Steamboat Springs High School 
            PIC Newsletter

April  2018
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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.

Testing Schedule

April 10th:

9th Grade - No Testing
Students do not attend school

10th Grade PSAT 10 Testing
8:20 - 8:50 Pre-Admin
8:50- 9:50  Reading
9:50 - 9:55 Break in room
9:55 - 10:30 Writing
10:30 - 10:55  Math, no calculator
10:55 - 11:00 Break in room
11:00 - 11:45  Math with calculator
11:45 - 12:00 Post-Admin  Dismissal

11th Grade SAT Testing
8:20 - 8:50  Pre-Admin
8:50 - 9:55  Reading
9:55 - 10:05  Break
10:05 - 10:40 Writing
10:40 - 11:05  Math no calculator
11:05 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 12:05  Math with calculator
12:05 - 12:55  Optional Essay or Lunch  Dismissal

12th Grade - No Testing
Students do not attend school

AP Sessions all AP Students

2:00 - 3:35 AP Sessions
AP Sessions for students enrolled in AP Courses

April 11th:

9th Grade-

8:20 - 8:50  Pre-Admin
8:50- 9:50 Reading
9:50 - 9:55 Break in room
9:55 - 10:30 Writing
10:30 - 10:55 Math no calculator
10:55 - 11:00 Break in room
11:00 - 11:45 Math with calculator
11:45 - 12:00 Post-Admin

10th Grade - No Testing
Students do not attend school

11th Grade CMAS Science Testing
8:20 - 8:30 Pre-Admin
8:30 - 9:30 Science session 1
9:30 - 10:30 Science session 2
10:30 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 11:40 Science session 3
11:40 - 12:20 Lunch
12:20 - 1:55 WHISL

12th Grade - No Testing
Students do not attend school

AP Sessions all AP Students

2:00 - 3:35 AP Sessions
AP Sessions for students enrolled in AP Courses

Dates to Remember
4/10 -11 State Testing

4/12-14 - High School Musical, SSHS

4/13 - SSMS PIC Meeting, 8:20am, SSMS Media Center

4/16 - Board of Education Meeting, 5:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

4/18 - Helping Kids Stay Out of High Tech Trouble, 6-7:30pm, SSHS Commons

4/19 - District Facilities Public Meeting, 6pm, Bud Werner Library

4/23-27 - Spring Break - no school

5/2 - SSHS PIC, noon, SSHS Media Center

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

5/7 -10 - AP Testing

5/12 - Prom

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

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, 5:30pm, 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
High School Musical

Steamboat Springs High School presents
Footloose the Musical
April 5-7 and 12-14
Tickets on sale at the HS
Spirit Gear

Check out the   Sailor Web Store.  It is  open for the 2017-2018 school year.  

Box Tops

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Dear SSHS Parents,

Yes parents, we are getting to the final few months of school and it's going to get busy! Lot's going on at the high school including testing, Spring Break, Prom and prep for graduation. We will have 2 more PIC meetings, each with special speakers to close out our year long presentations on adolescent development. 

In early May we will hear from Mara Rhodes, of the Northwest Colorado Community Partnership who will address teen use of prescription drugs. Did you know that dentists prescribe more opioids to teenagers than any other specialty? The goal of the presentation is for adults to understand the risks associated with the use (not abuse) of commonly prescribed addictive medications like pain killers and anti-anxiety meds. We hope by providing this information to parents, they can help their children make informed decisions when it comes to their health and well-being in the event of injury or mental health challenges.  

Then later in May, during our final May 23rd meeting, we will hear from Grand Futures who will present on the growing use of e-cigarettes by teens and their harmful impact. Hope to see you all there!

At our April PIC meeting, Principal Kevin Taulman gave us an update on school safety and Assistant Principal Dennis Alt gave us an update on state testing.  We were also excited to hear from Henry Howard, at Music with Vision , a resiliency program for middle and high school students. You can read about the program at Steamboat Today.

