AURORA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

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  NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

   PSAT/SAT ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING UP!

                                              April 17th  SAT - 11th grade

                                     April 18th  PSAT - 9th and 10th grade

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR CHROMEBOOK AND CHARGER TO SCHOOL WITH YOU EVERY DAY, ESPECIALLY ON TESTING DAYS.

Practice PSAT and SAT Administration February 21st:

Trojans! We will have our Practice PSAT (for 9th and 10th graders) and SAT (for 11th graders) administration coming up on Wednesday, February 21st from 8:00 am to 10:59 am. Taking any and all tests (even practice ones) serious can help you better prepare for the official test in April. Time to get locked in! 



PSAT & SAT Fact Friday: 2/2/24


Did you know that the PSAT and SAT are completely digital this year?  


This is the first year the PSAT and SAT will be administered on your Chromebook.  Not only will you get your results faster, but the test is also much shorter than in the past!  The PSAT and SAT will take a little over 2 hours (the paper-based test took at least 3 hours).  


The practice PSAT and SAT on February 21st will be on your Chromebook.  You will get to see what the test will be like on a digital platform.  If you took the practice test in September, you will get to see how you have improved over the school year!

PSAT & SAT Tip Tuesday: 2/6/24


Happy Tuesday Trojans!  Here’s your test-taking tip for Tip Tuesday!


It’s really important to fully understand the topics and skills that are covered on the PSAT and SAT so you can better understand your strength and opportunity areas!  Make sure you are at school this week because you will be exploring the different reading, writing and math skills covered on the assessment during your advisory or Civics period.


If you miss this important learning opportunity, make sure you check in with your advisory or Civics teacher to help you catch up!


We also have a special activity planned where you can be featured on ACHS and Burrell’s Instagram feed!  Details will be coming out during your advisory or Civics period!

PSAT & SAT Tip Tuesday: 2/13/24


Happy Tuesday Trojans!  Here’s your P(SAT) test-taking tip for Tip Tuesday!


Now is a great time to start practicing for the PSAT or SAT.  There are a lot of resources to help you prepare for the digital assessment.  One of those resources is Khan Academy.  Khan Academy has lessons, videos, examples and practics quizzes and tests, mostly for the SAT.  Best of all, the resource is free!  Just visit www.khanacademy.org and click on “Digital SAT” in the dropdown menu.


Also, mark your calendars for February 21st!  We will be having our school-wide PSAT and SAT practice day.  This practice opportunity will allow you to see what the digital platform and questions will be like.  More information to come next week!

Tuesday, February 20th

Remember, tomorrow is our Practice PSAT and SAT day starting at 8:00 AM.  You will go to the Commons to find out your room assignment for this practice test.

Try to be at school on time at 8:00 AM and make sure you have a charged Chromebook.  If you need a Chromebook, we can lend you one!  Just let your assigned testing teacher know.

This practice opportunity will allow you to see what the digital platform and questions will be like for both Reading/Writing and Math.  You can also see your growth if you took the practice test in September.

Good luck Trojans!  You got this!

 Principal letter - April

PrincipalNewsletterApril2024.pdf

Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts school celebrates musical legend.

CBS Denver shines light on the impact music is making on students participating in The Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts Campus' Digital Music Production studio. 😎🎧🎤 Aurora Central Trojans


He’s 103 years old and has a school named after him in Aurora. 

Charles Burrell made history when he joined the Colorado Symphony in 1949. 

The Aurora Public Schools magnet school named in honor of Burrell will carry on the tradition of music and arts.


ACCESS Testing Dates are

January 10th and January 23rd!

This is a very important day for our school and our students.  

Please remind your students of the schedule: ACHS CBHS SCHEDULES TESTING DAYS 2023-24 

Students that are testing come in and test and then finish the day in their classes.  Students that are not testing, will not start classes until the afternoon.

Three 8 Period Days in a Row!: Please remember that the day after ACCESS testing is an 8 period day. This means students have an 8 period day for 3 days in a row (Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday - with Monday, January 15th as a holiday).

