GRADUATION - CLASS of 2017
Graduation for the Class of 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 27th at 8:00AM at District 6 Stadium.
This year's Parent/Teacher conferences (2016-17) will be held on the following dates from 4:00pm-8pm:
Dear District 6 students and families:
I sincerely hope you had a fun and restful Spring Break. We are excited to have our students back in school, ready to finish the semester strong. It is a busy time of the year with assessments, concerts, projects and finally, graduation. I hope the rest of the school year is productive and pleasant for everyone!
I want to communicate two important changes we will implement in the 2017-18 school year. As you know, Greeley-Evans School District 6 failed to pass a ballot measure last November that would have brought approximately $12 million into our district annually for seven years. That, coupled with a projected cut in state funding has us looking to reallocate dollars in the 2017-18 budget. It will be lean, but our goal is to keep resources where they are making a difference for our students.
In this reallocation effort, we have made the decision to restructure our bus transportation for the 2017-18 school year. We will be increasing the required walk distance for all students, which means some students who are now transported by District 6 buses will no longer qualify for that service. In addition, we are restructuring our high school transportation to a greater degree, and will no longer be providing neighborhood school bus pick-up sites for our older students. High school transportation will be limited to predetermined stops for students living outside the walk boundary.
This will not impact students who qualify for individual transportation through Special Education services.
Here are the new walking distances that we will now enforce:
These walk distances are similar to most districts in the front-range.
Our Transportation Department is working on developing new routes based on the new walking distances. We will have all the new routes in place by August 1, 2017, and parents will be able to log onto our website to see if their child qualifies for District 6 transportation based on their home address and the school they attend. Safe walking routes will be reviewed as final decisions are made about transportation. Student safety is a priority in these decisions.
I know this is a change and that it will impact many of our families. It is necessary because we do not have the resources to fully staff drivers in our Transportation Department. For most of the year, we have had up to 16 bus driver positions open. This plan allows the district to eliminate 14 bus routes, which is more in line with the amount of drivers we have been able to employ. It also allows us to take some of our oldest, most expensive-to-maintain buses off the road. All of this results in a cost savings to the District.
We will continue to communicate with our families as we know more about who will be affected by this change.
Start and Dismissal Times
I am very excited about another change that our shift in transportation will help us make next year. Having worked with district leaders and building principals, District 6 will change the start times for all levels next year, creating a later start time for our high school students. Research supports a later start time for older students who biologically need more sleep and have later sleep cycles than younger students. This research shows improvement in attendance and behavior in schools that implement a later start time for high school students.
The reduction in high school transportation allows for a shift in start times at all levels, better meeting the needs of all our students. High schools will start no earlier than 8 a.m. District 6 administration is working to finalize transportation options for high school students before finalizing start and dismissal times for high schools. Here are the new start and dismissal times that will begin in August 2017 for all schools:
Two schools have slightly different start times due to traffic issues and transportation. They are:
I realize a change to school start and dismissal times can be a significant shift for families, but I believe it will be positive for our students. In addition to allowing the later start time for high school students, it will create an earlier release time for our middle school students so they won’t be walking home in the dark. Our younger students, who tend to be up earlier in the morning, can get to school to begin learning and get home earlier. And, we believe it will improve our transportation service by allowing more time for our drivers to pick up and deliver students.
These changes will help us shift resources to ensure that our students have the most highly qualified teachers and staff serving them every day. It will help us maintain programs like blended learning, AVID, concurrent enrollment in colleges and our Career Pathways. Unfortunately, it also means fewer services for some of our families. For this I am deeply sorry.
I am hopeful that we will be able to secure more resources for District 6 through a future ballot measure. I am committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all our students. I am committed to meeting the goals in our strategic plan, Innovation2020. I pledge to continue to create efficiencies and use our resources effectively to meet the needs of our students. We need the support of our families and our community to ensure that happens.
As we roll out these changes next year, we will continue to communicate with you. If you have questions or concerns, please work with the administration at your school. I am confident we can work together to make these changes as smooth and non-disruptive to our students and families as possible. Our students are resilient, and I am certain they will adapt quickly to these changes.
Thank you for your continued support and for trusting us to educate your children.
Deirdre Pilch, EdD
Superintendent of Schools
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, APRIL 3RD
There will be no school for High School students on Monday, April 3rd.
Teachers will be in professional development for the day.
School will resume on Tuesday morning at 7:15am.
DISTRICT 6 DAY AT COORS FIELD
District 6 day at Coors Field will be Sunday, April 23rd at 1:10pm. All District staff and students are invited to purchase tickets to see the Rockies play the San Francisco Giants. Tickets are $15 for lower level tickets and $3 for upper level tickets.
