SSSD January Newsletter
Steamboat Springs School District January Newsletter
A Message from Dr. Celine Wicks, Superintendent
Dear Steamboat Springs School District Community:
Winter is definitely upon us in the Yampa Valley! As we navigate the challenges presented by the elements, I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for your patience and cooperation during last week’s snow events.
I want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families are paramount in our decision-making process. The severity of the snowstorm presented unique challenges, such as treacherous road conditions and potential risks to commuting students and staff. During the commute home on January 17, some of our buses had to modify routes because they were not able to travel on unplowed roads. In a neighboring school district, a school bus slid off the road and had to wait a considerable time before a tow was available. Additionally, several people affiliated with the school district were in accidents. After careful consideration, we deemed it necessary to cancel school on Thursday to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff members.
It's worth noting that South Routt, Hayden, CMC, and several private schools also made similar decisions based on the situation from the previous evening. The decision was made in a timely manner to allow families to make necessary arrangements. Additionally, Routt County sent out an alert about road conditions, and the Sheriff's office faced challenges in managing the volume of accidents, leading to a request for drivers involved in non-life-threatening accidents to arrange their own tow. The decision was a combination of factors that could have had severe consequences for our students and the entire community.
Over the past 40 years, Steamboat Springs has undergone significant growth and transformation, and I believe it's crucial to acknowledge and address the changes that have taken place, particularly since 2000. Since the turn of the millennium, the population of Steamboat Springs has experienced a remarkable growth of nearly 44%. Going further back to 1980, the increase is even more staggering, reaching 177%. One notable aspect of this expansion is the emergence of several new housing developments. This, in turn, has implications for infrastructure, including the need to maintain and manage an extensive network of roads that were once not even here. The increase in population has also resulted in the expansion of school bus routes to accommodate the growing number of students. Our student population has grown 30% since 2000, and 76% since 1980. It's important to address the changing dynamics of our educational system to ensure the smooth transportation of students and the effective operation of school bus services, especially during severe weather.
We understand the impact such decisions can have on families. Please know that we do not take these decisions lightly, and they are made with the best interests of our school community in mind. While we do not anticipate school cancellations becoming a common practice in Steamboat Springs School District, we acknowledge that weather conditions may warrant a two-hour delay or school cancellation in the future. We understand the importance of transparent communication and will work on providing more information about our decision-making processes in the future.
I want to express my gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any further suggestions, please feel free to reach out. Your input is valuable as we continue to navigate these challenges.
Thank you for your time and continued support.
Dr. Celine Wicks, Superintendent
SSHS Student Leadership Class Leads Fundraising Efforts for Make-A-Wish Colorado
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 a critical illness.
Make-A-Wish Colorado's student-led fundraising program, Kids For Wish Kids®, allows students to gain exposure to philanthropy and learn valuable leadership skills while raising funds to grant more wishes for Colorado children with critical illnesses. Most participants choose to host a Wish Week, a spirit week themed around Make-A-Wish. Wish Week is planned and managed entirely by the students, with guidance from an adult advisor. The schools feature a wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish, typically including a celebration that the wish kid and family attend.
More than 200 schools across Colorado participated in the 2023 Kids For Wish Kids program, which is the most extensive student-led Make-A-Wish fundraising program in the country. Last year, Colorado students raised enough funds to grant life-changing wishes to 250 Colorado children with critical illnesses. This is Steamboat Springs High School’s first year supporting Make-A-Wish Colorado.
2024-2025/2025-2026 Draft Calendars Available for Review
The Board of Education reviewed drafts of school year calendars for 2024-25 and 2025-26 at the January 22, 2024 Board Business Meeting. The calendars were created through the work of a calendar committee. The drafts will be posted for a minimum of 30 days before the Board considers approval and adoption at the March 4, 2024, Board of Education Business meeting. If you have any comments about the draft calendars, please reach out to the Board of Education via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Media Spotlights
At SSMS, the finals of the school-wide spelling bee went 22 rounds. Incredible performances by all. Two 8th-grade students made it to the end. Congratulations to all who participated!
In The News
Routt County Sheriff’s Officer Honored By Colorado American Legion As Law Enforcement Officer Of The Year
SSHS Students Share Essays Focusing On Antisemitism And Discrimination
STAND (Steamboat Team to Disrupt Antisemitism and Discrimination) sponsored an essay contest for students who shared stories about discrimination and bias. Five essays were chosen and awarded prizes. the essays were coordinated by the Student Programming and Support Committee, led by Jay Hamric, Jenny Shea, and Brian Krill. (Steamboat Radio)
Photos: Steamboat Springs hoops teams corral Basalt
Steamboat Springs junior Talyn Anderson defends as the Sailors press Basalt in the third quarter of a girl's basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2023, at SSHS. The Sailors won 55-20. In a match against Summit on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, Steamboat fell 44-30. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)