Sand Creek High School Community,
It is an honor to correspond with you formally for the first time as campus director. The entire Sand Creek staff is anxiously awaiting and preparing a phenomenal school year for students and families; we cannot wait to engage with each of you to partner in learning, growth, and empowerment!
Our administration team grew this summer to add value to our existing team, which is as follows:
- Campus Director – Amy Sanchez-Martinez
- Assistant Principal - Lance Carroll
- Assistant Principal - Courtney Harrell
- Athletic Director – Jared Welch
- Dean of Students – Michael Sory
- Teacher Leader – Alyssa Nicholson
- Instructional Coach – Carolyn Merritt
- Dean of Applied & Advanced Learning – Nicole Sides
Jared Welch and I join Sand Creek from District 11, and Courtney Harrell joins us from District 20. Our entire team commits to serving our staff, families, and community, with high quality, service-oriented leadership everyday. You can find our contact information here: https://www.d49.org/Page/386 .
Sand Creek staff will focus on professional collaboration to increase consistent instruction and best serve the needs of students in our classrooms. This means that all Fridays will be late start Friday, with students beginning their day at 8:30am. As an administration team, we will take an intentional approach to enhance existing systems that empower staff and student growth so that they may reach graduation goals (important graduation requirements can be found at this link: https://www.d49.org/domain/425). In order to accomplish these goals, our first priority is a healthy, safe, and welcoming environment that values each member of our community. We believe in the power of a school that links arms with adults and students alike so that each of us may blossom and grow. As the school leader, I will be purposeful in prioritizing a healthy and welcoming environment for students and staff that emphasizes learning and instruction. I expect each of us to grow, which includes modeling this as an adult. I will report out to our full school community on a quarterly basis so we are all aware of our growth and achievements to realize our potential and meet school goals.
Please take time to read information in this Back to School newsletter to find important information about many items, to include registration, off campus lunch, PowerSchool parent updates, and schedule change protocols. To ensure that we may contact you effectively, please prioritize logging into the parent portal: https://d49.powerschool.com/public/. If you find that information is outdated or incorrect, to include home address, email address, work, home or cell phone number, please contact our School Registrar, Robin Didion at email@example.com.
Currently, we will NOT have mask restrictions in place and we will be able to open at 100% capacity to begin the school year. We will continue to offer the option of fully remote learning to best fit the needs of families. Please fill out the Fall 2021 Remote Learning Agreement if you would like to pursue this option for your child this year.. Your student’s counselor will contact you to discuss the program as well as advise and schedule online courses.
On behalf of our school staff, it is a pleasure to work alongside each Sand Creek family to empower young people. We look forward to this school year with you!
Amy Sanchez-Martinez, Campus Director/Principal
Lance Carroll, Assistant Principal
Courtney Harrell, Assistant Principal
Jared Welch, Athletic Director
Michael Sory, Dean of Students
Alyssa Nicholson, Teacher Leader
Nicole Sides, Dean of Applied & Advanced Learning
Tracy Trowbridge (A-Gn)
Brianne Martinez (Go-O)
Yvonne Martinez (P-Z)
John Schymos (Student Plans)
William Barron (Social and Emotional)
Stacy Grice, Administrative Assistant
Angela Reeves, Attendance Secretary
Tiffany Stewart, AP/Dean Secretary
Robin Didion, Registrar
Paula Fox, Counseling Secretary
Rain Martin, Counseling/Multi-Tiered Student Success (MTSS) Secretary
Barbara Johnson, Athletic Secretary
Amy Dreher, Nurse
Jackie O’Hara, Nurse Paraprofessional
Pierette Muffler/Carrie Atchison, Library Aides
Dean Baird, School Resource Officer
Lauren Stuart, Community Liaison
Upcoming Important Dates
July 21st: Registration In-Person
9th Grade: 8am - 11am
12th Grade: 12pm - 3pm
July 22nd: Registration In-Person
10th Grade: 8am - 11am
11th Grade: 12pm - 3pm
July 23rd: Fall 2021 Remote Learning Agreement Deadline
*This is only for students wishing to pursue a fully remote option for Fall 2021
July 24th: SCHS Community Grounds Clean up
8:30-10:30am at SCHS (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
August 2nd: 1st Day of School for 9th Grade ONLY (7:30am-2:40pm)
August 3rd: 1st Day of School for ALL grades (7:30am-2:40pm)
August 4th: TENTATIVE Picture Day: ID/Yearbook Photos for those that missed registration *We will email out the official date once we confirm.
August 9th: Schedule Changes Due by 3pm
August 10th : Back to School Night
September 24th: Picture Retake Day
Back to School Forms/Links:
- Student Fees (see below & attached to the original email): This lists out fees for each grade, class, activity and sport)
- Health Information Sheet (attached to the original email): This MUST be updated each year; this can be filled out at Registration or you can bring it with you completed (If you have it electronically, please email it to email@example.com with your child’s name, grade and student ID#)
- Parking Permit (only complete if your student has a drivers' license and will be driving to school.) There is a $10 per year charge for this privilege.
- Off-campus Lunch Permission Form: This is available to 11th and 12th graders ONLY. Parental electronic signature required
- C&N Calendar for 21-22: This will show when SCHS has which set of classes (Cardinal or C Days are periods 1C, 2C, 3C and 4C. Navy or N days are periods 5N, 6N, 7N, and 8N), late starts, and days that contain our College and Career Prep (CCP) class period. Mondays/Wednesdays are always “C” Days and Tuesdays/Thursdays are always “N” Days. *We are working to update our C&N calendar for the year. This link is live but the information is not updated. Check back soon!
- Bell Schedule: We are working on an updated bell schedule. This link is live but the times are not updated. Check back soon!
- Fall 2021 Remote Learning Agreement: This is for students who wish to participate in fully remote, online learning through Edgenuity
- Schedule Change Form: Available on 7/21 and will close on Monday, August 9th at 3pm. This will be emailed out to all families on 7/21 (and available to use at Registration)
- Student Schedules: Schedules will be available to access on 7/21 on PowerSchool. We will NOT be handing out paper copies! Please log into your PowerSchool account at https://d49.powerschool.com. NOTE: This must be done from a computer.
2021-2022 Textbook Checkout
Checkouts will be in the Library and will be during registration and also the first week of school. You must have your ID badge in order to check out books so be sure to bring this to the library.
Students will find out from their individual teachers which school supplies to purchase for each class. We do not put a list out and do not have a set requirement for all teachers. Please check the class syllabus for information on the first day.
Update Your Current Information
Please keep your information updated and current: If you change jobs, phone numbers, email address or need to change emergency contact information, please contact Robin Didion, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of an emergency, having up to date information is critical! Please log into PowerSchool and check all information. NOTE: Anyone listed as an Emergency Contact is permitted to pick up your student from school
Fully Remote Learning (OPTIONAL)
We are excited to be able to offer a fully remote option for students for the 21-22 school year. Due to continuing concern about the Covid virus, many families have requested the option to participate in remote learning for this school year.
*SCHS WILL OPEN AND HAVE TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION LIKE WE DID PRE-COVID - THIS OPTION IS FOR THOSE WHO STILL WANT A REMOTE OPTION.
The option that is available is to be fully online with Edgenuity as the curriculum. There will be a teacher that will meet with you once a week but you are largely working at your pace and during whatever time you want to do your work. These classes will NOT be synchronous with the traditional classes at SCHS that will be going on as they did pre-Covid. By completing the FALL 2021 Remote Agreement form, you are confirming your choice for your child for the entire Fall 2021 semester ending in December or for the entire school year 2021-2022. Please respond by July 23rd, 2021.
