2022-2023 School Year - September 29, 2022
Every Saturday
Lunch Punch Card Holders: Let Chef Lauren know if you plan to eat lunch next week @ VSSA.

Friday, September 30th
Last day Bookworm Book Fair at VSSA 

Sunday, October 2nd
Colorado Western Slope College Fair 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm @ Aspen High School

Monday, October 3rd 
Scirpps Spelling Bee @ VSSA 9:45 a.m.

Tuesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 6th 
Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, October 7th - Sunday, October 9th 
SSCV Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap at Dobson Ice Arena, Vail

October 10th - 14th 
Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

Saturday, October 22nd
ACT Testing at VMS, BMHS, EVHS, Carbondale and Steamboat 

Tuesday, October 25th 
PSAT for 11th graders at 8:00 a.m. at VSSA

Friday, October 28th
Snowball Dance at VSSA 
Lower School: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Upper School:  8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Important Links

Eagle County Schools

Eagle County School District Facts

School Calender with Lunch

Past Yeti Times

VSSA School Profile for Universities

Student Parent Handbook
2022-2023 Bell Schedule
2022-2023 Calendar
Attendance Phone (970) 328-2834
Pay PTO Dues
Immunization Form
Pre-Excused Absences
VSSA Profile for Universities
Upload Yearbook Photos
Parent Teacher Conferences Tuesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 6th 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 All conferences are in person at VSSA. Please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up. Sign-Up Here

Due to conferences being by appointment only for 5th -8th grade please know conferences are optional for parents with academic concerns. We don't want to discourage any parent from attending but recognize these are limited slots. 9th - 12th grade open forum in the gym, no appointment needed.

If you need a conference with a teacher whose slots are full, please email the teacher for an appointment. Emails can be found at the Staff Directory. 

Want to navigate and learn more about the grading system?  Join us for a presentation on conference night:

  • Tuesday 7:15 - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. 

DAAC Representative Needed

VSSA needs a representative for the District Action and Accountability Committee.  This individual will learn a ton about Eagle County Schools and makes recommendations to the Board of Education on the direction and focus of the District's Goals.  Commitment is one evening meeting per month total of 6-7 Meetings. Please consider being our representative.

Please let me know if you would be interested in joining wade.hill@eagleschools.net


Bring Our Teachers Dinner - Tuesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 6th 

Please sign up to bring dinner for our dedicated teachers and staff who will be at school from morning until night during conferences. 


Spelling Bee, Monday, October 3rd 

The Scripps Spelling Bee will be held on October 3, beginning at 9:45am in the VSSA gym.  The Bee is open to lower school students, grades 5-8.  Participants must score above 70% on a pre-test, which will be given in their language arts class, to be eligible to compete in the lower-school Bee. Students have received a study sheet with some common Scripps Spelling Bee words. Note that these words are not guaranteed to be the same ones given on the day of the actual event.  Parents are welcome to attend!

For more information, rules, and sample word lists, please visit the Scripps website at: https://spellingbee.com/parents or contact Kelli Parish at kelli.parish@eagleschools.net.



The class is currently looking for all VSSA photos, including:
- CureFest Pediatric Cancer Walk 
- All Wilderness Trips
- VSSA Sibling Photos (first day of school, sports, etc.)
- You and your pet (faculty and students)
- Races, games and other sporting events 
- Senior Throwback Thursday photos

UPLOAD HERE ----> Click here to upload your awesome VSSA photos anytime before March 1st. Save or bookmark this link so you can easily upload your photos all year long!

Paige Roesner is the Editor-in-Chief and Kaiya Koller-Torres is the Photo Editor. A permanent link will be placed under IMPORTANT LINKS in the Yeti Times. All photos will be reviewed and cannot be guaranteed for submission. 

Theme is TBD but the PTO is hard at work planning another memorable Snowball Dance!

Dance times:
Lower School: 4-6 pm
Upper School:  8-11 pm
Monday, theme or formal dress required. Donations encouraged.  All donations go directly to the dance fund.  The funds help cover the costs of:  DJ, Photo Booth, food, drinks, decorations, etc.

VSSA students are allowed to bring guests. Guest forms can be picked up in the office. If you'd like to make a donation for decorations, activities and food during the dance, you pay by check and hand deliver to Gibby in the office.

More details to come!
Registration for the 8th and 9th Grade Washington DC and Gettysburg trip is now open. There are currently ZERO students signed up. Without any sign ups in the next couple of weeks, we will have to cancel this incredible opportunity. Please visit Mr. Steninger's sign-up page to register.

If you have any questions please email Mr.Steninger: matthew.steningereagleschools.net


THIS SUNDAY, October 2nd. Colorado Western Slope College Fair 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm @ Aspen High School

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND: https://www.cwscollegeoutreach.org/;   For  9 - 12th Grade Students & Parents.  250+ Colleges and Universities:  See the list;  30+ Helpful Workshop Sessions:  See the list:  Topics such as:  Paying for College, Service Academy Admissions, Gap Years, Getting into Highly Selective Schools, Business Degrees, To Test or not to Test?,  Study Abroad in College, Tips for Freshman  & Sophomores, and more!!   AND- Check out this Great Link for Starting the College Exploration Process: Helpful Tools Here
ACT and SAT Colorado & National Testing

 PSAT for 11th @ VSSA @ 8am Oct. 25th @ 8am
 SAT: All 11th graders @ VSSA @ 8am, April 12, 2023; Make-up: April 25th
 PSAT: All 9th and 10th @ VSSA@ 8am, April 12, 2023 Make-up: April 25th
 AP Exams: $97 for each exam: Exam Commitment and Fees Due Nov 8th 
 AP Exams: Administered in schools as paper and pencil exams: May 1–12. Make-ups May17-19th (Could include $40 late fee).


