For many of us, the end of the calendar year provides an opportunity to reflect on the previous year – our successes, challenges and the experiences that will continue to shape our future and the people who have had an impact on our lives. For the students, teachers and staff of St. Vrain Valley Schools, 2016 will be remembered as a critical time in the further advancement of high-quality public education in our community.
Check out the latest edition of the Family Connections Newsletter! In this issue, we share thoughts around the future of technology, wonder about the role of families in helping students navigate the digital world and share a project idea for your family enjoyment!
The St. Vrain Valley Schools’ Senior Volunteer Program is once again available for the 2016-2017 school year. The program began in November 2012 to welcome seniors and individuals with disabilities into our schools and provide them financial assistance with their county property taxes. Up to 200 participants will be paid a maximum of 40 hours at $8.50 per hour for a total of $340 between January 2, 2017 and April 30, 2017.
November 9, 2016, 8:36am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer
St. Vrain Valley's $260.3 million bond issue was passing easily, with 59 percent voting yes to 41 percent voting no, based on preliminary results from Boulder, Weld, Larimer and Broomfield counties.
"You've got to give credit to an entire community that came together and once again said education matters," said St. Vrain Valley Superintendent Don Haddad. "The only thing I can say is a big thank you."
As the 2016-17 school year rapidly moves forward, I am constantly reminded of the extremely important role education has in our society. Toward this end, we, as St. Vrain educators and public servants, value deeply our responsibility to advance the success of our students and our entire community. The ability to adapt, change and continually elevate our public education system is what will ensure that our students and our community are prepared for the challenges we face in a highly competitive global environment.
A representative from Google was at Longs Peak Middle School on Friday to give the students an early look at the new Expeditions Android app, a virtual reality platform for the classroom.
While the on-hand Google employee had been instructed to not talk to the media, she did say in passing that the reactions of the children when they used Expeditions was the most enjoyable part of the experience.
St. Vrain Valley District students today are a tech-savvy generation who know their way around apps and mobile devices. But SVVSD educators are ensuring that students have a strong foundation in computer science beyond the touchscreen, covering areas like innovation, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and what it means to be a good digital citizen.
The Mead Middle School band and orchestra hosted a standing room only show for their first concert of the year. Supportive parents, family members and community members lined the gym to show their support for the Halloween themed concert. Joshua Barnett, principal of Mead Middle School, spoke of the dramatic turnaround the orchestra had performed. “When we hired our new director [Megan Rubin] the eighth grade orchestra had three members. Now it has over twenty,” and those aren’t the only programs for MMS students to enjoy.