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More than 130 AES families take the 'Wait Until 8th' pledge

Posted: May 30, 2024

Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that they spend between 6 to 9 hours a day on media?

That's according to the Wait Until 8th organization, founded by Texas mom Brooke Shannon, which encourages parents to take the Wait Until 8th pledge – a pledge that empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.

Shannon works with parents and communities across the country to help families establish a healthy relationship with technology. She launched the Wait Until 8th campaign and pledge in 2017.

Shannon recently visited Aspen Elementary School (AES) to talk with parents about kids and phones. The AES Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) picked up the charge. The PTO is encouraging parents to take the pledge and "let kids be kids a little longer."

The PTO believes these devices are quickly changing childhood for kids. Playing outdoors, spending time with friends, reading books and hanging out with family is happening a lot less to make room for hours of snap chatting, Instagramming, and catching up on You Tube.

For those reasons, the PTO invited families to take the “Wait Until 8th” pledge. And they are. More than 130 AES families have taken the pledge. By banding together, there is a decrease in the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.

The PTO knows that parents often feel powerless in this uphill battle and need community support to help delay the ever-evolving presence of the smartphone in the classroom, social arena and family dinner table.

A pledge becomes "active" once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. AES has more than 20 pledges in each grade. The organizers designed the pledge this way so parents don't have to fear "what if I am the only parent that signs this in my kid's grade." The pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families from each grade make the pledge.

To learn more, visit www.waituntil8th.org. More than 55,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone.

Will you join AES? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone.

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ASD Board of Education approves Collective Bargaining Agreement, hosts board retreat

Posted: May 29, 2024

READ THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT HERE.

The Aspen School District Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Aspen Education Association at a special meeting Wednesday, May 29.

The approved agreement is effective July 1, 2024.

ASD administrators and members of the AEA worked for months on the agreement that includes hundreds of edits, changes and improvements that reflect a shared commitment to fostering a positive and supportive learning environment for all students while also ensuring fair and equitable working conditions for our dedicated educators.

Throughout the negotiation process, both parties demonstrated unwavering dedication to the well-being and success of our students.

The agreement encompasses various aspects aimed at enhancing the educational experience within the district. The collective bargaining agreement reflects a shared commitment to fostering a positive and supportive working environment for ASD educators while also ensuring accountability, transparency and equity in our policies and practices. Through collaborative dialogue and mutual respect, the teams have worked together to identify areas of improvement and implement meaningful changes that will benefit both teachers and students alike.

Key highlights of the agreement include:
1. Competitive Compensation: The teams reached an agreement on fair and competitive compensation packages for teachers, acknowledging the invaluable contributions they make to the lives of ASD students. The teams also agreed to increased compensation for work outside the contract day. The updated salary schedule includes an average of 4-6% increases.

2. Collective Bargaining Agreement: the teams reached a settlement on a renegotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for an additional three years, until June, 2027.

Included key items are: 

  • International Teaching Leave;
  • Protections for due process and just cause;
  • Academic freedom to protect teaching staff; 
  • Policy integrations, including displacement and transfers;
  • Updates to leave, including exemption leave and annual leave buy-back.

3. Employee Benefits: Health Insurance, an increased Wellness Benefit, a continuation of the commuter benefit and staff bus, and relocation assistance.

The team is confident that the renegotiated collective bargaining agreement will serve as a foundation for ongoing innovation and excellence within the ASD school district. By working together in partnership and solidarity, ASD can create a learning environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Moving forward, the administration and the AEA remain committed to fostering a culture of collaboration, transparency and mutual respect within the school community. Together, they will continue to strive towards excellence in education and to create a learning environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive.

Members of the Negotiations Team for the Aspen School District are Dave Baugh, Superintendent; Tharyn Mulberry, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent-Elect; Stacey Weiss, Board of Education;  Mary Rodino, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations; Amy Littlejohn, Director of Human Resources; and Reghan Mahaffey, Director of Transportation

Members of the Negotiations Team for the Aspen Education Association are Stephanie Nixon, President; Marnie White, Vice-President; Eric Hansen, SkiCountry Uniserv; Josh Anderson, R. Andy Farmer, Ada Friedman, Alex McQuillan and Laura Swenson.

BOE HOSTS RETREAT

The board met for a day-long retreat Wednesday to lay out expectations and goals for the new Superintendent, Tharyn Mulberry.

The board discussed the communication expectations with the Superintendent going into the next school year. Mulberry takes the reins July 1, 2024.

"These are important conversations to have to set us up for success," said Mulberry, who worked with the board at the retreat.

The board, with Mulberry and under the direction of a consultant, laid out how they would discuss policy, the scope of the Superintendent's role and how they district would move forward with the Strategic Plan and operational goals.


