Dear Families,

I am excited to announce that I have been selected as the Interim Principal for the 2017-18 School Year. During my three years at Paris Elementary, I have come to know so many of you by greeting students at the main gate every morning or by attending parent events like our Family Appreciation Night in October. Prior to Paris, I served as Interim Principal at Altura Elementary and as Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Laredo Child Development Center. I have been in Aurora Public Schools for 10 years already. I love serving the community of Aurora!

During my time in APS, I have learned two things about our community: One, every parent wants to support their child and every parent wants to see their child succeed. This year, we have three School Improvement Strategies in order to make that success a reality. The three strategies are outlined below along with three main action steps for each one of them.

Strategy 1

Strategy 2

Strategy 3

Develop Six Best Instructional Practices

Create Assessment Action Plans

Improve Chronic and At-Risk Attendance

  •   Provide teacher training in the 6 best instructional practices (learning targets, vocabulary, discourse, assessment, rigor, differentiation)
  •   Conduct classroom observations
  •   Monitor coaching of classroom teachers
  •  Provide teacher training on how to write action plans
  •   Conduct weekly meetings to monitor student progress
  •   Monitor progress on 6-8 week assessments
  •   Provide parent workshops
  •   Conduct monthly attendance meetings with teachers
  •   Monitor attendance reports


                We also have goals for improving proficiency levels on our state tests by May 2018.


2016-17 School Year

2017-18 School Year

Literacy (Reading and Writing)


Goal – 29.6%



Goal – 32%


Paris Staff need your help in achieving these goals! Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Make sure your child comes to school on time, ready to learn
  • Read with your child every night for at least 15 minutes and sign their reading log
  • Get involved in your child’s education by asking questions about their day, communicating with the teacher, or attending Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you so much for this opportunity! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education.  Thanks, Shannon Blackard