Community Message December 2018

Community Message December 2018
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December 2018

Young people often wonder what kind of impact they can have. Are their voices heard? Are their achievements seen? In Weld RE-4 communities, our students stand out. They stand out to all of us--and this month, they even managed to capture the nation's attention. 

A snowball that snowballed

The story of Dane Best and his third-grade Range View Elementary School classmates could be found in newspapers (and on morning shows) coast to coast. This fall, during a class trip to Severance Town Hall, Dane and his classmates learned about a 1920s law that banned citizens from throwing snowballs. What started as a fun story to help students relate to a government lesson, turned into an important message about the power even our youngest residents can have in changing the law and having a say in our community. Dane decided to take action. He made a formal presentation to the Severance Town Board and coordinated letters of support from his classmates. As a result, Severance Town Board trustees voted unanimously to lift the ban on snowballs and our third graders gave people across the country a reason to smile.

A local effort to inspire passion for STEM among young women at WHS

There are national efforts to get more young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)—and there is also an effort happening right here at Windsor High School (WHS). This fall, The Tribune published a story about young women in the WHS robotics club who are making an effort to encourage more girls to become involved in STEM and to join the club. These impressive young women are aware that their involvement is a step forward. However, still unsatisfied with how few girls are in their robotics club, they have committed to breaking stereotypes, building confidence in their peers to explore STEM careers, and connecting the young women at WHS with professional women in STEM fields. 

Grandview recognized by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

Last week, we received wonderful news. CDE awarded Grandview Elementary School both the John Irwin Award— given to Colorado schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement over time—and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award— given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. The Grandview community will be recognized at CDE’s awards ceremony this coming spring.

These are just a few examples of the impact our students are having on our community. This holiday season, that impact will grow exponentially as our students volunteer their time, collect resources, provide support to those in need, and generally bring joy to our community. They could not do it without you. Our students make us proud as a direct result of the pride they have in our community—their families, friends, neighbors, teachers, and staff inspire them and empower their success every day. Thank you!

Happy holidays from our Weld RE-4 family to yours. 

Dan Seegmiller, Superintendent