Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,
It has truly been an extraordinary and challenging year in St. Vrain Valley Schools, and I want to share my deep appreciation to our students, teachers, staff, families, business partners, and other community members who have shown their unwavering commitment to the advancement of our schools. While this year presented many challenges due to the global pandemic, our community continued to move forward. Through our collective resilience, innovation, compassion, and ingenuity, together we have strengthened our public education system, and will continue to advance excellence for each and every student as we plan to return to full in-person learning (five-days per week) next school year. Additionally, during the 21-22 school year, we will once again host several community town hall meetings to engage in dialogue with our community regarding important topics such as school safety, equity, student achievement, district finances, and other significant topics of interest for our community. Dates and additional meeting information will be shared later this summer.
Over the past year, our students continued to achieve at the highest levels and engaged in exceptional opportunities to deepen their learning and magnify their impact on the world. Students reintroduced a protected species to the wild, engaged in artificial intelligence research and cybersecurity competitions, achieved global recognition in robotics and music, won numerous state athletic championships, reimagined socially-distanced performing arts, and so much more. Teachers adapted to new models of instruction, leveraged cutting-edge technology to engage students with disabilities, and built lasting relationships with students that will provide the foundation for their future success. Click here to see the many ways St. Vrain Valley Schools continued to move forward this past year.
Additionally, the Class of 2021 enrolled in a record number of Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, and concurrent enrollment college courses, giving them the opportunity to start their postsecondary education with approximately 32,000 college credits on their transcripts, potentially saving their families over $8.1 million in tuition costs. Our graduating seniors have also received numerous recognitions for their academic achievements, talents, and innovative ideas, including Boettcher Scholarships, Daniels Scholarships, National Merit Scholarships, state athletic championships, All-State musicians, and thousands of college acceptance letters from institutions across the United States including many Ivy League schools, military academies, and other highly competitive colleges and universities. Additionally, 92 students will be graduating with their Seal of Biliteracy which recognizes students who have studied and attained proficiency or higher in English and at least one other language.
We are incredibly proud of what our students have accomplished in a time of increasing academic rigor and the highest expectations of leadership, community, and citizenship. As we look forward to summer, with many opportunities for students to continue to engage in their learning through Project Launch, Innovation Center camps, Career Development Center camps, Innovation Academy, summer classes, and more, I hope that you also find time to relax and spend time with your family. I continue to be honored to serve such an outstanding community and again want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for their partnership and support during this impactful year.
Don Haddad, Ed.D.
St. Vrain Valley Schools