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 Molly Fiore The 4 C's to Suicide: Using Character, Courage, Commitment, & Compassion to Save a Life
September 9

Parent Night
September 11

Zeke Day
September 12

Minturn Fitness Center Grand Opening
SSCV Fall Spectacular 
September 14

ASM: Dr. Hackett Sochi Olympics & Sports Medicine
September 15

PTA Meeting 
September 17

Individual Picture Day
September 22

Individual Picture Day
September 22

SAC (School Accountability Meeting)
September 24 9am-11am

Spirit Week 
October 6-10

VSSA Dance!
October 10

Staff Work Day ~ No School
October 20

Parent's Day
October 27 

Parent Teacher Conferences
October 27 & 28

Last Day of Fall Schedule
October 31

First Day of Winter Schedule
November 3

PTA Meeting 
November 12

Thanksgiving Break ~ No School
November 24-28

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.

Click here to download the paper copy.

Click here for a copy of the Bell Schedule.

Foreign Language 
VSSA is pleased to announce that we have now hired our complete Lower School Foreign Language team.  Mr. Sean Coleman will run our 5th grade Rosetta Stone (Spanish 1) program.  Kristina Krone will lead our 6th grade (Spanish 1-2) program.  Rossy Teter will lead our 7th and 8th grade (Spanish 2-5) programs.  All Rosetta program codes arrived yesterday and your son or daughter should be coming home this weekend with 20-30 minutes of Foreign Language Homework.
We currently have 3-4 Lower School students who are opting into a non-Spanish foreign language course.  This option is available to all families but comes at a future cost.  The first cost is financial as all 9th-12th grade students taking a non-Spanish course will be expected to pay for that course out of pocket.  The second cost is that they will not have a staff member on site that can support that language.  The third cost is that many French and German online programs that VSSA has researched end after 2 or 3 years while many competitive colleges require 3-4 years of a single language.  Given these costs, we strongly recommend but do not require that your child pursue Spanish in grades 5-8. This way they are set up to study high school spanish through the program we are contracted with.

For information regarding Upper School Foreign Language, please click here to read a letter from Mr. Kimmel. 

The drop date has been extended from September 2nd to September 8th.  This means that students who choose to drop a course can do so without receiving a Withdraw/Fail on their transcript. We are not encouraging any students to drop a course but some upper school students have requested to drop their Jeffco foreign language to pursue a different foreign language of their choice. These students are responsible for registering themselves in an accredited online program and covering the cost. We recommend all students take at least 3 years of one foreign language and we believe Jeffco is the best program to meet the majority of our students needs. 

VSSA Directories!

VSSA directories are available for pick up in the office! 
September 11th will be our annual Parent Night from 4-7:30pm. Snacks will be provided by the PTA.  Sessions will break out to focus on lower school and upper school topics. Here is a rough draft of the schedule to help with planning.  We hope to see you all there!!
All Parents:
4:00-4:30: Fostering Compassion in a Competitive Athlete: Karen Ghent
4:30-4:40: How to get involved in the VSSA school community: PTA
4:40-5:00: What is Sports Psych?:  Erin Beskid
5:00-5:20: Technology IOI:  What to expect and how to support: Scott Hopkins

Lower School: 
5:20- 5:50: How to support your student’s academics while teaching personal responsibility: Beth Huck & Cindy Suplizio
5:50-6:20: How to support your athlete without becoming a second coach?: Terry Delliquadri

Upper School:
5:20-5:45:  To PG or not PG? And what is a 5-year plan?:Geoff Grimmer.
5:45-6:30:  Athletics after high school? Setting realistic goals: Brandon Dyksterhouse
6:30- 7:00: Snow sport options after high school: Coaches Panel (still being confirmed)
7:00-7:30: Graduation, College Applications and NCAA: Charlene Whitney

Zeke Day
Zeke Day is a time to remember a close friend to the VSSA community that we lost in the summer of 2013. Zeke Pierce embodied kindness and compassion toward everyone he met and he had an unbeatable positive spirit. We celebrate his life with Zeke Day, this year held September 12th (DOB September 13th). For 2014 we will be doing many different community building projects in honor of Zeke such as river clean up and improving the trail system at Maloit Park (including the trail to the Zeke memorial bench). We look forward to reflecting on his legacy as as a community. Core classes will be postponed this day. Students please bring appropriate outdoor gear to work outside (boots, rain jacket, work gloves, etc).

Academic Concerns
Grades and 'Academic Concerns' will be pulled every Monday through out the year starting on September 8th. All student-athletes who have lower than 70% in any class will be listed on the 'Academic Concerns List.' Parent(s), teacher(s), and coaches will be notified during weeks one, two and three if students are on the list.

Fall Consequences: Any student who lands on "Week 3" at any time in the fall will be off snow starting during Winter Schedule for one day per class/ For example, if a student lands on "Week 3" for two weeks in a row will be off snow, in study hall two days in November. If they have two classes for two weeks in a row, they would owe 4 study hall days. 

Winter Consequences: At week 3 during the winter season students will be held from on snow training and competitions until all grades are at a 70% or higher.

For more information, refer to the
VSSA handbook

SSCV Fall Spectacular & Minturn Fitness Center Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Sunday, September 14 in Minturn
Get your athlete ready for the season while catching up with friends, meeting new families and being part of the Minturn Fitness Center Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Click here
 for details.

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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