Hi Everyone,

I wanted to take a minute to update the community on the happenings at Salida High School.

AP Classes: We currently have over 80 students taking AP classes in Math, English, Science, History, Art, and Social Studies. Over half of them are taking the AP exam, others will already receive college credit because their class is offered through concurrent enrollment, so they don't necessarily need to take the exam to earn college credit. We also have two students who have met the requirements to enter the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.

COOP: We currently have over 40 juniors and seniors participating in an internship. Students are gaining experience in Graphic Design, Forestry, Fish Hatchery, State Patrol Youth Academy, Civil Engineer, Art/Music, Firehouse, Education, Medical, Radio, and so much more. We have had one student participating in the Science Fair while researching Microbial fuel cells and continues to be successful earning 1st place awards.

Dual Credit: Currently we have over 30 students earning college credit at Colorado Mountain College and Western State University. In the past we have had students graduate with over 15 completed college credits. We continue to look at how we can offer more opportunities during the school day to have more students participating in our dual credit options.

Job Fair: We had over 200 students and 20 businesses attend the Job Fair. The feedback from businesses was very supportive. Joe from Areospace said, "The students we spoke with were exceptional and many have developed very definitive plans for their future careers upon graduation. They were quite impressive and presented themselves as future leaders of our country. The staff and administration is obviously doing a great job in the educational process of these outstanding young students." Several students were interviewed and hired on the spot.

Leadership/Summer Opportunities: Select students will participate in the Salida Rotary Leadership training this summer. Students will spend 3 days at the leadership retreat working on their leadership skills. We also have students participating in the State Wide HOBY Leadership conference. Some of the other opportunities that will have SHS students participating in are the CO School of Mines Engineering program, Stanford Summer College Academy, various STEM programs, Arts, Skateboarding and Rural Health Scholars Program throughout this summer.

As always if you have any questions or want to offer an opportunity please don't hesitate to call.

Rob Tressler
Salida High School Counselor
[email protected]

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