This is a long newsletter with lots of important information on testing and school safety, so take your time to ensure you get it all!

Steph Smith and Robin Schepper
SSHS PIC Co-presidents

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Music with Vision
Henry Howard told us about his great program, Music with Vision, that helps children develop resiliency after experiencing adverse childhood trauma.  Childhood trauma can range from divorce to death of a loved one and 65% of children have experienced at least one childhood trauma.  Take the ACE quiz to find out more about childhood trauma.   

Resiliency is defined by 10 specific traits including things like connecting with others, setting and accomplishing goals, and having a positive view of oneself. When developed in young people, their brains form new neurological pathways that result in an increased ability to address common life stresses that would otherwise lead to unhealthy choices. Learn more about Music with Vision here.

State Testing
Assistant Principal Dennis Alt came to the PIC to talk about state testing happening this  week.  The biggest item we learned is that our students can get their test results in about six weeks after taking the tests from their college board accounts.

Standardized student testing at Steamboat Springs High School will take place on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires that all students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade complete testing. SSHS utilizes testing results to identify student understanding and adjust curriculum to meet students' needs.  The testing schedule has been compressed to minimize instructional disruptions as we continually seek to maximize instructional time and student participation. Classes will not be held on April 10th and 11th as all teachers will be proctoring testing. 

Freshman will take the PSAT 8/9 (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) on April 11th.  Freshmen will not have school on April 10th. Students in AP courses will have AP sessions available in the afternoon of April 10th and April 11th from 2:00 - 3:35 pm.

Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) on April 10th.  Sophomores will not have school on April 11th. Students in AP courses will have AP sessions available in the afternoon of April 10th and April 11th from 2:00 - 3:35 pm.

Juniors will take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on April 10th and the CMAS (Colorado Measure of Academic Success) Science test on April 11th.  Students in AP courses will have AP sessions available in the afternoon of April 10th and April 11th from 2:00 - 3:35 pm.

Seniors will not have classes on April 10th and 11th.  Students in AP courses will have AP sessions available in the afternoon of April 10th and April 11th from 2:00 - 3:35 pm.

AP courses will meet after testing on April 10th and April 11th from 2:00 -3:35 pm. These sessions pertain to students enrolled in AP classes.

The State of Colorado has adjusted state testing to improve the usefulness for students, families, and schools.  Switching to the PSAT and SAT reflects this shift. The PSAT and SAT are directly linked to students College Board and Khan Academy accounts.  These accounts provide individualized online tutorials and instructional opportunities customized for your student. The goal of Steamboat Springs High School is to have 100% participation on exams.  The schedule for these assessments creates the least amount of instructional interruptions as possible; it is demanding on students, while preparing them for the SAT and future high stakes entrance exams.  Please help your student be successful by making sure they are well rested and adhering to proper nutrition during testing. A comprehensive testing schedule is attached below. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.
School Safety Protocols
Principal Taulman gave us an update on school safety. Safety is a top priority in our school district. School administration has implemented many protocols designed to keep our students safe. Here are some of them:
  • Staff at front of school watching students enter and exit
  • Visitor system
  • Friendly police presence on campus
  • Camera system
  • Door lock system
  • Counseling/mental health supports and interventions
  • Educate students on healthy relationships, bullying, etc.
  • Educate students on the difference between telling and tattling and the importance of telling.
  • Educate students on the use of Safe2Tell and other reporting
  • Educate students on safety procedures
  • Practice school emergency procedures for fire drills, lockdown drills, etc.
    • During class time and also during lunch and passing periods
    • No surprise drills - no unnecessary trauma
    • If a fire alarm sounds unexpectedly, teachers and students are alert to the possibility of a ruse.  The fire panel will indicate whether the alarm was pulled or if it was automatic notification from a smoke detector
Standard Response Protocol
School Safety Staff Trainings
The SSMS administration and staff continue to learn about safety and prevention.  Following are some of the trainings they've had in the last two years.
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Trauma Informed Care Training
  • Suicide Prevention Training
  • Digital Citizenship and Safety Training - Safe Schools Together
  • Safety and Security Training - School Safety Center
  • Threat Assessment Training
  • Active Shooter Training
The Colorado School Safety Resource Center has research, resources, upcoming trainings, and more.
School Resource Officers
In our district, School Resource Officers are sworn officers assigned to a school on a long-term basis trained to perform three major roles: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor , and law-related educator.    School Resource Officer Brent Hunstad is stationed at SSHS and builds relationships with the students. He also covers SCE. Routt County Sheriff Corporal Mark Elliott is assigned to SSMS and SPE. He is on active duty and not always on campus, but comes to the schools regularly and takes call anytime.These two officers work closely with each other.
Reporting Systems
In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one person knew about the attack before it happened.  
Students tend to know long before adults what is going on in and out of school.  Students are encouraged to share their concerns with a trusted adult. 
  • Safe2Tell - Statewide anonymous reporting tool - reports go to police and school administration
  • Student to staff (bus driver, coach, teacher, administration, counselor)
  • Parent to staff
  • Staff to counselor or administration
  • Modes: face to face, phone calls, emails, anonymous note
What to report
Anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community.  Following is a partial list.
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Bullying (reputation damage)  
  • Self Harm (cutting)
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Drugs
  • School Safety Concerns
  • Fights
  • Stealing
  • Weapons
  • Threats
  • Drugs
  • Or anything that makes you or others feel unsafe
Here is the excellent presentation about Safe2Tell.   Here is the Safe2tell toolkit Middle & High School Student Overview video.   Here is the Safe2Tell data report from across Colorado in 2016-2017.