ACHS/Charles Burrell has completed Phase 1 of our Construction and we wanted to share some images with our community. Our goal during Phase 1 was to provide spaces for our students and community members to be creative and innovative in their classes.

Take a look at these spaces, and please know that we are currently in Phase 2 of our construction and will provide photos when that phase is complete.

Important Messages from Principal Quig:

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October 30 - Nov. 3 (Click to Watch Video)

CONGRATULATIONS TO the 2023 Colorado League Boys Soccer Champions...

Aurora Central High School! 

Title I parent information meeting

Parents, if you missed the presentation about your rights as a parent at a Title I school, you can access the presentation here. You can also reach out to the Family Liaison Genni Padilla at gduartepadilla@aurorak12.org with any questions about Title I.

Thank you!!

ACHS: Title I Annual Parent Mtg.pptx

Aurora Central High School has partnered with Tutor.com in an effort to provide more support to students and families. This service is meant to provide after-hours and supplemental support for students and while it is not a replacement for instruction, it is an extra layer of support for coursework and homework. Students can always reach out to their teachers first, but are encouraged to use Tutor.com services as additional assistance when needed. Tutor.com is available to all grades in all subject areas and academic levels. This service is available 24/7 and accessible to students via the Tutor.com icon in their Google waffle.

When you connect to Tutor.com, you’ll be able to:

Work directly with a friendly, highly qualified expert tutor in an online classroom

Drop off an essay for review and receive detailed feedback

View replays and transcripts of your previous sessions

Save your favorite tutors

Tutors are available to assist you in dozens of subjects, including:

English Language Arts

Writing

Social Studies

Algebra

Calculus

Physics

Chemistry

Student Success Skills such as Time Management, Study Skills, and Note-Taking

And more!

How to Log In:

6-12th grade students will access online tutoring via the Tutor.com icon in their Google waffle. APS is providing this additional support free to students and families.

For reference, the entire library of outreach materials lives on this site and is available anytime: Tutor.com | PRC for K-12

Aurora Counselor Surprised with Top Colorado High School Counselor Award! 

National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony

National Honor Society (NHS) participated in the year-end induction ceremony on April 26. NHS honors Leadership, Character, Service, and Scholarship in its members. This ceremony honors and recognizes the hard work of NHS at ACHS, including over 800 hours of community service, an incredible feat! Students inducted join acclaimed actors, astronauts, senators and members of congress, professional athletes and coaches, along with olympians, professors, judges, and journalists. NHS seniors received purple cords to be worn with their graduation robes that honor their achievements. ACHS is proud of our 42 NHS inductees! 

Congratulations to Aurora Central for your success during the 2022-23 Denver Urban Debate League competition season. We were thrilled to return to fully in-person programming this year and almost 300 students from sixteen schools competed in DUDL's debate and competitive speech events. Coach(es) Danny Nguyen and Christy Derr did a phenomenal job and students from Aurora Central received the following awards this season. We hope you can find a way to celebrate their hard work this year. Thank you for all you do to support speech and debate at your school. We look forward to partnering with you again in 2023-24.


SPEECH AND DEBATE AWARDS

Policy Debate: In policy debate, students compete in pairs against pairs of students from opposing schools. At tournaments, each team debated three rounds that lasted 1.5 hours each. The debated topic: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in cyber security. 

 Policy debate is a rigorous and evidence-intensive debate format.  

Speech: DUDL's competitive speech includes individual speaking events like Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory, Poetry, and Drama where students perfect their persuasive and creative writing skills, as well as speaking and performance skills. 

Student Congress: In Congress, the students got to participate in a mock legislative session using parliamentary procedure. Legislation is prepared by the students in advance of the tournaments and students debate the merits of the legislation presented.


