2019-2020 School Year - August 21, 2019

Eagle County Schools

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

VSSA Pre-Excused Absence Form

Email Gibby Regarding an Absence

Past Yeti Times

First Day of School Checklist
- Student fee $550/student
- PTA fee $25/student
- Wilderness Experience Waiver
- Grade-level supplies
- Office supplies (thank you!)
- Training Table ($ to SSCV)
- 2019-2020 Field Trip / Event General Liability Waiver (link above)
- Student, ready to go! :-)
About VSSA
2019-2020 Calendar
2019-2020 Bell Schedule
2019-2020 School Supply List
Dates at a Glance

Summer Work is Available
On Schoology, New Course:
Access Code 5RNZC-7QNMX

2019-2020 School Supply List
Click Here for Supply List

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

Click Here to fill out Waiver

Thurs - Fri, August 22-23
Wilderness Experience

Thursday, August 29
VSSA Parent Night (Back to School)

Thursday, September 12
VSSA Service Day
(Rain Date Sept 13)
Need Parent Volunteers!

Tues - Weds, Sept 17-18
Miles to Go
Drug Prevention Program
Parent Presentation TBD

Sunday, October 6
Aspen College Fair
Welcome (Back)! It's Great to be a Yeti!

Get those Waivers In TODAY!

Wilderness Experience

August 22-23

SOAR ranch has closed, forcing us to re-evaluate our wilderness experience for students.  Wilderness is an opportunity at the beginning of the year to bring returning students and new students together in an environment that promotes building close relationships to ease transitions into the new school year.  This trip also allows our students and staff and coaches to work with community members to build on improving the 4 C's: Character, Courage, Commitment, and Compassion.
General Wilderness Experience Info
This year we are getting back to our roots with overnight experiences starting in 8th Grade. 
  • Our 5th-7th grades will have day experiences centered out of VSSA with a regular 3:40 release time
  • 8th-11th Graders all picked overnight trips
  • Seniors will be Floating the Colorado River
9th-11th Grade Trip Assignments
Required Release Forms
Parents: Sign & Provide to Front Office

5th & 6th grade Release Form
7th grade Release Form
8th grade CO Natl Monument Info & Release Forms
8th grade Mountain Biking Info & Release Forms
9th-11th grade Fancy & Missouri Lakes Release Form
9th-11th grade Mountain Biking Release Form
9th-11th grade Fly Fishing Release Form
9th-11th grade Photography Release Form
12th grade Release Form
2019-2020 Student Fees
Mandatory Student Fees of $550 are due on the first day of school or before. 

Three options for payment:
1) Call the office (970) 328-2832 to pay with credit card
2) Bring in a check (to "VSSA)
3) Bring credit card to office to swipe on first day

Also, see the PTA section below, the PTA is asking for $25/student (bring a check to "VSSA PTA", or on-line) to fund important activities throughout the year like Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th Grade Continuation, etc.

Thank you! Gibby
Questions? lindsey.sullivan@eagleschools.net or (970) 328-2832
2019-2020 School Supply List
Supplies are listed by grade, AND your support in stocking the office supplies helps us save our budget for more valuable student activities.

Leave your office supplies under the stairwell adjacent to the playground when you come in. (There is a sign!)

We really appreciate it! Thank you!
2019-2020 School Supply List
UPDATED! School Year 2019-2020
First Day of School: New students 8:30a-12:30p (lunch provided); All students 12:30p-3:40p

Bell Schedule Highlights for 2019-20:
  • Winter schedule will finish before 5:00 PM. We heard loud and clear that 5:30 was too late, and we will be out of school at 4:55.
  • Still maintain a later start in the winter schedule to protect training time for our athletes that travel farther for training.
  • The Winter B schedule was quite successful and we will maintain it. We extended it one week earlier to start after the long weekend in March and one week later after the April break. This will help with athletes that have finished their season while allowing other teams to continue. This also helps with students that participate in a spring sport.
For more background information on rationale, see last Yeti times of 2018-19 school year.
2019-2020 Bell Schedule
NEW! Yeti Wear Made to Order
Deadline Thursday, Sept 12th
New VSSA Yeti Wear - Hurry to order now - Only here until Thursday, September 12th
  1. Click below to see the options and fill out the order form
  2. Call the VSSA front office (970) 328-2830 to make a credit card payment,
    or bring a check into the office made out to VSSA.
Show your VSSA spirit!
Order Here by September 12th

US 6 & US 24 Improvements in Minturn

Please plan extra time to get to school - lane closures continue. US 6 & US 24 improvement project updates can be found here

(Timeline on website still listed at May - October 2019).

VSSA Construction Update
The VSSA lobby will be under construction for roughly the first month of school (permits for construction were delayed).

We will have secure entrances once finished. We are excited to have new paint, furniture, and carpet throughout the school, as well as a new lobby. The Think Tank will have a fresh updated look by November. Wade, Gibby, and Heidi (in the health office) are available in the office, so take care if you need to visit.

