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  • Colorado Universal Preschool registration is now open

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 2/29/2024

    Universal Preschool (UPK) pre-registration will be open statewide from February 29 through March 28. 

    Priority is given to children with siblings, students currently enrolled and Greeley-Evans School District 6 employees. Staff can enroll in District 6 preschool programs regardless of whether or not they live in the district.

    District 6 will offer 15 hours/week for 5 days (morning and afternoon sessions) at various school sites. For inquiries, contact Damaris Hernandez, District 6 UPK Specialist. at

    Here is how children can be registered through the state's Universal Preschool Program: 

    ·         Step 1: Apply on the UPK website - To apply for UPK, open your web browser and go to Click on: Create an account then submit an application. Applicants will need proof of income by submitting pay stubs or W2’s. 

    ·         Step 2: District 6 Registration - Once families have accepted placement, District 6 will send an email with instructions for the District 6 online registration. This email comes from “Preschool Office.” The link is If you are a returning D6 Preschool family or have other students in the district, please click on “ADD NEW STUDENT." If you are new to District 6 click on “REGISTER NOW”.  You will need a birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization records. 

    The preschool registrations are processed as they are received. Once the application has been approved, families will be contacted by a District 6 employee to get more information about their student's first day of preschool.

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  • GAP, NEXT programs graduate 58 students

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 1/29/2024

    The Greeley-Evans Alternative Program and Next Program presented 42 high school diplomas and 16 high school equivalency diplomas to students at its winter graduation ceremony Saturday, January 27.


    The ceremony, held in the Greeley West High School auditorium, was packed with family, friends and supporters of these graduates, many who have overcome academic and personal challenges to achieve their goal of graduation.


    The two student graduation speakers had both lost a parent in their teens, nearly de-railing their goal of achieving a high school diploma.


    “I had doubts about graduating and becoming the person I am today,” said GAP graduate Jessie Gutierrez, whose father died when she was 16. “But I had a dream and I reached it.”


    Speaker Shea McDaniel, whose stepfather passed away when she was in high school, said she didn’t think she could go back to school after the loss, and considered dropping out.


    “It wasn’t until I realized GAP was really different that things just started to click,” McDaniel said. “If you set your mind to something you want, you can do it!”


    This was the Greeley-Evans Alternative Program’s 30th graduation since it was established 15 years ago to assist 17-21 year old students who are low on high school credits. The program hosts a graduation ceremony in January and in June.  Greeley Next is a high school equivalency program that helps students successfully test for and obtain a GED.


    “Completing your high school diploma and GED is no small feat,” said commencement speaker Chris Garcia, a Greeley West graduate who now serves as the assistant director of Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Colorado. “The journey ahead is filled with possibilities.”

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  • District 6 schools, offices closed for King holiday

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 1/9/2024

    All non-charter schools and offices in Greeley-Evans School District 6 will be closed Monday, January 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This includes the District 6 Administration Building. All offices and schools will reopen on Tuesday, January 16. 

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  • Greeley West teacher wins prestigious Milken award

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 12/15/2023

    Greeley West High School Cutlurally Liguistically Diverse teacher Caleb Flores was going to take off work Friday to help celebrate his wife's birthday. But Principal Jeff Cranson told him he had to be at school to assist with a very special all-school assembly. 


    Little did Flores know, he would walk out of that assembly $25,000 richer and with an award given to a small, elite group of educators in the United States. 


    "It is a blessing to work at Greeley West, to come here to work with you every day," said Flores, after it was announced he was the only educator in Colorado to be given the Milken Educator Award. "I go home and feel so appreciative that you guys welcome me and accept me."


    The surprise award was given during an all-school assembly Friday morning. Flores was presented the award by Dr. Jane Foley, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President, and Susana Cordova, Colorado Commissioner of Education. 


    Flores is the first Milken Educator Award recipient in Greeley-Evans School District 6 since 2005. He is one of up to 75 recipients across the country that will be honed in 2023-24 as part of the Milken Family Foundation's Journey to the 3,000th Milken Educator. Also known as the "Oscars of Teaching," the Milken Educator Award comes with not only the $25,000 cash award, but also a paid trip to Los Angeles in June 2024, where Flores will network with other Milken Educators. There are also multiple professional development opportunities he will have as an award recipient. 


    Flores was recognized for supporting students from diverse backgrounds, advocating for equitable education, striving for instructional growth and for being a kind and welcoming instructor. The Milken award winner is a Greeley native and graduated from Northridge High School. 


    "Caleb Flores serves as a leader, role model and advocate for students in the classroom, school and community," said Dr. Foley, who is a Milken Educator herself from Indian's 1994 class. "His welcoming nature and ability to pinpoint every learner's needs are vital to the growth of all students. Caleb's passion to elevate education will be in great company within the Milken Educator Network, a nationwide group of fellow recipients ready to celebrate their newest connection. Congratulations, Caleb."


    The first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987. Created by Lowell Milken, the Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education.


    After receiving the award, Flores returned to his classroom where he was greeted by cheering students and an impromptu pizza party. 


    "Honestly, this feels like a dream," Flores said. 

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  • Atmos Energy supports D6 Food Pantry Program

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 12/15/2023

    The Success Foundation Serving Greeley-Evans Schools announced today that it has received a $23,500 donation from Atmos Energy to support its work including the District 6 School Food Pantry Program.


    "Atmos Energy has been a loyal and generous partner for several years. They have supported SmartLabs, the Career and Technical Education Center, and they are now making a significant impact with our School Food Pantry Program," said Julie Hill, Success Foundation executive director. 


    The implementation of school food pantries began earlier this year and 21 pantries are currently operating within District 6 Schools. Nutrition Services has a goal to have a pantry at all school sites, including charter schools, by the end of 2024, meaning 15 more pantries will be installed. Each pantry costs over $8,000 to launch and $4,000 to operate on an annual basis. 


    "Our community has made school food pantries a reality. It takes significant resources to do this type of project District-wide and we are so grateful to partners like Atmos for recognizing the need," said Danielle Bock, Director of District 6 Nutrition Services. 


    With almost 70 percent of District 6 students qualifying for free/reduced priced meals, food insecurity is an issue for many. School food pantries complement existing breakfast and lunch programs and are providing a readily accessible source of food throughout the school year and during breaks. Students have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, shelf-stable items, grains, and protein items. Kitchen staffs are also working to develop processes to contribute food items that may otherwise go to waste. 


    "We are honored to partner with the Success Foundation in the fight to end food insecurity," said Kurtis Paradisa, Atmos Energy manager of public affairs. "Atmos Energy takes enormous pride in our commitment to Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities, and this donation will help provide students with resources they need for nutritious meals. We are thankful to be fueling bright minds and healthy futures for our kids." 


    Atmos Energy's Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities outreach benefits school districts, nonprofits, after school programs, and food banks. Everything from backpacks and laptops to nutritious breakfasts and books are helping children read at grade level by third grade and supporting a safe and thriving Greeley-Evans community. 


    For more information about the Success Foundation and its Food4Success Campaign that provides funds for the School Food Pantry program, please visit: 

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