Season Opener

1st place, Ruby Rodriguez. (Impromptu)

1st place, Margie Osorio Barrios. (Interpretation) 

3rd place, from Aurora Central, Hilary Nsiah. (Congress) 


Tournament Two

1st place, Armani Khalik. (Interpretation)

1st place, David Smith. (Congress)


Tournament Three

2nd place, Margie Osorio Barrios. (Interpretation)

1st place, Armani Khalik.  (Interpretation)

2nd place, Brenda Reyes Solano and Anayelli Munoz. (Novice Policy Debate)

3rd place, David Smith. (Congress)


Tournament Four

3rd place, David Smith. (Impromptu)

3rd place, Margie Osorio Barrios. (Interpretation)

1st place, Armani Khalik. (Interpretation)

3rd place, David Smith. (Mixed Speech)

3rd place, Hilary Nsiah. (Slam)


Tournament Five

Finalist, David Smith. (Impromptu)

3rd place, Ruby Rodriguez. (Impromptu)

2nd place,  Margie Osorio Barrios. (Interpretation)

1st place, Armani Khalik. (Interpretation)

3rd place, Hilary Nsiah. (Congress)

2nd place, Ashly Landaverde. (Congress)


DUDL City Championships

2nd place, Margie Osorio Barrios. (Interpretation)

1st place, Armani Khalik. (Interpretation)

2nd place, David Smith. (Mixed Speech)

3rd place, Mykia Jones. (Congress A)

1st place, Hilary Nsiah. (Congress A)

2nd place, David Smith. (Congress B) 


End-of-Season Awards

At the end of each season, DUDL accepts nominations for the following community awards. From your school, the following were received:


Congressperson of the Year Award

Student Congress permits students to participate in a mock legislative session using parliamentary procedure. Legislation is prepared by the students in advance of the tournaments and students debate the merits of the legislation presented. The DUDL Congressperson award goes to a student who demonstrates commitment, dedication, and excellence in DUDL congress sessions. Our 2023 winner has consistently researched and authored original legislation for debate, and served many times as Presiding Officer throughout the season.

This year, the Congressperson of the Year Award was presented to David Smith!

Congratulations to the following students that have been recognized as ACHS Aurora Scholars by Mayor Mike Coffman.  Great job being great students!


Boi Boi - 9th Grade

Deonna Davis - 10th Grade

Jacqueline Rodriguez Begines - 11th Grade

Ruben Galvez - 12th Grade

Resource officer using love for sports to connect with Aurora Central High School students

CHARLES BURRELL SCHOOL RENOVATION

BURRELL ARTS GRAND OPENING 

Aurora Central awarded ramp designation!

The school counselors of Aurora Central High School are thrilled to announce that we were awarded the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). There are only 428 current schools across the US with this distinction! With over 125,000 public and private schools in the US, Aurora Central High School is part of a group of less than 1% of schools! Aurora Central High School is the only current school in APS with this honor.

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary school counseling program. Research findings indicate that fully implemented school counseling programs are associated with an extensive range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

The Aurora Central High School school counselors were able to succeed thanks to the unwavering support of Jesse Vigil, Assistant Principal, and Angelique Green, Assistant Principal. Also thank you to Ann Atencio, District Mental Health Support, for supporting and reviewing portions of our application. As well as Roxanne Paguio, AC counselor and past department chair, for being a leader in our application process for the past three+ years.


We hope that our commitment to our students, professional standards and ethics, and positive outcomes continues to shine through.


Love, 

AC Counseling

CONGRATULATIONS 

TO THE ACHS CLASS OF 2022!

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for the APS Community

APS is excited that all Coloradans ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are partnering with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to host FREE vaccination clinics for our families. The clinics will be open to individuals ages 12 and older. Students must have a parent or guardian present.

You do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen to receive a vaccine. Providers cannot require ID before offering you a vaccine. Also, state and local public health agencies will NEVER share your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes.

Click here for locations 

What road will you take?

Click on the  ACHS EXPERIENCE FLYER and select the road the you will like to take to get more information.

TROJAN SPIRIT STORE

Trojans! By popular demand, we now have a new Aurora Central Trojans online store packed with great apparel to wear all year long! Shop brands like The North Face, Under Armour, Nike, Russell and many more!! 

order now and get 20% off on any order of $80 or more. https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/colorado/aurora/aurora-central-high-school

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