Steamboat Springs Voters Pass 3C and 3D

20 days 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

20 days 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

20 days 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

On Monday night, we heard public comment from parents who voiced concerns about Steamboat Springs High School. It is important to us that those parents know that their concerns were heard. We recognize and admire the courage it takes to come before the board of education, in a public setting, and talk about painful and personal issues. Our policy states that we do not respond to comments made during the public comment period. We abided by this on Monday, but want to be clear that we are taking action. Since the meeting, we have each individually spoken with the superintendent about a plan to address the concerns that were brought forward. Dr. Meeks is in the process of meeting with parents and students and cooperating closely with Advocates of Routt County. He will report back to us and to the wider community, but as is required by law he will not be able to discuss any individual student matters. As a school board, we are deeply committed to student safety. It is important to all of us that our students are in environments that allow them to thrive in all ways. We are determined to address concerns and call for the necessary changes to improve the high school experience where improvements are needed. The board of education will be scheduling a special workshop on Wednesday, December 18th to hear an update from school district personnel on how they are beginning to address concerns.

District Response to SSHS Parent Concerns 12-10-19

Dear Steamboat Springs School District Families:

I want to assure all of our families that we take allegations of violations of student safety (sexual and otherwise) very seriously. As mandatory reporters, we are obligated by law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and/or neglect to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

The reason you may not hear about incidents of child abuse and/or neglect and our response to them, is that there are strict rules about confidentiality, particularly related to minors. Another reason is because these instances are rare. However, just because they are rare doesn’t in any way diminish the importance of dealing with child abuse and/or neglect when it occurs. In fact, it makes our response, and efforts to proactively ensure student safety every day, all that more important. Recognizing the sensitivity around the topic, and with great empathy and understanding for victims and the reasons they tend not to report, we encourage anyone who has been victimized to contact the Steamboat Springs Police Department immediately. Should a school or district staff member be alerted to child abuse and/or neglect, we will (and are required by law to) inform law enforcement right away. Other agencies such as Advocates of Routt County are also available to support victims and their families through the reporting process. As superintendent, student safety is my first priority. Some parents expressed concerns with the culture and climate of the high school at the school board meeting on Monday night. That any student would not feel comfortable reporting inappropriate behavior of which they are victims or witnesses to is unacceptable. We take these allegations seriously and are looking into them. I am inviting each of the parents who spoke on Monday night to meet with me personally. Additionally, we are fully supportive of Advocates for Routt County’s efforts to work with high school families this winter to ensure that our students feel safe. We are committed to cooperating and closely collaborating with them and the Steamboat Springs High School community in these efforts. Sincerely, Brad Meeks