Greetings Sand Creek High School Students and Families!
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This will be an unusual year with the traditional high school environment most likely taking on a much different look and feel.
Guidance from the El Paso County Health Department, as well as, CDE, the Governor’s Office, and CDC have all influenced the way District 49/Sand Creek High School will open school this fall. Many of the guidelines, policies and procedures are constantly changing as new information is funneled down from these agencies to local school districts. It is our focus to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff and it is my hope that our students will experience all of the excitement of attaining their goals and marking the school year with special events and activities.
Registration will be completed exclusively online this summer with detailed instructions and forms included in this email.. Student schedules are available through the parent portal in PowerSchool beginning July 27th. If your student needs to request a schedule change, please complete the Google Form and submit to the Counseling Department by August 6th.
In order to minimize exposure, hallways will be divided, stairwells will be directional and students will not have access to lockers. Some courses will be exclusively conducted online. Lunches will be consumed in classrooms with access to the Commons to purchase meals at the beginning of each lunch period. Off campus lunch will be available to all juniors and seniors who have completed the parent permission form. Please submit the completed form by August 10th to allow your junior or senior student to leave campus.
Many families have requested the option to participate in full virtual learning while current guidelines and restrictions are in place for the 20-21 school year. If you would like to pursue this option for your student, please fill out the Virtual Learning form in this email and submit by July 30th. Your student’s counselor will contact you to discuss the program as well as advise and schedule online courses.
Sand Creek High School is committed to provide excellent customer service and support for our students and families. It is important for you to know who to contact should you need assistance. The Sand Creek Leadership Team consists of a Campus Director, Associate Principal/Athletic Director, Assistant Principal of Culture & Climate, Dean of Students, two Teacher Leaders, an Instructional Coach and a Dean of Applied & Advanced Learning. .
- Campus Director – Audra Lane
- Associate Principal/Athletic Director – Brian Petzold
- Assistant Principal of Culture & Climate – Lance Carroll
- Dean of Students – Michael Sory
- Teacher Leaders – Caitlin Casai & Alyssa Nicholson
- Instructional Coach – Carolyn Merritt
- Dean of Applied & Advanced Learning – Nicole Sides
Contact information for the administration team is available on the Sand Creek High School website: https://www.d49.org/Page/386 .
During the 20-21 school year, SCHS will be scheduling several late start Fridays, in order to accommodate Professional Learning Community meetings for all teachers. This will enable our staff to analyze and discuss student data, plan units, develop common assessments, and provide time for strategic planning for pathways and programs. Scheduled late starts will be communicated by email and on the school website. The first late start Friday will occur on August 14th. School start time for students on late start PLC Friday’s is scheduled at 8:30 am.
New graduation guidelines are in effect for all students. State requirements and district policy information is posted on our website. Please see BOE Policy IKF-R-1 Graduation Requirements, Courses, and Credits https://www.d49.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=637&ViewID=7B97F7ED-8E5E-4120-848F-A8B4987D588F&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=51823&PageID=555
As the District receives information regarding guidance for opening schools, plans and start dates are constantly changing. Please stay tuned to the latest communication from District 49 and Sand Creek High School. Updates will be sent by email, posted on the district and school websites, and Facebook pages.
To ensure you receive updates, it is extremely important that your contact information is correct in the PowerSchool system. If you have changed your address, email address, work, home or cell phone number, please contact our School Registrar, Robin Didion by email (email@example.com) or call 719-495-1163.
Thank you and I look forward to a successful school year.
