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            SSHS PIC Newsletter

January 2018

In This Issue
Quick Links
Parent Resources
Dates to Remember
1/18-1/20 - Dance Showcase

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

1/30 - 5pm Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting

2/5 - 5:15-6pm - Parent meeting on 2018-2019 School Year and Registration Process

2/5 - 2/8 - Snowcoming Week, Dance on 2/8

2/7 - 12 Noon SSHS PIC meeting

2/7 - 2/11 - Winter Carnival


2/10 - 8 am ACT

2/14 - 7pm SSMS/SSHS Concert

2/19-23 - BLUES BREAK

3/7-8 - HS Choir Concert

3/10 - 8 am - SAT

3/14-15 - Parent Teacher Conferences

3/16 - NO SCHOOL

3/19 - NO SCHOOL

Dear Steamboat Springs High School Parents and Friends,

Welcome to Winter!!  Counselors are busy getting our students ready for next year's classes. The parent meeting for the 2018-2019 academic year is on February 6th at 5:15 - 6:00pm.  Please come and learn about graduation requirements, concurrent enrollment, skier schedule and more. Check out the counselor webpage for more information and even great ideas for summer service learning and language immersion programs.

We had a very informative January PIC meeting and presentation by local dietitian, Laura Stout about Nutrition and the Teenage Brain. Please see the section below for more tips and information regarding this topic. And check out our Facebook page and SSHS PIC webpage for articles on many teenage topics.

At our next February PIC Meeting we will hear from  Heidi Berend, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate will discuss Building Healthy Relationships within families.  She has a private practice where she works with individuals, couples, families and groups. Her focus is on increased awareness and providing  tools so that individuals can go from survival to stability and success. 
She will discuss:
-Assertive Communication
-Power Struggles
-Conflict Resolution
-Clear Boundaries

We are still trying to raise fund for SSHS using the City Market reward program; we only have 57 families registered out of our entire school and staff, having more people register gives access to the $100,000 City Market has available per organization.   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.   T o register, pease go to     and click on  Enroll Now

Please join us for our next PIC meeting,  Wednesday, February 7, 12-1pm in the SSHS media center. We are a drop-in group, no membership or commitment required! Just come and learn!!

And don't forget the Winter Carnival Feb 7-11 and our very own skiing marching band!!

Thanks so much for all of your support! 

Stephanie Smith and Robin Schepper
SSHS co-chairs

    Principal's Report
Message from Principal Taulman:

As we are in the process of registering for classes for next year, please be thoughtful in your registration decisions.  I urge you to have your student read the registration guide carefully so that they can make good choices with regard to course they are required to complete for graduation.  If there is not sufficient student interest in a particular course, it will not be offered during the upcoming school year.  The master schedule is created based on student request for courses.  If your student has any questions regarding their registration process, have them see their counselor. 

 Counselor's Report and 2018-2019 Registration
Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year

There will be a Parent Meeting on  Tuesday, February 6th, 5:15-6:00pm  at SSHS - for current 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents  to review graduation requirements. There will also be 
breakout sessions on:
  • SSWSC and Counselors/Administration host a Parent Night to learn about Skier Schedule for current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.
  • Yampa Valley High School will present on the changes to Alternative options in our school district.
  • GT Coordinator will present on Registration and Accelerated Learning Plan (ALP).
  • CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program will present on their program as  an option for 11th and 12th grade students.
  • Colorado Mountain College will present on Concurrent Enrollment as an option for  students.
    * An ELL Coordinator and Interpreter will be available for questions and concerns. 
Student Registration Timeline*:
Here are the deadlines for students to register for next year.
  • Current 11th grade Registration: January 26th - February 1st 
  • Current 9th & 10th grade Registration: February 16th - March 6th (Blues Break is during the registration window)
*Counselors will review with each grade level the Graduation Requirements, explain the registration process, and give all registration materials to students on the Friday during Access at the beginning of their respective grade level registration window. The due date for the registration materials will be the Thursday indicated above (by grade level). 

