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
December 17 & 18

Staff Work Day ~ No School/Makeup Finals
December 19 

Holiday Break
December 22-January 5

First Day of Second Semester

January 6

ASM: Michael Friedberg, Owner/Co-Founder of Yellowbelly Chicken: Entrepreneurship
January 12

Martin Luther King Day ~ No School
January 19

Shannon Galpin, Mountain2Mountain Foundation

January 26

Winter Break for VSSA (check SSCV schedules)
February 2-16 (off for President's Day)

ECS Winter Break (different then VSSA)

February 16-20

Parent Teacher Conferences
March 3

Last Day of Winter Schedule
March 27

First day of Spring Schedule
March 30 

Spring Break
April 13-17

Senior Celebration
May 21

May 22 1pm

Memorial Day ~ No School
May 25

May 26-27

Last Day of School
May 28


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.
Finals Week Schedule
​Monday, December 15: Normal Day

Tuesday, December 1​6​
Follow a Monday schedule without Advisory so students see all of their teachers one more time before finals.
2nd period 12:49-1:34 (45 minutes)
3rd period 1:37-2:23 (46 minutes)
4th period 2:26-3:12 (46 minutes)
5th period 3:15-4:01 (46 minutes)
6th period 4:04-4:50 (46 minutes)
Wednesday, December 1​7​ (all 77 minute classes) 
1st Final 12:50-2:07: Monday 2nd Period Class 
2nd Final 2:12-3:29: Monday 3rd Period Class
3rd Final 3:34-4:50: Monday 1st Period Class. Advisory for Lower School to have a study hall. 
Upper School (grades 9-12) will have Avalanche Education during this time. This is the 5th year we have done this for the Upper School and we are honored to have Scott Toepfer, the main Colorado Avalanche Information Center(CAIC) forecaster come speak to the students about Avalanche Level 1 topics. He will also take the students outside for a demonstration of Avalanche Safety Tools. Education and training in this area is crucial to make sure our community learns safe practices and the students can begin a lifelong journey of learning and respect in the mountains.
*5th grade has a little bit of a different schedule:
12:50-2:07 Foreign Language
2:12-3:29 English Final (Bring your Science Fiction book)
3:34-4:50  Social Studies Final (Bring your Interactive Notebook)

Thursday, December 1​8​ (all 77 minute classes)
1st Final 12:50-2:07: Monday 4th Period Class
2nd Final 2:12-3:29: Monday 5th Period Class
3rd Final 3:34-4:50: Monday 6th Period Class

**5th grade has a little bit of a different schedule:
12:50-2:07 Math
2:12-3:29  Science
3:34-4:50  Advisory 
Friday, December 19
No school, however anyone who missed a final Wednesday or Thursday can  schedule a make up final with their teacher this day. 

The 6th Annual VSSA Engineering Fair will be held in the cafeteria this Monday, December 15th.  The schedule will be as follows:

3:50 - 4:15  Students set up projects
4:15 - 6:15  Judging of projects
6:15 - 6:20  Clean-up and Dismissal

Students will see 2 judges during the 2 hour period.  There will be close to 75 projects so judging will take 2 full hours.  Special requests for early/quick judging cannot be fulfilled due to the volume of projects.  The expectation is that all students will remain in the cafeteria during the 2 hour judging process.  Please plan accordingly.

 to our Spelling Bee Winners!
1st Jordan McMurtry
2nd Ava Ludwig
3rd (tie) Emma Kate Burns & Tessa Chelain

Dear ECS Community,
Under direction from the Board of Education of Eagle County Schools, the Calendar Committee would like to ask for your opinion regarding possible changes to our school calendar. 
The Calendar Committee meets each year and discusses the school calendar.  The Committee would like your feedback as we move forward to develop school calendars for the next few years.
The attached links, in English and Spanish, will take you to the survey.   It should only take 3 – 5 minutes of your time.
For English, please access this survey:
For Spanish, please access this survey:
Please distribute this message throughout the community.  It is our hope that we get broad and representative input from several people.
Should you have any questions, please direct them to Wade HillThanks for your input and support of our schools!
Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner

Vail Resorts has many different positions available for students 18 and older to work on a part time basis and we have recently made changes in our practices with hiring under 18 to help local students get a jump start on their careers.  Attached is the flier about opportunities for students.

 All jobs can be found on the website and the current positions we are hiring students that are under 18 for are:
·         Busser
·         Host
·         Utility/Mountain Dining Staff (Mtn Dining only)
·         Dishwasher/Steward (Mtn Dining only)
·         Cleaning Attendants (Mtn Dining only)
·         Childcare
·         Teachers Assistant
·         Parking Attendant, valet excluded
·         Ski Valet for Vail Resorts Retail
·         Retail Sales Associate
Students 18 and up, can contact us and will not be limited as to what roles that can apply for.
I would also like to make myself and team available to you if you have any events or fundraisers that you need support with especially if they involve career development for students. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Warm Regards,
Eagle County Hospitality Recruiter
Office: 970.754.7783

Anti Bullying Community

We would like to remind all community members about the Anti Bullying Pledge that was part of the handbook everyone signed before the school year started. We pledged that we would join together to prevent bullying and would report any incidents of bullying that take place. If you have a report to make you can call or send a confidential email to me, Charlene Whitney. There is also a box outside of my office where students or families can now anonymously report any concerns or suggestions they have.  All VSSA students should enjoy our school equally, feel safe and a part of this school community and it is everyone's responsibility to help make sure this happens. Please speak up and be an active member in preventing bullying as we work to build a more compassionate school community.
 ~ Charlene Whitney, Counselor 

The Holidays is a great time to cultivate compassion! 
While VSSA will not be asking you to donate money or gifts this holiday season, we wanted to remind you that there are ways to help families in need in our community.  
  • The Salvation Army has many opportunities such as volunteering to ring the bell, adopting a family in need by buying gifts or helping to make a food basket for a family.  To get more information visit the Salvation Army website  or contact Tsu Wolin-Brown at (970)748-0704
  • Many churches in our community also have weekly community dinners and they often need volunteers to help prepare and serve food.  For contact info click here
  • Invite a friend or neighbor over to join you for the holidays.
  • Pass out food to the homeless community in Denver.
  • Deliver baked goods to a neighbor or to the employees at the police station, fire department or hospital on Christmas day.
  • Donate to a non-profit organization or cause that you believe in.
  • Perform random acts of kindness.
We would love to hear from our VSSA students and families regarding their participation in compassionate acts over the holidays.  Please send pictures or a short summary of your good deeds so we can celebrate it with the rest of our community!!


Need a holiday gift idea?
VSSA yeti wear (see attached pricing) is available. stop by the office and see what we have! Water bottles & mugs for only $5 each as well! 

Have great action shots?!

The yearbook is always looking for action shots and fun pictures. The more shorts received means the more times that students get showcased in the annual yearbook. Email Diane Gionfriddo or call/text her with any shots or questions! 719-651-4042
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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