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Letter to Parents

February 2014 


Dear Parent/Guardian:


From March 11th – 13th, Hinkley High School will join high schools across the state in administering the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) tests.  These state mandated tests, given in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing to 9th and 10th grade students, are the basis for the school ratings issued by the state of Colorado through the school accountability reports.  The benefit for students is two-fold.  First, TCAP is a strong predictor of how well a student will do on the ACT test used for college admissions.  Second, TCAP results are used when making individual student programming decisions.  The better a student does on TCAP, the more flexibility and choice he/she has. 


Beginning on Tuesday, March 11th through Thursday, March 13th, we will have a modified bell schedule.  This schedule includes a delayed start for 11th and 12th grade students and a non-instructional day for all students Friday, March 14th as this is a Teacher Workday.  A copy of the TCAP Testing Schedule is provided below.  Please note that bus transportation will be provided to and from Hinkley based on this schedule.


You can assist us by not scheduling any appointments that would require your student to be absent from school on the testing days.  We are required to test all students, so those who are not able to test during the scheduled testing dates will be expected to make up tests upon their return to school.  Make-ups are scheduled during regular instructional time. 


Please ensure your child gets to bed earlier each night and is well-rested each day.  Also, support your child in doing his or her best by ensuring they eat breakfast in the morning.

Your student will receive specific TCAP testing details, including proctor and room assignments, from his or her 2nd period teacher.  Thank you for being an important part of your child’s success at Hinkley High School – A Flight Above the Rest! 


If you have questions regarding TCAP, please contact Assistant Principal Suzanne Acheson at (303)340-1500 ext. 27422.





Suzanne E. Acheson

Assistant Principal


TCAP Schedule (9th & 10th Grade – March 11th – March 13th)

6:50 – 7:30                           Breakfast

7:30 – 8:50                           Test #1

8:50 – 9:05                           Supervised Break (Snack, Bathroom)

9:05 – 10:25                         Test #2

10:25 – 10:40                      Supervised Break (Snack, Bathroom)

10:40 – 12:00                      Test #3

12:00 – 12:30                      9th / 10th Grade Lunch (Optional)

                **Busses drop off 11th/12th Grade students and Pick up 9th/10th Grade students**

12:35 – 1:05                         11th / 12th Grade Lunch

                                                March 11      March 12      March 13

1:10 – 2:13                           Period 1         Period 3         Period 5       

2:18 – 3:21                           Period 2         Period 4         Period 6  


No School Friday, March 14th – Teacher Workday – End of 3rd Quarter   




Hinkley H.S. Community Garden Meeting

February 2014 


Will be Tuesday, February 25th at 6:00pm in the West Commons of Hinkley.  The topic will be "What is a Community Garden" with Shannon from Denver Urban Gardens.  Come find out what community gardens do for neighborhoods, join a conversation about what your community garden will be, and find out how you can be a part of it! Pass the word on to your friends and neighbors.  I hope to see you there! If you cannot make it to the meeting but you have questions, comments, suggestions, etc., please don't hesitate to call or email me.




Jessica Olsen

VP of Community Gardens for BRANCH


(970) 901-0885




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