St. Vrain schools were mentioned in the White House press release titled “Improving Educational Outcomes and Opportunities for Latino Students”:
The Obama Administration’s Investing in Innovation Fund dedicates $650 million to support the development and scaling-up of innovative educational models and solutions that help close achievement gaps and improve outcomes for high-need students. Through a competitive preference to applicants who focused on serving English language learners, several of the winning applications under the Fund will incorporate plans to improve the achievement of English language learners, including:
The Saint Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, which will implement a project to address the unmet needs of Latino and English language learners at Skyline High School and its feeder schools. Elementary students will improve their literacy skills through focused supports and expanded learning time; middle school students will improve their mathematics skills and knowledge with math labs and an augmented school year; high school students will have improved science learning opportunities through a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certification track.
“A snapshot of Hispanic youngsters — the fastest-growing group in the United States by age and ethnicity — concludes that the obstacles and inequalities they face today ‘may hinder the broader integration of Latinos into U.S. society if left unattended.’”
Marilyn Villalobos, a senior at Longmont High, recently received the 9News Kids Who Care award. She was a Newcomer at Heritage before attending Longs Peak and LHS.