2019-2020 School Year - December 26, 2019

Enjoy your break with family and friends, rest up, and

see you back at school on

Tuesday, January 7th!

Semester 1 Grades will be Stored and Final on Jan 8th
Eagle County Schools

2019-2020 Field Trip / Event Liability Waiver  (Need for ALL Students)

VSSA Pre-Excused Absence Form

Email Gibby Regarding an Absence

VSSA Google Calendar / with Lunch

Past Yeti Times

Counseling Request

VSSA School Handbook
About VSSA
FINAL! 2019-2020 Calendar
FINAL! 2019-2020 Bell Schedule
Download RePlay It App - Upload Yearbook Photos
Donate to Dominick Epifanio's "They Need it More" Lego/Toy Donation Business
Dates at a Glance

Fri-Mon, Dec 20 - Jan 6
Winter Break
School Back in Session Tues, Jan 7

Tuesday, Jan 7
Back to School

Thursday, Jan 9
Injured Athlete Support Group

Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lower School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Monday, Jan 13
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl

Upper School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Wednesday, Jan 15
Parent Support Group
@VSSA, 4-5p
Free Community Dinner

Thursday, Jan 16
Injured Athlete Support Group
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lower School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Winter A Schedule
Nov 4 - Mar 19

Mon (All Year)
Training 8:30a-12:15p
Study Hall 10:30a-12:30p
Lunch 12:35p-1:15p
School 1:15p-4:55p
Featuring our Seniors
Here's Jack Coyne  -  Then & Now
Jack Coyne loves to ride! His passion is snowboarding. Attending VSSA since the 5th grade has allowed him to grow both athletically and academically. His journey has led him to the US Snowboard Rookie Halfpipe Team. In addition to his passion for snow sports, he also likes to create videos, and has developed an Instagram following with his #jakekornvideo series. The next steps in his journey are still to be determined.  As we say over and over… be safe, and make good choices!
Parents of Seniors - please send your "Then & Now" photos with a summary to Kathy, email: kzboyes@comcast.net
Thanks to all who supported the Community Dinner in Red Cliff on Dec 18th!
Next Community Dinner is Wednesday, January 15th

Sponsorship/Donations needed
to provide meals to those in need. Email Mr. Bennett for more info at samuel.bennett@eagleschools.net
Congratulations to our local athletes: Jack Coyne, Emma Resnick, Nicole Rountree-Williams, Trent Pennington, and Connor Schlegel

for making the Lausanne Youth Olympic Games, January 9-22, 2020 in Switzerland!
For a full list click here (or expand tiny font below)
Click "View Entire Message"
below to see ALL of the Yeti Times.

It is large and mighty, and often truncated unless you click.
Scripps Spelling Bee Districts
January 29th at 5pm
@ Homestake Peak Auditorium

Congratulations to all participants this week in the VSSA Spelling Bee! Words included challenges such as utensils, flustered, drool, minnow, insubstantial, gnaw, Antarctic, and rabble-rouser, to name a few.

The top spellers
Honorable mention: Izzie McAbee
3rd place: Ricky Shay
2nd place: William Zurbay
1st place: Katie McDonald
Yearbook Information

Attention Seniors!

Your pages are due
February 13th (hard deadline)
Click Here for Senior Page Instructions (no payment necessary)
Please upload your photos to the yearbook! We are looking for photos from all school events, classroom projects, all disciplines, dryland, travel competitions! Represent! 
Download "RePlay It App" create a login and find VSSA. Then you can upload and tag photos!
VSSA teacher in charge of yearbook: Sophia Sopuch  sophia.sopuch@eagleschools.net 
Download RePlay It App Here
The Yetis are Busy in December!
December Calendar

Injured Athletes Group

Next Up Thurs, Jan 9

Counseling Office @ VSSA

All students are invited to attend
A few things that make a group like this effective are when the students are committed to attending each week until their transition back to sport. We know that the injury recovery process can be very difficult and this group was created to provide support and information to both make the time off meaningful and to encourage a smooth and a stronger transition back. We also get to know each other and have fun. Hope to see you there! 

