please use the new entrance on Lehigh & Logan.



First Annual EHS Jazz Night Fundraiser
Englewood High School band will be hosting a Jazz Night Fundraiser the evening of Tuesday, April 29, from 6-9pm in the EHS commons. 

The night will include a sit down dinner, great jazz music, a silent auction and more!

It's sure to be an amazing event. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Dinner is included in the ticket price.

Purchase tickets the night of the event or now through an EHS band student.



Englewood Team Headed to DI Global Finals
The Englewood High School/Colorado's Finest Alternative High School Destination Imagination team won a wild card slot to compete in the Global Finals on May 21-24 in Knoxville, TN!

Destination Imagination is an academic competition that teaches 21st century skills (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking) through open-ended challenges that focus on STEM and the arts.

The EHS/CFHS team chose a Fine Arts Challenge and received near perfect scores on their story and art work in the latest competition.

Congratulations and good luck at the Global Finals!



Golf and Give for Englewood Schools
We hope you will join us on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, for the Rotary Club of Englewood's annual benefit golf tournament. This tournament helps provide over $10,000 of college scholarships to deserving Englewood students. 

The tournament takes place at Saddle Rock Golf Course and includes breakfast, a silent auction, contests, awards, lunch and more!

Sponsorships, foursomes and individual golfers are all welcome. Please see the Rotary's website for more information on sponsorship options and pricing and to register! Register before May 15 for discount pricing.



STEM Girls Night Out
Girls in high school have the opportunity to attend STEM Girls Night Out at Arapahoe Community College on April 25, 2014 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

At this exciting event, participants will get to design an alien, analyze its blood, use stars to find the alien's home and more!

Reserve your spot by April 14 to make sure you have a space! Email nia.bauer@arapahoe.edu to register or with questions.






Important Schedule Change for 2014-2015
Beginning next school year, Englewood Schools will transition from late start Mondays to early release Fridays in order to better meet our district goals for teacher professional development and student learning.

Instead of students arriving later to school each Monday, students will be released after lunch twelve or thirteen Fridays during the school year (as indicated in the calendar here.)

We absolutely believe this change will be beneficial for both students and teachers. Here are some of the reasons behind the change:
  • Early release Fridays will occur less often than late start Mondays (12-13 early releases vs. 32 late starts), disrupting fewer school days.
  • Early releases provide larger blocks of time for professional learning for teachers. Each session will be more meaningful and cost-effective, which helps us improve student learning.
  • In the past, substitutes have been required so teachers could have longer periods of professional development time. With early release Fridays, teachers will not need substitutes for the majority of professional development and will spend more time in class with their students, which saves money and provides a more consistent learning environment.
We know that this change affects families. Here are some ways we are working to ease the burden on families:
  • Friday was chosen so families could coordinate the early release with their weekend plans.
  • The release schedule will be staggered to ensure older siblings arrive home before younger siblings in order to provide supervision if necessary.
  • Kid Quest (before and after school care at Englewood Schools) will offer high quality childcare for families who need it during early release Fridays. Families have the option of using Kid Quest until school would normally get out (around 3pm) at a cost of $12 or until the end of the day (6pm) at a cost of $24.  The average cost of child care for both of these options is about $4 an hour. The programming offered at Kid Quest is both fun and enriching. Some unique opportunities will be offered on these days as well.
Please read this letter from Superintendent Ewert explaining the change in more detail. We appreciate your understanding and emphasize that this change will be beneficial to teachers and students. We hope to be of help to families in any way we can as they plan for this new schedule next year.


Now Enrolling for Kindergarten!
All Englewood elementary schools are currently enrolling for kindergarten! Click here to begin the enrollment process.

All elementary schools offer FREE full-day kindergarten, free breakfast, and an iPad issued to each student for school work and reading, art, music and PE classes, interactive white boards, and much more.







 
The Result of a “Relentless Focus on Learning”
In the fall of 2010, Englewood Schools was classified as a “Turnaround” district by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) based on criteria and metrics outlined in the District Performance Framework, including student achievement and growth, academic gaps, and postsecondary and workforce readiness.

Since that rating was considered unacceptable by CDE, the district had five years to show improvement to an acceptable level or face the possibility of losing accreditation.

Through a model of continuous improvement and hard work, we are pleased to announce that in 2013, the district has improved two levels to “Accredited with Improvement,” which is considered an acceptable rating by the State.

We still have much work to do, and more improvement can and will be made, but hope that you will celebrate this success with us, while we all continue to move forward with our relentless focus on learning.


iPads for All Students K-8
As part of a literacy initiative, all children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled in Englewood School District will receive an iPad for school and home use. The iPads will be used primarily as a tool to support literacy, but will also be used for other subjects as well. In addition to providing 24/7 access to our primary reading intervention, Reading Plus, the iPads will allow each student access to eTextbooks and thousands of both literary and informational texts. With the advancing rigor of the Common Core State Standards, it is esssential that students have continuous access to these texts both at school and at home.

Older students will be able to take the iPads home soon after the school year begins, while younger grades will have a slower rollout for take-home access, that may be as late as January.

This initiative consists of 2,050 iPads and cost the district $1.1 million dollars. Here is a breakdown of where the money came from:
  • $100K from the generous support of the Morgridge Family Foundation
  • $600K from a 1999 voter-approved technology bond (funds that must go to technology)
  • $400K from the District's capital reserve technology general fund
The District will be working closely with parents through trainings and communication to ensure that each child uses his or her iPad for educational purposes. No matter where the iPad is used, if it connects to the internet it will automatically go through Englewood Schools' firewall.

Teachers are also being trained over the summer so that the iPads are used in the best educational way possible. With this initiative, we are hoping to provide students an opportunity for access to literature that they may not otherwise have, as well as prepare them for the 21st century workforce.

There's an App for That!
Introducing the Englewood Schools Mobile App! Available for iPhone and Android, the app is free and easy to use.

Find it in the app store by searching "Englewood Schools" and looking for the Englewood Schools logo. The app will feed news stories from our district Facebook pages and contains a calendar of events, staff contact information and more!

Access the user guide or watch the Mobile App Tutorial to get started!

Special thanks to librarian Amanda Workman for making this app possible. 


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