2020-2021 School Year - January 28, 2021

Important Links

Eagle County Schools

Eagle County School District Facts

Eagle County Schools Calming Room

VSSA Pre-Excused Absence Form

Email Chrissy Regarding an Absence

VSSA Google Calendar / with Lunch

"Can I Go to School?" Quick Health Guide

"How Sick is Too Sick?" Health Info

Past Yeti Times

Counselor Referral Form

VSSA School Profile for Universities

CHSAA High School Sports Info

VSSA Upper School Semester 1 Honor Roll
VSSA Lower School Semester 1 Honor Roll

About VSSA
2020-21 School Calendar (Including Winter A/B)
UPDATED! 2020-21 Semester 2 Winter Bell Schedule
VSSA 2020-21 School Handbook
UPDATED! Attendance Phone Line (970)328-2834
NEW! Pay PTO Dues Online
Dates at a Glance

TODAY Thursday, January 28
Cohort A @VSSA

THIS Friday, January 29
Cohort B @VSSA

THIS Saturday, January 30
SSCV Full-time Nordic Athlete Info Session, 5pm-6pm

THIS Sat, Jan 30 - Sun, Jan 31
Youth Diversity Conference
Virtual, 11a-2p

Monday, February 1
Cohort A @VSSA

Tuesday, February 2
Cohort B @VSSA
Injured Athletes Virtual Support Group, 11a-12p

Wednesday, February 3
Cohort A @VSSA
2nd & 6th Grade CogAT Test 2:40p

Thursday, February 4
Cohort B @VSSA
2nd & 6th Grade CogAT Test 2:40p

Friday, February 5
Cohort A @VSSA

Monday, February 8
Cohort B @VSSA
2nd & 6th Grade CogAT Test 12:30p

Tuesday, February 9
Cohort A @VSSA
2nd & 6th Grade CogAT Test 12:30p

Wednesday, February 10
Cohort B @VSSA

Thursday, February 11
Cohort A @VSSA
Senior Yearbook Pages Due

Friday, February 12
Cohort B @VSSA

Monday, Feb 15 - Friday, Feb 19
President's Day / Mid-Winter Break

Thursday, February 16
All 11th Grade
Deadline to add SAT essay


Every Saturday
Let Chef Lauren know if you plan to eat lunch @VSSA

Academic Coach
Winter Semester 2

Click here for AC Support
Semester 2
Winter Dual Platform Cohort Schedule
Hybrid Online / In-School Learning

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:05pm
School: 12:10pm - 5:05pm
The Academic Coach Support Schedule has Changed
Please click here for the VSSA 2nd Semester Academic Coach Support Schedule to make it very easy to know where Academic Coaches are throughout the school day and when they are available for remote support.  The Schedule also includes Google Meet links to access Academic Coaches for remote support during their designated periods. Please note that each Academic Coach has their own Google Meet link.

Questions? Click here for more information (communication from lead Academic Coach Sarah Delany on January 12), or contact Sarah Delany
sdelany@skiclubvail.org or (630) 917-4413.

Click here for New VSSA Schedule, Including Alternating A/B Days

We will continue to keep you updated on a regular basis about our school status. Thank you for your continued support of VSSA. Wade Hill, Principal

Click "View Entire Message"
below to see ALL of the Yeti Times.

It is large and mighty, and often truncated unless you click.
Featuring Our Seniors
Here's Dominick Epifanio - Then and Now

Dominick was born and raised in Vail and has attended VSSA since 6th grade. He began skiing days after he learned to walk and has been satisfying his competitive nature and need for thrill as a ski racer since he was 8. Other than skiing, Dominick plays varsity soccer for Vail Mountain School, is a competitive downhill mountain bike racer, and enjoys helping his community by volunteering and through his toy donation service, “They Need it More”. Next year Dominick plans on staying in the mountains and studying business management at either CU Boulder or University of Utah.

Parents of Seniors / Seniors: We need your Throwback Thursday info! Please submit as soon as you can! Questions? Email: kzboyes@comcast.net
Injured Athletes Virtual Support Group
Tuesday, February 2, 11a-12p

Meeting IDmeet.google.com/mfz-awow-vds
Phone: 401-753-9516, PIN: 678 020 001#

Ms. Sami and Ms. Charlene are also available to meet individually with students. Please click here to complete the referral form to meet individually.
All 2nd & 6th Grade Students
CogAT Testing (2 Options per Cohort)

Weds & Thurs, February 3-4 @2:40p or
Mon & Tues, February 8-9 @12:30p
During the month of February, Eagle County Schools will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener to all second & sixth grade students. The test will be administered online and take approximately 30 minutes.

