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What’s Facing Windsor: Extended summer ahead for Windsor-Severance students

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Dick Huwa, the president of RLH Engineering, was on the lookout for some help.

The Windsor-Severance Re-4 School Board wanted him to find ways to involve students in the construction at Windsor High School. Huwa on Friday found another way. An advanced fabrication class at Windsor High School helped construction crews lay bricks on an east-facing wall being added to the school.

Students cheered each other on as they lay the bricks carefully on the outside of the building, under the guidance of a contractor at the site.

Construction crews are gearing up for the work to expand as the summer starts May 11. This summer was lengthened to 13 weeks, Huwa said, after the district shortened last summer.

The long summer this year will give the district the extra time it needs to fulfill much of its plans for the $104.8 million bond measure and $3.6 million mill levy override voters passed in November 2016.

Construction progress

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RLH Engineering oversees the many projects, and the biggest, obviously, is Severance High School, the second high school to be added to the Windsor-Severance School district.

It's expected to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

But there are others. The first event in the newly-renovated auditorium in Windsor High school was held in March, and a classroom was also completed and furnished in February. Work continues on the Innovation Center, with much of the exterior in place and construction on the inside underway.

Construction on Windsor High School, including the new Innovation Center, is expected to be complete this September, before students return to the school, except for the pool, which will be completed sometime in November.

With the buildings empty in the summer, construction crews won't have to worry about pedestrians, or shuffling staff to make way for the construction.

Other facilities, including Skyview Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Tozer Primary, Windsor Middle School and the basement of the district administration building, are also slated for renovations, which are expected to be complete by the end of this year's long summer.

Mitigating the "summer slide"

Teachers call the loss of knowledge that can happen in the summer when children are away from school the "summer slide." With even more time for that to happen this summer, Windsor-Severance School District teachers and officials, employees from The Summit, Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture employees and the Clearview Library District gathered education and recreation providers in town for a Summer Enrichment Expo last week to give parents a look at all the options for their children.

They set up booths at the Windsor Community Recreation Center, and although organizer Jackie Hertzke said initial plans were to have only the four partners there, other businesses and organizations expressed interest in attending the event, and more than 10 booths were set up at the rec center last week.

Hertzke, a teacher on special assignment who provides training for teachers, among other duties, said technology can make planning easier for parents, but the district also wanted to provide the face-to-face opportunity that residents seem to value in Windsor.

She saw proof they appreciated it, as within an hour of the event starting, more than 200 people visited the expo.

Parents said they were grateful for the chance to plan ahead, and for the variety of vendors at the expo. From free programming at the library to paid tutoring programs, they felt the options were valuable for their families.

The Clearview Library District added two and a half weeks onto the summer adventure program that replaced the summer reading program last year, and has scheduled events for children and adults centered on the theme of music.

Jo Alloway, program coordinator with The Summit, said the business has planned summer camps for children, and has summer jobs available for Windsor High School students.

The Windsor Community Recreation Center also added summer camps, as did the Windsor-Severance School district.

Hertzke said she hopes the many options will help parents, as they try to plan for the extra time their children could be spending at home, and will keep students from going too far down the summer slide.

For more

Vendors at last week’s Summer Enrichment Expo told visiting parents about a variety of opportunities for their children over the summer. The following are some of those vendors and their websites:

» Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District summer camps — weldre4.org/departments/instruction/summer_2018

» Town of Windsor summer activities — http://www.windsorgov.com/188/Activity-Guide

» Clearview Library District activities — clearviewlibrary.org/

» Summer Enrichment Program at the Summit — http://www.playatthesummit.com/summerenrichment

» University of Northern Colorado physical activity week — bit.ly/BearPAW

» La-De-Da Performing Arts camps — http://www.ladedacolorado.org/summer-intensives/

» Catalyst Brazilian Jiu Jitsu summer camp — http://www.catalystbjj.com/

» Thrive Martial Arts — http://www.thriveata.com

» Aero Camp at The Flying School — http://www.theflyingschool.com

» Knowledge Bound Tutoring — email kboundtutoring@gmail.com for details

» Artistic Escapes landscaping jobs for high school students — artisticescapes.co

» Windsor Charter Academy summer camp — http://www.windsorcharteracademy.org/summer-camp

» Windsor Yoga Family — http://www.windsoryogafamily.com

» Brickhouse Functional Fitness summer youth programs — brickhouseff.com/