SCHS Weekly Blog for March 1st

Silver Creek High School

Weekly Update for Friday, March 1st

Important Information Regarding CSAP/TCAP

The TCAP (formally CSAP) is an annual assessment used by the state of Colorado to award accreditation to all public schools.  At Silver Creek we pride ourselves on being recognized as a “Performance Accreditation” school,  which is the highest designation a school receives.  This accreditation status is determined by our students’results on the TCAP assessment, results on the ACT, along with the dropout rate and graduation rate.

TCAP results in Reading, Writing, Math and Science help teaching staff to develop a body of evidence in regards to individual student achievement.  This information allows us to assess both strengths and areas needing improvement for individual students and our school as a whole.

We encourage your students to do their best.  Silver Creek students are prepared for this assessment.  Please insure that your child receives a good night’s rest and breakfast to fuel them for the morning testing sessions.  And please help them arrive on time to avoid the necessity of make-up testing.

TCAP/CSAP testing will take place on March 13, 14, 15 and 20.  Freshmen are scheduled for testing on March 13, 14, 15.  If your freshman would like to attend school between the hours of 7:15 an 11:25 on March 20, we will have supervision for them in the gymnasium and library.  Freshmen attendance on March 20 from 7:15-11:25 is optional, unless a student needs to make up a test.  All freshmen are expected to attend regularly scheduled classes on March 20 from 12:05-2:15.

Sophomores are scheduled for testing on March 13, 14, 15, 20.  Sophomores are also assessed in Science, requiring the extra day of testing.

Please see the link for the TCAP Schedule.  Two classes will occur in the afternoon each day.  All students (freshmen-senior) must be in attendance for afternoon classes from 12:05-2:15 on March 13, 14, 15, 20.

Important Information Regarding Junior ACT Preparation and Test

Junior ACT preparation will also be occurring on March 13, 14, 15, 20.  All juniors must be in attendance for the full day on March 13, 14, 15 and 20.  On March 13 we will kick off this event at 7:15 a.m. with Princeton Review providing the results of practice tests as well as test-taking strategies that will benefit all students.  Juniors will begin each day in the auditorium at 7:15 a.m. for a quick lesson related to ACT and then be released to their ACT subject-specific classroom.  Juniors will follow a four-day rotation of related test-taking strategies, content review and individual test preparation.  Each day your junior student will receive a full morning of instruction focused on one of four areas of the ACT: English, Math, Science, Reading.  Silver Creek instructors will provide the preparation free of charge.  Junior students will break for lunch from 11:00-12:00 each day.  All juniors must return by 12:05 each day for normally scheduled classes that occur from 12:05-2:15.  LINK to a Colorado Colleges and Universities letter for all junior students participating in the ACT this year on April 24.

Know a great Teacher? 2012 Encore Awards

This awards program, sponsored by the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, provides the opportunity for students, parents, community members and business partners to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K–12th grade levels in the St. Vrain Valley School District who exemplify excellence in teaching.  By honoring the excellence of those teachers who have an extraordinary impact on the achievements of students, the Foundation and the community hopes to pay tribute to the accomplishments of all teachers.  Please click on the LINK for the awards nomination form and further information about the Encore Awards.

Counseling Corner

Last weekend to input your requests into Infinite Campus!

This is the last weekend to enter your course requests for next year!

Please make sure that you do so by the end of the day Sunday, March 4th.

If you have any questions please email: silvercreekhs@svvsd.org

We cannot stress enough the importance of carefully selecting your course requests.  Please be sure to review all steps and follow them accordingly. If you have questions, email Registration Assistance, or contact your counselor or our counseling secretary, Linda Monteil @ 720 – 494 – 0766.

AP Testing

For those students currently taking one or more AP courses, AP test registration is now open! Taking an AP test allows students the opportunity to earn college credit from their college of choice. For the past three years, Silver Creek students have taken more AP exams than any other high school in the district!
You can register for your AP test(s) on the Silver Creek website or at the following link: www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/060953
Register by March 20th. After filling out your registration, either pay by credit card online, or bring cash or check (made out to Silver Creek HS) to the Counseling Office. *All students should print their receipt and Transportation Permission Slip, sign the permission slip and turn it in to the Counseling Office.*
The cost for each test is $87. Fee reductions are available for those on free/reduced lunch or for those who meet qualifications. *Please be aware there is a change to fee waivers this year due to the reduction in a federal grant. See Ms. Norrbom BY MARCH 13 to receive a fee reduction.*
The AP exam window is May 7-18. The test schedule is available at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/cal/cal2.html
Testing will take place at the old J.C. Penney wing of the Twin Peaks Mall. Foreign language tests will be administered at Longmont HS. More details will be announced closer to testing.
Remember to register by March 20th. For questions, contact the Counseling Office at (720) 494-0766.

College Representative Visits
The following colleges/universities will have representatives here to discuss admittance, financial aid, along with housing and campus life in general.  Please sign up in the Counseling Office to speak with the college reps. from:
Naropa Institute in Boulder  –  Wednesday, March 7th at 1:30.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Tuesday, March 13th at 9:15
Nebraska Wesleyan – Tuesday, March 13th at 1:00

Scholarship Sites

scholarsite.com

Colorado Specific Scholarships

College In Colorado Scholarship Database

The Denver Foundation

PSA Fundraiser

Next Tuesday, March 6, Basil Flats is hosting a PSA fundraiser.  If you mention PSA when you order your food, the owner will donate 25% of the proceeds  to International Peace Initiative (the organization PSA supports for Dominic’s education in Kenya). The owner of Basil Flats, Joe Serafin, is a Silver Creek parent. Please come eat for a good cause and tell everyone you know. Last year’s Basil Flats fundraiser was a memorable and festive evening.  Check out the attached flyer for more information.

