Education

Welcome to SUN's Education Committee webpage
 
 
SUN EDUCATION EXPO: OCTOBER 17 2013 - BROCHURE
Stapleton United Neighbors (SUN) is hosting its 3rd annual Education Expo on Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Starting at 6:30 pm, Denver Public Schools officials will update the community on the choice process, middle school transportation, and the Northfield High School. Then at 7:00 pm, all interested parents and students are welcome to visit with approximately 20 neighborhood schools, ranging from pre-schools to high schools, in a trade show-style event. The event will take place at Bill Roberts School, located at 2100 Akron Way. List of school attending listed below.
The SUN Education Committee was formed in May 2009.  It is comprised of SUN Board members and school representatives.  Our goal is to provide the community with current information about schools in and near Stapleton.  Through our website and fall education expos, we will inform the community of school facilities, application procedures, events, and opportunities.  In addition to communicating between the schools and residents, the SUN Education Committee will also enhance communication between DPS and Stapleton.  In particular, the committee will keep DPS informed of the community's needs and desires, and will relay pertinent information from the district to residents.  We will continue to work with DPS and Forest City to ensure adequate school facilities in the neighborhood.
SUN Education Committee Members:
  • Justin Silverstein - Odyssey, chair
  • Ruth Baldavia - Community member
  • Jeffrey Barron - SUN Board and Bill Roberts
  • Jann Englestad - Westerly Creek
  • Rebecca Loy - Swigert
  • Kathy Epperson - Westerly Creek, McAuliffe
  • Mark Mehringer - SUN Board
  • Sarah Lippa - preschool parent
  • Karla Rehring - Westerly Creek, McAuliffe
  • Genevieve Swift - Swigert
  • Carla Salva-Lewis - preschool parent
  • Sarah Pulley - Swigert
We welcome members from schools not currently represented!   If you are interested, please email SUNEducationCommittee@gmail.com.
 
Survey Results Are Here! Click to review. 
 
Thank you to everyone who took the latest SUN Survey on retail options in Stapleton, a suggested route change to the new 89 Bus Line, and several school issues relating to elementary, middle, and high schools in Stapleton. 

Upcoming Meetings

DPS Job Postings for Leadership in Stapleton Schools - to apply Click Here

New elementary program selected Conservatory Green, opening 2014
The school board approved placement of High Tech Elementary at the Conservatory Green to open fall of 2014. The principal, Dr. Amy Gile, would like to work with the community to tailor the program for this neighborhood and gather input from residents. You can find out more about this by going to the school web site.
 
New Eastbridge Elementary School - Isabella Bird Community School (IBCS)
The newest school has a name!! Isabella Bird Community School (IBCS) or also affectionately referred to as "Izzie B."
DPS is currently in the planning stages for IBCS a 500-600 student school scheduled to open in the Bluff Lake neighborhood of Eastbridge in the Fall 2014.  This school will have feeder/seed classrooms for Kindergarten and 1st grade in the 2013-2014 school year.  DPS has formed a committee to discuss programming for this school.
 
For all the latest information, visit their web site at http://eastbridge.dpsk12.org

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Two New Middle Schools to Open 2014, McAuliffe moves to Smiley
The DPS School Board voted to move McAuliffe Middle School to the Smiley Middle School Building at Holly and 26th Ave. 
Kristen Atwood has been chosen to head the middle school that will be going into the Swigert-McAuliffe International School space for the 2014-15 year, once McAuliffe moves to the Smiley building. She was the Director of Academic Achievement at McAuliffe during the 2012-13 year. She has 17 years of experience working for DPS as an administrator, special educator and district specialist. DSST will be the other new middle school opening in the new building planned in the Conservatory Green neighborhood. Both schools will open with 6th grade and then build out from there. 

 

The future Northfield High School campus

The school bond (3B) that passed in the November, 2012, election included an initial $39 million of funding to build Phase 1 of the Northfield High School campus, located at Central Park Blvd. and 56th in the north part of Stapleton. Phase 1 of the campus will include most common spaces such as cafeteria, gym, administrative offices, multi-building design with a grass quad, and academic space to serve up to 1000 students beginning in the fall of 2015.


Phase 2, which could be funded by a future bond or from savings from the current bond money, would continue the build-out of academic space up to about 2500 seats.


DPS convened programming and design committees in February, 2013, to begin discussion and planning of the physical space, programming, and desired characteristics of a high school principal. The position for this high school principal is now due to be posted by June, 2013, with the interview process taking place over the summer of 2013. If the high school opens with just a freshman class in the fall of 2015, this principal may have up to two full years of planning for the new school. There is interest in the Stapleton community to open with a freshman class in the fall of 2014 in a temporary location (moving to the new campus in 2015), which had been the original plan during the bond process and campaign. The feasibility of carrying out this plan is dependent on the timing of hiring this new school leader.


Early in the design and programming committee work, members pushed DPS on two aspects: realistic projections of future high school students in the area and clarity of intent in providing guaranteed access to the new high school for all Stapleton students who wish to enroll. The committees also expressed interest in providing enough space for students to be able to choice into the new high school.


After multiple meetings devoted to these topics, committee members heard the following promise from DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg and senior DPS staff at the joint April 23rd, 2013 meeting: All Stapleton students who wish to attend this high school (not simply one of a collection of high schools) will have a guaranteed spot in the school -- now and in the future as the Stapleton community continues to be built out. Though the new school boundary this school will serve may also include additional areas outside of Stapleton, all areas of Stapleton will be included in this new boundary. Additionally, DPS promised that if another school (charter or district-run) initially occupies this Northfield campus, DPS would relocate this other school(s) if the single, comprehensive high school requires the space and seats to fulfill this promise. While DPS initially wanted to impose a 1500 student limit to this new high school, they promised the school could grow beyond this size if it was performing well.


DPS strategic planning staff continues to work with Forest City and SUN to track population growth and building plans and has put together 3 scenarios based on factors such as building plans, yield per single family household, choice-out rate, and more. DPS estimates that in a worst-case scenario with a 0% choice-out rate and yield rates that do not drop over time, the 2500-seat campus should be adequate to serve a high estimate of 2300 Stapleton high school kids. A more realistic choice-out rate would more comfortably provide adequate choice-in space for students from other neighborhoods.


As of mid-June, 2013, the status on design and programming are as follows:

  • Design committee members asked the two architecture firms hired for the campus project to rethink aspects of the first academic building(s). We expect that these revised designs will be communicated later in June and the project budget to be examined before going out to bid.

  • DPS has experienced a delay in posting the new principal position, which was supposed to take place in May but should happen in June. After the new principal is hired, programming discussions would re-commence in greater detail. It is estimated this process would resume in August or September.
Contact
You may contact the Education Committee at SUNEducationCommittee@gmail.com.


Education Committee Archives
Please visit our archives for information that was available on the SUN website from August 2009 to February 2010.

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Karla Rehring,
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Karla Rehring,
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