St. Vrain Valley Schools awarded 2015 ‘Large Business of the Year’ by Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce

On February 20th, the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce named St. Vrain Valley Schools the 2016 ‘Large Business of the Year’ at their annual appreciation dinner. Dr. Don Haddad, Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools, accepted the award from Chamber board member and Business Development Officer for the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, Lisa Hoxie.

Longs Peak kids take virtual Google expeditions from classroom

A representative from Google was at Longs Peak Middle School on Friday to give the students an early look at the new Expeditions Android app, a virtual reality platform for the classroom.

While the on-hand Google employee had been instructed to not talk to the media, she did say in passing that the reactions of the children when they used Expeditions was the most enjoyable part of the experience.

Winner of Longmont science fair finds that playing video games just before bedtime prevents sleep

The winner of the grand prize at an elementary school science fair discovered that, while video games immediately before bedtime can be detrimental to sleep patterns, ceasing to play an hour before going to bed can be as good as not playing at all.

In advance of D.C. trip, Altona students salute Longmont veterans

One Altona Middle School student was moved to tears as she spoke with veterans from the Longmont American Legion's Honor Guard about their experiences in the military. Many others leaned forward, fascinated by what the vets had to say.

Wednesday morning, 10 veterans who accepted an invitation to speak to students introduced themselves to the eighth-graders in the school library, before the students were broken up into smaller groups and the vets rotated around the tables, answering any questions that the students fired at them.

Hawk Air will take Hygiene students to Pluto

Hygiene Elementary students and members of the community will take a virtual trip to the dwarf planet Pluto on Thursday, an event that will include a "Star Party."

It's all part of the annual Hawk Air project, which in the past has seen students virtually travel to Greece, Brazil, China, Mexico and Tanzania. This is their first trip off of the planet.

St. Vrain's Timberline K-8 wins award for college and career plans

A group of freshmen at Skyline High School are regularly called on to speak at schools and conferences about their experiences using a career planning tool that's mandated by the state.

Silver Creek Sophomore Wins Global Citizens Scholarship

Silver Creek High School and Silver Creek Leadership Academy (SCLA) are pleased to announce that sophomore, Jacob Boettcher, has been selected as a winner of the Global Citizens Scholarship.

Astronaut visits Erie students with Space Foundation program

Two years ago, after becoming a teacher liaison for The Space Foundation, Kristina Stem vowed to bring an astronaut to Erie Elementary School — and this week she delivered.

Former astronaut Leroy Chiao wowed Erie Elementary students Wednesday with anecdotes about eating and showering at the International Space Station.

Chiao has been to space four times during his career, including a six-month stint as commander of the Space Station.

Partners in Education (PIE) supports first year teachers through mentorship

For many first year teachers, the reality of the classroom is different than the theory of the textbook. For the past 28 years, the Partners in Education (PIE) program has been helping new teachers face that reality by creating a program designed to help new teachers get their Master’s degree. By integrating educational theory with practical, classroom mentorship, new teachers learn good habits early in their career. These teachers can then reflect on their practice and analyze student data, all within an environment designed to foster educational leadership and community.

High school theater programs mix love of performance with foundational life skills

If “all the world’s a stage,” as William Shakespeare so eloquently put it, then St. Vrain Valley Schools’ high schools are taking a cue from the Bard of Avon himself. From stage classics like Cabaret and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Colorado premier of Catch Me if You Can, St. Vrain Valley high schools are using its theater programs to instill not only a love and appreciation of live performance on its students, but build a foundation of skills and talents that are useful offstage as well.