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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome back to Hotchkiss K8 for another wonderful school year. As the new Principal of HK8 I am excited to begin working with you and your child(ren). This is my 28th year in public education and my 19th year as a school administrator. I have worked as a teacher; assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator for students in grades PK through 12. I have also mentored and supervised graduate students in college education programs. I have been in Hotchkiss since the end of June and I have truly enjoyed getting to know people from around our community and I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

This year we will be focusing on building relationships with students and families. Our entire staff is being trained in a program called “Capturing Kids Hearts” a social-emotional program that provides teachers training on how to connect with students in their classes. I believe students don’t care what we teach until they know we care about them. We will focus on developing positive relationships with every one of our students throughout the school year.

We will focus on student engagement and ensuring that every student is actively learning and demonstrating what they’ve learned in every class throughout the school day. We are making changes in how we provide support and enrichment to our students so that we can meet each student’s academic needs and help them to grow and achieve both academically and social emotionally. As always we have a lot on our plates, but we’re ready for the challenge and excited to begin our work. This is going to be a wonderful school year.

We have a few new teachers this year that I’d like to mention. In kindergarten we will have two half-time teachers Mrs. Linda Hodges and Ms. Sheryl Farmer, in second grade Mrs. Jean LaTourette, in 3rd grade we hired Mr. Keith Wharton, in 5th grade we have Mrs. Tricia Tittle, our new elementary music/drama teacher will be Mrs. Merrily Talbott, Mrs. Annalise Lord will teach art for us this year, Miss Jessi Mautz will be teaching 7/8 technology, Mr. Jeff Higgins is our school counselor and Mrs. Jeannie Hinyard will be our elementary reading interventionist. We also have a couple of new aides and custodians that you will get to meet as time goes on and the need arises.


Dr. John J. Marchino Jr.

Principal, Hotchkiss K8 School



Technology information
September 18, 2015, 4:52 pm

News from our Technology Department:

Parents: This is an app available to iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod) via iTunes. Kids are using the app "After School" nation wide and the reviews are not very positive. It seems this app is being used as a platform for anonymous bullying, sharing of sexual content, nudity, alcohol - tobacco- and drug use, and other inappropriate and explicit content among students. Also there are a few other inappropriate apps! Decoy apps may look like a common calculator, camera, a music app, a photo editing app or even a game apps.

If you are regularly monitoring your child’s devices—which includes tablets phones and laptops—then you will notice new apps and icons quickly. But, if it’s been a while since you took a look at your child’s phone, you’ve got some catching up to do since some of the “apps” may not be what their artwork icon appears to be.

For instance, the Secret Calculator decoy app allows users to hide secret photos, videos, documents and PDF files behind a working calculator. What an outsider sees is an ordinary calculator, but when a user enters his or her password, they can access secret files.Please be aware of the app, check into it, keep your kids safe and teach them about the dangers of social media and using it responsibly.


Sep 27

Good morning Hotchkiss Bulldogs!

6th Graders - Camp Cedaredge is coming. Wednesday, October 5th and returning Friday, October 7th. Your payment of $80.00 is due to the office by Friday, September 30th.

Book Fair is this week, today through Thursday, September 26-27th! Hours are 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. September 28-29th from 10:00 am - 4:00. Parent Teacher Conferences HK8 4:00 - 8:00. You can still call and schedule an appointment if you would like to talk with your child/children's teacher.

Please check the tables in front of the office for Lost and Found items. There's a lot of jackets and water bottles.

Tuesday, September 27th, 7th/8th Grade Volleyball VS Olathe. 7th Grade @ HK8. 8th Grade will be @ Olathe Middle School. Games are 4:00/5:00 pm. Bus departs at 2:00 pm.

5th Grade field trip to West Elk mine tomorrow, September 28th. Bus departs at 9:30.

September 29, 2016. 7th/8th Grade Football VS Delta at Delta. Games are 4:00/5:00. 7th/8th Grade Volleyball VS Delta Middle School. 4:00/5:00.

Sep 26

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Sep 26

Parents, are you interested in sharing your talents and interests with our Hotchkiss K-8 students? Volunteers are needed to teach Bulldog Learning Centers in November-December. Bulldog Learning Centers are after school programs taught by volunteers during a four week period running from November 14 to December 15 (no centers the week of Thanksgiving break). Centers are held at Hotchkiss K-8 one or two days a week (instructor’s choice) Monday through Thursday and run from 3:30-5:00. The instructor can choose the topic, age range of participants, day(s) of center and max number of students. Past center topics have included knitting, holiday crafts, basketball skills and board games. If you are interested in teaching a center please click on the above link to print your instructor form or stop by the office and pick up a Bulldog Learning Center Instructor form. Complete it and return it to the office by Tuesday, October 18. If you have any questions please contact Sundee Hintz at 970-712-7129 or sundeeandgirls@tds.net.


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