Silver Creek High School
Weekly Update for Friday, September 28th
Help us to refresh our mission statement!
Parents, please help us to refresh our mission statement. Our current mission statement was created several years back when Silver Creek did not have many of the great scholastic opportunities we have today. This mission statement review is the culminating work of student, parent and staff committees. Please click on the following LINK and help us to refine the mission statement for Silver Creek High School.
Collegiate Prep Test Day
One of our priorities (and an area in which we have received the highest possible marks in state accountability) is preparing students for success after high school. For over ninety percent of Silver Creek graduates, the future begins with college. And since entrance into most colleges (as well as vocational placement) entails success on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT, we have instituted Collegiate PrepTest Day for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. The 9th and 10th grade assessments are aligned with (and created by) the ACT, so the data provides an indication of where students are, how much they’ve grown, and the practice helps our students become more comfortable with standardized testing formats.
On Wednesday October 17th, all students will participate in their grade-specific test. Test fees can be paid via RevTrak, or by cash/check in the counseling office.
Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test, which includes a non-testing section devoted to career interests. The fee for the EXPLORE test is $10. EXPLORE
Sophomores will take the PLAN test, test number two in the ACT sequence, which not only projects a student’s likely score on the ACT, but also addresses ways for students to improve before they take the mandatory ACT as juniors in April of 2014. The PLAN also contains an interest inventory which follows on the EXPLORE’s diagnostic and provides still more information on potential careers and college majors. The fee for the PLAN test is $12. PLAN
Juniors will take the PSAT. A precursor to the SAT, the PSAT “measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills (see PSAT website link below). This test doesn’t require you to recall specific facts from your classes. Besides helping students prepare for both the ACT and the SAT, the PSAT is also the measure used to determine National Merit Scholarship eligibility. For the past several years, Silver Creek has boasted at least one National Merit Semi-finalist, which continues to enhance our academic reputation as one of the top 5% of all high schools in the nation. The fee for the PSAT is $15. PSAT
Seniors will attend a class meeting from 9:15-10:30. They’ll receive information about Commitment to Graduate – C2G – and take home order forms for their caps and gowns. C2G
Raptor Families, in the state of Colorado our funding per pupil is determined by a count that occurs the last week in September and first week in October. This is known as the October Count. It is imperative that your child have good attendance everyday to fulfill his/her academic achievement and it is ever more important that your child demonstrate excellent attendance during this two week window as it directly impacts our operating budget. Please plan to schedule appointments outside of this timeframe or outside of the school day. Thank you for your support in your child’s daily attendance.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. GOERNER AND MS. HOGAN
SILVER CREEK LIBRARY NAMED COLORADO LIBRARY OF THE YEAR
This award is given to the top library in Colorado, including all schools K-University and independent public libraries. This truly is an honor!!! This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by the Colorado library or library district during the past year. The Nominations are based upon the following criteria:
- Demonstration of noteworthy customer service.
- Community outreach and programming that results in significant increases in circulation, library visits, and/or library card registrations.
- Creative and effective partnerships with teachers, faculty, or others working within the same institution
- Innovative ideas and contributions that enhance the library experience.
- Significant leadership in support of Colorado Libraries
- Creative use of resources (staff, money, community contacts, supplies, volunteers, etc.) which allows the library to provide excellent services.
You don’t want to be left out on this terrific opportunity! This year the Silver Creek Education Foundation is funding our classrooms “Brick-Buy-Brick”. This is a new spin on engraved bricks. We will be using engraved Colorado Red Sandstone. Be sure to get in on the initial offering at the most prime location as we begin replacement of our front walkway with the engraved sandstone. AND WHAT A PERFECT GIFT TO CELEBRATE GRADUATING SENIORS. Click on the following LINK to view the brochure for our Brick-Buy-Brick Fundraiser. Brick samples can be seen in the main office.
