February 14, 2017, 9:22am | St Vrain Valley School District By St. Vrain Valley Schools
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.
February 13, 2017, 8:48am | St Vrain Valley School District | Assessment & Curriculum By Kimberly Wiggins and Doug Morland, Assessment Coordinators, St Vrain Valley School District
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!
February 3, 2017, 9:39am | St Vrain Valley School District By St. Vrain Valley Schools
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.
January 23, 2017, 4:32pm | Sunset Middle School By Amy Bounds
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.
January 23, 2017, 4:22pm | St Vrain Valley School District By Pam Mellskog
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.
January 18, 2017, 12:51pm | St Vrain Valley School District
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.
January 18, 2017, 9:14am | St Vrain Valley School District
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.
December 21, 2016, 9:53am | St Vrain Valley School District
Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,
For many of us, the end of the calendar year provides an opportunity to reflect on the previous year – our successes, challenges and the experiences that will continue to shape our future and the people who have had an impact on our lives. For the students, teachers and staff of St. Vrain Valley Schools, 2016 will be remembered as a critical time in the further advancement of high-quality public education in our community.