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Arapahoe Community College will host its annual job fair on Feb. 26. Photo courtesy of ACC
Arapahoe Community College will host its 2013 Spring Career and Job Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the second-floor student lounge. The event is free and open to the public. Employers attending this event will represent a wide variety of industries. For more information, contact the ACC Career and Transfer Center at email@example.com or 303-797-5805.
Arapahoe Community College is slated to host the 2013 Community Leaders Forum on Feb. 22.Photo courtesy of ACC
South metro mayors to discuss ‘state of the community’
Arapahoe Community College will host the 2013 FirstBank Community Leaders Forum on Friday, Feb. 22, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Dining Hall (Room M1900) at the Littleton campus.
This is a free event, a sort of “state of the community” for the south metro Denver community. Seating is limited. A light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP in advance to Marilyn Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Topics will include:
Opportunities and challenges in 2013 and beyond
Legislation that will affect our local governments, businesses and neighborhoods
ACC President Diana Doyle will serve as moderator. Featured speakers will include:
Mayor Debbie Brinkman, Littleton
Mayor Jim Gunning, Lone Tree
Mayor Cathy Noon, Centennial
Mayor Randy Penn, Englewood
Allen Dreher, treasurer of Highlands Ranch Metro District
For more information, contact Marilyn Manning at 303-763-1865.
Robin P. Krakowsky, Ed.D.
Johnson & Wales University announced that Robin P. Krakowsky, Ed.D., has been named President of the Denver Campus.
Krakowsky has been with the university for more than 32 years at the Providence, R.I., campus, and has held various positions, including vice president of Finance, senior vice president of Administration and most recently senior vice president of Compliance, Internal Audit and Risk Management. Krakowsky holds a bachelor’s in Accounting from JWU, a master’s in Business Administration from Providence College, and a doctorate in education leadership from JWU.
Krakowsky has also authored industry-related articles such as Colorfast Change in the December 2009 issue of Business Officer Magazine, and has been a featured presenter for the National Association of College and University Planners, on the topic of collaborative planning methodology for Student Services.
Littleton boasts highest in metro area
By Peter Jones
Arapahoe County’s two largest school districts are continuing to see upturns in high school graduation rates, according to newly released data from the Colorado Department of Education.
As it has in recent years, Littleton Public Schools continues to boast the highest graduation rate in the Denver metropolitan area with more than 90 percent of the district’s high school students graduating in four years or less during the 2011-2012 school year
The neighboring Cherry Creek Schools is inching behind Littleton with more than 87 percent of its 2012 seniors finishing in four years – up from 84 percent.
By comparison, Colorado’s on-time graduation rate is 75.4 percent and the national rate is almost 72 percent.
The two districts’ dropout rates are also moving in the right direction. Littleton’s is less than 1 percent while Cherry Creek saw 2 percent of its students leave school without a diploma. The statewide dropout rate is 2.9 percent.
Ethnic classifications within the districts have shown improvement for on-time completions. Cherry Creek’s rate for Hispanic graduates rose more than 5 percent to a total of 79 percent, about 17 percentage points above the statewide figure. Littleton’s Hispanic graduation rate was 77.6 percent, up from last year’s 76.9.
Similarly, Cherry Creek’s graduation rate for black students was 84 percent, well above the statewide rate of 66 percent. Littleton’s black students finished on time at a rate of 83.3 percent.
Whites and Asians in Cherry Creek had graduation rates around 90 percent, with white graduations increasing by nearly 3 percent. Littleton graduated 100 percent of its Asian students and 92 percent of whites.
Cherry Creek spokeswoman Tustin Amole says that district’s numbers reflect the organization’s focus on outreach to the various demographic groups it serves. Forty-three percent of the student population is African, Asian or Hispanic and 27 percent of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
“The schools work with student leaders and parents – that’s a key part of it,” Amole said. “Students from different cultures learn a little differently. Instead of focusing on how we teach, we focus on how kids learn.”
That mission has manifested in a number of ways, from elementary-level reading books with “relatable characters” to parent-staff collaborations that have strived to improve the classroom experience at middle and high school levels.
“These numbers show us that we are moving in the right direction and serving the needs of all our students, regardless of race, poverty, language and mobility,” Cherry Creek Superintendent Mary Chesley said in a statement. “Still, we must use this momentum to continue our work until every student can receive a high school diploma that shows they are college and work ready.”
For Littleton’s part, district spokeswoman Diane Leiker gives much of the credit to the organization’s “professional learning communities.”
For 10 days each year, school starts two hours late so groups of teachers can meet in an effort to identify challenges and work out locally based solutions.
“It gives teachers an opportunity to discuss individual student needs and look at data to really drill down to find out the needs of each individual student and how to address those needs,” Leiker said. “It’s a time to share some of their best thinking and best practices to help all of our kids achieve at their highest level.”
Leiker says while Littleton’s accelerated programs ensure that high-achieving students are challenged to live up to their potential, the district’s alternative education programs try to keep at-risk students on track for graduation.
Parents have played an important role too, Leiker said.
“We have a very supportive parent community and a very supportive community in general,” she said.
Emily Baade and Kevin Huang, 2012 graduates of Grandview High School, have earned a State AP Scholar Award for their extraordinary performance on the 2012 Advanced Placement Exams. They are among only 108 students nationwide to receive this honor.
Last year was the 22nd annual celebration of State AP Scholars. The College Board confers this distinction on one male and one female student in each state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (of at least 3.5 out of 5) on all AP Exams taken. Both students representing Colorado in 2012 came from Grandview High School.
Baade took a total of 17 AP exams in 2012, including AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Micro and Macro Economics and AP Statistics, and earned a mean score of 4.94. She is now attending the University of Alabama, where she has junior status because of her Advanced Placement credits, even though she is in her first year of college.
Huang also took 17 AP exams in 2012, including AP English Literature and Composition, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Chinese and AP Spanish Literature, and earned a mean score of 4.71. He is now attending the University of Colorado at Denver Medical School, where he is one of only eight freshmen selected to participate in the Medical School program, earning both undergraduate and medical school requirements.
The Warriors varsity volleyball team returns the ball to the awaiting Bruins team on the other side of the net at a Centennial League game Sept. 28. Photos by Tom Barry
By Tom Barry
On a Sept. 28, more than 200 supporters showed up at Arapahoe High School to watch girl’s volleyball last week. Inside a toasty warm gym, the stage was being set to watch the Warriors take on Cherry Creek, the state’s second rated varsity team.
Arapahoe had six players that stood taller than 6-feet-tall, while Creek had only three girls to reach that height.
In a uniformed protocol, the teams came onto the court for the anticipated match. These Centennial League competitors volleyed hard in the first two matches. Creek persevered to take the first game 25–22 in a challenging match.
On a number of occasions Sally Moos, Creek’s veteran coach for more than 30 years, expressed frustration with what she deemed questionable calls by the officials.
Arapahoe’s head volleyball coach Cara Jansen Syers greets a Creek player prior to the first game. Her team provided the Bruins a challenge in the first two games of the match.
The second game belonged to the Arapahoe girls, who took advantage of mistakes and missed shots from the Bruins winning the match 25-16.
In a break before the third game, the Arapahoe poms team put on a fun and artful show to upbeat music with spins and acrobatic moves leading to the finale where they simultaneously did the splits.
In the remaining two games Creek dominated the net and handily beat the Warriors taking three of the four games.
The high point scorers serving for Creek were Allie Fowler with 14, Sarah Hellman with 9 and Lauren Marr with five.
The best “diggers” – going under the ball either passing or spiking back – for Arapahoe included Whitney Krantz with 16 digs, Meredith Coder with 14 and Isabel Kovacic with 11.
At the end of the game, both teams and coaches strolled alongside the net shaking one another’s hands.
“Our team played well at points and that is when we won,” said Warrior coach Cara Jansen Syers. “Against a team like Creek that is the difference between a win and a loss. “We would like to have a few more wins but we also recognize that the teams we are playing are some of the best in the state.”
Both on and off the court, Syers keeps incredibly busy teaching biology and physiology at Arapahoe. Along with her school duties, Syers and her husband Wes are raising three young children.
Syers, a ’95 graduate and salutatorian of Denver Christian High School, attended Calvin College in Michigan where her parents and brother also attended. Syers played soccer and basketball at this Division 3 school while on an academic scholarship.
Warriors, No 5 Lexi Mercier and No. 13 Isabel Kovacic, spring up attempting to return a hard return from Creek’s No. 11 Lauren Marr.
“When I was growing up, my parents came to all of our games,” Syers said.
Her brother Brad also teaches PE and coaches football and basketball at Arapahoe.
Her parents Bruce and Barb are actively involved and attend nearly every game of hers and her brother’s. After watching volleyball, Syers parents then headed cross-town to watch the Arapahoe football game in Jeffco.
Cherry Creek targets classroom aggressors with ‘Bullying 2.0’
Bullies on the playground are as storied as apples on the teacher’s desk, but the Cherry Creek School District is prepared to do something about them.
The district’s recently retooled program, now called Bullying 2.0, is a multi-tiered effort to curb the age-old problem through a mix of educational courses, direct intervention and victim empowerment. Cherry Creek has also assembled a team of mental-health professionals well versed in the causes and cures of education’s oldest schoolyard problem. (more…)
By Joshua Cole
Seven minutes. That’s how long it took for Heritage High School point guard Sullivan Ziegler to adjust to the lights and longer basketball court at the Denver Coliseum.
After that, Ziegler was in control, driving Heritage to the 5A classification girls’ basketball playoffs state semifinals.
Heritage defeated Chaparral High School, 58-48, in the quarterfinals, March 6, to advance to the semifinals at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Ziegler, a senior, had six turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game as Heritage fell behind 8-1 and then 12-7 to their league opponents. After that, though, she was nearly flawless directing play. On the possession following her sixth turnover, with only 25 seconds remaining in the first period, she rebounded a missed Chaparral shot and sprinted up the court. With three Chaparral defenders blocking her path to the basket, Ziegler stopped at the free-throw line, pivoted around and zipped a pass to teammate Lauren Huggins, who drained a three-pointer to get within two points.
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