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Back to School Letter
August 11, 2021
Families of Hayden students,
The start of school is just around the corner and we are excited to be back in full swing! Registration took place on Tuesday, August 3rd. We want to welcome our new families! We have approximately 35 new elementary students and 20 new secondary students. We are thrilled to have them as part of our Hayden family and community! If you missed registration, please stop by or call the office as soon as possible so we can make sure your child(ren) has class placements for back-to-school night and the start of school.
Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17th. Elementary will be from 6:00-7:00 with 20-minute rotations. Times are 6:00, 6:20, and 6:40. With three rotations, you will be able to visit multiple classrooms if you have more than one elementary student. Please coordinate your schedule to make sure you are in the room at the start of the presentation. Secondary will be from 6:30-7:30. All will start in the gymnatorium for a brief 15-minute introduction. You will then rotate through your child’s schedule and attend each class for 5 minutes with a 2-minute transition between the classes.
We are pleased to announce administrative changes. Mr. McDonald will be serving as our PK-12 principal. For the past two years, he has been the elementary principal and prior to that a secondary English teacher for Hayden Schools. He has a strong knowledge base and desire to raise the rigor for what is needed for our students. We also have two teachers joining the administrative staff in a shared position. Mrs. Blomquist and Mrs. Voegtle will share the role of Dean of Students/Assistant Principal along with a focus on curriculum work. Mrs. Blomquist will focus mainly on secondary, and Mrs. Voegtle will focus on elementary. This will meet the needs of our students and staff as we continue to grow.
A letter indicating our mask policy was sent out last week and was available at registration. The Board of Education finalized and approved the recommendation of masks being recommended but not required. The only time students must wear a mask is when riding in district vehicles. This is a federal requirement that is in place until November 1st. Students riding the bus to or from school or during sporting events must wear a mask even if they are vaccinated.
As many of you know we are in a housing shortage in our region. We have lost two quality candidates who would have been an excellent addition to our teaching team due to a lack of housing. If you know anyone who has a rental available or space within a home, please reach out to us so we can share this information. Currently, we are still needing a middle school
English/language arts teacher, K-12 social worker, and secondary counselor. If you know anyone who might be qualified for these positions, please send them our way.
Last year, I hosted Parent/Community Townhall meetings once a month. I plan to continue these with options of in-person and online access. Generally, the agenda is open to any item that is brought up for discussion/clarification. The format will be similar this year, but I do plan to have a few key updates at each meeting to assure that the most current information is being distributed in a timely fashion. The meetings will be scheduled for the third Monday of the month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The link to the first meeting on Monday, September 20th. For those wishing to join remotely, the information is:
Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87909223700
Meeting ID: 879 0922 3700
We look forward to a rewarding year for our students and families. It is a pleasure to serve as the superintendent in Hayden. An amazing and special place to be.
Christy L. Sinner, Superintendent