PSD, CSU’s long community roots have grown together 

PSD Superintendent Sandra SmyserThe histories of Poudre School District and Colorado State University date back to the mid-1800s. As Colorado Agricultural College got its footing, it did so at a time when a little log schoolhouse was already in existence. 

Our institutions have grown together. Today, their deep roots intertwine to comprise a significant piece of our community’s overall foundation.

CSU and PSD share alumni, families and loyalties. They also share the fundamental belief that access to education can change the trajectory of a person’s life for the better. That, in turn, has positive ripple effects on others – neighbors, friends, family, employers, children, and so many more.

Our PSD-CSU partnership has grown in breadth and depth over the decades. 

While former PSD President Dr. Tony Frank and I formally established the PSD-CSU partnership during a signing event in 2018, so many incredible experiences for students have been born out of grassroots and mutually beneficial relationships between educators and staff members. Currently, there are an estimated 65 programs available to students, families, and staff. 

It’s also important to note that this work is emblematic of the partnerships our school district is fortunate to have with hundreds of organizations and businesses, like Front Range Community College and too many others to name here. Of this, I am proud.

Next month, I invite you to celebrate the CSU-PSD partnership at a family-centric event CSU has once again graciously agreed to host. The third-annual PSD Day at CSU Football game is Saturday, Nov. 16. The Rams will take on the Air Force Academy Falcons at Canvas Stadium. All PSD staff and families are welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 and available at, using promocode PSD.

Wear your PSD blue and white, and don’t forget to add a splash of that PSD and CSU gold, to distinguish yourself from the Falcons fans. The game promises to be a good time, and I can’t wait to see everyone coming together as a community to celebrate. Together, we are better. 



Sandra Smyser, Ph.D.