Community Message August 2017

Community Message August 2017
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August 2017

The start of the school year is often filled with excitement and anticipation for students and staff alike. This year, there is even more anticipation than usual due to the construction at Windsor High School. From Main Street, you can see that crews have completed demolition of the Fireside Room. Inside, they have constructed new classrooms and a new collaboration space for students. Track resurfacing is also complete. Construction photos are available at weldre4.org/bond. Windsor High School will remain under construction through next summer (2018) to complete the projects that taxpayers in our community so generously funded last November.

There are a number of construction projects underway in the district that were funded by the 2016 bond, including High School No. 2 in Severance. These projects are an important start in helping our district manage the significant growth we are experiencing now and expecting in the future.

As construction crews tend to our facilities, our staff and administrators are fully prepared to focus on our students. We have increased staffing where needed to match increases in student enrollment and to ensure strong relationships between families and educators, which are essential for the success of our students. We have also added a full-time school district resource officer, Windsor Police Officer Chris Darcy, who will reinforce our focus on student safety.

You should expect to see many new faces in the district this year. In addition to new students, we have hired more than 70 new employees, including two new principals: Principal Carmen Williams at Severance Middle School and Principal Chris Garcia at High School No. 2. Making new students and staff feel welcome is something I hope we will all prioritize. 

Our district is known for its family feel and caring environment. Students and staff feel a sense of community here, in part, because of the efforts of organizations like the Windsor Rotary Club that sends 15 Windsor High School students to the Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership Awards each year, and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce that hosts a breakfast for new teachers and staff at the start of every school year. Opportunities to show appreciation and publicly recognize and reward students and staff are so important, especially as we continue to grow. 

While discussing our community’s growth recently, Mayor Melendez said, “It’s hard to keep a treasure hidden for long.” We are proud that Weld RE-4 is one of the things that attracts people to the area. Growth in student enrollment provides financial stability, allowing us to offer more programs that inspire innovation and employ more people in our community. However, it also comes with challenges that we need your help to address.This coming school year, we look forward to engaging you in planning for the infrastructure needed to serve the growing number of students in our district.

Empowering student and staff success is at the heart of everything we do in Weld RE-4. We are fortunate to live in a community that is united in its efforts to ensure that its children receive a quality education. Thank you for all that you will do this year to support our students and staff. I look forward to seeing you at a Weld RE-4 school!

Sincerely, 

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District
www.weldre4.org