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Principal Newsletter – November 2016

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Principal Newsletter

November 2016

Tis the season to be thankful and Hayden Peak is a great place to be thankful for. We have had lots of great things happening at the Peak in the last month. We had our PTA Fun Run, and fun it was! Everyone got to wear super hero gear and show off super hero skills. Even Mr. Butler got into the fun and dressed as a super hero basketball player. He ran with all the grades and cheered them on as they crossed the finish line. It was a fun day, and we were very thankful for the great weather we had and the participation we had from our community.

We are thankful for our teachers and all the hard work they put in. They come early and stay late to make sure what they are teaching is ready to go. They are looking at data and collaborating with each other and sharing their best ideas. We have completed Math and Language Arts Benchmark 1. Teachers are busy diving into that data to see what needs to be mastered and planning accordingly. Teachers are also getting ready for Student-Led Conferences. They are making sure they have grades updated, reading levels current, and report cards completed. Conferences are on November 9-10, please plan on attending.

November is a time when we are thankful for the country we live in and the men and women who serve in the military. Our Veteran’s Day program will be November 10 where we get to honor those have served or are currently serving to keep us safe. Remember that November 8 is Election Day. Please make sure you vote. It is a privilege that our country has that we should be very thankful for.

We are very thankful for our students here at Hayden Peak. They make us smile, laugh, and be excited to come to school every day. We are thankful for all the hard work they are doing and all the learning that is happening. We are living up to our motto every day:


We are grateful for supportive and involved parents. We know how hard it is to make sure things that need to happen after school happen. Thank you for the time you spend reading with your students, helping them with homework, and doing the projects that come home. We appreciate all you do to help your students be successful.

Hayden Peak is a great place to be, and speaking for both Mr. Butler and Ms. Adams, we are very grateful we get to come here everyday. We have a great school, students, faculty and staff. Thanks for all you do for us, we are thankful for you!


Mr. Butler, Principal and

Ms. Adams, Assistant Principal


Principals Newsletter – September

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Principal Newsletter

September 2016

We are so excited to start a new school year at Hayden Peak Elementary. We have missed our students and families and teachers. It is fun to hear the buzz and feel the energy that those very important pieces bring to our school.

We had a fantastic Back to School Night. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights:

PTA had a booth set up showcasing all the things they do for our students and school. They provide funding for field trips, put together the Fun Run and Field Day, sponsor multiple weeks focusing on safe habits and practices and are in charge of Reflections. PTA also provides help for teachers in the classroom, meals for teachers at Parent Teacher Conferences and helps with Harmony Choir.   The cost to join PTA is $5.00, and it is money well spent. If you haven’t joined PTA, we encourage families to join.

School Community Council also had a booth set up. School Community Council is a group made up of parents, teachers, administrators and community members. They help make decisions in how to spend Trust Land money for the school. The have an annual fundraiser to raise money for the school. This year they are selling Little Caesar’s cards, where every pizza bought allows for free Crazy Bread Combos. If you would like to join School Community Council, we would love to have you. They meet four times throughout the year, usually on a Friday morning before school starts. Contact the school if you would like to part of this very important group.

We served hotdogs, chips, drinks, and Otter Pops to all who came and visited with teachers, PTA, and School Community Council. Our PTA and School Community Council, as well as Sam’s Club in Jordan Landing, generously donated money and water for this event. We received very positive comments about this format for Back to School Night, and we enjoyed this community event as well.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with our parking blitz the first two weeks of school. Please remember to follow the procedures for picking up and dropping off students.

  • Pull all the way forward to the yellow line or the car in front of you. (Please do not stop without pulling completely forward.)
  • Stay in your vehicle and pull forward as space becomes available.
  • Students should enter and exit vehicles on the curbside of the road. (Arrange car seats to accommodate.)
  • Yield to students in crosswalks and obey safety patrol students and teachers.
  • There is no parking in the pick-up/drop-off loop. (If you are checking students in or out of school, please park in the parking lot.

Please help keep all of our students and patrons safe by following our procedures.

Finally, Hayden Peak wants all of our students to do well in school and in life. We have updated our mission and vision statements, and our motto.


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to engage students’ minds to excel academically,

think critically, and be kind and ethical.


Vision Statement:

Empowering lifelong learners through the partnerships of family, school, and community.



Engage, Empower, Excel


Thank you for all your support. We are excited for a new year of learning and opportunities.

David Butler Principal              Amy Adams

Principal                                      Assistant Principal



September Calendar of Events

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September 2016

Calendar of Events


5       Labor Day – No School

12       Classic Skate Night 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

14       PTA Board Meeting 8:45 a.m.

21       Hearing Screening

Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, SpEd, and

students new to Hayden Peak

22       School Pictures

22       Community Bond Information Meeting

7:00 p.m. Hayden Peak gym

23       Leadership Luncheon 10:45 a.m.

26-30            Green Ribbon Week (Safety)

27       Vision Screening

Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, Sp Ed, and

students new to Hayden Peak

Principal’s Message – August 2016

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August 2016 Principal Newsletter

Welcome Back!

School is back in session! Did the summer just seem to fly for you too? We are so excited to have our students and teachers back in the building. It gets kind of lonely when our favorite people are not at Hayden Peak.

We have had some changes over the summer. Change can be hard for people, but they can be very good too. This year we are pleased to welcome the following teachers to Hayden Peak Elementary.

  • Sierra Brooke is teaching Kindergarten.
  • Regan Stowell will be teaching 3rd
  • Lisa Martin will also be teaching 3rd
  • Amanda Frandsen is teaching 5th
  • Emily Machin is teaching 6th
  • Cindy Smith is also teaching 6th

Along with our new teachers, we had some teachers who wanted to embark on a new adventure and have changed grades. We are happy they are still here.

