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

2016-2017 Academic Year
Click here for the VSSA Google calendar. 
Click here for 2016-2017 Calendar! Please download the document, if you open it in google docs, the dates will show up incorrectly. 

Click here for the Pre-Excused Absence Form

Click here to Email Gibby Regarding an Absence

Click here for the 2016-2017 Bell Schedule 

Deadline to Register for the next ACT
January 13th

Semester 2 Drop Date
January 18th

Injured Athlete Group Info Meeting
January 18th 12:10-12:46

Eat Chat Parent
January 26th HPS

PTA Meeting 
Feb 1st 4-5

Febuary 11th

VSSA Traveling Athlete Workshop Materials and Resources

SSCV Director of Academics Sharon Schmidt and SSCV Academic Coach Merritt Harlan collaborated to develop a VSSA Traveling Athlete Workshop for all VSSA students and their parents which VSSA Head of School Geoff Grimmer kicked off to both students and parents earlier this week.  Below are links to the powerpoint presentation delivered during the workshops and related resources discussed at these workshops.  Parents-ask your child about the recommended 60/20/20 approach for VSSA traveling athletes.
Please click on the hyperlinks below for more information.

Traveling Athlete Powerpoint Presentation  
        -for the first all black slide in powerpoint presentation click  here for video (first 60 seconds)  
        -for second all black slide in powerpoint presentation click here for video (first 40 seconds)   
Traveling Athlete Checklist  
Due Date Calendar Template 

Weekly Planner Template    

Use of these workshop materials and techniques by VSSA traveling athletes of all ages and travel levels (or some variation of them that best suits the child's organizational habits) will help them to get ahead before travel, minimize what they need to do on the road and enable them to catch up within a few days of return in order to become more self-sufficient in organizing academics alongside athletics.

We hope the above links will be helpful to students in organizing themselves and helpful to parents in guiding your child to keep up with their academics during the competition season.  If you have questions on the above materials please contact Sharon Schmidt, SSCV Director of Academics, at

  • High School Girls Leadership Conference:  Opportunity for 9th-12th girls interested in STEM.Sponsored by the Society for Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines. Event is on Feb 11th from 8:30-3:30 @ Colorado School of Mines in Golden.  $30 Click here to Preregister by January 30th. 
  • Injured Athletes Group Informational Meeting for Parents and Students:  Wed Jan 18th from12:10-12:46 in the Art Room.  Contact Charlene Whitney with any questions.

Semester 2 Drop Date:  
Reminder:  Semester 2 drop date for any class is Jan 18th.  If you need to drop a class contact your teacher, Ms. Whitney and your parents for permission.  After the drop
date students cannot drop a class without getting a W/F (withdrawl/fail) on their transcript.

Upcoming College Admissions Testing:
Next ACT:  Feb 11th.  Deadline to register is Jan 13th.  Visit:

PTA Corner

Our apologies for the last minute cancellation of the PTA meeting this week.  Please put the new, updated meeting date on your calendar - we would love to see you there! 

VSSA PTA Meeting:  Wednesday, Feb 1st.  4-5pm. VSSA.  Look for the white board in the foyer for room location. 

PTA HELP NEEDED!  The PTA is currently in need of a Treasurer.  Kara Palamaras and her family are off on a European adventure for the remainder of the school year, so we are looking for someone to pick up where she left off.  All business is in order and extremely well organized - thank you Kara!  If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact Stacey Birtwhistle at or via cell at 720.236.8907

Let's Celebrate Birthdays! Click here for the link for SignUpGenius to recognize faculty and staff birthdays.

We hope everyone is having a wonderful start to 2017 and is getting a chance to enjoy all of this snow! 


Grit Study; Student Perseverance and Parenting Practice. Message for parents:
 Hello!  I wanted to take a moment to tell you about a research study that I think is worthwhile to participate in.  It is a study on parenting practices and student perseverance.  Researchers at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado Mesa University are interested in collecting data from parents and children on beliefs and actions related to academics, achieving goals, and self-esteem.  Clicking on the link below will provide you with more information about the study and will allow you to begin filling out the survey (also see the attached flyer). 
The link below will take you to two surveys: one for yourself and one for your child to complete.  The surveys should take less than 20 minutes each to complete.  If you choose, you will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 gift cards in appreciation of your time.
Thank you for supporting educational research by participating in this study.
Click here for the link to the survey. Click here for the flyer.

Crystal Baker, Ph.D.

Instructor of Psychology
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Mesa University
Lowell Heiny 410

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