August 9, 2009
New school year under way
Soon, approximately 25,000 St. Vrain Valley students will return to school. This is an exciting and important time in their young lives and extremely critical to their future. Now, more than ever, an individual’s ability to thrive in the global economy and contribute to society is tied to success in school. From the first hour of class, teachers, principals, support staff and central office administrators of the St. Vrain Valley School District will be relentlessly focused on providing each student an academically rigorous and safe environment to learn, mature and prepare. Thanks to the generous support of our community, the passage of the mill levy override and bond have provided valuable resources designed to enhance student achievement. Average class sizes have been reduced, focus school opportunities have expanded, and the experience and credentials of our teachers and staff are outstanding. Other advantages for students include renovations in school buildings and a dramatically improved technology infrastructure. These upgrades represent broad public support for our students by providing safe buildings and stateof-the-art learning tools. The district, meanwhile, is raising achievement expectations by aligning academic stan-
dards and strengthening its systematic focus on reading, writing, math, science, history and world languages. To this end, students will have access to more advanced placement, pre-advanced placement, honors, International Baccalaureate and college level courses than ever before. In addition to offering a variety of core subject courses, the St. Vrain Valley School District is committed to preparing students to be successful employees, innovative entrepreneurs and engaged citizens long after graduation. Through a robust menu of co-curricular activities in the areas of the arts, citizenship, business, innovation, critical thinking, teamwork and physical education, students will experience multiple opportunities to develop their talents. In support of these efforts, business partners such as Amgen, Seagate, Western Digital, Digital Globe and Longmont United Hospital are contributing to student and school success through grants, scholarships and donations of technology and professional expertise. Members of the faith community are also involved. At the recent church-sponsored event known as ShareFest, more than 400 volunteers from across our communities logged hundreds of volunteer hours on school beautification and repair projects.
As superintendent, I believe our students have many of the tools and resources for success. However, I believe we can do more to address the challenges before us. Each year, more students demand a greater variety of advanced classes and many are challenged by poverty or disabilities. Our mission is to help all students achieve their highest level of academic success and be fully prepared for college, post secondary career training and a rewarding career in the new knowledge economy. The St. Vrain Valley School District can achieve its goals and provide students the foundation they’ll need to succeed and thrive. However, our success requires an unwavering commitment on the part of every student, parent, District employee and community member. Together we can give our children the gift of a 21st century education while ensuring that our nation has a new generation of innovative, engaged and industrious Americans. Don Haddad Superintendent of Schools Don Haddad is the Superintendent of Schools for the St. Vrain Valley School District and can be reached at 303-682-7205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Preparing for College Succeed on campus with this guide from freshman to senior year By Brian Smith Longmont Times-Call
Take it from a college senior: getting ready for higher education is not as easy as showing up to the dorms in a toga ... despite what National Lampoon’s Animal House says. And it’s not as hard as your parents are going to make it out to be. But there are a few steps you need to be aware of. These days, the school system encourages students to start thinking about college as early as middle school. The earlier a student starts to make plans, the smoother the transition will be. The majority of your work toward campus life should begin in your junior year of high school, but there are things you can do starting freshman year that will help you in the future. I spoke with the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Office of Admissions Associate Director Jennifer Schufer to come up with a no-nonsense guide to get you on a college campus.
Freshman Year • Get to know your guidance counselor as they will be your best resource in the whole process. They can help you plan out what classes you will need to take in the next four years. • Start a college folder of all the important papers you will be receiving. • Explore the possibility of taking honor level classes. These will be structured more like a college course rather
than a typical high school class. • Get involved with extracurricular activities. Showing involvement with school and the community will not only boost your chances of getting into a competitive college, but also look good on scholarship applications.
Sophomore Year • Prepare for standardized testing. It’s never too early to look into ACT and SAT prep classes and sign up to take practice tests.
• Start browsing colleges and thinking about where you might like to focus your search. • It’s never too early to start thinking about a major. Keep your mind open to a variety of possibilities, however. Often your first major won’t be the one you end up graduating with. • In the spring, sign up for Advanced Placement-level classes and start to investigate earning college credit. • Keep working on your extracurricular activities.
Junior Year • Meet with your guidance counselor to get important dates for the ACT and SAT, including information regarding practice tests and prep classes. Double check that you are signed up for the ACT and SAT. ACT and SAT tests usually take place in early spring. • Look into vocational schools, such as the Career Development Center, to help you explore your interests and expand your knowledge of things you are interested in. • Continue thinking about your major. It doesn’t hurt to talk to your neighbors or other community members about their jobs, what education they received and if they have suggestions for you. • Make sure you attend any sessions
that college representatives host at your high school. • If you are taking AP classes, make sure you are prepared for the tests in May. • Consider registering for Front Range Community College classes through your school. • Set up a professional e-mail account where colleges can send you important information.
Senior Year • The first thing you should do is meet with your guidance counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and have the basic college entrance requirements. • If you took the ACT or SAT and weren’t happy with the results, schedule a retake for a small fee. • Hit the scholarship trail. Use online resources, as well as those in your high school to find scholarships. • Visit the college campuses. This will help you determine where you would like to set your sights. • Obtain a catalog from colleges you are interested in and see if they offer any majors you are or might be considering. Continued on 5
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Continued from 4 • Apply. The more, the better. You will need letters of recommendation from several teachers. Find out how to send an official transcript to a college as it will be required when applying. Plan to have all of your applications out the door by Nov. 1 or earlier depending on what the college may require. You should get a letter back either way by the first of the year. • Arrange a private tour of the colleges you get accepted to. Prepare specific questions you may have for the college ambassadors. • Decide on a college and complete enrollment paperwork. • Apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). • Apply for Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF).
Summer after Graduation • Complete housing applications and file any security deposits. • Make a list of everything you will need for dorm living and hit the stores. You can get some great deals if you don’t wait until the last minute. • Attend a campus orientation. Chances are the college you enroll in will send you information regarding your first orientation. They will also help you get registered for classes. Try to get to know
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the campus layout as well as possible. Find where your classes will be in the fall to make your first week easier on yourself. • Declare your major and minor if you are ready. It helps to have an idea of where you are headed when you enter college even if it is not what you end up doing in the long run. • Research what clubs and organizations are on campus that you might like to join. • Look for a job. Spending cash is a must in college and some of the best, least stressful jobs are on campus.