This assessment measures general reasoning abilities related to school content through nonverbal, picture-based question types in three areas: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Instructions and audio are available in English and several other languages.

VSSA Testing Dates (two options for each Cohort):
  • Cohort A - Wednesday, February 3 during Science Class @2:40p
  • Cohort B - Thursday, February 4 during Science Class @2:40p
  • Cohort B - Monday, February 8 @12:30p
  • Cohort A - Tuesday, February 9 @12:30p
1. If you would like your child to OPT-OUT of the ECSD CogAT Screener, click here to please fill out this google form. This includes any distance learners who would like to OPT-OUT of in-person testing this year.
2. If your child is a Distance Learner, your child is welcome to come into VSSA on their assigned Cohort Day for testing, or reach out to Tracy Teetaert, tracy.teetaert@eagleschools.net to discuss other in-person testing opportunities.

** We will take every measure to ensure the requirements of safe distancing and mask-wearing when the test is administered to eliminate the possibility of exposure and the need to quarantine. **
We Need Your Support of VSSA PTO Today
We Strive for 100% Participation

(Please also see the article below in PTO Section about how your PTO supports VSSA)
Our dues campaign is in full swing - THANK YOU to those who have contributed (43 families). We need most of our families to support so we can continue to provide programs to our staff & students!
  1. PTO Dues – we strive for a 100% participation – $25/student recommended; anything will help!  Click here to pay dues
  2. Google Form for PTO Involvement -
    we need your time & support:

    Click here to sign up to help with events
Where the money goes:
Teacher Appreciation * 8th Grade Continuation * Graduation * Teacher Gifts * Alumni Gift Project * Parent Social ( hope we can meet again soon) * Match to STEM Grant
Click Here to Pay PTO Dues Now
Nordic SSCV Full-Time Athlete Admission & Academic Partner
Virtual Info Session / Open House for Parents & Athletes

THIS Saturday, January 30  ∞  5pm - 6pm

Participants will be emailed a Virtual Meeting Link Upon Their RSVP

Please join us if you have other children interested in SSCV full-time Nordic programs and academic partners and pass along to friends who may be interested.

Learn more about --
  • The Progression and Timing for Becoming an SSCV Full-Time Nordic Athlete and Related Programming
  • SSCV Academic Partners
  • Full-Time Admission Application Process (regardless of school to be attended)
  • SSCV Financial Aid
RSVP to sschmidt@skiclubvail.org  with attendees so Sharon can email you a virtual meeting invite link.  Learn more and start the full-time admission application process now by contacting Sharon Schmidt, SSCV Director of Advancement, at 978-621-8738 or sschmidt@skiclubvail.org

SSCV COVID Return to Sport Information
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is committed to the health and safety of our athletes. As positive cases continue to impact our SSCV community, we want to make sure you are all aware of how we are making sure our athletes are returning to snow in the safest way possible. This is occurring at the highest level of professional sports and your child is no different.

The graduated return to snow is being done with every athlete that is diagnosed with COVID-19 and is a prevention measure for complications that may be associated with COVID-19. Our graduated return to snow is done under medical supervision, our on-site athletic trainer will manage the graduated return to snow.

Click here for letter from The Steadman Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Peter J. Millett.

Click here for general procedures for a positive COVID-19 exposure and a positive COVID-19 case, a description of SSCV’s COVID-19 return to snow protocol, the graduated return to snow sheet, physician clearance form to begin the return to snow, and the symptom checklist for a positive COVID-19 case.

If your athlete tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the athlete’s sport coach / director or our athletic trainer Courtney Kenefick directly to begin this process as soon as possible, phone: (970) 306-1736, email: ckenefick@thesteadmanclinic.com
VSSA Seniors! Deadline Thursday, February 11!

The VSSA Yearbook provides an individual page for each of our seniors. The page is dedicated to you and your accomplishments while at VSSA. It is a fun way to commemorate your time as a senior and the successes you have experienced here.

Seniors and parents are responsible for designing their individual pages. It is done on Jostens.com and is completely free. (Students are responsible for buying their own yearbooks, but the page about you is free).

Please click here on this form & follow the instructions. The deadline is February 11th.

Note: The senior pages are referred to as "Recognition Ads". There is no payment required for the VSSA Seniors for Recognition ads. The VSSA Yearbooks are $30.00 and may be purchased online.

Attention VSSA Community (Staff, Students, Parents)! Yearbook Photos Needed!

