Longmont Estates Elementary School

STEM Coordinator
Jessicca Shaffer
Hello! My name is Jessicca Shaffer, and I am the STEM Coordinator for Longmont Estates Elementary. I have been a teacher for 26 years, including 14 years in SVVSD at Longmont Estates. I am really excited about continuing our STEM focus this year. Students will be using the design thinking process as it's incorporated into their content learning over the course of the year. We are implementing coding in every classroom this year, whether it's with preschool students programming BeeBots, or our older students learning JavaScript through BitsBox. At Longmont Estates, we believe we are creating the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Longmont Estates Elementary School News

We are coming up on our 4th annual Innovation Fair!  This year students can participate by completing a design challenge, a science experiment, or a Genius Hour project!  We have over 100 students working on projects right now!  Our Innovation Fair will take place on T

Students in grades 3-5 had an opportunity to try their wands with some Muggle Magic during the September late start.  Presented by CU Discovery, students took part in a "potions" class and learned about chemistry and magic that surrounds us everyday.  They got up

Earlier this year, 40 students in grades K-5 participated in our 2nd Annual Innovation Fair.  Because of their participation, they were invited to join us for the Great Space Escape!


Our STEM Coordinator, Jessicca Shaffer, was interviewed for We Are Teachers.  Check out the article in the link below:  


Students in grades K-4 had the opportunity to learn about the "Alien Empire" of insects on our planet.  CU Discovery visited Longmont Estates on our November late start morning.  Stations were set up in the STEM Lab for students to have hands-on experiences.

Each late start morning at Longmont Estates, students are offered the opportunity to attend an enrichment program.

Congratulations to our own Robotics Team, the Flying Python Innovators for their State Competition Performance. This team has the Highest Ranking in the State of Colorado for Programming Skills. Zeke W., Nicholas S. and Allison B.


A few furry and scaly friends from the Denver Zoo visited Longmont Estates during our March Late Start.

SVVSD students in grades K-5 have an opportunity to attend Camp Invention this summer at Longmont Estates Elementary.  The day camp will be held from June 13th-17th, 2016 from 9am-3:30pm.

Third grade students in Mrs. Tatum, Ms. Anderson, and Mrs.

Students in grades K-5 showed off their creativity at the 1st Annual LEE Innovation Fair on January 14th, 2016.  This was a twist on the traditional science fair.  Instead of going through the Scientific Method, students used the Design Thinking Process to come up with inno

Last week, K-2 students at Longmont Estates were able to participate in a hands-on STEM CU Discovery class about Polar Connections.  Students learned about polar wildlife, climate, geography, and what it's like to live in that extreme environment.  They were given the o

This week at Longmont Estates students and teachers celebrated the "Hour of Code."  Each classroom actually went through coding rotations for an hour and a half.  Students worked with their buddy classrooms on programming games at Code.org.  Then they went in

K-5 students had the opportunity to learn about the scientific method in a late start CU Discovery class in early November.  They went through a series of experiments about density, mass, and floating vs.

Fifth grade students were treated to a special guest speaker in mid-October as Mr. Ben Bernstein, a LEE parent, came in to talk about his career in meteorology.

Longmont Estates Elementary is partnering with the CU Discovery Program to bring enrichment opportunities to students on Late Start mornings. In October, students in grades 3-5 were invited to come to school early to take part in an Electronics lab.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, students in grades K-2 were invited to come to school a little early for a CU Discovery class.  The topic was "Discovering Dinosaurs", and students were given hands-on experience with fossils and casts.

During the first two weeks of school, students had the opportunity to visit our new STEM Lab with their teachers.  The focus was on using tools to enhance their 21st Century Skills.  In particular, students collaborated and communicated as they explored our robots Dash, Dot

A new principal, plus a new STEM focus and new movement program, added up to extra excitement for the first day at the 400-student Longmont Estates Elementary School.

Longmont Estates Elementary School Projects

At Longmont Estates, every student in grades K-5 will learn how to code this year.  Using curriculum from Code.org, Wonder Robotics, an

In September 2013, Longmont experienced a flood event that was categorized as a “1000 year flood.” Ten percent of the students a

Our kindergarten students were one of the first groups to try out our

Our fourth graders recently finished up their Structures of Life unit and were given the following challenge: "How might we create a ha

Second graders in Mrs. Marshall’s class are working on the Balance and Motion unit.

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Goldsberry, Ms. Burnham, and Mr.

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Third Grade students in Mrs. Tatum's class spent some time learning how to program our robots using drop-and-drag coding.

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This week, fourth graders took learning into their own hands by making connections in their reading to a real world design challenge.

Students in Mrs. Bussard's 4th Grade class learned about the phases of the Moon as part of Earth Science standard 3.1.c.

This year we are embarking on an innovative project related to our STEM focus.