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Superintendent's Update - August 2017

The start of a new academic year is one of my favorite times to visit our schools and talk with our students, families, teachers and staff. Our hallways are filled with a palpable optimism and drive to continue our momentum toward the highest levels of academic growth and success.

Innovation Center takes flight with new aviation program

The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools is proud to offer a new aviation engineering program that empowers students to conduct research and development of commercial and recreational remote pilot unmanned aircraft systems. Students will also focus on the application of drone flight and safety, business, marketing and outreach in the industry. Through the collaboration of local industry experts, students will learn the use of design thinking, computer aided design, manufacturing, project and flight management, earn industry certifications, and much more.

Community Discussion: State of St. Vrain Valley Schools & National Trends in Education

St. Vrain Valley Schools is one of the fastest growing and most innovative school districts in the nation. This is a result of strong leadership and a commitment to strengthening infrastructure, technology, high-quality instruction and overall student achievement.
 
This success is also built upon interconnected partnerships with our teachers, staff, students, parents, business and corporate partners, and elected officials. As St. Vrain launches the start of the 2017-2018 school year, St.

Longmont's Skyline High students build shark measuring device for Boulder researcher

Two Skyline High seniors are fine-tuning an underwater shark measuring device that will be used later this month in research.

Alejandro Coronado and Marco Guerrero, who are part of St. Vrain Valley's aquatics robotics team at the school district's Innovation Center, created the device for Boulder-based Ocean First Institute executive director Mikki McComb-Kobza.

St. Vrain 'super school' proposal in running for $10M grant

The St. Vrain Valley School District — plus two Boulder groups — are all waiting to find out if their ideas for a high school will win a $10 million grant from Laurene Powell Jobs' challenge.

Jobs, the widow of Apple's Steve Jobs, earlier this year promised to donate $50 million and issued a challenge — dubbed the XQ Super School Project — to communities to reimagine the American high school.

The winners are expected to be announced in August.

Race to the Top recipients take SVVSD learning tour

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.

St. Vrain Valley students build prototypes to solve world problems

St. Vrain Valley elementary students this week dreamed up sprawling, cardboard school playground prototypes that included pools, zip lines, rocks walls, carousels and tunnels.

They used pipe cleaners, bottle caps, Popsicle sticks and various other bits and pieces to represent their design ideas, then presented to other students and talked about what changes they would make if they had more time.

Students build robot to help Denver Zoo study endangered frogs in Peru

The Denver Post
by Yesenia Robles

A group of 10 high school students on Saturday tested an underwater robot they built to replace human divers in search of a rare frog at South America’s Lake Titicaca.

For about five years, scientists from the Denver Zoo have been helping officials in South America doing population surveys of a frog that is found only living underwater in Lake Titicaca and is known for doing push-ups.

Summer Super STEM 2017

The Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools is pleased to release its 2017 Summer Super STEM catalog.  You can register before Friday, May 26th via RevTrack at this link.

St. Vrain featured in CCSSO Project Exploring Innovation in States

States are leading efforts to create innovative opportunities in public school classrooms around the country, but what does that innovation look like?

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today launched the Next State of Learning project to showcase how states are transforming public education by scaling locally led innovations with a strong focus on student outcomes.

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