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It's Grand to be in D3

 

August 28, 2019

Like any project you start, there is nothing like seeing the final result. In 2017, we started the project of expanding and making improvements in Widefield School District 3 by going to our voters and telling our story. Our story was simple and honest; we needed community support to build a new school, make repairs at existing schools, expand innovative programming, and do what is right for our students and staff. Thankfully for us, our community came through and approved a much-needed bond and mill levy.

During the last two years, we've made tremendous improvements to all our facilities and completed construction of our first new school in 22 years, Grand Mountain School. The new PreK-8 computer science innovation school held its'ribbon cutting and grand opening on Aug. 9, and welcomed students on their first day on Aug. 16. (See related photos on page 22.)

While this was our biggest bond project, and probably the most popular to follow along with as a community, we are equally as proud of other projects that took place across the district and will continue to take place this year. All of our projects are posted on our website, wsd3.org, under the About section.

Also new this year are school boundary changes within our district. Those changes stemmed from opening a new school and alleviating crowding at current schools. New boundaries also means new and changed bus routes. We have been working diligently to ensure a smooth start to the school year, but we graciously ask for your patience as we work out any kinks along the way.

We are also very proud to have four schools with innovation status from the Colorado Department of Education. Talbott STEAM Innovation School, King Elementary - A Project Based Learning School, Widefield Elementary School of the Arts, and Grand Mountain School - Computer Science Innovation. This status allows schools greater control over matters such as educational programming, calendars and scheduling, and budgeting. It provides a pathway for schools and districts to obtain greater individual school autonomy and managerial flexibility in order to implement diverse approaches to learning.

Alongside our innovative programs is our growing manufacturing and construction program at the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL). We've tripled enrollment and will be adding a welding and metal fabrication program in January. Our Careers in Construction students will continue their home build project this school year and students in the manufacturing side will be building cabinets for the new home. We are so grateful to our industry partners and community partners including the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs. Additionally we have partnered with the Springs Rescue Mission, and Catholic Charities to provide skilled trades programs for adults. We look forward to building additional partnerships this school year.

We invite the community to our annual District Parade & Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 28. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. from the Big R parking lot and ends at C.A. Foster Stadium behind Widefield High School. Following the parade is our Fall Festival, the Fountain Valley Scholars cookout, and of course the big football game between Mesa Ridge and Widefield High Schools.

As always our door is open in WSD3, and we look forward to serving your families this school year. Be sure to visit our new website, wsd3.org, or call our main office at (719) 391-3000.

 

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