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.
July 5, 2016, 7:30am | St Vrain Valley School District By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Daily Camera
The St. Vrain Valley School District — plus two Boulder groups — are all waiting to find out if their ideas for a high school will win a $10 million grant from Laurene Powell Jobs' challenge.
Jobs, the widow of Apple's Steve Jobs, earlier this year promised to donate $50 million and issued a challenge — dubbed the XQ Super School Project — to communities to reimagine the American high school.
The winners are expected to be announced in August.
June 24, 2016, 10:17am | St Vrain Valley School District By Brett Callwood, Times-Call Staff Wrtier
Jalali Hartman said Thursday that prior to working with St. Vrain Valley students, he didn't know what they'd be capable of, but that he was ultimately impressed. He even joked that he has been left wondering why he needs to hire anyone.
June 21, 2016, 6:38am | St Vrain Valley School District By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Daily Camera
St. Vrain Valley elementary students this week dreamed up sprawling, cardboard school playground prototypes that included pools, zip lines, rocks walls, carousels and tunnels.
They used pipe cleaners, bottle caps, Popsicle sticks and various other bits and pieces to represent their design ideas, then presented to other students and talked about what changes they would make if they had more time.
June 13, 2016, 8:56am | St Vrain Valley School District
The Denver Post by Yesenia Robles
A group of 10 high school students on Saturday tested an underwater robot they built to replace human divers in search of a rare frog at South America’s Lake Titicaca.
For about five years, scientists from the Denver Zoo have been helping officials in South America doing population surveys of a frog that is found only living underwater in Lake Titicaca and is known for doing push-ups.
May 28, 2016, 8:12am | St Vrain Valley School District By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Times-Call
About 2,000 seniors are set to graduate from St. Vrain Valley high schools this coming weekend, most on Saturday.
They took more rigorous classes than any previous graduating class, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and honors classes, plus college classes through partnerships with Colorado State University, the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College.
May 23, 2016, 2:09pm | St Vrain Valley School District
St. Vrain Valley Schools’ Nutrition Services is gearing up for its 12th Annual Summer Meal Program. Many families rely on free and reduced lunch programs throughout the school year. This program was developed to extend support to those children in need of regular nutrition.
May 20, 2016, 9:41am | St Vrain Valley School District By Brett Callwood, Staff Wrtier, Times-Call
After two decades in the job, Burlington Elementary School Principal Janis Hughes will be leaving her office for the last time on May 27 as she looks forward to a deserved retirement.
The popular principal was a classroom teacher and then dean of students at Niwot Elementary School prior to arriving at Burlington 20 years ago and, according to her, leaving coffee mugs all over the school.
May 19, 2016, 9:00pm | St Vrain Valley School District
Even though they won’t graduate from high school until 2020-21, the rising eighth graders of the St. Vrain Valley School District will be thinking about their postsecondary plans as the first class to graduate under the state’s new graduation requirements.
“Because we continue to provide more choices, options and opportunities for students, our students are prepared for the new graduation requirements,” said Connie Syferd, Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement.