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Since 2018, the Behavioral Health in the Schools Initiative has boosted mental health services in Routt County schools. The partnership was spearheaded by the thought leadership and financial contributions of the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation (CSFF), UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC), and Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation (YVMCF) to support all Routt County school districts and students. The combined investment from UCHealth and CSFF since 2018 has been nearly $1.6M. This effort has integrated mental health education and support into our schools, fostering a stronger focus on well-being. The Yampa Valley Community Foundation and private donors have helped to sustain and expand the program since its inception. Let's acknowledge the progress made in creating a robust support system for students, including prevention efforts and targeted services for those in need.

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On Tuesday, students and families gathered at the Colorado Welding Institute (CWI) in Hayden to celebrate students who completed the welding course, which earned them both high school credit and industry certifications. This is the first time the welding course has been offered on a larger scale to students and made possible entirely by community donors, reflecting the commitment to expanding opportunities for career technical education. 

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The Steamboat Springs Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved the proposed compensation package for the 2024-2025 school year presented at Monday’s BOE meeting. The package, presented to the Board by Dr. Celine Wicks, Superintendent, Board Vice President Chresta Brinkman, and Director of Finance and Operations Stephanie Juneau, reflects a more than $3 million investment to significantly increase the pay of certified and classified staff starting next school year. 

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Parents/guardians are asked to review and update household information, emergency contacts, and waivers and releases for their students every year. You can now complete your annual student update online through your Alma Start account. 

This is a reminder that all parents and guardians of students who attend SSSD schools must complete the Annual Update by May 30 to update their proof of residency within SSSD boundaries. 

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This morning, the Steamboat Springs Police Department (SSPD) served an arrest warrant on a juvenile Steamboat Springs resident. The investigation into the juvenile started from an anonymous report about a student idolizing school shooters. 

Esta mañana, el Departamento de Policía de Steamboat Springs (SSPD) cumplió una orden de arresto contra un menor residente de Steamboat Springs. La investigación sobre el menor comenzó a partir de un informe anónimo sobre un estudiante que idolatraba a los tiradores escolares.

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Are you interested in playing an important role in the special education community? The Steamboat Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is seeking motivated parents of students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) on the SEAC board. Members commit to one-year of membership with 6-7 meetings beginning the 2024-25 school year.  

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The Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) has just completed a major renovation of its offices, which was funded by Measure 4C. This was a 20-year bond measure passed in November 2019 that provided $79.5 million in funding for capital improvements to SSSD facilities. The renovation of the district office was the last project to be completed with capital funding from the bond, and it marks the end of five years' worth of construction and improvements to facilities within the SSSD. 

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The Student Leadership class at Steamboat Springs High School has planned a fun-filled week of fundraising opportunities to help raise money for Make-A-Wish Colorado. The events will raise money to help grant wishes for kids like Otis and Eden of Steamboat, a brother and sister with the same critical illness. 

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Dr. Celine Wicks, the superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District, was appointed to serve on the Colorado Educator Preparation Advisory Committee (CEPAC). The eight-person committee will provide input on relevant topics related to educator preparation and educator quality, including authorization and reauthorization processes, new or revised educator preparation standards, strategies to better intersect and support Colorado schools, and ways to increase the educator talent pipeline that meets Colorado’s hiring needs, especially among underrepresented communities. 

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Kevin Callahan, Leah Helme, and Lara Craig were sworn into the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education today. Callahan and Helme are two new members of the Board of Education, replacing Alissa Merage and Dr. Matthew Rice, who decided to step down after their term ended. Craig is beginning her second term on the BOE. All members will serve four-year terms. 

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Since the 2022-2023 school year, teachers from the Steamboat Springs School District have been conducting home visits with their students. A home visit consists of teachers pairing up, traveling to students' homes, and introducing themselves to parents. The visit focuses on building relationships, extending support, and actively listening to parents' concerns and insights. 

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STARS' Ron Southworth helps student engage with horses

“It takes a village.” It’s a common phrase to describe what is needed to help kids thrive. Parents of special education students would say the same thing, and then some. Leaning on one another within the community gives our special education students the best chance of success.

