Community Message March 2017

Community Message march 2017
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March 2017

In Weld RE‑4 schools, innovation takes many forms. At Tozer Primary School, a class of first graders climbed into the cab of a concrete mixer and saw concrete and asphalt samples up close as part of a lesson on earth materials. At Skyview School of STEM, fourth graders crawled into an inflatable tent that simulates the night sky for an astronomy lesson. At Windsor Middle School, two teams competed in the Department of Energy's 27th National Science Bowl.

In addition to what is happening at each of our elementary and middle schools, large-scale innovation is taking shape at Windsor High School. Planning and preparation for construction of the new innovation center is well underway. Just as we invited all of you to be part of the planning for our school bond and mill levy projects last year, we want to invite you to hear about the progress of the projects now that their funding has been secured.

We are holding a community meeting on April 24 at 6:00 pm at the district administration building(1020 Main Street) to provide an update on the Windsor High School innovation center and district-wide mill levy technology projects. This will also be the first of several opportunities for you to meet the newly appointed principal of High School No.2, Mr. Chris Garcia. We hope you can join us.

These are exciting and busy times in Weld RE‑4. At this point in the school year, our halls are filled with student work. Projects happening in classrooms across the district demonstrate the culmination of what students have learned during the year. In May, students will bring some of those projects to our 2017 Learner's Showcase for all of you to see.

The Weld RE‑4 2017 Learner's Showcase will be held on Thursday, May 4 at Severance Middle School from 5:30–8:00 pm. The event will feature individual and group project presentations, as well as a Maker Faire, student-led opening and closing ceremonies, and a performance by the Grandview Elementary School Percussion Ensemble. This event will recognize and award the exciting innovations taking place both within and outside of our schools.

Speaking of recognition, we want to congratulate Skyview School of STEM for earning a John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education. This honor was awarded for the school’s demonstration of excellent academic achievement, earlier this month. We also want to recognize the Windsor Wizards' girls basketball team for their exciting run in the Final Four tournament, and all of those who came out to support them. It's great to see our crowd described as "electric" in the newspaper!

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming district events. Have a wonderful spring break.

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District