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Fast Facts and Awards

3 months ago

Dr. Meeks joined the Steamboat Springs School District as superintendent in July 2011. He had spent the past 8 years in Farmington, MN as superintendent. Prior to Farmington, Brad grew up and spent his career in South Dakota as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and superintendent.

Welcome Back!

Earlier this year, in an article titled Steamboat Springs School District Still Tops, Steamboat Today called our school district “top performing” and said of the district, “…we’re proud to call it our own.” We hope you are too!

Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) has secured its place among the top 10 school districts in the state and outperforms neighboring school districts. Our status with the Colorado Department of Education is “Accredited with Distinction.” Several of our schools are recipients of the John Irwin Award and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award and, as a district, we also earned the English Language Proficiency Act Excellence Award. We are on our way to setting the standard for education regionally, nationally, and globally.

SSSD is unique. What sets us apart is how our schools utilize our natural landscape and resources, take advantage of the immense school spirit within our community, and provide students with experiences that will serve them well throughout their lives. However, what also sets us apart is the fact that SSSD ranks in the bottom 75th percentile for per pupil funding —134 out of 178 school districts in Colorado.

What our students and teachers deserve, what our community expects, and what our budget allows for simply don’t add up.


One of the tensions we are grappling with is that, although we expect students to come to school prepared and ready to learn, not all of our facilities are prepared to adequately and equitably serve them. In particular, the roofs on five of our facilities are at the end of their 20-year lives, most of the Steamboat Springs Middle School facility does not have a comprehensive HVAC system to ensure acceptable indoor air quality, and the once state-of-the-art Gardner Field, a “classroom” and central gathering point in our community, is now deteriorating.


These are not new issues, and the time has come to address them. It’s also time to secure a permanent source of funding for the ongoing maintenance and improvements that will allow us to promptly address issues that put health, safety, and equitable environments for students at risk. This November, voters will have the opportunity to consider bond and mill levy ballot issues to fund SSSD’s most critical projects and ongoing maintenance.


We want to extend our gratitude to the Community Committee for Education (CC4E), which, for more than a year, has worked to bring the community together, raise awareness of the issues and challenges faced by the school district, and prompt meaningful discussion and thoughtful solutions. With their help, we are on our way to creating a long-term and comprehensive infrastructure plan tied to the SSSD strategic plan.


As we keep an eye to the future, we will also focus on individualizing learning and creating experiential and innovative programs for students today. Our exceptional educators are busy designing lessons and relevant experiences that will advance SSSD’s trademark culture of excellence in the year ahead.


Steamboat Springs Voters Pass 3C and 3D

over 2 years ago

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 voters in Steamboat Springs passed issues 3C and 3D: a seven-year, $12.9 million bond and an ongoing mill levy.


“With the generous support of our taxpayers, the district will be able to make basic improvements to our facilities, including roof replacements, HVAC for Steamboat Springs Middle School, and renovations to Gardner Field,” said Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) Superintendent Brad Meeks. “The ongoing mill levy will allow us to promptly address deferred maintenance and future capital construction maintenance projects going forward.”


The school district is hoping to build on the momentum of the positive vote by forming a set of advisory committees to tackle looming issues, like growing enrollment, overcrowding, larger class sizes, and a lack of space for expanding specials like art, music, physical education, and athletics. The committees will be made up of students, teachers, building administrators, parents, and community members. The application period for advisory committee members opens on Wednesday and closes on November 30, 2017. Committee members will be notified about their participation in January 2018.


“The Community Committee for Education started this work and has been instrumental in identifying issues in and beyond those represented on the November ballot ,” said Meeks. “Over the next year, we will continue to explore the Committee’s ideas as we create a long-term and comprehensive infrastructure plan that is tied to our strategic plan.”


The school district wishes to express its thanks for the votes that were cast and for the support articulated for our schools by a number of organizations and individuals, through editorials and letters to the editor.


“Today, we are celebrating the value our community places on safety, student success, transparency, and longevity in the Steamboat Springs School District,” Meeks said.

Everything Outdoor Steamboat

over 2 years ago

Everything Outdoor Steamboat was started as a non-profit by former SSMS teacher Matt Tredway. His vision was to have teachers who were interested, outdoor enthusiasts, and trained, to guide groups of middle school students on trips outdoors. He wanted to get students outside enjoying nature instead of spending time watching TV or playing video games.

The program strives to encompass the Steamboat kid that, for one reason or another, has never picked up a fly rod, been in the backcountry, isn’t even sure of how close to the Colorado River we actually are, never even seen a stand up paddle board.  The program is free to the participants and is sponsored by educators that have a love for one of these specific sports and is willing to and enthusiastically can share their love with students.   How does a student get to go? Students must have a sturdy track record taking grades, behavior, attendance as well as other aspects into consideration prior to being asked to go.  

What EOS is all about is putting yourself out there...literally.   Studies show that exposure to the natural world improves memory, attention, reduces stress and depression.  Getting outside is the start to the day that helps students to be more attentive, more energetic and generally better equipped to learn.  Exposing these kids, that might not have the opportunity at home, to the things that we all love about the great outdoors can be a life changing event for some.  

This fall the program guided kids on the following trips:

·  Fly Fishing - The most popular trip of the year, without fail.  Maybe 30 kids sign up for this thing and only 12 get to go. Jeff Ruff and Danielle Weekley got these kids hooked (no pun intended) into multiple fish on world class waters.

·  Stand Up Paddleboarding - Braden Wilson and Dan Brabec took 8 students to Pearl Lake for the day to learn the J stroke (which could be a myth) and check out of civilization for a day of pure serenity. Just 40 minutes away but many had never been there, worth the trip.  

·  Mountain Biking - How many can say they got to mountain bike up Spring Creek to Flash of Gold during a Friday instead of going to school?  A lucky 14 kids were selected and spent the day chasing down Mindy Mulliken and Jeff Keller.

·  Disc Golf - There are 4 courses here in the Yampa Valley and Chris Adams and Erik Bahnsen were able to get 15 kids on 3 within the trip time of 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Super fun, smiling faces returned with tired arms, sunburned cheeks and weary legs that carried these kids from Steamboat II to Mt. Werner with tons of hiking.  Half the fun is keeping track of all the discs, which are easy to lose and hard to spot.  They probably hiked at least 3 miles.  

This winter the program will take kids back country skiing, snowshoeing and hopefully an overnight snow cave trip. More trips will go in the spring as well.

Frequently Asked Questions about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - April 3, 2017

over 3 years ago

The school district has had questions and concerns brought to our attention by staff and families regarding enforcement procedures by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), particularly at our schools. Please review the attached letter regarding frequently asked questions and information available on the website of the Department of Homeland Security.

Letter to Students and Community regarding ICE and CBP 4-3-17

los procedimientos de aplicación por parte de la Agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE)

A Message from the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education 12-12-19
District Response to SSHS Parent Concerns 12-10-19