Community Message May 2020

Community Message May 2020
Posted on 05/27/2020
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Over the past few years, our approach to learning in Weld RE-4 has been evolving, but never has it evolved as much or as quickly as it did this spring. As I think about what went well over the past few months and why, it largely comes down to relationships. The better we know our families personally, the more successful we are at motivating and engaging our students. 

The relationships we form in school stick with us. Given the unique circumstances of the last semester of their senior year, those relationships have been even more meaningful for the Windsor High School Class of 2020. When the pandemic is long gone, this group of students will surely know how much we cared about and believed in them. When they look back, they will be proud (just as we are today) of the strong foundations they built here in Weld RE-4; foundations that made a difference for their future. 

Celebrating the Class of 2020 is a good reminder that we are all moving forward. However, the question is how to move forward when an active pandemic is still affecting our community? Our short-term response to remote learning this spring included connecting with our families and continuing education for our students. However, this initial supplemental approach is not a long-term solution. If remote learning is required during the 2020–21 school year, you can expect a renewed focus on accountability and new learning—which means more stringent practices around attendance, grading, feedback on learning, and teaching new content.

In the year ahead, our focus will be on ensuring students are engaged in learning that is meaningful and relevant to them and are participating in activities driven by their needs and interests. We expect an emphasis on strong routines, expectations, and accountability in and out of the classroom.

Heading into summer break, you will see more communication from us than is typical in the summer. We are committed to keeping you informed about what school will look like for Weld RE-4 students this fall. You should anticipate some changes to how we operate to ensure the health and safety of students and staff and to accommodate our most vulnerable students, staff, and families. As always, we will be closely monitoring any orders and guidance from the governor and our local public health department. Please be assured that we will approach all planning and decisions with the best interests of our community at heart.

Thank you for your extraordinary efforts to help our students reach the finish line this year. 

Dan Seegmiller, Superintendent