That’s why Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) is such an important asset to the Steamboat Springs School District and the special education community in the Yampa Valley. 

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The Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD), in coordination with the Colorado Safety Resource Center (CSRC) and the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), delivered a full Threat Assessment (TA) training on August 3 and 4 to 40 individuals who make up our multidisciplinary School Threat Assessment Teams. 

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Steamboat Springs School District Recognized as Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education

The Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) is one of 11 school districts in the state to be recognized as Accredited With Distinction by the Colorado Department Colorado of Education. Accredited with Distinction is assigned to the highest performing districts. This means these school districts are meeting or exceeding expectations on most performance tasks. Only six percent of school districts in Colorado are recognized as such. 

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Just like in previous years, families should continue to provide their household income information by completing the free and reduced lunch forms. While meals will be provided for free to all SSSD students through Healthy School Meals for All, it's important for us to continue gathering this information in order to receive full access to available federal funding.

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SpEd Spotlight: Creating a foundation for learning and acceptance — Norfranc’s story (English and Español)

Norfranc Duarte Montenegro has come a long way, and not just in terms of his journey to Steamboat Springs. Norfranc moved to the area from Nicaragua just shortly before the start of the 2021-22 school year. Prior to his arrival in Steamboat, he had never been to school before.

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The Colorado Department of Education recognized and celebrated schools and districts that won performance awards in the 2021-2022 school year at an awards ceremony earlier in May.

The Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) was one of 11 districts in the state to be recognized as Accredited with Distinction. Districts Accredited with Distinction have earned 80% or more of possible points on the District Performance Frameworks.

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The Steamboat Springs School District has hired Kristyl Boies as principal of Yampa Valley High School (YVHS). She is slated to take the helm at YVHS for the 2023-2024 school year. Boies is stepping into the position as Karla Setter, the former YVHS principal, has accepted an assistant principal position at Steamboat Springs High School. 

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The Steamboat Springs School District has been awarded $648,061, including a grant awarded to North Routt Community Charter School,  a year for three years through the Colorado Department of Education School Health Professional Grant to expand mental health services across the district. The SSSD grant award is the largest of any rural school district in Colorado. Additionally, grant awards to area schools total $3.6M over three years to provide mental health services across Routt County schools. 

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On Monday afternoons around 3:15, students and volunteers gather in the media center of Soda Creek Elementary for Homework Club. Homework Club is where students receive extra skills-based learning in math and reading if they need the practice, get help with their homework, or even participate in activities in the community. Homework Club at SCE is just one example of the after-school programming available at Steamboat Springs School District schools. 

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SpEd Spotlight: Sharing a common language to open a new world

Alejandro (Alex) Jaquez Hernandez, a deaf fifth grader at Soda Creek Elementary, and his family moved to Steamboat Springs from Mexico. With English spoken at school and Spanish spoken at home and few resources to help him learn either, Alex had limited language and means of communication for most of his life. He had difficulty relating to others how he felt or what he needed. Understandably, this caused Alex to sometimes act out due to his frustration with his limited means of communication.

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We have expanded our Educator of the Year program to honor not only classroom teachers but also counselors, specialists, para-professionals, nurses, etc.  Essentially, we want to have the opportunity to honor any district employee who cultivates positive relationships, contributes to an effective classroom, and has become a leader in our schools and community.  Additionally, we have expanded who can make nominations: in addition to staff, parents and students may also nominate an employee for Educator of the Year at each school.  

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Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education  Accepts Resignation of Kim Brack

The Board of Education of the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 (Board) accepted the resignation of Board Director Kim Brack during the January 9, 2023 Board meeting. The Board unanimously adopted a resolution declaring a vacancy and established procedures for filling the vacancy. The Board intends to fill the vacancy within the statutory 60-day time period per C.R.S. 22-31-129(2).

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Thanks in part to the voters who helped pass the bond, the District improved the safety features in all buildings, enhanced educational opportunities and improved athletic facilities across the District. 

All schools received updates to help enhance the learning and teaching experiences. Below is a summary of all the improvements made to District schools since the bond was approved. The primary safety improvement for all schools was a new addressable fire alarm system.

 
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