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Important Upcoming Dates:
October 12th - Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 p.m.
October 13th - Early Dismissal Twombly @ 12:40 p.m., Quest @ 12:50 p.m. abd Butler, Middle and High School at 1:00 p.m.
Weld Re-8 STRONG
As I visit classrooms throughout the District, I truly am impressed at the passion each of you brings to our students. I believe that teaching is the single most important profession where the people are called on to honor their individual gifts. Best instruction and relationships is the key to continual improvement as educators and I will continue to challenge each of you to provide your “very best everyday.”
The Board of Education hosted a workshop at Twombly this past Monday night where the discussion centered on each schools celebration. Each Principal had the opportunity to present their focus area for this school year. Your building leaders spoke with passion and pride about the work in buildings and district to the Board. I listened as each described how their buildings approach each students learning as a priority but never lose sight of the individual as a whole. They spoke of improving instruction through the use of the teaching cycle included in the Trust Agreement. I am including the section from the Trust Agreement for you to review.
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
A joint statement on curriculum, instruction and assessment (to be added to Article 18) The Association, Board of Education and Administrative team support the use of interim assessments as an important, necessary and required part of the instructional cycle, data discussions and state Unified Improvement Plans. The Joint Task Force has recommended the following: •Grades K-8 will have Galileo Pre and Post Assessments; •Grades K-8 will have Galileo Benchmarks 1 and 2 (only 2 interim benchmark assessments the week of October 24 and February 1) and •Grades 9-12 will have Galileo Benchmarks 1, 2 and 3 (interim benchmark assessments will be similar to the past year). The Office of Student Achievement will continue to work to build collective understanding about assessments, including additional professional development on methodology and validity of growth scores. The work of the negotiations team (story, interests, options, and areas of importance will be forwarded to the Student Achievement Leadership Team (SALT).
Principals and Building Leadership Teams will continue to work with District Leadership and the Student Achievement Leadership Team to focus our instruction individually and as grade level and department teams.
•What do we want our students to learn (Atlas Curriculum Mapping; Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum/Learning Targets)? •What research-based instructional practices will be used to ensure high levels of learning for all students (best Instructional Practices, district initiatives, building initiatives)? •How will we know they are learning? (assessments and data discussions, including, but not limited to the use of interim, pre and post assessments) •What will we do if students are not learning or have already learned the material? (Access to Intervention or Enrichment, revision of the district retention policy, development of summer school and other interventions, including consistent Tier 1 and 2 interventions) •As a building, grade level team or departmental team we will work to share information about assessments and data goals in meaningful ways with students, parents and constituents of Weld Re-8. Scott:
The season for October count is upon us. Today I worked with the registrars to clean up some data in Infinite Campus including the spelling of city names in the database. I also have been working on the data as it comes from the state. Because we still do not have the Performance Frameworks, we had to cancel the District Accountability Committee meeting scheduled for next Monday, September 19, 2016. The timeframe for developing the school and District Unified Improvement Plans is going by and we are waiting for our preliminary accreditation rankings from the state. This week we are also conducting interviews for a one-half time District Accountability Coordinator position and filling the vacancy left when Chavonne Demler left, so we are looking forward to getting back to fully staff.
Gayle Dunlap, Office of Student Achievement:
Monday, September 19th: No Students - Professional Development
Kindergarten through 2nd Grade will meet at Aims – Prairie Room 111 – FOSS Training 8:00 – 11:15, Curriculum Mapping Review / Grade Level Planning & Benchmark 2 Review 12:15 – 3:30 at Butler (Kindergarten will also have TS Gold Training)
Middle School and High School will send out their school’s plan (BM2 Review 9:00 – 11:00)
Arby will meet with all Special Education Teachers and Support Team
Pre-school will have training in at Butler.
Monday, September 19th: Induction Module #2: Literacy Strategies - Miranda Pickering – Elementary Only (6th – 12th will reschedule with Angie Mays – Gayle will contact each of you to find a new time.)
Thursday, September 22nd – 3:45 – 5:00pm: Induction Training: Module I – First Days of School
Friday, September 23rd – Homecoming Celebrations!
College Week Starts September 26th – Sept. 30th
Brenda Johnson, Business Manager:
After meeting with the CEBT representative, currently we are looking at an increase of around 4.5% for next year. Please keep in mind this is just a projection based on our data thru June 30, 2016. We need to see how our claims run thru December 31, 2016 and what the overall renewal for the Trust is for the July 1, 2017 renewal date. With that said they don’t expect the overall renewal for CEBT to vary a great deal, however, the key is how the school district's claims run thru year end.
Butler would like to welcome two new teachers to the staff. Ms. Adriana Contreras, Kindergarten and Ms. Abigail Turner, Preschool.
