Superintendent's Corner
February 2018

A Message from Dr. Brad Meeks
The Steamboat Springs School District’s heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims of the Parkland Florida tragedy and everyone impacted by this terrible event. While schools are very safe places for students and staff, what happened in Parkland is scary for all of us and naturally brings up questions about school safety right here at home.

School safety is a top priority in our school district. We will continue to be vigilant to ensure that students and staff are safe. The tragic reality that we face today is that we train and prepare for such events and have systems in place to deter them. Staff and students practice lockdown drills and our buildings have controlled access, alarms on outside doors, and security camera monitoring (we are adding even more this summer). We also have a School Resource Officer who is part of our school community, building trust with students and keeping our schools safe every day.

Emotional reactions like sadness, anger, and fear are normal in response to what happened in Parkland. Here are some resources that may be helpful as you support your student in dealing with his or her reactions to the event:

If you have a student in need of mental health support please contact Mind Springs Health . Their 24/7 crisis line can be reached at (888) 207-4004. Mental health services are also available at our schools for students who need them. 

As a district, we are both saddened and outraged by the events that occurred in Parkland. It is unacceptable that students, staff, and families in any community have to face what those in Parkland, and too many others, have faced. School safety is a community-wide effort. We want to thank local law enforcement, mental health professionals, and all of you for contributing to our everyday efforts to keep our students and staff safe.  
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Scenes from Steamboat Springs Schools:
Yampa Valley High School School
YVHS recently launched its new website thanks to a generous grant from the Craig Scheckman Family Foundation, which also funded YVHS's new logo and marketing materials.
YVHS and Soda Creek Elementary School counselors developed a collaborative mentorship program that provides elementary students with high school role models and helps high school students develop leadership and mentoring skills. Each week students meet with their kindergarten “buddies.”  
In the fall, 17 YVHS students completed a College 101 course at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) designed to prepare them for success in postsecondary learning environments. Before they graduate, all YVHS students are encouraged to take at least one CMC class for both high school and college credit.
Steamboat Springs High School junior, Allison Kunkel , will become Steamboat’s first Paralympic athlete. She leaves for Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2018 Winter Paralympic Winter Games on March 3. Read more

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council Teen of the Month for January, Miri Frasier , is a junior at Steamboat Springs High School who demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets; acts as a leader and/or a positive role model among her peers; and is committed to community service. Read more

Steamboat Springs Middle School student Sloan Speer was the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest winner. Read her essay on the theme, “America’s Gift to My Generation,” here .
News & Notes
Calendar of Events
Read recent Steamboat Pilot & Today articles.

The Steamboat Springs board of education recently heard details of a new plan to remodel former administrative offices at Steamboat Springs Middle School to create four new classrooms and lower class sizes. Read more

Steamboat Today Editorial Board calls Steamboat Springs Principal Kevin Taulman and faculty "wise" for setting standards for student behavior at school-sponsored social events. Read more

As part of their Routt County CEO class, seven juniors and seniors from four high schools (including Yampa Valley and Steamboat Springs high schools) came up with the idea for an outdoor-themed film festival, "WZ GOT FILM." Read more

"The Nova Project" art contest, open to all Steamboat Springs High School students, sought to give victims and survivors a voice through art. Read more

Hundreds of third, fourth, and fifth-grade students were inspired by the chance to meet some of their Olympic heroes. Read more

2018 Olympians freestyle moguls skier Jaelin Kauf, halfpipe snowboarder Arielle Gold and Nordic combined skier Jasper Good were all in the Class of 2014 at Steamboat High School. Ben Berend, also in Nordic combined, graduated in 2013. Read more

Read letters from Soda Creek Elementary School second-graders to the hosts of the Ski Town USA Initiative, which allowed second-grade students to ski for free at Howelsen Hill. Read more

Kristyn Wykert to head Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis program. Read more
Free developmental screenings for children birth to age 5 who reside in Steamboat Springs School District will be offered on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7. To schedule a screening in Steamboat Springs, contact Michelle Hansen at 970-871-3198. Read more

February 28: SSHS Academic Letter Awards Ceremony, 6PM

March 1: WZ GOT FILM, 6:30PM, Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

March 7: SSHS Choir Concert, 7PM

March 12: Preschool, Kindergarten, and New First Grade Online Registration opens

March 14: Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8PM

March 15: Parent Teacher Conferences 8AM - 8PM, no school for students

March 16: No school for teachers and students

March 19: Professional development day, no school for students

March 23: Strawberry Park 2nd & 3rd grade music program