2020-2021 School Year - August 17, 2020
Welcome Back to School!

We hope you had a safe & enjoyable summer, and look forward to the start of a great school year!
We will start the year on Monday August 24 (not August 25 like ECS):

New Students & 5th Graders - First day of School is Wednesday, August 26

Returning Students - First day of School for Safety Talk & Chromebooks (1 parent with student; please wear masks, bring Chromebook agreement)
  • Upper School (9th-12th) - Mon, August 24
  • Lower School (6th-8th) - Tues, August 25
Click here or refer below to the detailed first week of school schedule.

We have divided our students for our Hybrid Model return to school. The Cohorts are listed below. The division of students by disciplines allows for a very close 50/50 split of the student body. Note that we had to take into consideration additional factors, such as mulit-grade classes (e.g., Spanish, Math, Electives), and whether students opted for full-time online school.

  • Cohort (A) attends school Monday & Thursday = Hockey, Nordic, Moguls, Snowboard, Freeski Big Mtn and P&P.
  • Cohort (B) attends school Tuesday & Friday = Alpine, Cycling, Swimming, Figure Skating, Golf. 
  • 5th Grade students will attend all four days M / Tu / Th / Fri.

All students will work from home every day while not in school, including Wednesday. We are working on a schedule to utilize academic coaches, so students can check in with a content specialist on the days they are not in school. SSCV will maintain a regular schedule of dryland activities from 4-6PM. Swimming and Hockey are currently working on dryland schedules and will communicate those with parents soon.

Key documents (click to view / download):

We can't wait to see the students next week!


Eagle County Schools

Eagle County Schools Reopening Plan

Eagle County School District Facts

VSSA Return to School Plan

First Week of School Schedule

Student Chromebook Loan Agreement

VSSA Pre-Excused Absence Form

Email Gibby Regarding an Absence

VSSA Google Calendar / with Lunch

Past Yeti Times

VSSA School Handbook
About VSSA
2020-2021 School Calendar
2020-2021 Bell Schedule
Dates at a Glance
Mon-Fri, August 17-21

5th-9th Graders take STAR Assessment at home

Monday, August 24

9th-12th Grade:
Safety & Chromebooks
Pay Student Fees ($550)

Tuesday, August 25
6th-8th Grade:
Safety & Chromebooks
Pay Student Fees ($550)

Wednesday, August 26
New Students & 5th Grade:
Orientation, Safety, Chromeboooks
Pay Student Fees ($550)
All Students: Afternoon Online Work

Thurs, August 27
Cohort A at VSSA 8:30am-3:40pm

Fri, August 28
Cohort B at VSSA 8:30am-3:40pm

No Monday Dress until further notice (since it would only apply to Cohort A & 5th Graders)

Monday, September 7
Labor Day, No School

Who is at VSSA, When?
August 27 - November 2
8:30am - 3:40pm (+ dryland)

*5th Grade at VSSA M/Tu/Th/Fr
*6th - 12th Grades
   Cohort A at VSSA M & Th
   Cohort B at VSSA Tu & Fr
*Weds - Online for all students
This Week: Please Finish up Your Summer Work!

Returning & New Lower School Students: All Lower School summer work is 100% optional, but we had numerous parents asking for resources. The Lower School teachers worked together to create a document with optional summer resources to help prevent the summer slide, so click here to access Lower School Summer Work (it will continue to be updated this week)

Upper School Students: High School Summer coursework is based on whether there is a need to cover pertinent information before school starts. The table below is a summary of the Upper School summer work where teachers will put their summer work.

The work is located in:
VSSA Schoology >
"Courses" > "Welcome to VSSA: Section 1" > "Summer Work" > "Summer Work Assignments" > Folders by Subject & Grades

New VSSA High School students: See Schoology account information below.
2020-2021 School Supply List...
General supplies are on page 1, then additional supplies are listed by grade.

Your support in stocking the office helps us save our budget for more valuable student activities. Please drop office supplies outside the main office doors (Parents: don't come in the school).

