Carnival: The Booster Club is hosting their second annual community carnival from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 at the High School/Floyd Acre gym. Proceeds go to support the many clubs, teams and organizations at the High School.
Superintendent Search:The Weld Re-8 School Board is in the process of the Superintendent Search. The Board is working with Bob Cito of the Colorado Association of School Boards. Mr. Cito served as a science teacher, high school principal and superintendent in the Golden and Montrose Schools, as well as BOCES administrator in the Colorado Springs area.
Focus groups were held for school and community members in January. The position has been posted and has now closed with over 20 applicants. The Board is screening applications on March 2nd and 9th. Interview committee training is at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 and finalists will be interviewed on Saturday, March 21, with the goal of naming a superintendent by the end of March. The Board looks forward to working with staff and community members in this important task. The new superintendent will begin work on July, 1, 2015.
Testing:As we approach PARCC testing window (PARCC is the state test that replaces CSAP and TCAP), I think it is good to reflect on what is “essential” for schools. Mike Schmoker in the book Focus states just three simple things: “reasonably coherent curriculum (what we teach); sound lessons (how we teach); and far more purposeful reading and writing in every discipline, or authentic literacy (integral to both what and how we teach).”
Research shows that these three elements will have a huge impact on your students’ success. I believe the collaborative planning that is becoming the norm at so many levels in our schools results in sound, improved lessons; the data discussions help inform and target what we teach, when we teach it and to whom. We see more emphasis on purposeful reading and writing in all of our schools. We are on the right track with this simple concept and I am confident our students, teachers and school families are more engaged every day in purposeful teaching and learning that will pay off in closing the opportunity gap for our kids. If we have done those things well, students will be prepared for the test. Please ensure your students have a good night’s rest and are ready to show us what they know and are able to do on the test days.
Snow Days: There have been some parents critical of the district for not closing school on Thursday due to the weather. We do monitor the weather and roads and have district personnel driving some roads in the area and reporting to Dick Hawley beginning at 4:00 a.m. Dick and I are in communication from then on, with the goal of making a decision by 5:00 a.m., given the fact the bus drivers and other school personnel, as well as parents are reporting to work or leaving for work shortly after that time. We also communicate with other area superintendents, especially neighboring schools in order to have an idea of conditions in those areas near our routes. Factors always include amounts of snowfall, ice or snow packed conditions, drifting (especially on the county roads) and wind chill dangers for students. The assumption is always schools are open, unless there are compelling reasons for closure. No school districts closed on Thursday February 26 in Weld County, nor did St. Vrain and Boulder Valley Schools. While some buses may have been a little late, students were transported safely. Some parents chose to keep kids home which is always a parent option. I appreciate staff efforts in battling the snow and cold this week to get to school, our bus drivers, as well as the crew who clears sidewalks and parking lots. I know it is tough on commuters, staff and kids; the first half of the month we had record warmth and a serious lack of snow. The last half of the month has reminded us that this is still winter in Colorado as we end February with record amounts of snow and cold temperatures.
Here’s hoping for a break in the weather and signs of spring in March!
John Hoag, Superintendent
SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION
When it becomes necessary to close school due to weather conditions and/or mechanical conditions, the district will send a phone message (please make sure we have your current contact information), post the information on our website (www.weld8.org) and broadcast information over the following television and radio stations:
Channel 2 KWGN Channel 31 KDVR
Channel 4 KCNC KFKA 1310 AM
Channel 7 KMGH KOA 850 AM
Channel 9 KUSA
The listing will be Weld County Re-8, Fort Lupton
For a recording about school closure information, please call: 303-857-7370. Depending on weather conditions, schools may be closed for the day or schools may have a delayed start. As always, student safety is our priority. Parents may elect to keep children home in adverse conditions.
The Colorado Action for Healthy Kids is currently accepting applications for parent advocates for the 2015-16 school year. Parent advocate volunteers and K-12 schools across Colorado will work collaboratively to make sustainable changes that aim to improve the schoolĂ‚â€™s overall health and wellness plan. Selected parents and their school health teams will receive leadership training, coaching, and up to $1,000 in grant funding to develop and implement approved school wellness projects. Multiple parents from a school may serve as parent advocates and participate as members of the program and on the project team (see Program Description for details). Parents who may apply must be from schools with at least 40% eligibility for free-reduced school meals. The application can be found on the Colorado Action for Healthy Kids team Parent Advocate Program webpage and is due on 15 January 2015. Bilingual and monolingual Spanish speaking parents are encouraged to apply. For additional information, please contact Denise Marques (dmarques@ActionforHealthyKids.org or 303-781-1705) or Maritza Gutierrez (MGutierrez@ActionforHealthyKids.org or 303-917-4797).
Food Service Coordinator
Weld County School Dist Re-8
616 S. Denver Ave
Fort Lupton CO 80643
Late Start Wednesday
All schools will have a weekly late start, on Wednesdays. School will start 1 hour later than the normal time, with buses also running 1 hour later than usual on Wednesday mornings. Teachers will report 30 minutes early to allow a 90 minute plan time for all staff at each school to hold grade level or departmental team meetings, analyze data and plan instruction. Late starts will begin on Wednesday, September 3 and will take place each Wednesday through May 13, 2015.
Todas las escuelas comenzaran tarde cada semana, los días miércoles comenzando el 3 de septiembre. La escuela dará comienzo 1 hora más tarde que el tiempo normal, con los camiones escolares también corriendo 1 hora más tarde que lo de costumbre por las mañanas de los días miércoles. Los maestros se reportaran 30 minutos más temprano para permitirles tener 90 minutos de tiempo para planeo para que todo el personal de cada escuela pueda llevar a cabo juntas de cada nivel de grado o del equipo departamental, analizar información y planeo de instrucción. La comienzos tardes darán principio el miércoles, 3 de septiembre y se llevara a cabo cada miércoles hasta el 13 de mayo, 2014-2015.
