The Northern Colorado Medical Center Foundation has granted $118,274 from its Curtis Strong Eye Fund to Greeley-Evans School District 6 for the purchase of eye-care diagnostic equipment that will benefit all of the district’s 21,000-plus students.

“We are pleased to be able to make a positive impact on the students in District 6 through the Curtis Strong Eye Fund,” says NCMC Foundation President Chris Kiser. “The equipment will be used for annual screenings of all students in the district, as well as to purchase specialized equipment for students with significant low-vision needs.” 

The grant will provide assistive technology devices that directly support students with low-vision needs; provide annual vision screenings of all District 6 students per state guidelines, including students receiving special education services, students new to District 6, and students referred from teachers; and, it will provide assistance to low income students to access vision professionals and glasses. Some of the vision testing equipment in District 6 is 35 years old, and can no longer be repaired.

“This kind of partnership and community support will impact every student in District 6, and give our staff the tools they need to further assist our low-vision and blind students to access educational opportunities and materials,” says Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “We are very grateful to the NCMC Foundation and the Curtis Strong Eye Fund for this generous donation.”

A check presentation ceremony was held Monday, April 10 in the Union Colony Room at NCMC. Kiser says it is the largest community donation the NCMC Foundation has ever made.

The Curtis Strong Eye Fund was established in 2000 at the NCMC Foundation, upon the death of longtime Greeley businessman and philanthropist Curtis Strong. Strong suffered from macular degeneration late in his life, and was motivated to make a difference through his personal philanthropy. He was a partner in the Herren & Strong Company, which constructed many major thoroughfares in northern Colorado, including the U.S 34 bypass and U.S. 85 south of Greeley. 

The Curtis Strong Eye Fund has generated $2.1 million, and is used for the treatment of disease and eye disorders, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

District 6 revises 2017-18 calendar; no more early release

Monday, April 10, the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2017-18 school year that includes the elimination of early-release Mondays for elementary, middle and K-8 schools. 

That means that beginning next school year, Monday will be the same start and release time as other days of the week.

Instead of the weekly early release, all schools will now have full-day training days for its staff six times throughout the school year. Only five of these days actually impact students. Students will not report to school on these staff training days. 

All the training days are the same for every non-charter school in District 6. This change does not affect charter schools. The 2017-18 calendar is similar to what District 6 high schools have this year.

The full-day student release days on the revised calendar are:

  • Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Monday, December 4, 2017
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Monday, April 30, 2018

“We believe this change will be beneficial to our students, families and staff and provide a consistent schedule in all our schools,” says Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “It will also give us time to conduct important training and professional development with our staff.”

Families with questions about this change should contact their individual school. The change will go into effect on the first day of school, Monday August 21, 2017 for grades 1-12 and Thursday, August 24 for kindergarten. The revised calendar is posted on the District 6 website at

Eight District 6 students named Daniels Scholars

Eight Greeley-Evans School District 6 seniors who will graduate in May have been notified they will receive the prestigious Daniels Scholarship.

Paid for through the Daniels Fund, a private foundation started by entrepreneur and cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, these scholarships cover four years of tuition and fees, room and board, books and miscellaneous educational expenses for scholars who attend any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States.

Five of this year’s winners are from Northridge High School. The District 6 Daniels Scholarship recipients for 2017 are:

  • Gisel Chavez-Perez, Greeley Central High School
  • Pablo Lopez, Greeley West High School
  • David Orozco-Baldovinos, Greeley West High School
  • Sergio Daniel Estrada Murguia, Northridge High School
  • Fernando Alfredo Garcia-Moreno, Northridge High School
  • Remi Ruiz-Martinez, Northridge High School
  • Brayan Alexis Serrano Padilla, Northridge High School
  • Darius Emanuel Simon, Northridge High School
  • More than 2,000 students applied for Daniels Scholarships this year. The foundation awarded more than 200 scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The Daniels Fund awards scholarships based not only on academic success, but also on the character, leadership qualities and commitment to contributing to the community exhibited by students.

“Our Daniels Fund scholars are some of our most outstanding, resilient and hard-working students,” says Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “We are so proud of these students, and grateful to the Daniels Fund for giving them this amazing opportunity to further their education.”

Last year, five District 6 students received Daniels scholarships. Over the past 11 years, 87 District 6 scholars have received this competitive award. Since the program was launched in 2000, the Daniels fund has awarded more than $150 million in scholarships.

District 6 to shift boundary for Dos Rios Elementary

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the middle school boundary encompassing Dos Rios Elementary School in Evans will shift from Prairie Heights Middle School to Brentwood Middle School.

This shift will allow Dos Rios students a continuum of International Baccalaureate instruction. Dos Rios hosts the Primary Years Program for IB. Brentwood Middle School hosts the Middle Years Program for IB. The high school and diploma program for IB are at Greeley West High School.

“This just makes sense,” says Dr. Deirdre Pilch, superintendent of Greeley-Evans School District 6. “We want these students to have the opportunity to continue their IB education in middle school. Brentwood is rated as a performance school, the highest rating given by the state, and will provide excellent educational opportunities for these new students. It really is a positive shift for everyone.”

The boundary shift will also alleviate the need for some bus transportation, because more Dos Rios students live in the walk boundary for Brentwood. It will also help equalize the enrollment between Prairie Heights, the district’s largest middle school, and Brentwood, the district’s smallest middle school. 

Families who have questions about this boundary change should contact the administration at their current school.