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It seems like the bell just rang concluding the last day of school, but itâ€™s already time to start planning for next year to ensure your kids are prepared for success. With list in hand, you hit the stores to get necessary items. How can you get all the things your child needs and still stay within your budget? First, check your inventory at home to see what you have before you head to the store. Extra paper stored in the closet from last year or hand-me-downs from a big brother or sister can be useful. After you take inventory, itâ€™s time to make a precise shopping list. Sit down with your son or daughter and determine what he or she needs ahead of time. Then head to a store that can give you a good value for the items on your list. Do you need clothing for your brandconscious kid? For younger children, stick to discount stores that offer quality, brand-name clothing for less. For teens, consider visiting consignment shops. Gently used brand-name clothing can be a great way to get them in the styles they want at a price that wonâ€™t make you gasp. The age-old problem always exists at
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designs in polka dots, paisley, flowers, swirls and more, allowing your students to mix and match folders, binders, notebooks and other supplies. They can express themselves and you can save at prices starting at 0.99 cents.
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Middle school can be one of the scariest transitions. Students tend to panic when new things such as lockers and electives are added to their lives. Sixth grade Mead Middle School teacher Marilyn Frade says, “The transition to middle school is sometimes hard simply because it’s a change and any change can bring with it anxiety, nervousness and worries.” Parents can help smooth the transition by talking with their child about middle school and knowing what to expect. Frade says to expect the level of effort required in earlier years might not produce the same results. “Students will tell me that they had As in a particular subject area, but they are now receiving Bs. As you progress further in school, the level of understanding changes so students may have to put in a little more effort.” Also, expect more homework and a greater need to stay organized. Frade adds that parents should expect to let go a little more but still remain involved. “Students should be allowed to try things on their own, even if it means occasionally failing.” She uses the example that if a student constantly forgets their textbook and the parent drives to the school to give it to them they will never learn to remember it on their own. “Someone will always be there to rescue them,” she says. Knowing what to expect will make the transition easier, but also sitting down and talking with your child will help. Frade offers a few topics to talk over with your child about middle school. • Discuss the differences between elementary and middle school. Frade says, “By discussing these differences ahead of
time, parents can find out what their child is nervous or excited about.” • Talk about social differences. “Friendships are usually one of the biggest concerns for students,” Frade says. She suggests parents discuss ways their kids can handle social issues that might arise. • Let children practice with a combination lock. “In my experience, many students are nervous about using a locker for the first time,” Frade says. If parents have a combination lock available, having their child practice with it will make them feel more confident and comfortable with having a locker. • Prepare a designated study area and time to do homework. Frade says this area should be free from distractions, such as a TV, and should have a desk or table with all the supplies a student will need. “Students waste valuable homework time if they have to stop and locate necessary supplies. Having supplies handy helps eliminate procrastination, they can’t use the excuse that they were just looking for some glue,” she adds. • Remain positive about the transition. “If parents are worried or have negative attitudes about school, this may impact how their child feels about it,” Frade says. “It’s OK to be nervous or even a little worried, just try to keep it as positive as possible.” Middle school is just another step in growing up. It can be both exciting and scary, but by talking with your child the transition can be made easier. “Children adapt pretty well and usually settle into the middle school routine fairly quickly,” Frade says. “Just like that first day of kindergarten, the first day of middle school will come and go.”
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Today’s kids are busier than ever. Whereas kids used to leave school in mid-afternoon and have their free time to themselves, today kids leave the classroom and head off to any number of extracurricular commitments, such as athletics, music lessons, school clubs or other activities. For parents, these busy schedules can understandably be a cause for concern. While it’s healthy for kids to have interests and cultivate those interests, it’s also important for parents to make sure their kids don’t become overwhelmed by crowded schedules that leave no time to unwind or to simply be a kid. According to the Mattel Children’s Hospital at University of California, Los Angeles, gauging whether your child is overscheduled can be as simple as asking yourself two questions and being honest with your answers. First, ask yourself how your child is managing his or her daily schedule, including both school and extracurricular activities. Then ask yourself how much your child actually wants to participate in each activity. Some children will thrive on busy schedules, while others will grow overwhelmed, negating the benefits the activities are intended to provide. Kids often try hard to please their parents, so many will not willingly admit if they’re overwhelmed for fear that they won’t please mom and dad. That makes it important for parents to be capable of recognizing possible indicators that kids are too busy. • Homework: Unfin-
ished homework or homework that is routinely completed late at night indicates that kids could be too busy, with not enough time in their day to complete their assignments, which should be their top priority. • Complaints: Kids who routinely complain about their extracurricular activities could be trying to tell you they’re simply overworked. If a typical drive to soccer practice is chock full of complaints, perhaps it’s time to discuss with your child if he or she really wants to play soccer, or is just doing it to please you. • Meal time: Research has shown that kids benefit from sitting down to family meals with their parents and siblings. However, today’s busy
kids might not have time to do so, which could negatively impact their development. If kids are routinely rushing through meals because of other commitments, it could indicate they’re overscheduled. • Sleep: Kids need sleep, but many of today’s overscheduled kids simply aren’t getting enough. If your child is not getting his or her regular sleep, then an overcrowded commitment schedule could be the culprit. • Are you feeling rundown? A telltale sign of a child who’s too busy is the child’s parents. If mom or dad is stressing out over driving their child to and from a host of commitments, then imagine how stressed out the child is probably feeling.
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Discover Charter Schools Find out if your child should attend a charter school By Brian Smith Longmont Times-Call
These days, the phrase charter school brings up images of kids in khakis and dress shoes. Clean cut. Proper. For some, the antithesis of what a kid at that age should be. But why would any parent trade in the established public school system for the mysterious world of charter schools? “Well, that’s just a myth,” says Stacey Rivera, director of communications for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. “Charter Schools are not just for the high class, special or rich kids.” The truth is, charter schools are not what many think. According to Rivera, many of these schools share general similarities with public schools, but the differences are in
Twin Peaks Charter Academy fifth grade student Jonathan Flores studies in a math class at his school in February 2009. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)
the details. Charter schools are funded by the state for the same amount as a public school and both are open and free to public enrollment. When it comes to academics and management, charters have more autonomy.
Twin Peaks Charter Academy fifth grade student Arturo Manzo studies in a math class at his school in February 2009. (Lewis Geyer/Times-Call)
A charter school is authorized to be accountable for student achievement. They set academic goals in house and many have a different way of teaching than the public school system. Some charters place emphasis on rigorous academics while others specialize in a hands-on curriculum. There are charters across the state that conduct longer school days or tailor an education specifically designed for atrisk students, gifted children, pregnant or parenting teens and juvenile offenders, among others. Whatever the difference, each has a unique curriculum that gives a parent more choice when it comes to their child’s education. According to Rivera, parents often choose the charter path if they feel their child needs special attention or a specialized curriculum. But they do have the same limits as the public school system, such as restrictions on teaching divine creation versus evolution, and are held to the same basic academic standards measured by tests like the Colorado Student Assessment Program. Despite a Stanford University study that analyzed the performance of charter
schools as compared to the public school system and found that 37 percent underperformed traditional schools, Denver charter schools were in the 17 percent that actually out-performed traditional schools from around the nation. In fact, according to the Colorado League of Charter Schools, 74 percent of charters in Colorado performed well enough to make Adequate Yearly Progress while only 59 percent of noncharters made APY in 2008. Although charter schools are free to the public and enrollment is guaranteed, the actual process is more tricky than public schools. According to Rivera, parents must first apply, then meet with the school to determine if the curriculum would fit the child’s need. Then the student would either be accepted or put on a waiting list if the incoming class is full. There are currently four charter schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District: Carbon Valley Academy in Frederick, Flagstaff Academy and Twin Peaks Charter Academy in Longmont and Imagine Charter School in Firestone. For more information on charter schools, visit www.coloradoleague.org or www.stvrain.k12.co.us.
