A benefit concert featuring Greeley’s own soul rock band, The Burroughs, will be held on Friday, Apr. 14 at Greeley Central High School, with all the proceeds from ticket sales going to fund backpacks and school supplies distributed at the 2017 School Kickoff Community Celebration on Aug. 12 at Island Grove Regional Park. The Greeley Stampede sponsors the Burroughs at The Castle.

The concert will be held at 7pm in the Greeley Central High School Auditorium, 1515 14th Avenue. Band members will host a clinic, and question and answer session for Greeley Central Arts Magnet students before the performance. A Greeley Central music group will open for the band, and several students will perform a song with The Burroughs.

The Burroughs are known for high-energy, crowd-friendly live shows that get people moving. They have performed at venues throughout Colorado, and opened for the Steve Miller Band.

Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for students ages 17 and under. All seats will be general admission and pre-purchased tickets can be picked up at the will call at Greeley Central beginning at 6pm the night of the performance. Tickets are now available at the District 6 Web store by visiting https://greeley.revtrak.net/tek9.asp and clicking on The Burroughs at the Castle icon.

To learn more about The Burroughs and listen to samples of their music, visit www.theburroughssoul.com.

New principals hired; nutrition director steps down

The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education approved the hiring of two new principals during its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 13. In another personnel change, Nutrition Services Director Jeremy West has submitted his resignation to District 6.

Christopher Keiffer will take over the leadership of Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet after current principal Sandy Cosner retires in June. Mr. Kieffer has worked in education for 20 years. He has 12 years of administrative experience, including 8 years as a K-8 principal in an arts focus school in Arizona. He also worked as a classroom teacher and a literacy coach in a Title 1 school. He is currently serving as a middle school principal in the Poudre School District. Kieffer holds master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cabrini College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

“Mr. Kieffer's extensive experience is an excellent match for Chappelow K-8 and District 6. He looks forward to serving, once again, in a K-8 arts-focus school,” says Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch.

Melanie Jones has been hired to serve as the principal at Platte Valley Youth Services Center. Current Principal Richard Paull will also retire in June.

Ms. Jones brings extensive experience as a special educator and as a leader in the Division of Youth Corrections. She has more than 20 years of experience in the youth corrections/education services. 

She has a Master’s in Special Education from University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. Additionally, Jones has completed her principal licensure from The Principal Institute.

“The staff and I are excited to have her as the new leader at Platte Valley,” Dr. Pilch says.

Jeremy West, who has served as the director of Nutrition Services since August of 2008, will be leaving District 6 to accept a post in the nutrition services department in Jefferson County School District. Mr. West was recruited to the position, and says he is excited to be working and learning about serving meals to students in a much larger school district, about four times the size of District 6.

Mr. West and his staff helped ushered in a “food renaissance” in District 6, transitioning from serving processed foods to making healthy, fresh meals for students from scratch.

“This is a huge loss for District 6, but West has done a wonderful job hiring and training his staff,” Dr. Pilch says. “We know our excellent, nationally-recognized meal program will continue.”

Students can open enroll into Fred Tjardes school

The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education approved the new Fred Tjardes School of Innovation at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 13. Students are invited to open enroll into the school for the 2017-18 school year.

Open enrollment forms are available on the District 6 website at www.greeleyschools.org/openenrollment. The completed forms for the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation must be returned to the Administration Building, 1025 9th Avenue in Greeley by 4pm, Friday, Mar. 10.

The Fred Tjardes School of Innovation is a new school in Greeley-Evans School District 6 that will focus on project-based learning for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. The school will be located in downtown Greeley, and will open in August 2017, pending approval by the state Board of Education. 

Space is limited in the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation, so parents are encouraged to open enroll students as soon as possible. For more information, visit www.ftjschoolofinnovation.com. Interested students and parents are also invited to attend a community meeting where questions about the new school will be answered. The meeting is Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6pm at the Rodarte Center, 920 A Street in Greeley.