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.

2017 Eclipse Safety and Parent Information

Eclipse Safety Checklist

It’s not the eclipse that is dangerous to observe, it’s the sun! The sun’s visible (and invisible) rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without being immediately aware of it. Normally, our common sense protects us from looking directly at the sun for more than a second.

Important Dates for the Beginning of the Year

Important Dates for the Beginning of the Year at Alpine

  • Alpine office opens: August 1
  • Meet your teacher night: August 10, 6:00-7:00pm
  • First day of school: August 15
  • Kinder assessment days: August 14 & 15
  • First day of kindergarten and preschool: August 17

Students Engaged Throughout the Summer

Alpine Elementary was open throughout the summer, hosting children in three separate programs; the SVVSD Summer Literacy Program, STEMapalooza, and Community Schools' Summer Camp. The building supported well over 200 students at different times during the summer. Thanks to amazing Alpine teachers, students in the Literacy Program and STEMapalooza had opportunities to read, write, and solve real-world problems using the design thinking process. In Summer Camp, children attended multiple field trips and engaged in a range of enrichment opportunities. 

Planned Systems Outage Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Time Frame: Friday, July 28, 12:00 noon to Monday, July 31 6:00 am

Description: Generally all online systems will be unavailable as DTS and O&M perform major maintenance on the district’s technology infrastructure.

Affected Systems: The following is a partial list of the systems that will be unavailable during this time.

St. Vrain Valley Schools Launches New Initiative to Close the Word Gap

As St. Vrain Valley Schools continues to advance our programs that support our youngest learners, we are proud to announce a new partnership with the LENA Research Foundation and the OUR Center in Longmont that will prepare infants and toddlers (0-3 years) for school by encouraging parents to talk and engage more with their children.

Summer in St. Vrain

As the countdown to summer winds down, students and teachers across the district are gearing up for camp season and it’s not too late to sign up. 
Performing arts, financial literacy and STEM camps are among the district’s summer programs that still have openings.

Principal Newsletter 5-11-17

ITAC: You're Invited

The Instructional Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) is looking for additional members to join and help us refine our district-wide plan for instructional technology.

Kindergarteners Pen Pals with 169th Artillery Brigade

Kindergarteners in Ms. Rachel Etherington's kindergarten class exchanged letters with the 169th Artillery Brigade while they were stationed in the United Arab Emirates. The kindergarteners, led by a child whose father serves in the military, decided to take action to support troops serving overseas. Not only did the students get to exchange letters with their new pen pals, practicing their reading and writing skills, they also learned about American symbols as a part of their Signs and Symbols unit of inquiry.