Superintendent's Corner
November 2017

A Message from Dr. Brad Meeks
This summer, the City of Steamboat Springs published the results of a community survey . While the survey questions focused primarily on attitudes about City services, some information relating to attitudes about K-12 education were also captured. Based on the published report, when evaluating the quality of 24 different community characteristics, eight in 10 residents gave positive assessments of K-12 education. More specifically, 85% of residents rated the quality of education in Steamboat Springs as either "good" or "excellent"; only recreation opportunities and amenities were rated more highly.
 
We were proud to see education receive such positive ratings in this summer's survey, and prouder still to see that sentiment translate yesterday into an affirmative vote for issues 3C and 3D: the seven-year, $12.9-million bond and the ongoing mill levy. With the generous support of our taxpayers, the district will be able to make basic improvements to our facilities (roof replacements, HVAC for Steamboat Middle School, and renovations to Gardner Field) and promptly address deferred maintenance and future capital construction maintenance projects. 

We are thankful, both for the votes that were cast and for the support articulated for our schools by a number of organizations and individuals, through editorials and letters to the editor. Today, we are celebrating the value our community places on safety, student success, transparency, and longevity in the Steamboat Springs School District. That said, we are not taking the taxpayers' generosity for granted. 

We know we need to do more to engage the community in our district's efforts and activities, if we are to tackle looming issues like growing enrollment, overcrowding, larger class sizes, and a lack of space for expanding specials like art, music, physical education, and athletics. The Community Committee for Education started this work and has been instrumental in identifying issues in-and-beyond those represented in the November ballot issues. Over the next two years, we will continue to explore the Committee's ideas as we create a long-term and comprehensive infrastructure plan that is tied to our strategic plan. We will conduct these efforts with the help of a series of advisory committees made up of students, teachers, building administrators, parents, and community members. Click the button below to find out more, including how to apply to serve on an advisory committee.
This week, we are launching a survey to capture opinions and ideas from as many people in our community as possible. Parents and district staff will receive an email directly from lrconsulting.survey@gmail.com; community members who do not receive an email will have access to the survey via a link on our website. The survey will be open and available through Monday, November 20. 

As we said when the ballot issues were set this summer, the projects approved yesterday are a precursor to long-term facility solutions and strategies that, beyond bridging critical gaps, need to be addressed. To continue to serve the needs of our students far into the future, we must examine the potential of our existing facilities and/or the need to renovate or add facilities, in order to enhance educational experiences and programming for students in our community. 

Thank you for your commitment to the education of Steamboat Spring's students! 

Let us know what you think of our district newsletter. Email us at steamboatschoolnews@ssk12.org
Scenes from Steamboat Springs Schools:
Steamboat Springs High School
The Girls Cross Country Team recently took second in State. This is the first time in 24 years our team has placed. Read more
The Drama Troupe just finished a successful 50-student production of Sweeney Todd. Read more
News & Notes
Read these recent Steamboat Pilot & Today articles.

Steamboat Springs high school students attended the first annual Mountain West Diversity Conference in Gypsum where they conversed with peers from other mountain towns about diversity issues they see in their communities and schools. Read more

Teachers at Soda Creek Elementary School share the reading struggles some students face and the new research allowing us to better understand how to help them overcome their challenges. Read more

An eighth grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School will compete as a division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Woodwind Competition. She earned this opportunity after winning the Colorado division of the MTNA Woodwind Junior Competition. Read more  

A senior from the city of Pervouralsk, Russia helped the Steamboat Springs High School Cross Country Team realize its dreams at the state cross country meet in Colorado Springs. Read more

The Strings Music Festival recently brought the two-man play "Wings of Courage" to the Strings Music Pavilion where students attended a live event, experienced music and theater, and connected with actors and musicians. Read more

Volleyball coach Wendy Hall selected as the Western Slope League's coach of the year for the second time in the last three years and the 10th time since she took over the program in Steamboat in 1989. Read more
A group of 22 Strawberry Park Elementary School girls trained their muscles and lungs as well as their minds in preparation for the Girls on the Run regional 5K run at the Strawberry Park campus. Read more

Soda Creek Elementary School students make presentations on energy production and field questions from their fellow students. Read more
November 10: Strawberry Park Elementary School Veterans Day Performance 9:45AM.

November 15: Strawberry Park Elementary School Art Show in the Arcade, 5 - 7PM.

November 17: Soda Creek Elementary School Veterans Day Performance 8:30AM.
Thanksgiving Break is November 22-24