All students are required to have a Sand Creek Photo ID. Students are required to have their
ID on them and be able to present it at any time while on school grounds. Students are not permitted into the building without showing their student ID. ID’s are also used to purchase lunch, check out books and admittance to school events (Prom/Homecoming, etc.). The first ID is issued at no charge. Three temporary ID’s are permitted. After that, a student MUST purchase a new ID and the cost is $5.00 for each additional ID (this cost will be added to their account). New Photos for IDs will be taken during Registration on 7/21 and 7/22. Students that are not able to come to Registration will take the ID/Yearbook Photo on TENTATIVELY on August 4th. (More information on this date will be sent out)
The class change form will be available July 21st through August 9th for ONLY the following reasons:
- Need the course for graduation requirements
- Academic misplacement
- Already taken the class
- Want to fill an open period
Counselors will not be responding to schedule requests via emails and you MUST fill out the Request form. The link will be available at Registration and will be emailed out to all students after 7/21.
Students will receive a withdrawal F (WF) for any attempted classes that are dropped after August 9th. Schedules can be found on PowerSchool; available July 21st. Schedules will NOT be handed out to students this year; please make sure you print or have an electronic copy of your schedule for your first day of school.
Refunds for Fees of Dropped Classes
- Drop a fee based class within 2 weeks of semester start
- Leave an athletic program before the first scheduled competition
-Drop a fee based class before fall/spring break
- Drop a fee based class after fall/spring break
- Leave an athletic program after the first scheduled competition
Student Yearbook/ID Pictures
Lifetouch will be at Sand Creek taking school pictures and NEW ID pictures on July 21st and 22nd during Registration. All students will need to take a school picture for the yearbook as well as to update their new ID. This does not, however, require a yearbook purchase. We will have 2 additional photo days during the school year: August 4th (TENTATIVE) and September 24th
If you are interested in purchasing school pictures, go to mylifetouch.com and enter SCHS’ Picture Day ID: EVT38RW3M. When you choose to purchase school pictures, payment must be made online. Lifetouch will not accept payments in person.
Parent Portal (PowerSchool)
Parent Portal is a means of communication to keep you up to date on your student's school attendance I performance .Through the parent portal, you can see your student's grades, assignments, attendance AND PAY FEES. This is also a means of communication for happenings within the school. If your student is a returning D49 student, your parent portal information remains the same. If you are new to D49 and did NOT set up your parent portal account when completing the enrollment process, please contact Paula Fox at email@example.com Directions on how to log into PowerSchool can be found on the Back to School page on the website. Access the Parent Portal here: https://d49.powerschool.com/ If you are having trouble logging in or need your password reset, please contact Paula Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several ways for us to communicate with you and keep you informed.
- You can utilize our district website: http://www.d49.org for entire district information-including updates or changes to the school calendar, days, delays or closures, career opportunities, board meetings, etc.
- You can visit us directly at www.d49.org/schs for our daily schedule and calendar information. We also have many important forms and this is a way to let you know of important events taking place on-campus and contact for teacher listings. There are quick links in the middle of the home page and our SCHS Calendar which stays up-to-date.
- We also have monthly School Accountability Council meetings (SAC) listed. Here, you can learn first-hand what is happening at SCHS and be a part of the input that will help us continue to grow as an educational community. If you have been involved in PTO/PTA before, this parent engagement group is a great next step to supporting the staff and your students at SCHS! If you are interested in joining the SAC committee, please fill out this form. Meetings are traditionally one night per quarter. If you have any questions, please email Aly Nicholson, email@example.com.
- Staff regularly communicate via email. Please make sure your Power School contact information is up to date so that you can receive alerts when your child is tardy, absent, doing well, and/or failing.
- Check out the District App (Search “School District 49”) and subscribe to all things Sand Creek for athletics, social media, calendar, push notifications and more.
- Follow us on Facebook. Check out “Sand Creek High School” with the white T-shirt logo and also “Sand Creek Zone” for newsletters, announcements, celebrations and photos!
2021-2022 Parking Information
Parking is available to students at SCHS in our designated student parking lot ONLY! You may obtain a parking pass at any time during the school year. The cost for the pass is $10.00 FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. Please access the Parking Permit form here; be sure to have your license, registration and proof of insurance ready to upload to the form. The parking pass is a window cling and should be placed on the bottom, left hand side of your windshield. There are no assigned parking spots. It is first come, first serve. Your parking pass can be REVOKED AT ANY TIME.
