SSSD November Newsletter
Steamboat Springs School District November Newsletter
On a beautiful fall day in October, students helped to complete the “One Love Steamboat” mural next to Safeway. The mural revitalized an area that was vandalized, replacing it with a message of acceptance and inclusivity.
A Message from Dr. Celine Wicks, Superintendent
Dear Steamboat Springs School District Community:
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For me, it is always a reminder to reflect on what I am grateful for each day. First and foremost, I am grateful for our staff. Our dedicated and professional staff is the backbone of Steamboat Springs School District. I visit schools often and witness firsthand the passion and enthusiasm our staff has for all students. We are extremely fortunate.
Dr. Tim Ridder, Director of Teaching and Learning, Katie Jacobs, Director of Human Resources, and I have been meeting with staff as a follow-up to our recent climate and culture survey to understand their experiences as SSSD employees. One of the biggest takeaways from these meetings is the desire for staff members to be recognized for a job well done. Please join me in thanking a staff member. We often get caught up in what is going wrong instead of focusing on what is going well. I challenge everyone to take two minutes every day and recognize the positives. A heartfelt and genuine “thank you” goes a long way. I can confidently say this small gesture will make an enormous impact on someone’s day.
On behalf of the entire Steamboat Springs School District, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
Dr. Celine Wicks, Superintendent
How Home Visits Are Transforming Education in Steamboat Schools
Many kids grow up thinking their teachers live at school. When a student sees their teacher outside of school, it can be surreal. How would a student feel if their teacher came to their home? Excitement is sure to ensue.
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.
Steamboat Springs High School Named to Advanced Placement School Honor Roll
College Board announced that Steamboat Springs High School (SSHS) has been named to the Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) School Honor Roll, earning the Silver distinction.
The AP® School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
Social Media Spotlights
Be sure to follow your favorite SSSD schools on social media for more updates and photos of all the great things happening in our schools!
Yampa Valley High School Staff dress up for Halloween!
Girls on the Run 5K at Strawberry Park Elementary!
Steamboat Springs Middle School Band and Choir Concert night!
Soda Creek Elementary 4th Graders show off their Halloween costumes.
In the News
SSHS Engineering Students Create Concrete Crafts
Steamboat boys soccer’s playoff run ends with best result since 2000
Despite holding a one-goal lead for the majority of the match, the No. 7 Steamboat Springs boys soccer team fell 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup against No. 2 Centaurus on Saturday in Lafayette. (Photo courtesy of Eli Pace, Steamboat Pilot & Today)