SUBMITTED BY KENT DENVER SCHOOL Breakthrough Kent Denver will celebrate 25 years of closing the opportunity ga...
Saturday, February 29 8:30 a.m. to Noon Denver Academy (DA) is a top school in the nation dedicated to teachin...
Cherry Creeks School Foundation to host the 6th Annual Invest in Success Gala, March 5 More than 600 community...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER In a presentation to local elected officials and community leaders at the...
Creating products, collaborating as a team, and selling products builds lifelong confidence and self-reliance...
STORY SUBMITTED BY ABBE SMITH, CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS Cherry Creek Schools Superin...
Restoration scheduled to begin Spring of 2020 Denver Academy announced that the school has been awarded a gran...
Restoration Scheduled to Begin Spring 2020 Denver Academy announced that the school has been awarded a grant t...
Denver Academy (DA), hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of its Campos EPC Smart Lab in the Elementary/6...
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Breakthrough Kent Denver will celebrate 25 years of closing the opportunity gap at the Give Your Love to Breakthrough Gala on Thursday, February 20h from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at the Schaden Dining Hall on the campus of the Kent Denver School.
Breakthrough Kent Denver works to both increase the educational and social opportunities of motivated, financially under-resourced middle and high school students in both Englewood Public Schools and Denver Public Schools, as well as motivate and train talented college students for careers in education.
Students commit to a six-year program model focused on improving their academic performance, becoming college ready, and their social-emotional health.
Breakthrough serves 179 middle school students and 190 high school students from over 60 Denver Public Schools and Englewood Public Schools. For the past eight years, 100% of Breakthrough high school seniors graduated, and in 2019, 89% went on to institutions of higher education.
“We are so excited to be celebrating our 25th year at Breakthrough Kent Denver. The gala is time for us to celebrate all of the accomplishments that our students have made and to thank all of those that have generously given their love and support to our program,” said Sarah Dutcher, Executive Director of Breakthrough. “We are looking forward to another 25 years of helping to close the opportunity gap for Denver and Englewood Public School students and train the next generation of teachers.”
Saturday, February 29
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Denver Academy (DA) is a top school in the nation dedicated to teaching diverse learners, including those with dyslexia and ADHD. Attend DA’s Open House on Saturday, February 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and find out how we teach each child the way they learn best! Open House attendees enjoy a personal tour of the 22-acre campus by a Denver Academy Student Ambassador and DA Faculty and Staff will provide information about the school’s student-centered approach to learning. Denver Academy offers differentiated instruction for each student and enrollment is available for the 2020-21 school year. Visit denveracademy.org/openhouse. No RSVP necessary. Can’t make the Open House? Call 303.777.5161 to schedule an appointment.
More than 600 community partners, civic leaders, committed educators and passionate parents are coming together to celebrate the achievements of our students and teachers. The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation (CCSF) will host the 6th Annual Invest in Success Gala – A Night to Ignite Education, Mar. 5, 2020 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center located at 4900 S. Syracuse St., in Denver. This is the largest fundraising event to benefit Cherry Creek School District’s teachers and students.
The evening will be filled with delectable drinks, scrumptious bites, a jaw dropping live and silent auction, and stellar performances from Cherry Creek students.
This year’s theme looks to the future and will highlight some of the groundbreaking approaches to education underway across the District. At the event, take a walk down ‘Innovation Avenue’ to see projects from some of the first students from the newly opened Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC) – a stand-alone college and career preparedness facility with curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trade certifications ranging from the computer sciences to aviation to health care services.
“We are so excited to celebrate and share the work that our teachers and students are doing”, says Jill Henden, Executive Director of CCSF. “We are constantly amazed by the dedication and creativity of our teachers and how they help propel our students forward. Seeing our community come out to rally behind that is very special.”
Over the past 26 years, the Foundation has raised and distributed more than $9 million dollars to support programs that impact student achievement, benefiting teachers and students from preschool to high school, across the Cherry Creek School District.
Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefiting the Cherry Creek School Foundation.
