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by Heidi Ringer (Skyline High School Principal), as submitted to Daily Times-Call in a Letter to the Editor:
This summer, St. Vrain Valley Schools hosted the U.S. Department of Education and the Race to the Top district grantees as part of an annual convening. We were selected because of our individualized learning plan that incorporates design thinking, which focuses on problem solving, critical thinking and analysis through STEM and the use of technology.
As I begin my 20th year at Skyline High School and with St. Vrain, I am proud to be a part of a district that has become a national model for STEM and technology integration, and even prouder to say that I am principal at Skyline, a high school that is successfully leading the way locally and nationally.
We are committed to expanding learning outside of the traditional school year to include the summer months. This summer our students are designing in computer science classes at the summer STEM Academy, working at the Innovation Center on relevant, real world projects, and even sitting alongside superintendents and educators at the ISTE conference in Denver, speaking about their education.
Skyline is setting the standard for personalized learning with numerous instructional options including Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Honors Certification Program, STEM and our 18 course Advanced Placement initiative. Last year, our students posted record-setting participation and pass rates on AP exams, a testament to our students' and teachers' commitment to excellence.
And in the fall, 50 Skyline students will enroll in the district's first Pathways to Technology Early College High School and earn an associate degree in computer information science at no cost to them. This innovative program, created through a partnership between IBM, Front Range Community College and St. Vrain, connects our students to workforce options. At Skyline, we are committed to helping every student be successful and discover a future full of possibilities.