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
Holiday Break
December 19-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

ASM: 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

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
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.


A big thanks to the PTA for helping support Lower School advisory Mindfulness and Movement classes during  advisory Semester II.  PTA generously matched the funds of the district toward instruction of these classes. 
The class will be taught once a week by the Anne-Marie Desmond of the UB.U
UB.U addresses the need for social and emotional wellness, resilience and character development in schools through mindfulness, movement and relaxation. It also gives kids necessary tools to cope with the mounting stress in today's world. Whether it's taking tests, issues with friends, preparing for sports, or problems dealing with emotions, UB.U teaches the power of pausing and taking a breath before responding to a situation. The program works to align with social emotional learning (SEL) standards concerning self awareness, self regulation, and responsible decision making. 
The mindfulness portion of our curriculum creates a platform to practice paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment. Students are expected to listen and focus during school, but in this multi-tasking, digital, go-go-go world, we haven't taught them how to do this... exactly. Yet teachers expect kids to know this behavior, to listen and be ready to learn. Through awareness exercises and listening techniques, kids start to recognize what's happening right now, which helps to create a better academic learning experience in school. 
The brain-based education teaches kids how their brain works and brings awareness to its many functions, in particular the neurology of the flight, fight or freeze response. The curriculum focuses on the nervous system, the breath-brain-body connection, and the power of the pause. Talking a moment to recognize thoughts and emotions and their affect on our overall wellness leads to wiser responses vs automatic reactions.  
The movement portion of the class gets kids centered in their bodies and allows them to move! Whether the activity calls for team-based challenges or individual strength based poses, our movement is focused around a theme and particular skill. Kids may pretend they are captains of their own ships, sea creatures in the ocean or peaceful warriors in the jungle. All movement is rooted in self-expression - celebrating unique qualities.  
Lastly, the kids are given the chance to relax and calm their minds and bodies. This seems to be the favorite among all ages! Giving ourselves permission to relax and be who we are, even if for a moment, is what UB.U is all about. 
Other being safe with our bodies and respectful to one another, there are no expectations during their program. They bring no religious or spiritual connotations into our classes. UB.U curriculum is secular in what it brings to students. It's about celebrating who we are and accepting others for who they are ... Everyday.  

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

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!!
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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