Ms. Sopuch doesn't have a yearbook staff this year, so she really needs your help submitting photos! Anyone can submit:

Log On & Submit Photos Here
Now Accepting Applications (Deadline February 28)
Paul Cuthbertson Foundation
Live for Those Who Cannot Scholarship
The Paul Cuthbertson Foundation is pleased to announce applications for the Second Annual Live for Those Who Cannot scholarship are now being accepted.

The Live for Those Who Cannot scholarship is awarded periodically to mountain youth with a passion for life and dedication to achieving excellence in their pursuits.

The purpose of The Paul Cuthbertson Foundation is to invest in the next generation of young women and men by providing merit-based scholarships or grants that help them pursue their goals in life with a focus on competitive skiing, outdoor recreation, education, music, and the arts.

Those in pursuit of these life goals, ages 25 and younger, are encouraged to apply through February 28, 2021. Scholarships are merit-based, and applicants are evaluated based on need, passion, dedication to achieving excellence, work ethic, community involvement and recommendations from a teacher, coach, or community leader.

The scholarship has been established in honor of Paul Allen Cuthbertson, who passed away on May 19, 2019  after sustaining injuries while skiing and hiking on New York Mountain in Eagle County. Paul is remembered as a mountain-sports athlete with a zeal for life who internalized the phrase “Live for Those Who Cannot” after losing friends and family before their time.

In the days following Paul’s passing, his family established The Paul Cuthbertson Foundation to support goal-oriented youth who have a passion for life. The foundation has now amassed sufficient funds to allow for the second round of scholarships, which will be awarded in early 2021. Applicants will be asked what they hope to achieve through the award, why they need financial assistance and how the assistance will help them achieve their goals.

“Live for those who cannot” is a philosophy that Paul created, lived by, and had tattooed on his forearm. In memory of Paul and this approach to life, the foundation is pleased to award the Live for Those Who Cannot scholarship.
Donations for the scholarship are currently being accepted by the Foundation. For more information or to apply for the Live for Those Who Cannot scholarship, please visit thepaulcuthbertsonfoundation.org.

We continue to offer lunch 5 days a week!

All are welcome to join if you are near campus for training and would like lunch (11:30a-12:05pm)!

Please let Chef Lauren at (970)390-1155 by Saturday if you plan on attending that week for lunch. We'd love for you to have Chef Lauren's delicious lunches!
This year we are introducing an Attendance Phone Line.

Please add to your VSSA contact list and call (970)328-2834
if your student is going to be absent, late, etc.

This includes if your student will miss online learning on their Cohort day as well.
Health Guides: When to Stay Home
Here are two guides for when a student should stay home and when they should come to school. Please do not hesitate to contact our VSSA Health Assistant, Chrissy Amaral at christine.amaral@eagleschools.net or 970.328.2831 with any questions or concerns!

"Can I Go to School?" Quick Health Guide

"How Sick is Too Sick?" Health Info

Need Counseling Services??? 
With the start of a new semester and having a fresh start academically, this is a great time to focus on your self care, managing stress, and starting the new year off right. Our counselors are available to meet with students virtually or in person at school.

Please click here to complete the counseling referral form
and they will reach out to schedule a session.
The District Calming Room is also a great tool. Check it out here!
Saturday & Sunday, January 30-31

Would you like to participate in the Youth Diversity Conference on Jan 30th-31st from 11-2pm?
You can attend one or both days. This year the conference will be virtual but it is still a great opportunity to learn about different perspectives and engage in meaningful discussions with peers across the state. It is also something you can add to your college applications.

Please let Charlene know if you are interested ASAP and then you can register for the workshops that most interest you using the info below.

Select Workshops

The Student Executive Committee has confirmed 41 options for workshops on a wide variety of issues relevant to today’s youth and educators.  All the information about workshops & schedule for each day is available on the conference website at ycdiversity.org. You can review a list of workshop options here, or you can download a PDF document of all workshop descriptions here. Workshops will be chosen by each participant on a first-come, first-served basis; workshops are limited to no more than 30 participants.

To register for the conference & to select workshops follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to ycdiversity.org
  2. Scroll down to the Upcoming Events section, which lists the Colorado Youth Diversity Conference, or navigate in the menu to Events > Conferences > Colorado Youth Diversity Conference.
  3. Click the button to Select Your Workshops. (Select 2 and backup)
  4. Follow the prompts until you receive a success message.

All participants are encouraged to register for their workshops no later than Monday, January 25.

Keynote Speakers and Performers Announced

The Student Executive Committee is excited to announce the two keynote speakers and featured performance for this year’s Conference!  We hope you and your students are as excited to hear from them as we are.

Leslie Herod – speaking on Saturday, January 30
Representative Leslie Herod (Colorado HD-8) (she/her) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly...