Annual Silver Creek Texas Hold’Em FUN-draiser Tournament

Saturday, March 17th.
Doors Open at 12:00.
Tournament starts at 1:00.
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of tournament.
Tickets may be purchased from RABC member teams and organizations.
Tickets may also be purchased in the SCHS office.
ANYONE can play – students, teachers, faculty, parents, siblings, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents (you get the picture).
LOTS of great prizes.
Past prizes have included an iPOD, Flat Screen TV, Bose Head Phones, a weekend getaway at a mountain condo.
Everyone gets a raffle ticket, which are drawn throughout the day for gift cards to area merchants.

Athletics

The boys swim team is holding a fundraiser at Panda Express (please see attached flyer)

After Prom

After Prom is a FREE community-sponsored, fun-filled event for our Juniors, Seniors and their Prom dates.  Students do not need to attend Prom to attend After Prom on April 21st from midnight to 3 a.m..  Dress is casual.  No money is needed for anything at the event.  Students are given poker chips when they arrive to “spend” on donated prizes such as:  iPods, IPad2, flat screen TV’s, dorm accessories, mini refrigerators, etc.  Our community has made many generous donations in support of this effort to offer a safe and exciting alternative after the Prom.  We usually have 300+ at the event each year and everyone (even parents!) has a great time.  Please consider donating time and/or money to this event.  See attachment for more information.

Teen Tech Week @your library!

Starting Monday, March 5-9th the library will be celebrating Teen Tech along with the American Library Association. In addition to good tech support and idea sharing, students will be able to complete modules or screencasts available off the library web site. Modules will teach students about everything from online citation creators to a round up of apps for SMART phones. Students have the opportunity to enter their completed modules in a contest to win prizes! Contact Mr G. for more details. For more information about national celebrations, go to http://teentechweek.ning.com/

RABC

JOIN the BOOSTER CLUB!!!  Only $20
RABC – Next Booster meeting is Monday, March 19th @ 6:00 p.m.
The Booster Club sponsors all Clubs and Sports in the school.  Please join and support all of the fabulous activities happening at Silver Creek.

RABC Hosts Bingo Every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.!
Come play Bingo run by the RABC on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Longmont
Bingo Alley, 640 19th Ave.  (Behind Wendy’s on Main St). Families are
welcome.  Silver Creek students have won some of our big games.  Please
contact Joan Brundage at joan.brundage@comcast.net if you have any
questions or would like to volunteer.

SCOPA NEWS

SCOPA Hosts Bingo Every Saturday from 1-3 p.m.! at the Longmont Bingo Alley, 640 19th Ave.  (Behind Wendy’s on Main St).
If you are a SCOPA parent and would like to support the performing arts by becoming a BINGO volunteer, please call Evonne at 720-320-7142.

Next SCOPA meeting date is Tuesday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Silver Creek choir room.  Please join us.

News From the Art Department

Art Club meets every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:00
Every week we have a new activity.  Club members are welcome to participate in the activity or use the time as an open studio to work on their own art. There is no fee; you do not need to be enrolled in an art class, and drop-ins are welcome!

Lucerne Art of Dairy Contest Voting Begins April 16th!!!

Lindsay Droege has been selected as the Finalist for the Lucerne Art of Dairy, Red White and Moo Art Contest. She will now replicate the design submitted onto a large 5’x8’ cow sculpture. The final design will be ready for voting near the beginning of April. Lindsay and eight others were chosen from over 9,000 entries. The Grand Prize is $20,000. Please check out the competition.

   

Art Contests, Enter and Win!

Congressional District Art Competition
Winners artwork will be hung in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Gifted and Talented National Conference
Have your artwork shown to people from all over the U.S. (email Mrs. Giese for more info).

Hope for Longmont
Longmont Homeless Outreach Program is looking for submissions of art work for a contest.
Students have a chance to win $100 and their art work will be used for homeless awareness. Contact Mrs. Giese for more info.

Doodle 4 Google
Create a Google Logo based on “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”
Winners receive a $30,000 scholarship, $50,000 technology grant for the school and your artwork seen my millions!

School Store  silvercreekstore.org

Raptor families, do you need a special gift for your Raptor student?  Visit the school store at silvercreekstore.org and place your order. Generally, if the item is in stock, it will be available in the office the following day!  It’s easy and your student will love it!!!

Fines/Fees

HAVE YOU PAID YOUR SECOND SEMESTER CLASS FEES?   Fees for second semester have been posted to your student’s account.  These fees may be paid through RevTrak or submitted to the Main Office.

Technology Fair 2012

Students, are you interested in showing off your technology skills?  The the St. Vrain Tech Fair is for you.  For further information on this unique event please click on the link.

Summer School 2012

Students interested in summer school for 2012 please click on the following link to find out more information about registration and classes offered.

Health Information

If you received a call regarding your student’s “Health Information”, please download the attached form and have your student return it to Health Clerk Cindi Lindsey.

Health Form
Health Form – Spanish

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