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A publication for the St. Vrain community.

May 2021  - Volume 32

 Video Spotlight

"Your shoes might not fit me yet, but I can't wait to follow in your footsteps!"


To celebrate the Class of 2021, elementary students wrote personalized messages of encouragement and congratulations to every graduate in St. Vrain.

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 Superintendent's Update

 

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.

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

 Featured Stories

Our Graduates are Advancing the Future of America

For the Class of 2021, it is an honor to recognize the unwavering drive, strength of character, and rigorous academic preparation that has propelled approximately 2,000 students to this important moment in their lives. Students in St. Vrain graduate with a strong competitive advantage for future success.

Read Dr. Haddad's 2021 Graduation Letter >>

See where our 4.0 grads are headed around the world >>

Unified Day of Champions

On Friday, May 7, over 100 athletes from our eight comprehensive high schools competed in St. Vrain's first annual Unified Day of Champions. Unified sports give students with special needs an opportunity to play football, basketball, and other athletic activities with their peers and get coaching and encouragement from partner students. 

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Erie High School students achieve liftoff in the Great American Rocketry Challenge

Erie High School’s Academy of Engineering and Aerospace students have once again pursued an ambitious capstone project, building and launching rockets to participate in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.

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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. 

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SVVSD high school students pay surprise visit to former teachers to say thanks

To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, we helped graduating seniors surprise a teacher they had in elementary or middle school. Ten SVVSD high school students paid surprise visits to former middle and elementary school teachers throughout the last days of April to express their gratitude in words and through music.

Read more and see the video >>

 In the News


Lyons students create, install wildflower garden to memorialize the COVID-19 pandemic

SVVSD receives national music program recognition

Longmont drumline ranked in top 15 in the nation, to compete virtually at international event

Teacher Innovation Grant pave pathway to fun and learning

Computer science program gets a boost at Sunset Middle School

Mead celebrates boys basketball state championship win with parade

‘Gives them a leg up’: celebrating National Kindergarten Day locally

Silver Creek Leadership Academy seniors develop capstone projects amid pandemic

Innovation Center celebrates women in aviation

SVVSD performing arts adapt to keep theater alive during pandemic

Career Development Center’s Neil Shupe named SVVSD teacher of the year

Robots help special education and English learners with speech and social skills

SVVSD students developing IBM-powered technology bring real-life solutions to life

Skyline High graduating senior receives full-ride Harvard scholarship

Altona Middle School named a School to Watch

Hygiene Elementary students travel to Japan

  Partner Spotlight

Students from the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools take on ‘Hospital Room of the Future’ challenge

St. Vrain Valley students had an opportunity to collaborate with patients, doctors, nurses, and other UCHealth staff as they designed the Hospital Room of the Future.

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