   AP and State Testing
State Testing
9th and 10th Grade PSAT and 11th SAT - All students will need to create a account prior to testing. If students do not have a Collegeboard account they should create one at
. SSHS asks students to do so in this format: your username should be your 2 initials and your student ID number (ex. dm540367) and your password should be your 2 initials and your 6 digit birthdate (ex. dm040299). This will allow st udents to check their scores early and have access to free test prep through Khan Academy.
► All 11th grade students attending public schools in Colorado will take the SAT. The SAT without essay is the default registration for all students.
► Colorado statute requires that students have the option to take the SAT with essay.
► Adding the essay to SAT registration is a student level choice. Schools or districts should not make policy decisions regarding which students will or will not take the SAT essay nor should schools or districts encourage or discourage individual students from taking the SAT essay.
► Students who wish to take the essay must register for it between January 16, 2018 - February 14, 2018
► Students may add the essay to their registration through their online College Board account or by calling the College Board.
The essay provides students a chance to show colleges they are ready for college level writing assignments. 

AP Testing 
Upcoming Dates to Remember for AP Testing: 
AP Registration Opens Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 am
AP Registration Deadline is Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Fees: $100.00 per exam
To register: Click on on the link provided on the SSHS counseling website under the testing tab or visit
* Have a credit or debit card available before beginning registration
Registrations made after 11:59 PM, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 will incur a $25 late fee per registration 
Late AP Registration with a Late Fee: 
Wednesday, February 28th - Wednesday, March 7th at 11:59 pm Fees: $ 100.00 per exam AND a $25 per registration late fee 

   Highlights from our November 
   Guest Speaker, 

Laura Stout gave the PIC an informal update about Nutrition and the Teenage brain. Some of the key highlights included:

  • We need to steer kids away from the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is rich in red meat, dairy products, processed and artificially sweetened foods, and salt, with minimal intake of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and whole grains. 
  • Teens need to look at foods to help replace muscle glycogen right after a workout, with a good blend of carbs and healthy fats and kids should be involved in the prepping.
  • Depression is linked to diet.  Low Vitamin D and B levels are common, especially in the winter and this can lead to depression (especially Low Vitamin D).
  • Even if you take a multivitamin in the morning, if you don't eat well throughout the day, by mid afternoon you have already depleted your B vitamins.
  • Some foods to consider: 
    • Eat Whole Grains for B Vitamins
    • Flax Seeds for Protein
    • Chia Seeds for Omega 3
    • Try adding avocado, spinach and onion to eggs in the morning.
    • Make pastas as green as possible by adding veggies
An interesting article about teens and nutrition is an insightful read.

PIC Project Funding Up-Date
SSHS PIC Funded projects this academic year: $6,360 
  • $2,000 After Prom
  • $3,000 purchase of 2 outdoor picnic tables and 1 bike rack (holds up to 18 bikes)
  • $260 purchase of 3 microwaves for student lunch area
  • $500 to SSHS Health Clinic for snacks and medical supplies
  • $400 for $5 gift card for Staff Appreciation (yearly)
  • $200 for fruit during Cookies and a Cutie event - Finals week
  • Staff Dinner-Parent/Teacher Conferences (yearly) 
Beginning in January, we hope to meet with SSHS Clubs and Organization sponsors to see how PIC can help promote the membership and success of these wonderful groups. And teachers, please contact PIC to see how we can help you with special classroom projects!

You can contact either Robin Schepper or Steph Smith, co-chairs of PIC, thru email at  
Free Money for Our Schools
Shop City Market and Help SSHS!!
Help our school, our students, our clubs and organizations by signing up for City Market Community Rewards. Shop at City Market or any Kroger store, swipe your Value Card, and City Market/Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchases to SSHS . These monies then go back to our students, clubs and classrooms. Just register your City Market /Kroger card and designate Steamboat Springs High School "PIC" as the beneficiary. 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". And pass this on to all friends and relatives that shop at any Kroger store across the country!!
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!
Update on the 2017 School Bond
The district is moving forward with the Phase I projects approved by voters in November, 2017.  The plan is for the work to be completed this summer while students are not in school.  The district is also moving ahead with their Phase II, which is  research for a long term, comprehensive plan that addresses our school capacity issues. They formed four Advisory Committees (facilities, programs, extra-curricular and communications) to do the research with a target date of November, 2019 for a possible ballot measure.  Read below for details of Phase I and Phase II. A  recent article  in Steamboat Today offers some highlights as well.  You can keep up to date on the school district's progress on their 2017 Bond webpage.

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