2019-2020 School Year - March 12, 2020
How Sick is Too Sick?
If a student is on the "Public Health's Monitoring List" and they present to the office with symptoms of ANY KIND, irregardless of fever, we will call the district nurse and keep them in the health office until we are given further guidance. They should not return to class or be in public areas.
The ECSD Admin Team is working very closely with Public Health and the community at this time and will do their best to share all pertinent information in a timely manner.

How Sick is Too Sick? Information
Community information: www.ecemergency.org. 
Eagle County School Info: eagleschools.net/covid19
Dear Parents,

The State Standardized Testing window is upon us:
- CMAS: Lower School grades 5-8, March 31 - April 17 during normal school hours; Grades 5 & 11 Science CMAS.
- PSAT: Grades 9 & 10, April 14 from 8a - 12:30p. One day of testing with one make-up day, April 28.
- SAT: Grade 11, April 14 from 8a - 12:30p. One day of testing with one make-up day, April 28.

I want to thank you all last year for pushing your son or daughter to participate in state testing. Last year our students performed very well on on these tests, and they continue to provide our staff with information on our student’s strengths and areas to improve upon.

The state has done a nice job of reducing the length of testing. Most lower school students have 3 Language Arts tests and 3 Math tests. Additionally, Grades 5 and 11 will take 3 tests in Science. We have scheduled these tests to minimize distractions from studies and will honor students by not assigning homework during testing time.

We again want to encourage you to ask your student to participate in testing. CMAS, while just one measure of student performance, is good practice for later years when our students get to the ACT or SAT which can be used for college admissions. While performance on college entrance tests are just one part of preparing well rounded students and athletes, it’s still an important one.

Best regards, Wade Hill, Principal Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy
Eagle County Schools

Eagle County School District Facts

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
NEW! 2020-2021 Calendar
NEW! 2020-2021 Bell Schedule
Pay PTO Dues Online
Buy Yearbook Now
Yeti Wear Day is the first Monday of each Month that school is in session
(must wear Yeti Wear to be excused from Monday Dress)
Dates at a Glance
TODAY, Thursday, Mar 12
Injured Athlete Support Group
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lower School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

NEW DAY! This Tuesday, Mar 17
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Upper School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Thursday, Mar 19
Injured Athlete Support Group
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lower School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Fri, Mar 20 - Tues, Mar 24
March Break, No School

Wednesday, March 25
Winter Schedule B starts

Thursday, Mar 26
Injured Athlete Support Group
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lower School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Tuesday, Mar 31
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Upper School, Lunch
@VSSA Counseling Office

Tues, Mar 31 - Fri, April 17
5th-8th Grade CMAS Testing

Wednesday, April 1
Yearbook Order Deadline

Thursday, April 2
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

Winter B Schedule
Mar 25 - May 8

Mon (All Year)
Training 8:30a-11a
Study Hall 9:30a-11:30p
Lunch 11:30a-12p
School 12p-3:40p
Featuring our Seniors
Here's Henry Strauch  -  Then & Now

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HENRY (TODAY!!!) Henry has called the Vail Valley home ever since he was born. Similar to most lil’ locals, Henry was strapped onto skis at the age of two, but didn’t really get 'serious' about the sport until he joined SSCV’s “Gravity Corps” (aka “Future Stars”). After a few years of numerous Vail Cups, Henry decided “Bumps and Jumps” would be his initial calling, and thus began his first years of competition with the Freestyle team. At the age of 14, he made the jump into the world of Alpine, where he continues to compete today. Off the hill, Henry has enjoyed years of soccer with Vail Valley Soccer Club and VMS.  He also plays the drums & piano, and loves spending time with his Mom…I mean his dog, Mazie. After four incredibly enriching years at VSSA, Henry is “stoked” for his final jump (hardly!) to attend Northeastern University in Boston.


Parents of Seniors - please send your "Then & Now" photos with a summary to Kathy, email: kzboyes@comcast.net
Click "View Entire Message"
below to see ALL of the Yeti Times.

It is large and mighty, and often truncated unless you click.
Order New Yeti Wear
Now Through March 20!
Yeti Wear is back with new styles! Here is a preview of a few of the Yeti Wear items that will be available to purchase.

Click here for online order information and a preview of new items. Go to https://Fancloth.shop/Gj7ZZ  between March 6-20 to view VSSA Yeti wear and place your order.

Easy online ordering, payment, and shipping directly to you!
We Need Sponsors for the
2nd Annual Bindu Memorial Run!
When: Saturday, May 30th at 10:30am
Where: Maloit Park
What: 5K trail run race, yoga & mindfulness session, food, lawn games, raffle

Please Help: Click here for sponsor info / to sponsor (all tax deductible)
Questions? Contact the event coordinator, Cleo Braun, cleo.braun.vssa@gmail.com

Last year's memorial run was a significant success, with 250 participants and over $6,000 raised. In 2020 we are looking to exceed those totals. For more Information click here
Help Wanted!
8th grade parents are needed to begin the planning process for 8th Grade continuation. Please contact Kelli Parish at kelli.parish@eagleschools.net if you can help.
Deadline to Order Yearbooks
is Wednesday, April 1
Order your yearbook today by clicking here

ALL ALPINE RACERS need to send Ms. Sopuch a photo of a ski racing action shot!
The easiest way - email a photo with your name and age group (U12, U14, U16, etc)  somewhere in the email so she can identify who you are >> sophia.sopuch@eagleschools.net 
Staff, Kids, Parents: If you are interested in joining a VSSA team please email Charlene.whitney@eagleschools.net so she can help coordinate the group.