Superintendent John Hoag
posted September 2nd, 2014
Weld Re-8 Moves Up to “Improvement” State Rating
(Fort Lupton) Weld School District Re-8 has received the tentative District Performance Framework (DPF) and School Performance Framework (SPF) ratings from the Colorado Department of Education. The ratings are considered tentative until the state board of education takes official action on the district rating later this year and the local school board take action to accredit its schools after an internal review by the District Accountability Committee (DAC) in September. The school board will take action on the school accreditation ratings and pass their recommendations on to the state in October. The ratings are based on a number of key data indicators including spring of 2014 TCAP scores, growth scores, sub-group performance, and post-secondary readiness.
The District Performance Framework received from the state has a district rating of “Improvement” status, up from the previous “Priority Improvement” status from the past year. The rating increased from 48.6% to 53.6%. Both “Priority Improvement” and “Turnaround” status had a number of possible state sanctions had the district not increased its rating over five years. The district entered “Year Three Priority Improvement” status on July of 2014, but the turnaround clock has stopped with the increased “Improvement” rating and the possibility of any sanctions has been lifted by the state.
In addition, Twombly Elementary, under the guidance of Principal Gayle Dunlap and with an all-out effort by the school’s teachers, had the best increases on its TCAP scores in terms of growth and its rating went to an all-time high from “Improvement” status to “Performance” status. The “Performance” status is the highest rating under the School Performance Framework. Twombly Elementary is currently the highest rated school in the district. The “Performance Plan” rating indicates the school meets or exceeds statewide attainment on the performance indicators. The school’s rating increased to 63.7%.
Butler Elementary slipped in its rating from to 52.3% but is retains its “Improvement” status. Fort Lupton Middle School also fell a few points in its rating to 58.9% and dropped in its rating as well. Under advisement from the state, the district will file a Request for Reconsideration hoping that further data examination, as well as a body of evidence will reinstate the previous rating of “Performance” as the schools points barely fell below the cut points needed to attain the “Performance” rating. The state currently has the high school rated as “Improvement” plan with the school rated at 50.5%, the lowest performing school in the district. Fort Lupton High School has retained its previous rating of “Improvement” status although scores in areas such as math did fall dramatically this past year. The school’s rating has continued to slip and the district is working with the school on a 45 Day and 90 Day Action Plan to increase student achievement in the core content areas of math and language arts.
Outgoing Superintendent Mark A. Payler commented on the ratings stating, “It took a team effort to see the positive results we are seeing in the recently released tentative ratings, but surely these ratings demonstrate to the public that the district is on the right path toward raising academic success. The solution to increasing student achievement is already here, good solid instruction practices need to be supported by the district and community – they will lead all students toward academic success. The answer is about solid instructional practices, systemically implemented, which produce positive results. Those schools that embraced the data-driven instructional practices we studied and implemented with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Turnaround Leadership Program showed positive growth as demonstrated by the increases at Twombly Elementary, Butler Elementary and Fort Lupton Middle School. The on-going challenge will be for all schools to raise their achievement to the level our students are capable of reaching.”
Highlights from the District Performance Framework (DPF): •Academic Achievement score increased 2% •Academic Growth score increased 3% •Growth Gap score increased ~5% •Post-secondary Work Force Readiness score increased 8% •Weld Re-8 exceeds the state expectation for growth in elementary math •Weld Re-8 exceed the state expectations for growth in middle school math for special needs students •Weld Re-8 growth on ACCESS meets the state expectation in elementary and high school
Highlights from Twombly’s School Performance Framework (SPF): •Academic Achievement score increased from 43.8% to 50% •Academic Growth score improved from 60.7% to 67.9% •Growth Gap score improved from 50% to 68.8% •Writing achievement approached state expectation •Academic Growth in math exceeds state expectation •Growth gap for FRL students meets state expectation in math •Growth gap for minority and ELL students meets state expectation in math •Growth Gap for students needing to catch up in math meets state expectation •All subgroups meet state expectation in writing
Highlights from Butler’s School Performance Framework (SPF): •Writing achievement approaches state expectations •ACCESS growth meets state expectations
Highlight’s from Fort Lupton Middle School Performance Framework (SPF): •Academic Growth score increased from 60% to 65% •Weld Re-8 exceeds the state expectations for growth in middle school math for special needs students
Highlights from Fort Lupton High School Performance Framework (SPF): •Academic Achievement score increased from 37.5% to 41.7% •Post-Secondary Workforce Readiness score increased from 42.2% to 54.7% •Overall school performance framework score increased from 47.9% to 50.5% •Academic Achievement in writing improved from “Does not meet” to “Approaching” •ACCESS growth improved from “Approaching” to “Meets” •High School Drop-out score improved from “Approaching” to “Meets” •ACT score improved from “Does Not Meet” to “Approaching”
posted August 19th, 2014
Weld County School District Re-8
Late Start Wednesday-All schools will have a weekly late start, on Wednesdays. School will start 1 hour later than the normal time, with buses also running 1 hour later than usual on Wednesday mornings. Teachers will report 30 minutes early to allow a 90 minute plan time for all staff at each school to hold grade level or departmental team meetings, analyze data and plan instruction. Late starts will begin on Wednesday, September 3 and will take place each Wednesday through May 13, 2015.
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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, email@example.com