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 

Eat Chat Parent
January 26th HPS

PTA Meeting 
Feb 1st 4-5

Senior Project Class 2017: The Seniors will be spending the semester on passion projects, where they research and present on a topic that inspires and motivates them. We are asking our community of parents, 
coaches and teachers to contact Mr. Pomeroy at if they are able to help any of these students with their projects. The assistance could range from a quick email to mentoring the student all semester to create real world relevance and experience to what they are working on. 
Here are the projects:

Katie Coyne:  Dual Moguls in the Olympics
Researching how sports get added to the Olympics and how Dual Moguls can get in.

Elise Balin:  The importance of Agriculture
Informing and Educating our youth on the importance of Agriculture in our society and lives.

Paula Cooper: Family History and Heritage
Exploring her Mother's Russian background and Father's legacy of several generations in Colorado.

Zoe Livran:  Greeting Card Business
Designing Greeting Cards and looking into creating a business. (Mass Production and getting them into stores)

Katelin Hennum: Uncovering Cuban Culture
Researching Cuban History and Culture, prior to traveling there in April and recounting my personal experiences. 

Lyndsey Anderson: Poisoned from the start
Researching Flouride in our Drinking Water and Water Quality Standards.

Kyle Negomir and Ryan Collins: Predicting Injury through Asymmetry

Conducting a study on leg asymmetry in young high-level athletes.

Halsey Lucas: Instruction Manual of What I do
Tech Training a mini-me, Tech Training Manual, Possible careers using these skills.

Ben Kooiman:  Building and Evolution of the Bicycle
Researching the progression of the bicycle throughout history while simultaneously building one of my own that will be donated. 

Katie Hancock: Building service in the community
Inspiring community in VSSA by encouraging service projects in Advisories. 

Abby Durell: Graduating VSSA with Global-Ready Skills
Developing an online life-skills course for upper-school VSSA students.

Matt Leseur
:  Bermuda history and importance on a Global Scale
Researching and analyzing Bermuda's place in world history.

Katja Freeburn:  Raising awareness on abandoned mines in Colorado
Looking at what has been done to clean up old mines and how mines effect the environment and communities around them. 

Colby Lange:  The Performance Tax
The problems with the financial curve in 
high-level ski racing and the solutions that would improve the sport. 

Click here to contact Mr. Pomeroy

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.

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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