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Join in the fun and visit the wild wild west-- this month!

Hulstrom Options School is joining 25 Westlake Middle School students to head to Bent's Fort! 
Pull on those cowboy boots, hop the charter bus, and hit the trail with History Colorado to learn about the Santa Fe Trail, Amache, and Koshare Indian Museum. Hulstrom has 20 slots only so this will be first come first served. Payment can be made to Hulstrom, and dropped off in the library ASAP or by Monday, April 7th.

When: April 19th - 7:30 am -7:00pm 
Cost: $55.00 (Transportation by Charter Bus)
Snacks, water, admission fees, transportation, and a pass to History Colorado included. 

Bring a sack lunch and $ for a fast food dinner on the way back, a hat and sunscreen. Make it a family event-- parents are welcome to come. 

Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. Israelsen, Mr. Webber ( from Westlake ), and National Park Service Staff will be hosting the day.  Click on the Fort for more information.

"Science is organized knowledge." Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
You're invited to participate in the 2014 Hulstrom K-8 Science Fair on Wednesday, April 16thTake a problem, make a hypothesis, test your theory & record your observations, and finally - make a conclusion.  You could be the next Thomas Edison, Marie Curie or Isaac Newton
Click on the beaker to get your fair guide and project application today:  EXTENDED Applications are due by Monday, March 17th.
 at this year's shirt design .  Up for a challenge?  Periodic Table contest!!  Click on the 


Take the stress out of school birthday celebrations and let your Hulstrom K8 Cafeteria do the work! Special Rice Crispy Birthday Treats are now available for delivery to your child’s classroom for only $0.50 each! 

Your child’s special day will be celebrated with a delivery of a Happy Birthday Rice Crispy Treat platter, plus a happy birthday pencil and hat for the birthday boy or girl.  Please order at least 1 week in advance.  Click on the treats above for order form.


2014 DATES FOR PARCC Testing
5th grade Math & 8th grade Language Arts-
March 31-April 9

2014 DATES FOR TCAP
3rd Grade Reading - February 25th and 26th
3rd Grade Writing & Math - March 3rd-14th
4th through 8th grades Reading, Writing & Math - March 3rd-14th

2014 COLORADO SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
5th & 8th Grades Science - April 14-30
4th & 7th Grades Social Studies - April 14-30

It is imperative that students are present during these assessments! 
Please DO NOT schedule any trips or activities during these dates.



Dear Parents,
Just a quick reminder about visiting school.  Please be sure to follow our policy so disruptions are kept to a minimum.

VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS

State Statue 18-9-109 REQUIRES ALL VISITORS and VOLUNTEERS to check in at the main office. Please address all concerns at the office window. You will receive a “VISITOR” OR “VOLUNTEER” sticker badge to wear while you are in the school.

PLEASE DO NOT GO TO CLASSROOMS WITHOUT CHECKING IN AT THE FRONT WINDOW. If you want to visit the classroom or speak with the teacher, please call to make an appointment. This includes before and after school. Teachers have a very limited time to plan and prepare for instruction. Dropping in can be disruptive.

Students other than currently enrolled at Hulstrom K-8 are not allowed to visit classrooms. THIS IS FOR THE SECURITY OF ALL CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOL.

Classroom parent volunteers (who volunteer on a weekly basis) will be asked to attend a one-time volunteer orientation provided through PTA. This would need to be completed before actually volunteering in the classroom.

Another reminder regarding the "Hug & Go" lane. 

-The circle lane is now a ONE LANE “Hug & Go” only. When you pull into the “Hug & Go” you may not park in the lane for any amount of time.

- Parents may not get out of the car at any time while in the “Hug & GO” lane. Only your child may open the car door closest to the school.

When you pull into the "Hug & Go" lane, you must pull all the way forward toward the last cone even if your child is a middle school student. DO NOT stop for convenience; the flow must keep moving from north to south. However, if traffic is stopped, feel free to let your child out of the car. You do not need to wait until you get near the south side of the "Hug & Go" to let your child out.

If you have to park to help your child with projects, etc, you must park in a legal parking spot in the parking lot, or on the street, and use the crosswalk.
We will have supervision along the Hug & Go lane, and on the playground, assisting your child and helping him or her to class.

In the afternoon, you are welcome to wait in your car in the Hug & Go lane. However, you MAY NOT leave your car. If you need to leave your car, you need to park in a legal parking space, or on the street. And, just like in the morning, please continue to pull forward if there is room.
 
If you choose to park on Wyco Drive or our side streets:

-Do not J-walk. This is extremely poor modeling for your child, a safety issue, and against the law. Please use the Cross-Walk on Wyco Drive or 115th

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Please park legally. This includes in our school parking lot.

- Do not turn around in the neighbor’s driveway.


