Principal’s letter to JH/HS Parents and Students Spring Semester

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we pause for Winter Break, I wanted to say thank you for your work during this time of at-home learning. It has been a learning experience for us all and I am happy that, despite the challenges, things are going okay. 

Taking into recommendations from local and national health authorities, we plan to continue with at-home learning through the end of the semester. Students will not return to campus in-person until January 18, 2021. Students should plan to continue participating virtually starting on January 6, 2021. Students who are on an IEP may come to campus for required support during the period of at-home learning and should contact Arika Zittlosen to confirm plans for attending.

I wanted to use this communication to preview some upcoming course offerings in the second semester. If you or your student is interested in pursuing any of these routes or enrolling in any of these courses please reach out the first week of January. 

Credit Advancement (Grades 8-12): CC-V is opening a Credit Advancement opportunity to selected students during the Spring semester of 2021. In place of a traditional elective course, Credit Advancement is offered through the APex program. APex is a digital platform of classes that covers a number of subject areas, including district core and elective courses. The fully digital classroom offers students the opportunity to take courses that are not offered at CC-V. These courses are fully formed, complete with lessons, discussions, practices, projects, quizzes and tests. Overseen by a certified teacher, the course is built into the students regular schedule and occurs in place of an elective. Some benefits of taking a Credit Advancement course:

  • flexibility: APex courses are largely self paced
  • accessibility: students are able to access the course during the school day and on their own time at home 
  • originality: APex offers access to classes unavailable at CC-V
  • advancement: motivated students can earn additional credits with additional course completions
  • classes are fully credited for each student and be presented on transcripts as a course that meets credit requirements for high school graduation

APex courses are designed as elective courses only. Students may not replace a core class with an APex course. Some of the courses offered include Art Appreciation, Computer Applications, Information Technology Applications, Legal Environment of Business, Sociology, French I, Spanish I, and Accounting I. 

Credit Advancement is available to students in the second semester of grades 8 – 11. If you or your student is interested in pursuing a Credit Advancement please contact Brandon Bass at Mr. Bass will be able to assist you in looking for the perfect course and advising you on how to succeed in the APex format. 

Alternative Education Program (ALT) 

The mission of the Alternative Education Program of the Cripple Creek School District is to prepare our students for future success by providing a supportive school environment that focuses on increasing academic and pro-social behaviors and skills,while providing functional life skills instruction. We respect and value the unique contributions of each of our students and our role in assisting them in becoming responsible, stable, and contributing members of society.

Students struggling with fulfilling graduation requirements because of credit deficiencies, truancy, and/or motivation issues may be eligible to participate in the Alternative Education program. The program provides small group project based instruction in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. 

The alternative program still provides students with a traditional high school diploma, it is gained through a flexible hands on curriculum that has been developed to benefit students that need an alternative to traditional classroom instruction. The project based style is a system that has been used by many school districts, providing students with life skills and presented for curriculum standards through portfolio demonstrations.

Please contact Brandon Bass for more information:

Work Study

CC-V is excited to open up a Work Study program for students in grades 10-12. This program is designed to allow students to earn graduation credit for real-world experience by working at a part-time job during the academic school year. While participating in Work Study, the student will develop general and specific work site competencies and be able to experience the real-world work force. Work study may be taken up to two (2) credits per year (1 credit per semester). For each credit, a student is expected to work 5-10 hours per week (approximately 180 hours per semester). Please contact Dan Cummings ( if interested in pursuing work study credit next semester.

GED (General Educational Development)

Sometimes the traditional high school diploma is not the route your student wants to pursue. Instead, students who are 17 or older (16 with parent permission) can take a series of tests that will indicate whether or not they have a high school level of education – that is what the GED is for. We will be offering a once a week GED prep class for interested students next semester. While preparing for a GED test your student can remain enrolled in regular classes, participate in all school activities, and continue to earn credits toward their diploma. GED test prep can also be arranged for interested adults in the community! Please contact Dan Cummings ( if you or your student is interested in pursuing a GED next semester. 

New Course Offerings During Second Semester

If you are interested in taking any of the following please contact Sadie Miller ( to arrange a scheduling conversation.  

History vs. Hollywood (3rd Period)

This course is an examination of the accuracy of popular Hollywood historical films. The course will involve the study of significant historical events, and how those events are represented in the movies. History vs. Hollywood will teach the student to develop an understanding of the relationship between cinema (the movies) and American popular culture.

HS Psychology (4h Period)

In this course, students will explore how we can define, explain and predict human behavior. We will explore the history of psychology, major figures and theories that guide our understanding of the human mind, and applications of the field of psychology. This is a collaborative course and students will be addressing these topics through projects, games, discussions and readings. Students will leave this class with a better understanding of why we behave and think the way we do. 

HS Intro to Business (4th Period)

This course provides opportunities to learn and experience a variety of topics in the field of business. Students are exposed to various economies, their roles in our economy, entrepreneurship, marketing, managing financial and technological resources, and the use of social media. Course activities involve students in writing, investigating, problem-solving, demonstrating, and reporting.  

Social Studies Methods (5th Period) 

This course uses social studies methods of research to give students a deeper understanding of their core classes. The essential question students will answer in this course is “How does this apply to the world around me?” English, math, science, and social studies will be blended to answer that essential question. The social studies methods of research learned in this course will be applicable to the lessons in their core classes. Example: If a student is studying Schrödinger’s equation in math class, they will use the social studies methods of research to learn who Erwin Schrödinger was and they will use the equation for real-world applications to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world around them. 

This class is highly recommended as preparation for the Senior Capstone project! Juniors and Sophomores should take it! 

HS Weightlifting (5th Period)

This course is designed for the student with a high interest in muscle development through the resistant exercise of weight lifting, as well as cardiovascular development through the use of conditioning and fitness exercises.

JH Study Hall (7th Period)

This course is for junior high students looking for guided support from a teacher. High school students may petition to be in this study hall but will not receive credit for it on a transcript. 

HS Current Events (7th Period)

In this class, we will discuss issues that are important to students’ everyday lives like politics, the economy and world conflict. Other topics to be included will be driven by student interest. We will use a variety of mediums to explore these issues such as online news sources, documentaries, social media and memes. Students will participate in discussions, projects and written assignments that will allow them to better understand the world around them. 

If you have any questions or need any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to one of your student’s teachers, the front office, or to me directly. We are here to support you to the best of our ability. 

Have an excellent Winter Break and we will see you in January. 


Dan Cummings

Secondary Principal

Cripple Creek – Victor Schools

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