Steamboat Springs High School 
            PIC Newsletter

May  2018
In This Issue
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Dates to Remember
5/7 - Board of Education Meeting, 4:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

5/7 -10 - AP Testing

5/12 - Prom

5/17 - Construction Kick-Off Event at Gardner Field, Public Welcome

5/21 - Construction Starts at Gardner Field

5/21 - Board of Education Meeting, 4:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

5/23 - Last PIC Meeting, 12 Noon, Media Center

5/22-24 Peace & Justice Symposium

5/25 - Seniors Last Day

5/28 - Memorial Day Observed - no school

5/30 - Scholarship Night

5/31-6/1 - Finals

5/31 - District Facilities Public Meeting, 6pm, location TBD

6/2 - Class of 2018 Graduation 10am

6/4-5 - Finals

6/4 - Board of Education Meeting, 4:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

6/5 - Last day of school

8/21 - First day of school

Click here for the 2017-2018 school year calendar
Live in Steamboat Contest
Win $3500 towards your college education!
Scholarship program is a way to tell inspiring stories about the Steamboat Springs community through the eyes of you, our future leaders. Students from Routt County high schools are invited to create and post on Youtube or Facebook, a short five-minute (max length) video showcasing what they love most about their community. All videos will be tagged #liveinsteamboat, @liveinsteamboat and show the logo within the first 10 seconds.  The Routt County high school student with the most video views on social media will be awarded a check for $3500 and their high school will get $1000. Second and third place winners will also receive scholarship checks in smaller amounts.

Earn rewards for SSHS

City Market
Register your City Market card, shop as you normally do, and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to our school.    You will need to re-register your City Market card on their website every January. To register go to  the City Market website and click on Enroll Now. You can register your card by entering either the card number, or by entering the alternate ID number - the phone number that you enter for savings when you are checking out at City Market. Be sure to select Steamboat Springs Middle School as your rewards recipient.
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Dear SSHS Parents,

Can you believe it is almost the last day of the 2017-2018 school year? Seniors' last day is May 25th and graduation is June 2nd. We have our final PIC meeting May 23rd where we will have Grand Futures present on, "The R apidly Growing Trend of E-cigarettes - JUUL'ing and Vaping - and Their Harmful/Addictive Effects.  Principal, Kevin Taulman, and SSHS school resource officer, Brent Hunstad, will also discuss how this trend is impacting our high school and show devices/paraphernalia that has been confiscated or found at the school. Please join us for this very important and informative presentation. Share with others.

At our May PIC meeting, Principal Kevin Taulman gave us an update on upcoming school construction, AP testing and finals. And we heard from Sam Jones and Christina Magill about the Education Fund Board and the half cents sales tax. Read below for more details. 

We hope to see you at the final PIC meeting and encourage other parents to attend, it is always informative! You do not have to have a student at the high school to attend.

Happy Mother's Day!

Steph Smith and Robin Schepper
SSHS PIC Co-presidents

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Principal's Report
Message from Principal Kevin Taulman:

This is always a bittersweet time of year when we see another graduating class leave SSHS.  This year we are doing things a little differently. On their last day, Seniors will have an assembly at 8:20 for a 25 minute slide show, parents are welcome to attend and see the photos we have assembled. After the slide show, Seniors will proceed through a line of teachers and staff to say their goodbyes, get their yearbooks signed and then head to Howelson Hill for a picnic. Graduation is on June 2nd at 10am inside.

Before all those festivities however we will have AP testing this and next week. We have about 260 students taking AP tests in the Media Center. And Prom is this coming weekend on May 12th, thank you to the organizers and the PIC for funding After-Prom. It makes a difference.
And lastly, we are excited that Gardner Field will be renovated this summer.  Construction starts on May 21st to replace the turf, track, bleachers, press box and more.  The Field will be closed this summer, but be prepared for great results by the time school starts in August!  

See you on May 23rd for the last PIC meeting!

Counselor's Report
Message from Danica Moss:

It is busy time, seniors have committed to their colleges and we will have a list of where they are all going to share in the next PIC newsletter. Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors should be able to see their PSAT and SAT scores through their college board accounts by the end of this week on May 11th. And we are already talking to Juniors about their college essays. May 30 at 7 pm is Scholarship night for Seniors. 

Please note as a reminder student's college board accounts were set up in this way:
  • username 2 initials and student ID # ex. dm554897
  • password 2 initials and birthdate ex. dm040299
The school can't reset students accounts. If a student can't log in they need to call College board. 

To see more resources that we have available please check out the Counseling Page.

Education Fund Board and 1/2 cents sales tax coming on the Ballot in November
Education Fund Board (EFB) President Sam Jones and EFB Board and Commission Member, Cristina Magill came to the PIC meeting to explain how the 1/2 cents sales tax revenue has been used for schools since 1993. The EFB provides about 10% of the yearly budget for the Steamboat Schools District and primarily funds teachers to help reduce class size and technology.  

Over $57.5 million dollars has been given since the tax was approved in 1993. Amounts given vary by year, depending on the local economy, but this year over $4.15 million will be awarded to Steamboat Springs School District, Routt School District, Hayden School District, the Montessori Charter School and various non-profits that serve our students. 

The 1/2 cents sales tax is up for renewal and will be on the ballot in November 2018. The presentation the PIC received can be found here and if you want more information, visit their website at

Next Phase of Planning for Steamboat Schools
The SSSD Executive Committee and Advisory Committees: Facilities, Programming, Extra-Curricular and Communications before Spring Break on April 19th to share what progress they have made so far and to hear a presentation from City of Steamboat Springs Planning and Community Development Director, Tyler Gibbs on planned housing developments in Steamboat Springs.  To see the presentations from that evening, please link here.  In addition, the Communications Committee launched a new website that can be viewed here. The next meeting will take place
May 31st 6-8pm, location TBD.
District Facilities Public Meetings
Thursday, May 31st, 6pm, Bud Werner Library

Stay involved.  Attend the SSSD Advisory Committees Public Meetings:

May 31, 6-8pm, location TBD

See the District Facilities webpage to learn what has been happening with facilities in the district. 
Get the scoop in person!

If you like the information in this newsletter, there's even more at the meeting.  Plus, you can develop a relationship with Kevin Taulman, our principal, as well as other engaged parents at our school.  Please join us the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Media Center.   We'd love to have you!


Steph Smith and Robin Schepper  

SSHS PIC Co-Presidents