Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
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Smoky Hill High School participated in the Regional Science Bowl Competition Saturday, March 1, at Dakota Ridge High School. The Department of Energy, DOE, began the Science Bowl tradition in 1991 as a way to encourage high school students to explore math and science. DOE's Golden Service Center was the major sponsors of this year's event, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  The National Science Bowl is celebrating close to a quarter century of competition and is the only academic event of its kind that is sponsored by a U.S. government agency. Approximately 15,000 high students from across the country competed for a chance to go to Washington, D.C., for the national finals and Fairview High School Team One won the event this year and will represent Colorado. Smoky Hill teams finished 4th and 5th out of 48 teams at the Regional Competition. Both teams won the first two rounds in the double elimination rounds in the afternoon. During the third round, Smoky Hill Team One beat Team Two in a close competition. Team Two members are Caleb Suresh, captain, Elizabeth Nichols, Jane Brusilovsky, and Ria Kim. Team One Members were led by Susan Niederhoff, captain, Christopher Hoyt, Abhinav Shresthta, Mina Mungekar, and Ish Shah. This is the best finish for Smoky Hill since 2007. Smoky Hill Science Bowl has competed at the National Science Bowl eight times.  
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Both SHHS Teams One and Two met during the elimination round. The teams are pictured with their coach Mary Bartholomew.

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Senior Checkout Day – Friday, May 16

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 9. Also, please note that SHHS will no longer accept checks from a senior after Thursday, 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 Friday, May 9, payment will be required (cash or credit card only) on senior checkout day.  

 Smoky Hill High School
2013-2014 Teachers of the Year
Gayle Brown & Adrian Holguin
We are excited to announce that the Smoky Hill community, students and staff have selected Gayle Brown and Adrian Holguin as the 2013-2014 Smoky Hill High School Teachers of the Year. 
Gayle is a remarkable Visual Arts teacher, sponsors numerous clubs and serves as the Visual Arts Department Coordinator.  Adrian is an outstanding Math teacher, sponsors Spontaneous Combustion (our student Improv group) and serves as the Math Department Coordinator.  They are great representatives of all the outstanding teachers we have in our building.  Congratulations Gayle and Adrian!
2014-2015 Course Selection Information

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





7:00 p.m., Auditorium

Tuesday, April 15 (A-L)


Wednesday, April 16 (M-Z)

Any student planning to march in the graduation ceremony

must attend one of these meetings with a parent or guardian.

If you are unable to attend your assigned night,

please attend the alternate night.


Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Less is More: The Freedom to be Different

Discover joy and freedom through a less-is-more attitude

We hope you'll join us to hear Susan Jones, mother of five, talk about her journey through parenting.  Over the years, Susan's focus has shifted away from outward appearances toward what feels right on the inside.  Find out how parenting can be more fun when we learn to care a little less about keeping up with what other parents are doing.  Less-is-more is an intriguing concept that can be embraced by anyone at any stage of life. 

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. 

Note: This presentation will be held on 4/15 (not on the first Tuesday of the month, as is usual.) 

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


May 6th      PIN Annual Brunch, held at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church:

                  Love & Logic: Taming the Entitlement Beast

Learning Disabilities: Do You Know the Signs? 

What do Thomas Edison, Tom Cruise and Albert Einstein all have in common?  Each man is proof that learning disabilities don't have to limit your potential.  But for kids to thrive, their struggles need to be dealt with in a positive, straightforward way.  Learning specialist Erica Adamiak and psychologist Kathryn Jens explained how at PIN's March presentation.

"Children with learning disabilities typically have average to above-average intelligence," said Erica.  "These kids have trouble receiving, processing, storing and responding to information, and that can mask their true intelligence."  Kathryn explained, "The first signs we see are when kids aren't doing well in the classroom."  Other warning signs include children who:

  • Struggle with friendships
  • Are depressed or anxious
  • Spend too long on homework
  • Are disorganized
  • Become easily confused with directions
  • Appear to be noncompliant
  • Are frustrating to others
  • Struggle to stay on task

Kids should know what's "in their file."

 "To be successful in life, you need to know yourself," said Kathryn, who advises parents to find out what's going on with their child, and to discuss it with them in a positive way.  "Sometimes, parents don't want to know (about their child's disability).  There's a sense of loss that can come with that." 

"It's important to frame things positively for your child," said Kathryn.  "Teach them to explain to others that they just learn differently."  Kathryn advises parents to become advocates for their kids.  "They may need to advocate to limit the number of hours of homework their child can handle," she said.  "When a child has a learning disability, they're exhausted at the end of the day.  They need down-time to do the things they're good at—to practice their strengths."

Next Steps

If you think your child might be struggling with a learning disability, raise the issue with your child's teacher or with your school's special education department.  Make sure your child gets the help they need.  Visit the National Center for Learning Disabilities to find out more: 

Coming Soon from PIN

At PIN's April presentation, Susan Jones will speak about "Less is More: The Freedom to be Different."  Join us on Tuesday, 4/15 at 9:15 a.m. at 14188 Briarwood Ave., Centennial. 

Mark your calendar for PIN's Annual Brunch on May 6 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.  Love & Logic® founder Jim Fay will speak on Taming the Entitlement Beast: Spend the Summer with Kids You Like!  Visit for details.

Join PIN!  Find out how you can use your gifts and talents as one of PIN's volunteer board members.  Attend our 4/22 board meetings at 9:15 a.m. in room 260 of the Educational Services Center, 4700 South Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village.  Call Barb Goettelman at (303) 759-9560 with any questions.

ProStart Students got Industry Experience through field trips to Chili’s and Maggiano’s

A very big thank you to Joe Morley, general manager, at the Aurora Chili’s on Alameda for hosting a wonderful field experience at two local Brinker’s restaurants. Fourteen students, two parents, Cindy Schanowski (a department administrative assistant), and Cynthia Hardy (teacher) attended the field trip. The students started the day at the Chili’s on Alameda and had three rotations: 1-Interviewing and Job Skills; 2-Marketing and Communication; and 3-Culinary/Back of the House. They then went to Maggiano’s at Park Meadows for two additional rotations: 1-Tour of the facility; and 2-learning about Catering/Banquet/To-Go. After the tours the Brinker’s management team quizzed the students with a jeopardy style review of the information they had learned in the five rotations. The students were divided into teams and the winning team received gift certificates to Chili’s.  After this educational morning,  the students, parents and teacher were treated to lunch at Maggiano’s.
Brinker’s restaurant chain managers and chefs will be working with the ProStart program students nationwide mentoring the students as they learn about the foodservice and hospitality industries. This invaluable mentoring experience gives students hands on, cutting edge experiences paired with their school learning. Brinker’s brought in managers from across the country to observe this pilot of the mentoring partnership.
Below is a picture of the students from Smoky Hill High School and the Chili’s management team at the February 25th  field trip.



The Smoky Hill Math Department is pleased to announce the winners of the American Math Competition (AMC), which took place on February 4, 2014.  The top scorers on the AMC 12 were Christopher Hoyt -1st place, Mina Mungekar – 2nd place and Julia Song – 3rd place.  The top scorers in the AMC 10 were Justin Kim – 1st place, Sung (Andy) Shin and Dylan Powers tied for 2nd place.  The Math Department would like to thank all of the students who participated in this annual math competition.

Christopher Hoyt also qualified to take the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination) which was held on March 14th

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CCSD offers drivers' education classes throughout the school year and summer.  The summer schedule will be posted on the following website in MID-APRIL where you can also find the school year schedule:


CCSD offers summer sports programs throughout the summer.  The camp brochure will be posted on the following website in MID-APRIL:


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