ANNOUNCEMENT: MAJOR CHANGES for SECOND SEMESTER
Our number one priority is keeping our students and our staff safe.
Therefore, beginning Tuesday, January 5th, all school doors on the north side of the building will be locked at all times, including before school.
Students will only be able to enter through two entrances, either through Activities or the Main entrance. Students who are dropped off in the north parking lot or on Smoky Hill Road will need to walk around to the south side of the building. The Activities Entrance and the Main Office Entrance are the only doors that will be unlocked during morning drop off. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our students.
2016 – 2017 Pre-Registration Information
The 2016-2017 Course Pre-Registration process takes place in February. Students will receive materials to assist with course selection for next school year. Please take the time to review the Program of Studies with your student to make informed decisions about their course selection for next year. The master schedule is created from pre-registration choices of our students; therefore, any changes made by students at a later date may negatively impact the overall schedule and availability of courses for all students. The timeline for this process is outlined below:
February 1 - 10, 2016
Pre-registration materials will be distributed by the counseling department during English classes. Students should consult their English teacher for scheduled presentations.
February 2 - 26, 2016
Students will independently enter course selections in Naviance. Counselors and other SHHS staff will be available in the Post Graduate Center to assist students with entering course selections.
February 29 – March 18, 2016
Counselors will review and approve student course selections.
The 2016-2017 Program of Studies can be found on the school website (www.smokyhill.cherrycreekschools.org) or Naviance Family Connection.
The library extends its hours!!
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
the library remains open until
for academic pursuits.
Traveling for the holidays? Need a book to read?
Choose an EBook or Audiobook from the CCSD digital catalog of over 8,000 titles—just download to your phone, Kindle, Nook, or iPad. Stop by and see the librarians before the Thanksgiving and Winter break for help.
It's Flu season! Teachers and Students: Protect yourself, your family and your fellow students from catching the flu by getting a flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common during the upcoming season.
Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.
Get your flu shot now because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools.
Even if you don't have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your school, college health center, or work.
Visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate where you can get a flu vaccine.
For more information about the 2015/16 flu season check out the CDC website:
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Attention and Memory
Critical Players in the Digital Age
Join PIN to hear Mark Twarogowski and Philippe Ernewein of Denver Academy speak about the effect of the digital age on our children. Has your child ever struggled with paying attention or organization? Then you'll want to join us to hear about scientific breakthroughs that shed new light on memory and attention and provide answers parents can use to better help their kids. At this presentation, you'll hear about:
- The roles attention & memory play in learning
- Signs that your child may need help
- Targeted, proven strategies that can help solve memory and attention problems in children
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 www.PINccsd.org for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Jan 5th, 9:15-11:15 Thinking Outside the College Box
CCSD provides sports and drivers' education opportunities. Please see these websites for information:
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!
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.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS:
GETTING HELP FOR TROUBLED CHILDREN
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.
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.
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