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Aurora Academy will be closed the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please continue to check our website and your parent e-mail for updates and important information.

Our staff will continue to check e-mail messages, please reach out with any questions you have.

Volunteer Hours

Parents,

We thank you for all the time and dedication you offered this school year. Please rest easy knowing that as we move forward with uncertainty as to what the rest of the year will look like, we are putting all volunteer efforts on hold. Saturday Volunteer days are canceled until further notice. 

Thank you for the hours you have given and do not worry about trying to meet remaining hours at this time.

Kind regards,

Ms. Hoen, Principal

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AACS will Continue with Remote Learning for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year


APS has decided for instructional purposes schools will not reconvene after the April 30th date. Aurora Academy is in agreement. Therefore we will continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year. More information will come in regard to end of year graduations as well as a time for students to not only return their Chromebooks but to pick up remaining personal items. Our school district superintendents really have said it best. Please see below.

 

Sincerely,

Amy Hoen, Principal

Dear Community Members, 

As many of you know, upon becoming aware of the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and the myriad concerns inherent, school superintendents took action several weeks ago to protect students, staff and the community. We have been working hard to provide leadership guidance to families throughout Colorado. As school superintendents, we consult and collaborate many times each day to share thinking and to problem solve as a regional group.

Two days ago, on April 1, Governor Polis announced extended closures of schools in Colorado through April 30, 2020. Over the past several weeks, we have spoken regularly and often to public health officials and state officials to better understand the timeline and path forward for the year, both with regard to COVID-19 and “traditional” school year expectations. We understand that there are not specific answers to exactly how and when we return to “life as normal” during this unprecedented health crisis. Given that, we must rely upon our best judgement and place safety above all else. 

What is clear is that there will not be definitive, universal guidance to proceed as normal. Rather, there will be a gradual lifting of restrictions and a step by step return to normalcy. What we do know is that once the “Stay at Home” orders are lifted, we will continue to have restrictions on social distancing and the size of group gatherings for at least several weeks, if not months. Given the nature of a school environment (classrooms, passing periods, buses, playgrounds, etc.), these restrictions are not practical within the school setting. As such, there does not appear to be a viable way for us to convene traditional in-person learning this school year. 

Collectively we believe, and are making the decision, that in the best interest of the children, staff, and the communities that we serve, our schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  

A significant consideration in making this decision today is guidance from the respective health departments serving our districts. Many models currently show that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to peak in the last week of April. Even once COVID-19 reaches its peak in Colorado, we know that there will be an equivalent amount of time after the peak in which the virus continues to pose a significant threat. The continued safety and public health risk this presents for our students, staff, families and communities moves us to take the step of extended closure to in-person learning through the balance of the school year. 

Additionally, providing a concrete direction now with regard to in-person learning for the duration of the school year allows us to focus our energy and attention to addressing questions and concerns, rather than ongoing uncertainty. It will also allow us, as school district leaders, to shift to a proactive stance in that we can begin to plan for completing the current year remotely, and returning to school in August when we are able to joyfully welcome our students, staff and families back into our buildings.  

Making this decision was extremely difficult. We do believe, however, that this is the right decision given all of the information that we have received from health experts and state officials. Our teams have been hard at work developing quality remote learning opportunities for our students. Please know that the health and safety of our students, staff and families is paramount. We believe that finishing this school year through remote learning is one of the most effective ways in which we can do our part to avoid exposing anyone to unnecessary risk. 






Dear AACS Families,

Tomorrow morning kicks off our first week of online/remote learning. I think we’re all looking for a sense of normalcy in our day-to-day routine. Here’s some advice I gave to one of our middle school students:

"You’re probably navigating this better than you realize. Don't worry about trying to catch each teacher live. Read through what your assignments are for the week. If you have questions, prioritize those classes/teachers and be sure to tune in for their live stream or their "office hours" in order to ask questions. I'm asking students to have assignments turned in by Friday. Let's see where we are by Thursday. I'll check back in with you and see how it went. You got this!”

I think all of our families can apply this. Catch as many live streams as you can. You may not see each one each day but the recorded stream will be posted in that teacher’s classroom. See how many assignments your child can complete and submit by the end of this week. Give it your best go this week and we will re-evaluate towards the end of the week.

Please remember to have your student login to their homeroom teachers meet tomorrow at 8:00 am where everyone will hear online behavior expectations.

This is period of flexibility and patience. We will continue to reflect and adjust as needed. I am meeting with staff members weekly to discuss their areas of concerns and to work through questions they may have.

Also please note, I have asked our tech specialist to shut down Chromebook usage from the hours of 11:00 pm – 7:00 am.

It’s going to be okay. We will get through this next wave. As always, please feel free to email me. If you need tech support, email helpdesk@aacademy.org.

Amy Hoen, Principal

 

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Dear AACS Families,

 I can’t begin to tell you how much it lifted my spirits seeing so many of you during Chromebook pickup. It was a highlight of the last two weeks getting to wave at all of you as you drove by and even chatting from a distance with some of you. It’s so amazing that out of 518 students, we only have 39 Chromebooks remaining in carts. With that said, if you were unable to get your student(s)’ Chromebook(s), please email me directly. I am happy to make arrangements with each remaining family on an individual basis to get that taken care of. Also, if you are choosing to use a device you have at home, let me know that too. However, please be advised that working from a phone is not going to be the best solution. If that’s your only option, I am strongly urging you to set a time with me to retrieve your child’s Chromebook.

 Chromebook Expectations

All students and parents in grades 2-8 signed the technology agreement at the beginning of the year. These same rules apply now and they also apply to all kindergarten and 1st grade students. You can find that agreement under the parents tab.

 * Use the Chromebook respectfully. No food or drink around it, carry it with both hands, do not allow other siblings to use your Chromebook.

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Families are monetarily responsible for damaged Chromebooks.

 Remote Learning Expectations

Teachers are hard at work having remote meetings to create schedules and clarify what my expectations are during this time. By the end of this week, you will receive communication from each teacher about what’s to come. Online learning will officially kick off on Monday, March 30th.

* Students are to log in to their Google Classroom(s) daily and work on posted assignments.
* Students are expected to submit weekly assignments by Friday.

*We do expect your support in reinforcing the value of continuing our students’ education during this time.

 What can you expect?

Teachers will


*Send out weekly newsletters
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Post assignments weekly
*Provide feedback on assignments

*Hold consistent “office hours”

*Create opportunities for students to engage with one or more of them live at least once per week


Tech assistance can be provided by submitting a helpdesk ticket to
helpdesk@aacademy.org.

Thank you for your support as we experience this journey together.

Amy Hoen, Principal


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Read Across America

For Read Across America we had two Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse players come to our school and read to our students. The Colorado Mammoth sent us a video that features Dillon Ward reading to Mrs. Aldrich's 5th Grade Class.

Read Across America Video



Board of Directors Information

Boards of Directors meet the 2nd Monday every Month expect for July
Next Meeting: Monday, April 13th at 6pm.

The AACS Board Meeting on Monday, April 13th will be held remotely through Zoom. Below is the information to join the meeting

Time: Apr 13, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)   

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Monthly: https://zoom.us/meeting/v5ElcemgrzsonlrYyAmnfGSM-DqQGWLFNA/ics?icsToken=98tyKuutpj0qEtWVsl-Cd6oqE4HqbOHyjX9CuJpEvRLrBQdgT07SJ9NlBZ5ZPvmB

 Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/258608102

 Meeting ID: 258 608 102

 Dial by your location

        +1 253 215 8782 US

        +1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 258 608 102

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/an7PYL1iy


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