Cultures of Thinking in APS

Here's a look at how Vista PEAK Exploratory and Aurora Public Schools are creating cultures of learning based on the book 'Creating Cultures of Thinking' by Ron Ritchhart in the math classrooms featuring our very own 3rd grade teacher, Kasia Wasiak..


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Indoor Recess Policy


(Below 20 degrees includes wind chill)

Indoor or Outdoor AM Recess

If the weather goes below 20 with wind chill, raining, snowing, too windy or for any other reason we deem unsafe for students to be outside, we will call an indoor recess.  If the weather is close to the 20o degree mark, we may hold the decision until right before students arrive at 7:40. 

Where Should Students Enter

If we do call an indoor recess, the main entry (buses only), B door (west side), F door (East Side), back café door and H door (kinder/1st grade student only) will be open to allow students to enter. 

Students will go directly to their first class and wait outside in the hallway until the bell rings.  The only exception to this is 4th grade who will meet in the gymnasium and students who wish to eat breakfast.

Any parent wishing to come inside the building will need to come into the main office to get a visitor’s pass.  Any parent trying to enter any of the other doors will not be granted access. This is due to APS policy and safety of our students and we appreciate your understanding.

Please make sure that students have the proper clothing. 

It is important during this time of year that you send your child with appropriate clothing for the weather (hats, gloves and jackets).  Please make sure you put your child’s name on their clothing items.  This is the time of year our lost and found gets rather large and without names on items it is hard for us to return lost items to students. 



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Colorado Passport Program

Colorado Ski Country USA believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn Colorado's signature winter sports, skiing and snowboarding. That is why for over 20 years the CSCUSA Passport Program has helped thousands of students hit the slopes each year. Make sure your student does not miss out on the fun and sign up today! The quickest and easiest way to sign up for the 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs is online at


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School Accountability Committee



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Updated Drop-off Procedure

Hello VPE Community! 

Many of you may have noticed an updated drop-off procedure on the west side of the building.  Student safety is our number one priority here at Vista Peak.  It has come to our attention that there have been a number of close calls in the drop-off areas in the mornings.  Therefore, we have created a new plan to ensure safe morning drop-offs.  On Monday November 16th we piloted this new procedure on the west side of the building.  The process was much more efficient and we received a lot of positive feedback.  We will therefore implement a similar process on the east side of the building starting Monday November 23rd.  The new procedure is explained below.

You will notice large, orange traffic cones in the drop-off circles on both the east and west sides of the building.  The cones are there to assist those dropping off students by the curbs.  Vehicles are to remain in a single file line and pull up as far as they can to maximize the amount of sidewalk space used for drop-offs.

On the WEST side of the building (1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th grades) we request that you follow the car in front of you that will pull all away around to the end of the soccer goal.  

On the EAST side of the building (Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th and 5th grades) we request that you follow the car in front of you that will pull all away around to the crosswalk before they stop.  

If your student(s) are unable to unload in less than 30 seconds, please drop them off in the parking lot closest to the crosswalk so the crossing guard can assist them across the driveway.

If you have students in multiple grades, you are welcomed to choose which side you would like to drop off your students.

Some key points to remember to ensure safety:




Thank you so much to the community members that gave us constructive feedback on this process!

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