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Board of Education Work Session Recap February 27th, 2019

News from Sheridan School District No. 2

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News Release

Feb. 27, 2019

Sheridan Board of Education Work Session Recap

 

The Sheridan Board of Education met in a work session Tuesday, Feb. 26 and discussed a variety of topics.

 

Fort Logan Northgate Learning Walk Debrief

Following a Learning Walk of Fort Logan Northgate School last week (Feb. 22), board members shared their observations from the tour and classroom observations.

“I was very, very happy to see how technology was being used in the classrooms,” said board member Karla Najera. “Moving forward, I would like us to look into our technology … to make sure all of our students are as comfortable as those third-graders.”

Najera also noted the calm atmosphere in classrooms and how she has observed “consistent” language from teacher to teacher and school to school. 

Board member Sally Daigle said she was pleased to see teachers acknowledge certain students who needed extra help while continuing seamlessly with group instruction.

And Board of Education president Bernadette Saleh said she appreciated seeing how many students were writing.

Fort Logan Northgate School principal Nelson Van Vranken thanked board members for their time to visit. He also said he is excited about the teachers’ efforts to challenge students “across all content areas.”

Sheridan Head Start

Early Childhood Center director Aimee Chapman briefed the board regarding a formal 60-page Community Assessment that is part of the district’s application to renew its federal Head Start grant. Sheridan School District acts as the lead agency for the program, which serves students from Englewood and Littleton as well. The exhaustive community assessment is a routine part of every grantee’s process.

Chapman reviewed a host of demographic data about Arapahoe County’s changing population, indicating the number of eligible students is declining. She reviewed a host of poverty-related data across the county and in Sheridan in particular.

The application for a new five-year grant includes three goals (currently in draft form):

  • =         The Sheridan Grantee and delegate agencies will exceed quality standards for instructional staff as measured by annual Classroom Assessment Scoring system, CLASS, national average scores.
  • =         The Sheridan Grantee and delegate agencies will continue to learn about the communities they serve. Seeking a stronger sense of the cultures, demographics, patterns, and needs to better serve their population.
  • =         The Sheridan Grantee and delegate agencies are committed to support families in awareness and improvement of healthy living practices in relation to physical, emotional and social health.

Roger Rowland

Roger Rowland, secretary/treasurer of the Sheridan Historical Society, briefed the board on his ongoing work on Sheridan School District history. Rowland recently completed a history of Sheridan High School and is now working on a history of the high school’s athletics programs. Rowland, speaking as a private citizen, also briefed the board on his efforts to improve relationships between the school district and community partners.

Board Policies

Board members discussed an ongoing process to bring district polices into compliance, following a review by the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). Board member Daniel Stange suggested adding more specificity to the board policy that governs student discipline. Board member Stange specifically suggested that the policy reference a process known as Restorative Justice. Board members agreed after some discussion that the policy language should remain general, and follow state statute, and allow schools to select the specific strategies to use.

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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