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            SSHS PIC Newsletter

November 2017
In This Issue
Quick Links
Parent Resources
Dates to Remember
11/20 - Board of Education Meeting, 5:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

11/22-11/24 Thanksgiving Break

12/14 HS Band and Choir Concert 7 pm

12/19-22 - SSHS Finals

12/25 - 1/8 - Winter Break

1/15 - Marting Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL

1/18-1/20 - Dance Showcase

1/29 - Board of Education Meeting, 5:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

Dear Steamboat Springs High School Parents and Friends,

We are grateful for the number of parents and students who came to the "Screenagers" movie and participated in the discussion afterwards. Please see the clip below for more tips and information about digital media and teenagers.

In December, Millie Flanigan, a local health practitioner will be speaking at our PIC meeting about the effect of marijuana use on teenage brains. And in January, Cara Marrs is joining us to talk about nutrition and the teenage brain.

We hope these monthly speakers are helpful to you and inspire dialogue with your families.

Our next PIC meeting is Wednesday, December 6th at noon.

Thanks so much for all of your support and Happy Thanksgiving!

Stephanie Smith and Robin Schepper
SSHS co-chairs

    Principal's Report
Message from Principal Taulman:

Parents made over 1700 appointments with teachers.   This year we modified the schedule by offering more drop-in times to meet the demand for conferences. We also changed the format of the conferences by holding them in the common space in the pods.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

   Counselor's Report

  • Counselors spoke with the freshman class to connect with students, discussed their transition into the high school and detailed what services the counseling department does.
  • The Freshmen students then completed a survey about their transition to SSHS,  93% answered, majority said they were doing well to excellent academically, and that the transition went well.
  • Counselors are working with all grades on their four-year plans and plan to have them finalized by January/February. 
  • To find out more about the counselors and their services, please visit here.

   Report from College & Career
Danica Moss has met with Junior class and gave a College Planning Meeting. A Financial Aid meeting will be next. Juniors are notified via school  email about these dates. All info can be found on her webpage.
  • SAT testing will be held Dec 2 and ACT testing December 9
  • There was a successful SAT boot camp for Juniors in early November; we hope to offer another SAT boot camp offered in the Spring, open to Sophomores and Juniors.
  • The PSAT 9 (for 9th graders) and PSAT 10 (for 10th graders) will be held April 10th.
  • Freshmen and Sophomores can get resources on how to prep for the PSAT at Khan Academy.
  • The PSAT 9 replaces the previous PARCC tests.
To learn about more college and career resources, please check here.

   Highlights from our November 
   Guest Speaker,  Karen Post, MA

As a preview to the Screenagers movie, we heard from local therapist, Karen Post, MA, about some of the themes we will learn about in the movie, "Screenagers." Some of the highlights include:
  • Boys and girls use social media differently. Boys are usually goal-driven and girls social-driven.
  • Some of the current research suggests that prolonged daily use of screens (more than 11 hours/day) for kids younger than X damages neurons that never grow back, even if the screen time is limited later in life.
  • The gaming industry spends an enormous amount of money on lobbying to keep the public health sector from researching the effects of gaming, social media and excessive screen time on teenage brains - more than the NRA.
  • Per research that has been conducted, teenagers are losing their sense of compassion and empathy due to their excessive use of social media and gaming.
  • Face-to-Face social interaction is an important skill. How we communicate can be broken down into 7% words, 55% body language and 38% tone.  That is why face-to-face communication is so important to learn but that skill is decreasing with the use of cell phones, texting and social media.
  • What are we modeling to our kids, are we on the phone constantly?
  • There is no single answer to teenagers' social media use, but this movie inspires us to start having discussions on technology and what boundaries make sense for the family as a whole.


Screenagers Movie
On Nov 6th at 6pm in the SSHS auditorium, RCYSCSSHS PIC and  SSMS PIC showed the movie SCREENAGERS to about 200 adults and children. The panel comprised of Karen Post, MA, Sarah Ross, LCSW, Samantha Coyne Donnel, Head of Emerald Mountain School, Liam Hahn, SSHS graduate, addressed questions from the audience after the movie. Questions ranged from "How are we addressing technology overall since it has become an integral part of school curriculum," to "Is there a differentiation between good and bad screen time?"  

