Newsletter 3 | October 2018
THE PULSE of RE-2
A Destination for Education
Welcome to the October Newsletter
SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE
  October is Safe Schools Month

By Dr. Brenda Krage, Superintendent Fremont Re-2

 October in Colorado is Safe Schools Month. School safety is something we take very seriously for all staff, students and visitors to our schools. Allow me to share some of our efforts to strengthen safety systems within our district. We have recently added a staff member to our team dedicated to designing, training and maintaining emergency response protocols that align the Colorado Safe Schools Summit and the CO School Safety Resource Center. Each of our schools has established a school-based emergency response team. Each team is in the process of training on the FEMA National Incident Management System of protocols. Together these efforts will support a districtwide Emergency Operations Plan and standardize our response protocols. Any and all training will tightly align to these response protocols.

Another helpful tool to keep staff, students and visitors to our schools safe is the use of Safe2Tell. Safe2Tell went live in 2004 and was a result of the tragic events at Columbine in 1999. In 2014 Safe2Tell moved under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Safe2Tell is a way to anonymously report safety related information that is routed back to the local community for follow-up and investigation. This includes: law enforcement, school districts, and schools. Anyone can report via phone, web, or mobile app. Across Colorado Safe2Tell has saved numerous lives and prevented numerous incidents. To access Safe2Tell visit https://safe2tell.org or ask your local school for information. 

Annually, school districts receive a report summarizing the data gathered by Safe2Tell. Our data over the past 5 years indicates that bullying and youth suicide are our 2 highest reported tips. We also know that student behavior tends to peak in November and March of each school. This is helpful information as we design responsive systems to support our students and communities.

Currently, we are in the process of writing a suicide prevention grant; developing partnerships with multiple agencies including mental health and first responders; and continuing to consult with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center as we strengthen our plans.

We are also being very thoughtful about designing data systems to help us identify safety related concerns. These efforts include auditing our facilities, addressing the whole child with health and wellness support from the Fremont Regional Wellness grant, and validating our partnerships within our community to ensure we can provide the necessary support for our students.

As always, my commitment to you is communication. Please visit our schools and get involved! Join the School Accountability Committee to ensure your voice is heard.
WEATHER ALERT

Ask any superintendent about the toughest part of the job and they’ll say calling a snow day. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I truly enjoy my job! But calling a snow day is far more complex than just counting snow totals in inches or feet. Monitoring the weather forecast begins in the early hours and sometime days prior, but calling a snow day cannot happen on just a forecast. Too many variables can change and every minute of teaching and learning is important.
Weather conditions are checked by our Director Transportation and myself starting early in the morning, usually by 4:30 a.m. By 5:00 a.m. superintendent network groups begin the string of texts and emails so we can be aware of what each other is doing. In determining if school will be canceled, several factors are considered: rate of snowfall, amount fallen, temperature, wind, condition of the highways, plowing of roads, power and electricity, and weather forecasts. Safety is always the primary consideration in deciding to hold or close school.
A standing joke in my house is that I’m secretly working on a meteorologist degree. I also want to share my commitment to make the decision to delay or cancel school as early as possible. I have raised three children and understand the planning involved in childcare coverage when school schedules are disrupted.
School closings or delayed starts (exactly 2 hours) will be announced over local radio stations and on the crawler alerts of local media channels.  In the case of a delayed start morning preschool will not be held. The school district will also send an email and phone messenger via the School Messenger systems to all staff and families. Please make sure household contact information is accurate.
As always, I’m thrilled to be serving the Florence Penrose communities. Please know that you are always welcome in our schools.
REGIONAL WELLNESS

Fremont Regional Health & Wellness is placing bike pumps and tool kits on school campuses.
DREAM BIG EVENT

What a great event and opportunity for students. So glad kids from around the area participated. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers.
SCHOOL NEWS
FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL BAND

FHS Band competition results: 
Congratulations to the members of the Howling Husky Pride! They took second in the southern regional competition and then competed at the state competition on Monday, October 29th, where they finished 4th at the state marching band finals. Please congratulate those kids if you see them. They've worked incredibly hard and this is a really big award for them. We will place our new banner and trophy in the case today if you want to check it out

PENROSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Another successfull Penrose Apple Day!!!
PENROSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Student Art work is being displayed around the town: Coyote Coffee Den, Penrose Library, and Penrose Post Office are the businesses that currently have artwork on display. PES will be switching artwork throughout the year.

FREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

FHS students share their PBL Projects with FES students.



FREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Great job FES on your PINK OUT DAY!!!!!


RED RIBBON WEEK

Red Ribbon Week symbolizes Drug Free Schools ~ Students in our district participated in multiple activities throughout the week.

DISTRICT ACCOUNTABILITY

Fremont Re-2 is seeking involvement from parents to participation on School Accountability Committees (SAC) or the District Accountability Committee (DAC). Watch for announcement of meetings or contact your principal for more information.

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INFORMATION SHEETS
District Facebook Page ~ Fremont RE-2 School District
Florence High School
Fremont Elementary School
Penrose Beavers Elementary School

Fremont RE-2 School District | 719-784-6312 | www.re-2.org