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.
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.
Longs Peak is putting on a Fun Run for the students from 2:15-3:15 on September 10th. Students have been given a packet of 5 Donor Tickets to sell. Each ticket is a receipt for your $5.00 donation. Students must sell at least 1 ticket to enter the Fun Run and participate. Each additional ticket they sell will get them tickets to use at the Fall Festival that same afternoon. The top selling student will win a Google Chromebook, the top selling class will win a pizza party, and the top selling class for each grade will win an ice cream party!
The Colorado outdoors offers more than beauty. For students in the Longs Peak Adventure Club at Longs Peak Middle School, the outdoors offer opportunities for character building and personal growth.
This was the first year for the Longs Peak Adventure Club. Tim Bishop, principal at Longs Peak Middle, brought the idea with him from his prior school in Steamboat Springs. Bishop recognized the importance of getting kids involved in the world outside the classroom.
St. Vrain Valley School District has once again partnered with the Center for Resource Conservation to host the ReNew Our Schools energy conservation competition. The month long competition began February 2nd and ended on March 2nd. This year, 12 schools participated, and will be honored at a recognition ceremony on March 9th.