Community Message February 2018

Community Message February 2018
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February 2018

In education, we talk a lot about college and career-ready students and standards. A big part of that is exposing our students to college-level content, courses, and choices. Through the national College Board and with the support of our local university and college partners, more than 550 Windsor High School (WHS) students are taking Advanced Placement® (AP), dual-credit, and/or Career Academy courses this school year.

The AP program, run by the College Board (makers of the SAT), allows students to take courses in their high schools through which they can earn college credit and/or qualify for more advanced classes when they begin college. In the 2018–2019 school year, WHS will offer 19 AP classes, including computer science, music theory, psychology, and world history.

Dual-credit courses provide students with the opportunity to earn credits toward their high school requirements while earning college credits. Though these classes are taught in high schools, they are college courses. Our partner universities review and approve high school instructors who will follow college syllabi in their classrooms. Examples of dual-credit classes include college algebra, college composition, Spanish IV, and calculus.

Career Academy, in collaboration with Aims and Front Range community colleges, promotes career training and certification in programs such as automobile collision repair and service, emergency medical services, and medical prep. This program gives our students access to both the cutting-edge technology and the equipment available on the community colleges' campuses as well as the expertise of instructors with extensive experience in their fields.

Students benefit in many ways from these programs. College credit earned in high school can count toward two- or four-year degrees, in many cases reducing the cost of tuition. College-level courses give students a sense of the challenging coursework they will experience at the next level. Most importantly, these opportunities give students a chance to explore their interests and think about their futures.

With our district’s focus on inspiring innovation and empowering success, we will continue to expand these types of programs. Next year, WHS will launch the AP Capstone Diploma Program, which emphasizes college-level skills crucial for college and career success. Severance High School (SHS) also expects to offer this program. With the opening of SHS in the fall of 2019, expanded AP, dual-credit, and Career Academy opportunities will be available to high school students districtwide.

In Weld RE-4, preparing for the future is an ongoing effort that transcends high school. We believe that K–12 students across the district should have opportunities to apply and share their knowledge, build or create their own inventions, challenge themselves in new and different ways, and discover what motivates and inspires them. One such opportunity is our Innovate RE-4 Learner’s Showcase

Please consider joining us for the Showcase on March 1, 2018 from 6-8 PM. Year after year, the projects students display and present capture incredible talent and ingenuity and reflect the supportive teachers, parents, and community members empowering student success at every Weld RE-4 school. We hope to see you there! 

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District