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P-TECH students connect with IBM mentors, focus on academics and skills for the future

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.

Voters Approve St. Vrain Bond Issue

St. Vrain Valley's $260.3 million bond issue was passing easily, with 59 percent voting yes to 41 percent voting no, based on preliminary results from Boulder, Weld, Larimer and Broomfield counties.

"You've got to give credit to an entire community that came together and once again said education matters," said St. Vrain Valley Superintendent Don Haddad. "The only thing I can say is a big thank you."

St. Vrain Valley School District debuts Student Senate

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.

Longmont's Eagle Crest Elementary students get active through Pokemon

One third-grader was copying moves in a dance video, another was dribbling a soccer ball and a third was trying to balance a giant feather on a fingertip.

Other classmates at Longmont's Eagle Crest Elementary ran through the school's gym scanning QR (quick response) codes with iPads in their search for rare Pokemon such as Mew and Charizard.

St. Vrain Valley School District program wins 'One in a Melon' award

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.

Superintendent Update

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.

St. Vrain Valley Schools sees its highest ACT scores ever

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.

Fifth graders explore science and team building skills during annual outdoor learning experience

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.

St. Vrain Valley Schools partners with Discovery Education to support the district's Learning Technology Plan

St. Vrain Valley Schools has announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

Longmont's Skyline High students build shark measuring device for Boulder researcher

Two Skyline High seniors are fine-tuning an underwater shark measuring device that will be used later this month in research.

Alejandro Coronado and Marco Guerrero, who are part of St. Vrain Valley's aquatics robotics team at the school district's Innovation Center, created the device for Boulder-based Ocean First Institute executive director Mikki McComb-Kobza.

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