June 24, 2016, 10:17am By Brett Callwood, Times-Call Staff Wrtier
Jalali Hartman said Thursday that prior to working with St. Vrain Valley students, he didn't know what they'd be capable of, but that he was ultimately impressed. He even joked that he has been left wondering why he needs to hire anyone.
Students at Fall River Elementary have several opportunities to learn about computer science and robotics. Students can participate in a competitive VEX IQ program. These students work in collaborative teams to accomplish tasks determined by VEX IQ in advance. During tournaments, teams compete and form alliances to earn points, win awards and possibly advance to state and world tournaments. Students on the competitive robotics team meet at least twice a week and before or after school as needed.
Fall River's Family STEM Night was well attended by students, families, friends and special guests! BB-8 and R2D2 attended and entertained one and all. The fully functioning, life-size models were one of several interactive displays families and community members shared with the Fall River Community. Booths included Tinker Mill, Longmont Arts Council and Google, to name a few! Fall River students also volunteered to demonstrated their STEM work.
As part of the "Project Citizen" showcase, fourth and fifth grade students presented at the state capitol Thursday. The Civic Canopy sponsored the event and hosted elementary, middle, and high schools from around the state. The Indian Peaks team gave a 12-minute presentation on the partnership to renovate Affolter Park's playground. They shared highlights from the year and a half long design project; including, prototype mockups, models, stakeholder survey data, community meeting outcomes, processes of city government, and reflections of the process. A
On the eve of Spring Break at Northridge, the community flocked to the school to join teachers and staff to celebrate the amazing learning progress students have made this year. Teachers and students worked together to create stations that showcased their amazing work. Mr. Hillis' class created an iMovie to show how they use the Design Thinking Process as they solve math, science, reading, and even classroom challenges. Fourth graders created "operation" like games that demonstrated their understanding of circuits.
SVVSD, the City of Longmont, and Thorne Nature Experience partnered to create the ultimate environmental education experience at Sandstone Ranch! In anticipation of providing this opportunity to second graders across the district, Indian Peaks piloted a field trip to the Ranch. Students were divided into four groups and participated in stations centered around the history of Sandstone Park and the Longmont area. Aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards, students were able to learn about land and water insects, birds, and the ways humans interacted with the ecosystem.&
The Office of Educational Technology recognizes that "strong leadership is essential to systemic, sustainable change in education." As such, the department has highlighted superintendents and districts who embody the forward-thinking leadership necessary to continuously improve education. Dr. Don Haddad and St Vrain Valley Schools were among those highlighted in a series of 50 short, high-quality videos promoting best practices in future ready leadership for schools.