The 2nd annual zombie fun run is here! Download the flyer for more information.


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Hotchkiss Pride
Be Proud of Who You Are and What you Do - All the time - Know It! Believe It! Live It!
Follow the Fish Philosophy
Play, Be There, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude



HK8 Expectations/Procedures

For the next few weeks I will be using the Wednesday Express to explain our expectations. I will be explaining our “Power of 3”. This week’s focus is Power #2! I will also explain our newly adopted Bulldog B.A.R.K. (Believe, Achieve, Respect, Knowledge). We have spent the past month explaining our expectations/procedures to students. I would like to share it with parents as research shows that the school/home partnership is essential for student success. My goal would be to have a “common language” of expectations at home and at school. If you have any questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me as I love having the opportunity to visit with parents!! Thanks!


“Be Proud of Who You Are and What You Do All the Time”

Know it! Believe it! Live it!

Power #2 is in alignment with our values and character development for our students. Hotchkiss Pride is something that lives deep within us and is a value we should practice everyday. Our purpose of Power #2 is to help our students understand that they are the first and last person to look him/her self in the mirror every morning and every evening. They should be able to look in that mirror and say, “I am proud of myself and what I accomplished today”. They need to be proud of themselves and the choices they are making.

I often tell my students that we are ABOVE AVERAGE at HK8 and above average children are always doing prideful things at home, school or anywhere they are. Hotchkiss Pride is everywhere and all the time.

Many times I am in the grocery store or somewhere in public when someone asks me if I am the principal at the K8 School? I beam with pride as I answer “yes”! When I answer, this person usually tells me something exceptional one of my students did. It makes me so proud to know my students are truly living the words “Hotchkiss Pride” inside and outside of school. Once I was even at the Denver Zoo when, I was approached by someone asking if I was the principal of Hotchkiss K8 School? Of course I said “yes”! This wonderful lady told me how she was in Hotchkiss visiting her granddaughter and she was in our parking lot completely lost when two middle school boys came up to her and asked if they could help her? She told me how they showed her to the office and were so polite and kind. She also said she was very impressed with how our students treated one another!

This is just one example of Hotchkiss Pride. I tell the students pride comes from inside. They need to make the right choices all the time. They should do this not for recognition but because it makes them proud of themselves.

I truly live by the words “Hotchkiss Pride” and as a school we try to instill in all our kids that being proud of him/her self is truly one of the greatest gifts they can give themselves.

Know it! Believe it! Live it!!

With Hotchkiss Pride Always, Mrs. Yantzer

Carrie Yantzer
Principal, Hotchkiss K-8


2nd Annual Zombie Run 2014
September 16, 2014, 3:58 pm


Sep 23

Stomp Out Bullying Week at HK8

September 29th – October 3rd!

This week will be dedicated to helping our HK8 students learn skills and strategies to keep our school bully free. We will conclude the week on Monday, October 6th by having ALL students wear the color blue!

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

and to signify its importance, STOMP Out Bullying™ and HK8 wants everyone to participate in the


Sep 23

Download the most recent soup labels/boxtops PDF here.

Sep 16

Everyone needs a helping hand now and then. Our weekly Helping Hands Program will begin this Friday, Sept. 19th! If you are interested in having your children receive a "helping hand" bag of food for the weekend please click for the form.

Sep 16

2nd Annual Hotchkiss Zombie Run/Walk FUNdraiser! Come and be apart of the spooky fun! Click here for registration form


Sep 14


Zombie Run/Walk is like other fun runs with a start and finish line and 3.1 miles in between. Unlike other runs, the Zombie Run/Walk has zombies waiting to eat your brains (take the flags from your belt) throughout the run. Participants can register to be a zombie or participate in the race as a runner/walk. This is a fun run and organizers encourage runners/walkers to dress up as your favorite Halloween goblin or character as well. Participants who wish to run/walk but want to save their brains from the zombies can elect not to run with a flag belt and zombies.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Zombies should arrive at the start at 1:00 p.m. in full costume. Race organizers will have makeup artists available to complete the zombie transformation

Registration forms click here

Entry FEES:

Student runner/walker $10

Adult runner/walker $15

Student zombie $10

Adult zombie $15

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