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Littleton Public Schools
Tickets on sale for annual LPS retirement celebration
All LPS employees are invited to attend this year’s District Retirement Celebration, scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2013, 6 p.m. at Pinehurst Country Club. Those wishing to attend should call Lou Ikard, x 3386, to purchase tickets, which are $30 per person. The special evening includes a reception, dinner, and celebration of each retiree’s career. Congratulations to 2013 retirees, and thank you for a combined total 975 years of service to LPS!
|Peggy Abrams, 22 yrs
Marcelino Alegria, 8 yrs
Ernesto Apecechea, 27 yrs
Susan A. Bakken, 15 yrs
Nancy Barger, 15 yrs
Barbara Bernhard, 15 yrs
Greg Bickler, 5 yrs
Gary Bishop, 39 yrs
Richard Bott, 13 yrs
Betty Burkert, 22 yrs
Sally Cleveland, 36 yrs
Kathleen Dinmore, 18 yrs
Michael R. Fennelly, 27 yrs
Marlys Ferrill, 33 yrs
Dawn Gilpin. 18 yrs
Barbara Goodloe, 34 yrs
|Chris Goplin, 30 yrs
Pam Grant, 23 yrs
Linda Gray, 22 yrs
Kevin Grierson, 11 yrs
Robin E. Hancock, 16 yrs
Sally Hearne Hancock, 33 yrs
Franklin Harrald, 6 yrs
Tom Helle, 18 yrs
Lynda Joseph, 10 yrs
Jeanne King, 32 yrs
Kara Kissick, 16 yrs
Robert L. Kleve, 9 yrs
John Koudelka, 27 yrs
Vicki Lalone, 26 yrs
Jean Martinez, 10 yrs
Vivko Nikolovski, 8 yrs
|Sheila Pepe, 18 yrs
Linda Priest, 23 yrs
Carol Riscoe, 15 yrs
Jerry Ryan, 30 yrs
Alan Schaeffer, 22 yrs
Deb Shiflet, 15 yrs
Ginny Skulan, 13 yrs
Cindy L. Smith, 14 yrs
Sally PaigeTejan, 20 yrs
Joyce Testerman, 23 yrs
Colleen Ward Thumm, 15 yrs
Sandy Todd, 25 yrs
Ken Whitney, 25 yrs
Rosey Wolfe, 28 yrs
Mike Zehner, 27 yrs
Trish Zimmerman, 18 yrs
LPS STEM programs stronger than ever!
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a growing trend in education. In Littleton Public Schools, STEM is certainly nothing new. It’s been an important part of all students’ education for years. Results at the annual state and national Technology Student Association (TSA) competitions are evidence of the continued strength of the LPS STEM program throughout the district.
At the recent Colorado Technology Student Association State Leadership Conference February 21–23:
Littleton High School’s TSA team emerged as State TSA Champions for the 11th time;
Goddard Middle School was named the TSA Middle School Chapter of the Year for the 8th time in the past nine years;
Evan Biddulph, Euclid Middle School teacher and TSA advisor, was named the TSA Advisor of the Year;
Littleton Academy students participated for the first time and came home with two first-place medals!
LPS sent teams from Euclid and Goddard middle schools, Arapahoe, Heritage, and Littleton high schools. The students competed in a variety of activities from the new event “Underwater Rov” to Rubber Band cars, Castle Ballistics and Integrated Autonomous Vehicle, just to name a few.
Colorado winners have the opportunity to compete at the National Conference in June, and LPS students are some of the strongest competitors at Nationals.
At last summer’s National TSA competition in Nashville, LPS was the district to beat:
• Euclid and Goddard both had 2nd place finishes and Euclid also had a 4th place finish;
• Four of the top 10 Colorado high school finishes were from Littleton Public Schools in areas of extemporaneous speech (Littleton High), music production (Heritage High), structural engineering (Littleton High), and technology problem solving (Arapahoe High).
Congratulations to these award-winning students and their advisors for continuing this long tradition of excellence in STEM education!
||Pictured: LHS State TSA Champs, Goddard TSA Chapter of the Year
LPS still has the highest graduation rate, lowest dropout rate
The Colorado Department of Education recently released graduation rates and dropout rates for the 2011–2012 school year. Littleton Public Schools continues to have the highest graduation rate in the Denver metro area, with more than 90 percent of its high school students graduating on time, which means after four years of high school. Additionally, LPS’ dropout rate continues to be extremely low at less than one percent.
All three LPS high schools boast prestigious Boettcher Scholars
John Brock, Arapahoe; Samuel Payne, Heritage; and Ryan Dinneen, Littleton have been awarded Boettcher Scholarships. It is extremely rare, perhaps the first time, that a school district has a Boettcher Scholar from every high school. Only 40 Colorado seniors are selected each year.
“We are so proud of these students. It takes years of dedication and hard work to achieve this elite recognition,” said Scott Murphy, superintendent of Littleton Public Schools. “To have a Boettcher Scholar from each of our high schools is exceptional!”
