Silver Creek High School
Weekly Update for Friday, October 12th
This fall has brought about many accomplishments by both our students and staff. We are all very proud of the effort being given to make Silver Creek High School an excellent high school!
Some of the many accolades include the announcement of thirteen Advanced Placement Scholars. This accomplishment denotes students having taken at least three AP tests and having achieved a score of three or better. Many students took far more than the requisite three tests to achieve this honor. Besides our AP Scholars, on Monday night we will be inducting fifty-two new members into our National Honor Society. This prestigious honor is offered to students who uphold the highest values of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship.
While our list of accomplishments continues to grow — including such awards as the number one ranked library in the state of Colorado, a diamond designation for teacher Kristin Holtz by the National Speech and Forensics League, four more teachers becoming certified to offer Advanced Placement classes, state ranked athletic teams, our greatest number of all-state musician selections, and don’t forget about our Marching Zombies being featured on the Travel Channel October 21 at 7:00 p.m. — we are not without our challenges.
This year we are experiencing larger class sizes. Some academic classes have 35-38 students in them. I applaud the efforts of our teachers to maintain student engagement and continue increasing academic achievement in these unprecedented times for Silver Creek. While last year we were able to stave off the increased class size in the 9/10 grades, that is no longer the reality. As I have spoken to our school board, the Longmont Chamber of Commerce and those who attended the “Debates” held at Silver Creek last week; our biggest challenge at Silver Creek is to continue offering an excellent educational product preparing kids with choices for their future, while at the same time experiencing a continued reduction in state educational budgets.
I invite you to be part of our Accountability Committee as we examine the complexities of budget, staffing, curriculum and social issues that impact our school. I also invite you to help work with our Parent Organizations. SCOPA and RABC would love to see you as a member or as a participant in their weekly Bingo sessions. Our Silver Creek Education Foundation could also use your support as we fundraise for classrooms Brick Buy Brick.
Our staff has embraced the challenges that we face. We are motivated and working S.M.A.R.T. to implement our professional goals within departments and with all teachers. Be on the lookout as we intend to share these goals in an upcoming weekly update. Also, be on the lookout for an incredible learning opportunity we’ve been working on with our local and national technology companies “Silver Creek Mobile App Hackathon 2012”, coming in December.
A HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful students, staff, parents and community partners in making Silver Creek a leader amongst high schools!
Wanted: Parents for Accountability Committee
Silver Creek’s first accountability meeting is set for Thursday, October 25, 2:30 p.m. We will be providing state-of-the-school information, ranging from programming to test scores to finances, etc. Any parents interested in serving on the committee are invited; please e-mail assistant principal, Eric Ottem (email@example.com) so we can choose a room to fit the crowd and provide enough copies of reports.
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.
End of Quarter 1 Progress Grades
After Thursday, October 11th, Infinite Campus will show your students progress grade for Quarter 1. This is an “in-progress” grade and will stay in IC for a month. Eligibility is posted weekly except during progress grade times. Please contact the individual teacher if you have questions about a particular grade. You can print your own unofficial progress report card through “reports” within your infinite campus access.
S1 Progress: Where your student is currently at in the gradebook as of October 11th.
S1 Eligibility: Weekly grade posting throughout the semester.
S1 Semester: Ongoing grade scores
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 attend classes beginning at 11:24 a.m.
TESTING DAY BELL SCHEDULE
7:15 – 10:30
Test window for EXPLORE & PLAN tests…
Proctors will start with the Needs Assessment, Background Information, Interest Inventory section between 7:15 & 7:30 and should begin actual testing no later than 8:30… The earliest release time (other than Juniors for the PSAT) should be 10:25…
10:25 – 11:24 Lunch
11:24 – 12:03 5th block
12:08 – 12:47 6th block
12:52 – 1:31 7th block
1:36 – 2:15 8th block
Don’t miss 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.
On Friday October 19th Jostens will be here to visit with Seniors regarding their cap and gown orders. Seniors will meet in the auditorium at 9:30a.m. for a brief presentation and to pick up order forms. Orders are due back on Thursday October 25th or Friday October 26th to receive the discounted price. This is a very important meeting for seniors regarding graduation and all seniors need to be present.
FALL IS COLLEGE FAIR SEASON!
