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Education

  • Local community worried about school safety

    About 100 people attended a Fort Lupton High School "safety town hall" recently to discuss their fears about school safety in the community.

    Administrators held the meeting following lockdowns at the high school Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23, following two separate threats - a note written on a high school bathroom wall that read, "School shooting at 10 a.m." found at 9:40 a.m. Feb. 22, and, the next day, "a note more specific to the high school" written in the bathroom, according to Weld Re-8 Superintendent Alan Kaylor.

  • Officials perturbed over two high school lockdowns

    Two consecutive days of lockdowns at Fort Lupton High School has school administrators perturbed.

    “This unacceptable behavior has not only caused a disruption to our educational environment for students and teachers, it has negatively impacted their emotional health, and their trust in the safety of our school,” said Marcia Hester, Fort Lupton High School principal in a letter posted on the Weld Re-8 School District website .

  • Fort Lupton High School put on lockdown

    School officials placed Fort Lupton High School on a lockdown for about an hour, starting at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

    According to a posting on the Weld Re-8 School District Facebook page, there was a threat made to students in the school’s bathroom. No credible risk was identified during the lockdown, however, officials said.

  • Tardy audit may cost Weld Re-8

    The Weld Re-8 School District is staring at a risk to losing its' Colorado Department of Education (CDE) funding. This is because third-party auditor Steven Plutt of Littleton based Plutt Rogers and Company PC is still reviewing the district's 2016/17 financial audit despite being given a three month extension to complete the work.

    Plutt's audit report, expected to be delivered to the district school board Monday, Feb. 12, will be delayed another three to four days, as announced by Superintendent Alan Kaylor at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Marathon bee turns up a winner

    2018 Weld Re-8 spelling bee finalists

    First place: Eleno De La Torre (fifth grade)

    Second place: Kyden Kelley (fifth grade)

    Third place: Erick Aguirre Garcia (fourth grade)

    Other participants

    Maddax Farrer (eighth grade)

    Jack Pendleton (fourth grade)

    Joel Marrufo (fourth grade)

  • Mayor’s youth council to link government with schools

    Zo Stieber, recently elected Fort Lupton mayor, is wasting no time in office. First on her mind are the students of Fort Lupton that she hopes to better incorporate within Fort Lupton city government.

    “A lot of times kids think they have nothing to do with the city and the city has nothing do with them, and that’s just not true,” said Stieber.

    Stieber is developing a youth council that would give students internships and apprenticeships within Fort Lupton city government.

  • DeHerrera wins $1,000 scholarship contest

    A Fort Lupton High School student is getting help from a social media contest to pay for college.

    Alexandria (Ali) DeHerrera recently won the $1,000 TransWest Auto Center scholarship contest. The contest pitted more than 100 nominated high school seniors against one another by competing for Facebook “shares.” Contest manager Dave Vondy helped create “digital posters” for each participant. People could share the “posters” on Facebook by re-posting them.

  • Weld Re-8 staff uncertain how to plug district “leakage”

    The Weld Re-8 School District loses around 800 students every year who live inside school district boundaries but choose to go to school elsewhere.

    Of the district’s total possible student population of 3,247 in 2017, 17 percent, or 859 students left to pursue schooling outside district boundaries.

  • School district gets reading help from Sterling

    For some children, reading and writing can be a source of dread and frustration,

    where they stare at confusing and sometimes meaningless symbols.

     

    Now, the Weld Re-8 School District will pay $100,000 per year to have the

    private company Sterling Literacy Consulting in Denver train teachers in all five

    schools in the district so they can better help students with reading and writing.

     

  • Library to host ‘fire and ice,’ bunko events

    The Fort Lupton Public and School Library is bringing in 2018 with a shake, rattle, and pop, hosting two different events Friday, Jan. 19.

    The library will host a bunko party with prizes at 5:30 p.m. at the library at 425 S. Denver Ave. Bunko is a dice game generally played with teams of four, attempting to score points with three dice.