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Do not block driveways or park in red zones.

If you have relatives picking up your child, please be sure they understand these statements. It is up to us, as adults, to model safety and kindness.

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the Hulstrom Staff and students.

Respectfully,

Steve

 


Inclement Weather: On bad weather days students will enter the front of the building.

Students will congregate at the foyer (Elementary at the south entrance, Middle School at the north) and at 7:40 AM, we will allow students to enter until the bell rings at 7:45. We have designated areas inside the building where kids are to be until their classroom teacher picks them up or brings them to the classroom. At the end of school, we will dismiss the same way so parents know where to meet students. Please look for our Hulstrom banners on inclement weather days.
These banners will help you know if students will enter through the classroom doors or the front doors.

Remember, inclement weather is defined as colder than 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and or raining and snowing.

If you have any questions, please call 720-972-5400.

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Hulstrom K-8 Families,


As you know, we love our parents and all of the hours they dedicate to our school.  Parents are always welcome to volunteer. Please learn specific needs of the teacher/staff member you are volunteering for, sign up for our PTA Volunteer Orientation, and follow all District Twelve policies before you begin volunteering.

Adams Twelve policy requires all volunteers to complete the Volunteer Application every year.  We have attached the English Volunteer Code of Conduct, and the Spanish Volunteer Code of Conduct, as well as the  English and Spanish version of the Volunteer Application, (Superintendent Policy 8800).  Just click on the links above. 

Please complete the application and Code of Conduct or you will not be allowed to work with our students and staff in a volunteer capacity

We continue to have a very positive start to the 2013-14 school year!  Thank you for you ongoing support!


If you ever wish to visit with me, please do not hesitate to stop in and see me, call me at 720-972-5400, or email me at
steven.t.isenhour@adams12.org 

Thank you for everything you do to support Hulstrom K-8, A School for Advanced Academics and Gifted Education!

Steve

 


Awards and Recognition

Recently, Colorado Superintendents received notification if a school, or schools, in their respected school district earned either the John Irwin Award, or the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award.   For the 2011 school year, 249 schools in Colorado earned the John Irwin Award and or the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award.

 We are proud to announce that Hulstrom Options K-8 is one of only 57 schools in the state to receive both the John Irwin Award and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. 

  The 2011 John Irwin awards are awarded to schools that “exceed” expectations on the 3-year school performance framework’s indicator related to academic achievement and that “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.  These schools demonstrate the highest levels of achievement not just for some students but also adequate performance across all student groups. 

 The 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards are awarded to schools that “exceed” expectations on the 3-year school performance framework’s indicator related to academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.  These schools demonstrate the highest levels of growth for not just some students but all student groups. 

 Both of these awards are due to the hard work of your children, the staff, and you... the parents. 

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with and teach your children.

 


Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Awards
Commisioner of Education Richard Hammond has announced that Hulstrom Options K8 School has been recognized for the the Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award. Each year beginning in 2000, this award recognizes the top 8 percent of schools in the state, based on longitudinal student growth on statewide assessments across 3 years.  WAY TO GO HULSTROM STUDENTS AND TEACHERS!


5280 Magazine Names
Hulstrom Options K-8
A Top Denver School 
Hulstrom's Elementary is ranked 6th in the state of Colorado!
Hulstrom's middle School is ranked 14th in the state of Colorado!

Wednesday, April 16
Science Fair
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gym
Young Rembrandts Session 5
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
Room 5
Mad Science Fourth Session
1:55 PM - 2:55 PM
Room 105
Spirit Night: Chipotle (120th & Washington)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 17
Jazzy Jumper-Jump Rope Club
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
GYM
GIFT Fundraiser Assembly
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
GYM
Astronomy Club
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room 109
Lions Club Relay Practice
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gym/Wyco Field
Music Performance Rehearsal
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room 102, 103 & GYM
WeDo/Jr. First LEGO Grades 1-3
3:05 PM - 4:05 PM
Room 8
Computer Explorers
Friday, April 18
Kindergarten to the Downtown Aquarium
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Music Performance Rehearsal
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room 102, 103 & GYM
Monday, April 21
Gifts Fund Raising Collection
8th Grade End of Year Celebration
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Brunswick Zone Westminster
Music Performance Rehearsal
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room 102, 103 & GYM
Tutoring
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room 18
Chess Wizards
3:05 PM - 4:05 PM
Room 3
Grades K-3 Zumba Fitness
3:05 PM - 3:50 PM
Room 43B
NXT Robotics' Challenge Grades 3-5
3:05 PM - 4:35 PM
Room 14
Computer Explorers
Flag Football at Wyco Park
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

People-Pleasing Plants by the Scientific Sixth Grade Students at Plantapalooza!