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Parent groups are more than another batch of cookies By Kate Frasure Longmont Times-Call
For years, many people have drawn the conclusion that parent teacher organizations and booster clubs are committees of doting mothers who bake cookies and loosely handle a small amount of money for their child’s school. These organizations are more than another batch of cookies. “It’s about seeing something that needs to be done and feeling you have the ability to help,” says Niwot High Boosters president Terry Larson. The booster club at Niwot participates in fund-raising for the school, as well as planning and putting together fun events during the year. Niwot Boosters has earned more than $10,000 through concessions and has given back $20,000 in grants from the student store, which sells spirit wear. “Most parents don’t realize how much money goes through the organization,” says Larson. The money goes back to the school to be put toward special events such as afterprom and school improvements. “It’s not just making cookies and handling the money in a silly manner. We try
to make it very business like,” says Larson, adding that volunteering is different at the various education levels. “At the elementary level they are looking for parents to make copies, cut things out and grade papers, but at the high school level it is more planning and fundraising.” PTO members at the elementary level, do some fundraising but also organize events such as talent shows and monthly newsletters. Kim Uridales, Blue Mountain Elementary’s PTO vice president, says one of her favorite events the group participates in is Parent-Teacher Conference night. Parents cook all different kinds of food for teachers to have a break from the tiresome night. “Teachers are so happy to have the food and I really feel like I have made a difference that day,” she says. So why join a parent involvement organization? Tracey Nichols, who has been a part of Niwot High Boosters for four years, says she decided to join because she believes a strong and active booster club helps create the best possible experiences for children. “I really feel like I am helping out and participating in the wellbeing and
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success of my kids and all the kids at the school.” She adds that there are so many ways to get involved, some opportunities require a lot of time while others take only a little time. “I really believe that a stong booster’s program helps make a strong high school.” According to Janice Rebhan, who started out at Niwot Elementary’s Parent Teacher Association and then moved into Niwot High Boosters, by being involved with PTOs or booster clubs, parents are able to truly understand the school and make a difference not only in their child’s life, but the lives of all the other children in the school. “It builds a sense of community,” Uridales adds. “Everyone gets to know every parent and it sends the message to the child that their school and education is important.” Uridales, who is going into her second year with Blue Mountain’s PTO, says she joined because she wanted to make a difference. “It was a brand new school and all these new things were happening. I wanted to be a part of making the first decisions.”
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Bilingual Youth St. Vrain teaches Spanish-speaking students in their native tongue By Lauren Seaton Longmont Times-Call
We are surrounded by such increasing diversity that languages other than English hardly sound foreign anymore. Colorado is no exception. Assistant Commissioner for Innovation and Transformation, Barbara M. Medina, Ph.D., says there are an estimated 167 different languages spoken in Colorado. However, Spanish is the native language of more than 85 percent of the state’s foreign-language speakers. So how does a child, whose parents don’t speak English, prepare for the future? The St. Vrain Valley School District has responded to this matter with bilingual schools and programs designed specifically for students who’s first language is not English. Eight elementary schools in the district – Indian Peaks, Rocky Mountain, Spangler, Frederick, Columbine, Loma Linda, Central and Northridge – use a transitional early-exit bilingual model to teach English and prepare students for a bilingual future. Regina Renaldi is the director of SVVSD’s Title I schools and oversees the bilingual program. “The most important benefit is that our students learn to read in their native language,” she says. This is different from a dual lan-
guage program that teaches both English and non-English speakers a second language. (There is one district exception. Central Elementary teaches Spanish to students whose first language is English as part of their International Baccalaureate program). The transitional model is also different from English-only programs that do not teach second language learners in their native language. In this district, Spanish-speaking students are taught English while also learning to read in their native Spanish. In kindergarten, 30 minutes of English is taught a day. In first grade it increases to 45 minutes a day. By fourth grade, 90 percent of the curriculum is taught in English and by fifth grade the students have “transitioned out” – 100 percent of their education is conducted in English. “The ultimate goal of St. Vrain is to learn English,” Renaldi says, adding that it is also a goal for students to become biliterate. However, she believes the public is sometimes unaware that teaching English is, indeed, the primary goal. This education method is not arbitrary. “Research seems to suggest that a bilingual approach benefits the students,” says Medina. The benefit that Medina refers to is students who learn to read, write and
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speak in their native language – in this case, Spanish – ultimately read better in English. This is supported by bilingual education studies, including research done by Jim Cummins, Ph.D., a Modern Language Centre professor at the University of Toronto. “When children continue to develop their abilities in two or more languages throughout their primary school years, they gain a deeper understanding of language and how to use it effectively,” wrote Cummins in a paper titled, “Bilingual Children’s Mother Tongue: Why Is It Important for Education?” At St. Vrain, parents have the option to opt-out of the program, says Renaldi, but if a student starts it is recommended that they continue through
third grade. Every teacher in the district has been trained in English language development and sheltered content instruction. St. Vrain is also working on a program to train all teachers and staff in cultural diversity with a focus on respect – not simply awareness – of other cultures. Six of the eight bilingual schools are receiving stimulus funds, because of their Title I status, that will allow the district to hire new teachers with a background in literacy and ESL to help with the transition that happens between third and fourth grade. “Our teachers and staff at our bilingual schools do an amazing job,” Renaldi says. “It’s a rewarding piece of work we do.”
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St. Vrain Valley School District St. Vrain Valley is Colorado’s 10th largest school district encompassing more than 411 square miles including portions of Boulder, Weld, Larimer and Broomfield counties. The District serves 13 communities: Boulder, Broomfield, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Hygiene, Longmont, Lyons, Mead, Niwot, Peaceful Valley and Raymond.
