Thank you to all of the parents and students for your special messages and gifts to our teachers this week. We appreciate the thoughts and kind gestures. We also want to thank our parent group, P.A.W.S. Squad for the gifts and touching video. Here is a link to the video, https://youtu.be/JMqVo_Cdxvc. The district office sent us a quote that reads, “The influence of a teacher can never be erased.” This is so true. Teachers are the teachers of all other professions. Their impact runs deep in a child's life. I can remember all of my teachers growing up. The ones I remember the most are the ones that had high expectations of me. They pushed me and challenged me to do my best. I didn’t always like it, but I know why they did it. One of my favorite teachers and coaches in middle school was Coach Don Tate. I love reading the poem about him outside of the gym. Images of him come to life as I read those words. He made a lifetime impact on my life as I played sports, my career in coaching and my life as an educator. The understanding of the fundamentals and mastering the basics has served me well in my life. I invite each of you to take some time and remember an educator who made a lasting positive impact on your life. Share those memories with your kids and invite them to talk about their favorite educator.
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Dear HK8 Parents and Guardians,
I hope everyone is staying healthy and being safe during these uncertain times. The school closure has been in effect for 3 weeks now, and I miss working with all the students and our outstanding team of teachers and staff at HK8. I wanted to update everyone what school counselor services will look like during the school closure, so I can continue to support students and their families whenever possible, to the best of my ability. I will be providing weekly optional guidance lessons, counseling activities for all the elementary students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. They will be found in the packets that go home on Mondays, and they don’t need to be returned to school. Some of the topics will include: back to bucket filling/ kindness at home, emotion/ stress management, conflict resolution, coping with change, cooperation/ working together, the love of the outdoors, and transitions. I will also be providing weekly optional activities for middle school students in 7th and 8th grade. They are called ICAP activities, which stands for Individualized Career and Academic Plan. We have a computer based program called Naviance where students have their own account to start to think about the world of work, college and career readiness. Some of the ICAP topics include, career pathways, ways to pay for college, preparing for high school, study skills and the love of the outdoors. All optional activities, lessons will begin the week of April 13, 2020. I thought it was important to let the students, their families get comfortable with the online, distance learning model before my optional lessons/ activities would begin.
During the school closure I will be working remotely from home and there are a couple ways HK8’s families can reach out to me for assistance. They can email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org, call HK8 school at (970)872-3325 during the times listed,(Mondays 8-4pm; Tuesday- Friday 10-2pm). The office staff will provide you with my google phone number that has a confidential voicemail, or setup a virtual meeting with myself via google hangouts. I will continue to facilitate skills groups, set up weekly counseling sessions with students via the phone or google hangouts, and help coordinate community resources.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
HK8 Student Support Resources, This is a slide show presentation from Mr. Trumbull with good information and ideas of things to do during this time.
Farm Runners and Food Bank of the Rockies at Hotchkiss K8, Paonia Elementary and Cedaredge Elementary from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EVERY Friday starting June 5th-August 14th
In a recent study from Harvard University, HMH’s GO Math! was the only program found to have a statistically significant positive result on student achievement.