Community Message October 2020

Community Message October 2020
Posted on 10/12/2020
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One hundred and fifty years ago, when we were a nation of 38.5 million people living in 37 states, the National Weather Service issued its first weather forecast (which warned of a windy day in Chicago), and our very own Weld RE-4 School District was established. It was 1870, a time when women’s dresses were decorated with ruffles and lace and every man wore a vest, loitering in downtown ice cream stores was frowned upon, and the schoolhouse was warmed by wood burning fire.

Even in a year when celebrations are subdued, we couldn’t let our sesquicentennial anniversary pass by without recognition, especially given how it all started. In 1870, our district was established after its first schoolhouse was built by neighboring families to serve 20 children in a location just south of the current Safeway. One hundred and fifty years later, we may have grown by 7,500 students, but our Weld RE-4 community remains just as committed to education as its families were in 1870.

It’s inspiring to think about the fact that our schools have served students throughout our nation’s history, in times of hardship and sacrifice as well as those of great progress and innovation. It’s a reminder in 2020 that our current challenges are also temporary ones in the context of the next 150 years. However, as we look to the future, we must address the issues at hand to stay focused on our vision: Inspire Innovation. Empower Success.
As Grandview Principal David Grubbs and I shared with Colorado’s governor when he visited our district this month, in addition to continuing to refine efforts to serve students learning off campus, there are a number of important education issues that require the attention of our legislators. Those issues include providing the necessary guidance and protocols to allow secondary students to safely return to school full-time when the time comes, ensuring that funding budgeted for the school year is delivered as promised, and reducing stress among our educators and staff. We welcome opportunities like this to speak directly with the leaders in our state who influence critical decisions that affect our schools.  
The complicated issues involving lawmakers and state agencies are a reminder of just how much we appreciate local support of our schools. The Weld RE-4 Education Foundation recently launched an effort to recruit Champions of Education in our community through virtual fundraisers in October designed to replace the annual Flip Flop Gala, which could not be held this year. Money raised will go directly to our district to support efforts to overcome in-person and off-campus education challenges, specifically the gaps we have identified in technology, devices, and instructional materials. The Foundation’s success in raising over $1 million in the past five years is yet another indicator of how committed our community is to education. 
 
There’s no question that this is an historic year. So was 1964 when the Windsor Junior High School caught fire and 2008 when the tornado touched down. We are a resilient community that has not only valued and prioritized education for 150 years, but continually invested in programs and buildings which are putting us on the path to empower the success of students in the century to come. Thank you!  

Dan Seegmiller,
Superintendent, Weld RE-4