Mission & Goals

Community Goals 2018-2022 Learner for Life, Communication, Community Engagement, Safety, Health and Wellness
Mission Statement:

To Learn, Grow, Achieve: Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day

Community Goals:
  •   Goal #1: Learner for Life
  •   Goal #2: Communication
  •   Goal #3: Community Engagement
  •   Goal #4: Safety, Health, Wellness

 

 

BACKGROUND

In November 2017, voters in the Widefield community graciously passed two measures to improve our school district. Due to the support, the district felt it was appropriate to gather feedback from the community on the current climate of Widefield School District 3 (WSD3).

In the beginning of 2018, the district hosted five focus groups consisting of community members, parents, students, and staff. The focus groups narrowed down the district's strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Based off the information collected in the focus groups, the district put together a community survey to address important topics including communication, safety, health and wellness, technology, academic programs, and student support.

The survey was given between March-April 2018, and of the 478 participants who completed the survey, 87 percent were parents. The results of the survey helped WSD3 to create a new mission statement and community-driven goals to work on over the next four school years, 2018-2022.

Goals Progress

June 2019

 

In the summer of 2018, Widefield School District 3 kicked off a comprehensive communication plan to implement a new district mission and goals based off our community’s wants and needs. We rolled out our four-year plan (2018-2022) in the fall to parents, students, and staff through a variety of mediums including email, newsletter, building posters, and social media posts.

We are excited to share some of the progress we have made in just one year toward each one of these goals. Our plan is to continue adding to the success of each goal that falls in line with our district mission: To Learn, Grow, Achieve: Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day.

Goal #1: Learner for Life:
Explore, offer, and support innovative opportunities for all students

 

  • Scholarship Nights at High Schools
  • Expansion of Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs:
  • Tripled student participation in the construction and manufacturing programs at the MiLL
  • Added field trips to the MiLL for elementary students to get early exposure
  • Created career pathways in art and music education
  • Revamped the Family and Consumer Sciences classes with catering services; earned Gold and Silver at competition
  • Expanded the AVID program to two elementary schools to prepare students for college readiness
  • Increased participation and exposure of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) pathways, and robotics and coding clubs
  • The Colorado Department of Education approved innovation status for three schools including Widefield Elementary School of the Arts, King Elementary (Summit Learning) Grand Mountain School (Computer Science Integration) which brings the district to four innovation schools with Talbott STEAM Innovation School

Goal #2: Communication:
Establish consistent expectations to improve communication

 

  • Each school completed a communication plan at the building level that included frequency and methods of communication to parents
  • The Bond Oversight Committee and Boundary Committee met monthly, updated the Board of Education, and notified stakeholders of district changes via newsletter, mail, email, social media, and website
  • Grand Mountain School communication to include weekly leadership cadre meetings, direct mailer and emails to parents living in the school’s boundaries, hosted a Building Advisory & Accountability Committee meeting, and a school-wide orientation

Goal #3: Community Engagement: Effectively use media to inform and to increase partnerships

  • Monthly construction progress videos of Grand Mountain are posted on our websites and social media pages
  • Partnered with the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs for the Careers in Construction program at the MiLL
  • Bond projects across the district are communicated via district and school websites, newsletters, email, marquees, and social media pages
  • Created a “D3 Behind the Scenes” video series to showcase the different district departments to educate our community on what goes on outside the classroom
  • Highlight community partnerships with Fountain Valley Senior Center, Security and Fountain Fire Departments, and local businesses with events, activities, fundraisers

Goal #4: Safety, Health & Wellness:
Provide education, training, and support to create a safe and healthy learning environment

  • We hosted two mental health events: Surviving School and Elevating Wellness
  • Promotion of community events outside WSD3 via Peachjar eflyers and social media
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) implemented district-wide
  • Transportation Safety Week - Educate students and staff on school bus, crosswalk, and bike safety
  • Staff mental health training - Effective Teaching Week
  • Support and promotion of Mental Health Month (May) via newsletters, social media, websites
  • D3 Day Without Hate - All schools promote kindness and respect through activities and events
  • Participation in Military Child Month