For many of us, the end of the calendar year provides an opportunity to reflect on the previous year – our successes, challenges and the experiences that will continue to shape our future and the people who have had an impact on our lives. For the students, teachers and staff of St. Vrain Valley Schools, 2016 will be remembered as a critical time in the further advancement of high-quality public education in our community.
November 9, 2016, 8:36am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer
St. Vrain Valley's $260.3 million bond issue was passing easily, with 59 percent voting yes to 41 percent voting no, based on preliminary results from Boulder, Weld, Larimer and Broomfield counties.
"You've got to give credit to an entire community that came together and once again said education matters," said St. Vrain Valley Superintendent Don Haddad. "The only thing I can say is a big thank you."
As the 2016-17 school year rapidly moves forward, I am constantly reminded of the extremely important role education has in our society. Toward this end, we, as St. Vrain educators and public servants, value deeply our responsibility to advance the success of our students and our entire community. The ability to adapt, change and continually elevate our public education system is what will ensure that our students and our community are prepared for the challenges we face in a highly competitive global environment.
Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was.
An online education is not easy or quick, and when it is all said and done, it is still school. And, unfortunately, there isn’t any way to tell whether or not a student will be successful in the online environment. Over the last five years, my counselor and I have met with every student who has applied to become a student at SVOGA. But, many of the students and parents don’t hear what is said in our interview with them. While an online high school provides a student with flexibility in terms of when and where a student can work on courses and also provid
Over 900 people attended a ceremony on Thursday evening, August 20, 2015, on the University of Colorado Boulder Campus, where public school teachers from school districts across the Denver Metro area were honored. As the St. Vrain Valley School District nominee, Scott Bergamo was presented with The Best Should Teacher Award for 2015. The Best Should Teach Initiative celebrates excellence in teaching at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. His recognition read:
Shelby Daniel was named the First Quarter Student of the Quarter for the 2015-16 school year. Currently a senior, Shelby enrolled with SOVGA in September of 2014. Shelby struggled in the brick and mortar environment and let friends become the distractions that prevented her from not attending classes or doing her school work. She found those to be the same distractions in the virtual environment last year and only completed two classes last year as a junior.
A re-diagnosed brain tumor and having to start chemotherapy prevented Shaye from being able to attend the brick and mortar environment. She turned to SVOGA as a way to continue her high school education and joined us in August 2014. Shaye has been a most welcome addition to our student body and has completed 9 online classes this year while maintaining a 4.0 GPA with SVOGA and an overall cumulative GPA of 4.167.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Director Louisa Koch will honor the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 3, at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.