Message to families
As the new principal at Hulstrom K-8, I wanted to respond to the comments posted on 10/17 since many of the comments are not accurate. Instruction delivered in classrooms is based on the Colorado Academic Standards, using the Adams 12 Units of Study. Teachers are required to teach the standards to ensure our students meet or exceed the standards. Teachers are encouraged to extend the learning well beyond the grade level standards. The PARCC and CMAS tests are very important and are a true measure of a student's ability to meet or exceed the grade level standards. The Hulstrom students did an outstanding job meeting and exceeding the expectations. We even had several students get perfect scores! This is an incredible feat, given the difficulty of the tests. A celebration assembly was held to congratulate all the students for meeting and exceeding the expectations. Tips were shared on how to prepare for the upcoming exams. At no point were any students "shamed" for not doing well on the assessments. This is not my style, nor has it ever been. The credit for the excellent scores goes to the students and the teachers, not me. We received the results of the most recent assessments given and once again, Hulstrom students did an amazing job, soaring above other district and charter schools! One thing we are especially proud of this year is the achievement growth of our students in grades 4-8. As we continue to examine formative data, our growth and achievement will continue to increase. Differentiating instruction will continue to be an area of focus for us this year as we work to meet the needs of all learners. We hired some extremely knowledgeable and talented teachers this year who are already making a tremendous impact. Finally, I encourage all parents to reach out to me when they are frustrated with a situation or have feedback. The only way to improve as a leader is to know about a concern, reflect, and make any changes needed.