Scholastic Book Fair @VSSA

Books for all ages

April 27 - May 4

Please make sure
your students comply
with the "Monday Dress Code"

(Refer to the VSSA Handbook)

Recent / most frequent violations:
Hats - Jeans - Leggings - No Tie - Sweatshirts
March is Already Here!
March Calendar
Thank you for your feedback!
Key takeaways:
- Create a monthly counseling newsletter

- Provide more mental skills training (i.e., growth mindset, executive functioning, stress management, managing competitiveness, etc).

- No clear time preference for Parent Support Group - split between right before pick-up and after 5:30p.
- Topics of most interest:
   -- Understanding Stress & Anxiety - How to Support Your Athlete In & Out of Sport
   -- How to Set Boundaries & Promote Safe Choices
        (Without Closing the Door on Communication)
   -- Nutrition: How to Fuel Your Athlete in A Healthy, Positive Way

Student Nicotine/Tobacco Free Pledge

Are you an Eagle County School District middle or high school student?

Want to make a statement about NOT using nicotine?

EACH week, February 10-March 18 you can Pledge to be Nic-Free!

When you pledge, you're entered into the weekly drawing for swag! Airpods, Spotify year subscriptions, recreation center passes, the list goes on!

There will be no consequence to the student for turning in their devices/products or pledging at the take back locations. Please remember ALL ECSD campuses are Drug Free, including nicotine products.

Click Here to Take the Pledge to be Nicotine Free


Injured Athletes Group


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
Self Care Group with Lauren Ruhl
Lunch on Tuesdays (New Day!) - 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)    March 31 - April 17, 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) Late Reg: March 3, 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) Late Reg: March 13, 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

Dear VSSA Families,

I know many may not remember if you paid your PTO dues. 

We wanted to make sure everyone was aware of what the  PTO does at VSSA for your $25.  The fee helps cover graduation expenses, 8th-grade continuation, gifts for the teachers (which we are behind on), extra meals during conferences, and lots of other things.  Many of you may not realize that we send a care package to graduated kids.  

Please note, this is done on an extremely small budget and our teachers and our staff work insanely hard to make sure our children are getting what they need. 

If you have not paid your PTO dues or would like to make an extra donation,  Please pay now at this LINK

Thanks, Parents for supporting our PTO

Sincerely, VSSA PTO

Pay PTO Dues Online
Double Black Diamond Film Festival
for Eagle County High School Students
Click Here to Enter Now!
The Double Black Diamond Film Festival is a student filmmaking competition for high school students in Eagle County and a fundraiser for Eagle Valley Student Media. Students can submit winter sports edits of 1-3 minutes or short winter-themed documentaries of 4-8 minutes. Films will be judged by local filmmakers, premiered at a screening event, and aired on High Five Access Media.
Deadline to submit videos is Friday, March 13.

For resources, questions, or support, reach out to our Student Director, Nate Molloy '20 at nathan.molloy@ecschools.me or our student media adviser, Hannah Shapiro, at hannah.shapiro@eagleschools.net

Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 PM

@Vail Mountain School

5:00-5:30 PM - Reception
5:30-6:30 PM - Presentation
6:30-7:00 PM - Q & A
7:00-7:30 PM - Book Signing

Vail Mountain School is pleased to welcome Dr. Lisa Damour—psychologist, bestselling author, and expert on children and adolescents. Please join us for a presentation of fresh insights, advice, and conversation with Dr. Damour and to discuss her newest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Young People.

Come to connect and learn:
  • The difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety
  • Research-based practical solutions to help young people manage tension, toxic stress, and worries
  • How to help our sons and daughters build strength and confidence
In Under Pressure, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., The New York Times bestselling author of Untangled, returns with an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by young people from elementary school through college. However, not all stress is bad. “Anything that asks us to work at the edge of our current capacity is stressful, but that’s how we learn and grow,” writes Damour.
Dr. Damour explores stress in all forms and details the many facets of young lives where tension can take hold and offers critical coping strategies to help parents reduce their child's anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects young people.

Why Teenagers Become 'Allergic' to Their Parents
Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn't Want to Talk to You
Don't Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule

Dr. Lisa Damour is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times and is a regular contributor at CBS News. She serves as a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. Dr. Damour is the author of two The New York Times bestselling books: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates.
For more information about Dr. Damour, visit DrLisaDamour.com.
July 18-19 Beaver Creek XTERRA
Volunteering Now Open
The volunteer sign up link for the July 18 XTERRA Beaver Creek event is now active here. Volunteering Saturday's 7/18 triathlon earns free entry into Sunday's 7/19 trail run.

Full event information can be found here.

Email to discuss additional details & incentives for volunteer groups or if you can only make a partial shift:
Emily McIlvaine
XTERRA Trail Run Series Manager / Volunteer Coordinator
877-983-7721 x 3
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
Eat, Chat, Parent
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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