This week’s What’s Up WPS has a little bit of everything!
Sports, theater and politics.
Westminster High School Senior, Mariah Boltz, recently scored her 1000th point in an extraordinary basketball career. This week’s video shows that historic basket and traces her career from the early days when she started playing the game in the Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation District. It’s a great reminder as to the value our community partnerships play in the lives of our children here in Westminster Public Schools.
You may have also heard about the CenterStage Theatre Company’s partnership with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts to study the impact theater has on students in and out of the classroom. The Denver Post recently profiled the program and we have that link for you to read.
Now to politics. Late Tuesday, February 7th, Westminster Public Schools filed a Position Statement with the Colorado Department of Education explaining why we think our accreditation rating should be moved to the Improvement category. As I shared with you in November, while we strongly believe in accountability, we differ with the state over its approach to testing and accreditation. The Position Statement details our continued academic improvement over the last several years and makes a compelling case for a change in our rating.
I think it is important for our community to be the first to receive the Position Statement and I hope you will find the time to read it. As always, I welcome your thoughts and perspectives. If you have any questions or comments, please email me here.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools