Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Make-up Test for all juniors who missed the ACT on April 24th.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 7:10 a.m.



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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.

News from the English Department
As English teachers are busy wrapping up their final units of study and making final preparations for AP and IB exams, they have been revisiting the summer reading assignments for each class.  As usual, they will be posted on the school website.  Students will be given the assignment in each of their English classes before they end the school year.  The books will be available for purchase at a discount in the English Resource Center, and a limited number of each title will be on hand for check out over the summer.  We anticipate other electronic supports for the summer readings on the school website, which may take the form of guiding questions or discussion forums.
Additionally, as we have traditionally done, we will be selling at a discount the novel sets for our Honors, AP, MYP and Diploma Programme classes.  We encourage students in these classes to have their own copies of the books, so they can mark in them, making annotations and applying other study strategies as they read.  Look for the order form on the school website in the coming weeks.


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

The World Languages Department had a fun, exciting and educational week to kick off World Awareness Week with their Window Drawing Contest, Trivia Challenge and Where Are You – Who Am I? Contest.   Winners of the Window Drawing were
Abby Vroegindewy and Annie Hart. Stop by II-323 to see the Window Drawings. Our Trivia Challenge was a lot of fun.  All week students were challenged to answer questions of Japanese, Spanish, French and German trivia.  Those winners were Andrew Zink, Lisiate Rael, Daryn George, Bryan Pham, Iris Abraham, Justin Martinez and Annie Hart.  Our Where Are You-Who Am I? Contest had much interest and excitement. Those winners were Keane Lim and Victoria Wagner.  Each student received a Chipotle or Jimmy John’s Gift Card. Congratulations to ALL.

On April 4th Mrs. Vockrodt, sponsor of the French Honor Society, inducted 8 new members.  Congratulations go out to Trinity Cerza Bell, Melanie Eoff, Lesley Fatica, Marnie Leblanc, Senna Murello, Mary Rahjes, Eyassu Shimelis and Bay Vagher.  For the second year in a row, Leonel Falcone, Danait Hailemicael, Maheema Haque, Bryce Raymond, Chris Riley and Audrey Zurcher continued to maintain their excellent standing in the French Honor Society.  Third year members John Choi, Hyemin Nam, Davis Rahjes and Lindsey Willman continue to excel in their standing in the society.  Senior, Margarita Azarkh will receive an Honor Cord at graduation for being a French Honor Society member for 4 years.  Congratulations to all!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Annual PIN Brunch at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
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.  

For further information go to:


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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.


Hobey Baker Award
Brandon Stevenson is a senior at Smoky Hill and was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award. This award will be presented to him at the Cherry Creek hockey banquet on May 21st, 2012. Brandon was an exceptional hockey player for Creek and also played for the Arapahoe Warriors during the winter season, but was injured in October of 2011.


The CCSD Summer Camp Brochure will be available in mid-April at: 
    Congratulations to our students and staff who participated in the Hunger Games literacy project events.  Thanks to the generosity of our community and local businesses, students who participated were eligible for numerous prizes.   We also want to extend a special thank you to the librarians from the Arapahoe Library District who helped to organize the project and donated their time and expertise in addition to books and posters. Here is a list of a few of the winners:
    Josh Major – Color Nook
    Abigail Vroegindewey – Nook E-reader
    Olga Arzhayev – Kindle Touch
    Cinema Grill Passes:
    Deborah Shells
    Amanda Burton
    Kyle Hill
    Miranda Carlson
    Bethelhem Eshete
    Nadia Etchey
    Gift Cards from Target:
    Madalina Ciocanu
    Sharona Sarikova
    Rubios Gift Card:
    Armand Amonette
    Cynthia Jennings
    Little Caesars Voucher:
    Audrey Zurcher
    Andria Leno
    Books and Posters
    Peter Rivera
    Andrea Henry
    Ana Perez
    Josh Garcia
    Nebiyu Tadesse
    Katherine Simons
    Ashley Tate
    Ria Kim
    Sarah Fairfield


Long Range Facility Planning Committee Recommendation


The Long Range Facility Planning Committee unanimously recommended that the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education call for a bond issue for renovation, new technology, and security; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused facilities; and building additions, across the district at the board’s regular meeting March 12, 2012.
The $125 million bond issue would be used, in part, to fund expansions at Cherokee Trail and Grandview high schools where enrollment already exceeds capacity. Thirty-seven million dollars also would be used for renovations and upgrades to security cameras, electrical, fire protection, HVAC and plumbing at all schools.
“These maintenance projects are just like the ones people do to keep up their homes,” Assistant Superintendent of Educational Support Services Scott Siegfried said. “They will help ensure that schools remain safe places for students to learn.”
The LRFPC is a citizens advisory group, established by the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education more than 30 years ago.  It is made up of district residents and employees who advise the board on facility utilization including construction, renovation, boundary and calendar issues.  The committee is responsible for making sure new schools are built just when they’re needed to handle student growth, and ensuring that existing schools are maintained and improved to protect the taxpayer's investment.
Five high schools – Cherry Creek, Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview and Smoky Hill – will receive funds for classroom and equipment renovations for STEM programming. Overland High School received funds for a STEM focused addition from the 2008 bond issue.
“At least 90% of all jobs in the future will require technical education,” Siegfried said. “We need 21st Century classrooms to support 21st Century learning.”
The committee recommended the expansions at the highs schools rather than building a new high school, which would have cost $125 million, the same amount as all of the other bond projects combined.
The district recently refinanced some of its existing bond debt for a savings to taxpayers of $4 million. Cherry Creek has an extremely strong credit, as evidenced by the Aa1/AA ratings assigned by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, respectively.
The bond issue would not result in a property tax increase, Chief Financial Officer Guy Bellville said.
The Board of Education will consider the recommendation and decide whether to call for a November election at its April 16, 2012 meeting.
View the entire recommendation on the Cherry Creek Schools website at



Japan Cup


On Saturday, April 21st, Mika Post, Matt Laughlin and Carol Rahjes visited the University of Denver to compete in the 2012 JAPAN CUP.  Japan Cup is a statewide language competition.  Students in middle schools, high schools and colleges in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah will compete in various levels.  This is an oral competition and students will be tested in their knowledge of Japanese culture, current events, pop culture, history, art as well as the language.   Japan Cup aims to provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience for all students involved.  Good luck to all.


Preferred Photographer List for Senior Photos
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