Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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TCAP/CSAP Testing at

Smoky Hill High School
On March 6, 7, and 8, 2012, Smoky Hill High School is administering Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (CSAP) tests to all 9th and 10th grade students.
No classes will be held for 11th and 12th grade students on these days.
Students must be encouraged to take these tests seriously because:
  • Individual results are used by the state to calculate school rankings.
  • Individual results will be used to support appropriate student course level placement.
  • Individual results will be included in each student’s permanent record.
As parents, you can help us by supporting students during this testing time.
  • Please encourage your student to eat well, sleep well, and to take these tests seriously.
  • If your student misses the testing day, he or she will need to make up the tests during the regular school day.
If you have questions regarding TCAP, please contact Assistant Principal, Floyd Cobb at 720.886.5412.
Cell phones will not be allowed in testing rooms. Cell phones that are brought into testing rooms will be taken and given to an administrator.
Please remind your student not bring cell phones to school during TCAP testing.
March 5
Regular School
Green Day
March 6
9th Testing
7:10 a.m.–11:05 a.m.
10th Testing
7:10 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
March 7
9th Testing
7:10 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
10th Testing
7:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
March 8
9th Testing
7:10 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
10th Testing
7:10 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
March 9
Regular School
Red Day
11th and 12th Grade - No School
Cafeteria will be open until 1:00


Remember: Classes resume for all students on Friday, March 9, 2012 - RED Day. 

2012 – 2013 Pre-Registration Information


The 2012-2013 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: 

January 31 – February 8, 2012

Pre-registration materials will be distributed by the counseling department during English classes.  Students should consult their English teacher for scheduled presentations.

January 31 – February 17, 2012

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 1 – March 9, 2012

Counselors will review and approve student course selections.

The 2012-2013 Program of Studies can be found on the school website ( or Naviance Family Connection.


 Spring Craft Fair
Saturday, March 10, 2012
9 a.m. - 4p.m. 
 Join the PTCO and the entire community for one of our largest events of the year! Over 100 crafters will be selling their wares here at Smoky Hill! There is no admission fee and everyone is invited to attend!

Your support of this event will help PTCO offer senior scholarships, teacher scholarships, help support AP testing, provide After Prom, and many other school and community activities.
Craft Fair to be Held at:
Smoky Hill High School
16100 East Smoky Hill Road
Aurora, Colorado 80015


FREE  Medical Screenings 
being offered!     
9Health Fair                                                                                                                             ü  Want FREE medical screenings?
ü  Have a health question on your mind?
ü  Need to check on your overall health?
ü  Would you like to speak with a medical professional?
Then you should attend the 9Health Fair at one of these sites:
v  Grandview High School----Saturday, April 14
v  Heritage Eagle Bend Community Center---Sunday, April 22, 2012
v  Smoky Hill United Methodist Church----Thursday, April 26, 2012
v  Hours are 7:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m
No personal identification or reservation required.
Must be 18 years old to participate.
FREE screenings include:                 Low-Cost (optional) Screenings:
Foot/Dental/Skin exams                     29 Component Blood Chemistry ($30)
Blood Pressure/Vision Checks           4-Blood Count Screening ($15)
Height & Weight                                 A 1C Blood Sugar testing ($25)
Hearing/Lung Function                       PSA tests for men  ($25)
Memory  & Balance testing                Vitamin D testing  ($40)
Sleep Apnea Screening                      Colorectal Cancer Kits ($20)
Breast and Prostate Exam                                          
Talk with a Doctor/Nurse               
Ask a Pharmacist/ Nutritionist
For more information, contact the 9Health Fair Office
At  or CALL 303-698-4455
See you at the Fair!

Calling All Dancers
Here is your chance to show us what you’ve got!
We are looking for dancers for this years’ Dance Showcase.  Anyone interested should plan on attending the information meeting on February 15th at 2:45 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.
Workshops:  March 5th and 6th 
Auditions:      March 7th and 8th


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.  
Unfortunately, we are not able to deliver messages or make deliveries to the classrooms.  Phone messages only apply towards emergencies.

Resource Centers
English, Social Studies,
Math, Science
6:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Various locations

Math Café
Pre-Algebra to
Amy Howe
Betsy Sprafka
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
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.
AP US History
(DBQ) Writing
Kim Wermers
2R, 1G, 2G, 3G
Before/After School
Randy Ovick
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
College Essay Writing Perry Weissman
Before/After School
1R, 2R, 2G (Sem. 1)
3R, 1G, 4G (Sem. 2)
2nd Lunch
AP/IB European History
(DBQ & FRQ) Writing
Janice Zuk
1R, 3R
After School

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, 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

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 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, March 6, 2012
9:15  –  11:15 a.m.

Family Dynamics: “When One Child Requires More Time & Energy”
Laura Ayres is a former teacher, a CCSD parent, a Parent Connector for PEAK Parent Center, the parent training and information center for the State of CO, and the co-chair of SEAC (Special Ed Advisory Committee) for the Cherry Creek School District.
Laura and her husband, Brad, have one son in college and another who is in 9th grade. She understands the dynamics that affect families when one child has needs that require additional parenting energy and time, whether its learning disabilities, behavioral issues, strong personality traits, or other concerns that take special attention. To quote Laura,”I am not famous, I have not written any books, but I have learned a lot about raising a child with a disability, and one without, and how to advocate for children in any situation”.   
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 FREE
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:
April 3rd       Creating a Peaceful Family Environment
May 1st     Annual PIN Brunch at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church

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.
March 7, 2012
April 4, 2012

Food and Nutrition Services is excited to introduce our new website, CCSD Café at!
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 today!

