Parent & Community Newsletter
EHS student Travis Hastings was surprised with a bag of professional lacrosse gear from Colorado Mammoth after his gear was stolen from his car.
Parent & Community Newsletter
In this issue:

  • Activities and Upcoming Events
  • EHS Lacrosse Player Surprised with New Gear
  • Guard Against the Flu
  • National Career & Technical Education Month
  • Leadership Changes at The Englewood Campus
  • 2018-2019 District Calendar Now Available
  • English Learner Program Newsletter
  • Gifted Education Program Newsletter
  • Construction Updates
Activities & Upcoming Events
E nglewood Schools Events for the Month of February:

  • Wednesday, February 7 - EMS/ELA Administration Meet & Greet 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 9 - Early Release Day
  • Friday, February 9 - Clayton Fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 12 - Language Development Council Community Outreach at Colorado's Finest Cosmetology Academy - Spa Day - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 13 - ELA Spirit Night at Maria Empanada 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15 - Englewood Education Foundation Meeting 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 4101 S. Bannock St.
  • Friday, February 16 - No School - Staff Development Day
  • Monday, February 19 - No School - President's Day
  • Tuesday, February 20 - Board of Education Work Session 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 4101 S. Bannock St.
  • Wednesday, February 21 - Language Development Council at TEC
  • Wednesday, February 21 - Bishop Specials Spotlight
  • Thursday, February 22 - Student and Family Engagement Night at TEC 6:00 - 7:30 in the commons
  • Sunday, February 25 - Soup to Share Fundraiser for EHS Pirate Band @ The Brew on Broadway 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27 - Clayton Health and Wellness Night 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

You can also see these events on the Englewood Schools district events calendar.

Free or Low-Cost Family Activities in February:

EHS Lacrosse Player Surprised with New Gear
Travis Hastings, EHS Senior and lacrosse team captain, was pulled from class without an explanation. Minutes later, he walked into a room full of people and cameras, all waiting to capture his reaction.

Two players from Colorado's professional lacrosse team, Colorado Mammoth, greeted him and gave him a huge surprise: A new bag full of lacrosse gear to replace the gear that had been stolen out of Travis's car the week before.

Also there was the police officer who had responded to the call about the theft. He was the one who had reached out to Colorado Mammoth hoping they would be able to help Travis.

Read more about this story on the Pirateer, or watch the video on 9News or CBS4.
Guard Against the Flu
This flu season has been one of the worst on record. We want you and your student to be as protected as possible from getting the flu!

How can you protect yourself and your child from the flu?

  • Get a yearly flu vaccine for yourself and your child.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

How do I know if it's the flu?

  • A flu-like illness is a fever greater than 100.4 degrees with a new cough or sore throat.
  • If you or your child has these symptoms, you should stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever subsides (without using fever-reducing medicines.)

For more information, please see these resources:

National Career & Technical Education Month
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. February is national CTE month! We want you to know all the CTE offerings that Englewood students have access to.

According to the Association of Career and Technical Education, "High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates. Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent." 

Englewood Schools is committed to providing students multiple pathways to graduation, and one way they do this is through offering 11 different CTE programs between Englewood High School and Colorado's Finest High School of Choice. Below are brief descriptions of each program: 

EHS is “getting down to Business”. The Business and Finance pathway is busy preparing students with soft and technical skills to be successful in any business. From the stock market to IRS certification to public speaking contests, our students are shadowing, competing, and exploring Business and Finance, Colorado’s third largest industry in demand.

Students who love to take pictures, gather information about the school, take part in the activities, snap pictures and put it all together in a snapshot of high school life will love Broadcast/Journalism. It is one of Colorado’s most sought after fields according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Any student who is interested in athletic injuries, how they happen, how to diagnose and treat them, this is the class for them. This gives the basic concepts and methods of Athletic Training. Everything from taping and bracing, learning basic anatomy, and the daily life routine of an Athletic Trainer.

Want to learn cooking basics, knife skills, how and why foods rise, or when to grill versus braise? Come learn what it takes to work in the 2nd largest industry in the state by joining the Culinary Arts and ProStart programs.

STEM is so much more than Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It focuses on teaching students 21st century skills that prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist and require skills that haven’t been discovered. Using the design process, student focus on hands on, student center learning. By working through one or more STEM courses, students are then qualified to take a deeper dive into Fabrication and Design and Robotics.

The Computer Science pathway consists of a three-course sequence: Computer Science Discoveries, Exploring Computer Science and AP Computer Science. Students begin by learning the very basics of physical computing, web development, animation and games, and data in society. Then students go more in depth into the internet, digital information, programming, Big Data and privacy, building apps and databases, and using data in their apps.

Learn what it takes to be the healthiest you-physically and emotionally by taking Culinary Nutrition and Teen Choices.

