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.
April 4 ASM
Aaron Mayville, Overview of the Forest Service
April 22 at 9am
PTA Meeting April 30 Time & Place TBD
May 4 ASM
May 11 ASM
May 19 ASM
May 22 1pm
Memorial Day ~ No School
8th Grade Continuation
May 27th 5:30
Last Day of School
Calendar 2014-2015 Click here for the digital calendar. Click here to download the paper copy. Click here for a copy of the Bell Schedule.
Spring Schedule Mondays Tuesdays-Fridays 9:20-3:50 8:30-3:50 Spring brings us back to a new schedule even though there are still some competitions going on. Coaches will continue to excuse those as needed. There is no longer transportation from Golden Peak.
Eco Transit Updates for Spring
Mondays will have two pickups at the forest service at 8:14 and drop at the school at 8:26. Then there will be another pick up at 8:42 and drop at the school at 8:56 for 9:20 start. Students can wait in the lobby for the ASM after either bus drop off.
Pickup at the forest service at 8:14 and drop at the school at 8:26 so kids will need to hustle to class at 8:30.
In the afternoon they are not be able to help with the 3:50 release of school, but will be able to pick up at 5:56 after Dry Land (for those who have it) and meet the bus at the forest service at 6:12.
VSSA will be on the Eagle County Schools' calendar for 2015-2016 that has been approved by the Board of Education. This means we will have the exact same dates in and out of school. The removal of a fall training/ early winter training was based on what kids need the most. However, student-athletes will still be excused per SSCV Program Directors for important training.
VSSA will also subtract the "November Switch" of the flip flop schedule for the first weeks of November to coordinate the Lower and Upper School schedules to fit what is best for the students. Lower School will still be excused to train in the afternoons and come to morning Study Hall if desired. Information to come in the fall regarding training.
SSCV Re-Enrollment Agreement and Deposit Due March 31, 2015
The Full-Time Athlete Re-Enrollment Agreement is available online* for your electronic signature and payment of the $495 non-refundable re-enrollment deposit all by March 31, 2015** in order to guaranty your child's spot in an SSCV full-time program for the 2015-2016 season and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA) for the 2015-2016 academic year.
*To access your online re-enrollment agreement go to www.skiclubvail.org, Go to Login/Enroll, MY SSCV, log in to your account, Forms and Documents and click on 15-16 Full-Time Athlete Re-Enrollment Agreement where you can complete the information and electronically sign the agreement and make payment. If you are unable to access your online account please email Sharon Schmidt for help in accessing your account.
**If you miss the above March 31 deadline, SSCV cannot guaranty a spot for your child in an SSCV program or VSSA. The next opportunity to secure your child's full-time spot(s) at SSCV and VSSA, if an opening remains available, is June 1, 2015 when SSCV online registration opens. Because of the large interest in SSCV programs as well as VSSA, we have instituted this re-enrollment process to enable current full-time athletes eligible for full-time re-enrollment to have priority through March 31, 2015 before opening up spots to prospective full-time student athletes.
Avalanche Training VSSA is offering Avalanche Training to our students grades 9-12 for the 5th straight year. We have had a few different instructors, but are working with Mike Duffy again this year. He is extremely respected in the Colorado avalanche training community and we are excited to learn from him after working with Scott Toepfer from CAIC in the Fall.
Mike Duffy Mike is a Level I & II Avalanche instructor for Colorado Mountain College and runs his own avalanche education company called Avalanche1. Mike is a rescue/avalanche team leader/avalanche mission coordinator for the Vail Mountain Rescue Group. He has graduated of National Avalanche School, National Academy of Winter Guiding and the AVPRO course through A3. He has been a mountain snowmobiler for 20 years and has pioneered snowmobile avalanche education in Colorado. Mike also works as a technical representative for the company Backcountry Access. Please contact him if your family would like to further your avalanche training.
Students should bring Sorels, snow gloves and warm clothes to make the most of the experience when your group does on snow training. If any students or parents can bring beacons, shovels or probes that would be helpful.
Here are the dates of the training, next week we will have in classroom training for everyone the first day, then split up into 9th and 11th and 10th and 12th for the on snow training:
Wednesday, 4/1 from 2-3:50
9th-12th in classroom training, possibly the gym to accommodate everyone. Don't think they will all fit in my room.
Friday, 4/3 from 2-3:50
9th and 11th grade outside doing on snow training
Wednesday, 4/8 from 2:12-3:50
10th and 12th grade outside doing on snow training
Parents and students,
You are invited to attend one of the College Next Symposiums on April 14th at Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction) or on April 15th at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley (Glenwood Springs) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attached please find an Invitation to the College Next Symposiums and a Workshop Schedule. They are offering Workshops for all 9th through 12th grade students and families. Their hope is to start early with 9th graders, sending 12th graders off prepared for success, and providing a wealth of information for those in between. Special Workshops in Spanish will be offered. As always, the event is free of charge.
Colorado Mesa University and Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley are pleased to be hosting the respective College Next Symposiums and are offering special tours of their campuses at 4:30 p.m. for interested students and families.
Also Please save the date for the 2015 Colorado Western Slope College Fair in Aspen on October 4th.
Hope you can make it on April 14th or April 15th. Please visit the website at www.cwscollegefair.org for additional details including updated Workshop information
Now's a great time to make summer plans. Can you fit in time to volunteer, participate in an internship, explore a new passion, visit colleges? Maybe you want to participate in a summer pre-collegiate program on the college campus of your dreams. Many applications for these programs are open now and fill up fast. For an overview of some of these top programs click here. Brown University has several opportunities such as a Leadership Institute and and Environmental Leadership Lab. Apply now
There is a great summer internship opportunity with Walking Mountains Science Center here in Eagle County for high school students entering 10th-12th grades. For more info and to apply click here.
Dear Fellow Teachers and Community,
Vail Mountain School is seeking host families for international high school students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Academically driven students already proficient in English will be coming from China, Italy, Spain, Japan and other countries. Host families play an integral role in providing true immersion in American culture, the English language, and our mountain lifestyle, all of which are tremendous draws for the students. In return, you and your family will have a unique opportunity to learn about another culture and build enduring friendships. You will also receive a stipend of $1200/month for ten months in return for hosting a student.
Host homes are responsible for providing a private room, three nutritious meals per day, wireless internet, and transportation as needed to and from, Vail Mountain School. The student’s biological parents pay all school fees and tuition, and provide additional spending money for the student.
Students typically arrive one week prior to the start of school and leave as soon as the academic year is finished. A dedicated program coordinator will advise and support students and host families, and facilitate communication with Vail Mountain School.
If you and your family are willing to embrace new customs, cultures and experiences, and make a difference for an international student, please contact me directly to learn more.
Sincerely, Leela Greenberg
International Program Director
Vail Mountain School
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway
1 Academy Loop
PO Box 369
Minturn, CO 81645