Lydia XZ Brown – speaking on Sunday, January 31
Lydia X. Z. Brown (they/them) is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing...

Frank Waln – performing and speaking on Saturday, January 30
Frank Waln (he/him) is an award winning Lakota music artist from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota...

College Prep Checklist
  • For more information on grad requirements, college planning info & NCAA click here
  • Explore Careers, Shadow, Intern, or Volunteer
  • Visit Colleges before 12th grade (9th and 10th is a great time to get to know what you like)
  • Before you schedule a tour, schedule a coach meeting
  • Register & take the ACT or SAT by end of 10th, then prep and test again the beginning of 11th
  • Finalize a list of colleges by the end of 11th grade
Click here for the New VSSA School Profile for Universities

Charlene Whitney
VSSA School Counselor
(970) 328-2833

2020-21 Important VSSA Testing Dates
Test/Event Date
CMAS: All 5th-8th & 11th (science) TBD
PSAT: All 9th & 10th @VSSA at 8am Tues, April 13
          Make-up Tues, April 27
SAT: All 11th @VSSA, 8am Tues, April 13
          Make-up Tues, April 27
 AP Exams May 3-14
          (Exam Fees were due Nov 6)      
Standardized Test Prep Information
More colleges have gone test optional but there is no guarantee that they won't go back to requiring them. Even if a school is test optional, sending a strong score can help students get in - especially if other parts of the application are not as strong such as work or volunteer experience or a weaker GPA. Some colleges also provide merit scholarship money for strong test scores. The best way to see school policies around standardized tests is to go to their admissions requirements on-line.

How to Prep Before the Real Test

Here are also some free test prep resources:




Free virtual practice test for all 9th, 10th, 11th graders who will be taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
Studypoint is offering virtual practice test events. Anyone who participates will also receive a free score analysis that breaks down how you did by section, question type, and content area so you can get a sense for where to review. There are multiple practice tests each week.

If interested,
click here to view available dates and register for a test.

Some colleges still require or recommend a writing score: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/
VSSA recommends students test by end of 10th grade to develop an individual test prep plan.
Sign up early! Testing locations may fill up quickly due to reduced numbers for COVID-19 safety

Test Date Registration Deadline  Location
Feb 6 Jan 8  VMS, Glenwood, Steamboat
Apr 17 Mar 12  VMS, EVHS, BMHS, Glenwood, Carbondale
June 12 May 7  Aspen, Carbondale
Jul 17 June 18  Carbondale
Get the latest updates hereRegister hereFree ACT Prep here.
Collegeboard announced that starting in June 2021, they will no longer be offering the essay portion or subject tests of the SAT. Click here for more information
Test Date Registration Deadline Subject Tests?  Location
Mar 13 Feb 12 N VMS, VCHS, Steamboat
May 8 Apr 8 Y BMHS, Leadville, Steamboat, Carbondale
June 5 May 6 Y VMS, Carbondale, Grand Junction
August 28 TBD N  
Get the latest updates here. Register here. Free SAT Prep here. Some colleges required at least two subject tests. For dates when subjects tests are offered, click here
Tuesday, April 13th @8am
All 11th Graders to Take SAT

All Colorado 11th graders will take the SAT on Tuesday, April 13th @8am at school. Students have the option of taking the SAT with or without the optional essay. Adding the essay to their SAT registration is a student's choice and is free. Schools cannot register students for the essay portion. Students who wish to take the optional essay must register themselves for it in advance before the deadline of Feb. 16, 2021. This will be the only opportunity for students to add the essay to their registration. Schools will not receive extra essay materials for test day changes, therefore please be sure students register before the deadline.  (For students absent on the April 13th test date, the make-up date is April 27th @ 8am @ school).

