Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project

Help Fill Someone's Bucket Today!

Dear Smoky Hill Family:

As autumn approaches SHHS staff and students will be collecting food for the Third Annual SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project.  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.

The SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project is made possible with support from faculty, staff, students, parents and the business community. In early October, we will put Buckets and food lists in many classrooms and offices at SHHS. Please encourage your children to participate in this charitable experience by donating some of the following items.

The Bucket List:

Canned Fruit      ​French Fried Onion Rings​
Boxes of Jell-O        ​Mushroom Soup​
Canned Yams      ​Gravy​
Marshmallows   ​Canned Tuna​
Stuffing  ​ Oats​
​Cranberry Relish           ​Canned Pumpkin
​Canned Green Beans     ​Boxes of Pudding
​Chocolate Chips     ​Peanut Butter




  Meal requests must be received by Friday, November 7th.

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Please download the PDF application.

2014 TMP Application.pdf

This year we have several exciting community events! All proceeds will go directly towards providing Thanksgiving Meals. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may write a tax-deductible check, payable to Smoky Hill High School and deliver it—in a sealed envelope to the secretary in the SHHS Counseling Office.

Please review and download the Thanksgiving Flyer and click on the link below to register for each of the events. 2014 SHHS Thanksgiving Community Flyer.pdf

2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Congratulations to Ian Crocker, Robin Dickey, Mina Mungekar, Elizabeth Nichols and Mika Post who have been named Semifinalist students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.   Congratulations!

 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)

in Cherry Creek Schools 2014-15

As a result of funds received 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 implementing this comprehensive school safety model. We have continued to develop 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). 

Cherry Creek Schools has established responsive partnerships 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 school safety teams. In 2011, the ERCM process was renamed Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) to reflect our continuous proactive approach to school safety. We are committed to continuing this thoughtful and integrated 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

Raptor Visitor Management program

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 and safety planning, please contact your school's Principal. For further information about REMS planning in the schools, please contact Randy Councell, Director of Safety and Security, 720-554-4489, or Ronald Lee, Psy.D. Mental Health Director, 720-554-4252, co-chairs of the Safe School Design Team for the school district.

Thank you for your support of the district's 2012 bond election in helping us provide training for all staff and making our schools safe for every child!

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ProStart Students

Prostart students volunteered at two events!

Tuesday, September 2nd, at Back to School Night and our 40th anniversary celebration, ProStart students served cake and punch all evening. 

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On Saturday, September 6th, seven ProStart students volunteered at the Denver Food and Wine Grand Tasting event that was held at Metropolitan State University on the  Denver Auraria Campus.  Over 40 of Denver's top restaurants had booths.  There was also a Viking Culinary Stage on which three of Denver's top chefs demonstrated.  Students assisted the Colorado Restaurant Association with set up prior to the event, and then assisted with the restaurant booths during the event.  When the students had time, they also watched the chef demonstrations.  They were complimented on their professionalism throughout the day by the many restaurateurs. 

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Emotional Intelligence

Teaching Social, Emotional and Problem-Solving Skills to Families

Join us on October 7th to find out how you can unleash the power of Emotional Intelligence in your family.  Veteran instructor Diana Thompson will teach three simple tools that will help you leverage Emotional Intelligence to:

  • Increase communication with your kids—even with teenagers!
  • Reduce school-related stress and
  • Identify bullying problems before they escalate

Diana has more than 30 years of experience teaching Emotional Intelligence through the arts.  She is the director of Dramatic Adventures, creator of Fairytales and Feelings, and author of CinderSilly.  Parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend PIN's free presentations.  No need to RSVP—just come! 

Presentations are FREE and are held the first Tuesday of each month 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


Nov. 11th* - Score!  The Impact of Sports on Kids, Families, Academics & Life

(*evening only, time TBA)

Visit for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights

PIN’s September presentation featured Kim Bevill on the subject of movement in children and the impact it can have on narrowing the gender gap in learning.  Please download the following PDF for a summary of Bevill's presentation.

