22 BVSD Schools receive State Awards for Student Performance

The Colorado Department of Education recently announced its annual awards and 22 Boulder Valley schools were among those honored.

Ten BVSD schools received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, which celebrates schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. Only 105 schools in 39 districts earned this award in 2018.

Twenty BVSD schools received the John Irwin Award, which is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. A total of 185 schools in 34 districts earned this award in 2018.


OtterBox and PopSockets Announce Swappable, Unstoppable Otter + Pop

OtterBox Symmetry Series and PopSockets PopGrips are a match made in heaven. Championed by trendsetters everywhere, the combination is now available in a truly integrated fashion. Introducing Otter + Pop, a Symmetry Series case with built-in PopGrip and swappable PopTops to create a completely customizable experience for every look, style, scene or vibe.

“OtterBox and PopSockets collaborating on an integrated case was a no-brainer,” says Jim Parke, OtterBox CEO. “Our fans love variety, customization and sleek protection. With Otter + Pop, we can deliver that in one thin iPhone case that combines our legacy of protection with all of the unique attributes that PopSockets delivers.”

“A case with an integrated, swappable PopSockets grip, made by the strongest case brand in the world, which happens also to be a Colorado company? Sounds like a good idea to me,” says David Barnett, PopSockets founder and CEO.


HMH Architecture + Interiors Leaves Its Mark Over 30 Years

HMH Architecture + Interiors has announced that the firm is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. During the past three decades, the firm has established its presence as one of the leading architectural firms in the region, winning multiple awards for architecture and interior design. Starting with one employee in 1985, HMH Architecture + Interiors has slowly and carefully expanded to 8 employees today, including adding Cherie Goff as a partner in 2008. Staying small has allowed HMH to obtain and produce quality work while avoiding the “hire and fire” cycle with the influx of work. “We have a saying in our office if we can’t all fit into a minivan, we’re too big,” says Hine.

The best advice he ever received was from his first boss; “If you value and nurture the relationships, everything else takes care of itself.” Over the years, Hine has taken this advice to heart in his architecture practice and business dealings. 


Boulder County Awards Sustainability Grants to Local Communities

On Tuesday, December 18, the Boulder County Commissioners announced the recipients of 2019 Environmental Sustainability Grants in the following communities in Boulder County: Boulder, Erie, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior and Ward.

Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program provides an opportunity for governmental organizations in the county to undertake environmental sustainability priorities within their communities. In addition to supporting local efforts, Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program will help the county leverage community resources for a coordinated, county-wide approach to environmental sustainability.

The 2019 Sustainability Grant recipients are pursuing diverse projects, including recycling and yard waste drop-off events, strategies to support equitable access to energy-related services for all community members, and efforts to streamline city permitting to increase solar and electric vehicle adoption.

“We are excited to see the variety of projects in the 2019 grant program and full participation by Boulder County cities and towns,” says Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones. “The vision of the municipalities in Boulder County has resulted in many successful projects, and we’re looking forward to continued partnership to meet our shared goal of more sustainable communities.”


Louisville Named Best Place to Live in Colorado

HomeSnacks has named Louisville the best place to live in Colorado.

Homesnacks, according to its website, uses data from the United States Census Bureau, the FBI, OpenStreetsMaps and other sources to determine what cities and towns are the best to live in.

For its 2019 rankings, Louisville came in first, and Erie came in third followed by Superior at fourth. The city and towns were the only Boulder County communities to make the top 10 list.

The site considers factors such as jobs, affordability, safety, amenities, diversity, education and commuting.