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Devin Brown, Widefield High School senior
  • Awards & Recognitions

WHS senior accepted into Army Band

Widefield High School (WHS) Class of 2021 Senior Devin Brown has been accepted into the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. After passing a competitive audition that was reviewed by the Army School of Music, he has earned this position. He will complete basic training at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina and then advance to the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music at Fort Story in Virginia Beach.

Colorado's only Army band, the 101st, features patriotic, jazz, popular, country, classical, rock, and Dixieland music. The mission of the 101st is to provide music and musical entertainment on behalf of the State of Colorado and the United States Army.

A trumpet player, Devin has studied privately with Steve Kinderman, a 20-year veteran musician of the Air Force. He began playing trumpet in 4th Grade, with Mr. Jon Faires at Widefield Elementary. While enrolled at WHS, he has participated in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, and Pep Band, and has also qualified for the Colorado Springs All-City Jazz Band and the Festival of Winds at CSU Pueblo. 

Widefield of Dreams student Juliana Crawford
  • Widefield of Dreams

Meet Juliana Crawford

Mesa Ridge High School student Juliana Crawford

Juliana Crawford, a graduating senior at Mesa Ridge High School, shared her educational experiences as a military student with the Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, during a virtual roundtable. A diverse group of students talked about the challenges of being a military student during the pandemic. Juliana has moved several times throughout her upbringing. She is a 4th year STEM student in Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences in a program that was funded by the 2017 DoDEA grant. Julianna said the program has opened her eyes to a variety of career options in the biomedical sciences field. She wants to be a registered nurse and plans on attending Pikes Peak Community College in the fall.

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In-person and virtual options

Dear WSD3 Families and Staff, 

We want to thank our entire community for your patience and support this school year. We have all had to navigate the challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are excited to announce our learning options for the 2021-2022 school year to make sure all our families have a choice that fit’s their child(ren)’s needs. 

  • First day of school is August 16
  • 7th and 8th grade will start August 17
  • Kindergartner will start August 18. 

Option 1: In-person learning

Research shows that in-person learning at school is the most effective model of learning for students. We will continue to follow safety and health guidelines to keep our staff and students safe while they learn inside our buildings. 

Option 2: D3 My Way K-12 

We are expanding our D3 My Way online program to a K-12 Virtual School. Open enrollment begins on Friday, March 19, and closes on Monday, May 3.
Go to D3 My Way website to complete enrollment. 

There will be two educational models for students who choose to attend D3 My Way:

  1. Virtual: Students complete all coursework online through independent module work, virtual classes with highly qualified teachers, and virtual small groups.

  2. Enriched Virtual: Students complete the majority of their coursework online through independent module work, virtual classes with highly qualified teachers, and virtual small groups. Students also attend 1-2 in-building sessions per week for in-person instruction from teachers, enrichment activities, and experiential learning. 

We will not be providing a synchronous (Cohort C/Online Cohort) option during the 2021-2022 school year. This means students will need to choose one of the options referenced above. 

If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s school directly. 

Kevin Duren standing in front of an American flag

Effective June 1, 2021

A new leader has been named for Widefield School District 3 beginning June 1, 2021. 

The Widefield Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Kevin Duren as superintendent at a board meeting on November 19, 2020. 

Mr. Duren will replace Scott Campbell who is retiring at the end of the school year. Mr. Duren has been in the district for almost all of his life. He attended King Elementary, Janitell Junior High, and graduated from Widefield High School.  After graduation in 1987, he joined the Air Force Reserves and served six years at Peterson Air Force Base. During that time, Mr. Duren attended Colorado State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in math and a minor in computer science. 

Mr. Duren returned to Widefield to teach math and computer programming. He taught at Janitell Junior High and Widefield High School (WHS). After seven years of teaching, Mr. Duren was hired as the assistant principal at Mesa Ridge High School for three years. He was then appointed to the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at WHS for two years before being appointed principal. Mr. Duren served as principal for seven years. In 2014, Mr. Duren moved to central administration as the Executive Director of Secondary Student Learning and Math Achievement. 

“I look forward to working with our great Widefield educators. These unprecedented times have only built our capacity to do extraordinary things in the future," said Mr. Duren. "There is no better time to be an educator. We are confident, determined and committed to inspire, encourage, motivate, and energize our students to achieve more than ever thought possible. Widefield School District 3 is poised with potential to expand our reach and impact. I am excited for the opportunity to bring our students, teachers and community to the next level of success.”

Student quartet performing on stage
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Denver Percussion Competition

A student quartet from Widefield High School has won first place in the second annual Denver Percussion Competition. During the 3rd Quarter, WHS students Austin Almeida, Alyssa Burk, Kieran Doolittle, and Alexandria Lopez rehearsed and recorded a video of "Seeing the World", a piece for marimba quartet composed by Matt Moore. In addition to receiving a Superior rating in the District 3 Virtual Solo & Ensemble Contest, the quartet also received top marks from Denver Percussion.