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The mission of the Hayden School District is to promote continuous growth in student achievement by providing the support and tools to create a safe, motivating and enriching academic program which meets diverse educational needs.

September 1, 2019

The first two weeks of school have flown by and it is hard to believe we are starting the month of September.  The weather has continued to be a little hotter than usual for this time of year so most classrooms have fans to circulate the cool air that is available.

The transition into one space has been smooth overall. We have had a few hiccups but I am proud of the teamwork of all staff members coming up with solutions and working through what needs done. The elementary section looks amazing and I can’t thank the elementary PTSO for being so proactive in redesigning the space along side  our teachers to make this a wonderful year in the new space.  Camp Tiger Paw is rocking it!  The secondary staff and  students have been overwhelmly helpful and help guide our little ones throughout day. Amazing work by all!

As noted, our modulars have yet to arrive. We are continuing to work closely with the company to expidite their arrival.  The goal is still to have them in place and occupied by the end of September. During the time we are waiting, the staff is assuring learning and safety is a top priority and have made the environments warm and friendly.  We are utilizing every open space available.

The new Hayden Valley Schools is on schedule and the buildings will be connected this weekend with the pouring of about 230 yards of concrete.  The construction crew has worked diligently and progress can be seen daily.  Roofing will be completed for the entire project in late October/early November so the crews can work throughout the winter season. As questions arise, please communicate them to anyone on the Executive Team as we meet weekly to discuss items. The team consists of Jody Camelletti, Kevin Lind, Gina Zabel, Eric Friese, Nancy Seams, Judy Parrot, Steve McDonald, Rhonda Sweetser, and myself.

A couple of tidbits: As of the end of August, our enrollment is 220 at the elementary and 202 at the secondary level.  The official count does not occur until October.  The food service department will be selling items A La Carte. These items are available during the school day for our secondary students and will only be available on a cash basis.  Please remember to check in at the office when you enter the school building.  It is important for all visitors to have an ID badge.

Please stop by anytime to check out the school or ask questions.

Christy

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March 8, 2019

Hello Parents/Guardians,

Hayden School District staff would like to pass along some information regarding the internet-based “Momo Challenge”. While we are not aware of students in our district participating in this challenge, some have been discussing it and asking about it, so we feel it is beneficial for you to have the correct information at your disposal. There is varying information out there on whether the Momo Challenge is a hoax or not, but it is still important to talk to your kids about what they might be seeing online. This “Challenge” may trace back to the summer months, but is gaining some traction again as children are talking about it, likely in response to local and national news outlets reporting on the challenge.

The “Momo Challenge” encourages children to commit progressively more dangerous acts, engaging and threatening children through social media and video games, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Minecraft.  When kids hear snippets about this either from other kids talking about it or it being reported in the media, their curiosity peaks and they may be tempted to search this on the internet to learn more.

See the articles below for more information.
*Please note that the article contents do include mention of disturbing content and suicide.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/03/01/momo-challenge-isnt-viral-danger-children-online-it-sure-is-viral/?utm_term=.2425d303bff0
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/momo-challenge-resurfaces-police-issue-warning-to-parents/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andyrobertson/2019/02/27/dont-panic-what-parents-really-need-to-know-about-momo-challenge/#1b10d94c3a4b

The Momo Challenge can be a teachable moment for you to have positive conversations with your children and to monitor their online usage.  Below is an excerpt from Gregory Ramey, PhD, child psychologist who gave recommendations to parents on how to talk to their kids about possible disturbing images they may have come across as well as other things they and their friends might be exposed to.

Tips for talking to your kids:

  • Mention that you had seen a video/read a blog about kids and technology. Ask an open question such as “as you have been on the internet have you or your friends ever stumbled upon something odd, disturbing or weird.” This is the type of ongoing conversation that you have to have with your children to make them responsible digital citizens.
  • Ask them if they have any friends at school who have been talking about any weird things they have seen on the internet. By asking them about their friends it takes the pressure off of them and may allow them to be more open with you.
  • In the case specifically with the “Momo challenge” do not show the picture to your kids in case they have not seen it. If they have not seen it you can bring it up but don’t share too many details. Simply tell them that if they ever see something strange online to come and tell you about it. Then move on from the conversation. Don’t worsen the situation by talking about it at length with them.
  • With a young child, keep it very simple. Tell them, if something ever comes up that is “bad” or “not ok” while they are watching a video be sure to tell mom and dad right away.
  • Maintain the conversation without too much pressure. This is not about discipline but rather a learning opportunity and an opportunity for you to make an emotional connection with your child.
  • Thank your child for being open with you.

As noted above, there is no need to tell your children about this challenge if they do not already know about it. The most important thing you can do as a parent in these situations is to be approachable, available and accessible and we of course will continue to monitor student use of technology.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your student’s school counselor or principal and we will continue to work together to keep students safe and supported.

Thank you,

Hayden Counseling Team

Lindsay Kohler, Sarah Cantrell, Spencer Wayman

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P.O. Box 70, 495 West Jefferson Avenue
Hayden, CO  81639

March 2019

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was an exciting and special time for the students, staff, and community.  A sunny day was asked for and we got it! I can’t thank everyone who attended and contributed to this amazing day enough.  We still have a mass amount of work, time, and effort to put forward to bring this dream to a reality, but each day we are one step closer!

With construction going at a fast pace, there will be thoughts, ideas, issues, and concerns that arise and need to be addressed.  All future concerns and communication on the project, need to be directed to myself as the school district superintendent.  All communication will be documented and referenced to the needed contact within 24 working hours.  Please feel free to call 970.276.4376 or email hsdconstsruction@haydenschools.org

We have begun to receive several questions on what is happening to all the photos, trophies, etc. that are currently in the secondary building.  As we are moving forward on transitioning to one campus for the fall, and those plans being close to being final, we are beginning to have discussion about what to take with us when we move to the new school.  At this point, no decisions have been made regarding any items that will be taken over to the new school. Although we have started initial discussion, we have been focusing on pre-construction and design items to this point. As we continue to move forward with the new building, these items, and many more, will be discussed in depth.  The Executive Team which consists of both school staff and community members will make the final decision. It is important to note that several of the committee members have strong ties to the school as they attended school here and have their kids and grandkids attending.

Currently, we are projecting and budgeting for a stable enrollment.  While we do have some students on a ‘wait list’ for next school year, we do not project much fluctuation in our enrollment numbers.

Our new elementary principal, Steve McDonald, will be holding a meet and greet at the elementary school on May 2nd from. 6:00-7:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Best,

Christy Sinner, Superintendent

csinner@haydenschools.org