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    SPRING BREAK 3/20-3/24

     

    Registration is open on www.familyid.com for:

    • March 2017 sports: track and soccer
    Registration Deadlines:
    • track and soccer: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 4pm
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    Please come to the PTO Meeting Thursday March 30, 2017 at 6pm in the Heath Library. 
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  • 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.

    Bus Transportation
    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:

    • Elementary Schools: 1.5 miles, up from 1.25 previously
    • Middle Schools: 2 miles, up from 1.5 previously
    • High Schools: 3 miles, up from 2.5 miles previously

    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:

    • Elementary Schools, McAuliffe K-8 and Winograd K-8: 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. 
    • Middle Schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
    • High Schools: To Be Determined (Start time no earlier than 8 a.m.)

    Two schools have slightly different start times due to traffic issues and transportation. They are:

    • Chappelow K-8: 8:10 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. 
    • Romero K-8: 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (4-8 Campus); 8:35 a.m. - 3:55 p.m. (K-3 Campus). This is not a change from the current start and dismissal times.
    • Early College Academy: 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    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.

    Kindest Regards,

    Deirdre Pilch

    Deirdre Pilch, EdD
    Superintendent of Schools

     

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Counseling News

Wow! We've made it 3/4 through the school year. Many students feel good about their success at Heath so far this year, yet others may have fallen short of the academic success both you and your student had hoped for. Either way, this is a great time to review the first semester with your son/daughter and develop a plan for success for second semester. Many middle schoolers struggle with completing assignments and turning them in. With a simple plan to get off on the right foot for second semester, your student can have a great second semester.  Following are some tips for academic success.

Check grades regularly. Parents and students can check grades online. Parents can call the school at 348-3418 to get your own username and password. Better yet, have your student show you how to check grades using the student’s username and password. Teachers often do grading over the weekend, so a great time to check grades and missing assignments is the beginning of each week.
Ask to see weekly Progress Reports. Every Wednesday, Heath sends home a weekly Student Progress Report. This is another good time to sit with your son/daughter and review their grades and look online to see if they have missing assignments. If they have missing assignments, help your child come up with a plan to complete those. 
Homework is assigned: Create a specific homework time at home. Help your student come up with a homework routine that fits your family. Some students like to dig in and get it done. Others may need to build in breaks to avoid homework burnout.
Think it through. Before your student begins their homework, have him/her make a to-do list. Have your student then number the tasks from toughest to easiest and start with the hard stuff. Save the easiest for last. This will help students finish on a high note.
Plan for projects. Teach your student to tackle a large project by breaking it down into individual steps. Spreading out the steps over time will help get it done on time and it won't seem so overwhelming.
Think about time. Many middle schoolers have time during class, before, and after school to complete their work. Encourage your child to complete their assignments at school. 
Turn it in. For some reason, many middle schoolers who complete all or some of their work forget to turn it in. That's a lot of wasted time and energy and leads to frustration. Help your student come up with an organizational plan for turning in assignments.

If you have questions regarding your student's success, feel free to call the Counseling Office. Mrs. Sheen who works with all 6th graders and half of the 7th graders can be reached at 348-3423. Mr. Dobson who works with all 8th graders and half of the 7th graders can be reached at 348-3420

Let's have a great 4th quarter!


SPORTS 

SPORTS PRACTICES
 
Because we now have 100 soccer players between all the teams, until further notice, practices will be divided by gender:
Girls Soccer: Thursday and Friday (except Tuesday and Thursday for weeks of April 24 and May 1 because we play Friday games) 4:30-6pm on Heath Soccer Field. Official practice begins Monday March 27--updated 3/29/17
 
Boy Soccer: Monday and Wednesday 4:30-6pm on Heath Soccer Field. Official practice begins Monday March 27--updated 3/29/17 
 
Track: Official practice begins Tuesday March 28 from 4:30-5:30pm and will run through Friday. Starting Monday, April 3, 2017, practices will be Monday-Friday 4:30-5:30pm on Heath Football Field & Track.


SPORTS PICTURE DAY for Soccer and Track

Thursday April 27, 2017 @ 4:30 on the Heath Football Field


 
  
Heath Middle School has Panther PRIDE!

Positive – Encouraging self and others
Respect – Treating others, property, and self with value and worth
Integrity – Doing the right thing 100% of the time
Determination – Never giving up; Never saying “I can’t”
Excellence – Your personal desire to strive for your very best
 

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  • Nondiscrimination Statement

    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:


    Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
    1025 9th Avenue Greeley, CO 80631
    Phone: (970) 348-6000

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