Community Message April 2019

Community Message April 2019
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April 2019

 

Ten years ago, this year’s class of graduating seniors sat in third grade classrooms in a district made up of one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools. Heading into the summer of 2009, we were preparing to open Severance Middle School and construction was underway on Range View Elementary School. Now, a decade later, Windsor High School has been renovated and expanded and we are preparing to open Severance High School.

 

In October 2008, the Greeley Tribune published an aerial view of Severance Middle School under construction. At the time, we were busy developing the curriculum, name, mascot, and colors.

 

While much has changed, so much remains the same. Even though thousands of people have moved into our community in the last decade, what drew them here—what drew all of us here—remains the same: a safe community, a small-town feel, a desire to help our neighbors, and a commitment to support the next generation. These are the things that continue to bring us together.

 

As each new school in Weld RE-4 has opened, the programs and experiences available to our students have expanded. At the elementary level, we have an International Baccalaureate program, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, a project-based learning approach, and an emphasis on agriculture. Our two comprehensive middle schools offer leading-edge service-learning and media-production programs. For a one high school district, Windsor High School course options have always rivaled those of much larger districts with multiple high schools. As Severance High School opens this fall, opportunities for high school students to learn, perform, compete, and lead will continue to grow.

 

Community support has made all of this possible. Your investments in education have allowed us to create school communities that complement each other and meet the needs of Weld RE-4 families and the expectations of our community; something we will continue to prioritize as we make plans to further expand to accommodate all families in our district.

 

Earlier this year, the district’s Long Range Planning Committee recommended that we request funding from voters in 2020 to continue building out a “feeder pattern” of schools that will allow us to adequately serve our elementary and middle school student populations. The committee recommended the construction of two new elementary schools, the expansion of Severance Middle School, and significant improvements to Windsor Middle School.

 

Many of you have been part of past construction-planning efforts. You know how much work goes into planning for these projects. Over the next year, the school district and the Board of Education will work with a variety of stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, staff members, and partners, to develop plans that will be brought forward to the larger community for consideration and input. As we plan for the future, we need your view on how growing our schools can benefit both our students and our community alike.

Sincerely, 
Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District