Vail & Ski Snowboard Academy Counselor

Dear VSSA Families,

I wanted to start by welcoming you to another great year at VSSA.  It has been a pleasure to work with your kids over the last seven years and I am excited to get to know our new students and start the 2018-2019 school year!

As the Counselor at VSSA my goal is to support the success of our school by providing career, college and social emotional support to all students.  I will maintain confidentiality for students whenever possible.  Limits to confidentiality include mandated reporting laws.  School Counselors are required to take appropriate action if students engage in behavior that presents clear and imminent danger to themselves or others.  They are also required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Both individual and group work may be utilized for your student at VSSA.  Parents will be informed if any safety concerns are identified or if additional support is recommended in the home or community.  If you do not want your child to participate in counseling services please contact me at the beginning of the school year.  If you believe your child is in need of specific support by the counseling department or you have concerns about your student please contact the counseling office at any time throughout the year.

Our VSSA community continues to value and promote our 4C’s of Character, Courage, Commitment and Compassion.  We hope these values can be promoted & modeled in the home, in carpools and within the larger community.  We will have our annual Service Day on Sept 12 (rain date Sept 13th) and we are looking for at least 13 parent volunteers to join the groups who will be going out into the community for various service projects from 9-3pm.  Please email me if you can join us put Compassion into Action!

As you plan and juggle athletic and academic schedules this year, keep in mind the recommendation that:

• Students take the ACT (or SAT) w/ writing by the end of 10th grade so they can then develop an individual test prep plan before testing again the beginning of 11th.
• Students begin researching & visiting colleges in 9th grade and setting up contacts with college coaches if interesting in competing in college. (VSSA students are typically too busy in 11th and 12th to wait till then).
• The Aspen College Fair on Oct. 7th  is a great event with over 200 college reps and various workshops on college planning:

I look forward to serving the needs of your child in the 2018-2019 school year.  Pay attention to announcements in the weekly VSSA Yeti Times.

All the best,

Charlene Whitney
School Counselor