Quest: Students at Quest have had a great start to the new school year! Kindergarten students loved walking like penguins when they learned about Antarctica, they are studying all 7 continents. 1st and 6th grade students have been learning about the earth's mantle and rocks and minerals. Our 3rd and 4th grade students had a wonderful time visiting The Fort and learning about the history of Ft. Lupton. Our 2nd grade students have their noses in the book "Charlotte's Web" and they have also discovered how diverse they are by mapping their places of birth. 5th grade students are getting down and dirty learning about worms and decomposing! They are also on the edge of their seat reading the mystery "The Westing Game." Our 7th graders wrote a newspaper and presented it to the class. The 8th grade students just started reading "The Twelfth Night." Our NJHS students had a lot of fun putting a Pioneer float together for Trapper Days. We are only 5 weeks into school, but we are busy being mathematicians, scientist, authors, readers, community leaders, and even historians!
I have received many responses to the Why questions asked back in early August and still ask those of you who have not completed the Google Sheet to take a moment to share. I continue with your answers this week.
Why did you choose education?
It may be a cliché to say I want to make a difference. Maybe in a way it is yet there is a foundational desire I have to positively impact kids. My calling is to give students a safe place to learn, grow, better themselves, and help me to grow too. Yes, even at my age I can learn and grow. In my career I have worked with thousands of kids and seeing their successes as adults is a blessing; I also mourn with their loss or tragedies and struggles in their lives. So why do I teach? Simple, something greater than me has called me to teach and I am blessed each day to have that opportunity.
I chose education because I love working with children. Specifically, I want to make a difference in the lives of children who are struggling academically and/or socially/emotionally. I want each child I work with to know they are special & cared for, always.
It is my belief that education forms the foundation for a healthy human being and a healthy, productive society. Learning new skills, gaining knowledge, and expanding our perspectives are vital to growth. I chose education because I would like to play my part in contributing to the growth of others, just as others have contributed to mine.
Why did you choose Weld Re-8?
I like the fact that the small size of this district allows for stronger teams and increased focus on students. This is the most close-knit team I have seen and the strong bonds formed as a result of that closeness are evident throughout the different buildings.
I lived in the district and wanted to be where my children were. Now I have been in the district for nearly 27 years. My children have grown and I have come to have a different outlook on my employment in the district. Although it is close to where I live, and convenient, I've felt that God has placed me here in the district in my place of employment. He has given me many times throughout the years opportunities where I have realized that I can make a difference not only in what I do in my job but also in the lives of the kids.
I believe that this community is capable of amazing things if given the proper tools and supports; I wanted to be one of those supports. I really wanted to be a school counselor at one of our elementary's that was not to be and so now I help our families to find the right amount of support and tools.
Why did you choose to return to Weld Re-8?
I enjoy the genuine relationships that I have with students because of the small size of the district.
I really would like to see the necessary changes occur here as I have witnessed the academic, athletic, and community struggles within our school district's overall performance. I desire to have an active role in my current position where I can help assist in this process, but ultimately desire further leadership opportunities that will lead to the turnaround vision that so many people crave.
This is my sixth year teaching and coaching in this district and I still love coming to work! The students and staff are great and I believe our school and district is continually striving for excellence.
As I close this week, I would like to remind each of you of the importance educators serve in the successful future of our world. I need to clarify to each person on our team that I consider every person in this organization as a part of the family of educators in Weld Re-8. While you may feel you do not directly instruct students in the classroom, your role in our district serves students at the very core. Thank you for all you do for our students!
The Bright Futures program is simple. Qualified graduates of the Class of 2016 receive up to $3,000 per year for up to four years to help fund your education.
Set up as a workforce development fund, the Weld County Bright Future Grant Program is a tuition assistance program for Weld County high school graduates, GED recipients and Honorably Discharged U.S. Veterans and is funded by donations from taxpayers who receive tax incentive payments or credits for their contribution. To learn more about the Weld County Bright Futures Grant Program, go to http://www.weldcountybrightfutures.com.
Beginning in 2016, high school graduates, GED recipients and Honorably Discharged U.S. Veterans* who, during the past four years, have lived in Weld County for at least two full years; one of those years being the year of graduation from high school or receiving a GED.
*Residency requirements for Veterans differ; please visit the web site for full details. Admitted to and enrolled at any higher education institution or certified training program.
Make regular progress toward a degree or certification, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average at the post-secondary institution.
Complete a minimum of 12-credit hours per semester to recieve full benefit. Apart-time student may recieve pro-rated benefit.
There is no family income cap on the program and these "first-in" dollars will not hinder your eligible to receive other financial aid. You will still be eligiable for the Aims College Promise or the CSU Alliance and other programs and scholarships. See your high school counselor for more information.