Back to school: 5 things to know

Older students can set the alarm for later than in years past

Posted 8/13/18

Summer doesn't end until Sept. 22 according to the calendar, but it's over as of Aug. 17 for students in Littleton Public Schools. Here are five things to know about the 2018-19 school year. The …

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Back to school: 5 things to know

Older students can set the alarm for later than in years past

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Summer doesn't end until Sept. 22 according to the calendar, but it's over as of Aug. 17 for students in Littleton Public Schools.

Here are five things to know about the 2018-19 school year.

The start times, they are a-changin'

LPS students will start school at different times this fall than in years past, as the district implement new start times designed to more closely align with how students' brains are wired. High school and middle school students will go in roughly an hour later than in the past, while elementary school students will go in earlier. Previously, Littleton's high schools started at 7:20 a.m. and were done by 2:20 in the afternoon. Starting this fall, they'll start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:31 p.m. Click here  for more information.

Destination graduation

Thousands of diplomas have changed hands at the Littleton Public Schools stadium at Littleton High School over the years, but beginning with the class of 2019, LPS graduations will take place at the Ritchie Center on the University of Denver campus. The move follows concerns about severe weather at outdoor graduations, according to a district pamphlet, as well as concern over crowding and inadequate parking at the stadium. All three high schools will hold their graduations on May 25, 2019.

Incubate good times

Junior entrepreneurs can work to make their dreams into reality with Heritage High School's revamped business development program, called Incubator EDU. The beefed-up curriculum is reminiscent of the TV show “Shark Tank,” said Heritage principal Stacey Riendeau. Groups of four or five students develop a service- or product-based business model, then work with coaches and mentors from the community to develop a viable business model. At the end they pitch their brainstorms to real investors, who might pony up.

By the books

Sure, Google has largely replaced the reference desk, but libraries are still a vital place for student learning. Heritage High School boasts a remodeled library this year, featuring all manner of modular furniture and fixtures to facilitate student collaboration. With circle couches, moving white boards, and a variety of spaces for small and big group discussions, the library is no longer a place to keep quiet. “Think of it more as an academic planning center than a library,” said Riendeau. Peabody, East and Centennial elementary schools also have redesigned libraries this year.

Trade ya

The job market of tomorrow — heck, the job market of today — demands more non-traditional skills, and Littleton Public Schools is seeking to meet those needs. The district's Long-Range Planning Committee has recommended improving the district's trades and tech training, and the district is exploring the creation of a Career and Technical Education Center that would partner with local community colleges to give hands-on training in a variety of fields. Possible fields of study might include automotive, aviation, computer coding, construction, drones and robotics technology, electrical, healthcare, plumbing and welding and fabrication, according to a district pamphlet.

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