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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.

Hayden School District RE-1

 P.O. Box 70, 495 West Jefferson Avenue

Hayden, CO  81639

 

April 2019

Hard to believe we only have one month left of school before summer kicks in officially.

With the school year ending, we have several changes taking place immediately following the last day of school.   Our entire elementary student body will be moving over to the secondary site to start the 2019-2020 school year. The east wing of the current secondary site will once again house our elementary students just as it did years ago. We will have one modular on the east side that will house our 5th and 4/5 combo class.  All other elementary students will be housed inside the building.  There will be two additional modular buildings to the south of the secondary building that will house our middle school students. On August 6th, we will hold an open house with tours of the building throughout the day so everyone will get a feel for how our building will be set up.

For the new Pk-12 school construction that is taking place on Breeze Basin, it is exciting to see the daily progress being made. At this point, we are mainly on track as scheduled. There have been a few weather delays but those are being made up quickly. It won’t be long before you see the building start to go up!

We have continued to focus on budget so the Board of Education can have a solid draft to review in May. The budgeting process is always a challenge as needs are increasing but funding is flat or decreasing in many areas.  Our per pupil allocations should see a slight increase but we have a decrease in federal grant dollars that support many of our intervention programs at the elementary level. All leaders have been actively involved in the creation of the budget. Finance is currently working on the compensation schedule pay rates and creating a transparent format that will be made available publicly. The Board will approve the final budget at the June Board Meeting.  All are welcome to review the budget prior to its approval by contacting the district office.

There are numerous end of the year celebrations taking place.  Please see the district calendar on our website to see what is happening at haydenschools.org.  You don’t want to miss these special events!

Best,

 

 

Christy Sinner, Superintendent

csinner@haydenschools.org

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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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Hayden School District RE-1
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

Please join us!

You are invited  to HS Awards Night

When:  Tuesday, May 14th 6:00pm

Where:  HS auditorium

Why:  To recognize HS students for their academic achievements and school year accomplishments

We would LOVE for you and your student to be there!