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            SSHS PIC Newsletter

October 2017
In This Issue
Quick Links
Parent Resources
Dates to Remember

10/23 - Board of Education Meeting, 5:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

11/1 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8pm

11/2 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8am-8pm - no school

11/3 - Teacher Day Off - no school

11/6 - Screenagers Movie - Growing Up in the Digital Age, 6-8pm, SSHS Auditorium

11/6 - Board of Education Meeting, 5:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

11/7 - Election Day

11/8 - Parent Connection Summit, 8:30am-12:30pm, CMC

11/1 - SSHS PIC, 12 pm
Media Center, Special Presentation on Teens and Social Media

11/20 - Board of Education Meeting, 5:30pm, District Board Room - 325 7th Street

11/22-11/24 Thanksgiving Break

12/19-22 - SSHS Finals

Dear Steamboat Springs High School Parents and Friends,

We are grateful for the number of parents who have come to the SSHS PIC meetings these past two months to hear from our school staff and speaker.  

In October Sara Ross, LCSW, talked about the teenage brain and how its development effects our teens' behavior and emotional state. All great information and tips for parents contending with the ups and downs of the adolescent years. We have some additional resources below you might be interested in reviewing and for those who were unable to attend, we hope to upload the presentation within the next week to our SSHS PIC webpage found within the SSHS website.  

In November, we will be focusing on how the increase of technology, social media and screen time is affecting our teenagers and hosting a screening of the award winning documentary, "Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age" on November 6th. Check out the upcoming events section below for further information regarding this event as well as our SSHS PIC speakers in December and January.

Remember that Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner on November 1st and 2nd.  SSHS will be using the online scheduler Pick A Time to schedule.  If you are unable to meet with your student(s) teachers during conferences and would like to discuss academic progress, be sure to contact them to coordinate another time. Additionally, SSHS PIC will be coordinating a soup dinner to say thanks to our wonderful SSHS teachers and staff, Wednesday 11/1, the first night of conferences.To assist with this dinner, please go to SignUp Genius to help. 

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

Stephanie Smith and Robin Schepper
SSHS co-chairs

    Principal's Report
 Principal Taulman gave the PIC a number of updates:
  • Teacher Professional Development: On Friday, October 6th, the Steamboat Springs School District hosted a Collaboration Day with 650 teachers statewide.  It was the first time, Steamboat has hosted this type of workshop, more information is below on continuing education for teachers.
  • Safety Drills: SSHS held a safety drill on Wednesday, September 27th; the week prior SSHS practiced an evacuation. The School District is working on procedures and a reunification plan, where do parents pick up their students.
  • Music Curriculum FTE Increase and Program Expansion: This year SSHS was able to increase the time allotment of the music teacher, so SSHS now offers six sections of music classes. And, SSHS now has a community partnership with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra which is providing a directed study orchestra program. There are currently 14 students enrolled in the class that takes place during 3rd hour in the Lutheran Church located across from Garner Field on Amethyst St. This is currently available to students already involved in a strings program and have string instrument experience, but may be expanded to new students in the future.
  • Fine Arts: Fine Arts: The Fine Arts curriculum has increased from .5 FTE (teacher) to 2.5 FTEs (teacher time) and it has been very positive for students interested in the Arts.
  • Math: There are now six math teachers, an increase from last year.
  • Capacity: SSHS is now at 96% capacity with 843 kids. There are 188 seniors, some who may be graduating early but that number is not known as of yet. And SSHS expects 200 students to come into SSHS in fall 2018, based on current 8th grade enrollment.

   Counselor's Report
SSHS Counselor have a report to the PIC as well:
  • Colorado Mountain College (CMC): The counselors continue to meet with CMC to provide more opportunities for SSHS students. They already had a great meeting and plan for another one next semester. 
  • Freshmen transition: The counselors have developed a guide to help students understand how the counselors can help them. There also has been a Freshman survey to help identify whether needs are being met.
  • 4 year Plan: Counselors are meeting with all the students, except Seniors, to help them complete their four year plan with the goal of finalizing them by January/February. 
To find out more about the counselors and their services, please visit here.

