The Englewood Homecoming Parade took over Logan St. on Thursday, September 26 with school and community spirit!
Family & Community Newsletter
In this issue:

  • A Note from School Board Member Sharon Scheminske
  • Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • How to Find the Right Book for Your Student
  • Trick or Treat Street at EMS
  • Free College Application Day
  • Good News from Our Schools
  • Activities and Upcoming Events
  • Construction Updates
A Note from Board Member Sharon Scheminske
My name is Sharon Scheminske and I am just finishing my four year term on the Englewood Schools Board of Education. As I reach the end of my term, I think about how I decided to become a Board member. When my daughter started attending Englewood Schools in kindergarten, I knew I wanted to be involved in her education. I quickly learned that volunteering in the classroom and on the school accountability committee helped me support her learning as I gained knowledge about her experiences. Once I was comfortable supporting her, I looked to affect all students in Englewood by joining the District Accountability Committee. The next step in my quest to help all kids was to run for a seat on the Board of Education.

During my time as an elected official, the Board has worked closely with the community to build beautiful new learning environments for our preschool and elementary school students. The Board is also supporting our superintendent in implementing an aggressive Academic Advancement Initiative (AAI). The combination of these two initiatives has helped Englewood students make significant academic strides over the past two years. Now, the construction of our primary schools is almost complete, and the AAI work is ongoing as teachers are continuing to focus on educating students with increasing rigor and challenge. Although there is still much work to be done, data shows that the focused methods our schools are using to help kids learn are extremely effective. I look forward to watching the academic progress continue to unfold at a rapid pace. 

As I reflect further on my time as a Board member serving Englewood Schools, I realize what a tremendous impact our school system has on the surrounding community. Englewood Schools offers an engaging atmosphere where all community members are welcome. Something that makes the Englewood School District special is the great diversity in value systems across the community. One of the reasons my family has called Englewood home for the past 21 years is that this values-based diversity offers us the opportunity to learn and grow from our neighbors who view the world in many ways. It is fascinating, challenging, and fulfilling to live in a community of thinkers and doers that accept and support each other even though we all hold different values. Promoting this type of social learning in addition to academic learning is of deep importance to our district, and I am proud that Englewood Schools offers all types of learning opportunities to our youngest and oldest community members. I expect that the passion and dedication our Englewood community pours into its schools will have a profound effect on students as they grow up, launch their adult lives, and give back to the community that they know and love. What a great benefit to Englewood as a whole!

Thank you, Englewood Schools, and thank you to the greater Englewood community for your support and engagement!

The Englewood Schools Board of Education will be appointing a new member this fall. An application will be posted on on October 16 with applications due by November 11.
Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity to connect with your child's teacher(s) and partner with them to ensure your student is as successful as possible.

This article from Parent Toolkit gives general guidelines for getting the most out of a parent-teacher conference.

Some of the tips include:
  1. Make sure you attend the conference. You are a crucial part of your child's education.
  2. Be on time. Teachers have many conferences and need to stay on schedule.
  3. Be prepared. Make sure you know about your child's progress so you start on the same page.
  4. Bring questions. Think about what you want to ask in advance so you don't walk away from the conference with unanswered questions.

Check out the full article for more tips. This resource also provides more specific guides by grade level.

How to Find the Right Book for Your Student
Are you trying to help your student find that “just right” book that will both engage them and help them grow as a reader? One measure Englewood Schools uses to match students with appropriate reading texts is a Lexile score or level. A Lexile score is the numeric representation of an individual's reading ability or a text's readability (or difficulty). If you are not sure of your student’s Lexile level, make sure to ask your child's teacher. Lexile levels also correspond to grade levels (see chart below). Because Lexiles can be applied to a person’s reading ability or a book’s readability, you can either search for books with a certain Lexile, or using the title, find out that book’s specific Lexile measurement.

Here are some helpful websites for working with Lexile scores:

A quick reference for Lexile levels is below. Please remember, readers have a range within Lexile scores. The right-hand column contains Lexile ranges that are considered on track to be college ready.
Trick or Treat Street at EMS
Englewood Middle School Student Council invites you to a FREE Trick or Treat Street at EMS on Wednesday, October 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wear your costume!
Free College Application Day
Tuesday, October 15 is Colorado Free College Application Day. Last year, Colorado students submitted nearly 23,000 admissions applications to technical schools, community colleges and universities during the first Colorado Free Application Day. This year, students have another opportunity to submit college applications for free.