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Black Rock Elementary
Blue Mountain Elementary
Eagle Crest Elementary
2005 Alpine St., Longmont, CO 80501, 720-652-8140 http://aes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, International Baccalaureate Principal: DeDe Frothingham October 2008 enrollment: 485
2000 Mountain View Blvd., Erie, CO 80516 720-890-3995 http://bres.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Cathy O’Donnell October 2008 enrollment: 656
1260 Mountain Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 720-652-8220 http://bmes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Kristie Venrick October 2008 enrollment: 382
1051 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-8861 http://bes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Janis Hughes October 2008 enrollment: 499
10290 Neighbors Parkway, Firestone, CO 80504 720-652-8240 http://centenniales.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Keith Liddle October 2008 enrollment: 471
1020 Fourth Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-776-3236 http://centrales.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Jim Heckocks October 2008 enrollment: 403
111 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-776-2840 http://columbinees.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Eddie Cloke October 2008 enrollment: 402
4444 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 303-485-6073 http://eces.stvrain.k12.co.us Kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Ryan Ball October 2008 enrollment: 484
Fall River Elementary
Indian Peaks Elementary
Loma Linda Elementary
1400 Deerwood Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 720-652-7920 http://fres.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Jennifer Guthals October 2008 enrollment: 590
555 Eighth St., Frederick, CO 80530, 303-833-2456 http://fes.stvrain.k12.co.us Kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Karen Musick October 2008 enrollment: 509
11968 N. 75th St., Longmont, CO 80503 720-652-8021 http://hes.stvrain.k12.co.us Kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Mike O’Donnell October 2008 enrollment: 430
1335 S. Judson St., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-772-7240 http://ipes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Judy Orbanosky October 2008 enrollment: 466
7701 Eagle Blvd., Frederick, CO 80504 720-652-8160 http://legacyes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Sean Corey October 2008 enrollment: 480
333 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-772-4280 http://lles.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten though fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Dina Perfetti-Deany October 2008 enrollment: 440
Longmont Estates Elementary
4137 E. County Line Road, Erie, CO 80516 303-828-3395 http://ees.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Larry Shores October 2008 enrollment: 556
Mountain View Elementary
Prairie Ridge Elementary
Rocky Mountain Elem.
520 Welker Ave., Mead, CO 80542 970-535-4488 http://mes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Connie Brodt October 2008 enrollment: 512
1415 14th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 720-652-8261 http://mves.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Nancy Pitz October 2008 enrollment: 373
8778 Morton Road, Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-2828 http://niwotes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Mike Keppler October 2008 enrollment: 506
1200 19th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-772-3040 http://northridgees.stvrain.k12.co.us Kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Rob Organosky October 2008 enrollment: 418
6632 St. Vrain Ranch Blvd., Firestone, CO 80504, 720-494-3641 http://pres.stvrain.k12.co.us Kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Kirsten McNeill October 2008 enrollment: 404
800 E. Fifth Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-772-6750 http://rmes.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Stephen Hoel October 2008 enrollment: 437
2235 Vivian St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-772-3838 http://sanbornes.stvrain.k12.co.us Kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: John Wahler October 2008 enrollment: 404
1440 Collyer St., Longmont, CO 80501, 720-494-3761 http://spangleres.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, bilingual Principal: Michelle Johnstone October 2008 enrollment: 415
4600 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO 80503 720-494-3980 http://ams.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades sixth through eight Principal: Joe Mehsling October 2008 enrollment: 577
Coal Ridge Middle
Longs Peak Middle
Trail Ridge Middle
6201 Booth Drive, Firestone, CO 80504 303-833-4176 http://crms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Principal: Paul Talafuse October 2008 enrollment: 754
650 Main St., Erie, CO 80516 303-828-3391 http://ems.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Principal: Todd Bissell October 2008 enrollment: 463
233 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-772-7900 http://hms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight, International Baccalaureate Principal: Karrie Borski October 2008 enrollment: 401
1500 14th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-5611 http://lpms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Principal: Mathew Buchler October 2008 enrollment: 512
620 Welker Ave., Mead, CO 80542 970-535-4446 http://mms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Principal: Josh Barnett October 2008 enrollment: 350
1300 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-3963 http://sms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Interim Principal: Dawn Macy October 2008 enrollment: 621
1000 Button Rock Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 720-494-3820 http://trms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Principal: Tim Root October 2008 enrollment: 632
1651 Airport Road, Longmont, CO 80503 303-772-3134 http://wms.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through eight Principal: Mark Spencer October 2008 enrollment: 591
100 S. Second Ave., Lyons, CO 80540 303-823-6631 http://lmshs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades six through 12 Principal: Greg Winger October 2008 enrollment: 448
395 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-6200 www.stvrain.k12.co.us
Source: Department of Education 2008 October Count
Total enrollment: 25,751 Number of schools: 49 Elementary Schools: 25 Middle Schools: 9 Middle/Senior: 1 High Schools: 7 Adult Education: 1 Charter Schools: 4 Montessori School: 1
Student ethnic composition Source: Department of Education 2008 October Count
American Indian: 218 Asian: 909 Black: 319 Hispanic: 6,688 Caucasian: 16,600
1601 Northwestern Road, Longmont, CO 80503, 720-652-8101 http://lees.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Brian Childress October 2008 enrollment: 473
338 High St., Lyons, CO 80540 303-823-6915 http://lyonses.stvrain.k12.co.us Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade Principal: Christa Keppler October 2008 enrollment: 284
2009-10 Budget The St. Vrain Valley School District general fund budget is $319,230,632, which includes $75,449,695 in reserves. Food services The quality food service program provides meals at a reasonable cost. School meal costs for 2009-10 are: • Breakfast: elementary, $1.25; secondary, $1.50; adults, $2 • Lunch: elementary, $2.25; secondary, $2.50; adults, $3 • Milk, $0.50 For students whose families qualify, a free and reduced cost program is available for meals. Weekly lunch menus are posted at schools, announced in school newsletters, published in local newspapers, televised on Comcast Cable Education & Local Access Channels and posted at www.stvrain.k12.co.us. Support Success The challenges that face students and staff in St. Vrain Valley schools cannot be met without the support of parents and guardians, volunteers, and community leaders and businesses. More than 5,000 volunteers partner with our schools. Volunteers form partnerships with teachers, principals, school Continued on 14
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School district leadership 2008-09 School Year • Superintendent of Schools: Don Haddad, 303682-7205 • Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement: Connie Syferd, 303-682-7328 • Executive Director of Student Services: Jackie Wittington, 303-772-7700 • Executive Director of Human Resources: David Burnison, 303-682-7237 • Chief Financial Officer: Terry Schueler, 303-682-7201 • Executive Director for Auxiliary Services: Rick Ring, 303-682-7405 • Director of Communications: John Poynton, 303682-7404 • Director of Food Services: Shelly Allen, 303-682-7251 • Facilities and Operations Manager: Bob Lewis, 303682-7269 • Director of Planning: Scott Toillion, 303-682-7229 • Executive Director Instructional Technology, 303772-7782 Board of Education District A: Rick Hammans, Secretary, 303-823-9019 District B: Sandi Searls, President, 303-652-2559 District C: Bob Smith, Member, 303-776-2412 District D: Dori Van Lone, Member, 303-665-9634 District E: John Creighton, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, 303-682-0907 District F: Rod Schmidt, Vice President, 303-774-7913 District G: Mike Schiers, Member, 720-353-2828
