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  • Letter from Principal West - February 13, 2017


    Dear TEC Parents and Students,

    I just wanted to send out an update on the situation that caused us to dismiss school at noon today. I also want to commend ALL of our students for the way that they conducted themselves during both the evacuation of the building and the reorganization once they all re-entered the Middle School side of the building. It’s great to know that in situations of actual emergency that our students and staff all know what to do, where to go, and how to act. Here is a summary of events that led up to the decision to dismiss school early today:

    • At about 10:20 we lost power to our entire campus, the backup generator kicked in immediately and was able to restore lighting to most rooms and we were still able to operate smaller electrical devices like classroom projectors and most of our PC’s. However, we did not have any lighting in office areas, restrooms, nor did we have enough power to operate larger electrical devices like the heating/cooling devices in our cafeteria. Some of our computer servers were down, and some of our computers (mainly the Mac’s) were not able to operate. At that point we went into “wait and see” mode as we waited for Xcel Energy to restore power.
    • At about 10:45 we began to notice a burning type of odor in the High School side of the building. It smelled like burnt rubber or an electrical fire if you have ever experienced one of those before. At this point we immediately evacuated the building and had Denver Fire Department respond to the building.
    • At about 11:00 it was determined that the burning smell, as well as some smoke, were coming from an HVAC motor in an electrical access room located off of one of our Language Arts classrooms on the High School side of the building. This is the same motor that apparently failed and caused a similar type of evacuation last spring. While the EHS south hallway was filled with a smoky haze, it was determined that the fumes were not hazardous, but boy did that side of the building smell! The entire north side of the building was fine, there were no signs of smoke or burning odors, so once we got the all clear from the fire department we determined that we would bring all students back into the building on the Middle School side.
    • While all of this was going on, we were in communications with our Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, or Transportation office, and our Facilities staff to determine next steps. At that time, Xcel Energy was estimating that the earliest that power would be restored to the building was 1:45pm. Given the fact that we had no power to our serving lines in the kitchen (right before lunch time), we had no lights in any of the bathrooms, and that there was a significant odor on the high school side of the building that would make it unbearable to hold classes, we decided at that time to release the students early from school.
    • At about 11:25 we were given the all clear by DFD and had our EMS/ELA students return to their classrooms and had the EHS students all report to the Middle School gymnasium.
    • At about 11:40 our communications office sent out a phone/email/text blast notifying parents of the early dismissal.
    • At 11:55 all of our busses were here and ready to run their routes to take kids home, parents were here to pick up their kids, and the EHS kids were ready to drive home, so all students were dismissed.

    Like I said earlier, I do not take the responsibility of sending kids home early lightly. This was really the only thing to do in this situation to best make sure that our kids were safe. As for the motor that caused this mess, it is still too hot to touch, but crews will be here overnight completely removing it and installing a new one. Our HVAC system will be up and running and fully operational in time to safely hold classes tomorrow. All afterschool activities for today are on as scheduled, the air in the fieldhouse is just fine. In fact as I type this, the odor in the main hallway is much less, but still noticeable.

    Thank you all again so much for your understanding and flexibility in regards to this situation. Let’s hope that replacing this motor will resolve this problem and we won’t have to go through this again.

    I hope you all have a great afternoon!

    Ryan West, Principal

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  • Important Health Information

    The school administration would like to inform you about an increase in mumps cases in Colorado. As of February 8, there have been 27 cases of mumps in Colorado, and this number is expected to grow. In order to minimize the spread of mumps in schools, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has asked us to provide you with this information about mumps.
    Information on low or no-cost vaccines can be found by clicking here or here.  
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  • Corpus Christi Information

    Click Here to see forms and trip information.

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  • ELA is now Accepting Applications for 2017-18! 


    Learn about the process and apply here.


