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Happy to say that Wild Goose Coffee, here in Hayden, is already doing "Community Supported Coffee" and thanks to our community support, we're soon adding baked goods and crepes with locally milled flours! Check it out at www.wildgoosegranary.com - help us go beyond imagination and have this vision become reality.
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Scott - agreed that 'other justifications don't pass the grade outside of Hayden'. Many looking to relocate to our region aren't going to take the time to look at what's going on beyond the standardized scores or that we've had some of the higher ACT scores in the state, etc...
There's several of us parents that have attended school board meetings for 'the rest of the story' on why are scores are terrible. A big part of this, (and also with 2 kids currently in Hayden High School), is the kids really don't care about the State standardized tests and a good part of the parents don't care either - State tests don't affect their personal grades nor their college acceptance. The same kid that scores at 80% or more on their class test will often put little to no effort into the standardized test - why bother? When tests are taken that affect a kid personally, it's relevant and important (and also sometimes incentivized by parents/allowances, etc.)
At a recent board meeting, staff was planning to do visits to a couple of the highest achieving schools in State to see what they're doing right - turns out several (evidently including Steamboat) are incentivizing students for good scores on the standardized tests. We need to know how to incentivize to get both kids and parents understanding the importance of the tests... a recent conversation is maybe we make our school calendar considerably longer until we are a school of excellence! Seems it is indeed time to really consider our classroom hours.
Reality is it should be important to all - regardless of if we have kids in school or not - as it ripples out to affect our property values; business development and more. Apathy is not just in the classroom - if more folks turned off their TV, volunteered for school board, planning commission, town boards, etc. we'd be a far better country. That goes for internet too... actual presence and participation at all of our civic meetings is desperately needed and welcomed. We'd really welcome your attendance at any of our Hayden meetings.
Once more communication and understanding of why these scores have relevancy, perhaps we can get more folks engaged - both kids and parents - on success with it as I agree - 20% is miserable!
Scott - insightful points. Our schools are working on this (and have been), but the ship takes time to turn around. And Medora has been at the school board meetings along with several other of us parents and community members to better understand the challenges. As I've understood it, our very small class sizes impact our test schools dramatically. One or two struggling students can really affect the scores. That said, it would be interesting to use those same small class size statistics to report out some of other statistics not on these report cards - for instance the percentage of seniors taking A.P./college level courses; percentage of students graduating with associates degrees and percentage of students graduating with professional trade certifications would likely knock the socks off of other schools. We have some impressive stories as well - (e.g. students graduating from CMC the week prior to HHS graduation and then entering into Junior year at Cornell - that sure saves some college funds!). Sure wish we'd hear more of these success stories.
That said, it really is time for our district to seriously consider our school calendar. Selfishly I love our summer and the long break, but reality has it once our kids are in A.P. courses it is a cram session to complete the coursework in time and the students who struggle in standard courses need the additional classroom time. We have some exceptional teachers integrating 'flip system' learning with videos/etc of lectures for learning outside the classroom, yet to really improve the scores it's likely time to step up to what we can do to ensure all kids are exceeding standards.
Registrations for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the Elkhead rock schoolhouse with descendents of the Woodruff; Carpenter and Perry families are still being taken at http://welovehayden.com/heritage/! All proceeds benefit the Hayden Heritage Center.
...a great example of an event this summer around creative arts is the 'Hayden Heritage Weekend', July 6-7 in Hayden with author Dorothy Wickenden of 'Nothing Daunted' fame. Art exhibitions; bird-watching; heritage tours to the Elkhead schoolhouse (featured in book) and a BBQ barndance at the Granary are all in the works. Two recent articles that also share this approach - NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/garden/how-four-women-revived-a-derelict-mississippi-town.html?_r=4&pagewanted=1&ref=garden and CS Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Arts/2012/0301/Cities-are-banking-on-the-arts
Love the ideas - keep em rolling!
How about a hotel? Take the same footprint that 'the other' option had proposed & instead have something where folks 'come and stay' and which generates additional income WITHIN the town for retail, restaurants, and events. From heritage tourism to Fairground events to accommodating the power plant; mine and emerging extractive industry lodging needs - Hayden could certainly use one. That is, by the way, a zoned use.
Sounds like you have a lot of time to invest in how to turn a community's downtown viability around Scott - would welcome viable solutions that would enable 10 businesses (which could initiate 10-50 jobs) to emerge & succeed in our downtown area - ideally those that the money stays within the community not to a corporate hq elsewhere. 'Nothing Daunted' is a great read on Hayden in 1916 when it was a far more thriving community than we have now. If you'd like to get involved beyond posting comments would always love you to come attend & share your wisdom at some of our Chamber, EDC or Town meetings - or - even better, just stop by for a cup of coffee.
Good discussion last night... Granby is taking a combined approach of Sirolli Enterprise Facilitation - good explanation at http://youtu.be/4v_GsU3kouw and more in-depth at http://www.sirolli.com/. Article on Granby's approach at
http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20111116/NEWS/111119973 Basically - how do we as a community and region become pro-active on revitalizing our town? Retaining existing businesses and enabling new business is a good start.
As I understand it, the kids first talked with the Haven and were steered to go to Doak instead. All materials were donated, made by the kids and the student council funds (they raised) paid for their trip in... This was an AMAZING gesture of giving from our Hayden kids as well as a great lesson in community service. Go Hayden, we love our schools here!!!
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