The following college events are coming up within our school district and in the surrounding area. While many wait until their junior or senior year to start their college searches, we strongly encourage ALL families to take advantage of these opportunities to start researching college options. Advance preparation can lead to more options, better decision-making, more programming and scholarship opportunities. We hope you find time to attend the event(s) that suit your needs!
For college fairs, please be aware that most have instituted a new registration program. This online process can help families save time from filling out cards for every school they want information from. To learn more about the program and how to register, click here.
What is a College Fair? How to make the most of a college fair, including sample questions to ask college representatives.
College Day/Night Fair at Longmont HS, Nov. 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Instate 2- and 4-year colleges, universities, and vocational schools will be represented. Click here to see the flyer and get a QR code to register online (not required, but helpful!).
Out-of-State College Fair at Monarch H.S., Louisville, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for a list of over 200 schools attending from around the country.
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 Mrs. Chopp in the Counseling Office.
If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:
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!
College Representative Visits
University of Denver – October 16th at 1:00 p.m.
Sign up with Mrs. Chopp in the counseling office if you would like to attend the brief yet informational meeting.
Boys Golf Update: Congratulations to the boy’s golf team! They finished their 2012 season with the Northern Conference title, the Regional Title and a 3rd place finish at the State Tournament.
Silver Creek Golfer, Jack Adolfson, was named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American. Click here for the press release on this outstanding award.
Boys Tennis Update: For the first time in school history, the boys tennis team claimed the Regional Championship Title. The team prevailed over rival, Broomfield High School, with a 66 point total. The squad will head to Pueblo for the State Championship next weekend!
Boys Soccer Update: On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Silver Creek Boys Soccer team hosted Longmont High School at Everly-Montgomery Stadium. The game was played in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Silver Creek Athletics donated $335 for Childhood Cancer Awareness to the Children’s Hospital.
Girls Soccer is having an informational meeting in the IMC on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. for all girls (and their parents/guardians) interested in playing soccer for SCHS in the spring. Coach Pat Monacelli will be sharing information about optional winter trainings, upcoming fundraisers, expectations and winter indoor soccer.
Students should also email their contact information to Adria Repp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Sports (boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and wrestling) officially begin on November 9th. All students will need to have paperwork on file & fees paid with Ms. Lehman BEFORE practice starts. Click here for more information.
Interested in Girls Swimming? Head Coach, Debbie Stewart will be holding preseason swimming clinics at the Longmont YMCA. Clinics will be held every Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday starting October 16th through Nov. 8th. Times will be from 3:15 until 4:15 p.m. Either pay as you go $4.00 each or $42.00 if you commit to the whole 4 weeks (Payable to Debbie Stewart). Contact coach Debbie via email (email@example.com) if you are interested.
The Silver Creek Girls Softball and Girls Basketball are having a fundraiser on October 12th at the Greenbriar Inn . See the attached flyer for more information
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.
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. Let’s 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 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.
School Store: Open weekly, Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
You may order on-line at silvercreekstore.org and 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.
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
SCOPA (Silver Creek Organization for the Performing Arts) supports the staff and students of Silver Creek through fundraising and volunteer opportunities.
Oct 12th – Marching band Zombie show performance at the half time of foot ball game – Longmont High
Oct 13th – Speech and Debate Tournament in Greeley at Northridge High 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Oct 19th – Orchestra Concert at 8:00p.m. at Silver Creek High.
Oct 23rd – Fall Choir Concert at 7:00p.m. at Silver Creek High.
Oct 24th – St Vrain Valley District Choir Festival 7:00 pm at Longmont High.
SCOPA Bingo times are: Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00p.m. and Sundays from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. at the Bingo Alley near Main and 19th Street.
For more exciting news about the performing arts go to SCOPANEWS.ORG!
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 to Replayit.com. The link is located on the Silver Creek Yearbook website, can be found on our SCHS homepage, or you can download the Replayit app!
This is an important reminder for parents of SILVER CREEK High School seniors. The FINAL deadline for submitting your child’s senior yearbook baby ad is coming up very soon, on Thursday, October 18th. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a lifetime opportunity. For more information, please visit TheYearbookCompany.com or call 951-274-9561. Again, the website is TheYearbookCompany.com, or you can call 951-274-9561 for more details.
Fees can now be paid through RevTrak or submitted to the Main Office. Refer questions to Lois Davis at 720-494-3721.