Principal's Message

Principal's Message
Posted on 07/31/2019
Principal's Message

Standley Lake High School

9300 W 104th Ave

Phone: (303) 982-3311                                                                  

 August 2019

Dear Standley Lake High School Students and Families,

We hope that you and your family are enjoying the summer with fun activities and family time.  The purpose of this letter is to welcome everyone back and to provide you with information to help your student transition into their 2019-2020 school year at Standley Lake High School.

Start of the Year Tasks to Complete 

The following checklist should help in completing the necessary paperwork and tasks for the start of the year.  We are encouraging families to complete the majority of the registration process online.

  • Note regarding Opt-Out:   Be cautious. If you select Opt-Out for Directory or Photo/Video/Electronic Publications by Jeffco, this means you are also opting your child out of being in the yearbook and from digital/physical rosters for athletic teams.

___ Jeffco Connect > Jeffco Connect.    Jeffco Connect is the online tool for parents/guardians to

update contact information.  We strongly recommend that students not have access to a parent/guardian’s Jeffco

Connect account.  Every parent/guardian should log into Jeffco Connect, on the SLHS homepage, to update

your student’s information.  It is critical that the school has the most current address, phone numbers, and who to contact in an emergency.

___ Verify/update current address, phone numbers, and email

___ Pay school fees online through Jeffco Connect (preferred) OR

___ Pay by cash or check  in the school financial office.

___ Purchase a parking pass online in Jeffco Connect

Completed Parking Pass Application must be submitted when picking up pass.

___ Pre-pay for school lunch: through Jeffco Connect “Meal Payments” link or the link SchoolCafe 

___ We are asking SL families to fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Benefits application.  There

 are benefits to the families and to the school  for each student accepted.  


____     Complete Fall Sports Registration Now

Boys Golf starts August 5th - All other Fall sports begin August 12th

All student-athletes interested in playing a fall sport must register online.  Fall sports registration needs to be completed on time in order to be eligible to play a fall sport. Please contact the sport specific coach for tryout information. 

Student ID-Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in English Classes @ SLHS

___ Lifetouch Photography will be here to take school and ID pictures. (Retakes - September 26)

Schedule Conflicts

___ Counselors available for schedule corrections and new student scheduling on Aug 6th and 7th 8:00 am --3:00 pm; August 13th and 14th 1:00 pm --3:30 pm in the Counseling Office.

  • Wrong level
  • Too few or too many classes (Freshmen-7 classes; Sophomore 6, Junior 6, Senior 6 minimum)                    
  • Other requests may not be accommodated.

Student Athletic Pass 

Students may purchase an Athletic pass good for the 2019-2020 school year. The cost for the Athletic pass is $60. This gets you free admission to all Athletic events at any Jeffco facility during the regular season. Athletic admission is $4.00 per student per event. The pass would pay for itself after the student attends 15 athletic events. Please note that if the student gives their pass to anyone else the pass will be confiscated.  Please contact our Athletic Director if you are interested in sponsoring a pass for those students who cannot afford to purchase an athletic pass.  

Freshmen Orientation – Wednesday, August 14, 8:00 a.m. -  2:30 p.m.

We are welcoming just over 325 new 9th graders to SLHS and will hold Orientation for our new Gators on Wednesday, August 14th.  Our Student Leaders and sponsors have been working to bring relevant and useful information to our freshmen including the high school grading system, touring the building, becoming familiar with their teachers,and the educational opportunities at SLHS.  Pizza lunch will be provided.  No other supplies are needed this day. 

New to SLHS grades 10, 11, 12 Orientation - Wednesday, August 14 at 11:30 - 1:00pm

First Day of Regular Class for ALL students- Thursday August 15th

Freshmen Student 1:1 Chromebooks

  • Students who have paid the device use fee will receive their Chromebook in class
  • Please refer to our webpage SLHS Tech for Ed  for lots of great information and resources

Back to School Night – Tuesday, August 20, 2019  

  • Athletics Showcase 5:00-5:55
  • Back to School Night 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Visit Teachers and Classrooms
    • Information about Class of 2021 and beyond Graduation Requirements
    • Information about Chromebooks, 1:1, and Digital Citizenship
    • Information about school safety
    • Information about International Baccalaureate MYP at SLHS

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night!

Parent/Teacher Conferences October 2nd 2:00 pm -- 7:00 pm

PSAT Practice Date – Wednesday, October 2nd  (during school hours)

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be taking a practice version of the PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and SAT, respectively.  Families will receive the data from these assessments. We will work with students and families on data analysis and how to use the data to prepare for taking the SAT test their junior year.  The official SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 9 will be in April 2020. 

Seniors should take advantage of this day for career planning and college visits. Counselors can help guide your student in this endeavor.

Bell Schedule: SLHS Daily Bell Schedule 

IB-MYP @ SLHSStandley Lake High School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering both the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program.  While our diploma program serves a cohort of 11th and 12 graders, the Middle Years Program serves all of our students, inclusive of all interests and academic abilities. 

This class incorporates the MYP framework to help our students become active, compassionate learners.  By making practical connections between what they learn in this course and the real world, we can help them become responsible participants in local, national, and global communities.  

For more information on the MYP program and its framework, please consult the IB page on our website.

Visiting SLHS and School SafetyVisitors during school hours should check in and out at the Security desk or main office.  We will be meeting with all students and staff the first two weeks of school to go over our safety and security protocols.  Please talk with your student about the security measures in our school. Although we have safety plans in place, we cannot rely on these measures alone.  The best way to keep our school safe is to communicate concerns to school administrators and security staff. If you “See Something, Say Something,” cannot be stressed enough.  Thank you for your help in following our school safety guidelines.

Safe to Tell

SLHS and Jeffco encourage students and families to utilize Colorado Safe2Tell to report safety concerns.  The following is from Colorado Safe2Tell: Safe2Tell Colorado wants every student to know - telling isn't "snitching.” Telling is when you need to keep yourself or someone you know safe from threats, harmful behaviors or dangerous situations. All student IDs have the Safe2Tell contact information on the back of the ID.  We also encourage students to reach out to a trusted adult in the school when needed.  Thank you for your cooperation and support!


Thank you to our Facility Manager, Shawn Swainson and his team for updating and cleaning our school over the summer.  We look forward to the planning process for our bond improvements in September of 2020. Construction projects will extend into 2023.  

Students Succeed When Parent/Guardians are Involved

  • SLHS recommends parent/guardians volunteer in our school community an average of 1 hour per month.
  • We have numerous opportunities for families to engage in our school community
  • A few examples include: participation in a booster(Athletics/Activities, FOSLIB, Music) organization; tutoring; library help; chaperoning dances and events; attending concerts, athletic events; volunteering on our After Prom Team; attending GET Accountability.
  • Look for monthly opportunities in our newsletter sent via email to families and thanks for getting involved!

Standley Lake Accountability Team (GET)

The GET team meets monthly on a Monday from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. in the Library  This team of parents, staff, students, and community members are charged with serving as the school accountability committee in compliance with Colorado Senate Bill 13-193.  This is a great group of folks and all are encouraged to attend and participate!


The SLHS PTSA meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.  See SLHS PTSA 

I would like to invite and encourage you to get involved and become an active member of the Gator Community!

I truly look forward to the 2019-2020 school year!  We have so many wonderful opportunities for our students and Standley Lake HIgh School stands united GATOR STRONG.   Thank you for your support as we undertake the important mission of educating your student in a safe, positive, and academically challenging environment.  


Todd A. Rago


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