Superintendent Update – The Future of America

Across the district, we have been championing a new motivational motto that is uniting our shared vision for excellence in learning and student advancement: We are taking public education by #StVrainStorm

Every day, I observe countless examples of students, teachers, staff, and community partners exemplifying the highest levels of achievement and drive that represent the very best of our public schools. Our graduation rates are at their highest level – over 90 percent at our traditional schools – and St. Vrain was also one of only four districts in Colorado and 373 nationally to be recognized by College Board’s Annual AP District Honor Roll. Enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses has increased by 50 percent since 2014 with over 3,000 students enrolled in at least one AP class.

We have students preparing to testify at the state Capitol in support of legislation they helped to write. Robotics students are winning tournament championships in a league of high school teams. Our CyberPatriot team is ranked first in the state and in the top 4.4 percent worldwide. Aeronautics students were the state winners for the Governor’s Real World Design Challenge. In the past few months, our students have received numerous highly-competitive scholarships, military academy and prestigious university acceptance letters, state athletic championships, All-State music invitations, robotics tournament trophies – the list goes on and on. In every classroom in St. Vrain, our students, teachers, and staff are taking academic excellence by #StVrainStorm!

Without the unwavering support of our community, this level of success would not be possible. I want to extend my most sincere appreciation to the teachers, staff, families, business partners, elected officials, and so many other members of our community who have helped to build St. Vrain Valley Schools into a nationally recognized system for excellence in education. Join me in celebrating the many achievements across our schools in this month’s Newsroom publication and the recent release of St. Vrainnovation magazine. Let’s keep building the #StVrainStorm!

Don Haddad, Ed.D.

Altona Middle School