Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


7:10 – 11:00      All Juniors Report for ACT Test
7:10  –  7:30      Attendance and test distribution
7:30  –  8:15      Test I - English
8:20  –  9:20      Test II - Math
9:20  –  9:35      In Room Break 
9:35  – 10:10     Test III - Reading
10:15 – 10:50    Test IV - Science 
10:50 – 11:00    Test Collection 

11:00 – 11:40    Lunch break for juniors and staff

11:20–11:40      Arrival of students in grades 9, 10, & 12.
                           No students will be allowed in halls until 11:00 a.m.

11:40  – 12:18  Period 1
12:24  –  1:02  Period 2
  1:08  –  1:46  Period 3
  1:52  –  2:30  Period 4


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Senior Checkout Day – Friday, May 18, 2012

Return all textbooks and library books to department resource centers and library before senior checkout day.  Be sure to clear up any fines and return all athletic gear/uniforms to your coach before checkout day!

And Remember . . .
All fees and fines must be paid and athletic uniforms returned in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.  For your convenience, payments for other Cherry Creek middle and high school fees and fines may be submitted to Smoky Hill.  The funds will be forwarded to the appropriate Cherry Creek school.  Please contact the appropriate middle school or high school prior to senior checkout to address questions.  If a school is making an adjustment, please ask them to send documentation via e-mail ( by May 15.  Also, please note that SHHS will no longer accept checks from a senior after Tuesday, May 1.

Contact the Bookkeeping Office at 720-886-5436 with questions or to make credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) payments over the phone.

If documentation is not received by Wednesday, May 15, payment will be required (cash or credit card only) on senior checkout day.

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!


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, April 19, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.
For more information please call Debbie at 720-554-4490 or email

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,250 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school.  This program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to USNA. .
Davis Rahjes , a student at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado , will participate in the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

“Creating a Peaceful Family Environment”
Many parents struggle to find moments of peace as they face the growing demands placed on families today. Children are growing up in a world filled with stimulation, packed schedules, and considerably more stress than previous generations. Join us to hear Dr. Kristen Race, founder of Mindful Life, and a discussion on how today’s world is affecting your child’s development and how to find peace in chaotic times. Discussion points will include:
Stress – How is it affecting your children?
Hidden Environmental Factors – What are they and how do they affect brain development?
Schedules, Stimulation, and Sleep – How does your family measure up?
Simple Family Activities – What can you do to increase your children’s ability to pay attention,        increase cognitive functioning, reduce stress and promote family happiness?

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.
April 4, 2012


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The Smoky Hill Math Department is pleased to announce the winners of the American Math Competition (AMC), which took place on February 7th, 2012.  The top scorers on the 12th grade test were Samara Rusakow – 1st place, Susan Niederhoff – 2nd Place, and Jiyoon Kim – 3rd place.  The top scorers on the 10th grade test were Robin Dickey – 1st place, Esther Geltser – 2nd place, and Soeren Orlowski – 3rd place.  The Math Department would like to thank all the students who participated in this annual math competition. 
Christopher Hoyt also took the AMC 10 test in conjunction with the University of Colorado and qualified to advance to the AIME competition with a score of 121.5.  Christopher also was among the top scorers in the University of Northern Colorado for the UNC Math Competition.  Christopher will be one of 30 students that will represent Colorado at the 2012 American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) competition in Las Vegas in June! 
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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.


    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!



    The CCSD Summer Camp Brochure will be available in mid-April at:



    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, 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 12th – April 2nd.



FCCLA will be collecting donations for the March of Dimes in April.  Students will be collecting loose change in buckets and Banks for Babies.  Please support them in our work to protect the health of babies.  Many students and parents will be walking in the March for Babies on Saturday April 28.  Please join us. 

A concern shared by us all is the health of our babies.  From California to Connecticut, protecting the health of babies is a matter of great importance.  It’s an issue that touches us all: every year more than half a million babies are born too soon in communities across the country.