Discover sponsorship opportunities and purchase tickets at: https://ccsdfoundation.org/gala.html
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
In a presentation to local elected officials and community leaders at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Centennial on Jan. 28, Cherry Creek Schools’ (CCS) Superintendent Scott Siegfried explained the district’s strategic priorities outlined in its newest brochure entitled “Cherry Creek Future Forward.”
Siegfried described the environment in which CCS operates. It includes more than 55,000 students in 65 schools over 108 square miles. With over 9,000 employees, it is the second largest employer in Arapahoe County. Even with its size, CCS was ranked eighth best among all employers in the state by Forbes Magazine in 2019.
Although CCS has an impressive graduation rate of 90 percent, the superintendent flatly stated that CCS “has historically underserved its black and brown students,” a shortcoming it is facing head-on. It is especially imperative to do so since CCS will be a majority minority district in the next 18 months.
In order to better serve its black and brown students, one of CCS’ strategic priorities, “workforce excellence,” includes “investing in racially conscious, culturally competent employees who have the skill, will, capacity and knowledge to commit to a culture of continuous improvement.” To that end, CCS has a 9-person Office of Inclusive Excellence. Included in its goals is to “support the hiring and retention of teachers and administrators of color in an effort to ensure diversity in the workplace.” Equally important is its focus on “supporting the district’s college and career preparedness goal by promoting student access to rigorous learning opportunities.”
A few short years ago, one of CCS’ primary goals was to make sure all its students were on a path to attending a four-year college or university. The Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC), opened this year, is the embodiment of a new philosophy that students are best served by “rigorous and relevant learning experiences.” CCIC offers pathways in advanced manufacturing, business services, health and wellness, hospitality and tourism, IT and STEAM, and transportation.
Some options, such as the aviation maintenance program within the transportation pathway, provide the tools for a high school graduate to move directly into a well-paying job. Other options, such as the physical and occupational therapy program within the health and wellness pathway, provide a great kick-start for those headed toward an advanced college degree in a medical field.
One of the programs in the health and wellness pathway is the behavioral health technician, a new field that CCIC has developed in partnership with Health One, a private company that owns six acute care hospitals and has 11,000 employees in all its medical facilities in metro Denver. Students who complete that program are eligible for immediate employment at a Health One facility as a behavioral health technician.
Within the IT and STEAM pathway, students can learn about drones, robotics, and cybersecurity, demonstrating CCS’ commitment to preparing its students for 21st century jobs.
Siegfried told the leaders gathered that CCIC is already exploring adding new programs in graphic design and renewable energy.
CCS is highly focused on physical, as well as psychological safety. The superintendent maintains a 100-person safety task force that is dedicated to the most intelligent philosophical approach to safety. He talked about every elementary and middle school having a dual vestibule entry to provide extra security that is not noticeable to the average visitor. He compared it with the possibility of metal detectors, which he believes would be psychologically harmful, particularly to young students. In the area of physical safety on a different level, Siegfried was proud to report that CCS “is the only school district with a full-time nurse in every school building.”
The district is dedicated to providing the services its students need. Graphs presented showed that in the arena of special education, CCS gets annual revenue from state and federal sources of $21.4 million, while they spend $79.3 million. In the English language support space, CCS receives state and federal funding of $2.9 million and spends $10.9 million.
While CCS has experienced continuous student population growth for many years, that will all change next year. Projections indicate that CCS’ student population will begin to decline by 67 to 284 students annually through 2030, which is as far as projections have been made.
Siegfried talked about the current movement in the legislature toward a uniform local mill levy for all school districts. While CCS board members agree that the current statewide school funding formula needs to be revised, they hope to have a reasonable period of time in which to implement major changes that affect the district.
As CCS faces a future that will likely include going back to the voters in the next few years, Siegfried emphasized the importance of shared leadership in maintaining a school district dedicated to excellence in all areas. As demographics have changed, there are more district residents who do not currently have a child attending K-12 in CCS than do.
Attending and actively participating in the discussion were Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko, accompanied by new city council members Christine Sweetland and Don Sheehan, Cherry Hills Village City Council Members Mike Gallagher and Randy Weil, and Greenwood Village City Councilors Donna Johnston and Tom Dougherty, along with Judy Hilton, a GV city council member and former CCS principal.