There is a late start on Wednesday October 3rd. School starts at 9:45a.m. and buses will run 2½ hours later than normal time.
JUNIORS – REGISTER FOR THE PSAT! As part of Silver Creek’s College Prep Test Day, the PSAT will be administered on the morning of Wed., Oct. 17th. Juniors must sign up to take the test on the Silver Creek website, just click on the PSAT link by September 28th to register. The cost of the test is $15, payable by cash or check (made out to SCHS) to Ms. Monteil in the Counseling Office. If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dC1vMVAzdHdnbWwxNUdwUllBOE9WNkE6MA
Seniors: If you are considering taking/re-taking the SAT, here are the first few test dates and their registration deadlines:
SAT Test Date Registration Deadline
Nov. 3 Oct. 7
Please note that for security reasons, tests now require that you upload a photo of yourself in order to register! This will add time to your registration process, so be prepared. Also, there have been some changes to their policies regarding stand-by testing. Please access their websites (below) for details. Good luck on your tests! www.actstudent.org www.collegeboard.org
College Representative Visits
The following colleges/universities will have representatives here next week. Please sign up with Ms. Monteil in the counseling office if you are interested in attending their informational meetings
Montana State University – Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:30 a.m.
Emory University – Tuesday, October 2nd at 1:30 p.m.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs – Wednesday, October 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
University of Evansville – Thursday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Ms. Monteil also has information on a babysitting job for a four-year-old boy in Longmont Estates. Student must have his/her own transportation. CPR/First Aid training preferred but not a must. Please see Ms. Monteil in the counseling office if you are interested.
Speaking of Ms. Monteil…… a personal note from her……..
Hello families of Silver Creek,
I am so sad to share the news that my run here at Silver Creek is coming to a finish.
I will be trading in my school seal for a post hole digger. 🙂 I’m slightly kidding, but I am leaving this beautiful state of Colorado and moving up to the other beautiful state of Montana where I will have an abundance of acreage to relax on and enjoy.
My last full day is today, September 28th but I plan to be here half days for the next couple of weeks so as to smooth the transition to the new Registrar. It is a very bittersweet move for me as I have loved, Loved, LOVED working both here at Silver Creek and at Altona which is where I met many of you wonderful families.
Please stop by in the next few weeks and say good bye. I would love to see you.
Raptor Activities Booster Club Every year we hear that we are facing yet another state budget cut in education and the activities at Silver Creek take their fair share of the hit. Currently, our athletic programs receive state/district funding that provides for an internal school operating budget of $18,000. Funding is also provided to help cover the expense of most in-state travel and officials, when athletic fees may not. The remainder of expenses are met through fund-raising events sponsored by the various teams or through the Raptor Activities Booster Club (RABC). RABC has also grown quite active in providing financial support to clubs and organizations throughout Silver Creek. When the needs can’t be met, families are left picking up the expenses or the programs get cut.
How can you help?
1. The most lucrative RABC fund raiser is, by far, our weekly Bingo sessions. Historically, Bingo has brought in approximately $50,000 a year to RABC. Through these funds we were able to purchase supplies for our athletic trainer, volleyball nets, folding chairs, basketball hoops, football headsets, event loudspeakers, wrestling mats, cheer mats, a defibrillator… the list goes on and on. However, our ability to continue doing this in the future is dependent on a strong volunteer base and a large group of bingo players. The health of our Bingo program will directly impact our athletic program and critical activities.
2. Join the RABC. Membership cost is only $20 per family per year. If every family in Silver Creek joined, it would provide $20,000 towards our programs.
Bob Banning is leading the way with the profit from 30 books being donated to Boys Basketball. Remember, you can designate a classroom, sport, club, or activity to receive the profit from the books. Just stop by the school store (Thursday 10-1) and pick up a book or order on-line at silvercreekstore.org. Lets raise money for our school and save money at the same time!!! $20 at King Soopers…..you make money on the deal!