Audra Lane, Campus Director/Principal
Brian Petzold, Associate Principal/Athletic Director
Lance Carroll, Assistant Principal of Culture & Climate
Michael Sory, Dean of Students
Caitlin Casai, Teacher Leader
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)
Stacy Grice, Administrative Secretary
Angela Reeves, Attendance Secretary
Tiffany Stewart, Dean Secretary
Robin Didion, Registrar
Paula Fox, Counseling Secretary
Rain Martin, Counseling Secretary
Barbara Johnson, Athletic/Activities Secretary
Amy Dreher, Nurse
Jackie O’Hara, Nurse Para
Pierette Muffler/Carrie Atchison, Library Aides
School Resource Officer
In This Newsletter and attached to the Back to School Email, you will find the following information:
- Upcoming Dates & Registration information for returning students
- Updating your Information
- Student ID’s (where and when to get them)
- Class Change information
- Student Pictures
- 2020-2021 Parking Information
- Yearbook Information/Senior Info for the yearbook
- Classroom Fees
- Electronic devices and Dress Code Information
- Attendance Rules and Information
- August/September C and N day calendar
- Nutrition services meal prices
- Virtual Learning Agreement and Enrollment Form
Upcoming Important Dates -
Subject to Change due to Health & Safety Guidance from El Paso County and the State of Colorado
July 24th: RSVP Due for Fully Online Learning Preference
July 27th: Registration OPEN Online: Check class schedule (on Power School), request schedule changes (via Google Form), fill out online forms (parking and off campus, if applicable), download/print health form
July 30th: Virtual Learning Agreement and Enrollment Form Deadline
August 6th: Registration CLOSED: All schedule change requests MUST be in by this date
August 7th : First day for All 9th Graders - Subject to Change
August 10th: First day for All Grade Levels (C Day Schedule) -
Subject to Change
August 18th: PICTURE DAY - Subject to Change
October 30th: PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY
Back to School Forms (for STUDENTS ENROLLED in-person)
This year, most forms needed for Back to School can be found and filled out, online. We will not be holding an in person “registration” this year..
- Check schedules on PowerSchool (on July 27th): https://d49.powerschool.com
- Request a schedule change
- Purchase your yearbook: www.jostensyearbooks.com
- Obtain a parking permit
- Off Campus Lunch Pass (11th and 12th grade students ONLY)
Back to School Registration will be OPEN online beginning Monday, July 27th and will end Thursday, August 6th.
2020-2021 Textbook Checkout
Checkouts will be in the Library and will be during the first full week of school. You must have your ID badge in order to check out books so be sure to bring this to the library.
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, 495-1163 or 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
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). Students will be issued a temporary ID to begin the school year. New Photos for IDs will be taken on 8/18 and new IDs will be distributed shortly after that.
The class change form will be available July 27th through August 6th 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.
Students will receive a withdrawal F (WF) for any attempted classes that are dropped after the 1st full week of school. Schedules can be found on PowerSchool; available July 24th. Schedules will be handed out to incoming freshmen on the first day of class. 10-12th grade students: please make sure you print or have an electronic copy of your schedule for your first day of school.
Lifetouch will be at Sand Creek taking school pictures and NEW ID pictures on August 18th. 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. Make-up pictures will be October 30th.
If you are interested in purchasing school pictures, information will be emailed home. When you choose to purchase school pictures, payment must be made online. Lifetouch will not accept payments in person.
Parent Portal (Power School)
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 email Stacy Grice, sgrice@d49. Meetings are traditionally one night per quarter.
- 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 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.
2019-2020 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 at www.jostensyearbooks.com. 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 Back to School Page and Class of 2021 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 obtain one from the district website at: www.d49.org then go to Nutrition Services.
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 I
Graphic Design II*
B/G Track & Field
2D Art (Intermediate)*
B/G Cross Country
3D Art (Intermediate)*
Digital Photography I
Digital Photography II
Women’s Select Choir*
*Second band class adds $10.00
All State Auditions
Intro to Engineering
Principles of Engineering
Engineering Design & Development*
Advanced Design & development*
Engineering Independent Study*
Print Reading I/II
Precision Machining I/II
**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 (signed by parent and athlete)
- 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. As a reminder, all student-athletes must be registered online and have a current athletic physical uploaded to the Planet HS student registration website. Student-athlete registration has moved to a new website, please follow the link on the SCHS athletic website
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
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 is 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 email@example.com . 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.
Back to School Forms:
- Fee Sheet (for each grade, classes, activities and athletics)
- Health Information Sheet (This MUST be updated each year; this will be given out during the first week of school but is available on the Back to School Page)
- 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
- August/ September C&N Day Calendars: These are updated monthly on the C&N Calendar Page
- Bell Schedule
- Virtual Learning Agreement and Enrollment Form (for students wanting to be fully online for the 20-21 school year)
9. Schedule Change Form (Open 7/27-8/6)