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Our Pledge . . .
National Stomp Out Bullying Week is recognized during the first week of October. But HK8 pledges to work on stomping out bullying daily. Our commitment is to continue to educate students on the harmful effects of bullying. The Delta County School District definition for bullying is as follows: Bullying is defined as any repeated written or verbal expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school environment. For the purpose of this policy, the school environment includes school buildings, grounds, vehicles, bus stops and all school sponsored activities and events. A student who engages in any act of bullying is subject to appropriate disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement authorities. The severity and pattern, if any, of the bullying behavior shall be taken into consideration when disciplinary decisions are made. (DCSD policy: JICDE).
All students will be taught the STOP, TALK AND WALK method. Students are encouraged to STOP listening if someone is being mean to them; TALK by saying anything but not anything mean (even if it doesn’t make sense) and then WALK away. They are also encouraged to seek out help if necessary. The STOP, TALK, WALK method helps students recognize when they are being bullied. This method is just one strategy they will be taught throughout the year. Our focus is to be friend focused (BFF) with everyone. The focus is to help our students understand the power they have within to be a positive difference maker. As a school, and a grade level they can make a positive difference by focusing on kindness, compassion and respect for each other. An all school activity will be completed on Friday, October 9th as a visual reminder about the power they have within them to keep bullying out of our school and out of his/her life. Anti bullying lessons (including cyberbullying) will be ongoing throughout the year.
Our pledge is to teach our students about compassion and tolerance. We want our students to focus on positive attributes of each other. As a school we are committed to teaching our students about the “Power of 3” Expectations and G.R.I.T. We strongly believe through these methods we can continue to teach our students to have a positive self confidence and to understand the value of treating each other with respect at all times. This commitment is constantly a work in progress. We continue to reach out to parents to help by making sure the same message is being communicated outside of school. We ask that if there are issues coming up outside of school please come visit with us. We do believe in a zero tolerance of bullying and we value the support of our families to help instill this in all our students. It definitely takes a village to raise our children. We know together we can make a difference to help our HK8 students be tolerant, kind, compassionate and helpful to one another.
Thank you parents for continuing to trust in our school and sharing your children with us. Every one of our students is special to us and we are thankful that you entrust your children with us daily. This is something we treasure and will work tirelessly to protect. Together as a school and community we can and we will “stomp out bullying.”
With Hotchkiss Pride Always,
P.S. All K-5 students will be bringing home an activity book, this is an at home activity for you all to enjoy.
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.
HHS Homecoming week is next week! HK8 will celebrate by having 6th-8th Grade Spirit Days. These days are for 6th-8th graders ONLY (sorry K5)! However, Friday, October 9th is K8 RED AND WHITE SPIRIT DAY! Friday will also be the day we will do a special activity for STOMP OUT BULLYING WEEK. More Details on that event will be coming. Also on Friday at 1:30 p.m. is the Homecoming parade!
SPIRIT DAYS FOR 6TH-8TH GRADERS
Twin Day Tuesday
Red and White Day Friday (K8)
Our Book Fair is coming October 21st and 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. More details will be coming but books make great gifts!
Ms. Hamrick’s HK8 class wrote cards, letters and sent a Christmas package to a former HHS student Lt. Col. Steve (Randy) Allyn last school year. Lt. Col Allyn visited the students last Monday and presented them with a plaque made of the material that formed a wall around their compound in Afghanistan. The students’ names are on the plaque. He told the students, “Your education is like this material, protecting you for the future. You can get no better education anywhere than here in this valley. And you can be anything you want to be.” Steve is the son of Steve and Connie Allyn of Paonia.
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.
Parents: Just a friendly reminder our lost and found is getting full again! Stop by and check to see what you are missing :). Also please put your child's name on all their items (clothing, lunchboxes, yo-yos, etc). This will help us to return items to students. Thanks!!