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Newsletter from Mrs. Evans - February 14, 2021

Silver Hills Celebrations & Reminders
February 14, 2021

Upcoming Events
Spring Conferences will be held virtually this month, Wednesday, Feb 17th between 1:45-6:30pm, or by appointment through your grade level counselor.  Teachers sent out links to sign up for conferences on Wednesday, Feb. 17th.  Please sign up through the link, or if the spots are full or the time does not work for you, please reach out to your grade level counselor or administrator to set up an alternative time to meet.   6th Grade - Amy Bills - 720-972-5009, 7th Grade - Sarah Myers - 720-972-5010, 8th Grade - Anita McKiernan - 720-972-3005.  To set up a conference with translation, please reach out to Yari Landa - 720-972-5023.
Translated Conferences If you are in need of translation services for conferences, please contact Yari Landra 720-972-5023 directly to set up a time for a conference with core teachers. 
Change to Office Hours on Wednesday, Feb. 17th Teachers are adjusting their drop in office hours on Wednesday, Feb. 17th from 2 hours to 1 hour - just for Wednesday, Feb. 17th.  Teachers will communicate their adjusted office hours with their classes, but will also continue to be available through email.  
High School Registration for 8th Grade Students will be Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 9am-10am during students’ 1st period elective class.  Each student will be invited to virtually attend the presentation for the high school that they are scheduled to attend.
The High School Counselors will share information about their High School and information on Registration.
Please watch your email for information and links.
Picture Day is Coming for Hybrid and Remote Students Families interested in school pictures, will have the opportunity to order pictures through Studio 5.  Monday/Tuesday students will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, March 2nd.  Remote students can have their picture taken on Wednesday, March 3rd.  Thursday/Friday students will have their pictures taken on Thursday, March 4th. Please see the flier for more information about ordering pictures.
8th grade Students NHS still accepting applications for STEM Program in either Biomedical, Engineering or P>TECH.Through this program students can earn college credit (PLTW pathways, the credit can start their freshmen year). They complete a senior design project, internship and/or job shadow experience which may provide them an advantage in attaining admissions to selective universities and earning scholarships and receiving a STEM certificate.

NHS STEM - Pathway application 
Silver Hills Dungeons and Dragons Club (Repeat)  Hey Students!  Do you know what a character reference sheet is?  Have you ever been the Dungeon Master for a campaign?  Do you know how much charisma, wisdom or constitution your character has?  Would you prefer to be a Ranger, Cleric, or Wizard?  
If any of this sounds familiar, or you want to learn more about it, then you need to join the Silver Hills Dungeons and Dragons club.  We meet every Wednesday from 4:30-6 on GOOGLE Meet.  
Email   or  to get more information and to get the link!

General School Business  
Immunization Requirements Dear parents/guardians of students in Colorado kindergarten – 12th grade schools for the 2021-22 school year: We know you’re thinking of all the things you need to do to make sure your student is ready for school. Getting vaccinated is an important part of their school readiness and keeps children from catching and spreading diseases that can make them sick. Please see the attached flyer.
Parent Survey (Repeat) In an effort to help us continually elevate your child’s educational experience, I encourage you to take our annual Family-School Relationships Survey! The survey is specific for our school and will help us know where we are succeeding and where we can improve.
Although this school year has been unlike any other, you may notice that some questions in the survey do not reflect the unique challenges we all faced this year. In order to continue to capture long-term data and monitor trends over time, many questions must remain unchanged from year to year. I still encourage you to answer all the questions in the survey so we can understand fully how we can serve you better.
You can also watch this video to hear from Superintendent Chris Gdowski on why this survey is so important to our district.
Take the 2020-21 Family-School Relationships Survey 

  • The survey is open now to Feb. 19, 2021 and is completely anonymous.

  • The survey is expected to take between 5-10 minutes and can be taken in English, Spanish or nine other languages on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  

  • If you have children at different schools, we encourage you to fill out a survey for each school. 

  • Survey data is benchmarked nationally and compared to the Five Star staff and student survey to create a comprehensive understanding of the school’s culture and climate. Survey results will be made available to families by the end of the school year. 

Thank you in advance for taking this important survey as we work together to continue to elevate the way we serve your child in every classroom, every day.  

Safety and Security


Sources of Strength/Positive Action
Practicing Our Strengths:  A Family Event is being hosted by the district Thursday, Feb. 18th from 6:30pm-8pm.  This webinar will model and interact with families to understand more about and begin practicing your own Sources of Strength.  Several representatives from the Silver Hills Sources of Strenght student group will be participating in the webinar, and I really encourage all families to participate to learn more about this program as it is very powerful!  I will be participating with my family, and highligh recommend that families participate together.  Here is the link for more information and to reserve your spot at the webinar.

Counseling Department
High School Registration for 8th Graders  Date: February 23, 2021 Time: 9am-10am
This virtual event is intended for students. Stay tuned for family events. (These events will be recorded should your students miss the event). 8th grade students were emailed on February 12, 2021 with the link to their designated high school´s virtual event. If you believe your high schooler is attending a different high school please contact the 8th grade counselor at:
Anita McKiernan
Coffee with Counselors The Counseling Department is excited to start "Coffee with the Counselors" every Friday at 9:00am.  This will be a virtual open forum for parents to ask questions and discuss concerns. Topics will change every other week.  We hope to see you there!
All meetings at 9:00am
February 19th - Topic: GoGuardian (en Español)

Community News
Free Tutoring Offered (Repeat) through Wave Learning Festival.  This is a great free resource for middle school and high school families.  Click here for a link to sign up for virtual tutorin in specialized areas.