Community Message February 2019

Community Message February 2019
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“Neighborly” is a word befitting the community we live in. The people around us are always helpful, friendly, and kind. However, during Windsor Kindness Week, they deliberately show their kindness. Our students, families, and staff benefit, which, in turn, inspires a commitment to give back to a community that gives us so much.

 

One way in which our students are giving back is through community collaborations, like the ones that Doug Kathan’s media studies class at Windsor Middle School (WMS) has with the Town of Windsor and the Clearview Library District. As highlighted in a recentTribune article, this class often gets real-world experience designing videos for the library and the town that showcase services or promote public service messages.

 

From problem-solving and script-writing skills, to designing graphics and backgrounds, to recording audio, the media studies class at WMS is a model for inspiring innovation in Weld RE-4. It offers students opportunities to get creative and to come up with their own ideas and work with their peers to explore them. Classes like this, which empower the success of our students, can be found around the district, and there will be even more of them as Severance High School opens this fall and as we expand in the future to meet the growth in our community.

 

 

Opportunities that empower the success of our students can be found around the district. You can check out student projects, products, and productions at the 2019 Innovate Learners Showcase, a community event at Windsor High School on February 28.

 

The consistent pace of building permits foretells that our district will continue to grow. Windsor anticipates issuing 500 building permits in 2019, Severance anticipates issuing 300, and the area of West Greeley within our boundaries expects growth similar to what it experienced in 2018.

 

What does this mean for us? We are anticipating 900 new elementary school students between 2019 and 2024 and a near-term need to add capacity to serve 500 more middle school students. This was shared in a report produced by the district’s Long Range Facility Planning Committee, which also recommended a November 2020 bond election to:

  1. fund two new elementary schools (the capacity of one new school is 600 students) to meet the demands of new student enrollment and to provide relief to elementary schools that are currently (or will soon be) over capacity; and
  2. add capacity at both Severance Middle School and Windsor Middle School.

 

As in previous years, the Long Range Facility Planning Committee’s report is just the beginning. It will kick off a year-long collaborative community process to examine our district’s needs and potential solutions. If you are interested in helping us plan for future facilities, please click here.

 

We are proud of our track record of successfully working together with our community to determine appropriate investments in education. As we move forward, our aim is to create solutions that align with both what our community needs and expects and what the children in our community deserve.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Seegmiller

Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District

 

 

Thanks to the generosity of the community, improvements were made to Tozer Primary School in the summer of 2018. In this video, Tozer's principal and students showcase upgrades made to their school and thank the community for its support!

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