On August 21, students across St. Vrain Valley Schools experienced the 'Great American Eclipse' through district-provided safety viewing glasses, indoor live-streaming and immersive classroom activities.
The start of a new academic year is one of my favorite times to visit our schools and talk with our students, families, teachers and staff. Our hallways are filled with a palpable optimism and drive to continue our momentum toward the highest levels of academic growth and success.
The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. Lyons Elementary School is honored to be a recipient for the 2015-16 school year awarded March of 2017.
Kid's don't have to be lonely at recess anymore! Thanks to Ryan Graeden, Blue Mountain Stone and the LES PTO, a new "Buddy Bench" has been installed on the LES playground. The concept of this bench came to the US via a German school with now more than 2,000 benches installed at playgrounds all over the country. Students sitting alone on the bench works as a signal to others on the playground that they are in need of a mate. We can't wait to see the bench in action!
The Lyons Elementary School PTO is sponsoring Jogathon 2017..."Take a Walk on the Wildside!" on September 22nd. This year marks the 22nd year of this fun-filled annual event, started by then PE teacher, Lonnie Jones. Students and families have a fun time running and walking laps to earn money for their school. Jogathon donations fund events and activities like field trips, Artist in Residence performances, Science and Leadership curriculum, classroom supplies, and more! Stay posted for more information about this Wild Event.
The Lyons Elementary School Garden has really grown by leaps and bounds this year. With seedlings germinated under lights and planted by 1st grade students, the garden is producing tomatos, cucumbers, squash, basil, dill and peppers of all colors. Eco Club and 1st grade students have been harvesting for a couple weeks now, supplying our local LEAF Food Bank with amazing fresh produce. The Garden will play an important role in our new Science and Leadership Program to be held on Late Start Days.
It’s not the eclipse that is dangerous to observe, it’s the sun! The sun’s visible (and invisible) rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without being immediately aware of it. Normally, our common sense protects us from looking directly at the sun for more than a second.