Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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32nd Annual Fall Craft Fair


November 7, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

210 vendors will display their hand-crafted

wares at this respected craft show.

See you there!

falling leaves 


SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project

Help Fill Someone's Bucket Today!

Dear Smoky Hill Family:

As autumn approaches SHHS staff and students will be collecting food for the Third Annual SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project.  We are happy to announce that all food collected will go directly to members of the Smoky Hill community. This year's goal is to fill the Buckets of all SHHS and feeder school families from whom we receive an on-time application. Recipients will be provided everything needed for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

The SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project is made possible with support from faculty, staff, students, parents and the business community. In early October, we will put Buckets and food lists in many classrooms and offices at SHHS. Please encourage your children to participate in this charitable experience by donating some of the following items.

The Bucket List:

Canned Fruit      ​French Fried Onion Rings​
Boxes of Jell-O        ​Mushroom Soup​
Canned Yams      ​Gravy​
Marshmallows   ​Canned Tuna​
Stuffing  ​ Oats​
​Cranberry Relish           ​Canned Pumpkin
​Canned Green Beans     ​Boxes of Pudding
​Chocolate Chips     ​Peanut Butter




  Meal requests must be received by Friday, November 6th.

Thanksgiving Basket 

Please download the PDF application.
2015 Thanksgiving Meal Application





On Wednesday, October 21, Smoky Hill will join the other five CCSD high schools in administering the ACT ASPIRE test to all 9th and 10th grade students, and Practice ACT to all 11th grade students.  Activities for 12th grade students are also planned.  A letter with additional information will be mailed in October.

The ASPIRE test is part of a testing system from ACT that begins with ASPIRE and ends with ACT.  All tests in the testing system assess students in the areas of English, reading, math and science.  The scores and information from these tests are used for education and career planning, assessment, instructional support and program evaluation.

As a school community, we must all work together and provide the most ideal testing environment.  A great deal depends upon the commitment of students, teachers and the parent community.  Faculty and staff are working diligently to prepare students for testing.  As parents, you can help us by supporting students during the time they spend testing.  Students must be encouraged to eat well, sleep well, and to take these tests seriously.

We appreciate your partnership as we strive to provide students with the skills that are important for success both during and after high school.  If you have any questions regarding the ACT ASPIRE test, please call Jean Griego-Incitti, Assistant Principal, at 720-886-5441.

 Exemplary Performance award for smoky hill high school's library program.

It's official—The library extends its hours!!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

the library remains open until

4:15 p.m.

for academic pursuits.


2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Eric Paricio and Kelly Rebollo who have been named as National Hispanic Scholars in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  


2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Katherine Azarkh, Justin Kim and Eric Paricio who have been named Semifinalist students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  



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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Happiness and Stress: Change Your Mindset

marianne neifert 

Come hear Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS (a.k.a., "Dr. Mom") speak about how families can reduce stress and enhance their sense of well-being—even in tough times.  Dr. Mom will talk about life-changing principles that promote positive emotions, optimism and life-balance.  You'll learn how to experience authentic happiness by using your signature strengths and core virtues in as many life areas as possible, and in service to a noble purpose larger than yourself.  

  • Discover why cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" is linked to greater happiness and fulfillment
  • Incorporate happiness-boosting insights, attitudes, and practices into your daily routine to reduce stress, generate positive energy, and stay engaged with life
  • See how your personal example of optimism and satisfaction can serve as a healthy model for your children and others

 Dr. Neifert is a mother of five adult children and grandmother of seven.  She is a clinical professor of pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, and has authored five child-rearing books and hundreds of magazine articles on children's health and behavior.  Her empowering message is guaranteed to inform, inspire, entertain, and motivate

Parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend PIN's presentations.  No need to RSVP—just come!  Presentations are FREE and are held the first Tuesday of each month at:

Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC)

14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial

(South of Arapahoe Rd., between Potomac and Jordan Roads)

Visit for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights


Nov 3rd,   9:15-11:15       Empowering Girls to Create Change in Their World

Nov 11th, 7-8:30 p.m.      Raising Resilient Girls: Feelings, Failures & Friends



CCSD provides sports and drivers' education opportunities.  Please see these websites for information:

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)

in Cherry Creek Schools 2015-16

As a result of funds received from the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) grant from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, all leadership and school safety/crisis teams in the Cherry Creek Schools have been implementing this comprehensive school safety model. We have continued to develop updated and effective emergency response plans and procedures that align with state and federal Homeland Security Emergency Management and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 

Cherry Creek Schools has established responsive partnerships with our community agencies, trained key staff to provide for the emotional impact of a crisis on students and staff, and developed sustainable training materials and crisis response kits for our school safety teams. In 2011, the ERCM process was renamed Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) to reflect our continuous proactive approach to school safety. We are committed to continuing this thoughtful and integrated effort with REMS training.

