Community Message September 2017

Community Message September 2017
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September 2017

At Windsor High School (WHS), collaboration is taking root in many ways. Designated student and staff collaboration spaces are sparking teamwork and innovation. Students in interior design classes are working with the district’s construction and architectural contractors to review the design process for the innovation center and provide input on finishes and furniture.

Collaboration is an important skill that students gain during their educational experience in Weld RE-4 schools; it’s one that they can apply throughout their lives to achieve success for themselves and the organizations they serve. At Weld RE-4, we know this firsthand: Collaboration is an important factor in the success of our students and our school district.

We could not effectively navigate the tremendous growth in our community without close collaboration with the towns in our district. Public safety entities, including fire and law enforcement agencies, are also critical partners in ensuring the wellbeing and safety of our students and families. This summer, we were excited to have the opportunity to help make our towns and firefighters safer. We hosted the Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue in the WHS fireside room so that they could test new masks in a simulated fire call prior to the demolition of the building.

Collaboration around community safety extends to our work with the Windsor Police Department (WPD), which employs the district’s crossing guards. Susan Doughty, one of our very own “crossing angels” who was recently profiled in WindsorNow!, sees our students as her students. That’s the trademark of successful collaboration.

The same is true for our School Resource Officer. This position is also the result of our partnership with WPD. Whether having lunch with elementary students at Mountain View or interacting with high school students, the relationships the SRO is developing are inspiring our students to think about careers in law enforcement and keeping a focus on the safety of all our school campuses. Similarly, Weld County Sheriff’s Deputies and their K-9, Loki, recently met with second- and third-grade students at Range View to educate them on how important it is to follow the law and talked to them about why they love their jobs.

Another collaboration benefiting our students is our partnership with the Clearview Library District (CLD). District educators and CLD library staff are working together to offer students opportunities to participate in book clubs, create broadcast productions, and engage in maker program activities. We are incredibly fortunate that our local library district is so invested in our students. Library staff reinforce our district's efforts around literacy and computer science by regularly visiting our schools to help students find books they like and to share the latest robotics equipment.

Our largest and most important collaboration is with our entire community—our students, staff, parents, residents, and businesses. You are our partners in everything that we do, and we are so grateful for all the ways you support us. That includes the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation's Flip Flop Gala. We were blown away by the more than 700 people in our community who attended the gala and helped raise over $200,000 that will be invested into our classrooms this year. Thank you!

Throughout the school year, we will continue to prioritize collaborations that inspire innovation and empower student and staff success. We look forward to sharing them with you.

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District