Newsletter 1 | August 30, 2018
A Destination for Education
Welcome to the August Newsletter
Superintendent Message
Opening the New School Year

  By Dr. Brenda Krage, Superintendent Fremont Re-2

For teachers, principals, and school staff August is a very busy time of year. It is also very exciting as we open a new school year. At Fremont Re-2 School District the floors are polished, the buses have been serviced, teachers have ordered new supplies, and technology is ready to go! On August 13 we opened our doors to the new school year, it was a very smooth opening to the year. We are happy to see our students and their families back in the buildings.
This year opens my twenty-eighth year as an educator and my fourth year as a superintendent. While this is a new year for me as your superintendent, I am committed to moving the district forward. As I work to become more familiar with the school district and community, I promise to be a good listener, observer, and to communicate with you as much as possible. My goal is to serve the Florence Penrose communities as best I can and to alway keep ‘ what’s best for kids’ at the forefront.
Fremont Re-2 is a great place for students to learn and grow. It is also a great place to work and support the learning of our future leaders! We can’t wait to see you in our schools. Please visit us on our website at: 


For the second year in a row our CTE programs have exceeded the state performance measures for enrolling students in non-traditional career pathways. In non-traditional enrollment we were 2% above the state performance target and 2.5% above the state actual. Even better is the student completion of non-traditional programs  at 5.6% above the state performance target. This is great work!

Fire Science Program: FHS is expanding the concurrent enrollment partnership with PCC to include Fire Science. This is a great program for our students.

Jason Cellan, Director Safety and Truancy

My name is Jason Cellan and I am so proud to serve the district, students and families as the new Safety and Truancy Director for Fremont Re-2. I have a Bachelor degree from the University of Denver and an Education Specialist graduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado. I have 16 years of experience in multiple capacities of education. I worked as a School Psychologist for seven years and then worked under two federal grants as an administrative specialist that worked on system wide interventions strategies for the district, schools and students. I also have done a great deal of work in crisis response, mental health and community involvement. I firmly believe that all students can learn and to do so they need to come to school where we provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.

Connie Parker, Principal Fremont Elementary

A career in education began for Connie Parker in 1998 as a Bilingual and Gifted and Talented teacher. Her desire was to give more. After eight years spent in the classroom, the opportunity to have a greater impact was presented to her to become a campus administrator. Since 2006, she has been involved in campus leadership and helping to develop programs that enhance the education for all students. She has had the opportunity to work in elementary, middle school, high school, and community college. Connie has also been trained in the latest educational strategies such a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Project Based Learning (PBL), Buck Institute, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Orton Gillingham (OG), Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS).
Mike Miller, FMS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

As a middle school history teacher Mike Miller’s education career began in Buena Vista, Colorado. He enjoyed the small town atmosphere and quickly became involved in a number of activities. These activities ranged from after school assignments as a high school football and baseball coach for nearly fifteen years and a middle school track coach for five. The Collegiate peaks wilderness area provided the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits, such as, rafting, snowmobiling, jeeping, and camping.
In 2006 an opportunity to live and teach overseas was provided and he and his young family moved to Seoul, South Korea. He taught middle school history for two years at Yongsan International School of Seoul. During his tenure Mike Miller obtained his M.Ed. from Michigan State University while developing a love for new and different cultures. After a short stint back in Colorado he accepted a principal position West Nairobi School located in Nairobi, Kenya for just over two years.
He launched his administrative career in Colorado as an assistant principal of an elementary school in Colorado Springs. Mike also spent some time as the assistant principal of a K-8 charter school in Parker, Colorado.

Look Who’s New to Their Position!!!!!

Jan Draper, Executive Director of Educational Services

My name is Jan Draper, and it is my pleasure to re-introduce myself as the Executive Director of Educational Services for Fremont Re-2. While I am, and will always be a Fremont Elementary Bear, my new position gives me the opportunity to work with all students and staff k-12 in our district. This is an opportunity that I value greatly and take very seriously. I believe that Fremont Re-2 can be the ultimate destination for education. I believe that, right here in our small, friendly community we can create a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, while providing the rigorous, in-depth learning experiences that are needed to make each child college or career ready.  
I BElieve THere is GOOD in the world- and it starts right here in Fremont Re-2!
Adam Combs, Principal Fremont Middle School

Welcome to this school year. My name is Adam Combs and I am excited to begin my next chapter at Fremont Middle School. I have worked at FMS as an 8th grade ELA teacher, the assistant principal, and athletic director before receiving this opportunity. Entering my 13th year in this building, I am looking forward to the opportunity to increase my knowledge and expertise in education. My passion is to build a culture and environment that helps grow students in a healthy and productive process. I hope to bring an innovative, forward-thinking, and calm approach to the educational system in Florence. The staff at FMS is excited to join the growth process of students in a partnership to provide a caring, responsible educational environment. We are also excited about the potential of our building and our students as we continue to work on district initiatives such as Project Based Learning and strengthening our curriculum development. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to what we can achieve together.
Student-Teacher Ratio

The student-teacher ratio for regular classrooms and specials will be reviewed no later than the second week of the first semester and two weeks prior to the end of the first semester. Upon review, changes in classrooms, teachers, and support personnel may be made based on district wide numbers and available space. Busing from one elementary to another may occur. Classes could be combined and/or teachers may be added or re-assigned to a building based upon overall district need
Mark Your Calendar

Southern Colorado Construction Career Day, September 19 at the Norris Penrose Event Center. Students in grades 11 and 12 should see their counselor for more information.
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