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 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:
Crisis Resources
Internet Safety
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.


Cherry Creek School District
(and in the Middle)!”
At Smoky Hill High School
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Whether they are in 8th grade now, or just starting Kindergarten, you and your students are invited to hear what it means to be “college ready” at DESTINATION COLLEGE: “It is Elementary (and in the Middle)!
Parents and Students From
Smoky Hill Feeder Schools:
o Smoky Hill High,
o Horizon Middle,
o Laredo Middle,
o Cimarron Elementary,
o Independence Elementary,
o Indian Ridge Elementary,
o Mission Viejo Elementary,
o Sagebrush Elementary
  • Presenters include: Diana Roybal, Principal, Cimarron Elementary School, Matthew McDonald, Principal, Independence Elementary, Dee Bench, Principal, Indian Ridge Elementary School, André Pearson, Principal, Mission Viejo Elementary School, Chris Toliver, Principal, Sagebrush Elementary School, Anthony Campos, Assistant Principal, Horizon Middle School, Carla Stearns, Principal, Laredo Middle School, Randy Karr, Principal, Smoky Hill High School
  • College Fair Activities
  • College Representatives from Colorado and Out-Of State
  • Refreshments

    Community Literacy Project
    The SHHS Accountability committee in conjunction with the Arapahoe District Library invites all members of our community (students, parents, teachers and staff members) to join us in reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins during the month of March. 
    We want to model that reading is fun, and this book presents many topics that lend themselves to lively discussions.

    Students who read the book will have the opportunity to participate in several activities, such as:

    • Take part in one or more book talks in our SHHS Library.
    • Send a book related question via text or email to the Arapahoe Library District “Answer Squad.”
    • Respond to a book-related survey online.


    Each time a student participates in one of these activities his/her name will be entered in a drawing for prizes.  We literally have hundreds of prizes to award!!

    Detailed information will be coming out soon, so stay tuned!  We hope that you will join in the fun!  The Hunger Games is reasonably priced (approximately $5.00) and is available at local retail outlets as well as on Amazon.  We also have several copies in our library available for check-out.

    Already read it?  No problem – you can still participate in the events for prizes, and we will be publishing a list of alternate titles that you may be interested in reading as well! 

    Let's Read Together!

    Prizes include movie tickets, a Kindle Fire, food coupons and more!



     Support the 2012 Smoky Hill Buffs Baseball Teams 

    Come to Chipotle at Quincy and Buckley from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20th,  and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Smoky Hill baseball organization!

    The Smoky Hill Baseball Booster Club will be handing out flyers for this event. Thank you! 



    National School Breakfast Week 2012 is coming up March 5-9, 2012!
    We will be serving tasty, new menu items that will be on the breakfast menu next school year and prizes that encourage physical activity will be awarded in the cafeterias. This week is the perfect time to spread the word that breakfast is available in each of our cafeterias each morning. Secondary breakfast is available for $1.40 each day for paid students and at no cost for those who qualify for free and reduced price meals.
    Attached is  some information about the week.

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    Scholastic Arts Competition 

    January was an exciting month in the Visual Arts department. We would like to congratulate the following students for their winning entries in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition:

    Shannon Cline-Gold Key
    Megan Wilbanks-Silver Key
    Garrett Moore-Honorable Mention
    The Scholastic Gallery will be held from February 11th through March 2nd at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design located at 1600 Pierce Street in Lakewood.
    Additionally, congratulations to Shannon Cline, Claire Daugherty and Garrett Moore for creating artwork that was selected for purchase for the new district technology building.


    Outdoorsman, Survivor, Aron Ralston to speak at Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon

    Did you know that Aron Ralston, the outdoorsman who amputated his own arm to survive a canyoneering accident in 2003, is a graduate of Cherry Creek Schools? 

    Aron will be the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon, coming up on March 15. 

    Please see attached for more information.  








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    Offered by SHHS Staff
    The classes will be taught in 5 sessions beginning March 14 – April 17.
    Each session costs $5.00 or $25 for all 5 sessions.
    ACT Strategies/Online Resources will run from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
    All other sessions will run from 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
    Take 1 class or all 5!
    ACT Strategies/Online Resources - (3/14, or 3/20, or 3/22)
    Preparing for the ACT English Test - (3/15, or 3/21, or 4/5
    Preparing for the ACT Math Test - (3/15, or 3/21, or 4/5)
    Preparing for the ACT Reading Test - (3/22, or 4/3, or 4/10)
    Preparing for the ACT Science Test - (4/10, or 4/12, or 4/17)

    To sign up for the classes call or stop by Assistant Principal Karen Adler’s office: (720-886-5424)
    ASC (Green Dean Team’s Office).

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012: ACT EXAM

    Hundreds of Prizes Available - Here’s how to win:
    Read The Hunger Games
    Alternate titles OK.  Try, The Uglies or Incarceron
    Your name will be entered in a drawing each time you participate in one of the following activities:

    Attend one or more book talks in our Library during Monday lunches. 

        • Monday, March 5
        • Monday, March 12
        • Monday, March 19
        • Monday, April 2

    Text or Email a question about the book or the author to the Arapahoe Library District Answer Squad any time from March 19  - March 23.  Only 1 question per student allowed.  Your question will be answered!

      Text:  303-720-7832
      Email: and click on the “Contact Us” link.
      Take a brief online survey about the book.
      Survey will be available on SHHS website from March 12 – April 2.





















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