First day of school in St. Vrain Valley: Longmont Estates starts with new principal, STEM program

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.

"I have such great memories growing up here," said Principal Traci Haley, who attended Longmont Estates as a student and taught there as a student teacher. "It's just like coming home. It makes me even more invested. I want to be a principal who really cares about the kids and families."

Alpine STEMapalooza

This summer, over 80 students took part in Alpine’s 3rd annual STEMAPALOOZA. Students entering 1st-5th grades were invited to join the fun. During the three 2-week sessions, students met in their respective grade level groups (1-2 and 3-4) to explore different topics.  

SVVSD STEM and Innovation Center accepted into STEMWorks Database

Change the Equation's STEMWorks database highlights promising and accomplished STEM programs across the nation, bringing together educators, industry partners, and investors in a powerful collaboration to enhance STEM education for our students. This week, St Vrain Valley Schools' STEM initiatives and Innovation Center (made possible by the US Dept of Ed Race to the Top grant won in 2013) was accepted into this prestigious database - one of 7 programs from Colorado to be accepted during this last round.

Innovation Academy 2015 a great success!

Innovation Academy 2015 marks the 5th year of the academy’s existence. Innovation Academy started as a brainstorm between SVVSD and IBM, where we invite students to innovate alongside professional engineers in an engaging, free-thinking environment. As the program developed, and the foundations of our inquiry-based instruction strengthened, we began seeing amazing shifts in students’ thinking, dispositions, and creations, and heard more and more students asking ‘why can’t school be more like this’?

SVVSD STEM on the Radio

On June 4th, Innovation Center staff were invited to appear on local radio station KGNU's "It's the Economy" segment to highlight our STEM journey and experiences. Host of the show, Maeve Conran, asked insightful questions and sparked excellent discussion around where we've been and where we want to go. Guests on the show included Jeff Lund (Instructional Program Consultant), Becky Peters (Program Manager), LaJessie Dinh (recent graduate of Skyline's STEM academy and Innovation Center student worker), and Samuel Narvaez (current student at Skyline High School).

2015 MBSA Kraft Family Scholarship Award Recipient

Congratulations to Abby Johnson, recipient of the 2015 MBSA Kraft Family Scholarship Award for Nursing!

Integrated STEM Plan Workshops at Timberline

This summer, over 170 of our amazing educators in Race to the Top schools are collaborating to create 120 new "Integrated STEM Plans" (ISPs) which utilize our SVVSD unit plans, Tier 1 best practices, other SVVSD resources, and the Understanding by Design framework (Wiggins & McTighue). Their ISPs are being created under the umbrella of SVVSD's STEM by Design model, which outlines 5 elements that can be seen in a STEM classroom.

TRMS Taps into the Power of Digital Journalism

Journalism in our time has undergone a revolutionary shift – in particular from traditional print and broadcast delivery to an interactive digital format. Theoretically, anyone with a computer, Internet access, and some ability to attract attention can succeed at digital journalism. Many people have remarked, whether favorably and disparagingly, on the more democratic form of the new journalism, especially the communicative power now in the hands of people who are not formally trained in journalism.

International Telementoring Program

by Anna Mills


Longmont High MBSA Seniors Present Internship Projects

On Thursday, April 30th, students in the Medical & BioScience Academy program at Longmont High School presented their senior projects. These students successfully completed semester-long internships and research projects and displayed formal posters to present summaries of their internship experience to LHS staff, members of the medical community, SVVSD school board members, parents, students and other members of the community.

MBSA students completed internships in these areas: