THANK YOU, for allowing us to start some major school renovation work which is sorely needed at all of our buildings. If you have driven by the middle school recently you would have noticed brightly colored orange flags out on the football field. These flags represent the locations of a closed-loop 500’ wells for our geo-thermal field which will commence with drilling in the next several weeks. This field will provide the heating for the middle school during the colder months and in warm weather. We will reverse the system and use heat pumps to take heat away from the middle school and return it to the ground, thus chilling the rooms in the school. The system is a closed loop system with no materials – water or chemicals – to be introduced or taken from the grounds or aquifer in order to climate control the middle school.
Another major focus this past e summer was to identify the entry to the middle school for both security and ADA handicap reasons. A final design was selected by the school board in June, and a “ground-breaking” ceremony was conducted in September for the entry - although we won’t begin actual construction on the new entry until next spring.
Other bond-related projects presently being conducted include improvements at Twombly Elementary School where the carpeting has been replaced and some interior painting and new signage will be installed shortly. Butler Elementary School is also in the process of having various roofing improvements conducted yet this fall. Projects slated for next summer include a new level grass field for Twombly and Butler, tennis courts at the high school and a new track surface at the current existing track location with the addition of an additional track lane so we may host track meets.
We are very concerned about the safety of our schools and you will have seen new security procedures and policies in place in our buildings – as well as time-locked doors. Recent school-related tragedies across the nation prompted us to bring in a school safety expert to evaluate our building’s safety systems. His recommendations have caused us to revamp the entries to our buildings. Currently, as you enter our buildings during certain parts of the days you may have to be “buzzed” into the building, after we have properly identified you, through a locked and secure door. While an inconvenience, we need to do this for all of the right reasons – to ensure the safety of our children.
Our theme this year is “A World-Class School District…Be There!” We have implemented a number of changes to meet the challenges of being “world-class” --- from a weekly 90 minute staff PLC (data discussion block) time built into each of our schools schedules to the 90 day action plans and new accountability efforts by everyone, this will be challenging work for all of us.
But we do this hard work for one reason – to ensure our students are able to compete with any student, anywhere…period.
In closing, YOU are a critical link in out student achievement work. We need YOUR involvement in our schools; we need YOUR positive involvement with your child at home. YOU can make the difference in YOUR child’s academic and school success.
Together, we can make a difference.
-Mark A. Payler
Superintendent of Schools
Middle School demolition photos of main hallways
Board of Education Power Point Presentation Please follow this link to the Weld Re-8 Board of Education Power Point presentation which was given at the beginning of the June 26, 2014 Regular Board Meeting held at 301 Reynolds Street in Fort Lupton. The Power Point was developed after numerous public comments at board meetings, as well as to address concerns which originated out of the board’s Listening Tour from this past spring. The board would like to thank the concerned citizens who asked questions prompting the formation of this Power Point presentation. It has been, and continues to be, a very informative endeavor for the board to focus on the data, facts and research. We are confident our work will provide, in partnership with volunteerism by our citizens and taking into account the uniqueness of our community, a superior education for our children. –Weld School District Re-8 Board of Education
Weld Re-8 Summer Food Service Program
Weld County School District Re8 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Lunch will be provided to all children aged 18 and under without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Meals will be provided at the site and times as follows: Location: Butler Elementary School 411 S. McKinley Ave, Fort Lupton, CO 80621 Paula Lefforge, Kitchen Manager 303-857-7335 Meal Served: Lunch Time: 11:00am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday Date: Beginning June 2nd and ending June 27th (We will not offer the program in July due to construction/repairs at all schools)
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL RATING REPORTS
Recently there has been a disclosure on a website about the ratings of our schools and again we are concerned about these ratings. The biggest concern has been the high school rating of D- and that score has generated a considerable amount of conversation on social media. We, as a district, are concerned too.
Keep in mind that these independent rating sites lag a year behind in where they obtain their data. Their data source is NOT from this year’s TCAP and CMAS scores (Spring 2014) but instead are derived from data obtained from the previous year’s assessment scores (Spring 2013). Using their own methodology, these sites then convert numerical scores to a letter grade. Again, the core data is from over a year ago, and are not reflective of the current administration’s effort to increase student success.
Prior to the current school year, we were concerned about our low achievement at the high school and implemented a number of research-based efforts to address, and continuing to address, our high school’s academic progress. These efforts included:
Replacing the principal (late spring 2013) with a school leader that had a demonstrated record of academic and turnaround success. The current principal was hired as he had the traits, qualities, and academic success record we were looking for to turn around Fort Lupton High School.
We forged a relationship, through the financial and program support of the Colorado Department of Education, with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Partnership in Education Leadership (PLE) program. While Mr. Kaylor was a “late hire” we were able to get the new high school principal to attend the PLE summer institute in July (other district leaders attended in June, but the high school principal wasn’t hired in time to attend the session with other school leaders) and he has been actively engaged in the PLE turn-around initiative to support the academics of our high school staff and students.
At the district level, and with fidelity, we have implemented the PLE Core Beliefs into our schools. It is a unique, but proven, approach which includes:
Building systemic leadership capacity at the district and state levels that enable education delivery systems to establish necessary learning conditions;
Developing more effective leadership practices at the school level that enable teachers to dramatically improve student outcomes;
Ensuring that leadership is seen as a primary lever to drive student outcomes;
Providing school leaders with world-class leadership development and capacity building opportunities; and
Building district capacity to create the right conditions for school transformation across four critical areas:
Differentiated Support and Accountability
We have also instituted a number of research-based practices into all of our schools including the high school. These practices include:
District-level support utilizing the “shepherd” approach of weekly monitoring of school’s academic goals and providing support and feedback to achieve those goals;
On-going interim benchmark assessments which guide our instructional practices. Unlike TCAP, we utilize the Galileo assessment as it gives us real-time data which we analyze to provide guidance in modifying our instruction at the classroom level;
Frequent and on-going teacher data discussions using benchmark scores to drive changes in instructional practices;
School-level action plans with academic goals and targets which are monitored via lesson plans and school leader classroom walk-through visits;
On-going curriculum reviews to ensure our instruction is aligned with Colorado Model Content Standards; and
At the high school we have hired additional instructors in the areas of math and language arts in order to reduce the student class size.
Specific to the high school, the school and district administration are:
Developing a master schedule that aligns student academic needs to appropriate course offerings supported by our strongest teachers - this may require additional time for the student to be in a specific content area such as math;
Implementing specialized academic leadership and instructional support by providing the dedicated services of a Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the secondary level;
Developing an after-school tutoring program to help those students that need additional academic support; and
Utilizing the late start Wednesday in order to have content and grade level time to plan for effective instruction.
In closing, we are just as concerned as our community about our academic success at all grade level. From the school board down to the classroom level, we are doing all we can to ensure our students’ success not only now, but well into the future. With your help we will move our educational community into an era of academic and scholarship success.
posted May 15th, 2014
posted: April 8, 2014
Weld County School District Re-8
Status: Closed for Summer Break
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In compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Colorado law and Board of Education Policy AC (Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity), Weld County School District Re-8 does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person has been identified as the compliance officer for the district: Superintendent, Weld County School District Re-8: 301 Reynolds Street, Fort Lupton, CO 80621, 303.857.3200, firstname.lastname@example.org