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Board of Education Recap January 15th, 2020

News from Sheridan School District No. 2

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News Release

Jan. 15, 2020

Sheridan High School Spotlights Positive Trends


Sheridan High School leadership shined a spotlight on students, staff, new programs, and positive trends with attendance and achievement at the Sheridan Board of Education meeting this week.

Sheridan High School principal German Echevarria introduced students Gerardo Avellande Santana and Emilze Lopez as examples of students who are active in school, engaged in a wide variety of school activities and programs, and who take pride in their learning.

High school attendance was above 92 percent during the first semester, said Echevarria. That’s a 2 percent increase over the year before. Echevarria credited the “strong relationship” teachers have with students and he praised parents, too. “I have never worked in a building or district that had this kind of attendance,” he said. “Kudos to the families that instill this in the students.”

Behavior data has improved too, he said, and that’s likely attributable to a school-wide “reset” around student expectations. Both in-school and out-of-school suspensions are down.

In addition, fewer students are failing courses. Only 18 percent of students received one or more grades of F last semester. The school is working to lower that to 10 percent or less. The number of students on Individualized Education Plans who received an F grade has dropped by 50 percent, he said.

Forty-two new students were inducted into the National Honor Society this fall, added Echevarria, and there was a 70 percent decrease in the number of students who were ineligible for athletics due to not meeting academic benchmarks.

The school is emphasizing its “re-teach” efforts, particularly in mathematics, for students who are not on grade level.

Sheridan High School provides credit recovery program (30 students are enrolled), supports concurrent enrollment at Arapahoe Community College (29 students last semester), and offers courses via an online Virtual Academy, too. Sixty percent of this year’s seniors have already been accepted to a two- or four-year college.

Principal Echevarria noted that major changes are coming for students who will need to meet new graduation requirements, including a menu of college and career-ready demonstrations, beginning with the Class of 2021. He also spotlighted the work of teacher Kelly Landgraf for her work in helping students prepare for the graduation changes through re-teach efforts, Capstone projects, National Honor Society, and more.


Superintendent Pat Sandos lauded high school leadership for “building a culture of high expectations” among all students.

Junior Gerardo Avellande Santana also provided the board with a detailed overview of his efforts to implement a mentor program to help all students “develop character and confidence” and become successful in high school.  

School Board Recognition

Superintendent Sandos read a proclamation from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declaring January as School Board Recognition Month. Superintendent Sandos also praised the five members of the Sheridan Board for their hard work, on all on a volunteer basis, and focus on student needs. “You are by far the most kid-centered, kid-focused board members I have ever met,” he said. “We just can’t thank you enough.”

School-Based Budgeting

Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Duncan presented the board with her plans to improve the process of school-based budgeting. She said the work will lead to a process that is “more clear, more documented, more consistent” and puts the business office in partnership with schools to analyze what’s working. The plan, she said, is designed to link resources to goals. School district offices will be subject to the same scrutiny, she said. “Our ultimate goal is to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” she said.

Additional Notes:

  • Christine Muldoon, Director of Equity, Language and Culture, discussed the district’s efforts to support the U.S. Census. She emphasized the importance of an accurate count for the community of Sheridan and the state to ensure all citizens have adequate, appropriate representation in the political process and receive their share of federal resources, too. Individual schools will support the census process, too. The process begins in March.
  • Chief Academic Officer Shirley Miles outlined the District Advisory and Accountability Committee’s “Culture Day” on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Sheridan High School featuring posters, dancing, mixed martial arts, and food to celebrate and honor the district’s diversity.

Consent Agenda

All consent agenda items were 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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