HK8 DISTANCE LEARNING
One of the biggest challenges we have as educators during the school shutdown is how can we continue to provide opportunities for our students to receive a quality education. This has kept our staff up at night thinking about what this will look like, how will it be delivered and will it be effective? Learning is not stopping, however it will look different than what everyone is accustomed to.
What will it look like?
There are two modes of learning that will take place, online or packets. The majority of the 6th-8th graders will be using Google Classroom where assignments will be uploaded online and turned back in to the teacher online using Google Classroom. The other part of our Distance Learning is providing learning packets for students to complete and return. Grades K-5 will be using the packets as will some of the 6-8 students who have been notified ahead of time.
The online activities and the content in the packets should be completed by the student. The online activities and work in the packet will be graded by the teachers and the student's work will go toward their final 4th quarter grade. The packet should be treated like regular work from their teacher. We expect students to do their best and turn in their work.
How will internet content be delivered?
The online learning will be delivered using Google Classroom as well as other online resources assigned by their teacher. All of the 6th-8th graders have Google accounts and have access to the teacher’s Google classroom. Assignments for 6th-8th graders will be located in Google classroom. Students also need to check their school emails for communication from their teachers. Students will need their Chromebook or some other device like a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet to connect to the internet. Students will upload their completed assignments back to their teacher. If you need internet service please contact TDS or Elevate and see what education specials they have for installation.
You are also free to supplement your child’s lessons with other online materials. On our school website, there is a link named Delta County Online Learning that is organized in different grade levels. There are some excellent resources to use at home. However, this does not replace activities that are to be graded by the teacher.
How will packets be distributed?
Packets will be available to be picked up at the Hotchkiss K8 School on Mondays, beginning March 30 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Packets will be returned the following Monday and a new packet will be available to pick up for the next week. Much like the Grab and Go lunches, the packet pick up will be very similar. ALL packets can be picked up in the South paved parking lot by the Main Gym. One of our staff members will go out to your car and get your child’s name and go retrieve the packet. They will be wearing gloves. There will be no need to leave your vehicle. Please enter on the Eastside and exit on the Westside. We want to provide the opportunity for learning as well as keeping everybody as safe as possible.
Will it be effective?
Our goal as a school and as a district is to make this the best situation possible for the continued learning of our students. This is brand new to all of us. I can assure you that all of us at the school want this to succeed for our students. We will look at the following measures to rate how effective we are:
There will be a learning curve with this whole process. In many ways, teachers and students are beginning a new year with different procedures and expectations. Both parents and the school need to be patient and work together to make this successful. Communication will be key.
I want to thank you for allowing our talented staff to work with your child(ren) and be part of their lives through education. I thank you for your continued support through these challenging times. If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me.
Hotchkiss K8 Principal
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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.
Keith Trumbull HK8 School Counselor
A new parent letter and video announcements from Superintendent Caryn Gibson, Jennifer Craig MD, as well as others. Please watch these at our COVID-19 information page
Effective immediately Delta County School District under direction from Governor Polis, is suspending normal in-person instruction until April 17, 2020 as a way to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 virus and to promote the safety of our community.
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