Mead High School
3180 WCR 5, Erie, CO 80516 303-828-4213 http://ehs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades nine through 12 Principal: Steve Payne October 2008 enrollment: 627
600 Fifth St., Frederick, CO 80530 303-833-3533 http://fhs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades eight through 12 Interim Principal: Pete Vargas October 2008 enrollment: 937
1040 Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-6014 http://lhs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades nine through 12 Principal: Rick Olsen October 2008 enrollment: 1,225
12750 WCR 7, Longmont, CO 80504 720-494-3940 www.stvrain.k12.co.us/schools/mhs/ Grades nine and 10 Principal: Jim Sundberg
Silver Creek High
8989 E. Niwot Road, Niwot, CO 80503, 303-652-2550 http://nhs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades nine through 12, International Baccalaureate Principal: Dennis Daly October 2008 enrollment: 1,344
4901 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80503 720-494-3721 http://schs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades nine through 12 Principal: Sherri Schumann October 2008 enrollment: 1,054
600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 720-494-3741 http://shs.stvrain.k12.co.us Grades nine through 12 Principal: Patty Quinones October 2008 enrollment: 1,399
820 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501 303-678-5662 http://ae.stvrain.k12.co.us Project Coordinator: Mary Willoughby October 2008 enrollment: 260
Olde Columbine High School / Career Development Center
Carbon Valley Academy
Flagstaff Charter Academy
Imagine Charter School
4040 Coriolis Way, Frederick, CO 80504 303-774-9555 www.carbonvalleyacademy.org Kindergarten through grade 10 Principal: Rachel Murphy/Paul Trautwein October 2008 enrollment: 482
2040 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501 303-651-7900 www.flagstaffacademy.org Kindergarten through grade eight Principal: Andrew Moore October 2008 enrollment: 469
5753 Twilights Ave. Firestone, CO 80504, 303-772-3711 www.imaginefirestone.com Pre-kindergarten through grade eight Principal: Ralph Garbart October 2008 enrollment: 438
1200 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501, 720-494-3961, 303-7723333 (CDC) http://ochs.stvrain.k12.co.us Principal: Deniece Cook October 2008 enrollment: 105
St. Vrain Community Montessori 1055 Delaware Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 Phone: TBA Kindergarten through grade two Head Master: Katie Torres
Twin Peaks Charter Academy 340 S. Sunset St., Longmont, CO 80501, 720-652-8201 www.twinpeakscharter.org Kindergarten through eighth grade Principal: BJ Buchmann October 2008 enrollment: 583
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Find the right after school program Metro Services
For many households nationwide, having two parents working has become not only the norm, but a necessity. This trend has resulted in after school programs growing more and more important as the years go on. Recognizing that, the National Afterschool Association has identified several things parents should look for in an afterschool program to ensure kids will be well cared for and enjoy their time once the final school bell of the day rings.
Staff The staff is important when finding
the right fit for your child’s after school program. One of the things parents must observe is the staff’s interaction with children. Before deciding on a specific program, visit each school your are considering on a typical day to witness how the staff interacts with kids. The NAA suggests looking for specific things regarding the staff’s interaction, including whether or not children are treated with respect and allowed to voice their concerns or opinions; how well the staff knows the children in the program, including their interests and personalities; and the type of atmosphere the staff fosters for children, be it positive or negative.
Layout The layout of an after school facility is an important consideration for parents, as well. According to the NAA, a good facility will have plenty of open space for activities, as well as a quiet area that allows kids to do their homework in peace. The layout outside of the facility is something to consider, as well. Kids need to exercise, and parents will want their kids to have ample outdoor space to play after a long day at school. Play equipment should be available, and equipment should be new and not the product of neglect. Activities While structure is important for kids, it’s also important for kids to experience BTS-130151
variety. When looking at a given facility, the NAA suggests looking at the program’s schedule of activities. A variety of available activities will lessen the likelihood of kids growing bored with a given program. In addition, activities should be stimulating. Simply watching TV should not be acceptable. Rather, activities should be well suited to children’s interests and age-appropriate.
Miscellaneous Other things also need to be considered before parents can make a final decision on an after school program. One
of those things is nutrition. Most after school programs will have snacks for kids. Are these snacks healthy? Is the staff willing to alter their snack items if parents object? Another thing to factor in is the structure of the facility. An older building, for instance, might not be as safe, and it might also not have adequate ventilation, heating or light. Kids are typically more susceptible to illness than adults, so these are important considerations not to be taken lightly. To learn more about after school programs, visit www.naaweb.yourmembership.com.
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St Vrain Schools offer an expanding variety of rigorous curricula and program options: ■ International Baccalaureate (IB) ■ Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) ■ Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) ■ Leadership & Technology ■ Gifted & Talented (GT) ■ Science & Inquiry ■ World Languages
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The first five years of a child’s life is filled with rapid growth and development. It is estimated that children who do not receive positive learning experiences during this time are likely to start kindergarten two or more years behind kids of the same age. That is why it is important for children to receive a quality preschool experience, or the equivalent in their home life. “The greatest opportunity to close the gap before it widens is to give quality preschool experiences that are positive,” says Janet Gutman, director of early childhood and special education for the St. Vrain Valley School District. Throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District parents will find preschool programs that include 3- and 4-year-old programs, which are often referred to as pre-kindergarten or pre-k. These programs are meant to ensure a child’s readiness to enter kindergarten at age 5 by helping them learn hard skills, such as letters and math, and soft skills, including strong communication skills and emotional regulation. For the 2008-2009 school year, the
district offered 25 preschool programs, and are projecting to increase it to 32 for the 2009-2010 school year. This will have at least one preschool program at each elementary school with seven having two. Gutman attributes the increase to not only the district’s five year plan, but to the community’s awareness of the importance of early education. The school district has worked hard to offer options to parents and began offering preschool through the district as early as 1983. The Colorado Preschool Program or CPP was added in 1994, which opened the door for at-risk students to get funding to participate in the district’s preschool program. An at-risk student is someone who is determined eligible by many factors including free or reduced-cost lunches, homelessness, delayed language skills, English as a second language or poor social skills. The district currently has 300 slots available for CPP funded students. While the preschools at the charter schools must meet the requirements of the Department of Human Services for licensing they are not considered part of the district. According to Mark Pillmore, budget director for the SVVSD, the con-
tract the charter schools have with the district only covers kindergarten through 12th grade. However, a charter school can enter into a contract with the district for CPP slots if they meet the required regulations. With the help of CPP and quality preschool education, the district is hoping to not only prepare students for school, but to prepare them for a better future. The CPP legislative report shows that students who fail to start school ready to learn, stay behind and eventually drop out of school, get in trouble with the law or have emotional difficulties. While research shows high positive learning experiences through preschool is important for at-risk students, it is also beneficial to upper and middle class families. The most important thing is for students to be ready for school not just academically, but emotionally. Whether parents get that through a program or offer it at home, the end result is a child ready to interact and learn. “High quality preschool programs pay long term benefits,” Gutman says. “For years, people have been recognizing the importance of early learning and the importance of preschool.”
