Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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2014-2015 Course Selection Information
The course selection process for the 2014-2015 school year will begin in January.  At that time, students will receive materials to assist with course selections for next year.  Please take the time to look through the course selection materials with your student to make informed decisions about his/her schedule for next year.  The school’s master schedule is created from the course choices of our students so your attention to the process is important and appreciated.  More detailed information will be sent home at the end of first semester in January. 

200 Club
What is the 200 Club?
The practice ACT test prep program on Naviance (Method Test Prep) has a vocabulary feature.  Vocabulary words pop up in a random order and a student must get the definition of the word correct twice in order for the word to appear in the student’s “words mastered” list.  Students who get 200 words in their “words mastered” list become a member of the 200 club.
What do 200 Club Members get?
Fame!  We will post an list of 200 club members in all resource centers every couple of weeks between Nov 15 and April 18.
All students who make it in the 200 club by April 18 will have their names published in Signals, our parent newsletter.
Additionally, all students who make it into the 200 club by April 18 will have their names entered in a raffle for prizes.
Many students will want to challenge themselves to make it into the 300 or even 400 club!  These students will have increased opportunities to win prizes!  : )
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

JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention
Congratulations to the 11 Smoky Hill High School journalism students who attended the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston, Mass., November 13 - 17. These students spent four days attending classes, competing in contests, collecting awards, and seeing the sights of Boston. The SHHS Summit Yearbook earned 4th Place in the Best in Show competition - it's highest ranking to date. Four students also took home individual honors: Maddi Gault - Honorable Mention in Yearbook Copy/Caption Clubs, Lexi Lansdown - Honorable Mention in Yearbook Layout Inside Pages, Hunter Kennah - Honorable Mention in Yearbook Layout Theme and Ian Marynowski - Superior in Photography Portfolio. Marynowski's Superior award earns him the title of one of the best high school photographers in the nation.
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Front row: Ian Marynowski, Maddi Gault, Lexi Lansdown, Hunter Kennah Back Row: Dagne Milasiute, Taylor Gault, Brandy Holm, Rachel Ellis, Janelle Bovenkamp, Nicole Irvin, Estefano Cedeno Gonzalez

AMC 10 & 12 A 

American Math Competition will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, during 1G. Registration will start on Dec. 2nd and end on Dec. 20th.  Cost will be $1.00 per student.  Registration sheets may be picked up from your teacher or in the MRC.  A parent’s signature is required as you will be missing your 1G class. This competition is for Algebra 2 Honors students or higher.   Contest will start at 7:10 a.m. in the middle cafeteria, please arrive by 7:00 a.m. to start bubbling your answer sheet.  Please bring 2 - #2 pencils. CALCULATORS ARE NOT PERMITTED. Other supplies will be provided for you. Students have 75 minutes to complete the test. Students will finish before 2nd period starts.  See Lori Gimmeson in MRC for more info. 720-886-5525.


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.



Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
What’s Next?  Creating Your Best Second-Half of Life
Join PIN for our next presentation on Tuesday, December 3rd, to hear Kristen Kaufman, founder of Texas-based Alignment, Inc. and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Is This Seat Taken? 
Kristen will speak about the unforeseen opportunities that exist in our everyday encounters and how those moments can play into our ‘next act’ in life.  What can we learn from others who started over at age 50, 60 and in some cases 80?  Prepare to be inspired.
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.

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.

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New! Students now have access to EBooks and Audiobooks—just download
to your phone, Kindle, Nook, iPad, or computer. Stop by and see the librarians during lunch or off-periods with your questions and device to get started.
Call 720-886-5591 for more information.


Did You Know?


Breakfast is available every day at each of our schools
Students who eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school:
·         Are better able to concentrate in the classroom
·         Score higher on standardized tests
·         Visit the nurse’s office less often
·         Are better able to maintain their weight
Breakfast is available to all students in Cherry Creek Schools and those who qualify for free and reduced-price meals can also receive breakfast each day free of charge. While this service is available, a number of our students do not participate in the breakfast program on a regular basis.
Menu items at breakfast include breakfast burrito, breakfast bread, yogurt parfait, and oatmeal breakfast round. Each day there is also a variety of cereal, vanilla yogurt, and toast. In addition to their main entrée students can choose milk and fruit to round out the meal.
Check with your school for breakfast times.
If there’s no time at home, your student can eat breakfast at school each day!
Students can apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meals at any time
Students and families are able to complete an application for free and reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. If you believe your student may qualify for free and reduced-price meals, an application can be completed online at or by paper with an application from your kitchen manager. If a student qualifies for free and reduced price meals, they may eat breakfast and lunch at school each school day free of charge.
 If you have any questions about breakfast or lunch at your child’s school, please contact your school’s kitchen manager.
Cherry Creek School’s Food and Nutrition is here is feed the bodies and minds of all of our students!


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:



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