Things to Consider:
  • This week Collegeboard announced that starting in June, they will no longer be offering the essay portion of the SAT. They are also no longer offering subject tests.  
  • The essay may be required by some colleges and universities. To find out a particular school’s essay policies go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/college-essay-policies *(I expect that this will change as a result of the above announcement but it hasn't been announced yet.  If you are a strong writer, this could be your last chance to take the essay portion to highlight this strength to colleges).
  • The SAT with essay will take approximately one hour longer than the SAT without essay.
  • The SAT essay is scored separately from the SAT. A student’s score on the essay will not improve or reduce their score on the SAT.
To register for the essay, students must register online before 10:00 p.m. (MT) on February 16, 2021, using your College Board account. Click here for instructions.
Dear VSSA Families:
We want to say Hello from the PTO at VSSA. We understand this year has been like no other and we thank you all for hanging in there. 
The PTO of VSSA is involved in many different aspects of the school and mostly to support our teachers, staff, and activities. An idea of our involvement and support:
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • 8th Grade Continuation, Graduation
  • Teacher Gifts
  • Alumni Gift Project
  • Parent Social ( hope we can meet again soon)
  • Efec (Education Foundation of Eagle County)
  • PTO offered to match a certain portion of a STEM Grant that Kari Bangston applied for.
Our campaign is in full swing - thank you to the 43 families who have already contributed! The PTO is going strong, but we do need help:
  1. PTO Dues – we strive for a 100% Participation – $25/student recommended; anything will help! Click here to pay dues
  2. Google Form for PTO Involvement - we need your time & support:
    Click here to sign up to help with events
Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you again so very much for All your support, Your PTO Team
Christine Andrie  -  Christina Arrigoni  -  Angela Mueller  -  Jon Strickler
Click Here to Pay PTO Dues Now
Summer Leadership Experience
at the US Military Academy at West Point

Each year the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York invites 1000 outstanding rising high school seniors from around the country for a six-day immersion into the West Point experience. Go to this link to learn more about the program. or click here for the brochure.

The Summer Leadership Experience (SLE) is a weeklong program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics. This program allows students to experience cadet life and see first-hand what West Point has to offer.

All participants stay in the cadet barracks and eat in the Cadet Mess Hall. Students pay travel expenses plus a registration fee of $400 to pay for food, workshop materials, and some West Point apparel. West Point First and Second Class Cadets lead the planning and execution of all SLE activities.


SLE 2021 will take place in two separate sessions:

Session 1:  May 29 - June 4, 2021

Session 2:  June 5 - June 11, 2021


The application process is now open through March 15, 2021. Candidates will be notified by mid-April.

It is a two-part process. To be considered for SLE, Candidates must have a file opened as a Candidate for the Class of 2026 by completing the Part I Candidate Questionnaire. Once completed they can then complete Part II for SLE. Candidates must be current year Juniors and MUST have valid PSAT, PLAN, SAT, or ACT scores.

This is an outstanding, but a HIGHLY competitive opportunity (~6000 applicants). Potential candidates should not delay their application. 40-50% of attendees will attend West Point, but they are competing against other students bound for Ivy League and other Tier 1 schools looking to enhance their resumes as a leader by claiming their attendance at West Point’s SLE.

If you have highly qualified candidates that may not apply due to the costs, the application is free and financial needs-based scholarship money will be available.


VMS Speaker Series 2020 - 2021

The VMS Speaker Series 2020 - 2021 features many talented authors who are generously devoting their time to connect with our parents and students. The Speaker Series is funded by the Gala paddle raise as well as by the generous support of Alpine Bank and a partnership with Vail Health. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Psychologist, best-selling author of  under Pressure and  untangled, CBS News contributor, and New York Times columnist
January 28
5:30 PM
Zoom Link
This presentation is generously supported by Alpine Bank

Debby Irving

Racial Justice Educator and author of  Waking Up White
March 3
More information to follow

Jeffrey Selingo

March 15
Author of  Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
More information to follow
The Youth Closet and Toy Chest
(Response to COVID crisis, since they can't do the Rummage Sale this year)

Shop Free Hours: 
Mon., Tues., Fri., Sat. 11:00am – 2:00pm 
Monday Evening  5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Edwards, behind Subway
(439 Edwards Access Road, Edwards)
WANTED (click here for more info):
  • Donations for infants, child, youth (see list for exclustions)
  • Volunteers to assist with processing the inventory including hanging clothes and also cleaning and setting up the infant/baby supplies.  Work any shifts on M, T, F, Sat. from 11am-2pm and also Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. 
Eagle County COVID Information & Guidelines

Eagle County has launched a comprehensive, bilingual COVID-19 website to streamline information and resources related to the local effects of the pandemic. It is available at www.eaglecountycovid.org.

The site combines elements from existing online resources so they are located in one place. Information previously found on www.ECEmergency.org, the Key Performance Indicators site, the data dashboard, the county website, and other outlets is available on the new site. Additional information will be added and updates will continue as the site is refined.

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners is continuing to urge residents to take a personal pledge to follow the “Five Commitments of Containment:”
  • I will maintain 6 feet of social distance
  • I will wash my hands often
  • I will cover my face in public
  • I will stay home when I am sick
  • I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms

Eagle County at Level Orange
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) provides a rigorous college preparatory academic program while supporting the athletic and personal goals of our students. In partnership with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and the Eagle County School District, VSSA facilitates the attainment of our students’ dreams by offering challenging academics, flexible scheduling, and individualized attention.
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