Please note that students and parents need to use the side entrance by the playground until lobby construction is complete.
Training Table Lunch Program Fees for 2019-2020

Lunch is provided through the SSCV Training Table Lunch Program. Please contact Liz McDonald for any questions: lmcdonald@skiclubvil.org Tel: (970) 790-5420
New this year, we have had to add pricing for our athlete population who need a special meal.  Special diet surcharge: Including but not limited to: gluten free, dairy free, nut allergy, etc.

** Sorry but we are unable to accommodate vegan diets at this time **

** All Punch Cards are use it or lose it.  There is no carry over from year to year **
VMS Upper School Fall Sports Registration
Are you an Upper School student interested in playing a fall sport at VMS?

Please click here for a link to all the information you need to register for Boys Golf, Boys Soccer, and Girls Volleyball.
Dear VSSA Families,

I wanted to start by welcoming you to another great year at VSSA.  It has been a pleasure to work with your kids over the last eight years and I am excited to start things up for the 2019-2020 school year.  I am super excited to have Lauren Ruhl join our school community this year.

Lauren is here to help our student-athletes develop the mental toolbox that allows them to feel prepared in whatever situation pops up in life and sport. It is important to understand that Lauren is here to support our student-athletes with their overall mental health yet has the ability to support them on the mental side of sport as well.

Parents, teachers, and coaches, 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. Please click here for the referral form.

As the counselors at VSSA, we will maintain confidentiality for students whenever possible.  Limits to confidentiality include mandated reporting laws. Counselors are required to take appropriate action if students engage in behavior that presents clear and imminent danger to themselves or others.  Counselors are also required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. If students work with Lauren Ruhl for more than one or two sessions, a consent form must be signed by both student and parents to ensure there is an understanding of furthered services.

Both individual and group work may be utilized for your student at VSSA.  Parents will be informed if any safety concerns are identified or if additional support is recommended in the home or community.  If you do not want your child to participate in counseling services, by either myself and Lauren, please contact me at the beginning of the school year.  If you believe your child is in need of specific support by the counseling department or you have concerns about your student please utilize our new referral form.  This form will be provided to students, parents and teachers and can be found in the Yeti Times as well the districts website.

We will continue implementing our 4 Core Values of Courage, Commitment, Character and Compassion as we strive for a positive and supportive school culture.

We look forward to serving the needs of your child in the 2019-2020 school year.  Pay attention to announcements in the weekly Yeti Times and mark your calendars for the yearly parent night scheduled for the evening of August 29th and the Aspen College Fair on October 6th.  For more information on the VSSA Counseling department and for important College Counseling info visit: 

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
Important SAT & ACT Exam Info

Colorado & National Testing

PSAT: All 11th @ VSSA                         October 16th @ 8am
SAT: All 11th @ VSSA                            April 14th
                                                                  Make up April 28th
PSAT: All 9th & 10th @ VSSA                April 14th
                                                                  Make up April 28th
CMAS for all 5th-8th & 11th (Science)    April 6th-24th
AP Exams            
   Fees Due                                             November 14th
   Exams                                                 May 5th-15th
   Make Ups                                            May 20th-22nd

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
Aug 24, 2019 (VMS,VCHS) July 26, 2019
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
Sept 14, 2019 (VMS,Carb) Aug 16, 2019
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


PTA Dues

When registering for this year, please be sure to join our PTA 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 PTA" into office, or on-line below. Thanks!
Pay PTA Dues Online

Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers to fill many executive positions for the 2019-2020 academic year, including PTA President!

After four years of serving in this role, I will be stepping aside to focus on other interests and activities. I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in becoming acquainted with VSSA, its families, and the intricacies of the relationship that exists between SSCV and VSSA. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Wade Hill or Gibby Sullivan.

Welcome Back!  Stacey Birtwhistle
This event is for parents and adults who live and work with children of all school ages. Dr. Paul will provide specific tips for how to improve your daily communication while navigating tough topics. Being able to learn these skills will help improve your family's and youth's environment, as well as increase emotional intelligence.
Eat Chat Parent is not just for parents. Everyone is welcome and youth 5th grade and up are encouraged to attend with an adult. Coaches, teachers, counselors, grandparents and nonbiological caregivers are also encouraged to attend. Spanish speakers are also welcome as we provide simultaneous interpretation!
In addition to providing "How To" tips, Eat Chat Parent events aim to break stigmas around behavioral health and stimulate community conversation. It is our hope that together we can learn to discuss behavorial health topics as easily as we do our physical health.
New this year Eagle County School District will offer professional training credit if you attend. Must redeem attendance certificate at the Eat Chat Parent event from Carol Johnson. PowerHours parents will also receive credit. After the event is over, attendance certificates will be available.
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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