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**If you do not have an Activation Key, please email jcampos@aurorak12.org or call Columbia Middle School 303-690-6570**

July 2018

Principal Letter / Director Carta

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year at Columbia Middle School!

It is my absolute pleasure to serve as the Principal this upcoming school year.  As many of you know, Steve Hamilton retired at the end of last school year.  Mr. Hamilton has worked tirelessly in support of the Columbia community for the past fourteen years and has been a great mentor through this transition.  While new to Columbia, I’m not new to Aurora Public Schools.  I have served as both teacher and building leader in Aurora for the past 18 years.  My most recent experience has been serving on a leadership team that opened up both the Vista PEAK P-8th grade building and the 9th-12th-grade building.  In my 18 years, I have served students from preschool all the way through high school graduation.  Through all that experience, my true passion lies with middle school students and I couldn’t be more excited about leading Columbia Middle School into this school year.

I was drawn to Columbia’s vision of “Creating engaged learners.  Every student.  Every teacher.  Every Day.”  I’m committed to ensuring that every student has the skills and experiences necessary to shape their successful future. With those commitments, certain elements will be in place at Columbia.  First and Foremost, there will be a culture of care.  Each student comes to Columbia with a unique set of skills, passions, and beliefs.  We will honor these with a safe place to learn and grow.  We are committed to fostering positive and healthy relationships with adults and classmates. 

Second, we will ensure that all students have access and support to an engaging and rigorous curriculum.  Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, told his employees “to make a dent in the universe.”  In other words, do something that positively impacts others.  At Columbia, students will develop skills to do just that.  Students will learn the content standards to ensure that they are prepared for internal and external assessments and projects that impact the Columbia community and beyond.  Teachers will use Data-Driven Instruction and Project-Based learning to ensure unique and rigorous learning opportunities.  Students will have access to computers in all their core classes as well as access to individualized programs like IXL-Math, Actively Learn, and Google Classroom to help accelerate learning.

Finally, collaboration and communication will be essential to student success.  True learning rarely happens in isolation.  Columbia staff will model these expectations by planning, creating assessments, and developing intervention and enrichment opportunities together.  Teachers will share the “why” and model the “how” for each learning opportunity.  We ask parents/guardians to stay involved at home.  Ask your child to share their learning and help teach them to advocate positively for their needs.  Together we can ensure each student is a success at Columbia.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you this school year!  Our first time together will be at Back to School Night on August 16th from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  At that time I will share a little more about the vision for Columbia this upcoming school year and how we will support your child.  We will also have ongoing parent coffees and evening gatherings throughout the year, so I can hear from you and share pertinent information.  Our first parent coffee will be on August 30th from 7:15-8:15 am in the library.  I hope to see you at a number of Columbia events.  Together we will make Columbia strong!


   See you Soon!                                                                                                  



Craig Lyle, Principal


Latest News & Announcements:

2018-2019 Check-In Now 100% Online

If you are a new student and completed district admittance through Central Admissions, please call or stop by the main office after July 23rd for an appointment for scheduling - do not stop by during check-in.

Parents/Guardians should complete online check-in first, then stop by Columbia during your student's designated check-in time (See check-in schedule below)

There are now two options for parents to complete the Check-In Application:

  1. Use the following link: Parents will need to provide the email address in Infinite Campus and a student's date of birth and Student ID #:   https://webapps.aps.k12.co.us/StudentCheckin/welcome.aspOR


  1. Log into Parent Portal- Parents will need to know their username/password or their email address to recover their login information. There will be a link in the index for "Student Check-in System".       https://sis.aps.k12.co.us/campus/portal/aurora.jsp


Discover the Columbia difference!

Creating Engaged Learners. Every student.

Every teacher. Every day.

2018-2019 Calendar of Events

Columbia's Main Office Hours Are:

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

School Hours Are:

8:30 AM - 3:57 PM Monday Thru Friday

Students Should Arrive At 8:20 AM