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.
ASM: Penny L. Wilson, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, Helping endurance and ultra-endurance athletes perform their best in racing and in life. March 2
Parent Teacher Conferences
ASM: School Safety Briefing from VSSA Students March 9
Last Day of Winter Schedule
First day of Spring Schedule
May 22 1pm
Memorial Day ~ No School
8th Grade Continuation
May 27th 5:30
Last Day of School
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.
Reminder: Every Thursday the newly named "Comeback Kids" (formerly the return to sport injury support group) meets @ 4:50pm in the VSSA Think Tank. Anyone is welcome to attend!
The Eagle River Youth Coalition's next Dinner and Dialogue is on March 10th at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards from 6-8pm. The topic will be on Substance Abuse & The Effects on the Developing Brain.
The next National ACT test date is April 18th and the registration deadline is March 13th. All Juniors will take the State ACT on April 28th at VSSA but it will not include the writing portion of the exam. Students who have been focusing on ACT test prep may want to sign up for the April 13th test date and take the writing portion of this exam. Click here to register for the National ACT. For additional questions contact Charlene Whitney.
Now's a great time to begin thinking about summer plans. Can you fit in time to volunteer, participate in an internship, explore a new passion, visit colleges? Maybe you want to participate in a summer pre-collegiate program on the college campus of your dreams. Many applications for these programs open this month. For an overview of some of these top programs click here.
As a community we are aware that many students struggle managing peer relationships as well as competition. Sometimes the term bullying is used incorrectly but bullying also takes on many different forms whether its relational aggression by excluding a student from a group or repeatedly putting someone down or teasing them. We know that one way to instill compassion is to teach children to self-regulate. All of our lower school students have been learning about mindfulness by working with the UB.U organization during advisory. The goal is to help students pause and think before they act. Mindfulness helps teach empathy and compassion in that it guards against the feelings of stress and busyness that make us focus more on ourselves and less on the needs of other people.
Healthy competition is also something many of our athletes need support with. Some athletes focus their energy primarily on the result, on winning or on beating another individual. Comparison leads to unhealthy competition. Instead we want our athletes to focus on learning and improving their individual performance. Healthy competition leads to discipline, teamwork and a strong work ethic.
VSSA and SSCV will continue to work on supporting our athletes by teaching strategies and skills to help them navigate relationships and competition. The ultimate goal is build motivated compassionate athletes and a healthy supportive community. We know that parents play an integral role in this teaching process. We wanted to provide the following resources to support your important work.