Principal's Update 6.20.18

Happy Summer to all of our Silver Creek students and families,


I hope you are having a terrific summer be it working, playing, relaxing, traveling, or reading!  Yes, Reading! Even in the summer St. Vrain Valley Schools’ libraries are still open, albeit online.  This year we have added the Overdrive system allowing for the checkout of e-books and audiobooks. My summer reading list has already included Ready Player One, Little Fires Everywhere, Screenwise and now beginning Hillbilly Elegy.  Please take advantage of this awesome resource by using your SVVSD login at:


Our construction project is coming along and slated to be completed in late July.  This project will add nearly 8,000 square feet of new classrooms and renovate nearly 12,000 square feet of existing classrooms.  All told, we will net gain five new classrooms, eight newly constructed science labs, and several more renovated classrooms. In addition, we will also gain a new centralized chemical storage area, egresses for foot traffic, larger bathrooms in the E-Wing, and new carpet.  It is going to be wonderful to welcome back students, teachers, and our community to these new and improved learning environments.


Outside of construction we have been mightily busy with professional development and curriculum development.  This summer we have several teachers engaged at InnEdCo, AP Training, Tech Camp, The Lehrman Seminar at Yale, and creating curriculum for a student Advisory course which we look to implement in the future.  We will be sharing more about Advisory as we conclude the curriculum development.


We have also been having a terrific hiring season and we are proud to announce our new staff members of the Silver Creek Community:

Randi Kalish, School Psychologist.  She has had previous experience at Altona Middle School and within the greater Chicago area.  Ms. Kalish brings a wealth of knowledge to the Special Education Department and in professional development.

Kelsey Lewis, Special Education.  Ms. Lewis has previously served as the Coordinator of Special Education at Longmont High School.  She makes her return to the classroom and will be teaching within the HFA program. Her vast experience and advocating for kids will help to solidify this team.

Kayla MacBeth, Special Education.  Ms. MacBeth holds a Master’s degree in Autism and has several years of experience at the Secondary level.  

Kelly Fertitta, Special Education.  Ms. Fertitta is relocating from Louisiana and has previously served as the department head in her former school.  She will also assist in teaching Math.

Dr. Jolin Jegier, Chemistry.  Dr. Jegier comes to us from Adams City High School.  Prior to that he was a lab chemist involved with research and development of clean diesel fuels.  

David May, Physical Education.  Mr. May joins us after having served in both Steamboat Springs and Highlands Ranch High School.  He will also assume Offensive Coordinator duties for the Raptor football team.

Christina Tillery, Universal High School.  Ms. Tillery has had a significant impact with our SVVSD Main Street Program previously serving as a Behavioral Coach, Teacher and Instructional Coach.  Her leadership and experience with GT will be an asset to UHS.

Gerardo Canedo, Spanish.  Mr. Canedo has previously taught in SVVSD at Erie Middle, Niwot and Trail Ridge Middle.  Mr. Canedo will will help in providing a terrific foundation with Spanish I classes.

Ericka Pilon, Mathematics.  Ms. Pilon helped to open Silver Creek in 2001.  Since that time she has served as a Math teacher in Thompson Valley and SVVSD.  Ms. Pilon will join our team teaching Geometry and Algebra I.

Whitney Mires, Academic Counselor.  Ms. Mires previously served as our Interventionist.  We have added another counselor, bringing the total to 5.  Ms. Mires has begun programs such as Sources of Strength and is a valued member of our MTSS and Attendance Teams.  

Ashlee Gerner, Interventionist.  Ms. Gerner has served as a long-term substitute in BVSD at several schools as an academic counselor.  She has previous clinical experience and will be stepping in to support students with social-emotional health and wellness.  


We welcome all of our new colleagues and we hope that you all enjoy the rest of your summer!  We will be busy preparing for the upcoming school year and are looking forward to our best year yet!  



Erick Finnestead

Principal, Silver Creek High School