Across the district, we have been championing a new motivational motto that is uniting our shared vision for excellence in learning and student advancement: We are taking public education by #StVrainStorm! Every day, I observe countless examples of students, teachers, staff, and community partners exemplifying the highest levels of achievement and drive that represent the very best of our public schools. Our graduation rates are at their highest level – over 90 percent at our traditional schools – and St. Vrain was also one of only four districts in Colorado and 373 nationally to be recognized by College Board’s Annual AP District Honor Roll. Enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses has increased by 50 percent since 2014 with over 3,000 students enrolled in at least one AP class.
March 2, 2017, 9:03am | St Vrain Valley School District
In this era of credit cards, PayPal, online shopping, and sophisticated marketing, many parents feel challenged to instill a sense of financial responsibility in their teens.
However, it was not parents, teachers, administrators or school board members – but last year’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) which was the driving force behind the district’s new Financial Literacy requirement.
“I have always thought it was something that should be implemented.
March 1, 2017, 2:15pm | St Vrain Valley School District By Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley
Since 2004, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley (EFSVV) has offered an annual travel grant, The Eleanor Venture, to a teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District. The grant is in honor of EFSVV’s Founder, Eleanor Flanders. Eleanor felt her travel experiences were among the most influential moments in her life.
February 23, 2017, 9:04am | St Vrain Valley School District
Do you ever miss that sense of exploration and curiosity you had as a kid? If the answer is ‘yes,’ we have the event for you. St. Vrain Valley Schools is hosting its first ever VEX Robotics Showcase from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Open to the public, the event an evening of the same fun, hands-on robotics play, learning and experimentation that St. Vrain students relish day-in and day-out, in both class and extracurricular settings.
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.