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A publication for the St. Vrain community.

February 2018  -  Volume 13

 Photo of the Month

On Friday, February 9, 107 FalconTECH students from Skyline High spent the morning working with over 100 mentors from IBM on coding, industry connections and future pathways in technology.

St. Vrain's Falcon TECH, or P-TECH program, is a new type of school that brings together the best elements of high school, college and the professional world, allowing students to earn a high school diploma as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at no cost from Front Range Community College. Students also receive significant mentorship opportunities and are first in-line for an interview with IBM after graduation.

 Superintendent's Update


Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,

Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy. The impact of our schools and their role in shaping the future success of our society extends far beyond the smart boards, desks and walls of our classrooms. From economic development, to national security, to home and commercial property values, to business and corporate development, and community growth, our public schools provide a strong foundation for advancing the quality of our lives and the direction of our future.

Across St. Vrain Valley Schools, I am incredibly proud of the great work and academic advancement demonstrated by our outstanding teachers, staff, students and dedicated community partners who support the continued success of our schools and programs. Every day, I hear amazing stories of student excellence – Boettcher Scholarship finalists; a student achieving a perfect score on a global AP Research Exam; countless hours of volunteer service with community organizations; and many students winning state competitions in athletics and the arts – the achievements are numerous.

In every school and program across St. Vrain, our students, teachers and staff are achieving high levels of success while also having an impact on their communities and beyond. This month in The Newsroom, we feature just a few of the many examples of student learning extending beyond the traditional classroom environment which positively impact our world. Please join me in celebrating these great achievements and thank you for your continued partnership in advancing public education and our community.

Sincerely,
Don Haddad, Ed.D.
Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley Schools
@SVVSDSupt 

 Featured Stories

Longmont's Main Street School engages in The Great Kindness Challenge

For the first time, about 100 students at Longmont's Main Street School participated in the national Great Kindness Challenge, a weeklong bullying prevention initiative. As part of the challenge, students from kindergarten to adults in Main Street School's special education programs worked to spread kindness around the school and community.

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Tech Talks: MIT grant for portable emergency tracking device

The Innovation Center Studio Team talks with student recipients of the Lemelson-MIT grant on their mid-year progress and vision for drone supported emergency communication systems.

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Westview, Longs Peak middle school students to debut original piece of music

On Feb. 22, middle school students will be the first people to play an original piece of music inspired by education activist Malala Yousafzai. Westview Middle School Band Director Nicole Kmoch reached out to Colorado Springs-based composer Erin Paton Pierce to ask if Pierce could compose an original piece of music for Westview and Longs Peak middle school students.

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Students at Eagle Crest join Niwot Elementary in helping Ugandan children

For the first time, St. Vrain Valley Schools is very proud to have a national winner for the 2018 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award.
Michelle Tran, a senior at Niwot High School, is the only nationally recognized Colorado winner and the first for St. Vrain. She is an active student at the Innovation Center, a program who has been highly-successful in inspiring and encouraging women to pursue technology and STEM careers.

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Education Today: Virtual Reality and Classroom Technology

Catch up with the latest two episodes of Education Today, featuring: Altona Principal, Jeremy LaCrosse and Sasha, an eight grade student who uses virtual reality and technology integration throughout her school day at Altona; and Greg Fieth, St. Vrain's Chief Financial Officer.

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 Upcoming Events


2/24/2018: Chinese New Year Celebration at Silver Creek

03/03/2018: VEX State Robotics Championship at Trail Ridge

03/03/2018: Unified Sports Tournament at Silver Creek

04/17-22/18: Districtwide Art Show at the Fairgrounds

 Video Spotlight

Colorado Succeeds highlights St. Vrain Valley Schools' success in providing students with industry certifications and other learning opportunities that connect classroom learning to 21-st century careers.

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