Westview Middle School's robotics teams head to national competition

Robotics students at Longmont's Westview Middle School squeezed in as much time as they could in the robotics lab last week as they made final adjustments in preparation for a national competition. Their bots are designed to shoot balls into hoops, both autonomously and under driver control. "It's pretty crazy to be almost done," said eighth-grader Kate Desmond. "It's been such a great opportunity. There's been a lot of team building and learning. Going to nationals is pretty exciting."

This year's Geography Bee included questions, colleges and careers

Districtwide, middle students participate in Geography Clubs that meet and practice throughout the school year to prepare and compete in the annual Middle School Geography Bee. This year’s culminating event was hosted by Trail Ridge Middle School on Tuesday night.

Design Challenge empowers educators to bring innovation into the classrooms

As the rest of the world infuses innovation into their daily operations to enhance productivity and effectiveness, public education must do the same to ensure that we are preparing students for success in a quickly evolving global economy. In an environment that often revolves around standards, regulations and seasoned methodologies, how you do inspire and empower teachers to take education to the next level? This is exactly what the St.

Community partnerships have significant impact on focus programs

Reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic? Think energy production, bioscience and visual and performing arts. These are just a few examples of the rigorous coursework offered by “focus academies” in St. Vrain Valley Schools' high schools.

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.