Middle school students in Poudre School District experienced hands-on learning in a new way this summer.
PSD, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC), launched a comprehensive, workforce development program. Each week, students were bused to various industry centers where they learned from expert working professionals.
The program was designed to give students a safe place to be during the summer where they had hands-on experiences and exposure to different career paths. Over nine weeks, the program featured more than 15 community agencies and businesses representing multiple industries: technology, construction, energy, healthcare, art, hospitality and more.
With each experience, about 50 participating PSD students met experts in the field, toured an industry location, and applied the skills they learned in a hands-on simulation activity.
Read more at www.psdschools.org/news/.
School is Cool
Rulers, glue, pencils, markers, binders, folders, notebooks, loose-leaf paper and more were stacked on countless tables in Johnson Hall at Colorado State University as School is Cool teams prepared for the annual tradition of providing PSD students with school supplies.
In its third decade, School is Cool (SIC) is a community outreach effort managed and organized by Colorado State University (CSU) employees. SIC’s mission is to help PSD K-12 students achieve academic success by providing them with school supplies.
In 2020, over 200 SIC volunteers stuffed backpacks with supplies for more than 2,800 students at 47 PSD schools. This year the program anticipates equipping over 2,500 students in 51 schools, including the new Bamford Elementary School. And since 1992, SIC has helped more than 50,000 students.
Read more at psdschools.org/news/.
Pack to School
OtterCares Foundation, the charitable arm of Otter Products, annually hosts its Pack2School one-day event where students can pick out their school supplies, free of charge. Due to COVID-19, this event looked drastically different the past two school years. This year, instead of students shopping for their own supplies, each backpack was filled with crucial supplies and delivered to schools for their teams to hand out to Pre-K-12 students in need of school supplies.
Supplies are purchased by OtterCares, and backpacks were stuffed by Otter Products and OtterCares employees. There were over 200 volunteers who donated their time and talents to support the cause. OtterCares supported about 2,000 students this year, including 400 Early Childhood Education students.
OtterCares’ mission is to inspire students to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists. To learn more about OtterCares, visit its website. Read more at psdschools.org/news/.
Thanks to an extension of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school district reimbursement program, PSD will once again offer free meals to any enrolled PSD student during the 2021-22 school year.
Health and Wellness
Find resources for Mental Health, Health and Wellness and more through Student Services. Access Student Health programs and services and keep up with Colorado’s required immunizations.
Safety and Security
Anonymously report issues with a tip to Safe2Tell. Learn more about the School Resource Officer program at PSD. Learn about School Safety and Security.
Call for Community
We need you! Volunteer on one of the many district committees: District Accountability Committee, District Advisory Board, and more. Volunteer or partner with schools directly. Join a Parent Teacher Organization or School Accountability Committee through your school directly.
District communications and inclement weather procedures are available on our website, social media, and email (Update your contact information on ParentVue). Participate in and watch Board of Education meetings. Meet your new Superintendent Brian Kingsley and follow him on Twitter @edukings.
Required Safety Notifications
PSD requires parents/guardians to review the Student Rights and Code of Conduct, available through Parent Vue.
View the PSD Policy Regarding Treatment of Students, Families, Public. State law (C.R.S. 22-1-124) requires schools to notify parents how to access records on the Sex Offender Registry.
Don’t forget your mask, PSD!
Masks are required for everyone in PSD buildings. Masks are NOT required outdoors.
Please wear protective masks that cover the nose and mouth, with multiple layers and that fit snugly
against a person’s face. When we all wear masks, the likelihood of being quarantined after exposure goes down considerably.
For the latest on COVID-19 protocols, visit the PSD 2021-22 Health and Safety webpage.
Interested in virtual school options this year? Poudre Global Academy Virtual is one of two tracks, the existing hybrid and 100 percent online, offered through Poudre Global Academy. For more PGAV information, visit PGAV’s website.
Early Childhood Education
Know a preschooler who could benefit from going to school in PSD and connecting with professional, compassionate educators? To learn about the application process and more, visit the Early Childhood Education web page.