Community Message May 2018

Community Message May 2018
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May 2018

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation invited students to submit essays honoring teachers who have inspired them to innovate or empowered them to be successful. Reading about how teachers have changed our students’ lives elicits immense pride, as well as a tremendous sense of responsibility. We aspire for every Weld RE-4 student to feel the same sense of belonging, connection, and achievement that the students articulated in their essays.



Quotes from the 2018 Essay Contest


“She showed me so much compassion and kindness; I knew that she truly cared for me.”

“I doubt he realizes that [he] has helped me so much that I plan to use what I’ve learned for the rest of my life.”

"[She] created a special, long-lasting connection with every one of her students. She is a teacher that will make it hard to leave high school."

“She taught me that nothing is impossible as long as I work hard. [She] has given me a gift that I do not know if I will ever be able to repay in full.”

 “He has inspired me to strive for greatness and has urged me to step out of my comfort zone to achieve my biggest goals and dreams.”

"I look back on her passion for what she does and it has taught me to express my passion for everything I love to do."


In addition to being honored by their students, Weld RE-4 educators have been awarded for their excellence in mathematics and science teaching, as well as excellence in teaching about agriculture. They have been featured in publications such as the American Biology Teacher and the National Council for Geography Education. They have been named Who’s Next in Education and won grants to pursue projects with their students.

In Weld RE-4, we believe that every person working in our buildings is a teacher. We celebrated together when Mr. Rudy, who has been a custodian in our District for 34 years and at Tozer for 24, was named a finalist (the only one from Colorado) for a nationwide Janitor of the Year contest this year. Like so many of our educators, he is an everyday hero in our school community. We are grateful for the thoughtful, dedicated, passionate people in our schools who inspire innovation and empower the success of our students.

We are also fortunate to have a community that consistently supports and celebrates teachers. Our Parent Teacher Advisory Committees provide support in the classroom and on field trips, raise money for school and classroom projects, and ensure that teachers regularly feel appreciated. We also want to extend our appreciation to all parents for the five-fold decrease we saw in opt-outs on standardized tests across the District this year. This will result in fewer gaps in student performance data and will make it easier for our teachers and schools to make changes to instruction that support students.

We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful and safe summer. In the district, we will be busy with more than 50, 2016 bond-funded construction projects. Most schools will be closed from May 14 to August 24. We will share more information about fall registration in early August.You can check out the list of summer 2018 construction projects here.

Thank you for a great year! We will see you when school starts on September 4.

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4