Silver Creek High School
Weekly Update for Friday, February 13th
Message from Erick Finnestead
Silver Creek Community Members,
As an update to a previous communication on school start times, I would like to inform you that we are still investigating later start times for Silver Creek in 2015-2016. There are multiple factors impacting this change as ongoing discussion and collaboration with several groups are underway. I will continue to communicate directly to you regarding any changes that may occur. Thank you for your thoughtful conversation and input regarding this concept.
Congratulations to Kaari Von Bernuth as she has been selected as a Boettcher Scholarship Finalist. Congratulations to 2014 graduate Katherine Padrnos for her recognition as a National Merit Finalist. Fittingly Katherine earned the requisite credits to graduate a year early. Hats off to our All-Musicians as they are representing Silver Creek at the annual State Music Festivals.
I would like to personally invite you to two upcoming marquee events. Please be our guest on February 21 at the second annual Mardi Gras fundraiser hosted by the Silver Creek Education Foundation. This event is sure to impress with talent, tastings and a terrific auction. For more information, tickets and online auction please visit http://schsedfoundation.org
Please also join us as we welcome in the Chinese New Year on February 28 at Silver Creek High School. You’ll be met with fantastic performances including the Lion Dance, Taiko Drummers, Kung Fu demonstrations, activity booths and authentic foods. This event is free and open to the public. Please visit http://cny.stvrain.k12.co.us for further information.
The teacher IPAD rollout occurred this past week. We are busy preparing for the upcoming school year and the distribution of IPADs to all students. Our teachers are engaging in professional development related to instructional technologies. At all of our professional learning opportunities, new technologies are demonstrated for teacher and classroom use. Some examples of these include Google Classroom, Padlet, Notability, Cel.ly, Socrative, Plickers and many more. We look forward to additional staff trainings at upcoming conferences and employing these efforts next year to insure a successful IPAD rollout. Many thanks to Altona staff as they joined us last week for a debrief on topics including IPAD management, Instructional Apps, Teacher Learning Communities and the distribution process.
Silver Creek has many other exciting things occurring including our Unified Sports Team, who recently packed the gym in their basketball game against Brighton. Come on out and join us for the spring performing arts concert series. Help us make a splash at state and support our Conference Champion Girls’ Swim Team! Help us pack the gym as we take on Longmont in a Girls/Boys doubleheader on 2/19. Save the date on May 11 for our annual evening of excellence as our students present their Senior Capstone Projects as part of SCLA.
Thank you to all for continuing to make Silver Creek a wonderful place to learn and to lead.
Parent Invitation Letter From Silver Creek Education Foundation
Principal, Silver Creek High School
REGISTRATION for 2015-2016….yes, it’s registration time!
Current Students at Silver Creek: Registration Information 15-16
- Updated Registration information links are available and live on the SC Website. Core teachers are conferencing with students and recommending their core classes for next year, so be sure to read the registration information so that you are prepared – registration is earlier this year!
- Students will choose elective classes through Infinite Campus, February 23-March 5, 2015.
- If you missed the AP, Audition and Special Programs deadline of January 28, contact the teacher directly! Do not use the application site as the teachers may never find it because the names are pulled as of January 28. Late applications may be considered based on course availability.
Current 8th Grade Students: Registration Information 2015-2016
- Updated Registration information links are available and live on the SC Website. Read now so that you are prepared – registration is earlier this year!
- Your teachers are recommending your core classes, so be sure to speak with them.
- Open-enrollment acceptance letter have been sent. Please notify the school as soon as possible that you plan to attend.
- Students will choose elective classes through Infinite Campus, February 23 – March 5, 2015.
2nd Annual Mardi Gras
Tickets available now
The Silver Creek Education Foundation promotes excellence in academics and leadership and will be hosting its 2nd annual Mardi Gras even on Saturday, February 21. This includes a delicious Cajun buffet, live music and exclusive auction items. Tickets are available here: http://schsedfoundation.org/?page_id=571 or you can email SCHSEdFoundation@gmail.com
Leading up to the event, we have our online auction. Here is the link: www.32auctions.com/SCEF2015
We have almost 200 items including: Josten’s Cap and Gown, The Bridal Connection — Tuxedo for Prom, Tutor Doctor Study Skills Basket and over 90 food and dining items!
Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the College and Career Center and Grants for the Classrooms! Thank you for supporting SCHS education!
Applications for the Encore Award can be found at www.efsvv.org. If there is a favorite teacher you want to nominate the deadline for submissions is March 15th.
RABC is hosting a meeting with Grassroots St. Vrain (http://grassrootsstvrain.org/).
Parents are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be on February 23rd at 6:30 p.m in the IMC (library).
Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers Needed
SC Health Clerk Cindi Lindsey needs six volunteers to work this year’s screening from 7:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 24th. Please contact Lindsey_cindi@svvsd.org or call 720.494.3728 if you are able to help. I you can’t Thank you!
Enjoy Good Food While Doing Good
Tuesday, Feb 24th 5-8pm Head to Modmarket 700 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont. Mention the attached flier or Silver Creek HS and a portion of your bill will go to RABC!! If you have not been to Modmarket to eat yet, you will be pleasantly surprised!
RABC (Raptor Activities Booster Club) Upcoming Events
Here are some of the events and needs coming up, (please contact Kaydene Hubert if you want to help in any of these areas)…
Dancing with the Silver Creek Stars – Pre-Event for students March 27th in the evening (time TBD) in the Auditorium. This Free event will give the students a chance to vote (with donations) for their favorite dance couple.
Dancing with the Silver Creek Stars – Big Event, Adults Only March 28th 5:30-9:30 at Pacific Events Center 1330 Main Street, Longmont. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Kaydene Hubert at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will NOT want to miss this this event. Tickets are $35 each & include appetizers, silent auction, full dinner, dancing entertainment, dessert, & a cash bar. Babysitting will be available at Silver Creek by our awesome SCLA students! If you would like to volunteer, RABC is seeking numerous volunteers to help make this event successful. Sign up here.
After Prom – May 2nd 11pm-2am at Silver Creek. This is an event for our Junior & Senior students & their dates to keep them safe after Prom. We are accepting donations of all sorts for this event. See the attached letter for information on the idea of gifting students scholarships this year at After Prom. Please share the attached letter with friends & businesses that you know. We will also have other prizes such as gift certificates, gift baskets, and some larger prizes as well. We really appreciate any donation that you would be willing to make. Please make any checks payable to RABC & put After Prom in the memo line. We will be bringing more details & a volunteer signup sheet as time gets closer.
Attention ALL Senior Parents: the Boys/Girls tennis team is going to create a poster for every senior at SCHS (not just tennis seniors) which will be posted in the hallways of the school prior to the After Prom celebration party and will remain up through Graduation as a souvenir for you to take home!
Each poster will have a spot available for personal messages from parents. If you would like a message put on your student’s poster: This is for ALL SCHS seniors, not just tennis seniors.
Email Lori at email@example.com. Please keep messages to 50 words or less.
Additionally, if you would like to donate $1-2 to help offset the costs of this project contact the tennis booster reps at the email above.
Thank you for your participation!
Lori San Miguel (Girls Tennis Rep)
Laurie Laxton (Boys Tennis Rep)
Senior Slide Show
Seniors: Start submitting your pictures for the senior slide show to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHELTER INSURANCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Shelter Insurance® Foundation is awarding a $2000 scholarship to a graduating SCHS Student. Shelter Agent Laurie Gomez sponsors and partially funds this scholarship.
A committee of high school officials and community leaders will select the recipient. The committee will consider applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, character and leadership the school and community. The scholarship is awarded without regard to race, disability, religion, national origin or gender.
The recipient may apply the scholarship toward tuition, fees or campus housing for any course of study beginning the fall after his or her high school graduation.
Applicants need to complete the attached application and submit it to Mr. Yeomans in the Counseling Office by March 20th, 2015. Late applications will not be considered! The winner will be announced at the end of the school year.
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!
SCOPA Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room.
Local Scholarship Package is now available
The Local Scholarship Package deadline is Feb. 26th! These scholarships are only available to St. Vrain Valley School District students, so we encourage you to apply!
The package (which includes several individual scholarships) can be accessed through the following links:
Go to the SCHS website. Click on the Counseling link and then the Scholarships link.
A printed copy is also available on the Counseling Department’s Scholarship board.
The package consists of two lists:
List I: These scholarships have ONE application, which works for all scholarships on List I. If you are applying for more than one scholarship from List I, you MUST submit an application for EACH scholarship for which you are applying.
