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Note from Superintendent Swanson:
August 21, 2019
Dear Westminster Community,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year in Westminster Public Schools, where we strive every day to ensure that all of our students are making the very most of their potential and are being well prepared for that all-important DAY AFTER GRADUATION.
I don’t know that I can overstate how honored I am to be serving this organization.
As you read this first edition of What's Up WPS, you will get a sense of what a busy, productive summer we had in WPS, and also understand why I am so excited for the new year.
Among the highlights:
- Our achievement scores continue to outpace the state and surrounding districts
- Our high school SAT scores increased while the state and surrounding districts declined
- Our Back-to-School BBQ and backpack giveaway was the most successful yet
- Our summer food program served a record number of meals
- Our new group of teachers is made up of some extraordinarily talented people
There are also two important changes that you will see highlighted with new logos on our websites and district communications.
Over the summer, WPS was named a "District of Distinction" by District Administration magazine for our Competency Based System. We were one of just 34 districts across the country to be recognized for, “leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges.”
District Administration is a widely read and respected education publication and their “seal of approval” is a great validation of our efforts.
The second logo change you will notice in the coming weeks is that our accountability partner, AdvancED, has merged with Measured Progress to create a new company called Cognia.
It’s an exciting partnership that will bring together the best of both companies to enhance their ability to assist us with accreditation and certification, assessments, consultation and professional development.
Even more exciting, Cognia is expanding its support for competency based learning. While Cognia will be providing significant support to us, the company will also be turning to us to provide our expertise for emerging districts and educators.
Curious about the name?
The new name comes from the Latin word cognitio, which means knowledge and, according to the company press release, “the name change reflects the nonprofit’s belief that knowledge is the key to helping people reach their aspirations—regardless of circumstance or background.”
Sounds like a good partner to me.
I hope you have a wonderful year and never hesitate to reach out to me with questions, ideas or concerns.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools