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Hotchkiss Pride – "Be Proud of Who You Are and What You Do – All the Time!”
Know it! Believe it! Live it!

To develop productive citizens through G.R.I.T. Growth, Resiliency, InteGRITy, Tenacity academically, socially and emotionally, every student, everyday!

Sept:Hotchkiss Pride, Fish Philosophy, Bulldog B.A.R.K/3 Powers of expectations
Oct:Resiliency, Responsibility, Respect
Nov:Tenacity, Consideration, Self-discipline
Dec:Teamwork, Cooperation, Effort
Jan:Tolerance, Effort, Perseverance
Feb:Confidence, Sharing, Gratefulness
Mar:Fairness, Gratefulness, Thankfulness
Apr:Friendliness, Kindness, Compassion
May:Positive leadership - Moving On

K-8 Grades Citizenship Times

Monday9:10 a.m.2nd Grade
 1:15 p.m.4th Grade
Tuesday1:00 p.m.6th Grade
Wednesday1:15 p.m.5th Grade
Thursday9:10 a.m.3rd Grade
 1:00 p.m.7th Grade
Friday9:10 a.m.Kindergarden
 12:10 p.m.1st Grade (Mr. Flores to bring to Citz)
 1:00 p.m.8th Grade

6th - 8th Grades Citizenship

The fish philosophy is based on the Seattle Fish Market. The philosophy is about “Choosing Your Attitude”, “Play”, “Make their Day” and “Be There”. This is the challenge for our HK8 students. HK8 is about Hotchkiss Pride – Know it! Believe it! Live it!

Choose Your Attitude

Each child has the choice on how they handle every situation. It is our responsibility as the role models to help our students choose a positive attitude that is based on good decisions.


Students need to enjoy what they are learning everyday at HK8. Students need the art of play in their daily lives.

Make Their Day

Feeling good is contagious. We want to help our students make each other’s days as well as making themselves feel good.

Be There

Students need to be focused and disciplined. They are responsible to be at school everyday and to make a good decision to be there and do the best they can everyday.

We will work with all students on understanding G.R.I.T. Growth, Resiliency, InteGRITy, and Tenacity. We will focus on the GROWTH MINDSET ATTITUDE.

6th Grade - Will follow the Field of Dreams, Mark Hoog book/journal series

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive: Take responsibility for your life.
  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind: Define your mission and goals in life.
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First: Prioritize, and do the most important things first.
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win: Have an everyone-can-win attitude.
  • Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood: Listen to people sincerely.
  • Habit 6: Synergize: Work together to achieve more.
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: Renew yourself regularly.

Be Proud of Who You Are and What You Do - All the Time! WE BELIEVE, THEREFORE WE ACHIEVE!!


Jul 09

Hello Hotchkiss K-8 Families!

My name is Bryan Hollembeak and it is my pleasure to introduce myself to the community of Hotchkiss as the new K-8 principal. I bring to the position 25 years of successful teaching, coaching, and administrative work from Arizona. I earned my Bachelors degree in secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado and my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. My wife and kids are thrilled to move to Colorado. I am a BULLDOG to the core, having spent all of my K-12 education in Hotchkiss. I was blessed to grow up in this area with the wonderful people who choose to live here. The education I received in the Hotchkiss schools prepared me for life and laid the foundation for a successful college and professional career. I have great memories of friends, teachers, coaches, principals, and family in Hotchkiss. I’m excited to walk some of the same halls I attended in my grade school years!

What’s best for kids? It is building and maintaining relationships with students, staff, parents, and the community. I strongly believe in collaboration and working as a team. This includes partnering with the superintendent, administrative staff, faculty, students, parents, and the community in which I serve. I believe better decisions and communication are made through this process. I believe that schools are an extension of the community. The priorities of any school are student learning and student achievement. I believe these can be accomplished academically and socially with a variety of activities and resources, which develop the whole child. I also believe that all students can learn and achieve academic success. It is my responsibility as the school leader to help these young students become productive citizens and help them obtain the skills necessary to be successful in a 21st century society.

The success I have enjoyed in my career is because great people have surrounded me and positively influenced my life. We have an outstanding staff at Hotchkiss K-8, and we are dedicated to the success of our students. I am eager to work with this great team of people who have made it their career to help kids. I look forward to working with you and your child this coming school year.

Go Dogs,

Bryan Hollembeak

Hotchkiss K-8 Principal





Jun 06

Looking for a skill camp? 6, 7 and 8th grade girls there will be a Bulldog Volleyball Skills Camp Wednesday, August 1st thru Friday, August 3rd at the HK8 Don Tate Gymnasium from 9-noon. The cost is $30.00.

Coach Clock would like it if you would returned the permission/consent (posted below) form by mail by July 9th. Her mailing address is on the form.

Jun 06

Online returning student registration opens August 6th.

August 7, 2018, HK8 registration will be from 8-12. 12:30-3:30.

The school registration will be to pick up and pay for planners for 4th -8th graders and get your lockers (6th-8th). Other fees include supply fee (7/8), sports and band. K-3 students/parent you will only need to pay for breakfast/lunches. Otherwise, there won't be a need for you to come to registration.

Computers will be available if needed.

Parents and students-just a reminder to have a safe and enjoyable summer!


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