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St. Vrain celebrates computer science education week

First-graders at Longmont's Columbine Elementary recently got a taste of coding using "drag-and-drop" programs that allowed them to problem solve and use computational thinking.

Some used the ScratchJr app on iPads, others used laptops to try programs offered through code.org. One popular program had them create stories and move people around by dragging and dropping commands.

Learning Technology Plan gives students – and teachers – tools to learn

In 2012, St. Vrain Valley voters passed a Mill Levy Override (MLO) that continues to advance and impact student learning across the district. Born from the 2012 MLO, the district’s nationally recognized Learning Technology Plan is putting powerful learning devices into the hands of students and teachers, enabling a higher level of collaboration and advanced, personalized learning.

St. Vrain Wins Big at Heroes & Hope Event

Dara Ward, Energy & Sustainability Manager for St. Vrain Valley Schools, received the Environmental Education Award from the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) in Boulder, CO. Ward accepted the accolade from Katherine Croasdale, ReNew Our Schools Program Manager at the CRC.

P-TECH students connect with IBM mentors, focus on academics and skills for the future

St. Vrain Valley Schools’ inaugural P-TECH class has much to celebrate as their first semester comes to a close. The 50 students enrolled in Skyline High School’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program – known as Falcon TECH – are an outstanding group of students committed to advanced preparation for postsecondary college and career pathways in computer information systems.

St. Vrain Valley School District debuts Student Senate

Over time, so much more than the original wallpaper and single pane skylights has changed at the State Capitol in Denver.

Old photos show dusty cowboys working on the Senate and House floors with their hats on their desks because state government then functioned under one roof and operations staff worked in the private wing offices occupied today by legislators.

Longmont's Eagle Crest Elementary students get active through Pokemon

One third-grader was copying moves in a dance video, another was dribbling a soccer ball and a third was trying to balance a giant feather on a fingertip.

Other classmates at Longmont's Eagle Crest Elementary ran through the school's gym scanning QR (quick response) codes with iPads in their search for rare Pokemon such as Mew and Charizard.

St. Vrain Valley School District program wins 'One in a Melon' award

In business attire and high heels, Angela Tagtow, a high-ranking government official from Washington, D.C., is not your typical substitute teacher, but kindergartners in her nutrition mini-class at Flagstaff Academy didn't seem to notice.

As executive director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at the United States Department of Agriculture, Tagtow oversees federal dietary guidelines, including the iconic food pyramid that was replaced in 2010 by the "MyPlate" icon for healthy eating.

St. Vrain Valley Schools sees its highest ACT scores ever

Through a combination of teacher and student dedication, strong support from school and district leadership, and overall skills-based preparation, St Vrain Valley Schools has achieved its highest ACT scores ever with a composite score of 20.9, compared to the state average of 20.4. This score demonstrates a significant increase from previous years, but more importantly reflects the shared value that each and every student deserves the opportunity to leave our schools better prepared for college and the demands of tomorrow’s career landscape.

Superintendent's Update - October 2016

Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,

Fifth graders explore science and team building skills during annual outdoor learning experience

Every year, fifth grade students at Prairie Ridge Elementary spend three days immersed in the outdoors. At CalWood Environmental Camp, students stay from Wednesday to Friday, learning Homesteading and Orienteering skills. The idea came up two years ago, when staff wanted to create a signature event that fifth graders would remember. “We have kids from last year coming back and reminiscing about our trip to Cal-Wood.” says Jeff Cannon, a fifth grade teacher at Prairie Ridge.

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