Weekly blog for February 15th

Silver Creek High School

Weekly Update for Friday, February 15th

 

Silver Creek is Honored to Welcome

Rachel’s Challenge

Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is Free

Seats will fill up and we can only provide this opportunity to the first 380 attendees.  You don’t want to miss this… an incredible opportunity to share an impactful experience with your teen!!!

Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based in Littleton, Colorado. This is a powerful program honoring Rachel Joy Scott who was the first student killed during the horrible tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999. The program is presented by Rachel’s father, Darrell, and her brother, Craig, who was spared during the shootings but witnessed two friends being killed next to him in the library.

Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student-empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17- year-old Rachel Scott. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott, when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.

More than 18 million people have been touched by Rachel’s message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel’s Challenge. In one survey, 78% more students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In a recent 24 month period, Rachel’s Challenge received more than 450 emails from students who indicated that they changed their mind about taking their own life after hearing Rachel’s Challenge.

Program Description: Conveyed through stories from Rachel’s life and writings, Rachel’s Challenge shows the profound positive impact we can have on those around us. Rachel’s Challenge demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others to start what Rachel called “a chain reaction of kindness and compassion”. Rachel’s Challenge encourages participants to examine their own lives in the light of the following 5 challenges.

Challenges:

  1. Look for the Best in Others
  2. Dream Big
  3. Choose Positive Influences
  4. Speak with Kindness
  5. Start your own Chain Reaction

Outcomes: Rachel’s Challenge motivates the individual to consider where they are personally in relation to the five challenges. It also prompts the listener to reflect on his/her relationship with and impact on the people around him/her. Additionally, Rachel’s Challenge renews the participants’ hopes that their lives have purpose through service to others. Rachel’s story gives participants permission to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects school climate.

You can learn more about this wonderful organization at

http://www.rachelschallenge.org/

http://vimeo.com/33291369

 

Important New Online Parent teacher Conference Scheduler for

Silver Creek High School

Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions

 

  1. Visit the school’s homepage ( http://schs.stvrain.k12.co.us/ ) and select the Online Scheduler icon/link located below the Raptor icon.
  2. From the Online Scheduler homepage…
    1. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password (raptors)
    3. Enter your student’s “Student ID”.  If you do not know the Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date
    5. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed.  Check the box next to the name of each teacher you would like to meet with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students.  If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule.
    9. We encourage you to sign up for time slots that are not back-to-back to insure transfer time between conferences.
    10. We will be ringing bells to limit conference time to 10 minutes.  We appreciate your adherence to this time allotment and if more time is needed, please let the teacher know for a later follow-up.
    11. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
    12. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    13. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment).

Need help?  Contact the school’s Online Scheduler™ specialists —  Leslie Chopp in counseling or Lois Davis in the front office — at (720) 494-3721.

SENIORS

Have you ordered your cap and gown set for graduation?   The time is NOW!!  Go to www.gotograd.com

AP Test Registration

       For students currently enrolled in AP classes for 2012/13: It’s time to register for the May AP tests! To register, go to the Silver Creek website and click on AP Test Registration. If you registered for AP tests last year, it’s recommended you use the same email address to sign up this year. Tests will cost $89 this year, fee waivers are available to those who qualify. Testing will take place in the old JC Penney in the Twin Peaks Mall during the first two weeks of May. Get registered by March 24th for the opportunity to earn college credit through AP testing. Contact the Counseling Office with any questions!

Would you like an opportunity to volunteer?

Please come and help us with putting on the Chinese New Year event for the Longmont community!  The event is Saturday, February 23rd from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Silver Creek HS.  We are looking for volunteers for decorations, helping out with booths, assisting with food distribution, and performances.  All volunteers will be able to sample the food.  We are looking at two shifts: 12:00 – 3:30 and 3:30 – 6:00.  Please contact Insoon Olson @ olson_insoon@svvsd.org, if you are interested or have questions.

Attendance

With the new security entrance, parents can help streamline the process of releasing their students from class by sending your child with a note indicating the time he/she is to be excused. Have your child stop by the attendance window before school starts and the note will be exchanged for a pass with his/her name and the time he/she is to be excused. That note will be sufficient to excuse the student and you do not need to come into the office to sign the student out.  If you have a last-minute appointment, call the attendance window as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to get your student a pass.

Encore Award Nominations

Encore Award Nominations for our outstanding educators in the District are currently being accepted.

This awards program, sponsored by the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, provides the opportunity for students, parents, community members and business partners the opportunity to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K – 12 levels in the St. Vrain Valley School District who exemplify excellence in teaching.  The awards will be presented at the Tribute to Teachers event on May 10, 2013 at the Plaza Conference Center in Longmont.

To find out more information about the Encore Award Program, or to nominate a teacher, please go to our website (www.efsvv.org) and click on Programs, then Encore Awards.

The nomination deadline is March 15, 2013. Thanks for your help in honoring our phenomenal teachers!

Health Office

Silver Creek’s Vision and Hearing Screening will be held on Monday, February 25th.  Please contact Health Clerk, Cindi Lindsey, at 720.494.3728 if you are able to help from 7 – 10 a.m.

Counseling Office

Very Important information for the parents of Seniors regarding FINANCIAL AID:
The priority deadline to file the FAFSA for most schools is March 1! For more information, go towww.collegegoalcolorado.org.

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!
College representatives will be here this month from Fort Hays State University, Western Nebraska Community College, Colorado Mesa University and Redstone College.  Please check the white board outside the counseling office for dates and times.

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.

 

Host a CCI Exchange Student!

For 26 years, CCI has successfully placed over 20,000 high school students with volunteer host families around the U.S.  CCI Local Coordinators successfully match students with the lifestyle of their American volunteer hosts and have many happy families and students year after year! We are the only “green” exchange organization that connects people and planet by practicing sustainability and encouraging service.  A fantastic way to provide a fun and cultural experience for your family! Call or email your local coordinator, if you would like the opportunity to enrich a student’s life, Lori Hewitt 720-204-1223, ccilorih@gmail.com.

Tech Fair

Now is the time to start planning for your projects for the 2013 Tech Fair! This year the Tech Fair will be held on April 20, 2013, with set-up on April 19th.  Once again, Skyline High School will be our gracious host for the event.

The registration form for registering a student project can be found here. Student project teams should be limited to 4 students per team. Each school is allowed three teams; if space permits, we will allow more than three. Ideally, we will have at least one team from each school.  Registration forms should be submitted via the Tech Fair website no later than March 15, 2013.

Please note that we will provide each team with one 6 ft. table, two chairs, and an electrical outlet.  Any needs beyond that should be planned for and provided by the project team. Projects should not involve any kind of flame, explosive device or chemicals that could cause an explosion.

The goal of the Tech Fair is to provide students the opportunity to showcase high quality research projects that offer technology-based solutions to real world problems and issues. Designs from the various Hack-a-thons and the VEX Robotics Competition that have already taken place in the District make excellent projects to showcase, but projects can range from raising awareness of an endangered species to designing special applications for smartphones. The sky is the limit! We have a number of resources available on the Tech Fair website to help with ideas and implementation.

After Prom Committee/Volunteers Needed:

SCHS parents, our After Prom committee is in need of the following items:  Gas cards, iTunes cards, movie tickets, MasterCard/Visa cards, fast food gift cards, grocery store gift cards, Walmart/Target gift cards, college items (alarm clock, toaster, laundry bag, twin sheets, 1 cup coffee makers,etc.), hair cut gift cards, manicure gift cards, oil changes, car wash, Walgreens…If you can help us out with these, that would be great.  You can drop them off at the front office.

These are just a few ideas but feel free to be creative!  As always, monetary donations are ALWAYS welcome also!  We will do the shopping!

Thank you!
Lisa Eutsler
After Prom Coordinator
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.

Important Dates for Semester 2 2012-2013

President’s Day (No School)….………….……………………………………..February 18
Rachel’s Challenge………………………………………………………………..February 19

Program Information Night (6:30 PM)………………..…………………….February 20
Parent Teacher Conferences………………………………………….……..February 27
Parent Teacher Conferences……………………..…………….………..…..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 off payments by cash or check 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

Sale-Sale-Sale  SCHOOL STORE  Sale-Sale-Sale

Red is for Love
But
MAROON is for RAPTOR LOVE ! ! ! ! !

Show your special Raptor your love this season!  All Maroon spirit items and our Wind/Rain resistant blankets in the School Store are on sale.  Thursday hours: 10:30-1pm.
2013 Senior Jerseys: Reg $25 – Sale Price $18
Girls Shorts: Reg $27 – Sale Price $25
Maroon Raptor T-shirt: Reg $15 – Sale Price $10
Maroon ‘Go Creek’ T-shirt: Reg $15 – Sale Price $10
Maroon Collegiate Hoody: Reg $30 – Sale Price $25
Maroon Cinch Bag: Reg $10 – Sale Price $6

Wrap your Raptor Valentine in Warmth!  Check out our cozy blankets.  They are Wind and Rain resistant.  Great for cold Football games, Soccer Games, Baseball Games and Tennis Matches!  One side is fleece for warmth, the other is nylon for wind and rain repelling.

Please catch this sale before it is over.  We accept cash or checks in person at school, or online you can pay with CC or a Paypal Account.  When you shop online, you can pick up your order on the next Thursday between 10:30 – 1pm.
SilverCreekStore.org

SOLES4SOULS SHOE DRIVE

GO GREEN and RECYCLE your SHOES!!!  Thank you for the bags of shoes that having been coming into Silver Creek this week and filling up our donation boxes.  Each pair will help someone in need who may not have been able to go to school, college, or work without them.  Your donations are greatly appreciated as you “Let Someone Follow in Your Footsteps”.  Please check out this amazing country music video produced by Billy Gilman to benefit Sole4Souls.  Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kelly Pickler, and Alan Jackson are just 6 of the 18 artists heard on “The Choice” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXKnePGTJrM.

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 p.m.  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:
Silver Creek High School is hosting the Drumline Evaluation Show on Saturday Feb 16th.

It’s from 10:00 – 4:30 and around twenty-five groups will be performing!!

Silver Creek Drumline will be performing at 3:00 pm!!!

The cost is $3 and concessions will also be available.

Please come support the Drumline on their journey to Nationals in Dayton Ohio!!

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!