Welcome Back August Newsletter 2019

Welcome Back August 2019
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August 2019
A few weeks ago, when we kicked off the school year with our staff, every seat in the new Severance High School auditorium was full. We welcomed over 700 staff members, and later that week, we welcomed more than 7,200 students into our schools. We are at 107% capacity at both the elementary and middle school level where not only every seat is full, but there are also 13 classrooms in exterior modulars to address overcrowding.

What you notice in a completely full room where there isn’t an empty seat, is that the cheers are louder; the enthusiasm, greater; and the opportunities, infinite. While we plan for a possible 2020 bond to address continued growth in Weld RE-4 with two new elementary schools and additional capacity at our two middle schools, we are capitalizing on the potential of the 7,200 students in our community this year.

To give you a sense of what they are capable of, in this five-minute video, we captured first graders creating insect habitats, middle schoolers helping a population in need, and high schoolers designing their own clothing lines. This is education in 2019. As we plan for our future, our students and their innovative teachers are our inspiration.
Our community is also a source of inspiration. This year, our high school students will work in a variety of professional settings in our community—serving in positions from auto body repair technicians to bank tellers—as part of our Cooperative Office Education (COE) program. This program links our students to experiences that help guide their long-term career aspirations while helping them decide what they want to do after high school. Recent Windsor High School graduate Andre de Angel called the program life changing. He credits it (and the Sherry Unruh Allstate Agency) for building his confidence and preparing him for the future. You can read more about the COE program here.

Our hope is that, through these monthly messages, we can give the community a window into our students’ experiences—what they are doing inside and outside their schools. If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of how our district operates, please consider joining our EMPOWER program. Applications are open through September 12, and you can learn more about the program here. Space is limited.

Of course, the best way to get to know us better is to join the Weld RE-4 team! We have several positions open (instructional aides and coaches) and are looking for substitute teachers for the school year. Check out all of the openings on our website.

Thank you for everything you will do to empower success in Weld RE-4 in the year ahead! 
Dan Seegmiller                          
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District