SAGE is a course of study focused on plant and animal science as it relates to sustainable practices in an urban setting. The classes, Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture, Biology of Sustainable Agriculture, and Chemistry of Soil and Water, offer project based learning experiences around State and National standards that provide students with resume building skills in the urban agricultural industry. Watch a video about this program here.

This two-year program is designed to teach students theory, hair care techniques including cuts, color, perms, and styling; nail technology and skin care. Students will be prepared to earn certificates in Cosmetology, and will be prepared for entry-level positions in the cosmetology industry. If a one-year commitment is more appealing, consider the Esthetics (skin care) or Nail Technologies programs. 

Audio Production teaches students the foundations of recording, mixing and adding effects to Audio, whether it’s their own music or creating the sounds for video games and film. While learning the fundamentals of creating soundscapes using a Digital Audio Workstation, students have the opportunity to learn the physics behind sound and electromagnetic induction; culminating in constructing a microphone.

Visual and Design Arts is a pathway designed to give students a foundation of visual knowledge and expertise. Students learn the ins an outs of visual communication and gain experience with multiple types of media. After completion of one or multiple visual arts courses, students will have the tools necessary to describe, analyze, interpret and judge art as well as use visual images to communicate with others.
Leadership Changes at The Englewood Campus
For the past 18 months, Englewood Leadership Academy, Englewood Middle School, and Englewood High School have operated under one administrative team led by Principal Ryan West. The decision was made to move to one administrative team in an effort to unite the campus and create a consistent middle school and high school experience for our three schools that share The Englewood Campus (TEC).
While we have seen productive results in many areas such as increased and shared opportunities for kids, increased collaboration for adults, and stronger matriculation between 8th and 9th grades, it has become clear that having three distinct schools under one principal and administrative team, in practice, also creates difficulties. The many demands of accountability requirements and processes that are mandated by law make it almost impossible to balance with the realities of the daily work of being present and available to students, staff and parents. While we have made great progress in Englewood and on the TEC Campus in areas such as STEM and CTE programming, social-emotional programming, and increased attendance and participation in extracurricular activities, we have not seen the academic gains that would support the effectiveness of the model of a single administrative team over all three schools. While the actual number of students on the campus would appear manageable, the work required for three distinct schools is, in fact, triplicate.   

Thus, after careful deliberation and consideration of a variety of factors, we will be changing the administrative structure at the TEC Campus and redistributing leadership roles and responsibilities of the current TEC administrative team. As of February 1, 2018, Ms. Annessa Hart, former Assistant Principal of EHS, is now Principal of Englewood Leadership Academy and Englewood Middle School. Ms. Jen Carlson is Assistant Principal for ELA and EMS and Mr. Erick Swanson will continue to serve ELA and EMS as Dean of Students. The Englewood High School administrative team is now Mr. Ryan West, Principal; Mr. Nate Smith, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director; and Ms. Mandy Miller, Dean of Students. This team of professionals has demonstrated that they can work together collaboratively and cohesively on a shared campus, which will continue to move us forward in our goals of creating a consistent middle and high school experience. We believe that by clearly defining leadership and administration for each site, we will also be able to move more purposefully and effectively toward increased student achievement in each of the three distinct schools.
2018-2019 District Calendar
At the February 6, 2018, Englewood Schools Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to approve the district calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

Parents may notice that this calendar does not contain early release days. Based on parent feedback, the district has decided to move away from early release days in favor of having full day professional development days for staff. We will have three full days of additional staff development (labeled on the calendar as School Professional Development) where staff will report, but students will not come to school. These School Professional Development days are in addition to three Staff Development days that were already on the calendar.

By making this change, our hope is that families will need to find additional childcare fewer times throughout the year. We also hope to provide more consistency for our students with a greater number of full five day school weeks. At the same time, we want to provide the time needed for our teachers and staff members to continue to learn and grow professionally so they can provide the best instruction possible for our students.

You can access the calendar on the Englewood Schools website by going to Discover>Calendars or by clicking here.
English Learner Program Newsletter
Enjoy the February newsletter for families of English Language Learners!

This month's issue includes:
  • Building your child's vocabulary
  • Positive parenting

Gifted Education Program Newsletter
Enjoy the February newsletter for families of Gifted Learners!

This month's issue includes:
  • What teachers wish parents knew about differentiation
  • Teaching gifted kids to explain their thinking

Construction Updates
Visit our  Bond Projects and Construction web pages  to find updated information on each school construction project. There, you can view weekly construction updates, aerial photos, live videos of the construction at  Clayton  and  Charles Hay project budget updates project timelines  and more!

Visit our  construction pages by clicking here , or by going to the Discover menu on our district website and selecting 2016 Bond Projects.
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