D6 high school students to return to in-person learningPosted by KIM DESMOND on 3/2/2021
Today, Greeley-Evans School District 6 announced that all high school students who have been in hybrid learning will return to in-person learning, four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) beginning March 22 at Greeley Central High School and March 29 at Greeley West High School, Northridge High School and Early College Academy.
Wednesdays will continue to be a remote learning day, with an early release for staff in the afternoons. Students will remain on a four-block schedule and students who are currently learning fully online will continue in that program through the remainder of the school year.
Each school principal worked with his or her staff on what would be the best return date for students.
“We are excited to welcome back most of our high school students to in-person learning later this month,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “We know students being in-person with their teachers will not only support their academic success, but also their social and emotional wellbeing. I sincerely appreciate the flexibility and dedication of our high school staff and leaders to make this possible for our students.”
Strong COVID-19 protocols - including mask-wearing, social distancing, temperature taking, cleaning and handwashing - will continue to be in place as more students return to high school. Quarantines will continue as needed, and staff will be ready to go into synchronous remote learning when necessary.
When making this decision, District 6 leadership looked at these factors:
- The COVID-19 positivity rate in Greeley and Evans has been on a steady decline since late November, and has been stable at around 5 percent since the beginning of February. Hospitalizations are also down significantly.
- Most of District 6 high school staff who want the vaccine willhave received their second dose by the time students return, and should have maximum immunity.
- The spread of COVID-19 within District 6 schools is minimal. Mostpositive COVID-19 cases continue to stem from exposure outside of school.
- More people in the community, including JBS-USA workers and other essential workers, are being given the opportunity to receive vaccines. Health officials believe as more community members are vaccinated, community spread of the virus will decrease.
- With very few exceptions, students who have COVID-19 are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and no complications.
District 6 continues to work with local health officials, including the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment and the Northern Colorado Health Alliance, and they are supportive of the plan to return high school students to in-person learning. As throughout the pandemic, the district will monitor the situation and make adjustments to the plan if necessary.
District 6 hosts hiring opportunities at Spring eventsPosted by KIM DESMOND on 2/26/2021
Greeley-Evans School District 6 Transportation will be hosting informational hiring events throughout Greeley and Evans during the spring.
District 6 has many employment opportunities, including bus drivers and monitors, facilities and maintenance workers, grounds workers, nutrition services workers, office staff, teachers, paraprofessionals and many other positions. To view current job opportunities in District 6, visit www.greeleyschools.org and click on the Employment at District 6 icon in the middle of the home page.
School buses and tables will be set up at area sites and events through May. Here is a list of the scheduled District 6 informational hiring events:
· Saturday, Feb. 27 – 8 a.m., Weld Food Bank, 1108 H Street in Greeley
· Saturday, March 6 – noon to 2 p.m., Greeley Central High School, 1515 14th Avenue, Greeley, northwest student parking lot
· Saturday, March 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monfort Elementary School, 2010 47th Avenue, Greeley, east parking lot
· Saturday, April 10 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monfort Elementary School, 2010 47th Avenue, Greeley, east parking lot
· Saturday, April 10 – The Children’s Festival at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 North 14th Avenue, Greeley
· Saturday, April 24 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., District 6 Administration Building, 1025 9th Avenue
· Saturday, May 8 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monfort Elementary School, 2010 47th Avenue, Greeley, east parking lot
Those interested in employment are invited to stop by any of these events for more information. District 6 offers paid benefits, training and in some cases, flexible work hours.
Church donates pajamas to all Jackson studentsPosted by KIM DESMOND on 1/13/2021
The congregation of Bethel Baptist Church has a special place in their hearts for Jackson Elementary School.
For years, the church has partnered with the school to provide mentoring through Kids Hope, as well as provide donated goods and services to the students and staff.
“Bethel Baptist is a true blessing to the staff and students at Jackson,” said Jackson Principal Ingrid Dillehay. “They have supported our students and staff through Kid's Hope, conference meals, school supplies, coats, and anything else we need. We appreciate their love and support for all they do for us.”
The pandemic has limited the church’s ability to interact with students and staff this year. In addition, the construction of the new entryway at the school prevented a welcome back event the church planned to host outside the school for returning students and staff. Still, church members kept looking for ways to support the school.
Then one night, Bethel Baptist Pastor Aaron Adams had a dream.
“I woke up in the middle of the night with an image of my oldest daughter, who is now a high school student, and she was wearing these pink, fleece pajamas with monkeys on them that she had when she was little,” Pastor Adams said. “I started to think about what that memory represented.”
When his daughter was young, Pastor Adams and his wife lived in a small, very drafty apartment in Chicago. In the winter, the wind would blow through cracks in the door and window seals. Those pink pajamas were important for keeping this daughter warm at night.
