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Schools throughout Colorado are experiencing financial stress - budget cuts are likely to occur throughout the State. As citizens, we need to get involved. I urge parents, friends, business and community members to become informed on our State funding crisis. Education is the largest piece of the Colorado State budget 'pie' at 40%, yet due to TABOR (along with Amendment 23 and Gallagher) our schools are increasingly negatively impacted. To learn more, the following documents/slideshows help explain how we as Colorado voters put ourselves into our current situation: From 'Building a Better Colorado': - https://gallery.mailchimp.com/a954da7545e51bf273d94942f/files/MeetingGuideFinancialFuture.pdf and Colorado Association of School Boards: http://www.cosfp.org/HomeFiles/CASB/2015_Convention/CASB%20New%20BOE%20Orientation%2012-03-15.pdf (I personally am grateful for the outstanding education both my kids received with the Hayden School District. Please know that this is my personal/individual viewpoint and does not necessarily reflect that of the Hayden School District and/or School Board.)
Schools throughout Colorado are experiencing financial stress similar to Hayden Schools. As citizens, we need to get involved. I urge parents, friends, business and community members to become informed on our State funding crisis and please help our school find ways to resolve our current situation, not only in Hayden yet across our State. Education is the largest piece of the Colorado State budget 'pie' at 40%, yet due to TABOR (along with Amendment 23 and Gallagher) our schools are increasingly negatively impacted. To learn more, the following documents/slideshows help explain how we as Colorado voters put ourselves into our current situation:
From 'Building a Better Colorado': - https://gallery.mailchimp.com/a954da7545e51bf273d94942f/files/MeetingGuideFinancialFuture.pdf
and Colorado Association of School Boards: http://www.cosfp.org/HomeFiles/CASB/2015_Convention/CASB%20New%20BOE%20Orientation%2012-03-15.pdf
(I personally am grateful for the outstanding education both my kids received with the Hayden School District. Please know that this is my personal/individual viewpoint and does not necessarily reflect that of the Hayden School District and/or School Board.)
Hayden Holiday Stroll is TODAY from 2-4pm (not til 7) and we are thrilled to be celebrating the FIFTH Annual event! Not to be missed!
The September Barn Dance at the Granary has been CANCELLED - please support and attend some of the other great events happening on the 28th!
Tammie - Hayden Granary
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!
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