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Week of 01/25/12 - Of Special Interest
(Photo courtesy: The Denver Zoo)

By Staff

Our Government/Nuestro Gobierno

White House

President Obama marked three years as president of the United States last Friday. The Obama campaign released its first re-election ad, “unprecedented,” seen in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Casa Blanca

El presidente Obama marcó tres años como Presidente de los Estados Unidos el viernes pasado. La campaña de Obama publicó su primer anuncio de reelección, “sin precedentes”, visto en Iowa, Michigan, Carolina del Norte, Ohio, Virginia y Wisconsin.

Colorado’s Governor

The governors of 12 states have signed proclamations officially recognizing Jan. 22 through the 28th as National School Choice Week. Additionally, Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, Colorado and Mayor Jim Reynolds of Eagle, Idaho have signed proclamations recognizing the week. National School Choice Week is a series of hundreds of events shining a spotlight on the need for better educational options for children.

Gobernador de Colorado

Los Gobernadores de 12 estados han firmado proclamas dando reconocimiento oficial del 22 de enero al 28 como la Semana Nacional de Selección de Escuela. Además, el alcalde Michael Hancock de Denver, Colorado, y el alcalde Jim Reynolds de Eagle, Idaho han firmado proclamas reconociendo la semana. Escuela de la Semana Nacional de Selección es una serie de cientos de eventos iluminando con un reflector en la necesidad de mejores opciones educativas para los niños.

Denver’s Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the launch of a new 311 mobile app and online help system, two customer service improvements designed to enhance transparency and open communication between the City and its residents. Available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, the 311 Mobile App provides citizens a new avenue to access city services while on-the-go. 311 has also developed an upgraded online help system to make it easier for residents to request services, complete transactions and access general information online. Go to:

Alcalde de Denver

El alcalde Michael B. Hancock anunció el lanzamiento de una nueva aplicación móvil 311 y un sistema de ayuda en línea, dos mejoras en el servicio al cliente diseñados para aumentar la transparencia y la comunicación abierta entre la Ciudad y sus residentes. Disponible para el iPhone, iPad y iPod Touch, la Aplicación 311 Mobile ofrece a los ciudadanos una nueva vía para acceder a los servicios de la ciudad, mientras viajan. 311 también ha desarrollado una actualización del sistema de ayuda en línea para facilitar a los residentes a solicitar los servicios, completar transacciones en línea y acceso a la información general. Ir a:

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- and moderate- income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide from Feb. 1 through April 17. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer help with personal income tax returns at various locations in Colorado.

Call the toll-free number, 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit, during this tax season, to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you.

Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.

CU Denver’s ESL Academy

University of Colorado Denver is starting a program to prepare international students for earning a college degree. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Academy welcomes its first students this month at CU Denver. The rigorous program prepares students in English language fluency and also is designed to integrate international students into the university and to create a supportive environment that encourages academic success.

Not only does the ESL Academy bring international students to CU Denver, those students and their families have a significant impact on the state of Colorado. The enrollment of foreign students contributed approximately $315 million to Colorado’s economy during the 2010-2011 school year.

El Lago Del Bosque scholarships

Concordia Language Villages announces the availability of scholarships for El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village for 2012 summer sessions between June 11 and Aug. 18.

Participants are typically between 7 and 18 years old and scholarships are available for the one-, two- and four-week sessions. “Villagers” will immerse themselves in the Spanish-speaking worlds of Spain, Argentina and Mexico and many other countries participating in authentic activities, eating culturally authentic foods such as paella or pollo al ajo, and learning Spanish from the highly-trained staff from the U.S., and around the world.

For more information, contact Concordia Language Villages at or visit the website at

Denver Zoo welcomes clouded leopards

Some new cats are settling into their new surroundings in Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage. The zoo recently welcomed four clouded leopards, a species of tree dwelling cats native to Asia. Visitors can see the leopards in their two pairs in Toyota Elephant Passage once it opens to the public on June 1.

The first two leopards to arrive were 10-year-old females Tenchi and Mattie. Both arrived from the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla. The other two leopards are cubs, less than a year old. They are female, Lisu (Lee-soo), from Nashville Zoo and male, Taji (Tah-jee), from Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. Both cubs arrived under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) in the hopes they will breed when they are older.

CU Boulder alumnus donation

Leeds alumnus Gordon Trafton has donated $500,000 to support the school’s Professional Mentorship Program (PMP).
Launched in 2009, the program partners current undergraduate and MBA students with business professionals and corporate leaders, many who are former Leeds business students themselves. The program matches students with mentors based on a number of factors, such as major, geographic location, career interests and personality.

State graduation rate

Data released by the Colorado Department of Education show the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2011 increased 1.5 percent to 73.9 percent as compared to last year. The graduation rate stood at 72.4 percent for the class of 2010, the first year after a new formula for calculating graduation rates was established by the U.S. Department of Education. Between 2010 and 2011 the number of students that graduated increased from 45,144 to 45,846. Individual district and statewide data is available at

A total of 116 (64.1 percent) Colorado school districts achieved a four-year “on-time” graduation rate at or above the state’s expectation of at least 80 percent. For additional information, visit

The four-year graduation rate formula defines on time as only those students who graduate from high school four years after entering ninth grade. Under this four-year on-time formula, a student is assigned a graduating class when they enter ninth grade. The graduating class is assigned by adding four years to the year the student enters ninth grade. In other words, the formula anticipates that a student entering ninth grade in fall 2011 will graduate with the Class of 2015.





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