“The only reason she was warm in the winter was because of those pajamas, and because of the kindness of others,” Pastor Adams said. “So I began to think: What if we made enough pajamas for everybody at Jackson.What if that is why I had that dream?”
The Bethel Baptist parishioners loved the idea. Bethel Office Administrator Katie Stewart knew some people who liked to sew and organized the effort. In the end, more than 200 hand sewn pajamas and more than 100 purchased pajama sets were donated to the school, for every student in their own size.
Before they took the pajamas to the school, Pastor Adams said they brought all the pajamas to the front of the church one Sunday so the congregation could see what they were donating.
“They prayed that the students would feel warmth and love,” Pastor Adams said. “People were sort of in awe. It’s not a whole lot of people to make that number of pajamas, but they did it."
Kindergarten through second grade students, who returned to in-person learning this week, were given the pajamas. The students were excited as they unwrapped the packages, holding up their new pajamas and pulling them on over their school uniforms.
“It was so cute,” Ms. Dillehay said. “There were squeals of joy! The kids loved their pajamas.”
Knowing that every student has a warm set of pajamas fills Pastor Adams with joy, he said.
“It is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and community. We are a community. We are supposed to love each other,” Pastor Adams said. “We are not just here to meet on Sundays. We are here to make a difference. We want to do that for Jackson as much as we can, and for our whole community.”
District 6 graduation rate continues to risePosted by KIM DESMOND on 1/12/2021
Amid a pandemic and a move to remote learning, the on-time graduation rate continues to rise in Greeley-Evans School District 6 and exceed the state average.
Graduation rates for Colorado school districts were released by the Colorado Department of Education today, and for the third year in a row, Greeley-Evans School District 6 has exceeded the state average for the number of students graduating within four years of starting high school.
The 2020 on-time graduation rate for District 6 is 82 percent, exceeding the state average of 81.9 percent. The completion rate for District 6 – which includes students who take longer than four years to graduate – is 83.6 percent. A total of 1,310 students graduated from District 6 high schools 2020.
The 2020 graduation rate is slightly better than the 2019 on-time graduation rate of 81.7 percent and is a significant increase over the 2017 graduation rate of 78.7 percent.
“District 6 continues to trend in the right direction with on-time graduation rates, despite the challenges of the last year,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “This is a real the testament to the determination and hard work of our students, staff and families who continue to support student learning – both in person and remotely – during this pandemic.
District 6 also exceeds the state graduation rate for Caucasian, Latino and Black students, for students who live in economically disadvantaged households, for students with limited English language skills, and in several other areas.
Dr. Pilch said that District 6 still has work to do to ensure more students graduate on time, and that will be significant work in the district’s new strategic plan, Innovation2030, which will be finalized later this Spring.
“We really can’t rest until all our students graduate on time with the skills they need to be successful in higher education or their chosen career,” Dr. Pilch said. “That is the big work we need to tackle as a system over the next few years. Every student needs to have an individual plan that gets them to high school graduation and beyond.”
The dropout rate for District 6 also went down this year to 1.6 percent from 2 percent in 2019. The state average dropout rate is 1.8 percent.
Here is the graduation rate by school in District 6:
- Greeley Central High School: 87.2 percent
- Early College Academy: 100 percent
- Jefferson High School/Greeley-Evans Alternative Program: 49.3 percent
- Northridge High School: 89.7 percent
- Greeley West High School: 88.1 percent
- Frontier Academy High School: 100 percent
- Union Colony Preparatory: 90 percent
- University High School: 99.3 percent
District 6 seeks applicants for MLO oversight committeePosted by KIM DESMOND on 1/5/2021
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on its Mill Levy Override Citizens' Oversight Committee, which serves as a community accountability group for revenue collected and spent from the 2017 Mill Levy Override.
The MLO Citizens' Oversight Committee is responsible for ensuring the actual spending of the funds from the 2017 mill levy override is consistent with the intent of the ballot measure. This committee was formed to ensure the ransparency, openness and fidelity of District 6 officials, including charter schools, in the spending of the Mill Levy Override revenue.
The Citizens' Oversight Committee is composed of six District 6 residents from diverse backgrounds with diverse experiences. There are currently two vacancies, and new members will be selected by current members of the Committee. The District 6 Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director are included in advisory positions to the committee. The Superintendent or other executive leaders participate at the request of the committee. The committee has established its role and purpose, which will govern the actions of the committee, and members must be willing to agree to an ethics policy statement.
Applicants must live in the boundary of Greeley-Evans School District 6. The application form is available here.
The committee will meet three to four times per year. The next meeting will be in March 2021. Applicants must commit to serve for at least two years.
Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021.
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