Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Thank you StuGo!
Congratulations to Smoky Hill Student Government leaders for putting together an amazing Homecoming Week!  Student Government leaders spent countless hours preparing for a week full of festivities.  All students had the ability to take part in a week of fun and school spirit.
Resource Centers
English, Social Studies, Math, Science
6:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Various Locations
General, Environmental, Honors
Darrah Yates
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Math Institute
Pre-Algebra to
Amy Howe
Betsy Sprafka
Nicki Shofner
John Thompson
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday
Math Tutoring
Jackie Wasserman
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Monday and Thursday
AP US History
(DBQ) Writing
Kim Wermers
Before/After School
1R, 2R, 1G, 3G
Café Español
Laura Buddington
2:35 – 3:15 p.m.
Spanish Tutoring
Sonja Walker
2R, 2G, After School

2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. The annual scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship program that is open to all U.S high school students.
Congratulations to Marnier LeBlanc who has been named an Outstanding Participant in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Marnier scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
in Cherry Creek Schools 2013-14
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!

Two Smoky Hill High School ProStart Students, Christopher Nadermann and Rebekah Borgstede, and their instructor, Cynthia Hardy, volunteered at the Denver Food and Wine event at Metropolitan State University of Denver all day on Saturday September 7.  This event was sponsored by the Colorado Restaurant Association.  The students gained valuable industry experience in food service as they prepared and served food.  They rotated between three stations and assisted nationally renowned chefs who were demonstrating center stage at the event.



Monday, November 4, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Bounce Back Stronger: Resiliency in Action
Join PIN for our next presentation on Tuesday, November 5th, with nationally-recognized resilience exper Nan Henderson. Resilience is the ability to rebound as we go thorough life's trials and adversities.
For more information for either meetings with Nan Henderson, please open the following PDF. PIN 2013Nov Presentation Flyer - Parent Community.pdfPIN 2013Nov Presentation Flyer - Parent Community.pdf
All 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
Visit for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights.
December 3rd       What’s Next?  Creating your Best 2nd Half of Life
January 7th      Lives Changed: Volunteerism


Please note time change.
Friday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Center.

District Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screening is conducted for students in their schools according to the Colorado Department of Education guidelines. These guidelines indicate that all students in Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades receive vision and hearing screening. Because of the important connection between a student’s academic achievement and his/her vision and hearing, parents are encouraged to allow their student to participate in this screening.

Vision: The screening is done by the school nurse and trained volunteers at no charge to the parent. First-graders will receive a comprehensive vision screening for color-blindness, near and distance vision, depth perception, convergence, and eye alignment. All others will receive distance screening. Remember, the vision screening is just a screening, not the complete ophthalmologic exam that is provided by a doctor.  

Hearing: The screening is done by district licensed audiologists at no charge to the parent.  

Additional diagnostic audiological evaluations are available free of charge at the district's Audiology Department for:

  • Students whose hearing results indicate a potential problem

  • Annual follow-up for students who have a history of hearing problems

You will be notified only if your student does not pass one or more of the screenings.

If you do not wish your child to be screened this year, please contact your School Nurse.


Please open the following document about the required vaccines for school attendance and the recommended vaccines for best protection against vaccine preventable diseases.

CDPHE immunization letter 8-2013.pdfCDPHE immunization letter 8-2013.pdf 

School Meal Prices 2013-2014


Please open the flyer regarding meal prices for the 2013-14 school year.
School Meal Prices 2013-14.pdfSchool Meal Prices 2013-14.pdf 

School of Choice
School of Choice applications will be available online for the month of January 2014 for the 2014-15 school year. The application is not time or date sensitive, but decision is based on a lottery.
Please visit the website at >>Admissions >> School of Choice/IntraDistrict Transfers for more information and then in January to access the application.


Cherry Creek School District will offer drivers’ education classes during the school year.  Please go to the following website for information:


  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 Second 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:
Chocolate Chips French Fried Onion Rings
Canned Fruit Mushroom Soup
Boxes of Jell-O Gravy
Canned Yams Canned Tuna
Marshmallows Oatmeal
Stuffing Canned Pumpkin
Cranberry Relish Boxes of Pudding
Canned Green Beans Peanut Butter
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.
Thanksgiving Meal Application

If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, please open and complete the following form.

2013 Thanksgiving Basket Application.pdf2013 Thanksgiving Basket Application.pdf 



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New! Students will soon have access to EBooks and Audiobooks—just download to your phone, Kindle, Nook, iPad, or computer. Stop by and see the librarians during
Parent Teacher Conferences or call the librarians, Kyle Harmon & Linda Wiggs, 720-886-5591 for more information.

  1. Don't assume anything you send or post is going to remain private.
  2. There is no changing your mind in cyberspace - anything you send or post will never truly go away.
  3. Don't give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable, even in cyber space.
  4. Consider the recipient's reaction.
  5. Nothing is truly anonymous.

To read the complete article, please download the following PDF.



Parents Need to Know

As a parent it is illegal to give alcohol to your child's friends under the age of 21, whether it's in your own home or with their parent's permission. You may not sell, serve, give away, dispose of, exchange, deliver, permit the sale, serve, give, or procure alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.

If you break the law:

Under the Class 2, Misdemeanor rules, you can face jail time of up to 1 year, probation, and a fine. Under the Civil Liability rules, you can be liable for a teen who is caught after leaving your home where alcohol was served.



What you can do as a Parent-

  • Refuse to supply alcohol and other drugs to teens.
  • Be at home and involved when your teen has a party.
  • If your teenager is attending a party, know where he/she will be and for how long.
  • Remember, for adolescents, there is no such thing as "responsible use" of an illegal substance.
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Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

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