We really appreciate it! Thank you!
2020-2021 School Supply List
...and Chromebooks for EVERY Student!
What we need from Parents & Students:
  • Students will receive a Chromebook ONLY if the parents have updated the Annual Student Information Update with Eagle County Schools. You should have received an email “ECS - Student Information Annual Update” with a Snapcode to complete the process.
  • Students must bring the Chromebook & charger to school on their assigned Cohort days.
  • Parents & Students - please print out and sign the Student Device Loan Agreement, and bring to school to hand in on their first day (Monday August 24 or Tuesday August 25).
Student Device Loan Agreement

2020-2021 "ECS Student Student Information Annual Update"

Each school year, parents and guardians are asked to update the contact information on file for their students. You will need your student's Snapcode to complete this update. If you have misplaced or did not receive the student's Snapcode, please contact Gibby Sullivan at lindsey.sullivan@eagleschools.net to resend.

The Annual Update must be completed before your student starts school and will be checked before students receive the Chromebook they will be checking out for the year. Please carefully check parent contact information and emergency contact information so that parents can be reached immediately if necessary. Each parent needs to have a separate cell phone and email, please do not duplicate numbers.
THIS Week, August 17-21
All 5th - 9th Graders

Task: All 5th through 9th Grade students, new and returning. Please complete both the STAR Math and STAR Reading assessments.

Motivation: Please take this test to the best of your ability.  We use the data to help you learn!

Schedule: Take the assessments during THIS week of August 17-21.
Support: Email
cynthia.suplizio@eagleschools.net or samuel.bennett@eagleschools.net for assistance during the assessment if you have an issue.
RULES: No outside resources, no calculator permitted.

Procedure: Click below for the detailed STAR Math and STAR Reading test procedures

Where is my "s number" to enter for testing?
Returning students can view their schedule in Powerschool to find their "s number". New Parents, we will be emailing you a Powerschool Account Set Up. Once you establish your account, you/your student can see student schedules and find the student "s number" for STAR testing.http://
STAR Test Procedure Info

Student fees are $550 and are due the first week of school on the day you are assigned to pick up your Chromebook.

Student fees can be paid via credit card or check. Please call Gibby in the front office if you have any questions (970) 328-2832.

Returning Students: Your schedule can now be viewed in PowerSchool!

New Students: We will be emailing you and your parents PowerSchool account set up instructions.

If you have questions on your schedule please reach out to charlene.whitney@eagleschools.net
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Lunch Lunch Lunch!

The lunch program will be offered in this school year following all of the health and safety guidelines of Eagle County Public Health and the Eagle County School District. We are able to serve a hot meal but there will no longer be a salad bar or fruit bar.

The school has guidelines of when and where the kids will be eating their lunches. The menu will be posted online like last year but if there are questions in advance, please contact Chef Lauren Lange at llange@skiclubvail.org. The first day of lunch service is Thursday, August 27th.

The pricing model below assumes 2 days per week of meals for the entire school year. For those opting for the annual or semester plan, periodic billing during the year may be needed if the school is able to add more days per week of in person instruction later in the fall/winter and, therefore, we are able to increase the days per week of the lunch program.

**For those in 5th grade, there is different pricing for annual and semester plans because they are attending school in person 4 days per week. SSCV will send an additional email to 5th graders with the cost**

Program  Fee Cost per meal
 Annual Student $630.00 $9.00
 Semester Student $392.00 $11.20
 Student 20 Punch $260.00 $13.00
 Student 40 Punch $480.00 $12.00
Special Diets Fee Cost per meal
 Student 20 Punch $280.00 $14.00
 Student 40 Punch $520.00 $13.00

We hope you will choose to participate in the lunch program this year. If you are not already signed up, we encourage enrollment as soon as possible so that we can plan for the appropriate food quantities. 

