Weekly blog for October 18th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Silver Creek High School

Weekly Update for Friday, October 18th

Dear Raptor Nation,

Silver Creek has steadily been amassing many accolades throughout the Fall semester.  To name a few: 1) seventeen students were recognized by the College Board for their achievements on the Advanced Placement tests and have been recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars; 2) eighty-three students were inducted into our National Honor Society Chapter; 3) our Boy’s Golf team placed second at the state competition; 4) our Girl’s Cross Country team is making their first appearance, in school history, at the state competition; and 5) Silver Creek Volleyball, Soccer and Football have all been ranked within the top ten in state at various times.

The Silver Creek Education Foundation is preparing for another round of grants to be distributed to your child’s classroom.  Over the course of the last four years, nearly $50,000 has been distributed to teachers and students supporting initiatives such as: technology acquisition, professional development, SCLA capstone projects, textbook adoption, and support of the arts.   Now is a great time to become a supporter of the Education Foundation and contribute to the continued success of our students and teachers.

As we look to the future, we have great plans ahead for Silver Creek. We are entering into the final stages of the bond construction, which was passed in 2008. Silver Creek is in the design process of a College and Career Center along with improvements to our tennis facility.  We will also be reconfiguring each classroom to house overhead LCD projectors.  This work will take place in the summer of 2014.

Hats off to SCLA as our senior students embark upon their capstone projects.  Students will be initiating projects to: live-stream SCHS events; bring a TEDx event to SCHS; have mayors sign on for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons; assist local non-profits; host golf tournaments for philanthropy, and support a multitude of other fantastic events.

Even though your child may be older, you are needed now more than ever!  Thank you for coming to Parent-Teacher Conferences, and thank you for continuing to engage your child in discussions related to academics, social life and plans for after high school.  Junior parents be on the lookout for Shmoop!

Sincerely,

Erick Finnestead

Principal, Silver Creek High School

Hear Ye Hear Ye It’s Time To Shmoop

Juniors and students taking an Advanced Placement course, now is the time to start participating in Shmoop!!!  This online tool allows access to ACT preparation and AP preparation.  Get logged on today and win great prizes for participating, not too mention increasing your exam results.  Check out this LINK.  Unfortunately, this is only open to Juniors and those participating in AP classes.  As a reminder, all Juniors will take the ACT in April 2014.

Madrigal Dinner – Tickets Available

Madrigal 2013 Tickets are now on sale! “A Royal Madrigal Feast” — in three spectacular Performing Arts shows — will take place on Friday, December 6 at 6:30 (with dinner); Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 (with dessert); and Saturday, December 7 at 6:30 (with dinner). Tickets for the dinner performances are: $22 Adults and $20 Students/Seniors (65 and over). Tickets for the dessert show are $14/$12. Our meals will be catered by Oskar Blues.

Go to www.scopanews.org to purchase your tickets online, or to the Main Office (see Lois Davis) for a paper order form; checks written to SCOPA and cash are accepted at the school. (Order forms may also be printed from the website and turned in at SCHS.)

Early purchasers get seated closer to the front of the Commons-turned-castle! Enjoy this wonderful choral, orchestral, band, and theatrical performance where fellow students entertain you in a full, festive Renaissance setting, right here at Silver Creek! You don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for supporting Silver Creek Performing Arts!

Longmont Dance Theatre

Several Silver Creek students attend Longmont Dance Theatre as a part of their school schedule.  Click here to find out more about their October performance.

SCLA – Volunteer Opportunities for Flood Victims

Do you know of students and families who have been affected by the recent flooding?  Thanks to SCHS Junior Alex Rodgers VANS is coming to Longmont with a truckload of shoes, hats, shirts and hoodies to giveaway to flood victims.  The giveaway  is Friday, Oct. 18th from 4-6pm in the Lifebridge Church Parking Lot, 10345 Ute Hwy  Longmont, CO 80504.  Also, if your organization, team or club would like to volunteer to help with distribution, shifts are available from 2:30-4, 4-6 and 6-7 p.m.

Athletics

Do you want to play a winter sport?  You can sign up for boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and wrestling at anytime from now until November 8.  Check the athletics website for more information.

Are you interested in girls swimming?  Participate in the 2013-14 Pre-Season Swim Clinics.  This is a good chance to work on strokes and techniques as well as a little conditioning before the season begins. These clinics are NOT mandatory, and you can do some or all sessions—you decide.  The clinics will run every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday—October 15th through November 7th (four weeks 12 sessions).  Times are 3:15 pm until 4:15 pm  at the Longmont YMCA (corner of 9th and Lashley).

