Principal’s Update & Important Dates

Hello LaunchED community! I hope you had a fantastic break. Now, we’re back in action, gearing up for the rest of this semester. Our students are putting in serious effort to finish this semester strong, especially with final exams week around the corner for high school, and i-Ready for our students in K-8. Encourage your kids to take advantage of LaunchED’s support system—chatting with teachers or dropping by office hours, this is a core part of LaunchED and our teachers are so excited to help support your students. We’ve also lined up some fun activities this month—details in the newsletter!

~Julie Read, Principal, LaunchED Virtual Academy

🚀 Week of Dec 4th-8th: Computer Science Ed Week and Hour of Code (see below for details)
🚀 Wednesday Dec 6th: Late Start/PLC
🚀 Wednesday Dec 6th: IC and CETC Open House (see info linked here )
🚀 Dec 19-Dec 21: Final exams for HS and end-of-year wrap up for MS. Please see schedule below.
🚀 Dec 22-Jan 5: Winter Break

LaunchED Picture of the Week

Something we love about LaunchED is that our students have opportunities to meet in person for some of our clubs (and also they can still attend online)! We love this image from a recent STEAM club meet up where students just successfully completed the task and there was celebration all around!

Innovation Center Welcomes Community to PK-5 STEM Open House on Dec. 6
As part of Computer Science Education Week, St. Vrain PK-5 elementary families are invited to explore STEM at the Innovation Center’s Open House & STEM Night. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Innovation Center. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of educational offerings including coding, robotics, videography, design, aeronautics, cybersecurity, and much more. All activities are hands-on and planned and led by Innovation Center student designers and staff. This is also the same night as the Innovation Center an CETC open house for our 9th-12th grade students to explore options for classes next year!

Learn more >> 

Attention MS & HS Families

See the schedule for the last week of school this semester (week of Dec 19-21). This schedule only applies to students in grades 6-12. Elementary students will follow their schedule from their teachers. Please call the office at 303-702-8800 if you have any questions about this schedule!

Dec 19 A DayDec 20 B DayDec 21 A & B Day
8:00-9:00amBlock A1Block B5Block A4
9:30-10:30amBlock A2Block B6Block B8
11:00-12:00pmBlock A3Block B7Office Hours &
Make-Up Support
12:30-3:00pmOffice HoursOffice HoursOffice Hours
Poster with "Save the Date" and pictures of the event including students launching rockets, attending a career lecture, and playing with robotics.

Save the Date! LaunchED Virtual Academy STEAM Night is January 24, 2024! Get ready to join your student and our LaunchED community for a fun evening of STEAM activities, celebrations of projects and student work, and STEAM career explorations. More info coming soon!

New Club/Team Opportunity!

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Do you love learning about different online tools and resources? Do you like helping people problem solve their tech issues? Do you want to help teach students that are new to LaunchED how to use tools like Schoology or Notability? Then, the Tech Team is for you! Please fill out this interest form below! This team is open to students in 4th-12th grades. This team is an online-only team (we will not meet in person).

Link to Student Tech Team Interest Form (students you must be logged in to your SVVSD account to see the form)

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Attention Students (and parents)!

Please make sure that your iPad is updated to the latest iOS. We recommend checking weekly to see if there is a new update for your iPad’s operating system. So many apps and websites for LaunchED rely on these updates.

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Attention 6th-12th grade students–join the ART Club! There are three upcoming dates–October 20th, November 17th, and December 8th. Art club will be from 10:45-11:30am. You can join in Mrs. Freeman’s Webex Room:

Innovation Center to Host ‘Day of AI’ Event as Part of Computer Science Education Week

Students, parents, educators, and AI enthusiasts are invited to this community event hosted by the Innovation Center on Saturday, December 2 from 2-5:00 p.m. This unique experience will offer interactive AI activities, informative sessions on St. Vrain’s initiatives in AI education, and hands-on STEM activities with the Future-Ready Innovation Mobile Lab. An outdoor drone light show will conclude the day’s events. A Day of AI also coincides with the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth (WAICY), the world’s largest AI competition for youth, which is hosted by the Innovation Center this year. 

Learn more about the event details >>


We have three STEAM-focused clubs available at LaunchED:
STEAM Stars: Students in Grades K-2, meets one time a month, and 3rd-5th meets two times a month.
STEAM Club: Students in Grades 6-12 meet two times a month.
Students can join in person at our LaunchED campus or online!

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