Welcome to Our School

Welcome to our website! Here at Union Colony, we are proud to have some of the best students, parents, teachers, and administrators around. Our outstanding academics, athletics, and college-prep program prepare students for college and/or other post-secondary educational success!

A Message from Our Director

Safety First

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review. Educators today still use his hierarchy of needs to evaluate student learning.  

Maslow’s hierarchy ranks safety second to physiological needs (water, food, shelter, health). The mind cannot make itself conducive to learning until the basic needs of the hierarchy are met

Union Colony’s academic performance indicates we have done a good job of meeting students’ basic needs. As far as shelter goes, the elementary building is still relatively new (2012), and the preparatory building is about to be greatly enhanced. 

As an organization we follow the alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate (ALICE) safety protocol. ALICE is an enhanced safety protocol aimed at increasing survivability should we ever face a situation in which an intruder is in one of our buildings with the intent of causing harm. The ALICE acronym is non-sequential and gives permission to those in such situations to make decisions based on the information they have while in the moment. First and foremost, the goal is to evacuate to safety. If evacuation is not an option, the protocol calls for an enhanced lockdown in which rooms are barricaded and countermeasures/next steps are prepared for should an intruder gain access to the room. At Union Colony Schools, all full-time staff receive a basic ALICE training certification and students receive age appropriate ALICE instruction. It is unfortunate that in this day and age we must prepare for such things; we believe it is responsible for students to learn this as it is now a life skill.

We are in the process of increasing the number of and updating our interior and exterior security cameras at the elementary.  A very robust security camera system is being installed at preparatory school, as well as adding individual classroom cameras. These updates and additions are being put in place to help aid in emergency situations, support students with bullying, support teachers with student behavior, and assist administration with accurately making disciplinary decisions.

You may have visited other schools where a quick background check took place and a visitor’s name tag was printed. We are adopting the Raptor Technologies to perform instant background checks for visitors. Check out this YouTube video, or visit the Raptor Technologies website to learn more.

Thank you to the voters of Greeley and the passage of the mill levy override. Enhancing our security is one of many ways you are helping fund the quality education at Union Colony Schools.

Sincerely,

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson
Director