Message from the Principal
I hope that you had a fabulous winter break and that you are ready to start the spring semester and New Year! The focus of this letter is Looking to the Future. During our fall PTSO (Parent, Teacher and Student Organization) and Accountability meetings, we discussed the development of a long-term plan for improving Columbia Middle School as an academic and social/emotional leader in both Aurora and the state of Colorado. Although Columbia has consistently received the rating of Performance (the highest rating from the state) over the past decade, we can continue to improve and accelerate learning for every single student, every single day. This will not happen by the efforts of the school staff alone, or by the efforts of our community family alone. This has to be a joint effort that intentionally identifies and improves on our weaknesses while building on our strengths!
WE NEED YOU! Your child’s report card was sent home on Wednesday, January 6th and enclosed with the report card you should have received a survey asking for input on the school, including a space for comments or ideas. We are using your feedback from this survey to generate topics. These topics will be discussed at a kick-off community conference on January 20th. Please do NOT mix this up with the 8th grade high school planning night on January 14th.
The overall agenda for January 20th includes:
• 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM Community Dinner (RSVP ONLY!)- If you are interested in this part of the evening, we are asking that you RSVP no later than January 14th at 4:00 PM. To RSVP, please call the office at 303-690-6570 and tell us how many family members will be joining in the dinner that evening from 6 – 7 PM. Once we have our confirmed number, we will send home an RSVP confirmation DINNER ticket on Tuesday, January 19th.
• 6:45 PM – 7:00 PM- Welcome & Conference Evening Overview
• 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM- Breakout Session #1 – Choose from one of five possible sessions to attend.
• 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM- Breakout Session #2 – Choose from one of five possible sessions to attend.
If you just want to attend the community conference portion of the evening, please plan on showing up at 6:50 PM to receive information about the difference breakout sessions that are available. We will have approximately five sessions to choose from, but you will only be able to attend two of them (see above).
This evening will mark the beginning of our collaborative work together to make Columbia the most outstanding middle school in the state. It is only through our collaborative commitment to our community of learners that we can make this happen. I look forward to your participation and help as we shape our future together.
Steve Hamilton, Principal
Columbia’s Story - Our Beliefs About Student Learning
Our job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. We believe that all students will learn and find academic achievement at higher levels. It is our commitment to create an environment in our classrooms and in our building resulting in high levels of performance and growth within our community of learners. We are confident that, with our support, students will master challenging academic material and become empowered learners. We are all accountable for our part in the success of every member of our learning community. We are prepared, dedicated and determined to work collaboratively with students, parents, colleagues and our community to achieve a shared educational purpose that elevates ALL. Our community needs us to do our job!
WE are COLUMBIA! WE are SUCCESS!
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