Superintendent's Update - May 2017
Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,
This week signifies another important milestone in the lives of our students. This is not only the end of the 2016-2017 school year – one of the most outstanding in district history – but this week, approximately 5,500 preschool, fifth and eighth-grade students will celebrate their continuation to a new chapter of their educational journey with St. Vrain Valley Schools, and perhaps even more momentous, over 2,000 St. Vrain Valley graduates will receive their high school diploma.
This class of St. Vrain Valley Schools' graduates, and their families, neighbors, friends and community who have championed their success, have played a critical role in shaping the high-quality education and extraordinary learning opportunities afforded to every student in our district. As St. Vrain Valley Schools has grown over the past decade, we have worked to meet the expectations of our students, parents, teachers, staff, business communities and higher education partners to design learning systems that will ensure our students are highly productive and engaged citizens in a complex, globalized world. We are preparing our students for their future by giving them a strong competitive advantage and cultivating a drive for learning and continued growth.
As we complete the 2016-2017 school year, St. Vrain Valley Schools is stronger than at any time in history. This year, we launched our first cohort of P-TECH students, a program that allows students to earn a no-cost associate degree concurrently with their high school diploma; administered our highest numbers of concurrent enrollment and Advanced Placement exams, signifying our students' prioritization of advanced college preparation; championed student engagement and involvement in the arts, music, athletics and other high-quality co-curricular activities; increased school attendance; and our community renewed their commitment to ensuring the highest quality education for our children through the passage of the 2016 bond.
As we celebrate the successes of this year and continue planning for an even better 2017-2018 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers, staff, families, business leaders, elected officials and engaged citizens who have been our bedrock for student advancement in our community. It is an honor to continue serving such an outstanding community and being a part of such a strong public school system.
Don Haddad, Ed.D.
Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley Schools