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Experience robotics in St. Vrain on March 9

Do you ever miss that sense of exploration and curiosity you had as a kid? If the answer is ‘yes,’ we have the event for you. St. Vrain Valley Schools is hosting its first ever VEX Robotics Showcase from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Open to the public, the event an evening of the same fun, hands-on robotics play, learning and experimentation that St. Vrain students relish day-in and day-out, in both class and extracurricular settings.

St. Vrain schools are exploring new methods in Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are looking much different these days.

Five of the district’s schools, Indian Peaks, Columbine and Northridge Elementary schools, Longs Peak Middle School and Timberline PK-8, are rolling out supportive, community-oriented “Classroom Conferences” to rave reviews, replacing those awkward one-to-one meetings.

Title 1 schools, which have 40 percent or more of their students from low-income households, receive supplementary government funding to enhance their instructional programs.

How to Practice for the SAT

On April 11, 2017, all sophomores and juniors in Colorado will be taking the PSAT 10 and SAT at their home schools. The good news? It’s free! AND you don’t have to do a thing to register. But wait … there’s more! Millions of dollars in scholarships (yes, millions…) are tied to both assessments, so even if you’re not 100% sure about your after-high-school plans, still use this time to prepare just in case - they’re there anyways, might as well get the most you can out of it!

More St. Vrain high schools adopt unified sports

“Heartwarming” is not usually the first word that comes to mind when people think of high school team sports.

But there is a new game in town – “unified sports” – and its collaborative approach is enriching student life, and entire school communities in Erie, Frederick, Mead and Longmont High Schools.

Altona students advance in CyberPatriots competition

Results for ten Altona Middle School CyberPatriot teams from the January 13 state round of CyberPatriot IX, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, were announced late last week.

Learning and competing in cybersecurity for the first time, the Altona students have continued their spectacular performance in this third round with seven teams advancing to the semi-final, or regional round, on February 4.

Longmont's Sunset Middle School receives official IB authorization

Longmont's Sunset Middle recently received its official International Baccalaureate, or IB, authorization following several years of work by the school to implement the program.

"This is one of the most exciting and rewarding transformations I've seen at Sunset," said Principal Dawn Macy.

She said the school started in 2012 with a feasibility study, deciding that the IB program fit well with the school's previous arts focus. Sunset also feeds into Niwot High, which offers the high school version of the IB program.

Dignifying do-it-yourself for Longmont teen

Lyza Weisman calls her "bag of tricks" everything from pushing her glasses up the bridge of her nose with the eraser end of a pencil to drinking through a straw — both simple tools that help her reach just above her shoulders near the ceiling of her upward range of motion.

Reality is that the wheelchair-bound Skyline High School freshman needs help in the bathroom and in the shower due to a genetic condition — spinal muscular atrophy — that causes weakness and wasting in muscles due to a loss of specialized nerve cells.

Early Access to Kindergarten or First Grade

Recent legislation has allowed school districts to offer “highly advanced gifted children” the option of early entrance to kindergarten or first grade without adhering to the state-mandated cut off ages for these two grade levels.
 
St. Vrain Valley School District is offering a parent information night focusing on Early Access opportunities for highly advanced gifted children under six years of age from 5-6 pm, Thursday, January 24, 2017, at the St.

APEX Homeschool Enrichment Program

Some things – besides after-school soccer – are worth driving for.

Week in and week out, Front Range homeschooling moms and dads from as far as Black Hawk, Thornton, Allenspark, Fort Collins, Greeley, and even Cheyenne, Wyoming, haul their kids to St. Vrain Valley Schools for the district’s APEX Homeschool Enrichment Program.

Two Makerspace Grants for the New Year

Two St. Vrain schools, Westview Middle School in Longmont, and Centennial Elementary School in Firestone, have been awarded foundation grants in support of their leading-edge, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs.

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