List II: Each Scholarship on List II has a separate application. Each Scholarship may have a different deadline and specific instructions for submission.
It’s a student’s responsibility to be thorough, organized and timely with applications.
Message from Weld County Department of Health
The January edition of the Talon Tribune (Silver Creek’s student newspaper) is now out. The paper is available online at www.talontribune.com. Read about the Boys Basketball team’s incredible start to the season. Check out Angela Walter’s capstone project, POP! Reminisce about the 5 best movies that came out in 2014. You can also follow us on Instagram @talontribune or like us on Facebook.
SIGN UP FOR SPRING SPORTS TODAY!
All interested in participating in spring sports need to sign up online, turn in a valid sports physical form and get a clearance note from the athletic office BEFORE END OF DAY February 18. See below for a listing of sports.
2014-15 Spring Sports Registration
Baseball – Registration closes February 18, 2015. Tryouts will be held February 23 – 27 from 2:45 – 5:15 pm and Saturday the 28th from 12-4pm.
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Girls Golf – Registration closes February 18, 2015. Practice will be held on Monday/Wednesday from 2:45-4:45 at Twin Peaks Golf Course and Tuesday/Thursday 2:45-4:45 at Fox Hill Golf Course.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Soccer – Registration closes February 18, 2015. Tryouts will be held February 23 – 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm out on the soccer fields.
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Boys Swimming – Registration closes February 18, 2015. Practice starts February 23, 2015. Practice will be held the week of February 23 at Centennial Pool from 3:15 – 5:00 pm.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Tennis – Registration closes February 18, 2015. Practice starts February 23 after school out on the tennis courts.
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Boys & Girls Track/Field – Registration closes February 18, 2015. Practice starts February 23 after school out at the track.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT Test Preparation – Strongly encouraged for Juniors
Silver Creek will administer a mandatory ACT test for all juniors on April 28th, 2015. Students may choose to take additional ACT tests, but the 4/28 test will be the only one offered at Silver Creek.
The ACT is a crucial ingredient in the college admissions process! Because curriculum, course expectations and grades vary from high school to high school, college admissions departments need an additional measure to help them to determine an applicant’s true capability and probability for success at their institutions. Almost all four year colleges and universities require ACT (or SAT) scores.
On the March 4th late start, any students who took the February 4th practice test will receive their practice test score back and get a free hour-long strategy session from the Princeton Review. There will also be the opportunity to get specific content area test preparation and support.
Many students inquire about additional resources that might help them maximize their performance on the exam. Resources for ACT test-prep can be found on the links below. Resources include free online test strategies,and sample questions as well as, intensive, fee-based classes. Please take time to review these resources with your Juniors and encourage them to be proactive in preparation for this important part of the College admissions process.
The College & Career Center has several ACT Test Preparation Textbooks that are also available to students.
If students/families need to meet with Counselors, please make an appointment prior to your visit. Due to our increasing student count, it allows for Counselors to plan accordingly.
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The Career Development Center (CDC) is hosting an Open House on Wed. Feb. 18 from 3-6 p.m. Stop by and check out their programs.
Registration for Advanced Placement Tests starts Feb. 20, 2015. Students need to Register on-line at https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/060953 Registration must be completed by March 19, 2015 for exams in May.
Each exam costs $91 or $15 for students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Please contact Ms. Thomas in the Counseling Office if you have questions.
Transcripts: Seniors who need transcripts sent for their college applications need to fill out a Transcript Request form before transcripts can be sent. They are available in the Counseling Office. Transcripts are $2. If a student is using a Common Application, he or she only needs to fill out one form for all schools on the Common Application. Please also be sure to assign your Counselor as a recommender on your application.
Silver Creek Education Foundation Grant recipients: December 2014
Jenica Northrup, Sara Whiteley, Lauren Kohn, Jamie Neufeld, Kristin Holtz, Phil Goerner, Julie Forbes, Kaelyn Wood.
Missing: Dan Kloster, Carrie Adams, SCLA Students Beth McNichols & Teagan Knechtel, and PE/Government students Hope Fletcher, Sheyann Ludwig & Ashley Newton
Another $10,000 awarded!!
