The start of a new academic year is one of my favorite times to visit our schools and talk with our students, families, teachers and staff. Our hallways are filled with a palpable optimism and drive to continue our momentum toward the highest levels of academic growth and success.
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.
December 5, 2016, 9:19am | St Vrain Valley School District
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.
November 7, 2016, 10:19am | St Vrain Valley School District By Pam Mellskog, For the Times-Call
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.
November 1, 2016, 7:47am | St Vrain Valley School District By Carah Wertheimer, Writer, Times-Call
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.
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.