Weekly blog for February 1st

 

Silver Creek High School

Weekly Update for Friday, February 1st

Principal’s Message

Dear Raptor Families,

I would like to share with you our progress on security measures within our building.  We have made some improvements and updates over the course of the last year and look to continue making improvements in the near future.  I would also like to invite you to a St. Vrain Valley District safety meeting of your choice.

Safety Meetings:

February 5, 6:00-7:30, Trail Ridge Middle • 1000 Button Rock Dr., Longmont

February 6, 6:00-7:30, Coal Ridge Middle • 6201 Booth Dr., Firestone

February 7, 6:00-7:30, Erie Middle • 650 Main St., Erie

Changes at Silver Creek include:

  • Internal cameras – implementation of school entrance cameras to provide office staff with a visual of main entrance
  • Entryway buzzers – complete implementation of A-phones/entry buzzers designed to prevent ac­cess to schools without office staff first screening visitors and authorizing entry by pressing an open door buzzer (to be installed in the next 4 weeks)

Safety structures and practices already in place at Silver Creek:

  • Security Doors – school entrance directs visitors into the main office
  • Key Cards – all doors are locked and require the use of a key card for entry
  • Visitor Badge and Identification Verification—all visitors are required to check-in at front office; anyone unfamiliar to office staff is required to show identification
  • Background Checks – routine background checks for all district employees and regular volunteers
  • Security Radios – enhanced internal and external communications through use of upgraded security radios for school staff
  • Incident Command – continued communication with local law enforcement agencies and review of the Incident Command Management System that we currently have in place
  • Safety Teams – continuous training for school safety and first aid teams within schools
  • Safety drills – routine, comprehensive safety drills performed by staff and students in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, fire districts and emergency managers
  • School Resource Officer and Campus Supervisors – Working in conjunction with Longmont Police Department, we have a full-time officer at our school along with campus supervisors routinely patrolling campus.
  • Safe2Tell – implementation of Safe2Tell hotline designed to report any safety concerns, tips, etc.
  • Entrance Reconstruction – Our office recently added a secure entrance.  This construction provides immediate staff contact upon arrival at our building.

Thank you for your continued support as we look to provide an environment that is both welcoming and safe for our students, staff, and families.

Sincerely,
Erick Finnestead

Save the Date

2/19/2013

6:00 PM

On February 19 we will be sponsoring Rachel’s Challenge at Silver Creek High School.  Brought to you by Chase Lis of the Silver Creek Leadership Academy this event will engage students throughout the day and provide for a community presentation at 6:00 PM.  If you are a parent of a Raptor I strongly encourage you to attend this evening event.  We will be hosting this in our auditorium and there is no charge.  Take the challenge and help us create a better school.  This will be a terrific way to start a conversation with your teen today as you both experience Rachel’s Challenge!  For more information about Rachel’s Challenge please visit http://www.rachelschallenge.org/

Counseling Office

The St. Vrain Local Scholarship Lists are available in the Counseling Office or online at http://sites.google.com/a/svvsd.org/svvsd-high-school-counseling/scholarships-1. Over 25 scholarships are available from local businesses and organizations for St. Vrain seniors planning to attend universities and/or vocational training. The Gold Star Award has just been added to the list, and the Welker Scholarship deserves a good look for those with financial need. The deadline for most of these scholarships is February 28, so check it out soon! Other scholarship opportunities and search engines are also listed on the website above. For scholarships available at individual universities, check your university’s financial aid website.

The Front Range Community College (FRCC) Foundation Scholarships list is also available for students who plan to attend FRCC. Deadline is March 1. Go to http://www.frontrange.edu/Current-Students/Financial-Aid/Types-of-Financial-Aid/Scholarships.aspx.

As you apply for scholarships, extra effort can go a long way! APPLY, APPLY, APPLY, and remember to read the instructions, be thorough, write neatly, and ALWAYS MEET THE DEADLINES GIVEN!! Good luck pursuing these options!

FINANCIAL AID – The priority deadline to file the FAFSA for most schools is March 1! For families that need help applying for federal financial aid, College Goal Sunday will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m., at Front Range Community College in Longmont. Volunteers will be on hand to help you file your FAFSA form online. Remember to bring your 2012 tax documents. For more information, go towww.collegegoalcolorado.org.

JUNIORS (and their parents/guardians) – Wednesday, February 6th, during late start, Princeton Review is offering a free practice ACT exam here in the Silver Creek commons. It is strongly recommended that ALL juniors take this practice test in preparation for the MANDATORY ACT that you will be taking on April 23rd. The test will begin promptly at 7:15 and will take approximately 3 hours. Princeton Review will score the exam for you and provide a FREE strategy session at a later date.

Registration Information for SY 2013 – 2014

Please go to our Registration link on our main website to begin the process of course selection for next school year.

  • Once you click on the “Registration 2013 – 2014” link please review all the dates and information about registration.
  • Towards the bottom of the page are the Grade Level appropriate links for course selection.
  • It is important that between now and April 1st, 2013 (Which is when you will actually begin to input your requests):
    • Begin to have conversations with your teachers and parents/guardians about possible choices for next year.
    • Please carefully review and follow our registration guidelines and attend important events.
      • Be sure to review all courses which require auditions and/or applications and complete the required activities in order to request a particular course.
    • Review with your counselor about appropriate selection.

 

Late Start

There will be a Late Start Wednesday February 6th.  School starts at 9:45 a.m. and buses will run 2 ½ hours later than normal time.

Yearbook

It’s not too late to order your student’s yearbook.  Time is running out to order the Silver Creek High School yearbook for your student.  There’s only one chance to experience this school year, but the yearbook helps remember it forever.  It’s now on sale through 02/08/13.   Order your yearbook now.

After Prom Committee/Volunteers Needed:

The After Prom Committee is so excited to be off to a great start for After Prom.
Our theme this year is “CARNIVAL”!!!
The following items are needed for donations::
Cash
Gift Cards (next time you go out to eat, get your hair done, get an oil change, golf etc) please ask the business if they’d like to donate towards our great cause
Anyone with sports tickets (Rockies, Avalanche, Nuggets, CU basketball/football) they’d like to donate??
Anyone with a home business who would like to donate?  Do you work for a business who might be interested in donating?
Please keep in mind, and remind businesses, we are a 501(c) organization so we can send them a thank you note with our tax ID# for tax purposes!
Freshman and Sophomore parents please consider helping us with this event-before you know it your student will be attending!
Donations can  be dropped off at SCHS front desk with Lois!  For questions, please call:
Lisa Eutsler
SCHS After Prom Coordinator
303-250-5329
Eutslergang1990@hotmail.com

Athletics

The start of spring sports is just around the corner.  Are you signed up for Baseball, Girls Golf (at Skyline HS), Girls Soccer, Boys Swimming, Girls Tennis or Track & Field?  For information on how to register, click here.   All paperwork and fees must be turned into the athletic office before Monday, February 25.

For those girls interested in playing golf this year, there will be an informational meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 7 p.m. in the Skyline High School Commons (lunchroom) . The season begins on February 25th.

Important Dates for Semester 2 2012-2013

PLC Late Start/Practice ACT test for Juniors…………………………………….…February 6
President’s Day (No School)….……………………………………… ………………..February 18
Program Information Night (6:30 PM)…….…………………………………………….February 20
Parent Teacher Conferences (targeting struggling students)………………….……..February 27
Parent Teacher Conferences (open to all)………………………………………..…..February 28
PLC Late Start……………………………………………………………………..………March 6
TCAP Testing (9th and 10th)……………………………………………………..…….March 12-19
Junior ACT Test Prep (11th)…………………………………………………………….March 12-19
Spring Break (No School)………………………………………………………………….April 1-5
PLC Late Start……………………………………………………………………………..April 10
ACT Testing (11th regular school day 9, 10, 12)…………….……….………………….April 23
PLC Late Start……………………………………………………….…………………….May 1
Prom/After-Prom……………………………………………………..……………………May 4
Awards Night (9th-11th 7:00 PM)………………………………..………………………..May 6
AP Testing………………………………..……………………………..………May 6-10, May 13-17
SCLA Evening of Excellence…………………………..………………………………….May 14
Seniors Last Day………………………………………….………………………………..May 16
Senior Assignments Due………………………….………………………………………..May 17
Finals 1-3 (9th-11th)………………………………..……………………………………….May 21
Finals 5-7 (9th-11th)………………………………..……………………………………….May 22
Finals 4 & 8 (9th-11th Last Day of School)…..……………………………………………May 23
Senior Night (6:30 PM)………………….…………………………………………………..May 23
Graduation (10:00 AM)…………..………………………………………………………….May 25

Fees

Student fees are now due for 1st and 2nd Semester.   Students may drop payment of cash or check off at the Main Office or credit card payments can be processed through RevTrak.  If paying by check or cash, include student name and fees to be paid.

School Store

Check out this year’s Senior Jersey:

These Sr. Jerseys, Snap Back hats, Visors and lots of Sweats and Hoodies are available for purchase in the school store.  You can shop in person any Thursday from 10am – 1pm (cash or checks accepted) or shop online and pay with a CC or PayPal.
When you shop online you can pick up your order the next Thursday.
SilverCreekStore.org

SOLES4SOULS SHOE DRIVE

Please Clean Out Your Closets and Send Us Your Shoes!

Soles4Souls estimates 1.5 billion shoes lay idle in American closets or end up dumped in landfills across our country.  OUR GOAL IS TO COLLECT 2013 PAIRS OF SHOES in honor of this year’s graduating class and we now are at 888 pairs.  Many thanks to Altona Middle School who included a shoe contest as part of this year’s Rattlers Cup and collected a whopping grand total of 262 pairs!!!  So please join our shoe drive and send in your donations (even your most worn out ones) to our collection boxes by the front office.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Soles4Soulsleadershipacademy@gmail.com. Big or small, old or new, sweet or smelly … we’ll  be happy to take them all!

SOLES4SOULS Changing the World, One Pair at a Time

!!!!Brick Buy Brick!!!!

Etch your support of Silver Creek into stone!  The Silver Creek Education Foundation is building better classrooms one brick at a time, using beautiful Colorado Red Sandstone.  Ensure your piece of SC immortality and get in on the initial offering at the most prime location, as we begin replacement of our front walkway with the engraved sandstone. CELEBRATE YOUR GRADUATING SENIOR WITH A BRICK OF HIS OR HER OWN.  Click on the following LINK to the Brick-Buy-Brick brochure.  Brick samples are on display in the main office.

RABC

We want you as an RABC member!   Join during this Winter Membership Drive!  Your membership will help us to update athletic equipment, subsidize  student clubs and continue providing excellent activities and athletic opportunities for our kids.
Your membership means a great deal to our school as we face declining revenue and budgets for our schools.  Membership cost is only $20 per family per year.

If you are at all interested in being the Concessions CEO for the 2013-2014 school year, please contact  Kaydene Hubert  @ rabcconcessions@gmail.com or 303-845-2290.   We would like to start training asap for this open position.

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 operate Bingo every Wednesday night and need workers from 5:30 until about 9:00 at the Longmont Bingo hall, 640 19th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501.

SCOPA

SCOPA (Silver Creek Organization for the Performing Arts) supports the staff and students of Silver Creek through fundraising and volunteer opportunities.

Calendar of upcoming events:
Honor Band Concert  Feb 6th
All State Choir Feb 7-9th
Combined Honor League Band Concert   Feb 11th at Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley at 7:00 p.m.
All State Orchestra is February 14-16

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!

 

 

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