BINGO on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Gather some friends and neighbors and play Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley at 640 19th Ave. It’s LOTS OF FUN and the proceeds support all activities at Silver Creek High. “Silver Creek” Bingo night is EVERY Wednesday at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
Bingo Help! Bingo is a huge fundraiser for our school and our athletic department. We hold Bingo every Wednesday night from 5:30 until about 9:00 at the Longmont Bingo hall 640 19th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501. Volunteers are usually on a 4 week rotation and the schedule is put out in 4 Month intervals. We are in need of the following positions:
Floor Workers – Volunteers walk the floor selling bingo games and check to see if “Bingo’s” are correct
Pickle Seller – Volunteers Sell pull tabs
Cashiers – This is a trained position, these are the people Who show up first and are the last to leave.
Any cross country or track families (adults and kids can volunteer) who are interested, write me back and I will help put you on the schedule.
School Store: Open weekly, Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. You may order on-line at silvercreekstore.organd pick up your items on Thursday.
High School Football in St. Vrain will be broadcast on KRCN 1060 “The Biz” Our Home games will be broadcast on KRCN 1060 “The Biz” from Everly Montgomery Field.
Join SCLA and the Longmont Chamber of Commerce for the candidate debates here at SCHS on Monday, Oct 1st at 5pm. Candidates Brandon Shaffer and Cory Gardner will be part of the evening along with candidates for house district 11 and 12, RTD, County Commissioners and many others. Also, tables will be set up in the cafeteria to get info on ballot issues including the mill levy, fracking and other important topics. The event is free and open to the public! Come be a more informed voter!
The Silver Creek Leadership Academy is a busy part of SCHS. Ever wondered who we are and what we do? It’s easy to find out! Weekly blog at: sclaweekly/blogspot.com Website: https://sites.google.com/a/svvsd.org/scla/home Twitter: www.twitter.com/silvercreekLA
SCOPA (Silver Creek Organization for the Performing Arts) supports the staff and students of Silver Creek through fundraising and volunteer opportunities. The next SCOPA meeting will be on Tuesday Oct 9th from 6:00 – 7:00 in the choir room.
St Vrain Band night is on Oct 10th at 7:00 pm at Longmont High.
Silver Creek Debate has a tournament on October 13th and 20th.
There is a choir concert October 23rd.
SCOPA Bingo times are: Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bingo Alley near Main and 19th Street. For more exciting news about the performing arts go to SCOPANEWS.ORG!
Seniors, reminder that Senior pictures are due by November 1st. Submit your pictures through the yearbook link on the Silver Creek High School homepage or on a disc. Quotes are FREE, but must be under 25 words. See Ms.Boardman with any questions, comments, or concerns. Sometimes the best pictures occur when you aren’t posing. Show your Raptor spirit by uploading pictures YOU want included in our yearbook toReplayit.com. The link located on the Silver Creek Yearbook website, found on our SCHS homepage, or you can download the Replayit app!
It Can Wait
Take the pledge now at the following link http://www.itcanwait.org/. This campaign is sponsored by AT&T to reduce the all-too-common occurrence of texting and driving. Have your teen take the pledge… and you too… today!
Fees can now be paid through RevTrak or submitted to the Main Office. Refer questions to Lois Davis at 720-494-3721.
FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE…
Parents, if you need to sign your student out during the day, please send him/her to school with a note, signed by you, indicating the time the student needs to leave. Have your student take that note to the attendance office first thing in the morning, where he/she will exchange it for a pink pass that will indicate the time he/she is to be dismissed. The student should present the pass to his/her teacher at the time the student needs to leave, and then sign him/herself out at the attendance window.
Interested in a carpool
Interested in joining a carpool list or have a student who would like to drive other students for some gas money? If so, please email Tina Martin @ firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be added to the list and will receive updates to the list. Members are responsible for contacting the people on the list to possibly carpool with the other members.