Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)

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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. In 2011, the ERCM process has been changed to Readiness and 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:
  • 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.  

2013 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Drew Gordon, Dirk Marshall, Catherine Song and Melody Su who have been named Semifinalist students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Congratulations!

School of Choice
The Cherry Creek School District allows its resident students to apply for enrollment in the Cherry Creek schools/programs of their choice.  In other words, you may request that your children attend a Cherry Creek school outside your assigned attendance area.  Please check the district website in November 2012 for information about how and when you will be able to access the electronic School of Choice Application to request a transfer for the 2013-14 school year.  

Make Up Pictures
Thursday, October 4, 2012
All Grade Levels – To insure your spot in the yearbook, please take advantage of the Studio 5 make-up photo day.  If you registered late, missed pictures, or need retakes, please be sure to make this date.  IMPORTANT:  If your ID photo was taken by the Security Office, that photo WILL NOT be in the yearbook.  You must take a make-up picture!  Pictures will be taken in front of the Lecture Center from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4th




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The Smoky Hill Thanksgiving Food Drive will look a little different this year. We are happy to announce that all food collected will go directly to members of the Smoky Hill Community. This year’s goal is to fill the Buckets of all SHHS and feeder school families from whom we receive an on-time application. Recipients will be provided everything needed for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
Please download the following form for more information on the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

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REGISTERED NURSES: Cherry Creek School District is looking for substitute, part-time and full-time school nurses. Would you be willing to substitute in your neighborhood school? Would you like to work full or part-time in this exciting discipline AND have holidays, weekends and summers off?  A school nurse position may be the perfect position for you.  If you are interested, please contact Marnie McKercher, CCSD Health Services Coordinator at (720) 554-4275.





WHERE: Activities Entrance (use activity doors, south parking lot)
WHEN:  Thursday, October 25, 2012, 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. 


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:


BREAKFAST WITH OUR LEGISLATORS will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. at the Student Achievement Resource Center.

If you would like to attend this event please download the following form. The cost to attend is $7.00 per person and your reservation must be made by November 20th. 


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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Smoky Hill Physics Teacher takes Science to the Extreme! Northern Siberia 

             This past summer, Smoky Hill High School physics teacher Mark Paricio worked with a team of international Arctic researchers in extreme northern Siberia.  From June 26th through July 29th, Mark accompanied 31 scientists, university professors, and college students of the Polaris Project to take part in a study of the Siberian Arctic systems. 

            Mark traveled 18 time zones from Denver to Moscow, then on to the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Russia, north of the Arctic Circle. At Cherskiy the research team lived and worked in the Kolyma River basin, one of the most remote major rivers in the world.
            Among other projects, Mark worked with scientists from the University of Florida and the University of Texas to study the effects of climate change on the severity and frequency of forest fires in the boreal forest of the northern taiga.  Additionally, he worked with researchers from the Woods Hole Research Center, Colgate College, Clark University, St. Olaf College, and the University of Colorado to determine the mechanisms of transport of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere through water and land-based ecosystems.
            One particular highlight for Mark was using his engineering experience to help a team of Russian researchers drill two deep boreholes into the permafrost layers below the ground in an effort to monitor the changes in these soils as the atmosphere warms. Permafrost soils (which stay in a frozen state all year) underlay all of the Kolyma River basin and much of the Arctic land, store more organic carbon than all of the tropic regions of the earth and have the potential to release vast amounts of additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as they thaw.  The experience of traveling to remote areas with the team of Russian scientists was an extraordinary experience from both scientific and cultural perspectives.
            During the trip, Mark stayed was based out of a former Soviet-era television station, abandoned when the Soviet Union collapsed.  He also stayed at a remote dry cabin in the Siberian wilderness for a week and on a floating barge on the Kolyma River, a unique dormitory that also served as a mobile lab, allowing the team to travel to various locations on the river for different studies, down as far as the outlet into the Arctic Ocean.
            Mark traveled to Siberia through the PolarTREC program.  Funded by the National Science Foundation, PolarTREC matches classroom teachers with researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic regions through a highly competitive selection process.  The program benefits classroom teachers by giving them an experience participating in field research that they can share with their students and colleagues.  Researchers benefit by the teacher providing an avenue to help publicize their work and to help educate the public on cutting edge issues in science.
            Mark kept an online journal during this trip to allow his students and the educational community to follow him at
Mark Paricio can be reached at
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