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.
March 14, 2016, 7:23am | St Vrain Valley School District
On February 20th, the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce named St. Vrain Valley Schools the 2016 ‘Large Business of the Year’ at their annual appreciation dinner. Dr. Don Haddad, Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools, accepted the award from Chamber board member and Business Development Officer for the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, Lisa Hoxie.
March 7, 2016, 1:13pm | St Vrain Valley School District
A representative from Google was at Longs Peak Middle School on Friday to give the students an early look at the new Expeditions Android app, a virtual reality platform for the classroom.
While the on-hand Google employee had been instructed to not talk to the media, she did say in passing that the reactions of the children when they used Expeditions was the most enjoyable part of the experience.
March 7, 2016, 8:25am | St Vrain Valley School District By Brett Callwood, Staff Writer, Times-Call
The winner of the grand prize at an elementary school science fair discovered that, while video games immediately before bedtime can be detrimental to sleep patterns, ceasing to play an hour before going to bed can be as good as not playing at all.
March 4, 2016, 8:22am | St Vrain Valley School District By Brett Callwood, Staff Writer, Times-Call
One Altona Middle School student was moved to tears as she spoke with veterans from the Longmont American Legion's Honor Guard about their experiences in the military. Many others leaned forward, fascinated by what the vets had to say.
Wednesday morning, 10 veterans who accepted an invitation to speak to students introduced themselves to the eighth-graders in the school library, before the students were broken up into smaller groups and the vets rotated around the tables, answering any questions that the students fired at them.
February 19, 2016, 12:00am | St Vrain Valley School District
For many first year teachers, the reality of the classroom is different than the theory of the textbook. For the past 28 years, the Partners in Education (PIE) program has been helping new teachers face that reality by creating a program designed to help new teachers get their Master’s degree. By integrating educational theory with practical, classroom mentorship, new teachers learn good habits early in their career. These teachers can then reflect on their practice and analyze student data, all within an environment designed to foster educational leadership and community.
February 17, 2016, 4:09pm | St Vrain Valley School District
If “all the world’s a stage,” as William Shakespeare so eloquently put it, then St. Vrain Valley Schools’ high schools are taking a cue from the Bard of Avon himself. From stage classics like Cabaret and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Colorado premier of Catch Me if You Can, St. Vrain Valley high schools are using its theater programs to instill not only a love and appreciation of live performance on its students, but build a foundation of skills and talents that are useful offstage as well.