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Greeley West High School Schedule & Construction

Dear Spartan Families:

 

We had a very exciting opening of the South Wing of the new Greeley West High School this week. It was very gratifying for me and all the Greeley West staff to see all our students assemble together for the first time since 2019. While there are always a few glitches when you move, the new classrooms and gymnasiums are amazing learning spaces, and it is exciting to see a preview of what it will look like when the entire building opens in August.

 

We also have an important construction update that will impact our schedule for the remainder of the school year. We learned last week that the abatement of asbestos in the main structure of the existing Greeley West is going to be significantly more extensive than was originally anticipated. Contractors believe it will take many weeks to abate this asbestos before the original building can be demolished and the remainder of the project can be completed.

 

To give these contractors as much time as possible to complete this work as safely as possible, we are planning to move the last week of school up to the week of April 25, 2022. That means the final day of school for students is April 29. We will continue to bring students in person to the newly constructed school or other venues who need additional support to complete current classes, to take assessments including AP and IB tests, to complete projects, and for those who need other support. 

 

Greeley West will continue to offer our extensive summer programming.  We will have summer credit recovery and enrichment programs as planned, using Brentwood Middle School as our site.  Students who need to recover credits, wish to accelerate in math, or participate in content specific enrichment programs and field trips will still have opportunities to do so.  Greeley West will be communicating how to sign-up for these activities in the coming weeks.

 

Here is some important information to note:

  • To recapture instructional minutes, the schedule for Mondays will be the same as the rest of the week. There will be no last start for the remainder of the school year.
  • April 25 is a vacation day for students and staff. Right now, it is still a vacation day, but we are looking at the possibility of making this a regular school day for students. 
  • Some finals may still be held the week of April 25. Some teachers will choose to use times slated for finals as instruction time. Specific information will be communicated to families through individual teachers.
  • Athletic practices and competitions will continue as scheduled. 
  • Graduation will still be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Nottingham Field on the University of Northern Colorado Campus.
  • End-of-the-year activities such as awards ceremonies, senior recognition, sports banquets and musical performances will still be held, but may be at other venues. We will send out separate communications about all these activities and events as soon as possible
  • Prom will go on as scheduled April 30 in the University of Northern Colorado Ballroom. 

 

Having students out of the old building early will allow the contractors to safely begin the asbestos abatement earlier, and should allow the existing Greeley West to be demolished before we start school in August. We plan to start school August 11 with the rest of District 6. The construction of the new building is on schedule and it will be complete by then.

 

Because the district only had one snow day this year, Greeley West has nearly enough minutes in its schedule to accommodate this early end to the school year. The district will be applying for a waiver from the Colorado Department of Education for the additional missing time.

 

We know that this early end to the school year may raise some additional questions that I have not addressed here. Additional communications will be coming from your student’s coaches and teachers as we solidify plans. If you have questions, call the main office at (970) 348-5400 and we will try to provide answers as soon as possible.

 

I and the entire Spartan family sincerely appreciate your support and patience during the construction of the new Greeley West. We are sorry for any inconvenience this change in schedule may cause. We will work hard to accommodate the learning needs of all our students for the remainder of the school year and ensure that every student finishes the year strong.

 

Jeff Cranson, Principal

Greeley West High School