Longmont Leader: Robots help special education and English learners with speech and social skills

The department of special education at St. Vrain Valley School District worked throughout the school year with the Innovation Center’s robotics program to help special needs students with social skills by using robots, according to a press release from SVVSD.  A project team of high school students developed Socially Assistive Robotics applications at the Innovation Center. In
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Early education hopefuls have new opportunity through SVVSD grant

St. Vrain Valley School District’s Pathway to Teaching, or P-TEACH, program received a $100,000 grant from Early Milestones Colorado as part of the Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grant. The grants were issued to support innovative changes in the early childcare industry after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release. SVVSD is one of six grantees
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SVVSD wins $100K grant to help more paraeducators get teaching degrees

Blanca Perez started working as a preschool paraeducator at Longmont’s Indian Peaks Elementary when her oldest son was in kindergarten and discovered a love for working with children. “I feel like they’re my own kids,” she said. She had an associate degree from Front Range Community College and always wanted to continue her education but
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SVVSD students developing IBM-powered technology bring real-life solutions to life

On Apr. 20, St. Vrain Valley School District high school students delivered a virtual class to University of Colorado Boulder seniors at the Leeds School of Business on building and managing IBM Watson-powered chatbots. The Watson Assistant is an IBM-developed artificial intelligence pop-up window designed to provide website visitors with fast, consistent, and accurate answers. SVVSD high
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Innovation Center celebrates women in aviation

Spirits were soaring alongside hawks and drones at SVVSD’s Innovation Center on Saturday afternoon as young ladies from the St. Vrain Valley School district took to the skies.  More than a dozen young women from across SVVSD gathered at the Innovation Center for Girls in Aviation Day on May 1. Presented in partnership with the
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SVVSD, BVSD performing arts adapt to keep theater alive during pandemic

Skyline High School theater students aren’t just performing a spring musical, they also wrote it. “It’s giving them a voice in what happened,” said Skyline theater director Amy Riddoch. “It’s a musical about 2020 and what they’ve experienced. Their ideas are hilarious and witty and clever. It gives them a creative outlet.” Boulder Valley and
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From ACCESS to Harvard: A Longmont student’s story of success

Born in a rural town in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Quiroz Yañez, moved to Longmont as a nine year old with his mother and two siblings. What started as a long, winding road for an English learner in the public school system, turned into a story of success. At 19, he has now
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Career Development Center’s Neil Shupe named SVVSD teacher of the year

Neil Shupe, who has taught everything from biology to advanced placement chemistry to, now, advanced manufacturing, received the St. Vrain Valley School District teacher of the year award during Friday night’s Tribute to Teachers. “I went to college, and in the first semester, I struggled and failed a few of my classes,” Shupe said in
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Longmont drumline ranked in top 15 in the nation, to compete virtually at international event

After a season of virtual rehearsals and performances, the Longmont Combined Schools Drumline — a St. Vrain School District program mixing music, percussion, athletics and theater — qualified for the Winter Guard International, or WGI, World Finals. This is the seventh time the Longmont Combined Schools Drumline has been selected as a WGI finalist. In addition,
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SVVSD student art show goes virtual, opened for the whole community, all over the world

The St. Vrain Valley School District student art show was launched today in a virtual format, featuring over 1,450 pieces of artwork showcasing students’ creative work from across all schools in the district. For nearly twenty years, SVVSD has hosted the Unframed Student Art Show, which is an exhibition of art produced through a variety
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