SVVS Highest Graduation Rate
St. Vrain Valley Schools Achieves the Highest Graduation Rate in Denver Metro Area
On January 9, 2024, the Colorado Department of Education released the 2023 graduation and dropout rates for all districts in Colorado. St. Vrain Valley Schools has achieved the highest on-time graduation rate in the district’s history, at 93.3%. This is also the highest graduation rate of any district in the Denver Metro area, and the highest of any district in Colorado with more than 300 graduates. St. Vrain’s Hispanic graduation rate, at 88.3%, is also the highest of any district in the Denver Metro Area. St. Vrain has achieved this with the highest graduation requirements in the Denver Metro area, at 24.5 credits. Further, our dropout rate, at 0.6% for all students and 1% for Hispanic students, is the lowest of any district in the Denver Metro area. (Boulder Valley School District comes in 3rd at 91%)
“These outstanding results are a testament to the incredible work of our teachers, staff, students, and families, and I want to recognize all that they do to support the advancement of our students,” said Dr. Don Haddad, Superintendent. “Our teachers and staff not only care deeply about the well-being of our students, but they also hold them to high standards and continue to challenge them to reach their highest potential.”
Lyons Middle/Senior High School
Lyons Mid/Senior High School Principal Chris Frank:
Beyond academics, our students have been achieving remarkable feats outside the classroom. In the last two weeks, our robotics program successfully hosted the first annual Lyons Robotics Tournament, featuring over 25 teams. The event was a resounding success, showcasing the strength of St. Vrain robotics in our impressive auditorium.
Our competition cheer team excelled at the state level, securing a place in the top 4 of all 2A/3A teams statewide. Their performance radiated the pride and energy of our #smallANDmighty town, making us all proud.
During our recent home wrestling event on Wednesday, several students showcased exceptional skills on the mat. Senior Jaden Gardner achieved a significant milestone, earning his 100th career win—an impressive accomplishment.
OTHER MID/SR HIGH SCHOOL NEWS:
MUSICAL HOLIDAY CHEER:
==The Lyons High School Jazz band joined Westview Middle School and Silver Creek High School in giving a free performance at Wildflower Pavilion, Planet Bluegrass, on Decemer 18th.
==The Lyons Middle/Senior Band gave a free public concert on December 13, in their auditorium.
DAY of “AI”
hosted by the Innovation Center was on Saturday, December 2. This unique experience offered interactive AI activities, informative sessions on St. Vrain’s initiatives in AI education, and hands-on STEM activities with the Future-Ready Innovation Mobile Lab. An outdoor drone light show concluded the day’s events. —– A Day of AI also coincides with the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth (WAICY), the world’s largest AI competition for youth, which was hosted by the Innovation Center this year.
Lyons Elementary School
We have requested information about the 2023/24 year’s achievements, programming, events, etc. from the School Front Desk Clerk Kim Doering, and the principal Andrew Moore, but have not received anything as of publishing day, January 18, 2024.
Lyons Elementary School Calendar on SVVSD web site:
Jan. 18th VEX Robotics
Jan. 19 5th grade to Longmont Symphony
Jan. 20 VEX Robotics in gym
Jan. 22 PTO Meeting, library
Jan. 24 Discovery Fair EVENT (note, last year it was no longer open to the public)
Feb. 10 – Robot EVENTS, at SVVSD Mead Middle School
Student classrooms also had field trips to the Lyons Redstone Museum, mainly of 1/2 days
==St. Vrain Infant and Toddler Literacy Night, January 24, 2024==
St. Vrain families with children ages 0-3 are invited to the Infant and Toddler Literacy Night on Wednesday, January 24, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event, hosted by St. Vrain’s Early Childhood Department, will take place at the Timberline PK-8 Library and features local early language development experts Susan M. Moore and Laurene Phillips.
Parents can expect practical insights into fostering language skills in young children. Childcare services will be available for children ages 1-5.
The literacy night will cover strategies for incorporating language development into everyday routines, the role of interactive activities and play, the importance of early exposure to storybooks in responsive relationships, and navigating languages at home and in school for comprehensive language development.
LINK to bio’s
Bomb Threat, Colorado Schools 1/6/24
1/9/24 There was a school threat to almost all the school districts in Colorado, including the Boulder one, but not Lyons’ SVVSD.
==== In Estes Park — at 9:49am all 3 schools were evacuated and kids went to the Events Center, and then went home w/parents at 11am — it was all clear at 12:38am; Police Chief says: In response to the threat against the Estes Park School District, the Estes Park Police Department has assumed Incident Command to coordinate the law enforcement response. The threat, received via email, indicated the presence of explosive devices within the school campus. Collaborating with our public safety partners, we have successfully secured and are currently clearing the schools to ensure there is no imminent threat. As of now, we are not aware of any ongoing threat in the area.
FREE HANDWARMERS / from the HEART == When the Estes Park School was closed down due a bomb threat, Way Finder Cleaning Service did an act of kindness… DOUBLE!! ==== they said: Thank you so much for your kind words! It was our pleasure to help keep the families warm. We also want to share a special shoutout to Park Supply. When we ran out of hand warmers, we went there to buy more. Upon hearing what we were doing, they generously gave us their entire stock for free to distribute. It’s moments like these that truly show the strength and compassion of our amazing community. We’re proud to be a part of it and to support each other in times of need. Additionally, a huge thank you to all the teachers, staff, and law enforcement for keeping our kiddos safe! === Also, the 4×4 jeep renter company loaned out blankets to waiting parents. Many thanks!
The last mass threat against schools was in February 2023. The FBI Denver field office on Tuesday 1/9/24 confirmed the FBI’s involvement with the string of threats.
Lowering mill levy
The St Vrain Valley School District/SVVSD (and all school districts in Colorado) are bound by laws and voting decisions of the public, but the district was able to set a slightly lower amounts this year, of approximately 13.2 mills, to provide a bit of property tax relief while still collecting enough money to maintain programs promised by the measures the public voted on. The district expects to collect about $13 million more through those two overrides, for a total of about $80.7 million. Superintendent Don Haddad added that about 85% of the district’s budget is spent on salaries, and keeping salaries high is important during this time of teacher shortages. And that they saved the public some money by refinancing loans on their bond repayment.