As the 2016-17 school year rapidly moves forward, I am constantly reminded of the extremely important role education has in our society. Toward this end, we, as St. Vrain educators and public servants, value deeply our responsibility to advance the success of our students and our entire community. The ability to adapt, change and continually elevate our public education system is what will ensure that our students and our community are prepared for the challenges we face in a highly competitive global environment.
January 12, 2017, 10:12am | St Vrain Valley School District By St. Vrain Valley Schools
Two St. Vrain schools, Westview Middle School in Longmont, and Centennial Elementary School in Firestone, have been awarded foundation grants in support of their leading-edge, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs.
January 3, 2017, 10:45am | St Vrain Valley School District
St. Vrain Valley Schools invites the public to review and provide feedback regarding the selection of a pilot program for the 2017-2018 school year in the areas of elementary school mathematics and high school social studies.
The committee has narrowed down the choices of instructional programs and would like the community to help make the decision on which program to pilot. Each review will take place in the lobby of the Learning Services Center, 401 S. Pratt Pkwy. on the following dates:
December 16, 2016, 1:12pm | St Vrain Valley School District
In November, voters approved St. Vrain Valley's $260.3 million bond issue by a wide margin, signifying wide community investment in public education. The 2016 bond will enable St. Vrain to continue its focus on rigorous academics while allowing for anticipated enrollment growth and the further construction of safe and innovative classroom environments that foster learning and student development.
December 16, 2016, 11:15am | St Vrain Valley School District
As one of the largest predictors of whether a student will graduate, regular attendance plays a key role in long-term student achievement. Each week of absence per semester in ninth grade lowers a student’s likelihood of graduation by 25 percent and in the early grades, only 41 percent of students who are chronically absent can read on grade level after third grade.
December 14, 2016, 12:54pm | St Vrain Valley School District By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Times-Call
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.
December 12, 2016, 10:12am | St Vrain Valley School District
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.
December 8, 2016, 2:08pm | St Vrain Valley School District By St. Vrain Valley Schools
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.