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.
October 13, 2016, 12:00am | St Vrain Valley School District
Every year, fifth grade students at Prairie Ridge Elementary spend three days immersed in the outdoors. At CalWood Environmental Camp, students stay from Wednesday to Friday, learning Homesteading and Orienteering skills. The idea came up two years ago, when staff wanted to create a signature event that fifth graders would remember. “We have kids from last year coming back and reminiscing about our trip to Cal-Wood.” says Jeff Cannon, a fifth grade teacher at Prairie Ridge.
October 5, 2016, 12:00am | St Vrain Valley School District
Roughly 50 backpacks were created through donations and partnerships
On Monday, October 10, at 9:30 a.m., staff and volunteers from the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department will visit third graders of Hygiene Elementary, located at 11968 N. 75th in Longmont, to kickoff St. Vrain Valley Schools’ new BoCo Parks Adventure Packs program.
September 22, 2016, 12:37pm | St Vrain Valley School District
Red Hawk Elementary in Erie and Eagle Crest Elementary in Longmont will host School House Walks during the Green Apple Day of Service – an annual event focused on K-12 schools and celebrated globally. Both elementary schools will showcase their implementation of green, healthy, sustainable initiatives with tours conducted at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24.
August 31, 2016, 8:16am | St Vrain Valley School District By Bethany Ao, Writer, Denver Post
Last Thanksgiving, while most Altona Middle School students were at home eating turkey and shopping on Black Friday with their families, Rachel Su, Advika Jayanti, Jeffrey Hew, Sterling Gardner and Carolyn Qiu bundled up in warm clothes and headed to their school’s computer lab.
August 22, 2016, 11:54am | St Vrain Valley School District By Carah Wertheimer, Staff Writer, Times-Call
Talking with 83-year-old John Zielinski, one might conclude that teaching teens to drive must be the secret to a long, vital life.
An educator with St. Vrain Valley School District for 48 consecutive years, Zielinski taught physical education, general science and driver education at Erie High School before becoming district driver education coordinator in 1988.
Prior to relocating, Zielinski, who holds a master's degree in education from California State University, Los Angeles, taught for 10 years in California, where he met his wife, a former English teacher.
August 17, 2016, 10:58am | St Vrain Valley School District
Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,
This week, over 3,000 preschool and kindergarten students will enter a St. Vrain classroom and begin the educational journey that will shape their future. Each new school year marks an important milestone for every student who walks through our doors and gives perspective and clarity to the goals and opportunities that lie ahead.
August 17, 2016, 7:33am | St Vrain Valley School District By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Daily Camera
Sixth-graders had the run of the school at Erie Middle School on Tuesday for their first day, with about 92 eighth-grade mentors easing them into the world of lockers, switching classes and more freedom.
"It's a little scary, but also fun because it's a new environment," sixth-grader Jamisen Helmer said. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people."
Erie Middle is one of several St. Vrain Valley schools using an eighth-grade mentorship program called WEB (Where Everybody Belongs).
August 16, 2016, 11:00am | St Vrain Valley School District
This month, 210 new educators were inducted into the St. Vrain community during a three-day New Teacher Orientation (NTO). Designed to attract and retain highly effective teachers, NTO is one of the first steps to building a strong community, fostering continued dedication and reinforcing St. Vrain's commitment to providing the best learning environment for all students.