Congratulations to our boys' basketball team for our first state basketball championship since 1942! The final score was 62-59, decided in the final seconds of a thrilling game against the Lewis-Palmer Rangers. After trailing by fifteen at the start of the 4th quarter Lewis-Palmer managed to tie the game in the final minute. Oakley Dehning hit a huge three-point basket from the corner with 12.8 seconds to put the Trojans up for good.
Karen Holmes McKay passed the National Boards for Certified Teachers in School Counseling! She is now one of only 8 certified school counselors in the state of Colorado, and the first counselor in our district to become certified. The National Board certification process is a rigorous and self-reflective process that can take up to 3 years to complete.
Please be reminded that we will continue to ask that students carry their LHS student ID with them at all times. We also ask that all visitors, including parents, volunteers, and other guests, have a photo ID with them and check in with the main office upon entering our school building during the school day. Visitor badges will be issued at the front desk and we ask that you display them in a visible manner while you are visiting Longmont High.
Student safety is a top priority across St. Vrain Valley Schools. This is the core of our work and we are committed to a consistently proactive approach to fulfilling our highest responsibility – ensuring the well-being, safety and growth of our children. We have implemented many programs and protocols to ensure the highest levels of school security, many of which are being replicated across the state and nationally. Along the way, we have heavily involved our community in shaping the safety and quality of our learning environments. In the past year alone, we have featured stories in district publications, developed news articles, earned media coverage, delivered school presentations and hosted 12 public meetings across every community in our district – all emphasizing our work to increase school safety and support student advancement.
Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy. The impact of our schools and their role in shaping the future success of our society extends far beyond the smart boards, desks and walls of our classrooms. From economic development, to national security, to home and commercial property values, to business and corporate development, and community growth, our public schools provide a strong foundation for advancing the quality of our lives and the direction of our future.
Think back to a time where the phone was attached to the wall, and how excited you felt when your parents bought a longer cord, an answering machine or that magical moment when the cordless phone was brought home and you could talk to your friends in you bedroom away from your pesky sibling. Now, fast forward 20 years and staying connected is a whole new ballgame. We have all grown accustomed to the 24/7 news cycle and at times we cannot get information fast enough.
We all know the rituals: turn your pajamas inside out and wear them backwards, put a spoon under your pillow and finally dance the most epic snow dance around. These practices have been carried down through generations as students go to bed hoping for a fresh blanket of snow in the morning. For administrators in St.