Digital Library

Did you know that St. Vrain students have more than 24,000 titles available to them in our extensive digital library?

Secondary students can use the Sora by OverDrive app on their district iPads to download ebooks and audio books. Click here for directions on downloading and using Sora. (For additional information, explore the FAQs.) You can even add your local public library in the app to explore more titles!

Screenshot of number of titles available

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Maintaining Tech Harmony at Home

In today’s digitally-fueled times, how might we teach our children to use technology in healthy ways and develop skills and habits that will help them be successful? The author of this article from the New York Times offers three general tips:

1. Aim for balance;

2. Be a role model;

3. Make tech a family affair.

From 2-year-olds who seem to intuitively understand your smart phone to teenagers who need some (but not too much) freedom, read the full article for suggestions for making technology work for your family from toddlerhood through the teenage years.

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Got an iPad? Get Insurance!

Accidents happen! The SVVSD Optional iPad Insurance Program for secondary students covers many of the costs associated with a damaged or lost iPad.  This year, the cost has been lowered to $25 AND includes new levels of coverage.  Plus, students who opt into insurance this year will be able to exchange a non-functioning cable for a new one at no cost! Use this link to learn more.

The window for opting into coverage ends August 29. You can pay the fee through RevTrack or in your school’s main office.

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Family Conversations: Technology at Home and at School

St. Vrain is excited to offer families of incoming 6th graders an opportunity to join a community-wide course designed to guide  families through activities and conversations around school, home, technology and learning.

The family Schoology course begins after Labor Day  and consists of four 60-90 minute modules. Each module has a different focus:

  • Family – School Connections;
  • Support Structures for Success;
  • Learning with Technology ;
  • Parenting in a Digital Age, with Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise:  Helping Our Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World.

Each module will last 1-2 weeks and consists of a short video introduction, resources for learning, a family activity, and a live discussion. Contact your school for more information on how to join the course.

While this course is designed for families of incoming 6th graders, the district plans to expand discussions with families around technology and learning in the future, so stay tuned!


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Back to School: Create a Family Media Plan

As we start a new year of school, it’s a great time to revisit your family’s media habits and create a family media plan. Doing so helps you and your child have meaningful conversations that align your family values and priorities with the use of technology.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a comprehensive tool that you can use to create your own family media plan that is customizable by age and by parent expectations. Find it on their website along with a tool to calculate your family’s media use.

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