SVVSD Achievements 2013

Recent SVVSD Achievements

The St. Vrain Valley School District and its students, teachers and administrators have been recognized for a host of achievements in 2013. Overall, our schools are performing well. Seventy eight percent are accredited with distinction or performance. These schools meet or exceed statewide benchmarks on their performance indicators. (District and School Performance Framework)

A number of schools in our district have been singled out for excellent performance.

  • Longs Peak Middle School was awarded the 2013 Centers of Excellence award, which recognizes public schools in the state with the highest rates of longitudinal growth that also enroll a student population that contains at least 75% at-risks students. Longitudinal growth models focus on specific cohorts of students for multiple years and allow for identification of individual student growth patterns. Additionally, longitudinal growth takes into account previous years experiences and recognize that schools serve students who start at different places and grow at different rates. In other words, the students at Longs Peak have shown exemplary advancement from where they were in the past. (Colorado Centers of Excellence Awards)
  • Additionally, Black Rock Elementary School, Blue Mountain Elementary School, Niwot Elementary School, Altona Middle School, and Niwot High School all received John Irwin awards in 2013. This award is given to schools that exceed expectations on the academic achievement indicators that are used by the state to evaluate schools. (Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards)
  • Finally, Blue Mountain Elementary School, Erie Elementary School, Niwot Elementary School,  Altona Middle School, Lyons Middle/High School, Mead Middle School, and Westview Middle School all received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards which are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth using the state performance framework.  These schools “exceed” expectations on the state indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the state indicator related to academic growth gaps. (Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards)

In addition to the schools that have been celebrated at the state level for their achievement, our district also has some celebrated individuals.

  • Superintendent, Don Haddad, was named the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS).
  • Matt Buchler, former principal of Longs Peak Middle School and current principal at Erie High School, was awarded the 2013 Colorado Middle Level Principal of the Year Award by the Colorado Association of School Executives.
  • Bud Hunt, SVVSD Instructional Technologist, was recently honored at the White House as 1 of 10 educators recognized for being a “Champion of Change“.
  • The SVVSD Board of Education was named the 2013 All State Board of Education by the Colorado Association of School Boards.

Finally, our district has also been awarded some very noteworthy improvement grants.

  • The most prestigious and sought after grant that we received is the federal Race to the Top Grant for $16.6 million! Our district was one of only sixteen districts to be granted this award out of pool of almost four hundred districts nationwide.
  • Our district was also the recipient of a national Invest in Innovation (i3) grant for which we competed with seventeen hundred districts nationwide.
  • Finally Red Hawk Elementary School earned a $100,000 grant for winning a national health and movement competition as part of the Active School Acceleration Project.

Congratulations St. Vrain Valley School District for a year of great achievement in 2013! Many thanks to all of the students, teachers, parents and administrators for all of their hard work that makes our district stand out as leaders in public education in Colorado and the nation. Keep it up St. Vrain!!

Take a moment to look at the list of awards SVVSD has received in past years as well.

About Grassroots St. Vrain

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