Community Message October 2018

Community Message October 2018
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In August, a record 800 people attended the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation's fifth annual Flip Flop Gala. The $200,000 raised helped the Foundation exceed the $1 million mark for total dollars raised in its five-year lifetime. A few weeks ago, nearly 300 people came together to celebrate the opening of the Windsor High School (WHS) Innovation Center and to commemorate the more than 50 construction projects completed across our school district this summer. On September 22, we celebrated WHS track, field, and stadium improvements and the support of our generous community with a complimentary Windsor Wizards football game. What a way to start the year!


The recorded Facebook live feed from the WHS open house event is available online. Whether you attended in person or watched the festivities from home, I hope that you felt our tremendous gratitude for your support.


Weld RE-4 shares a close-knit bond with our communities, which not only results in the types of investments we celebrated together in September but also leads to unique learning experiences for our students. A great example of this is the recent expansion of Grandview Elementary School’s garden. The outdoor space behind Grandview has long been used to teach students about agriculture, and with the support of 20 Windsor-area businesses that donated supplies and other assistance, the garden was upgraded this summer. You can read more about it here.


We are committed to growing community partnerships like this, especially as our community grows. Weld RE-4 communities continue to be hotspots for housing developments and in-demand places for families to live. Preliminary enrollment numbers project that our school district will serve over 6,770 students this year. Last year, we served around 6,300 students. The class of 2019 at WHS includes 360 students.


Thanks to the foresight of our community, we alleviated some of the capacity crunch at the high school this year with the opening of the WHS Innovation Center, and we will further ease capacity when Severance High School opens for the 2019-2020 school year. However, as expected, we are experiencing capacity imbalances in some of our elementary and middle schools. As we create a boundary for Severance High School, adjustments will also be made to some of our elementary and middle school boundaries.Please note that while individual school boundaries may shift, the district’s boundaries will not change.


We welcome your input on school boundaries at any of the following meetings. Each meeting will cover the same information.

  • Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00pm, at Severance Middle School
  • Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm, at Grandview Elementary School
  • Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm, at Windsor High School


The Board of Education is expected to vote on school boundaries in December 2018, and families affected by boundary changes will be notified soon thereafter. More information will be available on our website throughout this process, and you may also direct questions and comments to us at engage@weldre4.org.


Your input and partnership are essential, both as we continue to address and plan for student enrollment growth in our community and as we strive to provide Weld RE-4 students with innovative, meaningful, and forward-thinking learning opportunities and experiences. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead. Thank you for your continued support of Weld RE-4 students, staff, and schools.

Sincerely, 
Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent