Dear Parents and Guardians:
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your unwavering support for the success of our students and schools.
This website highlights some of St. Vrain Valley Schools’ outstanding achievements that would not be possible without engaged parents, a highly effective board of education and exceptional students, teachers, staff and administrators.
I also want to recognize the generous contributions of our local business community and corporate partners. Their industry expertise, mentorship programs and material resources strongly enhance student learning and success. Together, we are building one of our nation’s most innovative and successful school districts.
Our success impacts everyone. A high performing school district with outstanding teachers, a robust selection of rigorous instructional focus programs, cuttingedge technology, high-quality facilities and a safe environment ensures the viability and success of an entire community.
Please visit our website at svvsd.org to learn more about our programs, services and schools.
Take care, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.
The seventh largest school district in Colorado...
St. Vrain is the seventh largest school district in the state, serving over 32,000 students across 411 square miles including Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Hygiene, Longmont, Lyons, Mead, Niwot and parts of eastern Boulder and Broomfield.
Schools: 23 elementary (most with preschool), 1 regional STEM preschool, 1 K-8, 1 PK-8, 8 middle, 1 middle/senior, 7 high, 1 alternative, 6 charter, 1 online high school, 1 career center, 1 innovation center.
St. Vrain offers a variety of focus programs for all grade levels, including preschool. Such programs include:
Since 2005, St. Vrain has opened 11 new schools to support enrollment growth. In 2011, St. Vrain’s academic excellence expanded to offer online education through St. Vrain’s Online Global Academy, and in 2012, St. Vrain brought the APEX Homeschool Enrichment Program to two district locations with a third added in 2014.
St. Vrain prepares to put plans into action as enrollment surges. The projected in-district growth between 2013-2018 is over 1,100 elementary students and nearly 1,500 secondary students with an additional 213 alternative school students and 550 charter school students.
Setting the foundation for K-12 education...
Small Talk is a “birth to 3” reading initiative that builds community awareness which reinforces reading success through vocabulary and language development. This program encourages parents to talk and read to infants and toddlers, focusing on specific strategies.
District preschool programs emphasize kindergarten preparedness by providing high-quality early childhood experiences in a safe, supporting and stimulating environment. A variety of enrollment options are available, including tuition-based, Special Education and the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP).
Wraparound childcare for students ages 3 to 5 is offered at specific school locations. Programs are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provide services to students enrolled in a district preschool or half-day kindergarten program.
Students at the grand opening of the STEM Discovery Pre-K program at Mountain View Elementary.
iPads, computer labs, Chromebooks and wireless facilities...
Funded by the 2012 mill levy override, $2.2 million is allocated to educational technology for classrooms, teachers and students. A large portion of this funding provides student and teacher access to iPad minis, upgrading computer labs and supporting classroom technology.
A sustainable program has been created by phasing the distribution over four years. The same progressive approach will be used when the devices need to be replaced.
Elementary school computer labs have been updated with Mac minis. At the secondary level, schools have a mix of Mac and Windows computer labs available.
Districtwide, computer labs continue to be updated because a more robust computing environment is optimal for creating multi-media, computer science classes and online state assessments.
Teachers and students have access to multiple types of technology that can be brought into the classroom to enhance learning, including Chromebooks, iPads and online learning materials.
Classroom technology includes desktop computers, speaker systems, microphones and video projectors.
Students and teachers have the tools they need to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model and explore concepts and content in the classroom
and at home.
Teachers have access to professional development courses that focus on incorporating technology into the classroom. Through online courses, small group discussions, mentorship opportunities and week long iPad learning camps, teachers are learning best practices for incorporating iPads in their classrooms.
Students demonstrate an understanding of a topic with a variety of tools, including the use of online curricula and assessments. The use of digital materials provides the most up-to-date information to students in a variety of ways including text, audio and video content. Immediate results from online assessments allow teachers to adjust their lessons for the class based on understanding and skill level.
All students need access to technology to be prepared for a future of learning and job readiness skills. Students can expand their learning beyond the classroom walls and hours of the school day. This access gives students the tools to learn at their own pace.
Partnering with parents and community...
Leadership St. Vrain was launched in the 2009-2010 school year after a group of highly engaged parents ran a successful campaign for a mill levy override and school improvement bond.
Since then, parents have participated in an annual program designed to deepen their knowledge of district operations and exchange ideas. The program is especially appropriate for parents who want to obtain a foundation in district operations and governance and become more effective participants in school district affairs.
Grassroots St. Vrain is an independent, non-profit organization made up of parent volunteers committed to informing and activating citizens on education-related issues impacting St. Vrain Valley Schools and public education in general.
With the support of volunteers from every school community, Grassroots St. Vrain was instrumental in supporting the passage of the district’s first-ever mill levy override in 2008 and again in 2012.
Members of the advocacy group regularly meet with elected officials to learn about education-related legislation and school funding initiatives. These parents routinely talk with other stakeholders about the impact of a high-quality education system on students and families, businesses, property values and the community’s ability to cultivate a highly skilled workforce.
Responsible spending and budgeting
49.88% State Equalization
25.79% Property Taxes
13.77% Mill Levy Override
3.64% Other Local Revenue
3.57% Other State Revenue
2.76% Specific Ownership Tax
0.59% Federal Sources
St. Vrain is consistently recognized for its excellent schools. These recognitions include the John Irwin School of Excellence Award, the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, the Colorado Centers of Excellence Award and the Colorado “School to Watch” Award.
St. Vrain was awarded a $1.4 million physical activity grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to be used in professional development and supplies for classroom movement.
In 2013, the Colorado Association of School Boards named St. Vrain’s board as the “All State Board of Education”. This achievement was followed up with Superintendent Don Haddad, Ed.D., being selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the country’s top education technology leaders. He attended the inaugural “National Connected Superintendents Summit” at the White House.
St. Vrain received a Race to the Top district award for $16.6 million, focusing on STEM education. The grant bolstered STEM education within St. Vrain Valley Schools and allowed the district to develop the Innovation Center, a facility where students can apply their STEM knowledge to real world projects.
Leadership St. Vrain was the recipient of the 2014 International Association of Public Participation Award for parent engagement.