We are pleased to announce that $10,240, for nine grants, was awarded to SCHS staff this month. Items supplied, or that we were able to contribute to, include:
- MakerSpace 3D printer
- ACT Workshop
- Document Camera
- MacBook Pro
- Website hosting fee for the Talon Tribune
- Heart Rate Monitors
- Science Learning System
- 2015 Chinese New Year Project
- Subscription to Upfront Magazine
In addition to the grants this Fall, the Education Foundation:
- Committed $7,500 to the College & Career Center (to supply computers, material resources and funds for outside speakers)
- Created a Silver Creek Education Foundation Endowment with the Longmont Community Foundation
In our first five years, we have awarded over $63,000 for 100 grants to the staff and the school.
None of this could be done without the generosity and support of the Silver Creek family and friends. Thank you so much for your donations and participation in the Brick by Brick, King Soopers, Mardi Gras, Chipotle night, and College & Career Center fundraisers. To our volunteers – we could not do it without you. Thank you Silver Creek families, from the bottom of our hearts!
If you would still like to help us out this year, donations can be made at http://schsedfoundation.org/ . Our volunteer opportunities are also on the website.
Education Foundation Board
President, Kim Fuhrman
Vice President, Shannon Andrews
Treasurer, Natalie Hill
Secretary, Pat Carson
Erik Finnestead, Principal
Julie Forbes, Faculty Representative
Sonja Hartmann, Student Representative
Tyler Lis, Student Representative
Eric Ottem, Assistant Principal
School Store Blog
*** New Shirts in the School Store – Check out the RaptorNation shirt! ***
You can shop online at our new online store: Mkt.com/Silver-Creek-Store
Our new RAPTORNATION Shirt is a word puzzle of all the Clubs, Activities, Fine Arts and Sports our students are involved in, which makes us RaptorNation!
*** Show your Silver Creek Spirit! ***
Information for the Driver Education classes can be found under the ‘Parents & Students’ blue tab, on the SVVSD website. The fee is $395 for the 30 hour classroom course which includes 6 hours behind the wheel instruction payable thru RevTrak by credit card or at the first class by check or cash.
You may register online if paying by credit card thru the link under Driver Education on the district website, or call the Driver Education office to register 720-494-3960.
Infinite Campus Tutorial
Infinite Campus is a great resource for parents to check grades, homework assignments, attendance and much more. Click here for more information. If you are having trouble logging in to Infinite Campus or RevTrak, our Help Desk can help. Contact them at 303-709-7730.
Art Club/National Art Honor Society
Are you interested in lettering in art, beautifying the school or using your art skills to positively impact the community? Art Club meets every Friday after school in C108. Contact Mrs. Giese for more information.
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. in the Silver Creek Library.
The 2014-2015 Board members are President – Kaydene Hubert – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President – Belinda Davison- email@example.com
Treasurer – Kelly Dykema – firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary – Joan Foster – email@example.com
TO EXCUSE AN ABSENCE – please contact Heidi Feula at 720-494-9662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the student’s first and last name as well as the date and reason for the absence. The absence must be called in or emailed within 48 hours of the absence in order to be excused.
TAKING YOUR STUDENT OUT OF SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY– If you would like to pull your student out of school during the school day, please send him/her to school with a signed note indicating the time you would like him/her to be excused.
First thing that morning, the student will need to go to the attendance window to exchange your note for a school excusal pass. When your student needs to leave class, he/she will present the school pass to the teacher, grab belongings and exit class. Students leaving early should always sign out at the attendance window. You can meet your child at the attendance window or you can tell him/her to sign out and meet you outside. The attendance clerk will use your note to excuse your student in Infinite Campus.
Approved February Flyers
Interested in Carpooling
Carpooling saves time and money as well as congestion in the school parking lot. If you live outside the Silver Creek Boundaries or inside, consider sharing a ride to school. Click on the carpooling form, add your information and contact those that live near year to begin carpooling. This is completely optional and is not organized through Silver Creek High School or the Main Office.
Important Bus Pass Information for Parents of Students Riding the Bus
Students only receive one free bus pass. For a replacement pass, please contact the Bus Pass coordinator by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 303-702-7540. The replacement cost for lost, stolen and/or mutilated bus passes is $5.00 and shows up as fee under your student’s name in Infinite Campus.
Director of Transportation
Low Cost Health Insurance
Students who are 18 and graduating may be eligible 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!