Hexter 2 Newsletter from The Principal
Nov 1, 2019
close of Hexter Two indicates we are a third of the way through the
school year already. In that time, we have already accomplished so
much! Most notably, but often underappreciated, is the accomplishment
that students and staff have settled into a routine and have
transitioned through the various changes that this year has brought us: a
remodeled middle school (we are loving The Grove!), new staff and new
roles (including me – a new principal!), over 80 new student faces (7th – 12th!),
new HS daily schedule, and multiple new processes/systems that staff
have learned to navigate. Nothing is more constant than change itself!
accomplishments thus far include, the visit from an External Review
Team (made up of D-20 educators and a community member) who researched
our application/interview process and made recommendations. Thank you
to those families and students who provided testimonials to better
inform that team!
staff have set their professional goals for the year and created
assessments to measure student learning. This annual process provides
us purpose and direction and a measurement of accomplishment. Many of
our teachers' goals and assessments will be enhanced by the work of two
of our staff members who were awarded a district grant for their action
research into why students avoid writing. We look forward to learning
from Christina Doerr and Randy Thomas as they dive into this complex
accomplishments include the success of our HS Community Service
Wednesday serving our greater COS community and our Family Community
Service Saturday serving our own Aspen Valley community. Ryan Bailey
and Randy Thomas put in a lot of work partnering with various
individuals and multiple non-profit organizations to benefit us all! To
name a few: Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Western Mining Museum,
Ronald McDonald House, Care and Share, and the Florissant Wolf
Sanctuary. We ended a great week of service with a celebration of
spirit, our Homecoming dance and haunted house! Ask your student to
explain what VSCO day is…I'm still confused!
one of the most meaningful events every semester is our Parent Teacher
Conferences. Thank you for making these meetings a priority as we aim
to strengthen our partnerships to best support student learning. We'll
see you again in springtime.
Looking into the near future:
currently serving, or if you are a veteran, let us thank you for your
service at our Veterans Assembly (Nov 11 @ 9am, high school flagpole)
- Join us for our annual community wide Thanksgiving Feast (Nov 22nd @ each level lunch time)
is offering Love and Logic Way, a parenting class led by our own MS
facilitator, Randy Thomas. With enough interest, these will be offered
monthly and can benefit all levels of parenting, MS – HS. Please let us
know your interest by emailing, Leslie.Smith-Darling@asd20.org
- Session One: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk, and Begging
- Session Two: Teaching Responsibility Without Losing Their Love
- Session Three: Setting Limits Without Waging War
- Session Four: Avoiding Power Struggles
- Session Five: Guiding Kids to Own and Solve Their Problems
- Session Six: Teaching Kids to Complete Chores without Reminders and Without Pay
forget about Coffee with the Principal (9:15am first Wednesday of every
month in HS Library) and AV Advisory Committee (6pm second Tuesday of
every month in HS library)
only have 2% of HS parents who have completed the Academy D-20 Climate
and Culture Survey and 38% of MS parents. Thank you for taking time to
do this. The data is very helpful for our programming. The links and
message is below. Survey ends Nov 15th
D-20 offers multiple parent academies and this year I recommend you
check out the Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Nov 16th. Please read below.
below are updates from our MS facilitator, Randy Thomas, and our HS
counselor, Courtney Morrison. Follow us on Facebook (HS and MS pages)
and Instagram (aspenvalleycampus)
Dear Academy District 20 Parent/Guardian,
We invite you to respond to the annual survey on Character Education and Climate from your perspective as a parent/guardian in District 20.
purpose of this survey is to collect information that will lead to
improving your experience as an educator, as well as maximizing the
impact of the educational opportunities afforded to all students in
Academy School District 20. For that reason, your honest feedback is
unquestionably valuable to this process.
year's survey is being administered by a third party, the Hanover
Research team, and they will be analyzing data and providing that to the
Academy District 20 leadership team for careful review. This year, as
in the past, parents and students will also be invited to take a similar
survey will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete. Please read
the instructions on the survey when you access this link, and thank
you, in advance, for sharing your thoughts so that we can serve our
Youth Mental Health First Aid:
to the Center for Disease Control, more than 16.9 million children have
a mental disability including ADHD, depression and anxiety.
are offering a FREE full-day training for parents and community
members, taught by certified Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
instructors about how you can help adolescents experiencing these
struggles. This adult-only course is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16,
2019, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This YMHFA course covers the following:
- common mental health challenges for youth, including anxiety, depression and substance abuse,
- typical adolescent development, and
- a 5-step action plan for helping young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Event specifics are below, and we hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Academy District 20 Education and Administration Center (EAC), 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Registration: Please register by Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
Lunch/Snacks: Pizza and sodas provided, as well as snacks and water. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Questions: Contact Martha Hinson, Academy District 20 Health and Wellness Specialist, at email@example.com.
HS Counseling Corner – Courtney Morrison
hope you all had a fun and warm Halloween, and you are excited as we
enter a new and final hexter of first semester. This year is off to a
great start with many of our students having big successes already. I
want to update you on a few deadlines, and as always you can feel free
to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Have a great 3rd hexter and holiday season everyone!!
to weather our FAFSA night had to be rescheduled. We are currently in
the process for rescheduling, but know that the window opened on October
1st so you are free to apply on your own if you would like. We will
send out a 20 alert with the new date which we hope will be sometime in
- The deadline to register for second semester college classes is November 15th.
Seniors this is the last time you can register for a college class if
you still need one to graduate. Please come by my office if you have
questions about this graduation requirement or how to register for your
remember that the senior meetings will be on the first Wednesday of
every month from 12:15-12:45. Please come to these meetings as we will
be discussing important information relevant to graduation and senior
- A representative from Western State will be here on Wednesday November 13th at 9:00am if you are interested in visiting with them please let Mrs. Morrison know.
- Here is a link to all of the scholarships provided district wide https://www.asd20.org/D20Scholarships/Pages/default.aspx
Middle School Updates – Randy Thomas
hexter is a time when students settle into the daily rhythm and begin
to practice the habits being taught and modeled by all the school staff.
Students are developing increased organizational practices by
consistently using their planners to record grades, list their
uncompleted class work, projects and upcoming quizzes and tests.
Families are beginning to schedule the Family Forethought meetings on
Thursday evenings to help remain informed of how their child is doing in
school and to reinforce the student's Self-Directed Learning (SRL)
skills. These are long-term plans that require consistent weekly
practice by the parents and students but which directly contributes to
students developing more proactive ways of thinking about what they need
to do in order to achieve success.
had two great community events that included students, parents and
staff. We opened The Grove with a wonderful dinner and we had our 4th
annual fall community service day which resulted in a new puma mascot
painting in our hall, a cleaned up campus, the beginning of a ¼ mile
walking path, the beginning of a landscaping project for the sanctuary
outside of the grove and the construction of a gaga ball pit. This, as
always, was a super fun day where we all worked together, shared a meal
and built new or stronger home/school collaboration.
We will have another Saturday workday on the sanctuary landscaping; tentatively scheduled for November 16th or 23rd.
This will consist of hauling dirt, rock and mulch to build planting
beds, walkways, and ground covering. We can complete this first phase in
one more day of work. I love getting to work with students on these
days, as it builds relationships based on increased understanding of