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Nationwide, kids are gearing up for their annual return to the classroom. With back to school about to hit full swing once again, parents and kids alike are hard at work compiling their lists of school supplies so they can be ready to go for that first day of class. Though it can be hard for parents to get kids excited about going back to school, doing so can set a positive tone for the coming school year. In addition, back to school can be a great chance for parents to educate their children about the environment and how even the little things, such as buying environmentallyfriendly school supplies, can really add up to make a positive impact.
Avoid Disposable Products One of the most effective ways to make a positive impact on the environment is to purchase reusable products. The average American produces 1,000 pounds of trash per year. Environmentalists note this waste can be reduced by as much as one-third if people simply begin buying reusable products â€“ and it can start with school supplies.
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You want your children to eat well, but packing school lunches can be such a drag. It doesnâ€™t have to be. Gwen Kuskie is a registered dietician at Longmont United Hospital and mother of two. â€œA lot of times healthy eating has more to do with what youâ€™re not eating enough of,â€? Kuskie says, referring to vegetables and fruits. She adds that her job as a mother, is to provide healthy food. Her kidsâ€™ job is to eat it. One way of doing this is to be creative. But for busy families, some 180 days of creativity can be a struggle. Kuskie suggests giving your child a container that holds hot food â€“ for soup or casserole â€“ or include a dip for vegetables. Another method is to use small individual containers for fruits and vegetables to emphasize the surprise-factor. Itâ€™s also important to get your kids involved. They know whatâ€™s mainstream in their age group and making their own choices helps them feel involved. But starting early is key. According to Kuskie, it is harder on both parents and
children to make the switch from highly processed convenient meals to fresh and natural foods. The ultimate and most important aspect of packing healthy lunches is including a fruit, vegetable, whole grain and protein. To help with the process, Kuskie recommends â€œThe Healthy Lunch Box,â€? a cookbook by Marie Mc-
Clendon and Cristy Shauck. Also visit www.healthylunchbox .blogspot.com for more healthy lunch ideas and www.thechildrenshospital.org for a nutritional consultation. A childâ€™s pediatrician is also a good resource.
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Aspen Christian School 316 15th Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-5866 http://aspenchristianschool.org First through eighth grade Principal: Lloyd Petersen Enrollment: 12 Type: Private Christian
Bixby School 4760 Table Mesa Drive Boulder, CO 80305 303-494-7508 www.bixbyschool.org Pre-kindergarten through grade five Principal: Pat Baker Enrollment: 155 Type: Private
Boulder Country Day School 4820 Nautilus Court N. Boulder, CO 80301 303-527-4931 www.bouldercountryday.org Age 3 through grade eight Head of School: Michael Shields Enrollment: 330 Type: Private
Boulder Jewish Day School 7415 Lookout Road Longmont, CO 80503 303-449-5569 www.bjds.org Pre-school through grade five Head of School: Shoshana Krongold Bilavsky Enrollment: 35 Type: Private Jewish Community School
Bridge School 6717 S. Boulder Road Boulder, CO 80303 303-494-7551 www.bridgeschoolboulder.org Grades six through 12 Head of School: Richard Weeks Enrollment: 30 Type: Private
Broomfield Academy 7203 West 120th St. Broomfield, CO 80020 303-469-6449 www.broomfieldacademy.com Junior kindergarten through grade 6 Head of School: Dr. Vanessa Ewing Enrollment: 85 Type: Private
Children’s House of Weld County: Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten 3801 Weld County Road 18 Erie, CO 80516 303-651-3215
www.childrenshousewc.com Preschool through kindergarten Director: Susan Halkin Enrollment: 50 Type: Montessori
Cornerstone Preschool 1000 W. 15th Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-3081 www.bethlehem-lutheran.net/cornerstone Ages 3 to 5 Director: Andrea Becker Enrollment: 50 Type: Christian
Desiderata School 15785 N. 83rd St. Longmont, CO 80503 303-678-9335 www.desiderataschool.com Kindergarten through grade 12 Head of School: Larame Spence Enrollment: 50 Type: Private
Eastern Sun Academy 6717 S. Boulder Road Boulder, CO 80303 303-443-3302 www.easternsunacademy.org Kindergarten through grade 5 Head of School: Steven Sachs Enrollment: 80 Type: Contemplative education
10455 Dawson Drive Lafayette, CO 80026 303-665-6679 www.dawsonschool.org Kindergarten through grade 12 Headmaster: Brian Johnson Enrollment: 420 Type: Collegiate based private school
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Faith Baptist School 833 15th Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-5677 http://fbslongmont.org Kindergarten through grade 12 Administrator: Dan Perryman Enrollment: 195 Type: Private Christian
Friends’ School 5465 Pennsylvania Ave. Boulder, CO 80303 303-499-1999 www.friendsschoolboulder.org Pre-school through grade five Head of School: Polly Donald Enrollment: 172 Type: Independent private school
Gateway Montessori School 1500 Ninth Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 303-772-3864 http://gatewaymontessorischool.net Pre-school through kindergarten Director: Linda Gottschalk Enrollment: 50 Type: American Montessori Society certified
Goddard School 1095 Olympia Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 303-772-3501 www.goddardschool.com Infant through pre-kindergarten, after school Director: Debbie Beethel Type: Early childhood development
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Teaching diversity, empathy, respect and friendship for kids of all needs and walks of life. Program Benefits: • 1:4 Teacher to Child ratio • Individualized attention • Inclusive environment • High quality preschool program with NAEYC certification • LINK Program: an extra year of instruction to prepare 5 year olds for “traditional” kindergarten.
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The Tiny Tim Center 611 Korte Parkway Longmont, 303.776.7417 www.tinytimcenter.org
Continued from 19 Hillside School 6717 S. Boulder Road Boulder, CO 80303 303-494-1468 www.hillsidelearning.org Grades one through eight Director: Kathy Sherman Enrollment: 32 Type: Program for students with learning differences
Jarrow Montessori School 3900 Orange Court Boulder, CO 80304 303-443-0511 www.jarrow.org Pre-kindergarten through grade 6 Head of School: Barb Truan Type: Montessori
Longmont Christian School
AUDITIONS For musicians grades 1 through 12
August 22, 2009 To schedule an audition call: 303-651-0167 Music Directors: Mr. Keynes Chen & Ms. Danielle Crisman • www.longmontyouthsymphony.org
550 Coffman St. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-3254 www.longmontchristian.org Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 Principal: Donnie Bennett Enrollment: 300 Type: Private Christian
Messiah Lutheran School 1335 Francis St. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-3466 www.messiahlc.teamministry.net Pre-kindergarten through grade five Interim Director: Angela Sitz Enrollment: 72 Type: Private Christian
Mount Zion Lutheran School ™
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Before and After School programs for grades K-5 at five sites.