Creating products, collaborating as a team, and selling products builds lifelong confidence and self-reliance for students
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The Entrepreneurial Expo is a featured part of the Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute, the only program in the nation that is a wholly sequenced, year-long curriculum that incorporates economics, personal financial literacy, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship for K-8 students. Students are exposed to a wide variety of lifelong financial skills that they take into the world for their personal savings and to contribute to the greater world. The Expo businesses they operate also take into consideration social consciousness.
“The power of our curricula is that students begin to make a connection: their thoughts can be made into things. When children have dominion over their thoughts like this, they build confidence and self-reliance,” said Kristina Scala, Head of School. “For Aspen Academy graduates, we often hear feedback from their high school teachers and parents that they know themselves and their strengths, and that they’re able to advocate for themselves in meaningful ways. It starts with projects like these where they collaborate with their classmates to bring ideas to life.”
Attendees may shop for a variety of products, from cookbooks to activity books, keychains, magnets, dog and cat toys, stress balls, hot cocoa kits, fleece blankets, education packs, phone cases and jewelry. All products are sold for cash only,and Expo runs from9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
For more information on Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute, visit www.aspenacademy.org.
Aspen Academy is the premier independent school for academic, leadership and entrepreneurial development. Located in outside Denver, our 400 Pre-K through 8th grade students exemplify our core values: be kind, do good, work hard, and make the world better. With a focus on academic rigor, character and leadership development, and community strength and service, our small classes are led by exceptional faculty who offer a personalized approach to instruction. Since our inception in 2005, we have remained steadfastly focused on developing lifelong learners who graduate from our school empowered to be confident, curious and innovative.
STORY SUBMITTED BY ABBE SMITH, CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS
Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried met with residents of Heritage Eagle Bend on Jan. 8 to have a conversation about the future of the school district and a focus on innovation.
The school district is approaching its 70th anniversary next year and is focused on implementing a strategic plan that is designed to build on its legacy of excellence into the future. That plan, Cherry Creek Future Forward, was the focus of Superintendent Siegfried’s presentation at Heritage Eagle Bend and can be found on the district website at www.cherrycreekschools.org/future
The conversation at Heritage Eagle Bend is part of a series of meetings with community groups, homeowners’ associations, retirement communities and individuals as part of overall efforts to engage community partners in the conversation about how to continue delivering high quality education to the 55,000 students in the district.
“We want you to be part of that change. Your voice matters and can shape the future of our school district. We can’t do this without you. We invite you to be part of how we’re building on decades of belief in actions and inspiring kids to think, to learn, to achieve and to care,” Dr. Siegfried said.
As part of the meeting, Heritage Eagle Bend residents heard personal stories from high school students who attend the new Cherry Creek Innovation Campus. More information about the CCIC can be found here: https://www.cherrycreek
Community groups that are interested in having a representative of the district visit their organization to discuss Cherry Creek Future Forward can contact the district via email at email@example.com.
Denver Academy announced that the school has been awarded a grant totaling $118,591 by History Colorado’s State Historical Fund (SHF) for the continued preservation of Denver Academy’s historic Chapel Library.
“We are delighted to see Denver Academy and History Colorado’s State Historical Fund continue their partnership to preserve and rehabilitate the historic Bethesda Chapel,” said District 4 Councilwoman Kendra Black. “It’s the perfect setting for a library for Lower School students. Denver Academy’s historic campus stands out as a gem as one of the historically designated landmark structures in our diverse southeast Denver district.”
This is the second grant received from the SHF for restoration and rehabilitation of DA’s Chapel Library. The first grant received in 2017 helped to restore the building’s original stained-glass windows, copper cupola and front doors to their former splendor with work completed in early 2018. This next phase of work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020 and will address additional areas of need including deteriorating concrete entry stairs and wrought iron railings, damaged bricks and mortar and outdated electrical systems.
DA is one of 31 recipients statewide to have been awarded a grant from the SHF as part of their April 2019 cycle. SHF grants are awarded through a competitive process. The 2019 grant is primarily for the exterior restoration of the building and covers 70% of the cost of the project with the remaining 30 percent being provided by Denver Academy. This grant and the continued support from the State Historical Fund signifies that DA values high-quality historic preservation and demonstrates strong public and community support.
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