Counselor Newsletter Archive
   Report from College & Career
Danica Moss gave a College Planning Meeting
  • Financial Aid meeting coming up
  • SAT testing will be held October 28th
  • She has a goal for all Juniors to take the SAT and ACT by December 2017.
  • A SAT boot camp will be open to Juniors in November; there will be another boot camp offered to Sophomore in the Spring.
To learn about more college and career resources, please check here.

    SSHS PIC Financial Report
At our PIC meeting. co-chair Steph Smith shared that our PIC funds have been used to to fund two picnic tables and one bike rack at a price of $3000.00 and snacks and medical supplies for the nurse's office at $500.00. The bike rack fits up to 18 bikes!

The current PIC balance is at $8237.13 and we hope to generate increased revenue with more SSHS parents and staff designating SSHS PIC as a beneficiary of the City Market rewards card. Please go to to register your card to SSHS PIC today!

Free Money for Our Schools
City Market
Register your City Market card and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to our school. 
You need to re-register your City Market card on their website every January.  To register, go to their 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 Soda Creek Elementary as your rewards recipient. 
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!
Continuing Education  for Teachers
Our teachers recently participated in a professional development conference called COLLAB Day hosted at the Steamboat Springs High School.  COLLAB is short for collaboration and is also an acronym for Communities of Learning Lead to Achievement by All Students.

The conference offered collaboration time with teachers in five neighboring school districts who teach the same subject.  Participants were also able to choose four other sessions from a wide variety of topics of interest, including brain architecture, discipline, depth and complexity, teaching with technology, and much, much more.
The district wide enrollment on the official October 1 counting date was 2623.   Last year total enrollment was 2526.   Here is a breakdown of the current enrollment per grade.   Here are historic enrollment numbers for each school.  
Parent-Teacher Conferences  
Nov 1-2
Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on November 1 &2.  November 2 & 3 are days off of school for our students.  Please watch for instructions on how to sign up for a conference with your child's teacher.

Also, the PIC provides meals for our teachers during conferences.  Please watch for the sign up link to bring food for our wonderful teachers.
Screenagers Movie
Mon, Nov 6 at 6pm in the SSHS auditorium.  Panel discussion to follow.

The award-winning film  SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.   Watch the trailer here.  

This event is sponsored by  RCYSCSSHS PIC and  SSMS PIC.
Parent Connection Summit
November 8, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
At Colorado Mountain College, Allbright Auditorium
Free event, light breakfast and coffee are included.

This half-day symposium will provide parents of children of all ages an opportunity to learn and gather tools to support their parenting efforts. 

Keynote speaker, Diane Andrews, will address the topic "How to Be a Trusted Adult." Parents may choose two breakout sessions from a wide variety of topics including: Parenting as a United Front; When Reading Is Harder Than It Should Be; Literacy Development for Elementary Age; It's All In Your Head - The Mystery Of Self Regulation; Dads Only; Guiding The Smart But Scattered Child; Parenting, Partners and Me, Finding the Balance; and Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Techniques for 0-5, Elementary, Middle School, and High School ages.

Watch the 2017 Election Forum on Youtube
On Thursday, October 12th, CC4E, SSHS PIC and SSMC PIC hosted an election forum at SSHS, moderated by former SSHS student, Liam Hahn. Superintendent, Dr. Brad Meeks and Mr. Mark Rydberg explained the upcoming bond and mill levy and took questions.  And school board candidates, Mayling Simpson and Katy Lee, answered questions gathered from all the PICs and other questions from the audience.  To view the recorded forum please click here.
Parent Tips
SSHS PIC continues to strive to have speakers present on current topics and provide resources/articles.  This past month we had an excellent speaker on the teenage brain and we plan to post her presentation on our PIC webpage soon.  In addition, please see articles/youtube postings on the teenage brain that might be enlightening to you.

What is going on in the teenage brain?
There may be a silver lining to all that misbehavior?
The Teen Brain:Under Construction YouTube video
Steamboat Springs Education Fund
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund (SSEF) is a nonprofit, independent corporation that administers the proceeds of the half-cent sales tax. T he Fund's mission is to  enhance academic accomplishment in Routt County through student-facing investments in staff, facilities, infrastructure, technology and curriculum, made available through our public schools.

Here is a summary of the requests the Education Fund Board has received for the 2018 fiscal year.
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
PIC co-chairs