  • Cherie Lawson will be teaching 2nd grade this year.
  • Kristen Jarman will be teaching 3rd
  • Sarah Roberts will be teaching 3rd
  • Lani Vigil is going to teach 4th
  • Stefanie Walker is going to teach 5th
  • Sharra Palmer will also be teaching 5th
  • Debra Banning will be teaching 6th

We are excited for the changes we have made. We have a fantastic faculty at Hayden Peak and can’t wait for you to get to know them. We also have a marvelous support staff! We couldn’t do it without them.

This year at Hayden Peak we will continue some of the things we started last year. We will have our art teacher, music, P.E., computer, and media assistants, as well as assistants to teach Meet the Masters. We saw success last year with Assessment to Achievement and can’t wait to continue to improve our strategies, teaching and learning.

Remember that Hayden Peak is a 7 Habits school. We embrace the 7 Habits and find ways to incorporate them into our daily lives. The seven habits are: Be proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first, Think win-win, Seek to understand and then to be understood, Synergize and Sharpen the saw. We believe these are life skills that help students find success. What ways do you use the 7 Habits in your families?

We can’t wait to get into the swing of school. Please remember that instruction begins at 8:30, students are brought in at 8:25 and when students are late they miss important information. Please be to school on time!

Again WELCOME BACK!!! It’s going to be a great year and we can’t wait to get going!

David Butler               Amy Adams

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Calendar of Events for August 2016

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August 22: Back To School Night: Open House 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

August 23: First day grades 2-6, 1st grade appointment with teacher, Kindergarten Prep Day

August 23-30: Kindergarten Assessments

August 24: First day 1st grade

August 31: First day Kindergarten

Calendar of Events – May/ June 2016

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Here are some upcoming events!

May-June 2016

Calendar of Events


1-20   SAGE Olympics continue….

Thank you for not scheduling vacations, doctor and dentist appointments, etc. during this time period.

2         3rd grade Field Trip 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Living Planet Aquarium

4         4th grade Field Trip 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.

Allmark, Lundgren, McKnight

Conservation Water Park

5         2nd grade Field Trip 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Hogle Zoo

5         4th grade Field Trip 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Anderson, Jury

Conservation Water Park

9         Harmony Spring Performance

2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

11       4th grade to Copper Hills 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

12       6th grade Field Trip 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Clark Planetarium

13-20            Kindergarten End of Year Testing

No school for kindergarten

23       6th grade to Ballet West 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

24       Benchmark Achievement Party

25       School Carnival 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

26       Kindergarten Program 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

27       Sage Olympics Closing Ceremony 9 a.m.

27       Leadership Luncheon 10:45 a.m.

30       Memorial Day. No school

31       Kindergarten Teddy Bear Picnic

June1Awards Kinder & 1st grade 9:00 a.m.

Awards 2nd & 3rd grades 9:45 a.m.

Awards 4th grade 1:00 p.m.

Awards 5th & 6th grades 1:45 p.m.

2         Field Day

3         Last Day of School. No lunch served

School Dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Principal’s Message – May 2016

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May 2016

As the school year comes to an end, let’s look at all the great things that have happened at Hayden Peak this year. First of all we welcomed a new Principal, David Butler and Assistant Principal, Amy Adams to the school. Many new teachers came on board and joined the existing faculty with great enthusiasm. The addition of new staff members is always fun and exciting.

Hayden Peak began is journey with Assessment to Achievement, a collaborative effort between the school and the state. Along with the professional development that accompanied this project, Hayden Peak has looked at data and made decisions as to how to best improve teaching practices to ensure that all students are learning at high levels. The partnership with the state and Assessment to Achievement has given our teachers a more narrowed and driven focus using research based strategies to help reach goals set up the school’s Assessment to Achievement team. These goals include every student grades K-6 understanding the main idea and author’s purpose of any given text. The math goal focuses around the understanding of fractions and being able to use the four operations to solve fraction based math problems. While fractions is typically taught in grades 3-6, our younger grades have supported this school goal by teaching vocabulary and using simple examples of what fractions are and how they are used in every day life.

Along with the strong academic focus, Hayden Peak continues to use the 7 Habits throughout the school. We have a Leadership Luncheon once a month to celebrate leaders in our classrooms. Leaders are given a backpack full of prizes and our local McDonald’s provides lunch. This has been a fun way to celebrate all the good things that are happening in our classrooms. We have a strong student council who supports the school goals and provides fun spirit days that focus on the 7 Habits. There are also several before and after school clubs, including orchestra; our school choir, Harmony; Sports Club; Dance Club; and Awesome Author’s Club. These clubs have many participants and they enjoy the activities and interactions with their peers. Thank you to the teachers and parents who sponsor these activities.

During the summer months, it’s important that students maintain their math and reading skills. There are lots of apps and computer games that students can use to practice as well as paper/pencil and flash card drills. Read, read, read! Have your child(ren) read to each other, pets, stuffed animals, listen to books on tape, read as a family. Summer is a time to relax and rejuvenate, and there is nothing quite like being outside in the sunshine with a cold lemonade and a good book!

Thank you to all of our parents, PTA, School Community Council and everyone who has helped at Hayden Peak this year. Working together we have been able to accomplish many great things. We couldn’t do this great work with and for your children without your help!

Have a great summer, Hayden Peak. It has been a fantastic year, one that I can’t quite believe is almost over. Enjoy all the things that come with summer, and we look forward to having everyone back at Hayden Peak in August!


Amy Adams

Assistant Principal