Teaching work is no easy job

“This is such a great idea to have hands on activities because it makes it more relevant for the students,” said Charles Dukes, APS’ director of college and career success. “Students can check out different careers and see what skills they need to focus on as they go through school.”

Going to college to get to college

“I got married at 17 years old. In Mexico it’s very common. That’s why I tell my kids go to college,” said Margarita Chavez, a parent of five who took part in the tour. “Before I knew nothing about the prices or the opportunity, the FAFSA. Now it helps a lot. … I’m excited for all my five kids. They need to go.”

Each candidate spoke of their own unique experiences and background and how it related to the board. But there wasn’t much room between candidates when it came out major issues like supporting teachers, wanting to fight for increased funding for the district and the importance of increasing performance of schools in the district.

Only one incumbent is running again during this race: Barbara Yamrick. Board President Amber Drevon and embattled board member Eric Nelson have both decided not to run for reelection. Director JulieMarie Shepherd Macklin termed out.

John Youngquist will be taking over as principal of East High School in Denver after Friday’s shakeup that saw the principal and assistant principal resign over handling of a video that surfaced showing a cheerleader being forced into splits during training. Youngquist, who’s been at APS since 2013, was principal at East from 2007-2012 before serving a year as DPS’s director of principal talent managem

Mapping school info is key in APS

The new interactive map feature gives people a chance to look at snapshots of each school in the district. Information on the student body, how the school has performed in statewide testing, mission statement from school leadership and programs at the school are all available with a click of a button.

“We’re not letting students get away from their behavior. If students aren’t ready to hear that consequence it can them become a power struggle between the adult and the student,” Langberg said. “We’re giving students a chance to reset, connect with their emotions and them be able to hear what they need to do to restore that trust.”