Community Message January 2019

Community Message January 2019
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January 2019


In the coming weeks, hundreds of eighth- and ninth-graders and their families will attend open house events hosted by Severance and Windsor high schools to learn about the opportunities that await them in these schools in the 20192020 school year. To give them—and our entire Weld RE-4 community—a sense of what they can expect, we created a video featuring current and future high school students, parents, and teachers, as well as our high school principals Chris Garcia (Severance High School) and Michelle Scallon (Windsor High School).




A recent Tribune article provided a look ahead to next school year and highlighted the fact that each of our Weld RE-4 high schools will provide students with unique opportunities, while also ensuring they can take advantage of programs at the other school. Both schools will offer Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, Concurrent Enrollment, and Concurrent Career Academy opportunities, which are very popular with our families. This school year, 669 Windsor High School students (42%) are enrolled in one or more of these courses. You can learn more by watching the video featuring students, like high school senior Abby Gearhart, who took the Emergency Medical Services class offered in partnership with Aims Community College last semester.


While this is an exciting time for Weld RE-4 families, with change and transitions ahead, we know there will be questions. We are committed to ensuring that everyone is comfortable with their new school community. Two upcoming events are scheduled for all new Severance High School students and incoming Windsor High School freshmen:


·Severance High School’s open house (for eighth- and ninth-grade students) is 5:30 p.m. February 5 at Severance Middle School (1801 Avery Plaza St.)

·Windsor High School’s eighth-grade parent night is 5 p.m. February 6, at Windsor High School (1100 Main St.)


As the Tribune article pointed out, exciting and tough times are ahead for our district due to growth in our communities.Building a second school addressed capacity issues at the high school. However, even with recent boundary adjustments for 2019–2020 our elementary and middle schools are nearing, at, or in some cases over capacity. Solutions will soon be required to accommodate the growth we continue to see in student enrollment. As a first step, the district’s Long Range Planning Committee will make recommendations to the school board in February 2019. We expect that they will recommend a bond in 2020 to add capacity at the middle and elementary school levels.


We will continue, as we have over the years, not only to keep you informed, but also to ask for your engagement. Community support is big reason we are able to consistently deliver a quality education in our schools. The voices of our students, families, staff, and community are essential in determining the best solutions to empower the success of the students in our community into the future.

Dan Seegmiller