The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, April 10th at midnight (for online sales) and 3:30pm for purchases at the GCHS main office.
Please be sure to give us your name and a good phone number to contact you. Sorry, no checks will be accepted for purchasing these tickets.
Tickets that are purchased will be available to pick up from the GCHS main office the week of April 17th.
See you at the game!
Graduation Walking Partner Sign Up
It's that time of the year to sign up for your walking partner at graduation.
You have until May 1st to sign up for your requested walking partner. After that date you will not have a choice as to who you will walk with. Please fill out this form in order to request your walking partner:
GRADUATION SPEAKER AUDITIONS
Auditions for Graduation Speakers will be held on Wednesday, April 12th in room 307 at 3:30pm.
The order of speakers to the panel will be random and will be decided at that time. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Appelhans ASAP.
Deadline to sign up for auditons is by the end of the day Tuesday, April 11th. In order for your audition to be considered you MUST fill out this online form:
PROM: A NIGHT IN OLD HAVANA
This year's white and gold Havana themed prom will be held on Saturday, April 22nd in the UNC Ballroom (2101 10th Avenue) from 9pm to midnight. Tickets can be purchased online from the GCHS web store (click here) or at the door.
Costs are $25 for a single ticket or $40 per couple.
All GCHS Seniors are free of charge. We hope to see everyone from the class of '17 & '18 there.
For questions you can contact Mrs. Miller at 970-348-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
We will be having our final Parent Teacher Conference for semester 2 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm on Wednesday, April 5th. These conferences will be held arena style in the main gym & commons area.
Please enter through the West entrance to pick up report cards, find teacher locations and Infinite Campus questions, as well as other questions you may have regarding your student.
See you on Wednesday at 4:00pm!
Sports registration will be done ONLINE this year.
Sports registration IS NOW OPEN for spring sports. Follow the link below to go to the sports registration page directly:
If you played a Fall or Winter sport you will still need to register for winter sports, however you will not need to create a new account or start from scratch. Simply follow this link and log in into your existing FamilyID account; there will be an option for you to choose which student you would like to register and it will fill in the majority of your registration for you.
Spring Sports Night will be February 21st, with spring sports beginning on February 27th . All students MUST have their online registration completed in order to participate in any practice.
Please make sure your physical is up to date and that we have correct insurance information, including group ID numbers.
FREE & REDUCED LUNCHES
Every year each student who wishes to be considered for free & reduced lunches must have their parent or guardian fill out a new application.
The best method of doing this is online. Completing your application online takes significantly less time and will facilitate a quicker turnaround time for determining your status.
Please click the link below to take you to this online application:
If you prefer to fill out a paper application you can pick this application up from the main office or go directly to Nutrition Services at the Service Center located at 2504 4th Avenue. Please note that filling out a paper application does take longer to process and get results.
Please note that students who have not had an application processed as of September 30th, 2016 will have a "paid" status until October 5th. After that date, the student's free & reduced status will be revoked, so please don't wait until the last minute to complete this application.
“Kassandra is an incredible asset who represents “Pride, Class and Dignity”. She is a quiet leader who leads by example. She is in the top of her class - always working to do her best! She is an officer in National Honor Society and is Senior Class President. We are proud to have her as a Wildcat.” ~ Kent Henson, Principal of Greeley Central
This week’s District 6 Student Athlete of the Week is Alexis Bradfield from Greeley Central High School. Alexis is a senior with a 4.3 GPA and is on the Wildcats’ swimming and soccer teams.
Christy O’Connell-Black, an Arts Magnet Coordinator at Greeley Central High School, is the March 2017 "Educator Who Makes a Difference" in Greeley-Evans School District 6.
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Parent Teacher Conferences- Arena
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thespian Troupe 657 Presents: Breakfast and Broadway
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Powder Puff Volleyball (Main Gym)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Parent Advisory Council in the Library
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM NHS Induction Ceremony (Auditorium)
9:00 PM Prom @ UNC Ballroom
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Spring Music Concert I
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Academic Awards Night (Main Gym)
5:00 PM - 10:00 AM Thespian Overnight
5:00 PM - 10:00 AM Thespian Overnight
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Activites Awards Night (Auditorium)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Arts Magnet Spring Gala
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Arts Magnet Stage Production Class Performance
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Arts Magnet Stage Production Class Performance
7:15 AM - 3:15 PM Finals (Blocks 1-2-3)
7:15 AM - 3:15 PM Finals (Blocks 4-5-6)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Spring Music Concert II
7:15 AM - 3:15 PM Finals (Blocks 7-8)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Graduation 2017