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ASD Calendar Committee sends draft 2025-2026 calendar to the Board of Education

Posted: May 20, 2024

The BOE seeks comments on the DRAFT 2025-2026 ASD School Calendar. Send your notes to asdboe@aspenk12.net **and put CALENDAR in the subject line.*The ASD Board of Education (BOE) is currently reviewing a proposed calendar for the 2025-2026 school year. Click here to view the DRAFT 2025-2026 calendar. Background: The school board is required by board policy (EL-8,School Year Calendar) to approve a yearly school calendar that provides for the number of instructional and contact hours and days in the school year for students. The ASD BOE is committed to receiving community feedback before a calendar is finalized. Calendar priorities: A calendar committee was formed consisting of: administrators, school leaders, AEA representatives, BOE members, and parents from all ASD schools. The Calendar Committee met multiple times and considered many versions of a school calendar with the goal of adding more instructional time into the school calendar to ensure that ASD meets the recommended CDE contact hours.         Here are the priorities the committee considered: Align the school calendar with the goals of the ASD Strategic Plan

  • Support student academic success, primarily by increasing instructional time prior to CMAS and IB exams. (CMAS and IB exam timing are set by entities outside of Aspen).
  • Align ASD’s major breaks with community schools – for example, Aspen, RFSD, G-2 and G-16 should have the same Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks, when practicable.
  • No homework, assessments, or field trips should be planned for dates that mark major religious holidays within our community. The ASD DEI committee is working on language for this.
  • Prioritize having AHS finals prior to winter break.DRAFT 2025-2026 Calendar: In this draft calendar you will notice an earlier start date. Many area schools have an earlier start date for the academic reasons listed above. In addition, an earlier start date will put ASD in line with other area schools’ athletic schedules and give ASD athletes an equal opportunity to compete. At the same time, the calendar maintains it’s priority of adding instructional time.The committee heard from parents, students and teachers regarding testing and winter break. We are happy this draft calendar allows for finals to be taken before winter break.“The Calendar Committee worked diligently to create a calendar that balances instructional time with the necessary breaks and professional development for our staff,” said Tharyn Mulberry, ASD Superintendent-Elect. “We encourage you to review this draft and send us your comments.”  Send your notes to asdboe@aspenk12.net and put CALENDAR in the subject line.
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ASD's John Fisher wins inaugural 2024 EPIC Pathway Teacher of the Year award

Posted: May 17, 2024

A nominating committee for the 2024 Educational Pathways to Innovative Careers (EPIC) Teacher of the Year convened to take suggestions. 

“How can it be anyone but John Fisher?” said Mark Gregory, CTE Coordinator, for the Colorado River Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) EPIC Pathways program, which supports Career Technical Education courses in the region which includes DeBeque, Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Aspen.       

The committee was in complete agreement and it was the fastest nominating and vote process the committee has had, Gregory said.      

 John Fisher, Aspen High School’s woodshop teacher of more than 50 years, won the inaugural 2024 EPIC Pathway Teacher of the Year award. He was presented with the award at the recent showcase event in Rifle, where students, teachers and industry leaders celebrated the work of students and teachers in the region.

EPIC works with industry leaders to create opportunities and pathways for high school students who have a desire to learn new skills and enter the workforce in various sectors. The programs supports instruction, internships and helps students earn trade certificates.      

Fisher, working with students in his woodworking shop and classroom, stopped for a moment to say he was very happy to be honored. Then, he went back at the job he loves. (John Fisher reflects on 50 years of teacher at Aspen High School)   

“He’s just one of those people who when you come into his realm you can't walk away not learning something – instruction, woodworking, life skills and how to be a person,” Gregory said. “He’s a living document of knowledge. I feel very blessed to get to work with him often.”   

The mission of EPIC is to support workforce needs by providing job ready skills to high school students and adults. The recent showcase introduced Career and Technical (CTE) education to many middle school students, who had a chance to tour the AHS tiny house being built by Fisher and AHS students and is in its final stages of completion. Fisher put the house, currently behind the AHS woodworking shop, on wheels and took it to Rifle for the showcase.

“The kids loved it," Gregory said. "Because it is in the final stages, they got to see the plumbing and electrical work being done and get to see this is a viable option and career path.”   

Industry leaders were also at the showcase looking at the AHS tiny house. “It was a great thing to show off,” Gregory said.

EPIC tiny homes for sale are listed here.

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ASD's proposed 2024-2025 budget available for public review

Posted: May 15, 2024

Aspen School District’s Fiscal Year (FY) 24-25 Budget was presented to the Board of Education for review on May 15, 2024.  The Board will vote June 5 on whether to approve the budget.

Once a budget is approved, the District will be allowed to spend funds beginning July 1, 2024.  The District’s Administration has pledged to contain costs in the coming year.  The primary increases from the prior year’s budget are for salaries and benefits.  The FY 24-25 operating funds’ expenditure budget is 6.82% higher than the prior year.  A copy of the District budget is available in the District Office for review beginning May 23, 2024.

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Best Buddies Clubs host Friendship Walk

Posted: May 14, 2024

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CLASS OF 2024
CONGRATULATIONS AHS CLASS OF 2024!
Decision Day 2024
Decision Day 2024
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Great Gift Grab! Teacher Appreciation Week 2024.
anything goes
AHS Spring Musical, 'Anything Goes'
Living Museum
A second-grader, who wrote her report in English, translated and read it in Spanish to a visitor: Living Museum
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ASD Superintendent finalist Tharyn Mulberry meets with staff and community members to share his vision for the district.
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Students in Aviation 1 master Visual Flight Rules sectional map.

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