If you would like to sign up for lunch or make changes to your existing lunch plan selection, please contact Betsy Cuthbertson at bcuthbertson@skiclubvail.org or 970-790-5147. For those already signed up for a lunch plan: payment will be due by September 8th for those who elected to pay in full. For those on a payment plan, the lunch program cost will be rolled into your remaining payment plan installments. 
The Colorado High School Athletics Association (CHSAA), in conjunction with Colorado state officials made the announcement of a modified athletic / activities calendar for the 2020-21 school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Note: This schedule is for CO State-sanctioned High School Sports only, not club-based national / international sports. Refer to your club training and competition communications for more info on club schedules).
You can find more information on the CHSAA website here.

Below you will find the new Colorado high school athletic schedule for the year ahead with A, B, C, and D sessions. (Good news for Season D athletes - it's well beyond ski season!) We will communicate information from other Eagle County School sports programs (e.g., BMHS, ECHS, VMS) as we receive them.
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Welcome Sami Gothberg!
Sami Gothberg, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, is our new School-Based VSSA Therapist. Sami is worked as a private practice clinician in Denver since the summer of 2019 prior to VSSA. She is excited to work with VSSA student-athletes in order to reduce the barriers that normally impact many students who are unable to access quality mental health care. In addition, she aims to help the student athletes feel supported, healthy, competent and capable of improving their own lives. Sami’s passion lies in helping youth develop the skills to allow them to feel prepared in any situation within their personal and performance realms.

What is unique about Sami’s expertise is that she received her Master’s at University of Denver in Sport & Performance Psychology in June 2019 along with her Certified Mental Performance Consultant candidacy in May 2019.
In addition, she received her Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology from Texas Christian University in 2016. She is experienced in providing a wide array of mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Since 2017, Sami has worked in a variety of settings and environments – from athletics and academics to eating disorder treatment centers and first responder agencies.
Sport & Performance Psychology services help student-athletes learn to navigate the unique challenges they face. Holistically understanding what it takes for a student-athlete to reach peak performance consistently, in both personal and sport performance realms, is what Sami is invested in. All of the services Sami provides at VSSA will be free and it is important to note that she is here for supporting our student athletes with their overall mental health, yet has the ability to support them on the mental side of sport as well. Whether you want to develop skills to overcome challenges and hardships in school or take your athletic performance to the next level, these services can help student athletes meet their goals.
The School-Based Therapist role is to collaborate with the client, family, and school to develop an individualized plan to help the student-athlete meet his or her goals and lead a happy successful life in and out of sport. If you are interested in having your student athlete participate in services with Sami, please reach out to Sami or Charlene Whitney, the School Counselor, to make a referral. Below is Sami’s contact information:
Sami Gothberg MA, LPCC, CMPCC
School-Based Therapist for VSSA
Hope Line: (970) 306-4673

New Fall 2020 Test Dates Have Been Added
Deadline for all September test dates is August 28 (No Late Fees)
(These dates most likely require travel to a center outside Eagle County)

Sign up early! Testing locations may fill up quickly due to reduced numbers for COVID-19 safety

Get the latest updates hereRegister hereFree ACT Prep here.
Juniors should register for the Sept 26th or Oct 3rd test dates if they can't take an ACT.
Deadlines are August 26th for the Sept test, and Sept 4th for the Oct test.

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

The College Board has asked colleges to extend deadlines for receiving test scores and to equally consider students for admission who are unable to take the test due to covid-19. They are asking member colleges to provide flexibility to students in three ways:

  • Accepting scores as late as possible in their process, especially by extending score deadlines for early action and early decision to take some pressure off students and give them more time to test and send their scores.
  • Equally considering students for admission who are unable to take the test due to covid-19 as those who submitted scores. (The College Board will keep colleges up to date on testing availability).
  • Recognizing that students who do submit scores may not have been able to test more than once. (e.g., taking into account that students who tested as high school juniors but who could not as seniors would have likely achieved score gains).

And it's more important than ever to pay close attention to the context in which all students live and learn as they make admissions decisions.

Note that many colleges are changing their application qualifications for standardized tests. It is important to look at the college websites to determine the latest requirements.

Charlene Whitney
VSSA School Counselor
(970) 328-2833

Eagle County COVID Guidelines

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
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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