As another school year approaches, things are getting very exciting for our students as we continue to get ready for another year of academic excellence. The school board has created a new mission statement which will guide our work in Weld Re-8:
Weld County School District Re-8 will provide an environment where students
"Love to learn and people love to work.”
Our love for our students, and our community is shown in the construction work we are currently in the final phases of completing in our schools. This will result in a number of world-class facility updates throughout our schools including:
· A more secure middle school with state-of-the-art geothermal comfort controls to ensure a safe learning environment;
· A new track large enough to accommodate track meets (we have been unable to do this for some time as we were limited by the number of our track lanes);
· Four new tennis courts so we may host tennis matches for our high school students;
· A new grass playing field at Butler Elementary;
· Upgrades and new flooring in the high school commons, as well as new seating in the high school auditorium;
· State-of-the-art seating and performance sound system in the middle school auditorium;
· Field leveling at Twombly; and
· Various heating and air conditioning upgrades throughout the district.
But schools are more than facilities. The board has also made technology, after school programming and a focus on rigorous activities and athletic activities a priority as well and as such has increased the eligibility requirements to participate in athletics and activities. With a focus on rigor, the board wanted to ensure that academic supports were in place to help ensure our students are successful. These supports include the ability for students to receive additional academic support, during the school day, in core classes (math and language arts) as well as after school tutoring programs in all of our schools.
To have rigorous classrooms you need to have world-class educators and this takes professional development training and time for teachers to look at student achievement data to be able to modify instruction to meet the individual student’s needs. The biggest change you will want to pay attention to is the Late Start Wednesdays. Every Wednesday school will start one hour later than normal, with buses picking up students one hour later as well, so we have time for our staff to work on areas of effective instruction. On Late Start Wednesdays we will still be providing breakfast programming for our students to ensure they have a nutritious start to their academic day.
Other academic changes also include strengthening our ties with Aims Community College and we will be providing more opportunities for our students to take Career and Technology Education courses in the areas of construction trades, the oil and gas industry, as medical preparation classes. We are also bolstering our ties through increasing opportunities for concurrent enrollment for students that meet the guidelines for participation in upper level coursework.
In closing, our 113 graduates in the 100th Anniversary Graduation Class of 2014 is evidence that our students can rise to any challenge and be academically successful. We still have our work ahead, but with your help and support, we will continue to be focus on providing a world-class education for our students provided by an effective teacher and support staff structure so that our students will be “college ready!”
Late Start Begins Wednesday, September 3rd
All schools will have a weekly late start, on Wednesdays, beginning September 3. 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
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
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