The Boettcher Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based scholarship available to graduating high school seniors in the State of Colorado. A successful candidate demonstrates exceptional academics and a strong potential for continued leadership and service. Boettcher Scholarships provide full tuition, fees, books and living stipends for four years at any college or university in Colorado.
Ryan Dinneen, and
Four LPS seniors named Presidential Scholar Candidates
Four LPS seniors have been announced as Presidential Scholar Candidates – from Arapahoe – John Brock, from Heritage – Ericka Davidoff, and Jake McKnight, from Littleton – Catherine Patton. The program recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Participation in this program is by invitation only and is based on exceptional scores on the SAT or the ACT as well as outstanding academic achievement.
Jake McKnight, Catherine Patton, and
Seven LPS seniors named National Merit Scholar Finalists
Seven LPS seniors have been recognized as National Merit Scholar Finalists: Arapahoe – John Brock, Melissa Merkel, Evan Powell; Heritage – Matthew Blaylock, Erika Davidoff, Evan Sidrow; Littleton – Catherine Patton. National Merit Scholarship Finalists are selected from the pool of Semifinalists. They must score in the top one percent on the PSAT and excel in extracurricular and community activities. Finalists nationwide are eligible for more than $30 million in college scholarships at colleges and universities in Colorado and throughout the U.S.
LHS students travel to Japan, host exchange program
Littleton High School students had the rare opportunity this spring to travel to Japan as part of the Kizuna Project, which is sponsored and funded by the Japanese government. The purpose of the Kizuna Project is to promote understanding about the current issues in Japan surrounding the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Twenty-three Littleton High School students - representing students in the school’s Japanese language program, in the instrumental music program, and the editor in chief of the student newspaper - recently returned from a two-week stay in Japan. They joined other high school students representing seven additional schools in Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Missouri, and Kansas. Littleton High was chosen by the Japanese government to participate in this program based in part because of its Japanese language program. The visit was also a great tie with the district’s International Baccalaureate Program, which is housed at Littleton High. Visit their blog to learn more about their trip.
Upon their return, Littleton High School students are hosting 25 incoming Japanese students and their sponsors for a three-day visit. Littleton High School will welcome its Japanese friends to Littleton during an assembly Friday, March 22, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Littleton High School Theater. Students will give presentations in Japanese and English about their experiences in Japan and what they learned about the effects of the tsunami and earthquake. In addition, the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver and the Japan American Society of Colorado will co-host a Kizuna (Friendship) Reception at Littleton High School on Friday, March 22nd , from 5 to 7 p.m.
Six LPS students compete at the state spelling bee
LPS sent six participants to the State Spelling Bee. Kai Hueske-VanCeyton from Euclid made it through the 50 word written test and all the way to the 12th round with only 11 students left. This is one of the best showings LPS has had at the State Spelling Bee!
||Winner of LPS Spelling Bee - Sanat Mehta from Littleton Academy
Runners-up - Kai Hueske-Van Ceylon from Euclid Middle
Amanda Staab from Goddard Middle
Gabriel Moore from Littleton Preparatory
Blake Zeleny from Newton Middle
Aiden Forner from Centennial Academy
The Euclid Jazz Ensemble recently attended the Mile High Jazz Festival. The band received the highest score possible with three consecutive superior ratings. Ten students received Outstanding Musicianship Awards.
Arapahoe teacher Brad Meyer was recognized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the most influential teacher of former LPS student Anish Punjabi, who is currently a freshman at MIT.
Three students in the LPS Visually Impaired Program recently competed in the state Braille Challenge in Colorado Springs. All three students placed first in their divisions. The students attend Heritage, Centennial Academy and Goddard.
Steve Sisler, Arapahoe High assistant principal and wrestling coach, was named Centennial League Wrestling Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year!
Thirty-eight Littleton High student council representatives visited 52 elementary classrooms for the “Read Across America” day. The students visited all 13 LPS elementary schools to read Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss favorites.
Goddard students were recently featured on 9News to showcase their science fair projects with the help of Steve Spangler and Goddard teacher Mrs. Kari Rose.
The National Geographic Society has announced the semifinalists who are eligible to compete in the 2013 Colorado National Geographic Bee sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Hank Rice, Powell 8th grader, and Quinnlan Jones, Goddard 6th grader, will join students from across the state at the University of Denver on Friday, April 5th.
The Runyon and Wilder student councils raised several thousand dollars for the Pennies for Patients Campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Powell’s yearbook, The Prowl, was once again featured in the annual edition of NSPA’s “Best of the High School Press” publication. Congratulations to advisor Yvette Manculich and her students!
Karlyn Johnson, Arapahoe basketball player, was recognized as a Denver Post Student-Athletes of the Week.
Littleton junior Meredith Maney was named runner-up for Best Review of the “Becoming Van Gogh” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum in a contest sponsored by the Colorado High School Press Association.
The annual LPS Art Show was held at Arapahoe Community College from January 22 to February 12. Artwork from students at all grade levels was featured.
The “Sewing Circle for Charity” group comprised of retired LPS employees - Nancy Parsons, Christine Peepgrass and Kay DeWerff – donated 53 quilts to children at the Village Preschool during the holidays. The group meets each Tuesday in the ESC cafeteria.