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.
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.