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Transportation to and from most area schools.
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Full day childcare and half day preschool too.
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Call Director Giselle Lehmann at 720-652-4731 for program availability and schedule.
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1680 Balsam Ave. Boulder, CO 80304 303-443-8477 www.mtzionboulder.org Toddlers through grade two EC Director: Cheryl Wu Enrollment: 56 Type: Private Lutheran
Mountain Shadows Montessori 4154 63rd St. Boulder, CO 80301 303-530-5353 www.mountainshadows.org Pre-school through grade six Executive Director: Frank Vincent Enrollment: 100 Type: Montessori
Mountains Peak Private School 1833 Sunset Place, Ste. E & F Longmont, CO 80501 720-494-1622 www.mountainpeakschool.com Pre-school through grade six Director: Tom Buckett Enrollment: 60 Type: Private
Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran School 1219 W. 17th Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-1688 www.OurSaviorsOn17th.org Pre-kindergarten through grade eight
Principal: Dane Mattes Enrollment: 25 Type: Parochial school
The Patchwork School in Louisville 1428 Main St. Louisville, CO 80027 720-271-6729 www.thepatchworkschool.com Preschool through kindergarten Directors: Michele Beach and Elizabeth Baker Enrollment: 28 Type: Independent alternative
Pleasant Hill Academy 421 21st Ave., Ste. 203 Longmont, CO 80501 303-682-5309 Kindergarten through grade 12 Director: Linda Rittner Enrollment: 100 Type: Private nonprofit
Primrose School of Longmont 1335 Dry Creek Drive Longmont, CO 80503 303-774-1919 www.primroseschools.com Infants through preschool and kindergarten, before and after school program Director: Carrie Dickerson Enrollment: 145 Type: Private Childcare Center
Rocky Mountain Christian Academy 9447 Niwot Road Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-9162 www.rmcaonline.org Early education through grade eight Headmaster: Brett King Enrollment: 440 Type: Christian Classical
Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative 5490 Spine Road Boulder, CO 80301 303-545-9230 www.rms.org Pre-kindergarten through grade eight Principal: Barbara Mitchell Hutton Enrollment: 75 Type: Private
Running River School 1370 Forest Park Circle Lafayette, CO 80026 303-499-2059 www.runningriver.org Kindergarten through grade eight Director: Nancy Monson Enrollment: 40 Type: Private
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School 1317 Mapleton Ave. Boulder, CO 80304 303-447-2362 www.shjboulder.org Kindergarten through grade eight Pastor: Father William Breslin Type: Private Catholic
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St. Stephens Christian School 1303 S. Bross Lane Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-1072 ext. 5 www.ststephenslongmont.com Preschool and Pre-kindergarten Director: Kathy Fulton Enrollment: 40 Type: Private Christian
1834 N. Main St., Unit 9 Longmont, CO 80501 303-485-3218 www.educate.com Kindergarten through adult Director: Brianna Weber Type: Supplemental education
Tara Performing Arts High School
September High School 1902 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80302 303-443-9933 www.septemberschool.org Grades nine through 12 Principal: Dan Fox Enrollment: 48 Type: Non-Profit Alternative/Private
Shepherd Valley Waldorf School 6500 W. Dry Creek Parkway Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-0130 www.shepherdvalley.org Pre-kindergarten through grade eight Principal: Linda Abelkis Enrollment: 140 Type: Private
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4180 19th Street Boulder, Co 80304 303-440-4510 www.tarahighschool.org Grades nine through 12 Administrator: Gregory Fisher Enrollment: 40 Type: Private/Waldorf school
Basic Reading Composite: 44% scored in the top10%. Mathematics Composite: 34% scored in the top 10%.
Vista Ridge Academy
Many of our talented students tested more than a year above grade level â€“ 63% for Reading and 41% for Math.
MPPS Students Test Scores â€“ Top 10% of the Nation. Reading Comprehension: 63% scored in the top 10%. Written Expression: 50% scored in the top 10%.
3100 Ridge View Dr. Erie, CO 805016 303-828-4944 www.vistaridgeacademy.org Kindergarten through grade 12 Principal: Carol Schneider Enrollment: 115 Type: Private Christian
Mountain Peak Students are thriving in an environment with:
(not ability grouping), Limited Space all things that set our school apart from public, Available charter and other private schools in the area. for 2009-2010
205 Canyon Boulder, CO 80302 303-440-7520 www.watershedschool.org Grades six through 12 Head of School: Jason Berv Enrollment: 75 Type: Private non-profit
Benefits of school uniforms Metro Services
Uniforms are typically the norm at private schools across the country. But more public schools are hopping on the uniform bandwagon, too. Hereâ€™s looking at how uniforms can be a benefit.
Safety A school uniform makes it easier for school personnel to identify members of the student class. It also prevents gangs from displaying gang colors.
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St. Stephenâ€™s Christian School Longmont 1303 S. Bross Lane 303-776-1072 x5 Contact - Candace 303-772-7080 Ages: 3-7 Licensed September - May Program Days: 3 - 4 year olds T/TH or T/W/TH 4 - 5 year olds T/W/TH 8:45-11:15 a.m. 11:45-2:15 p.m. (Minimum of 10 students needed)
A fun, educational environment that teaches Christian values and positive self-image. St. Stephenâ€™s is a well established preschool and is highly recommended by past and present families who have had children attend. Small classes with certified teachers 1:6 ratio.
Appropriateness Individuals have different tastes and beliefs when it comes to what is appropriate to wear. Rather than schools having to police what youâ€™re wearing, a uniform makes it easy for them to focus on more important issues. Convenience Think about how much time you devote to picking out clothes. With a uniform, all you do is slip on the required items without any thought on how others will view you in these clothes.
