Entrance Age Requirements for August 2015: Children must be five years of age on or before August 1 of the current year before they are eligible to enter kindergarten and four years of age on or before August 1 of the current year to enter preschool. Younger students shall be accepted in kindergarten if transferring from a public school kindergarten program. Children shall be eligible for enrollment in the first grade if they are six years of age on or before August 1 of the current year. Younger students shall be accepted if transferring from a first grade in another public school. A legal birth certificate or other proof of age may be requested for enrollment age verification.
Open Enrollment: Weld Re-8 students (Twombly, Butler, Quest and the Middle School) and families, who wish to enroll their children in a school other than their neighborhood school, have the option of participating in our open enrollment process for the 2015-16 school year.
Open enrollment for the 2015-16 school year runs through Friday, May 8, 2015. Any student in Colorado may enroll in any Weld Re-8 school that has classroom space. The application form is available at the school offices or the administration building. Families will be notified of acceptance by June 11, 2015.
Negotiations with the Teachers’ Association: The Negotiations Team 2015 held our first meeting on March 10. Our facilitators, Dave Mussetter (CEA staff member) and Jim Lowham (retired Supt of Schools, Casper, WY) provided a training “refresher” on interest based strategies. Items to be discussed include: •Salary (in particular looking at the salaries of staff in the middle areas of the salary schedule) •Insurance (district contribution to the health insurance package of medical, dental, vision and life insurance) •Performance Pay (this was a pilot program this fall and will be revisited) •Association Leader Release Time •Tuition Reimbursement (we will review the tuition reimbursement program) •Additional items from the association and the admin/board (up to two additional items each) •A review of prenegotiations work as determined last spring
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.
Attention Weld Re-8 Families of Preschool-Aged Children Please pick up a preschool program registration packet for the 2015-16 school year DATE: Thursday, April 16 ** PLACE: Fort Lupton Recreation Center TIME: Anytime between 3-7 PM
**Note it is not necessary for your child to attend this step of registration**
All children who will be 4 years of age on or before August 1, 2015, are eligible to enroll in the preschool program. Families with a child who will be 3 on or before August 1, who have child and/or family eligibility factors that may affect overall learning readiness, may also pick up an Application packet at the above date and time. An application does not guarantee enrollment and will be reviewed and accepted based on specific qualifications and available space.
Upon picking up the registration packet on April 16, you will be asked to sign up for a follow-up appointment to return the completed enrollment papers. At this scheduled appointment, you will need to bring your child, three (3) documents to prove residency, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, and a copy of a current immunization record. Thank you for registering now!
Spring registration gives us time to plan for program needs and will ensure your child’s enrollment is complete to begin the exciting preschool journey on August 19, 2015. Please contact Sheryl Hough for further information at 303-857-7337 or 303-857-7449
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
4/27/2015-No School For Elementary Students; Grades 6-12 in Session, regular hours.
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