If you would like your student to get more individual support, please complete the counseling referral form (see below).  Thank you! - Charlene and Lauren
Next Parent Support Group
Weds, January 15 @VSSA from 4-5pm
Thank you to the parents who came to our Dec 11th, Parent Support Group.  We discussed athlete burnout and how to identify, address and prevent.  We explored ways to support our athletes whether they win or lose and communication tips to help prevent burnout and strengthen relationships.  Click here for one of the handouts from the group with some great tips for parents.
Our next group will be on Jan 15th @VSSA from 4-5pm. 
Next Topic: How to foster a growth mindset in and out of sport.
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lunch on Mondays - Upper School
Lunch on Thursdays - Lower School
The group is based on helping students understand their emotions, how they form, how they focus on their issues, and the impact emotions have on our behavior and performance. We will explore what they can do to help lower their stress and anxiety levels in school, at home, and in their sport.

We all have emotions and we cannot avoid particular emotions from rising up; however, we can control the way we act, behave, and perceive a situation. The goal is for students to feel they have more tools in their tool box and can see self-care as a very important part of their daily routine.
Open to all students!
Important SAT & ACT Exam Info

Colorado & National Testing
PSAT: All 11th @VSSA      October 16, 2019 @ 8am
SAT: All 11th @VSSA   April 14, 2020
     Make up April 28, 2020
PSAT: All 9th & 10th @VSSA   April 14, 2020
     Make up April 28, 2020
CMAS all 5th-8th & 11th (Science)    April 6-24, 2020
AP Exams  
  Fees Due
  Make Ups
  November 14, 2019
  May 5-15, 2020
  May 20-22, 2020
We recommend all students:
- Take the SAT or ACT by the end of 10th grade
- Develop a test plan after 10th grade results
- Retest the beginning of 11th grade
- Typically test one more time the beginning of 12th grade (in hopes of getting more scholarship money)

SAT Tests
Some colleges require at least two subject tests. For dates when subjects tests are offered, click here
SAT Test Date Registration Deadline
Oct 5, 2019 (VCHS,Leadville) Sept 6, 2019
Nov 2, 2019 (EVHS) Oct 3, 2019
Dec 7, 2019 (VCHS) Nov 8, 2019
Mar 14, 2020 (VCHS,VMS) Feb 14, 2020
May 2, 2020 (Carbondale) Apr 3, 2020
June 6, 2020 (VMS) May 8, 2020

ACT Tests
VSSA recommends that students test by the end of 10th grade to develop an individual test prep plan. Most colleges require a writing score: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/
ACT Test Date Registration Deadline
Oct 26, 2019 (EVHS,VMS) Sept 20, 2019
Dec 14, 2019 (BMHS,Glenwd) Nov 8, 2019
Feb 8, 2020 (VMS,Glenwd) Jan 10, 2020
Apr 4, 2020 (BMHS,EVHS,VMS) Feb 28, 2020
June 13, 2020 (Aspen) May 8, 2020
July 18, 2020 (Carbondale) June 19, 2020

For more information on the VSSA Counseling department and for important College Counseling info including NCAA info visit this link
Charlene Whitney
VSSA School Counselor
(970) 328-2833

Counseling Services - Required Referral
If you are interested in having your student-athlete participate in services with either counselor, please fill out the referral form. Both myself and Lauren will assess and respond based on need, issue, and severity.

Referral form: Click here

All the best,
Charlene Whitney
School Counselor
School Phone: (970) 328-2833
Lauren Ruhl
School-Based Therapist
School Phone: (970) 328-TBD
Hope Center 24/7 Crisis Hot Line: (970) 306-4673

PTO Dues

When registering for this year, please be sure to join our PTO to ensure we are able to continue to help enrich the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.

We ask for a minimum donation of $25 / student if possible. Two methods to pay: Bring check written out to "VSSA PTO" into office, or on-line below. Thanks!
Pay PTO Dues Online
Please Donate to Dominick Epifanio's
 "They Need it More" Business!
Getting Legos to kids who need them
Visit They Need It More & Donate!
E•ƒ(ec) is excited to partner with YouthPower365 for the 2019-20 school year E•ƒ(ec)tive Apple Award! 

Nominate an Eagle County Schools teacher to win $500 for being a highly E•ƒ(ec)tive teacher who goes above and beyond in the classroom to educate and inspire students.

WHO CAN BE NOMINATED: Nominees must work for the Eagle County School District and directly work with students in the classroom. Fully licensed teachers and teaching assistants qualify for this award.

WHO CAN NOMINATE: Students, parents, teachers, and coworkers can nominate the teacher they think des
erves to be recognized. Nominations are due of the 15th of each month from October 2019 through April 2020.

HOW TO NOMINATE: Click the Nominate a Teacher button and fill out our online form. Or download the form in English or Español and mail them to PO Box 8012, Avon, CO 81620.

Nominate a Teacher
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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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