Cost is $48.00 for all 12 sessions if paid in advanced or  $5.00 per session at the door.  Cash or checks (payable to Debbie Stewart) are accepted.  Any questions, please contact Debbie Stewart at Debbie@terastorm.com.

Check the SCHS Athletic Website for updated schedules and information! Any questions, please contact the individual coach or Melissa Lehman, Athletic Secretary.  All email addresses can be found here.

Counseling Corner

College Representative Visits

Grand Canyon University, Tuesday, October 22 @ 9:00

William Jewel College, Monday, October 28 @ 9:30

Please sign up in the Counseling Office.

The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship application is now open to all students, regardless of their academic background.

Since 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded nearly $60 million in undergraduate scholarships to many of Colorado’s best and brightest students.  The merit-based awards provide what is essentially a full-ride to any 4-year institution in Colorado.

The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship is extremely competitive and has a rigorous application process.  The application deadline is October 24th so time is of the essence!  We encourage all interested seniors to review the Selection and Eligibility Criteria and the Frequently Asked Questions sections on Boettcher Foundation Scholarship website to help determine if you are interested in applying.

http://www.boettcherfoundation.org/home/scholarships/application-process/

There is also a helpful Competitiveness Quiz available to help you in this process:

https://www.boettcherscholarshiponline.org/competitive/?y=s

IMPORTANT:  If you are interested in applying for the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, you MUST request to be invited by your specific Counselor.  To do this, please email or see them in person and be able to provide your full name and personal email address.  This will be the method by which you are contacted by the Boettcher Foundation. Your email will not be used for any other reason.

Tutoring Club of Longmont offers free ACT/SAT tests once a month to benefit high schools in the Saint Vrain Valley School District.  These tests are an excellent opportunity for students to experience a full-length ACT or SAT test in a relaxed environment without the fear of this score going on a college transcript.   Each student’s score and full analysis of the strengths and weaknesses indicated by the test will be available 3 days following the practice test.  There is no pressure to sign up for our program, and students are only presented with how the program could help them.

Tutoring Club of Longmont is conveniently located on the diagonal of Ken Pratt and Nelson.   All tests are scheduled on Saturdays and start promptly at 9:00 a.m.  If a student would like to take one of these tests, he/she can email Longmontco@tutoringclub.com.

For more information please call (303) 651-0800.

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Fundraiser for Dance Team

The Silver Creek Dance Team would like to purchase new cold weather jackets. In order to fund this effort the team has decided to host a Holiday Pampered Chef fundraiser. With the holiday season around the corner, it is a perfect time to stock up on high quality kitchen tools for holiday meals or to give as gifts. Pampered Chef manufactures high quality kitchen tools all with warranties. Items are priced as low as $1! All orders are due by October 21st and will arrive in plenty of time to use for the holidays. Those of you who live in Longmont may choose the reduced shipping rate, and we will be happy to deliver the items to your home.  If you prefer to have items shipped directly to you or to  family members out of state, choose direct shipping and have the items shipped to your/their home at very reasonable rates. Please spread the word and feel free to forward our website/fundraiser link to all of your friends and family! We thank you so much for your support and wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.

To purchase:

Follow this link and order now!!!! http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/soniakirby/guest-landing/8843076680859

Mark your calendar for this delicious event. SALE ENDS OCTOBER 21!

• Up to 15% of our total sales will go toward this fundraiser.

• Plus an extra $3 for every show booked from the event.

I can’t wait to hear from you – tell a friend…the more the merrier.

Helping Flood Victims

Join the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley in helping students and teachers impacted by the floods.  Drop off School Supplies at Elevations Credit Union, 777 21st Ave or 1079 S Hover from 8:30-5:30 M-F/ 9-12 Sat.  Donate to Fund at www.efsvv.org Click ‘Donate Today’ or mail a check payable to EFSVV, P.O. Box 2598, Longmont, CO  80502.

Low Cost Health Insurance

Students who are 18 and graduating may be eligible to for FREE and LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE through their 19th birthdays! This health insurance is available through Medicaid and CHP+ and enrollment occurs right here through St Vrain Valley School District.  Once children turn 18 and are no longer in school, Medicaid no longer counts parent income towards the child’s eligibility!  Please call The Healthy Kids Initiative at 720-722-1454 to see if your kids qualify today!

Los estudiantes que tienen 18 años y están por graduar de preparatoria podrían ser elegibles para obtener SEGURO MÉDICO GRATUITO O A BAJO PRECIO hasta que cumplan 19 años!  Este seguro médico es proporcionado por parte de los programas del gobierno Medicaid y CHP+.  Cuando un joven cumple 18 años y no está asistiendo a la escuela, Medicaid no toma en cuenta el ingreso de los padres! Por favor llame al programa de Niños Saludables al 720-722-1454 para informarse si sus niños son elegibles hoy!

