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Principal’s Message

Our staff has been working on forming a new mission and vision for our school. The Mission of our school is: “Opening doors for endless possibilities.” At Hotchkiss K-8 we want to open doors for students so that they can have endless possibilities to pursue positive endeavors in their life. Our Vision statement is constructed to support our mission. Our Vision Statement plays off the word DOGS.

At Hotchkiss K-8 we believe in D.O.G.S.-

Diverse - Learning to appreciate uniqueness while seeking to understand differences. Showing kindness to all, being open to others' perspectives and teaching thinking skills which lead to new possibilities.

Opportunity - Providing whole-child education through rigorous academics, life skills, fine arts, S.T.E.M., health and wellness, clubs, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and other unique opportunities that empower all students.

G.R.I.T. - Growing to be life-long learners, Resiliency to be strong in the face of adversity, Integrity to be the best version of ourselves, and Tenacity to find enjoyment in a strong work ethic. Getting back up and trying again after making mistakes is learning: giving up is failing.

Safe - Providing an environment where students feel physically, academically, socially and emotionally safe.

"Are you walkin' the D.O.G.S.?"

As a staff we have made collective commitments to support the mission and vision of our school to help our students have the best possible education.


2019-2020 Q2/S1 Honor Roll
January 17, 2020, 4:18 pm

19-20 Q2/S1 Honor Roll


Counselor Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Greetings! My name is Keith Trumbull and I’m honored to be Hotchkiss K8’s school counselor for the 2019/ 2020 school year. I’m excited to get to know all the students, their families, and work with all the wonderful teachers and staff at HK8. This school is so amazing; and I’ve already had the opportunity to be trained in the Capturing Kids Heart program that our school uses to help foster positive relationships. I’ve recently relocated to the area from Rifle, Colorado and for the past two school years I have been employed as a school counselor at an elementary school with Re-2 Schools. Over the summer break I worked for a fly fishing outfitter in the Vail Valley and 10 plus years ago I worked as a guide at a guest ranch in Crawford.

My role as school counselor will be to work with all the students who attend HK8, elementary and middle school students. I will be setting up a comprehensive school counseling program that helps students develop the skills needed to be the future leaders of tomorrow. The three domains counselors use to provide services to students are social/ emotional, academic readiness and college/ career exploration. I will be setting up elementary guidance lessons in Kindergarten through 5th grade homerooms. Some of the guidance lessons for the elementary kiddos will be about kindness, bully prevention, managing strong feelings, conflict resolution, and so much more. I will also be using the computer based Naviance program with the middle school students to help them develop ICAP’s, which stands for Individualized Career and Academic Plans. I will also be starting up some social/ emotional programs and services for middle school students, as well. We are going to implement the Sources of Strength program for middle school students, this will be a student driven program made up of peer leaders that inspires hope, help and strength at our school.

Some of the ways school counselors work with students might be individual counseling, facilitating skills groups, classroom lessons, referrals to outside agencies, and creating interventions that enhance the school climate and culture. Please feel free to reach out to myself if you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to meeting you and please don’t hesitate to contact myself if there is something I can do to enhance your child’s school experience at Hotchkiss K8.

Sincerely yours,

Keith Trumbull HK8 School Counselor




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