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Superintendent's Update - August 2017

The start of a new academic year is one of my favorite times to visit our schools and talk with our students, families, teachers and staff. Our hallways are filled with a palpable optimism and drive to continue our momentum toward the highest levels of academic growth and success.

2016 Bond and Construction Update

It has been a busy summer of construction in St. Vrain Valley Schools with $121,000,000 of projects under construction including a new elementary school in Frederick, a new PK-8 in Erie and the new Innovation Center in Longmont.

Innovation Center takes flight with new aviation program

The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools is proud to offer a new aviation engineering program that empowers students to conduct research and development of commercial and recreational remote pilot unmanned aircraft systems. Students will also focus on the application of drone flight and safety, business, marketing and outreach in the industry. Through the collaboration of local industry experts, students will learn the use of design thinking, computer aided design, manufacturing, project and flight management, earn industry certifications, and much more.

Leaving a legacy at Lyons Elementary School

Ten-year-old Eden Irvin learned a lot in fifth grade and thanks to a year-end project there is a permanent reminder of her hard work in the entryway of Lyons Elementary School. 
 
A large, wooden book lies open at the front of the school and features carvings that represent lessons learned by Eden’s class throughout the school year and the legacy they hope to leave behind. 
 
For more than 18 years, fifth graders at Lyons Elementary have embarked on the Lyons Legacy Project -- a capstone assignment aimed at teaching studen

2017 Eclipse Safety and Parent Information

Eclipse Safety Checklist

It’s not the eclipse that is dangerous to observe, it’s the sun! The sun’s visible (and invisible) rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without being immediately aware of it. Normally, our common sense protects us from looking directly at the sun for more than a second.

Longmont's Burlington Elementary lauded for hosting site visits for low-achieving schools

Longmont's Burlington Elementary spent the last two school years hosting low-achieving schools to help them replicate Burlington's practices.

The state Department of Education recently recognized Burlington and four other Colorado "High Achiever" schools. To date, the five schools have hosted site visits for 28 low-achieving schools.

St. Vrain Valley Schools helps to fill summer food gaps

Families, child care providers and even a few adults without children gather during the week at Longmont's Rothrock Dell Park for a free meal dished up by the St. Vrain Valley School District.

About 100 people eat at the park each day.

"They love to play at the park, and they like the food," said Longmont's Laura Swenson, who regularly visits with her four children plus other mom friends. "It's a good program."

Boulder County schools turn to STEM to engage students, fight 'summer slide'

The challenge of designing traps for invasive and poisonous cane toads caught the imaginations of incoming fourth-graders at Longmont's Columbine Elementary.

The students, participating in a STEM-based summer learning program, enthusiastically built and tested prototypes of toad traps from cardboard, straws, plastic cups and other materials.

Before they started building, they investigated the problem.

Cane toads, they said, were introduced in Australia to control beetles. But the poisonous toads, with few natural predators, instead became the pests.

Frederick High student accepted into all four prestigious military academies

Being accepted to one United States military academy is an honor, but acceptance to all four is rare and exceptional. 
 
Frederick High School graduate Julia Wyatt, 17, was accepted to every college she applied to, including seven public universities, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 
 
When she found out she was accepted, Julia said she felt “a little shock but for the most part I simply felt proud.

St. Vrain Valley graduates 1,800 students Saturday

Clutching flowers, balloons and umbrellas, family members filed into St. Vrain Valley School District gymnasiums to watched their loved ones cross the stage and receive their high school diplomas on Saturday morning.

District spokesman Matt Wiggins said Friday that roughly 1,800 students would graudate from St. Vrain Valley schools on Saturday. Of those, 327 students will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, according to SVVSD numbers.

At Silver Creek High School, straggling seniors jogged past the families and friends, pulling on their caps and gowns as they went.

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