A Monthly Message from Dr. Christy Sinner, Superintendent of Hayden Schools
It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the first quarter! Time really has sped by and we are off to a strong start. We have two new buses out on routes daily, our enrollment has increased from last year (final numbers aren’t available yet but we estimate about 26 more students than last year’s October count), and we have a full day preschool program at our elementary.
We have implemented positive changes in this short amount of time with the focus on student academics and safety:
New Staff: You have seen many new faces at both school sites. We welcome the new staff as part of our Hayden Team. They are a talented group of educators. One staff member missing is a band teacher at the secondary level. We were unable to secure this position prior to the start of school. We are re-opening the search in November in hopes of finding a teacher for the second semester.
Walk-Through Tool: The administrative team has created a Walk-Through Tool that aligns to our curriculum work and student academic outcomes. We have all been in classrooms observing which has been rewarding to see the learning and how we can help support and coach teachers. At a minimum, we will be in every teacher’s classroom at least once a month utilizing this tool.
Safety Changes: Safety of students is a priority. We have made some changes to our bus drop off and pick up at both sites. Based on the Safe Schools Report recommendations, we have separated the drop off location from the bus zone at the elementary. Having students and parents walk between buses is a hazard – bus drivers can’t always see you in front of their buses. We ask that you use the cross walk to the right of the parking lot when walking your student into the building. The secondary buses now load and unload on 3rd Street. The parking lot now has a one-way entrance and exit with a designated cross walk to the loading zone. Additionally, there is a team of 6 from our school district who are participating in a School Emergency Training that is sponsored by the School Safety Resource Center. The team is updating our Crisis Plan as well as developing a reunification system.
School Performance Frameworks: Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released the District and School Performance Frameworks in September. The district is Accredited with 95% participation overall. The middle and high school met the Accreditation rating with a Performance Plan and the elementary is on an Improvement Plan. Based on the results, we will be updating our Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) and focus on creating strategies to increase our elementary outcomes.
BEST Grant/Bond: We continue to complete all components of the BEST grant in hopes that our ranking of first alternate will be moved up to funded. This is a unique opportunity to create a school facility that meets our student and community needs to provide a teaching and learning environment that supports 21st Century skills.
Board Retreat and Goals: It is exciting to know that we have created a strong vision for the year ahead. At the board retreat, we outlined three goals for the year. These goals were based on feedback from the Listening and Learning Talks conducted the first two months as Superintendent and the Board’s reflection on the past couple of years. The goals for this year are:
- Curriculum/Academic Focus: Continue with the PK-12 Deep Curriculum Alignment work, school academic accountability, and work towards Accreditation with Distinction
- Facilities: Secure the BEST grant opportunity and secure the Bond measure; outline alternatives as needed
- Financial Stability: provide training to all staff on state funding, financial accountability, focus on systemic approach, and create a 3-year financial plan
As we move through the year, there will be opportunities for community, parent, and staff involvement in helping obtain the outlined goals. I look forward to working with you to reach the desired outcome.
Coffee Talks: Open talk time at the Wild Goose Coffee has been scheduled through December. The day of the week for these will vary to try to accommodate many different work schedules. The time for all is 6:30-8:30 a.m. Please drop by at any time to chat.
- Thursday, October 12th
- Monday, November 13th
- Tuesday, December 12th
It has been an honor to complete the first 6 weeks as part of the Hayden School District team. The warmth and friendliness from everyone has made the transition to Hayden feel welcome. It has been a pleasure meeting many of you at events throughout the district. I look forward to serving as your Superintendent and continuing to work with you.
Christy L. Sinner, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Hayden School District
495 West Jefferson Avenue
P.O. Box 70
Hayden, CO 81639