We would also like to take this opportunity to inform parents about new changes to the Cherry Creek School District's website that now give parents needed information about school safety and related issues. The website explains the district's efforts to provide for both the physical and psychological safety of our children, and gives parents links to excellent online resources. This section of the district website continues to be under construction and materials will be updated as needed.  You can view the information by going to and selecting the Safety & Security Quick Links

Topics and information include:

What to Do in the Event of an Emergency

Information about the CCSD Comprehensive Safe Schools Plan

Raptor Visitor Management program

Care Line Information (Revised 2011)

Other Resources, Links and/or Handouts:


            Crisis Resources

            Internet Safety


            Personal Safety (neighborhood, strangers, etc.)

            Violence Prevention

For more information about your school's crisis and safety planning, please contact your school's Principal. For further information about REMS planning in the schools, please contact Randy Councell, Director of Safety and Security, 720-554-4489, or Ronald Lee, Psy.D. Mental Health Director, 720-554-4252, co-chairs of the Safe School Design Team for the school district.

Thank you for your support of the district's 2012 bond election in helping us provide training for all staff and making our schools safe for every child!

Charter School proposal community meeting

The Cherry Creek School District has received a charter school application for the Heritage Heights Academy, to be managed by the charter school management company Academica. A meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at Fox Ridge Middle School to give community members an opportunity to ask questions. This meeting will include a short presentation by the parents representing the proposed charter school. Most of the evening will be dedicated to allowing the community to provide testimony in support for or in opposition to the opening of the charter school.

Please join us for this important meeting. The Cherry Creek School Board will make its final decision on Monday, October 12, at its regular meeting.

Parent Tips for Accurate Attendance

To excuse an absence

  • Call the attendance voicemail line as soon as possible to report an absence:  720-886-5450
  • Keep the message short; speak clearly
  • State the reason for the absence
  • Clearly state the date of the absence and the specific times of the absence
  • Spell the last name.  Speak slowly and clearly

For early dismissals

  • Send the student to the attendance office first thing in the morning with a note stating the time and reason for the early dismissal.  The attendance clerk will provide an early dismissal pass, which is required to leave class early.

Why do I get an automated call that my student missed class even though my student was in class and/or I called in to excuse the absence?

  • It can take several hours to record all of the calls off of the voicemail line.  It is possible that the absence just didn't get recorded in time.
  • Teachers occasionally mark attendance incorrectly or forget to change an unexcused absence to a tardy when a student arrives late.

If you have a question about why you are getting an automated call, please call the dean directly.  Thank you!


Important numbers:

Attendance voicemail line                                                            720-886-5450

Attendance office                                                                        720-886-5457

Red Dean's Office – Last name ending A-Ki                                   720-886-5449

Green Dean's Office – Last name ending Kj – Z                             720-886-5448

This information is provided as part of the Cherry Creek School District's commitment to create a safe, secure, and caring learning environment in each school for every child, every day. All staff, students, and parents help create safe schools.



We believe that EVERYONE has the responsibility for reducing the risk of violence.  Maintaining order, demonstrating mutual respect and caring for one another, and getting help for children who are troubled, are ALL of our responsibilities.


Use these signs responsibly:

It is important to avoid inappropriately labeling or stigmatizing individual students because they appear to fit a specific profile or set or early warning indicators.  It's okay to be worried about a child, but it's not okay to overreact and jump to conclusions.  Be careful not to misinterpret the signs.  None of these signs alone is sufficient for predicting aggression and violence.  It is inappropriate--and potentially harmful--to use the early warning signs as a checklist against which to match individual children.  These signs are not listed in order of seriousness and are not equally significant.

It is not always possible to predict behavior that will lead to violence.  However, a good rule of thumb is to assume that these warning signs, especially when presented in combination, indicate a need for further analysis to determine appropriate intervention.  Use these signs to refer students so that other professionals (Counselor, Mental Health, Dean, Nurse) may evaluate and consult with the child's parents to determine a course of action.


Social withdrawal. 

Excessive feelings of isolation and being alone.

Excessive feelings of rejection.

Being a victim of violence.

Feelings of being picked on and persecuted.

Low school interest and poor academic performance.

Expression of violence in writings and drawings.

Uncontrolled anger.

Patterns of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating, and bullying behaviors.

History of discipline problems.

Past history of violent and aggressive behavior.

Intolerance for differences and prejudicial attitudes.

Drug and alcohol use.

Affiliation with gangs.

*Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms.

*Threats of violence or suicide.

Seek consultation with the multi-disciplinary team of mental health, counselor, nurse, or dean.

*These warning signs are imminent. Security or team should be contacted immediately.

Reference:  Dwyer, K., Osher, D., & Warger, C. (1998). Early warning, timely response: A guide to safe schools. Washington, DC: US Department of Education./School Safety Plan/EWS Training/Fall, 2003/p.7


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Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

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