Superintendent's Corner
October 2017
A Message from Dr. Brad Meeks
Strawberry Park Elementary School was recently honored as a finalist for The Succeeds Prize for Transformational Impact in an Elementary School for Excellence in STEM Education at an awards ceremony in Denver. It received a $5,000 cash prize for being a finalist, and teacher Katie Weeks was awarded $1,000 for her educational leadership. As a part of The Succeeds Prize, Strawberry Park’s successful STEM practices and techniques will be shared with educators statewide to positively impact students across Colorado’s public schools. Our schools and educators are setting the standard for education regionally, nationally, and globally.

It was great to see the public recognition of one of our schools for its high-quality learning experiences and the commendation of one of our teachers for her leadership. From The Succeeds Prize to the 2017: 20 under 40 list and the annual Teacher of the Year awards, seeing Steamboat Springs School District educators and staff receive the recognition they deserve for all that they do for the students in our community is wonderful.

We know that while the spotlight calls our attention to just a few educators, many more across the district are making a difference for students every day. Our exceptional educators are designing lessons and relevant experiences that motivate and prepare students to be productive global citizens. They are redefining the traditional classroom and providing opportunities for real-world applications of learning. They are helping students build character and communication skills, and offering opportunities for students to lead and collaborate.
Steamboat Springs School District’s 208 licensed educators are nurturing our students’ potential to change the world. Our educators value education not just for their students but also for themselves—over 70% have a master’s degree or greater. They also continue to invest in their own education throughout the year. Our educators participate in 35 hours of professional development offered by their school or the district. In addition, last year, 181 staff voluntarily participated in at least one additional professional development opportunity outside of a designated professional development day.

Sixty percent of Steamboat Springs School District educators have at least 10 years of teaching experience. Highly effective and passionate educators are key to our district’s mission and our ability to maintain our standing among the top 10 school districts in the state of Colorado. The accolades our district receives are largely the result of classroom-by-classroom efforts by our educators to utilize the natural landscape and resources in our community, take advantage of our community’s overwhelming sense of school spirit, and provide students with the experiences that will serve them well throughout their lives. 

We are grateful to all Steamboat Springs School District educators and staff!

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Scenes from Steamboat Springs Schools:
Soda Creek Elementary School
First grade students celebrated cowboy day with horses, cows, games and events.
Fifth grade students visited and toured the Stagecoach Dam and hydroelectric facility.
News & Notes
Read these recent Steamboat Pilot & Today articles.

20 students  from Steamboat Springs High School will travel to Gypsum this month to learn about diversity and share their views on a wide range of topics during the Mountain West Diversity Conference. Read more

Official 2017-18 enrollment numbers are in, and the student body grew by a net 97 students this fall, to 2,623 compared to 2,526 on Oct. 1, 2016. Read more

Haiku, hydropower and fisheries biology were all wrapped into the lesson plan when a group of fifth graders from Soda Creek Elementary School took a field trip to Stagecoach Reservoir. Read more

All Routt County parents are invited to attend the Nov. 8 Parent Connection Summit at the Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs campus. The half-day symposium will provide parents of children of all ages an opportunity to learn and gather tools to support their parenting efforts. Read more
October 16-21 is Homecoming Week! Click here to see a schedule of events

October 26, 27 & 28: Steamboat Springs High School presents its musical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd.” All productions start at 7PM.
Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day. Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters beginning October 16 - October 20. All ballots must be received by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder no later than 7PM on Election Day. Read more