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Principal's News/Updates

I hope you all were able to enjoy Spring Break with your kids; it is amazing how fast a week can go! Believe it or not, we are in the final two months of school! This is always an exciting time of year; there are many celebrations, field trips, and other activities. 

This year will be especially exciting, after 14 years in the "temporary" modulars, we are preparing to move to our new facility. I am beyond excited for our students to have the opportunity to learn in a new, SAFE, environment. I am also thrilled to be able to offer our students a gymnasium, a library, an art room, a science lab, a cafeteria, and the list continues. However, it is also bittersweet. These mobiles have been our home; we have a wonderful community here. Throughout this entire school year we have been planning for this transition, we will do everything within our control to ensure we take the positive culture and wonderful community we currently have to our new school. Our name and building will change, but our devotion to kids and learning will remain the same.

In addition to planning for curriculum, instruction, and culture, I have also been planning for the big move! Fortunately, we have found a school district in need of modular units, so we will be rolling these mobiles to Eagle County! They need to get the mobiles in a timely manner to prepare for their upcoming school year, they have requested access to begin preparing the buildings as early as Saturday, 5/19. It is because of this, Weld Re 8 School District has moved the last day of school Wednesday, May 16th. Having the last day of school on 5/18 would not allow time for teachers to pack up their classrooms. Butler and Twombly will also be dismissing on 5/16 to pack their buildings in preparation for the construction that will be occurring throughout the summer.
I know I have said it before, but it is truly worth mentioning again, thank you! All of these projects for our students would not be possible without the passing of the bond. I see districts like our neighboring district who are having to make big sacrifices because Mill Levy's and Bonds weren't passed. I am grateful to be in a district that puts students first. Thank you for passing our Bond!

Speaking of bond money, the construction at Homyak is smoothly moving along! We have a fantastic crew building us a fantastic building. They are busy painting, finishing the flooring, completing the cabinet installation, landscaping, and the list continues! I have the opportunity to walk the building on Thursday afternoon's and I am always astonished at the changes that take place in only a week's time. The building will be finished on time, in fact maybe even a little bit early ☺

We are currently enrolling for the 2018/19 school year. If you have friends or family members who are interested in attending Homyak PK-8, please have them visit our website and fill out an application or give Suzanne a call at 303-857-3380. We are filling up quickly! Kindergarten Orientation for 2018/19 will be on Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 pm. Registration paperwork is available in the office. Please let Mrs. Suzanne know if you have any questions,

Spring Season is also State Testing Season! While this does take a great deal of time, the results also give us useful information about your child and our school. In addition, it gives student practice in standardized testing which will be necessary as they take the leap to college and take the SAT.

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate their knowledge, it is a state mandated standardized assessments given to students in grades 3-11. Like last year, all state assessments will be taken on the computer.

These assessments will help identify your child's proficiency of the Common Core and state standards. Students in grade 3-8 will be assessed in the English Language Art and Math standards, students in grades 4 and 7 will also be assessed in the Social Studies standards, and 5th and 8th grade students will do the Science assessment as well. In addition to individual proficiency and growth, the data will be used to demonstrate the success of the school and guide future instruction. To ensure we get an accurate measure, it is important for your child to:
- Get plenty of rest: Students perform better when they have had a good night's rest and their brains are alert.
- Eat a healthy breakfast: Please ensure your child gets a well-balanced breakfast to help them focus.
- Be positive: This can be a stressful time for students! We want to be as positive as possible and offer encouraging words.
- Be at school: Please schedule appointments and other activities outside of the testing window. In addition, please make sure the students are not tardy. A late student cannot join a class when testing is already in session. Below, you will find the testing schedule. Please plan accordingly.

I have included a copy of the testing schedule. Research also supports students perform better if they have nutritious snacks and peppermints during testing. If you are able to donate string cheese, gold fish, carrots, Yogurts, and peppermints during testing, we would greatly appreciate it!
Upcoming Dates:

4/9-4/24: CMAS Testing
4/12: 2018/19 Kindergarten Orientation
4/25: MS field trip to Coors Field/Rockies game
4/28: Dacono Night at the Races
5/7: No School
5/11: Fun Run at 9:30 am
5/14: 8th Grade Continuation at 6:00 pm at FLHS
5/16: Closing Ceremony and Awards Ceremony (Last Day)

Things to Note (Cliffnotes version)

  • Last day of school is now Wednesday, 5/16
  • CMAS Testing begins 4/9 (Schedule below)
  • CMAS snack donations (string cheese, gold fish, peppermints, yogurt) are appreciated.
  • Yearbooks are on sale now for $25