In this month’s issue of the Family Connections Newsletter, we share information about devices and insurance for the upcoming school year, explore tips for balancing quantity and quality of screen time, and share middle school student perspectives on technology and learning.
One of the most important institutions in our society is public education. Of the approximately 55 million K-12 aged children in the United States, it is estimated that 90 percent are enrolled in public schools. Second only to parenting, the longstanding institution of public education will have the greatest influence on America’s future.
In Colorado, we’ve experienced an ongoing discussion around the adequacy of resources for our public schools with mixed results.
In this month’s issue of the Family Connections Newsletter, we learn how SVVS teachers are working to bring computer science to all students, discuss how to use video to reflect on learning, and invite you to offer feedback on the district's Learning Technology Plan.
Thank you for your continued partnership and unwavering support which has contributed significantly to student achievement and success. I am deeply appreciative of our community, as you have consistently demonstrated your value for public education through the generous passage of several mill levy overrides and bond initiatives, among many other ways that you have strengthened our schools. Together with our excellent teachers and staff, our students are receiving the benefit of an outstanding education.
In this month's issue of the Family Connection Newsletter, we explain some of the built in accessibility features on the iPads, highlight some of the summer classes offered at the Innovation Center, and introduce Dr. Devorah Heitner and her work on raising digital natives. To sign up to receive the monthly newsletter, click here!
As we move closer to the end of another outstanding year in St. Vrain Valley Schools, I want to take a moment to recognize the achievements and growth we have seen across our system. In the coming weeks, we will be championing the thousands of students who will be transitioning to kindergarten, middle school, high school or graduating with their St. Vrain Valley Schools diploma. It is through our outstanding educators, dedicated parents and unwavering community support that we have seen our students and schools excel to the highest levels of achievement.
Each spring, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley hosts the Tribute to Teachers, which honors and recognizes the excellence of our teachers. Students, parents, colleagues and community members are invited to nominate teachers, and three from each school are selected to attend the event as finalists. During the event, one teacher from each school receives an Encore Award and a $100 gift card. Additionally, several teachers are honored as Spotlight educators and one as Teacher of the Year for their outstanding efforts on behalf of their schools and students.
In this month's issue of the Family Connections Newsletter, we take a look at robotics programming across the district, offer a tutorial on parent access to Schoology, give links to resources for talking to kids about technology use, and peak inside some kindergarten classrooms to see how technology is enhancing students' experiences.