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  • In case you missed it, here is the Back to School Night Slideshow

    ELA Back to school night slideshow

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  • Community Service Log

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  • Supply List

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  • Med Form

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  • Hours and schedule:  Our ELA school hours next year will be 8:20 – 3:25, with optional after school help until 3:50

     After school helpWe do ask that students either stay until 3:50 in a classroom, or leave campus at 3:25.  Other students at TEC are still in class until 3:50, so we need to be respectful and keep the academic atmosphere going.  Also, teachers will be in classrooms helping students, so there isn’t supervision outside or in the halls during this time.  We ask for your help in making sure students aren’t just hanging out on campus between 3:25 and 3:50.

     Back to school night will be on Tuesday, August 9.   New Families meet from 5:30 – 6:30  Returning Families meet from 6:30 – 7:00  This will be a chance to hear about what to expect at ELA for new families, and some important updates for returning families.  If you’re planning on attending this fall but can’t make the meeting, please let us know.  We understand that you have other commitments, but we worry if we don’t see you there!

     All Student Check-In Day - August 10 drop in from 8:00 am – 6:30 pm.   Students Grades 6-12 attending EHS, EMS and ELA are included, and parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend.

    We will take our annual overnight trip to Estes Park on August 31 and September 1.  We strongly encourage ALL students to go, as this trip strengthens our community with team building and problem solving activities that impact our students all year long. If your student will require medications on this trip, please be sure to get your medication forms filled in by your doctor prior to August 19, 2016.   These forms are available on our website and at Back to School Night, with permission slips and waivers. We will also need some chaperones if you’d like to accompany us.  We’ll provide more information about the trip at Back to School night as well.

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  • Englewood Leadership Academy Supply List 2016­-2017

    ❏ 1 spiral notebook for Language Arts journal

    ❏ 1 3-­ring binder

    ❏ 1 package loose leaf paper

    ❏ Dividers for the binder

    ❏ 1 Water bottle, labeled with student name

    ❏ 1 spiral notebook for Science Journal

    ❏ 1 Mead composition book for Humanities Journal, college ruled

    ❏ Ruler (with metric and English measurements) *Keep at home

    ❏ 2 Glue Sticks

    ❏ Markers, colored pencils, 1 set each

    ❏ 2 permanent black felt­tip pens

    ❏ 1 box of facial tissue

    ❏ 1 package of white printer paper

    ❏ 1 package 3" x 5" note cards

    ❏ 36 wooden pencils

    ❏ iPad stylus

    ❏ Earbuds or headphones

    ❏ 3 packages of sticky notes


    ❏ loose­leaf paper

    ❏ pencils (wooden, not mechanical)

    ❏ blue or black ballpoint pens

    ❏ highlighters

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  • pirate logo


    Englewood Leadership Academy 2016-2017

    New School Hours: 8:20 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

    All Student Check-In Day:
    All Students Grades 6-12 (attending EHS, EMS and ELA). Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
    August 10th from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. All students are to report to TEC to have school pictures taken, pay school fees, receive their student ID, class schedule and iPad, apply for Free and Reduced Lunch, support setting up Parent Portal and download the PowerSchool app.

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  • We are excited to welcome Courtenay Whalen as our new humanities teacher.  Courtenay joins us from EMS, where she has taught Spanish, AVID, language arts and humanities for the last 10 years.  She will split her time this year between the two middle schools, and is thrilled to be part of the ELA team!  Courtenay Whalen

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  • Back To School Night Coming Up on Tuesday, August 9th:  New families will meet from 5:30-6:30 and returning families from 6:30-7:00.

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  • Meet Ryan West


    Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, Ryan West will be the principal of Englewood High School, Englewood Middle School and Englewood Leadership Academy. You can meet Mr. West in the TEC library on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:15 p.m. Click here to read a letter from Mr. West to the Englewood community. 

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  • Power School Tutorial

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  • Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application
    Please visit englewoodschools.heartlandapps.com to access the Free and Reduced Price Lunch application for the 2015-16 school year.
    Or, you can visit heartlandapps.com and select Colorado and Englewood Schools.
    If you have questions, please call 303-806-2026. 
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Application and Admissions

Please visit our Application and Admission page for more details and to download an application. You can access that page here.