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Sylvan Learning Center
Now Enrolling Future Artists, Astronauts, Architects and Accountants
350 Emery St. Longmont, CO 80501 303-776-8760 www.johnthebaptist.org Pre-kindergarten through grade eight Principal: Julie Rossi Type: Private Catholic
http://smwaldorf.org Preschool through grade 12 Administrative Director: Agaf Dancy Enrollment: 300 Type: Waldorf school
St. John the Baptist Catholic School
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Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace... How to talk to teens about social networking Metro Services
It’s no secret young people growing up today are more technologically advanced than older generations like the baby boomers. In those days, communicating with friends was done primarily by talking on the telephone, writing a note or speaking face-to-face. There was no e-mailing, text messaging, IM’ing (instant messaging) or posting comments on personal Web pages. In schools today, instead of passing notes, students can send text messages on their cell phones and communicate online with their friends or with people they don’t know, and this makes it difficult for parents to monitor their child’s online activities. In addition to e-mailing and text messaging, communicating via social networking sites is becoming more common for both older and younger generations. In fact, in January 2009 Facebook alone reported they had 150 million active users. In addition, according to Common Sense Media, 55 percent of teens have an online profile on social networking sites. “Social networking sites can be great resources for staying in contact with people, reconnecting with old friends, meeting people with common interests, and getting questions answered, but unfortunately not everyone who uses the Internet and social networking sites has honest intentions,” says Jay Opperman, Senior Director of Security and Privacy at Comcast. What does this all mean? It means parents should: 1) become familiar with online social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace; and 2) talk to your children about the importance of being safe and smart while communicating online. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when talking to your teens about the Internet and social networks.
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Tip 1 Choose your pictures wisely. Pictures can say a thousand words. If you decide to post a picture of yourself online, be cautious about what you post. “Do not use a picture that will embarrass you five years down the road because if you delete the picture, it will never go away. What goes online, stays online,” says Opperman. “Think about these questions: If I post this picture, could it prevent me from getting a scholarship or a job in the future? What if the person or persons I share my picture with, shares it with others?” Tip 2 Don’t talk to strangers and use privacy settings. Sometimes people aren’t always who they say they are and the Internet provides an additional means of being anonymous. Remember, everyone in the world doesn’t have your best interests at heart and some people are looking to prey on children and teens online. Social networking sites have privacy settings so you can control who can see your personal page. The settings can’t protect you 100 percent, but they are helpful. Tip 3 Keep your personal information personal. Don’t share personal information such as your last name, parents’ or siblings’ names, phone number, address, social security number or where you like to hang out. People with dishonest intentions can use this information to find you or steal your identity. Tip 4 Don’t be a cyberbully. Don’t bully people online or in person. You wouldn’t appreciate a schoolmate or even a stranger posting embarrassing or harassing information about you or threatening you online so don’t do that to someone else. Online, this is called
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cyberbullying, and now more states are passing anti-cyberbullying laws.
Tip 5 Go outside and stay active. Technology is fascinating and it keeps us connected, but don’t let the Internet disconnect you from other things that are important in life. Spend time with family and friends in person.
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Since the Internet is such a big part of teens’ lives today, parents and children need to discuss how to properly use social networking sites to ensure their safety. (Metro Services)
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Must-haves for techy students Metro Services
There used to be a time when a student could make the grade with a looseleaf binder and a few pens and pencils. Today’s students lean toward a higher-tech arsenal of gadgets to ensure a good grade point average. Here are some gadgets and gizmos many students prefer that can make school time fun, efficient and downright techy.
Laptop Computer Students are continually understanding the benefits of investing in a laptop computer for school work – not just for updating MySpace or Facebook posts. They can always have assignments a mouse click away, and are able to easily type notes and start on assignments in free time. Most laptops come with an array of software that can easily be used for school purposes. For example, use calendar functions to keep track of assignments and other school to-do lists. Manage friends and teacher contact information in your address book, then simply link to your e-mail program for quick notes and assignment questions. Bookmark teacher assignment Web sites or your school homepage to keep track of the latest news. Mobile Phone You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a student
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who didn’t have a mobile phone these days, but there still are the rare students who have managed to survive without one until now. However, as many school districts broadcast emergency news over a phone- or e-mail-based information system, having a cell phone takes on a new security-minded role. While no one wants to think about a potential security threat on campus, the reality is their prevalence has increased in recent years. Having a phone close by to receive either a call or an e-mail alert can help save lives.
Digital Voice Recorders Students of all ages are recognizing the benefits of recording class lessons for future playback. Recording teachers’ dictation can serve as a backup to handwritten notes, or allow students to transcribe their notes at a later time. It’s also a good way to retrace steps and prepare for midterm or periodic tests that run the gamut of classroom material. Olympus makes a variety of digital voice recorders that can quickly transfer digital files to a computer for future playback. Or for an even more efficient way of notetaking, explore the possibilities with the Livescribe Pulse Digital Smartpen. This digital pen creates digital copies of everything you write by hand while recording audio at the same time. It can also link the audio with your notes. $10 OFF YOUR PRINT JOB OF $50 OR MORE! 20% OFF UPS®/FEDEX® SHIPPING! Restrictions may apply. See store for details.
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School buses safe for students, environment Article Resource Association
School buses have been proven safe for students seeking transportation and good for the environment. (Liz O. Baylen/ARA)
Parents are tasked with making many decisions that affect the quality of education their children receive. One of those choices, transportation to and from school, plays a more important role than moms and dads may realize. The yellow school bus is a reliable form of transportation that provides 26 million students with access to education daily. But not only does it enable their educational achievement, it does so in a manner that ensures their safety and that of the environment. “Riding the bus is the safest, most efficient way to get children to school,” says John McKinney, vice president and general manager of Bus Vehicle Center for IC Corporation and member of the American School Bus Council. “Our industry’s commitment to updating buses, installing new safety features and properly training school bus drivers will help to ensure the yellow school bus remains the safest mode of transportation for our na-
tion’s students.” According to the Transportation Research Board, a part of the National Academy of Science, a child is 13 times safer in a school bus than in other modes of travel. Part of what makes school buses so safe is their ability to be identified, thanks to their color and size. The bus’s height provides the bus driver with good visibility and lifts the passenger compartment above a car’s point of impact. Buses are also more impact resistant than cars. Laws that require drivers to stop their cars when they see a school bus’ flashing red lights, help keep students safe. The stop sign that deploys during boarding and unloading and a crossing arm that forces children to walk where the bus driver can see them are additional safety features that help to protect children from harm’s way. But it is not just the bus itself that provides safety measures, school bus drivers are trained not only to drive safely, but to identify signs of emotional and physical
distress of the children they drive.
Ride Yellow and Go Green Choosing the yellow school bus is also a safer transportation choice for the environment. According to industry estimates, the nation’s school bus transportation system carries more than half of the country’s children to school each day, saving an estimated 17.3 million cars from roads surrounding schools each morning. By reducing the number of cars on the road, it is estimated the school bus transportation system eliminates the need for 2.3 billion gallons of fuel annually. School bus manufacturers also make large investments in new diesel, natural-gas, liquid propane injection (LPI), electric hybrid and other engines to further reduce pollution. All newly constructed school buses must meet new smog restriction regulations by reducing soot and smog-causing emissions by 90 and 95 percent, respectively. BTS-131199
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