Revolution Prep Offering Practice Tests

We are working hard to support our families this school year with additional resources. Our friends at Revolution Prep are offering practice tests and a parent Webinar to all VSSA families. Please see here for testing. Please see here for Webinar. 
PSAT/NMSQT Practice Exam– Saturday, September 24
SAT Practice Exam – Saturday, October 15
ACT Practice Exam – Saturday, November 5
All event times are 10:00am – 2:00pm MDT - Live Online!
Register here:  https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/15055/
Materials will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam.
Online Parent Webinar - Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Testing
Thursday, October 6
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm MDT – Live Online
Register here:  https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/15055/
Questions? If you have additional questions or want to learn more about Revolution Prep, you can reach out to Kate Mullen with Revolution Prep at (203) 401-8299 or by email at kate.mullen@revolutionprep.com.
We hope you will take advantage of these great opportunities!


You Are Invited!

In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation's top liberal arts colleges —Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to offer you an opportunity to connect with our deans of admission to help you prepare for the application season ahead. We invite you to register for the events below.

  • Majors, Minors, and More: The Academic Experience at Liberal Arts Colleges - September 20  at 7 pm EDT
  • Opportunities and Outcomes at Liberal Arts Colleges - October 11 at 7 pm EDT
  • Campus Life and Building a Community - October 19 at 7 pm EDT
Register & learn more here!
Kai Ogawa - Class of 2023

Kai was born in Mammoth Lakes CA, where he started skiing at 14 months old. He
moved to the Vail Valley when he was 4 and started ski racing when he was about 6 years old.
He started at VSSA in the 7 th grade and has been working hard in skiing and academics. Mostly
though he works his fashion magic for all his buddies at VSSA. He also played football for Battle
Mountain High School as a running back but he says his biggest joy is Skateboarding. It’s some
thing that he does just for himself and he finds a great amount of freedom in that. His dream is
to go live in Japan for a while and learn the language and all about the culture. Lately he’s been
spotted cruising around in a fine Audi convertible.
VSSA high school students finished a lesson on photography in Ms. Dowlings art class. Read more about about the process here.
VSSA athletes competed at the Colorado High School Mountain bike race at Steamboat on Saturday Sept 24th. VSSA took first place in Division 2 teams beating out Steamboat and Eagle Valley. 

Here are the results for our VSSA Athletes:

Kyleena Lathram - Varsity Girls 7th
Keely Hendricks - Varsity Girls 12th
Reiner Schmidt  -Varsity Boys 9th
True Bennett  - Varsity Boys 11th
Vlad Shambarger  - Varsity Boys 28th
Lucy Perkins  - JV Girls 1st
Jolene Edelmann  - JV Girls 10th
Will Bentley  - JV Boys 1st
Andrew Lombardi  - JV Boys 11th
Brady McBride  - Soph Boys 33rd
Katie McDonald  - Freshman Girls 3rd
Alex Current  - Freshman Boys 1st

Way to go Yetis! Next Race is October 9th in Eagle. Come out and cheer on your classmates.
The VSSA Training Table Hot Lunch
If your student would like to participate, please sign up through Liz McDonald, SSCV Bookkeeper, at lmcdonald@skiclubvail.org as soon as possible.  Annual and Semester Lunch program pricing is not prorated.
Program  Price Cost per meal
Annual Student $1,550.00 $9.27
Semester Student $950.00 $11.38
Student 20 Punch $255.00 $12.75
Student 40 Punch $470.00 $11.75

MENUS: Can be found in the Yeti Times’ newsletter under "Important Links & Dates" heading "VSSA Google Calendar with Lunch" or click HERE.   PLEASE NOTE: Chef Lauren is unable to accommodate special diets this year. Meals are prepared in a kitchen which may have eggs, milk, tree or ground nuts, soy, wheat, and other known allergens present.
  • Please let Chef Lauren know directly on or before the Saturday prior to the days/week your student wants to eat
  • Punch cards are valid for the entire school year
  • Families are notified by email when punch card balances are low & more punches can be added any time.
  • Punch cards may be upgraded to a Semester or Annual Plan
  • Last minute requests and/or drop-ins cannot be accommodated due to continued food supply chain issues.
Chef Lauren Lange contact info: email llange@skiclubvail.org OR call/text 970-390-1155
REFUND POLICY: ALL lunch program options are “use it or lose it” Balances do not carry over to the following school year.  No refunds will be issued due to absence, injury or other incidents.

Thank you for joining the Training Table and have a great school year!
Any families that would like to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch to qualify for reduced or free student fees  or lunch need to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch Application and return it via email or in-person to Wade.

Click here to print and fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form.
Click here for instructions on how to fill out the form.
The Annual Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap is back 10/7, 10/8 & 10/9! 

It is the best place to find all the gear you need for the upcoming winter, with a great selection of new and used products. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail will benefit from this swap. And don't forget the Community Gear Drops on 9/28 from 3 pm - 6 pm at the SSCV Clubhouse and on 10/6 from noon to 5 pm at Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead - details at vailskiswap.com.
Untapped Learning - is an organization that works with high school and college students to improve executive function skills through one-on-one mentorship. Untapped teaches strategies to help make the transition from high school to college a smooth one.

Find out the key to being more productive, improving time management, balancing school and extracurriculars while staying organized. Identify key strategies to overcome your challenges and build the foundation for success in school and in life.

Visit https://untappedlearning.com for more information.
Mountain Pride is an organization inspired and driven to serve the needs of our LGBTQIA+ communities. LGBTQIA+ people in small towns and rural communities face unique challenges in coming out and being out. https://www.mountainpride.org/peer-support 

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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