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.
Important Dates
ASM: Charlie Gladish ~ Rwanda
October 13

Staff Work Day ~ No School
October 20

PTA Meeting

October 22 6:00pm at the Sauter residence 

Parent's Day (details will be given in next week's newsletter)
October 27

Parent Teacher Conferences
(details will be given in next week's newsletter)
October 27 1:30-6:00pm
October 28 1:15-4:00pm

Last Day of Fall Schedule
October 31

Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 2, 2:00am (Set your clocks back an hour)

First Day of Winter Schedule
November 3

Lower School - class in the morning
Upper School - class in the afternoon

November 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20

PTA Meeting 
November 12

Thanksgiving Break ~ No School
November 24-28

ASM: Chris Anthony's Climb to Glory Discussion

December 1 

SAC (School Accountability Meeting)
December 3 9am-11am

December 17 & 18

Staff Work Day ~ No School/Makeup Finals
December 19 

Holiday Break
December 22-January 5

Calendar 2014-2015
Click here for the digital calendar. *Includes Training Table Lunches*

Click here to download the paper copy.

Click here for a copy of the Bell Schedule.

Interested in becoming a VSSA Student Athlete Ambassador?  Click here to apply. Please return the application
by dropping off in the VSSA school office by Monday, October 20. 
We have a new website, check it out if you haven't already! You will find a current list of volunteer needs, upcoming PTA events, links to meeting minutes and other useful links. We will now have sign-ups, etc. all in one central place.
MEALS FOR TEACHERS (AND SNACKS FOR PARENTS) NEEDED: We would love your help providing food for parent-teacher conferences on October 27th and 28th ! Please visit our website for links to sign-up!
DUES: Thanks so much to everyone who has paid PTA dues! This is our only source of funding, allowing us to exist and function. If you haven't, it isn't too late to leave a check with Holly (minimum dues $25) at the front office to VSSA PTA! 
SCHOOL DANCE: Thanks all who have volunteered to help with the school dance tonight! If you can help set up, please arrive at 2:30! Lower school chaperons please arrive at 3:30 and upper school at 7:30. 
Thanks so much everyone for your help getting us off to a great start this year!
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Please RSVP or call (970) 949-9250.

The PSAT will be given all Juniors at VSSA on Wednesday, October 15th.  Students are encouraged to be at VSSA at 8am as the exam will begin promptly at 8:30 and end in time for lunch.  The PSAT is a preliminary SAT and students who do well may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Click here for more information about the PSAT visit.

Reminder anyone with a 70% or below in an online class will owe $300 for the class when the semester ends in December, so keep those grades up!

ECEA wants to invite you all to attend a screening of the film Race to Nowhere, which will take place next Wednesday at Berry Creek Middle School at 6pm. This is an ECEA sponsored event, and will include a panel discussion following the film to all allow for feedback and good conversation around the issues presented. 

October 27  

Parents are invited to come to the All School Meeting and then head into classes to see what it is like to be a VSSA student. Teachers have designed special lesson plans to integrate the parents. Come to all classes or just some that fits your schedule! Classes will be shortened this day, followed by lunch at the Training Table (12:45-1:30) and Parent Teacher Conferences 1:30-6:00pm. Lunch is $10 and please email Betsy Cuthbertson with SSCV if a parent or student plans on being a "drop in" for lunch so Chef Lauren can plan enough food.

Conferences October 27 & 28
Conferences are a great time to check in with all of your student's teachers. Sign up through the SignUpGenius here! 

October 27: Parents day from 9:20-12:30 and lunch from 12:30 to 1:15. Conferences are from 1:30-6:00pm. Students will need to be picked up at 1:15 or brought to conferences. 

October 29: Shortened day with  classes 8:30-12:30, lunch 12:30-1:15 and conferences 1:30-4:00pm. Students will need to be picked up at 1:15 or brought to conferences. 

Dry Land is still at 4pm unless you hear otherwise from your Program Director. We did try to adjust dry land, but due to some previous scheduled meetings and as their are other students from other schools coming at 4pm, this was not possible and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

Winter Schedule 
Winter schedule begins Monday, November 3 with full day school on Monday. Students will training with SSCV in the mornings and head to school from Golden Peak through March. Contact your coach or program director for athletic questions.

Daily Bus Times from SSCV
11:40 For Alpine Athletes
11:50 For Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle Athletes
November 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20
For the first three weeks in Winter Schedule, Tuesday to Thursday, VSSA Upper School (9-12th) athletes will be on their normal morning training schedule and VSSA Lower School (5-8) athletes will be attending school from 8:30-11:50 with lunch at 11:50 and training in the afternoon on Golden Peak (this is in the interest of more productive training and increasing safety by utilizing Golden Peak when there is less traffic).
The bus schedule is modified for these 9 days as follows:
11:50 Bus from SSCV to VSSA for all Upper School athletes.
12:40 Bus from VSSA to SSCV for all Lower School athletes.

Study Hall: Students required to be off snow due to Academic Concerns in the Lower School will have study hall from 1-3pm and will not be released to train these days.

GT News: Parent Nominations
Dear Families,
Each fall Eagle County Schools opens a window to include parent nomination as an avenue to screen students for gifted ability. Parents can pick up a nomination packet at their child’s school. The nomination packet includes additional information about the identification process, a checklist, permission to test form, characteristics of gifted learners and a Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI) for parents. The 2014 fall nomination window is open now until Friday October 17, and nomination packets will be available in the front office just prior to the window. Please note that nomination packets will not be accepted before or after these dates. Please return completed nomination packets to your child’s classroom teacher, the gifted specialist or the front office at your child’s school.
The KOI is an opportunity for parents to highlight their child’s advanced behaviors. Typically, gifted children are two or more years above grade level, are good problem solvers, may prefer the company of adults, and need little or no practice to learn a new skill. Young gifted children may have taught themselves to read at an early age or mastered math skills intuitively.
In addition to the information gathered from the Parent KOI, the district will gather information from the classroom teacher(s), the student’s classroom performance and standardized testing of verbal, non-verbal and quantitative ability. The goal is to gather a sufficient body of evidence (BOE) to determine the appropriate educational placement for your child. This process may take up to 6-8 weeks. In December, a group of gifted specialists will review all information and recommend gifted placement or continuation of services in the regular classroom. Parents will be notified in writing of the team’s decision.
If you have questions about this process, or about gifted identification and programming, please email Eric Rippeth, Secondary GT Liaison.

Plymouth State University Athletics!
PSU is coming to Colorado! The goal is to allow prospective students, coaches and athletic directors an opportunity to meet current Plymouth State faculty, the Director of Admissions and the Athletic Admissions Liaison while also learning about the opportunities at Plymouth State.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11 AM
Blue Ocean Aviation in Loveland, CO
Hosted by Otter Box Founders Nancy and Curt Richardson and their son JC '13 Register Here
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11 AM
Beaver Creek Club  in Beaver Creek, CO
Hosted by Vail Resorts President of Global Mountain Development, John Garnsey '72 and his wife Vicky. Register Here 

VSSA Directories!

Reminder: VSSA directories are available for pick up in the office! 
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Contact Us:

Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway
1 Academy Loop
PO Box 369
Minturn, CO 81645

Main Office Line 970-328-2830
Fax 970-328-2835

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