To protect the safety of our students, staff and property, our security team does conduct "sweeps" through the lots and issues violations (charges to your student) if warranted. Violations can include speeding, parking without a visible pass, reckless driving or parking in non-student lots. These charges are applied to your student's account. Handicapped or Injured students, requiring parking closer to the school, should report to Security for a PASS TO PARK.
You can purchase your yearbook online during Registration. The 21-22 yearbook costs $65. Last year’s yearbook is available for $40. If you would like to purchase both, they are $100. The cost for yearbooks goes up throughout the school year. Get yours early to get the BEST price. NOTE: Senior Yearbook information is attached to the Back to School email and also can be found on the Class of 2022 page on the website.
Below is a fee sheet checklist. Please review this list of FEES for different areas of classes, electives and extracurricular activities. If you have qualified for the FREE and REDUCED lunch program, YOU MUST PROVIDE a copy of the letter you receive from the district that states you qualify. This letter will allow us to waive classroom fees. Due to our district’s commitment to maintaining the confidentiality of our families, schools are NOT notified of a student’s qualification for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parent/student to furnish a copy of the letter to the school.
We cannot waive fees based on historical qualifications. We must have a letter for each year you qualify in order to assist with waiving fees. If you need more information regarding applications for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, you can apply online at: https://payschoolscentral.com/
PLEASE NOTE that you MUST reapply each school year for the Free and Reduced lunch program.
Athletic Pass- Student
Intro to 2D Art*
Intro to 3D Art*
Graphic Design & Illustration 1AL2
Graphic Design & Illustration 1BL2
B/G Track & Field
2D Art (Intermediate)*
B/G Cross Country
3D Art (Intermediate)*
Commercial Photo 1AL2
Commercial Photo 1BL2
Women’s Select Choir*
*Second band class adds $10.00
All State Auditions
Intro to Engineering
9th Grade Fee
Principles of Engineering
10th Grade Fee
Engineering Design & Development*
11th Grade Fee
Capstone Engineering SL4*
12th Grade Fee
Principles of Manufacturing *
Introduction to Machining*
**Fees are subject to change pending board approval.
**Fees for Free/Reduced Lunch as follows:
-Free lunch = no fee
-Reduced lunch = 50% of fee
Must have authorization letter from District Office to Qualify
Sand Creek High School is proud to offer NINE sports for students to be involved in during the FALL season. We offer: Football, Volleyball, Boys’ Soccer, Co-Ed Cross Country, Boy’s Tennis, Boy’s Golf, Softball and Cheer. If you are interested in any of our athletics, Participation involves the submission of the following BEFORE a student can try-out:
- Current Physical
- Athletic Participation Form
- Participation Fee (can be waived IF A LETTER from the Free/Reduced Lunch program is given; must be paid before the first competition)
The fall athletic season is fast approaching. We will be taking physicals and athletic paperwork during the week of July 26th. This will all be done online and more information will come out about this soon!
Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for the 2021-2022 school year.
Students may bring electronic devices to school; however, the student is responsible for lost, stolen or damaged equipment. As with lockers, school officials reserve the right to search phones given reasonable suspicion of inappropriate behavior affecting the learning environment and its safety. The school will undertake no investigation of lost or stolen electronics. Use of electronic equipment is only allowed during passing periods or during lunch. Students may not use or display electronics during class time unless authorized by the teacher. Students using electronic equipment without authorization will have it confiscated and brought down to the main office. Students may pick it up in the office at the end of the school day. After three violations of an electronic device being turned into the office, a parent MUST come to pick it up in the front office during regular school hours.
District standards on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, minimize distractions, reduce discipline problems and improve school order and safety.
“The Board of Education recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school. Any student deemed in violation of this code shall be required to change into other clothing or school loaned clothing and/or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school. Administration, in conjunction with the School Accountability Committee, may develop and adopt school specific dress codes that are consistent with this policy.”
On the first offense the student will be requested to change or correct the dress code violation and the violation will be documented. Further repeated violations will result in more serious consequences to include suspension/expulsion from school.
Per Board Policy, JICA:
Unacceptable items: The following items are deemed disruptive to the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school and are not acceptable in school buildings, on school grounds, or at school activities:
- Shorts, dresses, skirts, or other similar clothing shorter than mid-thigh length.
- Sunglasses inside the building (Under district policy headgear which represents religious or cultural significance is permitted to be worn.)
- Inappropriately sheer, tight, or low-cut clothing (e.g., midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, garments made of fishnet, mesh, or similar material, muscle tops, etc.) that bare or expose traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the stomach, buttocks, back, chest, and breasts, or permits undergarments to be exposed.
- Tank tops or other similar clothing with straps narrower than 1.5 inches in width.
- Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that:
- Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons.
- Are of a sexual nature.
- By virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute, denote membership in gangs that advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior.
- Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, or legally libelous.
- Threaten the safety or welfare of any person.
- Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct.
- Create a safety hazard for the student or others.
- Otherwise disrupt the teaching-learning process.
The district respects the rich variety of cultural influences expressed by its students. Administration may make temporary or enduring exceptions to this policy based on religious, cultural, or medical grounds. Appropriate athletic clothing may be worn in physical education classes. Clothing normally worn when participating in school-sponsored extracurricular or sports activities (such as cheerleading uniforms and the like) may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach.
According to State Law, all children up to the age of seventeen (17) MUST attend school. A student who is absent without a signed parental excuse or a student who leaves the school or class without permission of the teacher or administrator is considered Unexcused Absent/Truant. The State of Colorado has an outlined process for habitually truant students. Please see the Student Handbook for further information. Summary of Attendance Rules follows:
SAND CREEK ABSENCE/TARDY POLICY
- Good and consistent attendance is directly linked to student academic success. If a student is absent, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to notify the attendance secretary. Absences may be reported by calling the 24-hour attendance line at 495-1176 or email Angela Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please provide your first and last name, the student’s first and last name, date(s) of absence, and a brief explanation as to the nature of the absence. Absences because of doctor appointments, outside agency appointments, or juvenile court appearances will be considered excused with appropriate documentation of the appointment. Absences without an explanation are considered unexcused. Parents have 48 hours to either call or email the attendance office to have their student’s absence excused. Absences after this time will remain unexcused. All students will be allowed no more than 10 days of Excused absences per school year. Excessive absences may result in the student being placed on an attendance contract, and/or required to provide proof of the absence such as a doctor/dental note. Excessive absences will result in disciplinary action or enter the truancy process as required by state law. Out of School Suspensions will not count as absences and work may be made up.
- It is the student’s responsibility to make up any schoolwork missed during an absence. He/she has two school days, not consecutive block days for every day of an excused absence. Failure to do so by the extended due date will not be accepted for credit. All major projects are due on the day specified. Homework will be provided upon parent request for any absence over three days.
- Parents will be notified daily if their child has been absent/tardy for one or more periods through the school’s auto-dialer. Please contact the attendance office or log into the parent portal of Power school (instructions coming soon) for additional information.
- Further information regarding student attendance as set by the Board of Education may be found at http://d49.org/Page/556 .
Students MUST fill out a pre-arranged absence form which can be found in the main office and get an administrator’s approval for ANY absence of 3 or more days PRIOR to any extended absence(s) except for illnesses or family emergencies. If a student is failing 2 or more classes, these absences WILL NOT BE EXCUSED. The reason for this policy: there is no substitution for being in class. If a student is already behind or struggling, further absences from class will make success even more difficult.
A student is tardy when he/she arrives to class after the final bell. Tardies disrupt class and students miss instructional time. A parent must sign in students arriving late to school, or call (719) 495-1176 prior to the student’s arrival at school. Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action as required by state law. A student is considered absent after 15 minutes but it will be documented of the time they arrived.