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Pushing ahead with G.R.I.T. (Growth, Resiliency, InteGRITy, and Tenacity) . . .

As a school we continue to teach our students that having a growth mindset (Carol Dweck) and G.R.I.T. they will be able to achieve all they believe. We continuously want to share what our students are learning with our parents in hopes that you will join us on this journey. Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval co-authored a wonderful book entitled "Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion and Pluck, take You From Ordinary to Extraordinary” shared 5 tips for parents that will help as we continue along our Growth Mindset and the G.R.I.T. path.

Should you let your child fail?

"We love the story of James Dyson. You see a guy who created this brilliant vacuum cleaner. It took him 15 years and he had 5,126 prototypes that ... didn't work, and we're not seeing that," said Kaplan Thaler. "All we're seeing are the end results and our kids are not seeing the sweat equity that goes into it." Our culture is so instant right now, added Koval. "When we were growing up ... there was an expectation that you kind of had to work really hard if you wanted something to happen. And while you still have to work really hard if you want something to happen in our culture, we hide a lot of that. So it does look like you can become instantly successful."

What can you do to raise a child who knows what grit is, and works on developing grit, so they can deal with life's challenges that will inevitably come their way? I have boiled down Kaplan Thaler and Koval's helpful advice with five tips:

#1 -- Make your kids make their beds - In their book, the co-authors talk about how Adm. William H. McRaven, during a commencement address at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, said the No.1 lesson he learned from his Navy SEAL training was making your bed. That's right, not the brutal training that goes into being a Navy SEAL. The top lesson was making his bed every morning. It starts you off in the beginning of the day doing something that you have to learn how to do perfectly, said Koval, and if you, by chance, have a terrible day, when you come home, at least you've done one thing right. "We tend to want to create such wonderful environments for our kids and maybe don't push (them) enough" when it comes to chores, Koval added. "It's such simple easy advice to follow ... It's really easy to make them make their beds."

#2 -- Don't pack their camping gear - When your child is going on a camping trip (or sleepover, or you name it), don't pack for them, said Kaplan Thaler. "It's OK if they forget something. So what if they forget the flashlight? They won't forget it the next time when they are walking around in the dark." It's so hard as a parent to remember that, she admits, but eventually our children are going to learn these lessons on their own, so it's better they learn it when they are young.

#3 -- Encourage your kids to solve small problems - Kids, and adults for that matter, too often see a problem, get overwhelmed by the size and scope of it and then become paralyzed and do nothing about it, said Kaplan Thaler. Instead of trying to solve problems that feel unsolvable, we should find easier problems and solve those first. "So ... do this with your kids and say, 'OK, you say that you can't do the science project but [what] can do you? What are the three sources that you could look at every day? Let's make a list.”

#4 -- Praise the effort, not the end result - This one can't be repeated enough, especially in our ultra-competitive, testing culture that places an extraordinary emphasis on grades from elementary school up through college. As schools are teaching grit and resilience, part of the grade is determined by the effort that went into the activity, said Kaplan Thaler. "And that's the thing that we should be applauding. Not like, 'Gee, this was a breeze and I got a B,' but 'Wow, I worked harder than I've ever worked and I went from a D to a C plus.' Whatever it is ... you want that approval to come from the effort."

#5 -- Everyone can learn grit - If you have more than one child, no doubt one might be naturally grittier than the other, but that doesn't need to be a constant for the rest of their lives. Grit is a trait you can develop, said Koval. "So for kids who are naturally not as gritty, I think it is finding ways for them to see that success does come from grit," she said. Letting your child occasionally fail also helps them learn grit, she said. So does helping them find the things they really love to do and are successfully doing.

When high school and college kids hear this message, it doesn't demoralize them, it empowers them, said Kaplan Thaler. They might think they are already at a disadvantage because of their grades, test scores or the schools they attend. "What we tell them is it doesn't matter. What matters is something, we call it humanity’s great equalizer ... It's all about the work ethic and what you put into a job. And I say my money's going to be on the person still standing when your boss tells you do it over, do it over, do it over. That's where the successful people are."

As a school we will continue to teach all of our students about the power of a positive growth mindset and G.R.I.T.! Thank you parents for sharing your remarkable and amazing children with us everyday!

With Hotchkiss Pride Always, Mrs. Yantzer

Carrie Yantzer
Principal, Hotchkiss K-8


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.


Nov 22

We were honored to have First Sargent Lopez and the Delta High School JROTC Program at our Veterans Day Assembly. They presented the colors as well as taught the students about the meaning of the folding of the American Flag. The assembly began with Mrs. Jenny West singing the National Anthem beautifully. First Sargent Lopez spoke to the student body about the meaning of Veterans Day. The assembly was concluded with Private Joseph Boyle, former HK8 and HHS student talking to the students about his experience serving in the United States Army. He spoke to the students about the importance of GRIT in all they do everyday. It was a pleasure to have First Sargent Lopez and Private Boyle speak to our students. It was a glorious day to recognize our Veterans. A special recognition was given to our very own veteran Mr. Chuck Miller, 5th grade teacher. Thank you to all our Veterans that give us our freedoms!

Nov 22

Congratulations to our 7th/8th graders that received this honor! At the assembly the message was about the components of G.R.I.T. It was an awesome day to recognize these terrific kids!!!

Nov 03

The November Edition of the Wednesday Express is ready for your eyes to read!!! Enjoy!

Nov 02

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers and participants that helped make our 3rd Annual Zombie Run/Walk a success! A special thanks to Kameal Clark for being the PIT CREW Chairperson for this event. Thank you to all our amazing sponsors for donating and supporting this event for our school! Thank you to everyone that came out and enjoyed the 3rd Annual Zombie Run/Walk!

Top Female:

Jeannette Carey, time of 28:07

Top Male: H

unter Thompson (4th grader at HK8 and has won it the last 3 years), time of 23:15

Zombie with the most flags: Ava Taylor

Best costume zombie (under 18) -Mitchell Finlayson

Best costume zombie (18 & over) -Julie Batt

Best costume runner (under 18) -Dani & Clayton Smith

Best costume runner (18 & over) -Lucas Wentzel

Winners by age group:

10&under Female: Loryn Thompson 34:11

10 & under Male: Hunter Thompson 23:15

11-14 Female: Makaylie Reed and Taelor Mills tied 34:25

11-14 Male: Isaiah Moreno 33:19

19-29 Female: Jeannette Carey 28:07

19-29 Male: Lucas Wentzel 35:34

30-40 Female: Anna Smith 28:55

30-40 Male: Aaron Mills 31:30

41-50 Female: Kristi Gieck 38:29

41-50 Male: Justin Smith 23:21

51-60 Female: Lynn Callicutt 39:28

51-60 Male: Wendell Koontz 60:13

61-70 Female: Cheryl Couie 64:55

61-70 Male: Robert Couie 64:55

Sep 16

Monday and Wednesday mornings at 6:30 am Mr. Hintz will be doing speed agility, strength and conditioning in the Don Tate Gym, this is open to any 7th or 8th grader. Starting this coming Monday, September 21st. If you have questions please see Mr. Hintz.

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