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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

February 2019

Hard to believe the second month of the year is already over and we are approaching the end of the third quarter. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for March 13th and 14th.  Thank you for supporting your student(s) by attending and working together with our teachers in providing them the best education possible.

It is an exciting time for the school district and the entire community with the building of a new PK-12 school building. We will be finalizing the plans the first week of March, incorporating the final feedback from staff, the Design Advisory Group, and community input from the gatherings earlier this month.  Contracts have tentatively been awarded to electrical, demolition, and surveying.  We plan to have a ground breaking ceremony either prior to spring break or immediately following.  Details are being worked on currently with more information out in the next week or so.

The calendar committee created three calendar options for next school year with the transition to the 4 day school week. A survey link was sent to all parents/guardians via PowerSchool, available on Facebook, and on our district website.  Hardcopies were also available at all school offices, the public library, and The Goose. The results of the calendar options, start time, and comments will be reviewed and submitted for Board review at the March meeting. Thank you to all who completed the survey.  Your input is valued and appreciated!

We continue to strive to communicate through as many means as possible.  Communication out is a challenge sometimes.  Our commitment is to continually post on the school website, Facebook, parent newsletters from the principals, and direct emails sent through Powerschool, as well as sending hardcopies of items home.  Please help us keep in contact with you by making sure your phone number and email address are correct on your students registration papers.  If you are unsure, please contact the school office to verify.  We strive to get information out as timely and as quickly as possible.  Additionally, we have had some problems with our phone system.  Our technology department is working with the phone company to eliminate the issues. If you get a constant busy signal please call the admin office and we can transfer you to the school needed.  The contact numbers are:

  • Hayden Valley Elementary – (970) 276-3756
  • Hayden Secondary School – (970) 276-3761
  • Hayden Administrative Office – (970) 276-3864

Best,

Christy Sinner, Superintendent

csinner@haydenschools.org

Hayden School District

Calendar Survey

It has come to our attention that many people who have completed the survey were not able to add comments.   Our apology for that component not showing consistently. We do want to have comments for all who would like to add comments for the calendar committee to review.  Please submit your comments here.  Additionally hard copies are available in the front office at both schools as well as the public library and the Goose.

If you have additional questions, please email csinner@haydenschools.org or call the district office at 970-276-3864.

Thank you!

Hayden School District Calendar Committee