St. Vrain Valley seniors celebrate graduation, prepare for future

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.

SVVSD to sponsor its 12th Annual Summer Nutrition Meal Program

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.

Are you ready for summer? Be sure to check these items off your end of year list.

As the school year winds down and you gear up for a summer of activities, make sure the following 10 tasks have been completed for your students.

Burlington Elementary principal to retire; Longmont charitable fund set up in her honor

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.

New Graduation Requirements Starting with Class of 2021

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.

Meet a few of our outstanding 2016 graduates

This month, St. Vrain Valley Schools launches approximately 2,000 outstanding graduates into their future. Our students have a genuine love of learning and a strong personal investment in how they can make a difference in the world. Their integrity, drive and confidence is a testament to the unwavering support they receive from their families, communities, teachers, staff and elected officials. St. Vrain is incredibly proud to be serving such dedicated and engaged citizens through the delivery of a high-quality education that has prepared them for their next journey.

Students get a back-stage pass to local tech companies at InspireU

In April, St. Vrain Valley high school students had the opportunity to go where few have gone before - behind the scenes at three of our region's top tech companies.

St. Vrain students partner with the Denver Zoo to save an endangered frog in Peru

At St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Center several students are crowded around tables with music playing quietly in the background. Today they are working in two teams to continue work on two remote operated vehicle (ROV) kits, called Telma and Tobius. When the project first started with the Denver Zoo, four students from Skyline High School made up the team who were approached during a lunch period to talk about the project.

Rigorous academics and college credit opportunities give St. Vrain grads a postsecondary advantage

Rigorous coursework and instruction are instrumental in preparing students for highly competitive admissions and post-secondary education programs. St. Vrain Valley high schools are taking significant steps to align curricula and graduation standards with the expectations of post-secondary educational institutions, while at the same time giving students opportunities to get a step ahead by completing college courses while in high school.

Hundreds turn out for chilly Happy Smackah in Longmont

McIntosh Lake was surrounded by 3.1 miles of smiles Saturday morning, as hundreds of participants turned out for the annual Happy Smackah 5K fun run.

The sixth annual event — which each year raises money for a St. Vrain Valley School District staff member and/or student who is in need because of a health-related hardship — was expected to draw 800 participants who had registered in advance.