RABC

We want you as an RABC member!   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.  Meetings are the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Membership Levels

The  2013-2014 Board members are resident – Kaydene Hubert – rabcpresident@gmail.com

Vice President – Pam Prinz – rabcvicepresident@gmail.com

Treasurer – Tami Nott – rabctreasurer@gmail.com

Secretary – Joan Foster – rabcsecretary@gmail.com

Concessions is a fun and an easy way to earn money for your team or activity.  Sign up now here.  For questions contact Kaydene Hubert at rabcconcession@gmail.com.

BINGO on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.Gather friends and neighbors to 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

The Choir Concert will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

Please check SCOPAnews.org for information on all of our performing arts programs.

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!

School Store

*     SALE    *    SALE    *    SALE    *

New product: SC Lanyards are in stock now.

Do you watch your student or their friends play: softball, volleyball, football, basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer and swim meets?  Aren’t those bleachers and seats really cold and uncomfortable?  Purchase one of our $4 very cute, compact and surprisingly useful seat cushions.

Come get your CREEK on and help us reduce our inventory to make room for new items!  Store open every Thursday from 10:30am -12:30pm.  We now accept debit and credit card payments (cash and check also)!

$3 black Homecoming shirts 2012!  Everyone who bought last year will still be wearing them this year, so get your cheapest T-shirt possible! (mostly L & XL sizes left)

$10 Rack – all t-shirts, tanks, winter scarves, winter hats, and visors are for sale at $10 down from $15 last year.

All hoodies and sweats are $5 off from last year’s prices ranging from $20-$30.  NOTE: Only one black pullover hoodie size L left.  We have a variety of sizes in our zippered hoodies in two styles. We no longer have any size S sweats. We do have M&L sizes available with fewer XL and XXL sizes.

Football Spirit bands – $1 each commemorating our first State Championship!  Window cling stickers in two styles $1!

Check out most of our products on our website:  SilverCreekStore.org

Fines and Fees

Each school year students accrue various fees and fines.  Fines are assessed for lost textbooks.  Fees help pay for athletics and/or classroom extras like labs and consumable workbooks.  Fees will be attached to student accounts and will be available for payment after August 28th.   Information regarding fees is available to you on RevTrak, which may be accessed via the district website and the Silver Creek website. You may also pay by check or cash at the front  desk.   If you have questions, please contact Lois Davis at 720-494-3721 or email davis_lois@svvsd.org.

UPDATE ON DISTRICT POLICY ON CLASS FEES for Free/Reduced Students

SVVSD has amended its policy in regard to all class fees, which will affect those students designated for Free or Reduced Lunch.  Beginning this school year, students receiving free lunch will be assessed 25% of any fees associated with their classes.  Students receiving reduced lunch will be assessed 50% of applicable fees.  This policy affects class fees only and does not alter any school meal benefits.

Approved October Flyers

Interested in a Carpool?

Several parents have expressed interest in starting carpools.  We’ve created a spreadsheet where you can share information with other families hoping to set up carpools.  Click on the following link to see who in your neck of the woods is willing to share rides.

SCHS Education Foundation

The SCHS Education Foundation provides financial support to Silver Creek teachers, staff and classrooms.  Through the generosity and the support of SCHS families and friends in the community, the Foundation has donated over $38,000 to the school.  Seventy mini-grants have been issued to SCHS teachers and staff for items such as novel sets, document cameras, laptops, Nooks, audio books, subscriptions and conference fees.  Recently, we contributed to a new laptop cart for the school.

Silver Creek parents, staff and students serve on the Board of Directors, committees and other projects.  You can help the Foundation in a number of ways:

  1. Purchase a $5 King Soopers Reloadable Fundraising Card from us.  Reload it at your convenience before your purchases and the Education Foundation will receive 5% of your purchase amounts throughout the year. Contact us at schsedfoundation@gmail.com.

  2. Donate to the Brick By Brick fundraiser and have a “brick” engraved with 3-6 lines of names/text. Icons are also available. The fall order deadline is October 15.  Order online at  schsedfoundation.org

  3. Volunteer to help on one of our projects or committees.  We need help in the following areas:

  • Design  flyers, posters and banners

  • Grant writing

  • Fundraiser Event planning committee

  • Mini-grant Committee

  • Corporate Sponsors Committee  (help us reach out to potential corporate sponsors and supporters)

  • Marketing Committee

  • Website maintenance

  • King Soopers Reloadable Card fundraiser coordinators

  • Brick By Brick Fundraiser Committee  (opportunities include marketing, maintaining orders, serve as liaison with Engraver)

If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us at schsedfoundation@gmail.com or visit schsedfoundation.org