From the Principal:
My name is Rick Bowles and I am the principal of Ivy Stockwell Elementary. I have been a part of Ivy Stockwell for 21 plus years (in different roles). I was a student of Ivy Stockwell for Kindergarten-6th grade, a fourth and fifth grade teacher for nearly 10 years, and am entering my fifth year as principal (I was principal of Namaqua Elementary for four years). The Berthoud Schools have always been an amazing place for student learning and I am excited to continue to be a part of that tradition.
At Ivy Stockwell Elementary, we are very excited to continue our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) implementation. We have made amazing steps over the past four years in creating transdisciplinary units of study, incorporating problem based learning, implementing design thinking, and helping students to become creative and innovative learners.
This coming year, we will continue to create and implement transdisciplinary units that incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards with the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Problem-based learning sparked great enthusiasm this past year and we will continue to develop and adjust this way of learning. We are very excited by the level of engagement students are demonstrating. Students and staff are thinking like scientists and using their curiosity to help drive their learning. Ivy Stockwell has always been a very strong school when it comes to literacy. As a STEM school, this has not gone away. We are still a school that works hard to help all students read and write at high levels while building that love for reading.
With our amazing PTO, supportive parent community, talented staff, and amazing students, we look forward to making the 2016-2017 a school year a year to remember.