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Note from Superintendent Swanson: June 3, 2021
Dear Westminster Community,
As I stood on the stage before the graduates of Westminster and Hidden Lake High Schools these past two weekends, I was filled with a wide range of emotions when thinking about them and the 2020-21 school year.
I was so happy that they could graduate together; something they and their principals had insisted was a high priority.
I was sad for them, thinking about what they missed during their senior year.
And, I was so proud of them, as well as their families and the Westminster Public Schools staff and how everyone pulled together to get us through a year full of uncertainty and anxiety.
In my remarks, I reminded our students that the things that helped them cope with the pandemic will serve them well as they go forward. Flexibility, cooperation, creativity and compassion are important life skills that all of our WPS students and staff were forced to embrace in this past year.
You could hear those same qualities in the voices of students interviewed in the final installment of the Colorado Public Radio report on Classroom 132 at Hodgins Leadership Academy. You can hear it here.
Those same characteristics can also be found in the five employees who were named Educational Support Professionals of the year. They are profiled in this edition of What’s Up WPS. If you see Lora Davidek, Nelson Gerrick, Megan Freiberg, Delma Sisneros and Rongene Wilcox make sure to say congratulations.
Even though the “official” school year is over, that commitment to creativity and flexibility is serving our students right now. We are in the second week of our extended learning program which has about half of our students taking advantage of a unique program to make up for lost learning opportunities due to COVID-19. Running such a program has been a “big lift” for our staff, but as usual, they pulled together to make it happen.
Extended learning concludes on June 11 and then everyone, staff and students, can focus on family and friends and the joys of summer vacation. All of us will go into this well-deserved break knowing that when we were faced with an unprecedented challenge, we all rose to the occasion.
In the 2020-21 school year we made it clear that the phrase, “Where Education is Personal” is more than just a catchy slogan … it’s a philosophy that we bring to our daily work and our children and community are better because of it.
Thank you all and have a great summer.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools