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16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
ANNOUNCEMENTS-DEC 2011

  SUPPORT CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

Support the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation by buying tickets to see the Avalanche on Dec. 21
 
Tickets are $25 for seats that value between $40 - $122.  The foundation will receive $5 for each ticket sold. 
 
The school that sells the most tickets gets the best seats….
 
Also – each ticket comes with the opportunity to skate on the Pepsi Center ice from 4:00 – 5:00 prior to the game!!
 
Follow this link to purchase tickets:
 

 

 

Thank you Student Government!

 

Thank you and congratulations to Smoky Hill Student Government for putting together an amazing Homecoming Week!  They spent countless hours preparing for a week full of festivities.  From the Spirit Dress Days, Spirit Bus, Homecoming Royalty, Homecoming Parade, Pep Assembly, and Homecoming Dance; Student Government planned and executed each event to perfection.  All Smoky Hill Students had the ability to take part in a fun and spirited week thanks to their hard work.
 

 


   
SMOKY HILL HIGH SCHOOL

 

FIRST SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE
January 11, 12, 13 and 17, 2012
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012                      PERIODS 1R, 2R, 3R
 
       Period 1R                  7:10 – 8:40        (90 minutes)
          Passing – 15 minutes
          Period 2R                      8:55 – 10:25        (90 minutes)
          Passing – 15 minutes
          Period 3R                     10:40 – 12:10       (90 minutes)
          Dismissal 12:10 p.m.
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012                         PERIODS 4R, 1G, 2G
 
          Period 4R                      7:10 – 8:40           (90 minutes)
          Passing – 15 minutes
        Period 1G                      8:55 – 10:25         (90 minutes)
          Passing – 15 minutes
        Period 2G                      10:40 – 12:10       (90 minutes)
          Dismissal 12:10 p.m.
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012                               PERIODS 3G, 4G
 
          Period 3G                      7:10 – 8:40          (90 minutes)
          Passing – 15 minutes
        Period 4G                      8:55 – 10:25        (90 minutes)
          Dismissal 10:25 a.m.
  
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012                            NO SCHOOL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012                           EXAM MAKE-UPS
 

 


 

Attendance Numbers

  • For last names beginning with A – K:  720-886-5450
  • For last names beginning with L – Z:   720-886-5455
  • Early Dismissal Line:  720-886-5463
 

When excusing your child, please include:

  • first & last name (provide spelling if you leave a voice message)
  • reason for absence (a reason must be provided)
  • grade
  • parent's name and phone number

Written notes/excuses, in place of a phone call, for absences

All notes must be provided within 48 hours after the student’s return. The note must include:
  • the student’s name,
  • grade
  • dates
  • reason for the absence
  • parental/guardian signature and a telephone number.  
Deliveries
 
Unfortunately, we are not able to deliver messages or make deliveries to the classrooms.  Phone messages only apply towards emergencies.
 

 
2011-2012 TUTORING OPPORTUNITIES
SUBJECT​ TUTOR​ WHEN​ WHERE​
Resource Centers
English, Social Studies,
Math, Science
6:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Various locations

Math Café
 
Pre-Algebra to
Pre-Calculus
Amy Howe
Betsy Sprafka
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Tuesdays
I-801
All Social Studies Tamera Schlegel
6:30 – 7:10 a.m.
1R, 1G, 4G (Semester 1)
2R, 3R, 2G (Semester 2)
2:35 – 4:00 p.m.
I-404
AP US History
(DBQ) Writing
Kim Wermers
2R, 1G, 2G, 3G
Before/After School
II-405
Chemistry
Physics
Randy Ovick
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays
II-413
College Essay Writing Perry Weissman
Before/After School
1R, 2R, 2G (Sem. 1)
3R, 1G, 4G (Sem. 2)
2nd Lunch
I-118
AP/IB European History
(DBQ & FRQ) Writing
Janice Zuk
1R, 3R
After School
II-405
 