Learn more and get ready for Free Application Day by clicking here.
Good News from Our Schools
Dinger Visits Bishop
Dinger, the Colorado Rockies mascot, paid a visit to Bishop Elementary for a school rally on Thursday, September 26. In the assembly, the students learned to stay in school, refuse drugs, get involved and show respect. The students had a great time at the assembly and were so excited to meet Dinger!
EHS Tradition Returns
On Saturday, September 21, Englewood High School revived a tradition of bringing the community together to kick off Homecoming week. Learn more by watching this video.
Finest History
At the October 1, 2019, Board of Education meeting, the Board recognized Maurice DeShazer. In 1980, Mr. DeShazer proposed the district offer an alternative high school and was the school's first principal. Mr. DeShazer's goal was to create a place where students who normally would drop out of high school due to life challenges or other extenuating circumstances could thrive, graduate and go on to college. Since then, Colorado's Finest High School of Choice has served over 12,000 students with a family-like atmosphere and opportunity to succeed.
October 2019 Activities & Events
Englewood Schools Events in October 2019 (you can see these events on the District Calendar ):

Wednesday, October 2:
  • EMS, ELA and EHS evening conferences

Thursday, October 3:

Friday, October 4:
  • Staff Work Day - No School

Wednesday, October 9:
  • Elementary evening conferences
  • Preschool conferences

Thursday, October 10:
  • Elementary full day conferences
  • Preschool conferences
  • Englewood City Council Candidate Forum, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. in EHS Auditorium

Friday, October 11:
  • No school - Conference compensation day

Tuesday, October 15:
  • Bishop Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night (Chick-Fil-A on Broadway) 4:00- 8:00 p.m.
  • Board of Education Work Session, 6:30 p.m. at 3838 S. Huron St.

Wednesday, October 16:
  • Language Development Council Meeting, 5:00 p.m. at Cherrelyn

Thursday, October 17:
  • Englewood Education Foundation Meeting, 5:00 p.m. at 4101 S. Bannock St.

Wednesday, October 23:
  • ECE Wellness Fair, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 25:
  • Bishop Elementary Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m.
  • EMS/ELA School Dance, 6:00 p.m. at TEC

Tuesday, October 29:
  • Safety, Security & Well-Being in Englewood Series, 6:00 p.m. at 3838 S. Huron St.

Wednesday, October 30:
  • Trick or Treat Street, 5:00 p.m. at EMS
  • Oct. 2: Get Smart free tutoring, Englewood Library Anderson Rm 3:30
  • Oct. 4: Museo de las Americas- Free Cultural First Friday 5pm-9pm
  • Oct. 5: Denver Art Museum Free Day
  • Mizel Institute 10am-5pm          
  • Playday Saturdays, Englewood Library 10am
  • Oct. 8: Denver Firefighters Museum- Free day  
  • Oct. 10: Golden, Colorado Railroad Museum- Free day
  • Pumpkin Palooza at Englewood Library 4:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 11: Four Mile Historic Park Free Day 12pm- 5pm
  • Oct. 12: The Longmont Museum Free Day
  • Playday Saturdays, Englewood Library 10am
  • Oct. 15: Clyfford Still Museum Free Day- 10am-5pm
  • Oct. 19: Belleview Park After Dark Halloween Carnival, Belleview Park 5pm-7pm
  • Playday Saturdays, Englewood Library 10am
  • The Spooky Booooookies Halloween Spectacular, The Bookies bookstore, Denver 12-2pm
  • Broadway Halloween Parade, Denver 6pm
  • Oct. 24: Denver BOOunion Station Kids Halloween Parade and Party, Union Station 5pm-8pm
  • Oct. 25: Denver Trick or Treat Party, Therapy and Beyond Denver (6065 S Quebec St. Ste 100 Englewood, CO 80111) 5:40pm-7:40pm
  • Trick or Treat Street at Denver Public Library 2:30-5:30
  • BOO-rific Bash & Splash, Ridge Recreation Center, Littleon 6pm-8pm
  • Oct. 26: JamBOOree at Englewood Public Library 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 30: Mizel Institute Free day
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 ,   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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