• a. Safety, Order, Rights
  • b. Hands Off Policy
  • c. Responsibility to Report
Hotchkiss Pride
Be Proud of Who You Are and What you Do - All the time - Know It! Believe It! Live It!
Follow the Fish Philosophy
Play, Be There, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude



Principal’s Message

Our staff has been working on forming a new mission and vision for our school. The Mission of our school is: “Opening doors for endless possibilities.” At Hotchkiss K-8 we want to open doors for students so that they can have endless possibilities to pursue positive endeavors in their life. Our Vision statement is constructed to support our mission. Our Vision Statement plays off the word DOGS.

At Hotchkiss K-8 we believe in D.O.G.S.-

Diverse - Learning to appreciate uniqueness while seeking to understand differences. Showing kindness to all, being open to others' perspectives and teaching thinking skills which lead to new possibilities.

Opportunity - Providing whole-child education through rigorous academics, life skills, fine arts, S.T.E.M., health and wellness, clubs, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and other unique opportunities that empower all students.

G.R.I.T. - Growing to be life-long learners, Resiliency to be strong in the face of adversity, Integrity to be the best version of ourselves, and Tenacity to find enjoyment in a strong work ethic. Getting back up and trying again after making mistakes is learning: giving up is failing.

Safe - Providing an environment where students feel physically, academically, socially and emotionally safe.

"Are you walkin' the D.O.G.S.?"

As a staff we have made collective commitments to support the mission and vision of our school to help our students have the best possible education.


Q2/S1 Honor Roll 2018
January 18, 2018, 11:04 am

Q2/S1 Honor Roll 2018


Excited to join the HK8 family

Dear Parents & Students,

My name is Jon Siegel, I am a professional counselor new to the Hotchkiss K-8 family and community. Approaching this new 2018-19 academic school year, I am excited to be here to support the various, social, emotional & academic needs of all our HK8 students.

Moving ahead this school year, there are multiple areas of focus for both our elementary and secondary aged students. One of the primary areas of focus this school year is assuring all students have the social-emotional tools to foster a healthy productive learning environment. Some classroom based curriculum may include self-care, wellness, conflict resolution, stress management, grief/loss supports, and responsibility-accountability.

For our middle-secondary (6th-8th grade) students, there will be an ongoing focus on career and college explorations, which include Individual Career & Academic Planning (ICAP) indicators. ICAP’s are developed via a web-based platform utilized by students to further explore academic and/or career endeavors. In addition, many students will have the opportunity to attend local career fairs, which highlight various vocational pursuits.

I look forward to serving and supporting the Hotchkiss K-8 students by fostering individual student empowerment, and self-worth via ongoing counseling supports & psycho-educational tools.


Jon D. Siegel, M.A.

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be”


Take the survey 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Please take a moment to complete this brief student survey.


Dec 07

Good morning!

Happy birthday to Samantha Fraley in 3rd grade, Charles Miller in 6th grade!

Weekend birthday wishes to Gage Bristow, Natalie Chapin in 7th grade and to Charles Miller in 2nd grade. Their birthday is December 8, 2018. December 9, 2018 is Kyler Clark's birthday!

December 7, 2018. Breakfast - Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Oatmeal, Whole Wheat Toast, Fruit, Apple Juice, Milk. Lunch - Hamburger, French Fries, Carrots, Fruit, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie, Milk.

December 10, 2018. Breakfast - Breakfast On A Stick, Cereal, Whole Wheat Toast, Fruit, Orange Juice, Milk. Lunch - Black Bean Chili, Corn, Carrots, Fruit, Cornbread, Milk.

Boys' Basketball pictures will be Monday, December 10, 2018 right after school.

Parents and guardians - we have a lot of lost and found items. The items are hanging on the lockers in the other half of the middle school hallway. If items aren't claimed in 2 weeks the items will be sent to the Salvation Army or the Methodist Church basement.

Girls basketball shirts are here in the office. Please stop by and pick it up and or pay for your shirt.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 the 7th/8th Delta County Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Paonia Jr. High. Bus at 8:15 a.m.

8th graders, time is running out! Don't miss the best trip ever! Sign up today to go to Washington D.C.

Dec 04

7/8th grade girls basketball practice starts Monday, December 10, 2018. Morning practice will be at 6 a.m. Please see the practice schedule below. There are schedules for you in the office and your socks are in too. Coach Clock has them in her room! If you ordered a basketball shirt you can stop by and pick it they are also in the office!


Please visit our calendar page for a list of upcoming events and activities.

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.

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