 

 
Cherry Creek Schools
Special Education
Advisory Committee
 
SEAC is a parent group whose purpose is to strengthen partnerships between parents, the school district and community agencies.  What does SEAC do?
  • Connects parents with other parents for support and information.
  • Connects parents with community agencies.
  • Helps parents create partnerships with schools.
  • Holds monthly meetings with speakers on topics of interest to parents of special needs students.
  • Offers a yearly Special Education 101 Class.
  • Honors 15 people each year with a Golden Heart Award for going “above and beyond” for our special needs kids.
2011-12 SEAC Meetings
Educational Services Center
4700 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO  80111
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.
 
For more information please call Debbie at 720-554-4490 or email dvanscoyk@cherrycreekschools.org

   
Cherry Creek Schools Care Line has new look,
same important purpose
 
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After the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School, the Cherry Creek School District established the Care Line (720-554-2273 or careline@cherrycreekschools.org) as part of its ongoing school safety efforts, which emphasize the importance of prevention, positive school climate, and physical and psychological safety measures.
 
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, our staff members, and our families,” said Superintendent Mary Chesley.  “The academic excellence that exists in our district stems from the fact that people are safe and feel safe in our schools, allowing them to focus on teaching and learning.”
 
In the past 12 years, the Care Line has been used by many students, parents and community members to report potentially dangerous behavior or unsafe situations.  Reports can be made anonymously.  Last year, about one-third of Care Line calls or emails involved conflict situations.  Another third were related to suicidal thoughts or behaviors and the final third related to a variety of issues including drugs/alcohol, potential cyber crimes, threats and weapons.
 
To increase awareness of the Care Line, the district used funds from a Safe and Drug Free Schools grant to create posters, magnets, stickers and business cards highlighting the Care Line.
 
“We want students, parents and community members to know this resource is available to them,” said Dr. Scott Siegfried, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Support Services.  “We encourage them to share concerns directly with an administrator, teacher or counselor in a face-to-face manner, if possible.  However, we know there are times when they may not feel comfortable doing that and want an anonymous reporting option.”
 
Director of Safety and Security, Randy Councell said it’s also important to know when to call 911 instead of the Care Line.  “In an emergency or life and death situation, call 911, not the Care Line.”
 
When a call or email comes in to the Care Line, a team of district administrators and safety and security personnel are alerted to the message and read the email or listen to the phone call.  The situation is investigated in a variety of ways depending upon the nature of the information.
 
For instance, if the reporting party leaves contact information, safety and security will call them back to obtain any additional pertinent information.  Local authorities may be asked to conduct a welfare check.  Parents and the principal of any involved school may also be contacted.  District mental health experts and the crisis response team also become involved if needed.
 
“The Care Line is an important part of our comprehensive commitment to safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments,” said Janise McNally, Wellness Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools.  “It’s another way we can work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, families and community.”

 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
 
“Give Yourself a Break, You’re Doing Great – Celebrate You!”
Author Barbara Stoker has been an executive at Disney, Hallmark, Mattel and Coors. She is now one of the most influential speakers on personal leadership and risk, specializing in women’s issues.  Her books include: “Intelligent Risk-taking for Women” and “A Women with a Minute”.
 
Barbara will provide an amusing and effective reminder that women are wonderful and that we need to stop being so hard on ourselves.  She uses a fresh format that blends chic and humor to explain the maze of complex thinking and associations women make every day as they get an amazing number of things accomplished!
 
Plan ahead to take a little time out of your day or take a few hours off of work and come to connect with other parents, be informed by local and national speakers, and get empowered to take a proactive approach to parenting.  All parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend Parent Information Network (PIN) presentations. 
 