Telling vs. Tattling
Threat Assessment Protocol
Since the year 2000, 29 new Colorado school safety laws have been enacted.  
One of the new laws dictates threat assessment protocol.  Following is the procedure:
  • Identify Potential Threat
  • Secure the safety of the school
  • Employ 10 page threat assessment screening tool
  • Conclude whether or not the student may pose a threat
If student may pose a threat:
  1. Convene a threat assessment team
  2. Use the full team threat assessment tool/document
  3. Team Determination
  4. Develop a Response, Management, Support Plan
  5. Document
  6. Monitor and Adjust plan as needed
If student does not pose a threat:
  1. Develop a Response, Management, Support Plan
  2. Document
  3. Monitor and adjust plan as needed
Counseling and Mental Health Supports & Interventions
Administration and staff at SSHS make an effort to really know each student and make sure his/her needs are being met.   Multiple levels of support are available. 
  • School Counselor
  • School based mentors
  • Family-Student Advocate
  • School-based therapy
  • Day Treatment
  • 504 Coordinator
  • School Psychologists
  • Outside referrals
  • Mindsprings
  • School-wide structures for student check in
  • School-parent-community working together
The Path to Violence
" While security hardware and physical barriers can play a deterrent role, it's been psychologists - working hand in hand with law enforcement officers - who have come up with the most helpful tools to prevent violent attacks."
From the Colorado School Safety Resource Center website, the PBS documentary: The Path to Violence (2013)

District Facilities Public Meetings
Thu, April 19, 6pm, Bud Werner Library

Stay involved.  Attend the SSSD Advisory Committees Public Meetings:

April 19, 6-8pm, at the Bud Werner Library
May 31, 6-8pm, location TBD

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

Free Money

Ways to earn FREE MONEY for our school!
We are constantly looking for ways to earn money for our school that are easy for parents. Please look at the following and see what you can do to help.
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.
When you receive an AmeriGas propane delivery, the invoice will contain a special School Days receipt.  Please save these receipts and drop them off at the SSMS office. Our school receives 2 cents for every gallon purchased.  The dollars add up for our school!
Box Tops for Education
Clip and collect Box Tops coupons from participating products and deposit them in the Box Tops bin in the school office.  Each is worth 10 cents, and that adds up quickly when everyone participates.
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