As many of you move toward your well-deserved summer break, I would like to thank each of you for making this a great year for our students here in Westminster Public Schools. At our Board meeting earlier this week, we shared a short video noting some of our accomplishments this year. We know we will have great work to do next year, but it’s important to take time to celebrate the work we’ve done well.
Students from the Westminster High School graduating class of 2016 are on to the next chapter of their lives. Close to 400 students were handed their diplomas Saturday night during ceremonies at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.
Parents and students looking for a small school experience that embraces a world view education may want to take a close look at the Westminster Academy for International Studies (WAIS).
The school will open as a K-6 school in the fall of 2016 and add grades 7 and 8 in the following years. Opening at the site of the current Westminster Elementary School at 75th and Irving, WAIS will offer a well-rounded education with the addition of Spanish language instruction for students. Additional languages may be added in future years.
Seven elementary schools will be offering free full day preschool in Westminster Public Schools next school year. The slots are being made available to the schools as part of a research study to determine the effectiveness of full day preschool programs. In addition to the full day programs, current half-day preschool offerings will continue at four locations.
Wendy Metcalf, Lana Price, Michele Swank and Anette Walters have been named Outstanding Educational Support Professionals for the 2015-16 school year. All four have devoted their lives to working with elementary school children and preparing them for success in life.
With three of the combat medics profiled in the film in the audience, the student produced documentary film “MEDIC!” premiered Friday at Westminster High School generating applause and a few tears.
The documentary was created in cooperation with Congressman Ed Perlmutter as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The project preserves personal accounts of war veterans’ stories so that future generations will understand the realities of war and the sacrifices made by American servicemen members.
You could say that Brandon Dickerson had a pretty good senior year. He played a critical role in his football team’s undefeated regular season. He was named Homecoming King. He graduated fifth in his class.
He was recently named a Daniels Scholar, meaning his college education at the Colorado School of Mines is paid for.
Chief Financial Officer, Sandi Nees was named “Education Partner of the Year” by the Horace Mann Financial Framework for her efforts to support educators and children in Westminster Public Schools. She was honored at the May 10 Board of Education meeting.