PIN School Newsletter Article - September 2014 14 09 10.pdf 

2014-2015 PIN Presentations

Everyone is welcome to join us for an exciting year of dynamic speakers and become part of a powerful network of proactive parents.

For more information on the PIN presentations for the 2014-15 school year, please open the following PDF.




CCSD offers drivers' education classes throughout the school year.

2014-2015 Meal Prices

The meal prices will be effective July 1, 2014. Several factors influence school meal prices. Food costs continue to rise especially for fruits and vegetables and at the same time, meal nutrition standards, require increased portions of these foods. In order to ensure we continue providing high quality breakfast and lunch meals that include fruits and vegetables each day, we must increase our meal prices. For more information, please open the following PDF.

2014-15 Meal Prices Free and Reduced Meal Application and Smart Snacks.pdf





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

WHEN:    Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:00  – 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.


Be sure to pick up your student's T-Cap Results at Parent Teacher Conferences on October 23rd.

Mark your calendar!


31st Annual Fall Craft Fair


November 8, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

210 vendors will display their hand-crafted

wares at this respected craft show.

See you there!

Smoky Hill Cross Country Boys place 2nd and Girls place 3rd at Pre-State. Way to go Buffs!

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2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program

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Congratulations to Leila Browne who has been named as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.  Congratulations!

Internet and Cell Phone Safety

  • If someone sends your child an inappropriate message or picture, contact your local law enforcement agency. Remember to save all messages and photographs for the law enforcement agencies' use. Even if a crime has not yet occurred, alarming communications should be reported to law enforcement.
  • It is illegal for an adult to engage in sexual talk with a student under the age of 15 and/or to talk about meeting a child for sexual purpose by email, text messaging, or online in chat rooms, social networking or game sites.
  • It is illegal for an adult to send naked pictures of themselves to a student under 15 using cell phones or personal computers – email, text messaging, or online in chat rooms, social networking or game sites.
  • It is illegal for an adult to ask a student under the age of 18 for their naked pictures by email, text messaging or online in chat rooms, game or social networking sites.
  • Once a student sends their picture to someone or a website, either online using their computer or cell phone, it is gone forever. This is the same for written communication.
  • All account settings should be set to private.
  • Many students have up to 500 friends or more on their social networking sites like Facebook. This means that they do not know everyone in person and that they could inadvertently have a predator as a listed friend.


Definition: Sexting is a blend of texting and sex.

  • Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photos through text messaging on cell phones.
  • It is against the law for anyone to send or receive naked pictures of anyone under the age of 18. That includes sending naked pictures of themselves.
  • If you send or receive naked pictures of someone under 18 you can be charged with Sexual Exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony, which could result in having to register as a sex offender.

Never assume that anything you send or post online is private!


A 16 year old girl was asked by her 17 year old boyfriend to send him a naked picture of herself.  She felt pressured by the boyfriend to send the picture but she reluctantly did it. She took a picture of herself with her cell phone and then sent it to him in a text message.

The teen asked her boyfriend not to show it to anyone. He promised he wouldn't; he told her it was just for him and that he wouldn't show it to anyone else.

Approximately, two hours later the boyfriend sent the naked picture of his girlfriend to his best friend and told him not to show it to anyone else. The best friend also promised not to show it to anyone else.

Ten days later this 16 year old girl went to school and found the naked picture she had sent her boyfriend taped to her locker.

The same naked photo was also found taped in ten other places around the school.

The 16 year old was humiliated and embarrassed. She was taunted and ridiculed. She was so devastated that she ultimately dropped out of school.

The two teenage boys responsible for this were charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child. They were adjudicated and now have to register as sex offenders until they are both 26 years old. The 16 year old girl was also charged and given a deferred adjudication.

Sexting can be devastating and your children need to know how seriously it can affect their lives.

Once you post a photo online or send one through in a text message, that photo is in cyberspace forever.

First Judicial District: Internet and Cell Phone Safety [Pamphlet].  (n.d.)

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