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HEAD OF SCHOOL MUSINGS
This musing will probably be out of date by the time you read it. Based on what I’m reading and learning through weekly Eagle County Public Policy calls, it appears tougher COVID-19 days lie ahead in Eagle County. It’s difficult to know what that will mean for VCHS, but we will be prepared for whatever comes our direction.
 
On a more positive note, I’m incredibly thankful to have four school months under our belt. Our teachers have been remarkable in juggling all of their normal responsibilities with the added layer of teaching in-person and off-campus students simultaneously. Our teachers continue to be my frontline heroes.
 
With the state and county’s COVID-19 green-blue-yellow-orange-red dial dashboard, Eagle County moving from yellow to orange seems inevitable. Subsequently a move to red this winter is also probable. As I’ve said before, orange or red zone restrictions do not dictate that schools must go fully remote. Eagle County Public Health has assured me that they will not make school recommendations using a “one-size fits all” approach.
 
The state has provided K-12 capacity restriction guidelines for counties. In the orange zone “remote or hybrid are suggested with limited in-person as appropriate,” and in the red zone “remote is suggested with very limited in-person when necessary.” Again, with a shift to either of these zones, my team will work closely with Eagle County Public Health to do what’s best for our school – teachers and students – always keeping health and safety as our top priority.
 
Eagle County recently launched a new COVID-19 website that you might find useful. I also regularly visit the state’s dial dashboard website for updates. For clarification on the dial dashboard and capacity restrictions for the various color-coded levels, please review this document.
 
We’re a week away from a much-needed Thanksgiving Break, and upon return we have three school weeks that include 3 days of semester exams. I will continue to prioritize in-person, on-campus, 5 days a week, but only if we can do it in a safe and healthy way. Whether we remain in-person, or need to pivot to some type of hybrid or remote scenario, the VCHS team is prepared and ready to do whatever it takes to ensure our 143 students receive the very best from us.

Warm Regards,
Steve O'Neil
BRAVOS!
Thanksgiving Break
The countdown is on!

STUCO is celebrating two weeks of gratitude reflecting on all that we are thankful for.

Check out the daily additions to the hall of gratitude!
Contest begins November 11th
The connect group that collects the most canned foods by December 9th will enjoy a Qdoba lunch and pie for dessert!

This food drive benefits the Salvation Army Food Pantry.
SPORTS & ESPORTS
Esports

Da Saints! Esports Varsity Team is #1 in the state! We play Douglas County High School today, then three more regular season matches.

We are looking ahead to a #1 (VCHS) vs #2 (Rock Canyon High School) match on December 3rd.
*Notice: We will not be able to play West Grand on Saturday November 14th because of a West Grand quarantine. We are exploring other options for a game on Saturday and will communicate as soon as information is available.
STUDENT LIFE
IMPORTANT: Student attendance is expected!

1st SEMESTER Final Exam Schedule
December 16 - 18, 2019

Wednesday, December 16th
9:00-10:30 SPANISH
10:45-12:15 SCIENCE
(Computer Science, PLTW-Engineering and PLTW-HBS classes will take final exams the last scheduled class period of the semester)

Thursday, December 17th
9:00-10:30 ENGLISH
10:45-12:15 MATH
(Geometry final exam takes place during the last scheduled class period of the semester)

Friday, December 18th
9:00-10:30 SOCIAL SCIENCES
(DE American Government final exam takes place during the last scheduled class period of the semester)

10:45-12:15 CONFLICT EXAMS
(Students/Teachers should see Ms. Larson to arrange proctoring)
Ensemble Concert
The holidays are coming! We are looking forward to "Celebration of the Season".

VCHS ensemble would like to invite you to celebrate the courage of the past few months and the beauty of the Christmas Season.

Please join us Thursday December 10th at 7:00pm in Grace Auditorium. Please stay tuned for more information regarding seating capacity and reservations.
Shred the gnar:
Student Ski Pass letters were emailed to all families. Passes are now available at the Lionshead and Beaver Creek pass offices. If you have any questions please reach out to the VCHS front desk.
SENIOR SAINTS: Graduation 2021 will be here before you know it! A few items require your immediate attention. Deadlines have been extended to this Friday November 13th!
  • DIPLOMA: Please email kmaslan@vchsweb.org the name (First name, Middle name, Last name) you would like to see printed on your diploma.
  • CAP & GOWN: Please order your cap & gown from Jostens.com or you may call 1-800-Jostens. Jostens will ship all items ordered to VCHS and they will be distributed to each student.
  • CLASS VERSE: If you would like to submit a bible verse to be voted on as the class verse, please send all suggestions to kmaslan@vchsweb.org.
PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS
2020/21 Commemorative Shirts
Order Now! These long-sleeved, 100% preshrunk cotton shirts are available in sizes Small, Medium, Large and XL for $15 each.

Please bring a check for $15 made out to "VCHS Parent Association" to the front desk or order online here.

All proceeds benefit the VCHS Parent Association. Thanks for your support!
Sponsorship & Membership
FOOTBALL IS ON! Get your bundle membership today for full use of the benefits!

Please visit our website for Membership & Sponsorship opportunities.

Spirit Wear
Get your Saints Spirit Wear
COUNSELOR'S CORNER - Mrs. Hixon
Mark your calendars!
Tuesday, December 1st - Virtual Freshman Parent Meeting @ 5pm
Saturday, December 5th - SAT @ VCHS
Attention Senior Parents:
CSS Profile: CSS Application: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/

Other helpful links:

Visit your Naviance account for additional virtual tours and college information.
College Spotlight Videos:
HONORING OUR VETERANS
Please take an opportunity to remember and express gratitude for our U.S. veterans, especially those right here in Eagle County. These videos share local veterans' stories and are each 2-6 minutes in length.

FAITH MATTERS
HEALTHY MIND & SPIRIT
NEWS TO KNOW
A la carte items available for purchase on credit card or house account only.
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Pack it in, Pack it out: Zero Waste Policy

Front Office: 970-926-3015 (EXT. 4102)
Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm, Fri 8am-12pm

IT Help Desk: Visit vchs.org and click on the help desk link in the footer to enter a support ticket.

Attendance Email: If your student is ill or arriving late, please email attendance@vchsweb.org.
Yearbooks
  • Purchase yearbook from the VCHS Yearbook Store for $35.
  • New this year - seniors only section! Each senior will receive one FREE 1/2 page "Senior Parent Ad". After purchasing your yearbook, to personalize your senior's page, click on "Design My Ad".
  • If any issues arise, please email the yearbook staff with questions.
COVID SYMPTOM SCREEN
"Should I go to school/work today?" Please use the Covid Symptom Screen and refer to the most up-to-date Eagle County guidelines to determine if you or your student needs to stay home due to illness.

STAY AT HOME IF YOU EXPERIENCE:
If your student is ill or arriving late, please email attendance@vchsweb.org.
THIS WEEK
Friday | 11.13
ODD Schedule

Saturday | 11.14
Football Game - TBD
A LOOK AHEAD
Thursday | 11.19
Senior Thanksgiving Lunch

Monday | 11.23 through Friday | 11.27
Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Tuesday | 12.1
Virtual Freshman Parent Meeting 5pm

Saturday | 12.5
SAT @ VCHS