Presentations are free and are held the first Tuesday of each month
at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC).
14188 Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, south of Arapahoe Rd., between Potomac and Jordan Roads
Come at 9:00 a.m. for refreshments and networking

For further information go to: www.PINccsd.org.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
January 3rd        Students & Stress: A discussion by a panel of CCSD students
February 7th        Little Girls Can Be Mean
March 6th            Family Dynamics: When Child Requires More Time & Energy       

Interested in Accountability?
 
The Smoky Hill Accountability Committee reviews the school’s programs and offers feedback to help improve their effectiveness.  We look at achievement, the functioning of specific academic areas, safety issues, and support programs. 
 
We typically meet the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room. 
 
Call Jean Solis, Committee Chairperson, with questions:  303.680.5253. 
No RSVP or expertise necessary – only an interest in our community’s children!
All are welcome!
 
SHHS Accountability Meeting Schedule
Meetings are held from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room.
 
No Meeting in December
January 4, 2012
February 1, 2012
March 7, 2012
April 4, 2012
 

 
CCSD Café
Food and Nutrition Services is excited to introduce our new website, CCSD Café at www.ccsdcafe.org!
 
It’s a user-friendly and engaging site that communicates and highlights the Food and Nutrition Services department.  Whether you’re a parent, student, teacher or administrator, you’ll find a wealth of information on our new site. Visit the site often to keep up to date with what’s new in the department.
A few highlights of CCSD Café…
·         Apply for free and reduced-price meals online
·         Pay for meals online
·         Access carbohydrate and allergen information for meals
·         Schedule catering for an event
·         Find nutrition education information
·         Learn about the programs led by Food and Nutrition Services
 
On the site you’ll also find the Virtual Café. This feature is an interactive tool for students and families to take a deeper look at Cherry Creek’s school meals. Using this tool, students are able to create meals and see the nutritional value of each of these meals. The Virtual Café is programmed to show the actual meals served in our cafeterias on the days they are served. After dragging menu items to your tray, you can see the nutrients in the meal chosen and how this meal compares to the USDA standard for a lunch meal. In addition, view the allergens and price of each meal. Create your own account to track your students’ meal history. This feature can also be using in Spanish. At home, this allows you to discuss daily meal choices with your student, learn more about the meals served in your student’s school and keep an open conversation about the food choices your student is making.
This makes for a powerful nutrition education tool! Start exploring the Virtual Café today.
Our goal is to provide your students with healthy and appealing meals and to encourage healthy lifestyles. We hope that this new website gives parents an idea of our mission and provides parents with the information you need.
 
Visit www.ccsdcafe.org today!

DRIVERS EDUCATION
Drivers’ Education classes will be offered during the school year.  For a schedule of classes and registration form, please go to:
 
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 Did you know that Cherry Creek School District has a Homeless Liaison?   

 

Families who are currently experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing are protected under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.   Please feel free to give parents the name and number of the Homeless Liaison for possible assistance with issues related to their child’s education.   You may also contact me at any time with questions or concerns about students and/or families experiencing homelessness within Cherry Creek Schools.    

CCSD Homeless Liaison: Vicky Lisi (720-554-4555) 

 

 

 

 

  Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)

 in Cherry Creek Schools 2011-2012

 
As a result of funds received in 2005 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 receiving ERCM training.  We have developed 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). 
 
Since 2005, Cherry Creek Schools has improved communications 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 schools. In 2011 the ERCM process has changed to Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS). We are committed to continuing this 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 www.cherrycreekschools.org 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
Care Line Information (Revised 2011)
Other Resources, Links and/or Handouts:
Bullying/Harassment
Crisis Resources
Internet Safety
Parenting
Personal Safety (neighborhood, strangers, etc.)
Violence Prevention
 
For more information about your school’s crisis planning, please contact your school’s Principal.  For further information about REMS planning in the schools, please contact Randy Councell, Director, Office of Safety and Security, 720-554-4489 or Ronald Lee, Psy.D., Mental Health Coordinator, Safe Schools Design Team, 720-554-4252.

 


 

 

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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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