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Note from Superintendent Swanson: April 7, 2021
Dear Westminster Community,
As you read this edition of What’s Up WPS you will notice that slowly, but surely, we are inching our way back to normal.
We are so happy to tell you that next month we will be hosting in-person graduation ceremonies for both Westminster and Hidden Lake High School seniors. There will be many safety protocols in place and graduates will be limited to two guests, but this is really wonderful news for the class of 2021 and their families. For those who can’t attend, we will be offering a live stream video of the events.
As you know, one of the great regrets of last year was that we were unable to host in-person graduations for our seniors who had worked so hard and long for their special day. We also sympathize with the families who were unable to share the proud moment with their children in person. We went to great lengths to make graduation for the class of 2020 as special as possible including virtual ceremonies and drive-by events.
We are also firming up plans for an in-person celebration for our retiring employees. It will be held outdoors in the Westminster High School Amphitheater with beautiful Hidden Lake as a backdrop on Monday, May 10. As the date gets closer we will release a full list of the retirees to the public in order that community members can see if one of their favorite teachers or staff members is being honored. If so, I encourage you to stop by and say “hello” and “thank you for your work.” Honoring our retiring employees is one of the great traditions in Westminster Public Schools and I’m so pleased that we are able to do it again, in person.
In addition to finalizing details for those events, we are working hard on our plans to offer 12 days of extended learning at the conclusion of the regular school year. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students and is only possible because of the collaborative efforts among all WPS departments and the Westminster Education Association.
The 2020-21 school year has been a long one, yet when we asked people to step forward and push themselves just a little bit harder, they answered the call.
Finally, a big thank you to those who participated in our community meeting on March 29. If you were unable to attend, we have a recap in this edition of Whats’s Up WPS and a link so you can watch it from start to finish.
Thank you all!
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools