Jessica Horne

Jessica Horne 2 years, 6 months ago on Our View: Hayden students deserve better

The proposal did not make sense which is why it was turned down, not that the parents are opposing improvements to our school and our children’s education.

I think it's pretty rash to be judging the parents of Hayden without fully understanding both sides....

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Jessica Horne 2 years, 6 months ago on Our View: Hayden students deserve better

Let’s take a step back and really look at what they were proposing here.... Right now they get a couple Friday's a month off, the school is proposing to remove the off Fridays, let the kids out 30 min early and on Weds not start school until 9:30. So here's the math....currently school is 7 hours a day (rough estimate)....so what is being proposed is going to add only 3 hours a week of school work. (30 min early each day and 1 1/2 hour later on Weds = 4 hours out of the week). The purpose and intent of the Off Friday's was so that teachers would have a couple days a month dedicated to paperwork and being available to assist students that need further assistance. The school also offers 7:00 tutoring on Tuesday and Thursdays for students that need help....the only problem with this current plan is that this is really only focused on athletes to help them become eligible to play...other students aren't necessarily invited to attend these sessions unless the parents push. And working parents...what are they supposed to do on those Weds mornings that school doesn't start until 9:30? I foresee a lot of ditching school on Weds for kids that have a hard time making it on their own.... Before you start bashing the Hayden parents and the decision made you need to fully understand the current calendar and the reasons behind it. It was a completely appropriate decision to make to turn down the calendar change. If the calendar committee would like to readdress this issue with a better proposal I'm sure the parents would be happy to review it. However it needs to make sense for everyone involved. This proposal did not…. If the concerned parties are truly interested then I would like to propose a couple changes that could be looked at now: • Instead of 1 teacher coming in at 7:00 every Tuesday and Thursday to do tutoring for all classes, why not have all teachers come in at 7:00 every day to be available for students that need extra work. • Instead of Tuesday and Thursday’s being only for athletes, make sure it’s for all students • Instead of teachers leaving right as the last bell ring, why not have tutoring sessions from 4-5:00 for students that need it.

The bottom line is that if everyone is really that concerned about the students and their education, why not look at what can be done now without all the impacts to the community. And I’m not just talking about the families; we also have the additional costs of running busses, etc to take into consideration.

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Jessica Horne 2 years, 12 months ago on Drug-sniffing dog comes up empty at Hayden schools

I went to school in Hayden in the 90's and we had dogs come in and do passes then too. This isn't anything new. As far as the cars being searched, this happened then too. In fact, when we started a new year we were reminded by the administration that anything that was brought onto school property was fair game to be searched...including cars in the parking lot. Maybe we should be less concerned about the rights of MS/HS students and more concerned about their safety, that is what this search was about after all. And if you read the above paper it says they didn't find any illegal substenances...could be the same be said if this was performed in Steamboat, I highly doubt it. I'm not saying the kids in Hayden are perfect or all good kids that don't do drugs...but at least the parents should be able to feel better about sending their kids to school knowing other kids aren't as likely to be bringing drugs in....

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Jessica Horne 3 years, 1 month ago on Monday Medical: Vaccines help protect the community

Dr Fitzgerald and the other physcians of Steamboat Pediatric have been caring for my son for the past 2 years and my nephews for even longer. I fully respect them as physicians and know that they always provide the best care for my son because they care, that's why they became pediatricians. The above comment states that the Drs are only trusting the publications they are reading but arent you doing the same. The biggest difference though is the Drs also get to see first hand the pros and cons of vaccinations in there everyday job. At the end of the day though, it's us as parents responsibilities to do what we feel is best for our kids. I will however continue looking to Steamboat Pediatrics for guidance on my decisions.

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Jessica Horne 6 years, 8 months ago on Police, public air issues

Everyone in Hayden gives the police way too much gruff. If the events with the 2 boys happened anywhere other than Hayden they would have gotton the book thrown at them. It appears to me that they got off pretty light. The cops were always fair when I lived there but it's true the town is growing. And it's time that the "Old Timers" realize the town shouldn't be run as a buddy system anymore.

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