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Board of Education Recap January 9th, 2019

News from Sheridan School District No. 2

Contact: Mark Stevens

mstevens@ssd2.org

303-495-8699 (mobile) • 720-328-5488 (office)

News Release

Jan. 9, 2019

2019-2020 School Year Will Start in Mid-August

The Board of Education this week unanimously approved a new school-year calendar that will

bring Sheridan students back to school from the summer break at about the same time of year

as neighboring students in Denver, Littleton, Jeffco and others.

For many years, Sheridan students have started the school year in the first few days of August.

Students have also enjoyed a week-long break in October and a two-week break in late March.

The new calendar approved by the board (Tuesday, Jan. 8) means students will start the school

year on Tuesday, Aug. 13 for the 2019-2020 school year. They will have one-week off in March,

which is the more common length of Spring Break for school districts in Metro Denver.

The board approved the change in school-year calendar after being presented results from a

community-wide survey. Maegan Daigler, Director of Assessment, Testing, and Homeless

Education, told the board that the survey captured the thoughts of 216 respondents, including

124 parents, 56 teachers, and 29 members of the classified staff. In all, 77 percent of parents

and 76 percent of classified staff said they preferred the mid-August start.

The survey also showed more agreement with the idea of shortening Spring Break instead of

keeping school open beyond Memorial Day.

Board member Sally Daigle questioned why students need a week off in October when they

start in mid-August and also are given a full week off around Thanksgiving in late November.

Superintendent Pat Sandos said the October break gives both teachers and students a “time to

re-focus and re-charge.”

Sheridan High School in the Spotlight

Sheridan High School principal Eileen Doolan and assistant principal Shanna Ryan presented

“Perfect Attendance” certificates to five students (Cuitlahuac Cervantes, Sarai Hernandez,

Emilze Lopez, Quoc Truong, Abigail Vallejos) and six teachers and staff (Jill Bialecki, Jennifer

Norville, Bob Parmley, Sunshine Romero, Leslie Gomez, and Lori Shofner).

Doolan lauded the students for being “present” and accountable for their learning every day

and she also thanked parents for their support in “making school a priority.”

Superintendent Sandos characterized the six staff members as “outstanding professionals” who

are “so kid focused and so kid centered … thank you for your commitment to kids.”

Doolan and Ryan provided an overview of the growing number of opportunities being provided

to students through grants. Those include school counseling support and work on individual

career plans (these start in eighth grade); opportunities to garden through a health and

nutrition grant; legal support and advice for families of undocumented students through a Rose

Community Foundation grant; bus passes and athletic gear through a Lillis Foundation grant;

help with student fees and athletic gear from Dick Sporting Goods; and cameras for digital

photography class through a grant from the Jared Polis Foundation, among others.

Sheridan High Schools offers Venture Club (archery, snowboarding, etc.), Art Club, National

Honor Society, and Math Club in addition to emphasis on Career Technical Education and

opportunities for dual enrollment with Arapahoe Community College.

Principal Doolan reviewed a series of strategies the school is employing to boost academic

progress at the school, including weekly tracking of students with poor grades, individual

meetings with students, credit recovery classes, improved communication and more meetings

with parents, deployment of academic engagement specialists, group tutoring, and working

with teachers to emphasize differentiated teaching.

Superintendent Sandos praised the school for its focus on improved instruction and its work to

meet the needs of all students.

Jan. 22 Work Session

The Jan. 22 work session will include a complete review of the district’s academic plan and

initiatives now underway, said Superintendent Sandos. The district’s work is organized around

four goals: increasing academic rigor and choice; improving safety and security; increasing

cultural competence; and developing a solid financial plan. Sandos said district staff will provide

the board with updates and progress on each of those four areas.

Safety Grant

Sheridan School District 2 has been awarded a $361,000 federal grant from the Colorado

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management/Department of Public Safety to

support improvement of “interoperability” between the district and law enforcement agencies,

including first responders, Chief Operations Officer Cyndi Wright told the board. The grant

awards funding for a radio system installation at each school, along with the necessary training.

The grant is through the School Access for Emergency Response (SAFER) program and, due to

the grant’s requirements for quick implementation, the work will begin right away, said Wright.

Consent Agenda

The consent agenda was approved.

About Sheridan School District 2

Located southwest of Denver, Sheridan School District 2 seeks high-level post-secondary

options for all students through continuous improvement of quality instruction. More:

www.ssd2.org

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