Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado

Here is a great new teaching resource to accompany the movie, Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado.  

A free teacher’s guide is now available to accompany the documentary film, Strong Sisters, which tells the story of elected women in Colorado through interviews with past and current female office holders. The film and guide can be used in a range of classes at the middle and high school levels. The guide, including handouts editable to meet teachers’ needs, can be downloaded free at Teachers can purchase a DVD of the film ($10 + $5 shipping and handling) or download the film in digital form ($3).  A trailer of the film can be seen here:  Visit to order or find a list of libraries where you can check out the film.

One Way to Incorporate Authentic Writing

Are you looking for ways to engage students in authentic reading and writing?  Students can write a letter to the next president, but not in the traditional way.  Students choose a topic they are passionate about, they research it, and then they can post it on this site for all to see.  What a great way to give students a voice!  It is also a great site to see what students are concerned about throughout the United States.  Check it out!

Letters to President

Welcome Back and Election Resources

Welcome to the new school year!  We have a lot going on this year in social studies!

Elementary Teachers: come and see the new resources that have been purchased and created for teaching social studies in the classroom on August 20th.  Sign up on the PD website. Join us for an interactive and fun morning to learn about brand new resources available in St. Vrain.  Here is a list and links to our new resources.  Check them out!

Middle School Teachers: Some teachers will be piloting the new resources from Discovery Education this year.  More to come on that!

High School Teachers: A committee has been chosen to review programs and resources for adoption for the core classes.  They will choose one pilot program for next year.

All Teachers:  Here is a great resource for teaching about the election this year.

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest

Each year the Longs Peak Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution offers an American History Essay Contest to all 5th through 8th grade students.

The topic this year is “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.”  Winners will be honored at a Patriotic Tea in February.  Essay winners for each grade level are chosen for First, Second and Third place.  The essays winners will also be entered in the state competition with the chance of moving on to nationals.  National winners are announced at the Continental Congress in Washington D.C. in June 2016 and receive a monetary award.

The deadline for these Essays is Friday, December 4, 2015.  Entries may be sent to SVVSD Communications Office prior to this date.  All information and instructions linked below.

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest Instructions


Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Welcome back to school!  Just a reminder about a couple of things as you begin the school year…

1.  The unit plans are updated with new resources, lesson plans, and assessments linked.  Remember this is a living document, and we will continue to add resources throughout the year.

2.  Don’t forget about resources at your schools.  The PFL Flash Drive has 1000s of lessons and resources for teaching economics and PFL.  Middle and High schools have the DBQ binders in each building.

3.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  I am here to help and support you!

Have a wonderful start to the school year!