The panelists encouraged the audience and schools to continue discussions on screen time and how it can be used thoughtfully and limited to encourage social interaction.

For more information regarding the movie and this subject, as well as resources, weekly email registration, please visit 

Parent Tips
Even if you did not see the Screenagers movie, or if you did, here are some great resources that you might want to consider:

    Update from SSHS Library Media         Center

Library/Media Center Director, Nicole DeCrette, gave a wonderful presentation about the access our students have to books and all types of media. Some of the highlights include:
  • Access to content/media from over 130+ libraries
  • Printing, photocopying, laminating, and bookbinding
  • 3D printers
  • Access to subscriptions to Hoopla and Overdrive from the Steamboat Library
You can find out more about the library media center here.


    SSHS PIC Financial Report

During our November meeting, PIC approved the funding request of After Prom, in the amount of $2,000. This brings our current year funding request total to $5,500. The previously purchased 2 outdoor picnic tables and bike rack have arrived and in use by the students. The school/admin greatly appreciates this gift and the SSHS Health Clinic is beginning their ordering of needed medical supplies/snacks with their $500 PIC funds.
In order to continue these great funding endeavors for our school, we hope to generate increased revenue with more SSHS parents and staff designating Steamboat Springs High School "PIC" as a beneficiary of their City Market rewards card. 
Please go to to register your card to SSHS PIC today!

Free Money for Our Schools
City Market
City Market Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop at City Market and swipe your Value Card, and City Market  will make a donation to Steamboat Springs High School. All you need to do is register your City Market card, designate Steamboat Springs High School "PIC" as the beneficiary, and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to our school. This does not interfere with your gas points or other City Market programs.
**Please note, you need to re-register your City Market card on their website every year, beginning December 1.  
T o register, go to    and click on Enroll Now.   You can register your card by entering either the reward card number, or by entering the Alternate ID number - the phone number that you enter when checking out at City Market.  Then be sure to select Steamboat Springs High School "PIC". 
Your participation in this program will help fund SSHS clubs, events, teacher requests, school requests and so much more. 
Please register your card today!!
School Days from AmeriGas Propane will give our school money for books, computers, sporting equipment, art materials, etc.  Save your AmeriGas Propane receipts, bring them to school, and drop them in the Box Tops box located in the front of the school. It is that easy!
2017 Election Results 
The school bond and mill levy passed on Election Day, meaning that five of the District's buildings will get new roofs, SSMS will get a new HVAC system and Gardner Field will get renovated. A Citizen's Oversight Committee will be created to ensure that the funds will be used appropriately.  Please check out the thank you letter to the editor from the School Board that appeared in Steamboat Today. This is the first phase of a long-term effort to improve our Steamboat schools. 

SSSD Community Survey
Please participate in the community survey so that the Steamboat School District knows your opinion. They are using this survey to determine the direction for programming, facilities and communications.

You should have received an email from If you did not receive an email, please check spam or click on this weblink. The survey is open through
Monday, November 20th. 
This survey is administered and analyzed by a third-party consultant on behalf of the district. All responses will be kept anonymous. Your name will not be provided to the school district or associated with your survey responses.

SSSD is Looking for Members for new Committees: Facilities, Programs, Extra-Curricular Activities and Communications 
In addition the community survey, please consider  participating  in the new committees SSSD is organizing to address  facilities, programming, communications and extra-curricular activities.  Committees will start meeting in January. Apply to be on one of the committees here.

Get the Scoop in Person
Please join us the first Wednesday  that school is in session each month at 12:00 p m  in the Media Center and learn about the many different ways you can be involved.   If you like the information in this newsletter, there's even more at the meeting.  We'd love to have you!

Steph Smith and Robin Schepper
SSHS PIC Co-Chairs