Superintendent Update - Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

Continuing to Advance Excellence Across Our Community

Dear St. Vrain Valley Schools Community,

August is always an exciting time in St. Vrain Valley Schools, filled with anticipation of the start of another outstanding academic year. As I reflect on this past year, I am extremely proud of the immeasurable achievements of our students, teachers and staff. As we move forward together, we will continue to advance high-quality learning for all of our students. 

Learning Never Ends

For many in St. Vrain, the fall is not a beginning, but a continuation of the extensive learning that takes place all year. This summer, every school in our community was full of activity, including advanced learning opportunities, robust co-curricular activities and construction projects that support growth and enhance the quality and safety of our schools. 

We hosted over 50 high-quality academic programs and summer camps for our students, focused on STEM, innovation, literacy, technology, music, athletics, theater, financial literacy, computer science, cyber security and so much more. Additionally, hundreds of students attended our Innovation Academy for a Smarter Planet. In partnership with mentors from IBM and the University of Colorado, students entering first through sixth grade worked on highly interactive, complex community-related issues. Students problem-solved and prototyped ideas designed to strengthen our community and make our world a better place.

Just as our students were highly engaged in numerous summer programs, our teachers and staff were focused on professional development designed to bolster their knowledge and skills. Over 1,400 teachers and staff enrolled in 144 courses offered in St. Vrain over the summer, emphasizing collaboration and accelerating student achievement through high-quality instruction. 

Education in St. Vrain never stops. The opportunity to engage in personal growth and learning throughout the year is giving our students, teachers and staff a strong competitive advantage that will empower our collective success.

Building Excellence and Opening New Doors

This summer, through the generous support of our community in passing our 2016 bond initiative, many construction projects have made significant advancements. Mead High School, Erie High School and Silver Creek High School will all open with new, extensive wings of classrooms and innovative learning spaces. Alpine Elementary, Fall River Elementary, Legacy Elementary, Lyons Elementary, Niwot Elementary and Prairie Ridge Elementary will have redesigned entrances that enhance student safety and security. Main Street School is currently receiving significant upgrades and improvements to the learning environments. Two new schools, Grand View Elementary in Frederick and Soaring Heights PK-8 in Erie, will celebrate their grand openings and welcome over 1,000 students and their families to their new classrooms. In addition to the many school building construction projects, this fall we will open our new Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will serve every student in St. Vrain. 

Community Strong

We have so much to celebrate across our schools – none of which would be possible without the unwavering support of our community, including our parents, teachers and staff, business owners, elected officials and everyone who champions public education. It is through our strong partnership that we are transforming public education for our children and our community’s future.

This fall, I will be scheduling our annual open forums in each of our areas to share the many successes we have experienced and also to discuss our strategic priorities and bold vision for continuing to advance public education in our community, state and nation. I hope to see everyone at one of these events so that we can personally thank you for everything that you do to support our students and schools. Together we are building a stronger future for our children and for Colorado.

Don Haddad, Ed.D.
Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley Schools