October 26, 2015, 8:30am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Times-Call
Both Westview and Trail Ridge Middle School recently were recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for innovating with Apple products. The designation is for two years. The two Longmont schools are among five recognized in Colorado, about 200 in the nation and about 300 total worldwide. St. Vrain's partnership with Apple is part of its four-year technology learning plan. The plan, funded through a 2012 mill levy override, allocates $2.2 million a year for all students in sixth through 12th grades to have their own iPad minis.
Homework Club is an opportunity for students to spend extra time after school in the Digital Commons completing homework. This is especially helpful for students who may not have an internet connection at home and can utilize the school wifi. Homework Club is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:00-3:30pm.
The Digital Commons had a fantastic year of PowerTALKS, our version of TEDtalks. We were able to solicit experts to donate their time and energy to come speak to our students. They spoke on a range of topics from empowering women to financial success to the power of video online and much more. We offered two different speaking sessions this year based on our lunch schedule. STEM classes and students at lunch were welcomed into the DC for a 20 minute talk followed by a Q+A session.
Final report cards will not be mailed home to the families. Parents can locate the grades on Infinite Campus, under reports. If you would like a paper copy of the final report card, please contact the office.
Journalism in our time has undergone a revolutionary shift – in particular from traditional print and broadcast delivery to an interactive digital format. Theoretically, anyone with a computer, Internet access, and some ability to attract attention can succeed at digital journalism. Many people have remarked, whether favorably and disparagingly, on the more democratic form of the new journalism, especially the communicative power now in the hands of people who are not formally trained in journalism.
What is STEM? SVVSD defines STEM as integration of all subjects, problem solving, 21st century skills, personalized learning and connections in and beyond their local lives. TRMS teachers teach STEM by carefully planning out Integrated STEM Plans, ISPs, for the school year.
The last ISP we finished in 6th grade science this year was a space challenge. The standards the students need to succeed at are:
St. Vrain Valley School District has partnered with the University of Colorado at Boulder to incorporate authentic engineering into the classroom in a program called CU Teams. Engineering graduate students have the opportunity to pay for their school through teaching engineering lessons in K-12 public education.
Over the school year, my honors class completed a special project with the International Telementoring Program. “The International Telementoring Program, ITP, provides real-world STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for students and teachers while supporting work in other areas such as English, Geography, and the Arts. ITP also helps students, beginning in middle school, to develop solid education + career plans, create + leverage professional networks, and execute + refine these plans over multiple years.