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The continued safety, well-being, and success of our students, teachers, staff, and community has always been our top priority as we navigate the complex and evolving coronavirus crisis. To that end, our comprehensive task force has outlined a school reopening plan that includes a return to full-time in-person instruction for students in grades PK-5, 6, and 9, and an alternating schedule with a combination of in-person and synchronous real-time online learning for students in grades 7-8 and 10-12.
La seguridad continúa, el bienestar, y el éxito de nuestros estudiantes, maestros, empleados, y la comunidad siempre ha sido nuestra prioridad más importante a manera que enfrentamos la compleja y evolucionante crisis del coronavirus. Con eso en mente, nuestro integro y dedicado grupo de trabajo ha preparado un plan de reapertura de las escuelas que incluye un regreso a la enseñanza en persona de tiempo completo para los estudiantes que están en los grados del PK al 5, en el 6, y en el 9, y un horario alternativo con una combinación de aprendizaje en persona y un aprendizaje sincronizado en vivo en tiempo real en línea a través del Internet para estudiantes en los grados 7 al 8 y del 10 al 12.
A drive-through Community Resource Center will be open from 12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the months of June and July. Bilingual staff is available at the Learning Services Center, 401 S. Pratt Parkway in Longmont. El Centro de Recursos Comunitario de autoservicio estará abierto los miercoles de 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. durante los meses de junio y julio. Personal bilingüe estará disponible en el Centro de Servicios de Aprendizaje, 401 S. Pratt Parkway en Longmont.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - but there is a lot more to it than this. STEM has three key components: its content (what is taught), its processes (how it is taught) and its dispositions (characteristics required and cultivated by participating in STEM education).
STEM of course focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. A key component, however, is that STEM is an integrated approach in which students explore and use 2, 3 or all 4 of these content areas at the same time.
How STEM is taught is as important as what is taught. STEM learning is very active and hands-on. It is problem and inquiry-based with an emphasis on longer-term project-based learning. Authenticity and relevancy of the learning experience promotes a high-level of student engagement, and keeps the learning truly student-centered.
As do IB learners, STEM learners cultivate certain dispostions or traits in order to be successful. This STEM learner profile is almost identical to the IB learner profile and includes persistence, curiousity, respectfulness, effort, the ability to work well with others, and a desire for continual improvement.
Clearly, STEM fits in easily with IB education. STEM is not intended to replace IB at Alpine; it will enhance it by reinforcing those critical components of IB learning, among others the learner profile, integrated and project-based learning, global awareness, and a positive attitude towards learning.
STEM in the St. Vrain Valley School District emphasizes design thinking, a unique approach that unifies and sharpens our implementation of STEM. Design thinking is a process which empowers students to be creative and successful problem-solvers. This is a transdisciplinary skill that will remain with students throughout their lifetimes.
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