That’s why the March of Dimes, in partnership with FCCLA and Americans like us, is committed to helping give all babies at least 39 weeks to grow before they are born. 

We certainly have our work cut out for us.  You see, in approximately half of all early births, no one knows why they happen.  Despite the challenges before us, we’re more committed than ever before to making sure no baby arrives too soon. 

If we’re to protect the health of babies, we need your help!  Your gift of any money amount to the March of Dimes through Smoky Hill High School FCCLA today will make an enormous impact on our ability to reach out to moms and babies across the country.  One in eight babies is born prematurely in the United States.  We know that by funding cutting-edge research and taking a hands-on approach in our communities to provide information, resources and adequate prenatal care, we can help prevent premature birth.

The health of American babies is in our hands.  Please join us by donating to a student collecting and/or send a check to the March of Dimes in care of Smoky Hill FCCLA.  Checks may be made out to either the March of Dimes or Smoky Hill High School.  FCCLA will be consolidating our collections and sending a check to the March of Dimes in late April.

For more information, contact Ms. Hardy at 720-886-5627 or

Thank you for your support of FCCLA students working for healthy babies!



Keeping parents informed – especially during unusual or emergency situations – is a top priority for the Cherry Creek School District.  That’s why the district and its schools have been using the Blackboard Connect parent notification system since early 2009.
The district and its schools use the system to let parents know about unusual situations, such as a lockdown or secure perimeter, or when buses have been delayed because of police activity in a certain area, as well as weather delays and closures.
Schools also use the system to let parents know about important educational issues including their child’s attendance, homework and parent-teacher conferences, as well as school events like field trips and family nights.
“We know parents want direct and up-to-date information when it comes to their children,” said Superintendent Mary Chesley.  “We are fortunate to have a tool that allows us to provide information to parents in a direct and timely manner.”
Non-emergency calls are sent to parents’ primary number, usually their home number.  Emergency calls are sent to all numbers listed on students’ emergency contact cards, usually home, cell and work numbers.
Parents can select which number they list as their primary number.  Parents, who prefer not to receive early morning weather calls on their home phone, can designate a cell phone number as their primary number, then turn that cell phone off or to silent on nights when the forecast calls for bad weather.
Parents can change their primary number and update other numbers that may have changed, by contacting their children’s schools.
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Don’t miss the 3rd annual Family Wellness Summit!
Saturday, April 14th at Grandview High School
open house from 8 am – 1 pm
Free for all CCSD families and community members of all ages
  •  Interactive activities that promote lifelong health
  •  Relay races for individuals or teams – win prizes!
  •  Demonstrations and educational booths
  •  Free food sampling
  •  Entertainment from schools across CCSD
  •  9Health Fair with free and low-cost screenings from 7 am to noon (go to to pre-register or to volunteer)
For more information, visit
To sign up to volunteer on April 14th, visit



On Thursday, February 16th, nine Smoky Hill automotive students competed at our Region 1 SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Contest at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. Senior Michale Yedo emerged as the winner of the hands-on skills contest, beating a 20-person field from Arapahoe Community College, Overland High School and SHHS. David Lee and Luis Monroy earned 2nd and 3rd place honors in the Automotive Technical Math Contest. By demonstrating their knowledge of precision measurement, troubleshooting, vehicle systems analysis and electrical diagnosis, our students earned trophies and hand tools donated by Snap-On and Craftsman.

All three Buffs will compete in our State SkillsUSA Contest in April at Red Rocks Community College in Golden. Opportunities at this level include larger tool prizes and generous scholarship to technical colleges.
Smoky Hill had nine of the top 20 Regional auto competitors: Michale Yedo, Mike Badia, Robert Ross, Luis Monroy, Christian Castrejon, David Lee, Eric Lemay, Zach Hilton and Kyle Kelly (CTHS). It is great to watch our Buffs show what they know!



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