Student safety is a top priority across St. Vrain Valley Schools. This is the core of our work and we are committed to a consistently proactive approach to fulfilling our highest responsibility – ensuring the well-being, safety and growth of our children. We have implemented many programs and protocols to ensure the highest levels of school security, many of which are being replicated across the state and nationally. Along the way, we have heavily involved our community in shaping the safety and quality of our learning environments. In the past year alone, we have featured stories in district publications, developed news articles, earned media coverage, delivered school presentations and hosted 12 public meetings across every community in our district – all emphasizing our work to increase school safety and support student advancement.
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.
Once again, in the initial school spelling bee, 8th graders Graham Daniel and Aidan Hansell tied with perfect scores. They went on to a very difficult tie breaker. Graham Daniel won, with Aidan finishing in a close second missing one word more than Graham. A wonderful effort by all involved!
Think back to a time where the phone was attached to the wall, and how excited you felt when your parents bought a longer cord, an answering machine or that magical moment when the cordless phone was brought home and you could talk to your friends in you bedroom away from your pesky sibling. Now, fast forward 20 years and staying connected is a whole new ballgame. We have all grown accustomed to the 24/7 news cycle and at times we cannot get information fast enough.
We will be hosting two informational parent meetings in the coming weeks. On each of the nights high school conselors and/or administrators from one of our feeder high schools will be joining us. All middle schools and high schools in the district have created similar transition plans.
Our annual Geography Bee was held on January 19. After many rounds of competition we were finally down to our two finalists. Eight grader Mia Novick and seventh grader Eric Testori squared of for the final round. When the dust settled, Eric Testori had won the contest. Eric will now take a test to see if he can qualify to participate in the state Geography Bee. Good luck Eric! Congratulations to Mia and all of our Geo Bee finals competitors.
On Thursday January 11, a group of science students from South Korea visited Westivew Middle School to learn about STEM education. They visited and collaborated with our students learning about STEM Block programs such as Plains to the Park, Robotics, STEM Explorers, Video Production, Science Olympiad and Environmental Art. In addition to their school visit, these students joined the students from the Plains to the Park Program in their studies in Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday.