Dear District 6 Staff and Families:
I am so very sorry about the fear and worry created by the flurry of social media and cell phone activity over the past 24 hours.
Yesterday evening, Greeley Police began to get reports of social media posts threatening violence on Halloween at Island Grove Regional Park. As this was shared liberally, it seemed to evolve into perceived threats at Northridge High School and Franklin Middle School. As this continued to go viral, it generated more worry and supposition about threats at other schools and other locations in our community.
Greeley Police immediately began investigating this alleged threat. So far, the initial source of the social media post has not been verified, but police and administration have been following up with students who shared it. Other school districts around Colorado have experienced similar social media posts today.
This was a mean and disruptive post on social media. It scared students, families and staff and it created worry and fear throughout our community. It is deplorable. We are working with Greeley Police to identify students involved in perpetrating this perceived threat. Students identified as posting threats or perpetuating threats will be subject to school disciplinary action, which could include suspensions and possibly even expulsion.
Students and staff were safe today. It is unfortunate that a viral social media post can cause questions about the safety of students and staff in the school setting; however, I completely understand the concern. The safety of our students and our staff is paramount. There is simply nothing more important. We have very safe schools with appropriate security in place. District 6 had many student absences today, and staff have been asked to work with students to get caught up on missed work. It is very important for students to be in school and return to their normal routine.
Although the Greeley Police are saying this is a clown hoax, our District 6 schools will continue to be vigilant and have additional police presence for the next several days.
I encourage you to talk to your children about this incident. This is a good time to remind them of the possible dangers of social media, of sharing perceived threats or rumors, and the necessity to report any questionable posts immediately to an adult who can assist. Social media is a powerful tool when used for good, and a destructive force when misused.
We want to thank the Greeley Police Department for their commitment to protecting our students and our schools. Their quick response and investigation along with the additional police presence is invaluable. We also want to thank our security staff, and personnel at our schools who help keep our students safe everyday.
We know that many of you were frustrated this morning trying to call into your school or the district office. Our phone lines were over capacity resulting in a busy signal. We are well aware of the limitations of our phone system, and this will be addressed when new resources become available.
If you have questions, or need additional support, please contact your school administrator. Thank you for all you do to support District 6 students and staff.
Deirdre Pilch, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
It’s our annual Family Literacy Night
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Poudre Learning Center
8313 W. F St.
Sponsored by Weld County Council International Reading Association
Stories and hands on activities
Free book and nature kit for each family
Please RSVP to Shanna Ranous at email@example.com so that we may plan accordingly
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Has your child ever built an entire city of Legos? Do your kids love to explore the outdoors, picking up bugs and rocks, and getting dirty? Do you have a budding chef or fashion designer in your home?
All students in grades 1-7 are invited to indulge their exploratory side and take part in four free Discovery Camps, hosted as a preview to the learning students will be engaged in at the proposed Fred Tjardes School of Innovation, slated to open in Greeley-Evans School District 6 in 2017.
Four free Discovery Camps will be held monthly through December, and will feature the hands-on learning and collaborative discovery that will be a feature of the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation. The camps are free, but parents can contribute to the supplies and snacks their child will receive during the day. The dates and locations of the Discovery Camps are:
To register for these camps, visit the Web Store on the District 6 website at www.greeleyschools.org. Click on Web Store on the left side of the home page and then click on the Fred Tjardes School icon. For more information on the school, visit www.greeleyschoolofinnovation.com.
District 6 is in the planning stages for the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation. Named after a District 6 educator, the school will be project-based, meeting Colorado State Standards through a hands-on curriculum and instruction. The Board of Education will consider approving the school moving forward early next year. If approved, the district plans to apply for innovation status for the school through the Colorado Department of Education in the spring of 2017, and open in August 2017.
Meeker Elementary - Putting Students First!
Rudi Herrig will be in the fifth grade at Meeker Elementary School this fall. He was born in Greeley and enjoys math, history, reading and traveling outside of Colorado.
Jace Shackley will be a fifth grader at Meeker Elementary School this fall. He is a member of the Greeley Children’s Chorale and likes to draw and act.
Sean Rotter will be a fifth grade student at Meeker Elementary School this fall. He likes to play outside, swim and play video games.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 and the Board of Education commits itself to a policy of nondiscrimination and shall not discriminate in its educational, employment or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Concern or complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as a compliance officer for District 6: