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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.

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Superintendent Sinner 

January Letter 

December 30, 2020

As we close out 2020, we have many things to be thankful for. While the year took a turn that no one expected, we learned how to cope with what we were handed, the importance of being together, and the strength we have together. And, we moved into our new building which is amazing! I am grateful for all the efforts put forth by the staff, students, and community to continue to seek the best for us.

Looking ahead to the start of 2021, we are striving to continue in-person learning every day for all grade levels. We understand the importance of being together for the social and emotional health of all our students and staff.  While we have maintained in-person learning, a majority of the state has not.  Governor Polis has released a report from his Back-to-School Working Group (live link) to provide districts with a roadmap to getting back to safe in-person learning for the winter/spring semester. The state’s goal is to get back to safe, consistent in-person learning for the second half of the 2020-21 school year which we already have in place. We have also updated our Reconvening Plan and Remote Learning plan in case of an outbreak.  For us, in-person extends beyond academics and the classroom into extracurricular activities which are a vital part of our students lives. We will continue with open gyms under public health guidelines set forth by Routt County for Season B. Currently, official practice will start on January 18th with competition starting on January 25th.  Schedules are being created and will be shared as soon as they are available.

The January Parent/Community Townhall is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5th @ 6:00. The Zoom information is:

Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82361025472

Meeting ID: 823 6102 5472

Passcode: 2s9Aj3

The February meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 1st @ 6:00.  Details of this meeting will be shared in next month’s letter.

 As we move into the close of the first semester (January 14th) and second semester starting on January 18th, it is a good time to revisit the mission and vision statement for the district as well as our district goals.

Mission: Hayden School District promotes excellence in student achievement by providing opportunities and support in creating a safe, inspiring, and enriching environment which meets the diverse educational needs of every student.

Vision: Hayden School District fosters analytical and creative thinkers who excel, innovate, and persevere in a global society; students and staff who challenge the status quo to promote excellent and integrity in their world.

Goals: By 2025, the Hayden School District will achieve Accredited with distinction as defined by the Colorado Department of Education. Each year we will have a 90% teacher retention rate minus natural attrition or professional growth/development.

To align our mission, vision, and goals, we are continuing to work on our curriculum roadmaps on our Friday workdays and have specific professional development training.  Our PD to date has included online and tech training from our staff members, Art and Science of Teaching as part of our Highly Reliable Schools (HRS) work with Marzano, NWEA assessment training to monitor student growth, Instructional Rounds training, and a full day of Safety Training.  The second semester, we will have vocabulary and assessment training as part of our HRS components. We continue to focus on working towards and receiving our Level 1 certification that we hope to have completed in the middle of February. The HRS work has five levels that each school level (elementary and secondary) must document meeting requirements prior to receiving certification. Each level has several components and continues to build on the previous level. Additional information can be found at https://www.marzanoresources.com/hrs/high-reliability-schools/      The five levels are:

Level 1: Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture

Level 2: Effective Teaching in Every Classroom

Level 3: Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

Level 4: Standards-Referenced Reporting

Level 5: Competency-Based Education

We have had inquiries about naming/dedication of the sports field. To start the process, we will be holding the first meeting on Wednesday, January 20th @6:00.  Those who would like to be part of creating the process that will be followed are welcome to join. It will be a working committee that will research, create, and then vet the process desired to name/dedicate any future area for the Hayden School District. The log in information is:

Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87868741118

Meeting ID: 878 6874 1118

Passcode: 5qWS7

We have amazing students and staff in our district. Each month, students are nominated by staff and are honored at the Board of Education meeting. The Students of the Month for December were Hunter Slowik and Harold Kent. A staff member is also selected for each level and from the district. This month’s honorees are Anna Davis and Matt Linsacum,

Stay healthy and thank you for all you do for our students and community.

Respectfully,

Christy L. Sinner, Superintendent

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