Dear Weld RE-5J Community,

The absolute best part of my job is seeing our students in action. This week is Roosevelt High School’s Homecoming Week and many activities are planned for our students and staff members. Join me and my staff on Friday and wear your RHS team gear and/or the RHS colors to show our pride for our school!

I have also seen amazing teachers do what they do best—engage our students in learning. On my classroom visits, I am looking for instruction that is friendly, cooperative, and focused. I am also listening for how students articulate what they are learning and how they explain the why behind the learning objectives their teachers set for them. My regular visits to classrooms and weekly meetings with our school leaders are all aligned with my biggest priority as your superintendent—to ensure that every Weld RE-5J student in every school has access to high-quality instruction, resources, and support that will lead to their success.

I know that our families and community members want the best for the students in our community. Many of you have spoken to me about your hopes for the future. You have also shared your concerns about the capacity and conditions of our school facilities, as well as our preparedness for a possible influx of students from prospective housing developments within our boundaries.

The work that began last year with a task force examining potential long-term facility investments in our schools has moved to the next phase. The Board of Education recently hired a Northern Colorado-based firm, RLH, to act as the Owner’s Representative for the District. RLH is tasked with completing a comprehensive masterplan for the District, which will help align enrollment projections with the facilities we will need to serve students. RLH will also guide and support us, if approved by the Board of Education, in applying for a Building Excellent School Today (BEST) grant this winter for deferred maintenance projects and for safety and security upgrades.

The Facility Improvements Task Force was clear in its charge to the District—there must be something for every school in any future bond and mill levy package. To ensure that investments will reach every student, we must be proactive in planning for how our facilities can best support learning, teaching, and innovation. This is what will guide us as we embark on the next phase of planning for long-term facility investments in the Weld RE-5J School District.

RLH will be creating a timeline for community input and engagement around this work, which will take place over the next year in advance of potential 2019 ballot referendums. While we will share the timeline and opportunities for involvement in the next few months, two opportunities open to all parents today include joining my Parent Advisory Committee by completing this form .

I invite you to reach out to me any time at leslie.arnold@weldre5j.org if you have questions and concerns, want to share good news, or an update on your Roosevelt High School graduate. I have enjoyed reading the stories RHS grads are sending to their former teachers about life after high school. This is a testament to the strong, lasting relationships that teachers build with students each year and a great reminder that what we do and say every day with our students matters!