Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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2013 – 2014 Pre-Registration Information
The 2013-2014 Course Pre-Registration process takes place in February.  At that time, 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 the 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 4 - 11, 2013
Pre-registration materials will be distributed by the counseling department during English classes.  Students should consult their English teacher for scheduled presentations.
February 4 - 28, 2013
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 15 – March 9, 2013
Counselors will review and approve student course selections.
The 2013-2014 Program of Studies can be found on the school website ( or Naviance Family Connection.

The Cherry Creek School District will offer drivers education classes during the school year.  The schedule of classes and registration information will be available on the following website:

Math.jpgAmerican Math Competition (AMC)

The Smoky Hill Math Department would like to announce the American Math Competition, which will be held on Tuesday, February 5th, at 7:10 a.m. in the middle cafeteria during period 1G.  This competition is for students that are in Algebra 2 Honors or higher.  There are still a few spots open for AMC10 and AMC12 and registration sheets are available in the Math Resource Center.  A parent’s signature is required and there is a charge of $1.00 for registration.  See Lori Gimmeson for more info  720-886-5525.

Please remember that cell phones, iPods, and other mobile devices are not to be used in the academic areas during class time.  If you need to take or make a call while in the library please take your call in the hallways during a passing period or in the activities area.  These items are permissible to use during passing periods in the academic hallways, and are always allowed in the activities area.  Thank you for respecting the academic areas and academic times by using your mobile devices in the appropriate areas and times.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 9:15 –11:15 a.m.
“Positive Strategies to Support School Success”
Presented by CCSD psychologists, Dr. Cindy Stevens and Dr. Lisa Wolff, who will focus on parenting strategies which are research-based and have been proven to be effective in developing problem solving and conflict resolution skills, which are essential for school and personal success. The presentation is based on the philosophy that children and families do well, if they can, and that when a child is struggling, we can teach them skills they need to learn in order to be successful. Parents listening to this discussion will learn how to help their children solve problems, effectively resolve conflicts with others, and make good choices. 

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 held the first Tuesday of each month and are FREE.
Meetings are held 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:

March 5th  “When Loving Your Child isn’t Enough to Save Him”, Les Franklin, Founder, Shaka Foundation
April 9th  “Eyes Wide Open: A Brave New Look at Bullying”, Dr. Marla Bonds
May 7th   Annual PIN Brunch held at CC Presbyterian Church Community Life Center:  National Speaker, Mary Ronan: “Loving, Limiting & Leading your Child with Laughter & Joy” 


Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 13, 2013, for a "Day at the Capitol" . Please download the following for more information on the event.

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For upcoming events the CCLN calendar for 2012 - 2013 can also be downloaded.

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 Teachers of the Year

 Tim Brown & Nick Droege

We are excited to announce that the Smoky Hill community, students, and staff have selected Tim Brown and Nick Droege as the 2012-2013 Smoky Hill High School Teachers of the Year.  Tim is a remarkable drama and technical theater teacher, serves as the Performing Arts Department Coordinator, and directs all of Smoky Hill’s drama performances.  Nick is an outstanding English teacher and has served as our Speech & Debate coach.  They are great representatives of all the outstanding teachers we have in our building.  Congratulations to both!



Promoting Lifelong Wellness at School and at Home

Did you know that research shows kids who eat nutritious foods and get regular physical activity perform better academically, are better able to focus, and feel better about themselves than kids who are sedentary and poorly nourished? Of course, this is common sense, but unfortunately we live in an environment that offers greater access to high calorie foods and sedentary activities than ever before in human history.  Staying in energy balance now takes knowledge, skill and conscious effort.

Energy balance is balancing what we eat with the activities we do to help us feel and perform well and keep our bodies and minds in shape.

The 5th Gear Kids program, primarily funded by a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, is one local effort in Cherry Creek and Aurora Public Schools to equip kids with knowledge and opportunities to make healthy decisions about their bodies. This innovative program, created for 5th graders, includes a curricular component (coming soon), monthly family newsletters, and an ID card that provides access to physical activity and healthy eating opportunities and discounts at participating business and community partner locations. The program is part of Cherry Creek’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy and vision to be “the healthiest community in the nation.” For more details about energy balance, the program, prizes, and its sponsors, explore the website at

Even if you don’t have a 5th grade child this year, it is never too early to reinforce healthy habits at home.  Some cost-free and easy to implement tips include: 
  •  Try active transport – make time to walk or bike to school, start a walking school bus with a group of friends and parents, or walk or bike to friends’ houses instead of drive.
  • Aim for 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. This does not have to be at one time.  Spreading activity throughout the day is as beneficial as doing it all at once.
  • Encourage kids to get some physical activity before starting their homework, or to break up homework. Physical activity breaks increase cognitive function for adults and kids. If you have a desk job, get up and move around at work and notice how your own concentration improves.
  • Substitute high calorie drinks with no nutritional value (such as soda) with water or low-fat milk, and save drinking sodas for special occasions.
  • Support the concept of energy balance at home. Keep in mind that energy balance happens over long periods of time.  We don’t consume and expend the exact same number of calories each day, so aim for long-term balance.
  • Ask your doctor or school nurse if you need resources to support your family’s health.
For more information about the 5th Gear Kids program, see the website at or contact Megan Mistler-Jackson at / 720-554-4377.

Cherry Creek School District is committed to the health and wellness of the whole student and has set a goal to be the healthiest community in the nation.
In order to further this goal CCSD Health Services is excited to partner with CIIS (Colorado Immunization Information System) and CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) to help maintain current immunization records and increase immunization rates for our students. CIIS is a confidential, population-based, computerized system that collects and disseminates consolidated immunization information for Coloradans of all ages.
Under Colorado law you have the option to exclude your child’s immunization information from the Colorado Immunization Information System at any time. Please click the below link or contact your school nurse for Opt-Out instructions.





WHERE:  Activities Entrance (use activity doors, south parking lot)

WHEN:    Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHY:       An opportunity to personally check on your student's academic progress, meet with Teachers, Counselors, and/or Deans, and strengthen your partnership with Smoky Hill.

HOW:       Check PowerSchool prior to conferences in order to be informed of your student's attendance and academic progress.  Print the report and use it as a resource to determine which of the teachers you’d like to conference with.

Yearbook Award 
The Colombia Scholastic Press Association announced its Silver and Gold Crown Winners yesterday, December 17. Columbia, the same organization that awards the Pulitzer Prize, annually judges yearbooks, newspapers, and news websites from around the country to determine the best of the best in high school publications. This award is considered the Pulitzer Prize for scholastic journalism. The Smoky Hill 2012 yearbook has been named a Crown Finalist.

To put this award in perspective, according to the Center For Education Reform there are 42,412 high schools in America (this includes both public and private schools, 9-12 and combined schools) and a majority of these schools produce a yearbook. All school producing a yearbook are eligible to submit their books for judging, though only the best actually do. This year, there are 56 high schools (public, private, and k12) on the list. Mathematically, that puts our book in the top .1% of yearbooks in the nation.

Since the 2005 school year, the Smoky Hill Summit yearbook has appeared on this list (or the other national list, the Pacemaker, presented by the National Scholastic Press Association) five times. That's five times in nine yearbooks. Five out of the last nine yearbooks at Smoky Hill have been considered the best in the nation.

Honored books:

2005, "more than..." - Pacemaker Winner

2008, "shh...secrets" - Silver Crown Winner

2010, "_IMG" - Silver Crown Winner

2011, "SHINE" - Pacemaker Finalist

2012, "It's A Yearbook" - Crown Finalist (Silver/Gold to be determined at the March convention in NYC)

In Colorado, in the same time period, there are no other books that have made either list more than once.

The Smoky Hill High School Summit yearbook is a source of pride for our community. Please join me in congratulating the students in the yearbook program for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

From the CSPA website, "A panel of Crown Judges assembles each year at Columbia University to view all entrants, whether they are newspaper, magazines, yearbooks or online media. Judges are experienced former advisers to student media, professional journalists who understand student media or professionals such as photographers or online specialists with particular expertise needed for the judging exercise.

No set number of Crown Awards is required; the awards are discretionary, based on the evaluation by the Crown Judges. Decisions of these judges are final. They consider all aspects of value to the reader or viewer: content, design or presentation, coverage, photography as well as writing and editing."


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