Hucrest Elementary
1810 NW Kline Street
Roseburg, OR 97471
phone 541-440-4188
fax 541-440-4191

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   SITE UPDATED: March 19th, 2015

A note from our Principal:

Testing is a part of life, but sometimes it seems that the word "test" makes us feel a little stressed and nervous about what is to come and the unknown of the upcoming event. Yes, all of our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be taking the standardized tests that Oregon provides. These assessments let us know how we are doing as a school and how students are doing in their learning process around reading, writing, math, and science (fifth only). 

You play an important part at home in helping students give their best performance on these upcoming important tests. We are busy here preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning. Even though this assessment is a snapshot or one single perspective, it is important that our students have every advantage to do their very best. You can help put your child's best foot forward by considering the following guidelines:


Throughout the year:

1. Read to/with your child and make time to discuss what you have read.

2. Encourage reading for pleasure regularly. 

3. Know what kind of homework teachers expect and make sure your child completes it. 

4. Provide a regular, quiet place for your child to read or complete homework. 

5. Set high expectations for grades and attendance. 

6. Take an active interest in what your child is doing in school. What is he or she learning? Parents who communicate daily about what their children are learning build a strong foundation to demonstrate that learning on tests. 

7. During the weeks leading up to the test, begin to talk with your child about doing his or her best. You know your child better than anyone. Emphasize the importance of the test, but remember to build confidence, not anxiety. 


The night before the test:

1. Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he or she is well-rested. 

2. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure. 

3. Be positive and confident in the fact that you know your child will do his/her best. 

4. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test. 


The morning of the test:

1. Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives at school on time. 

2. Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast. There is a strong correlation between eating breakfast and memory and cognitive functioning. 

3. Have your child dress comfortably. 

4. Be positive and communicate that this is your child's chance to show what he or she knows. The most important thing you can do right before the test is to build confidence about doing his/her best. 


After the test: 

1. Talk to your child about his/her feelings about the test. 

2. Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test. 

3. Explain that the performance on a test does not define him or her as a person. It is just one opportunity to demonstrate learning. 


Thank you for your continued support and involvement in school and your child's education. Together we make a difference! 

Mr. Freeman


Practice taking the Smarter Balance OAKS test on the Library Resource page, under the "OAKS" link.


Below you will find a suggestion page for you as parents that may help you in the area of math homework.  Our District Elementary Math Coach, Cary Cermak-Rudolf, has started work on a page on our District website to support parents with homework and the Common Core State Standards. You can find it here:  In addition to these suggestions, encourage your student to have grit as he or she works through the math. 



Suggestions for Homework Help in Mathematics

Suggestions or Homework Help in Mathemacs
In helping children learn, one goal is to assist children in figuring out as much as they can for themselves (e.g., constructing meaning). You can help by asking questions that guide, without telling what to do.
Good questions and good listening will help children make sense of mathematics, build self-confidence, and encourage mathematical thinking and communication. A good question opens up a problem and supports different ways of thinking about it. Here are some questions you might try; notice that none of them can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." By using these questions, you will be helping your child set up habits of thinking that will lead to continued future success in mathematics.
These questions are intended to support you in guiding your child through their stuck point. You may not need to ask any questions, but if you do these questions can support you in helping your child grow and think like a mathematician.

igSolving a Problem:

Getting Started
o How would you describe the problem in your own words?

o How would you describe what you are trying to find?

o What information is given in the problem?

o What are some other problems that are similar to this one?

o How might you use one of your previous problems to help you begin?

While Working

o Describe what you have already tried. What might you change?

o Talk me through the steps you’ve used to this point.

o What steps in the process are you most confident about? o What are some strategies you might try?
o Can you make a drawing (model) to explain your thinking?

o How else might you

o What would happen if...?

o What do you need to do next?
o Do you see any patterns or relationships that will help solve this?

o How does this relate to...?

o Can you make a prediction?

Reflecting about the solution

o How do you know your solution (conclusion) is reasonable?

o How did you arrive at your answer?

o How can you convince me your answer makes sense?

o What did you try that did not work?
o Has the question been answered? Responding (helping your children clarify and extend their thinking)
o Can you explain it in a different way?

o Is there another possibility or strategy that would work?

o Help me understand this part...

o Are there any questions you want to ask your teacher?

Doing More Math at Home

Two important goals for all students are that 1) they learn to value mathematics and 2) they become confident in their ability to do mathematics. Parents can help children develop a "can do" disposition toward math, by nurturing their children's natural curiosity and providing support and encouragement.
Math is everywhere, yet many children don't see it. Look for ways to point out and reinforce math skills at home. For example:

talk about how you use math at work or in the home
involve children in tasks that require computing, measuring, estimating, building, following directions, problem solving and reasoning
look for activities that require children to use their math skills such as building scale models, cooking, planning trips, and playing logic games

Look for games and activities that teach and/or reinforce math and thinking. For example, look for games that:

require and develop skill with mental computation and estimation require players to use their math skills involve the development of strategies require players to think about the probability of certain events occurring require the use of spatial visualization skills
require logical thinking

Share your problem-solving strategies and techniques, mental computation strategies, and estimation strategies. Have your children teach you some. Work on the same problem, then compare strategies as well as answers.
Invite your children to explain what was learned in math class or have them teach it to you. It provides an opportunity for children to help clarify their thinking, to practice new skills, and to practice communicating mathematically.



Annual Hucrest Family Survey

Dear Hucrest Families,                                                                                     

As you know, it is so important to us in that we are doing the job we need to do for your children.  This short survey gives us some         necessary feedback as we look at how we can make Hucrest even   better.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill it out.  Just click and submit at the end.                                                                        


Mr. Freeman                                                


Hucrest Survey: Click here




For parents of 3 year-olds planning to attend and living in a Roseburg school attendance area, which consists of the following schools: Eastwood, Fir Grove, Fullerton IV, Green, Hucrest, Melrose, Sunnyslope, or Winchester Elementary School: Please join your kindergarten teacher and school staff as we learn and prepare for the upcoming school years.  Learn what your child needs to know to be a successful student entering kindergarten and how you can help them prepare.

*There are 3 sessions to this program*

*Literacy and Print-1st Session-Tuesday, February 3

* Logic and Numbers-2nd Session-Tuesday, March 3

* Postive Relationships-3rd Session-Tuesday March 31

Classes will be held in the evening 6:00-7:30 PM

Register online at or call your elementary school (Hucrest: 541-440-4188).  For more information, call Roseburg Public Schools at


FREE Childcare and FREE Educational Materials/Toys!

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Hucrest Science Night!
Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Would you like to participate in our annual Science Night? It’s not too

early to begin thinking like a scientist! ALL students – kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to participate! During the holiday break you and your family may want to begin thinking about a project. Remember - science is fun!

This year Hucrest students are invited to either do a science experiment, using the scientific method OR create an invention. Remember to get your notebook out and start keeping notes about your work!

1. Science Experiment: What are you curious about? What are your interests? Make a list of questions and areas of interest. Then do some research! Ask others what they know, search online (with parents help), check out some books from the library. After you’ve done some research, you are ready to come up with a hypothesis and create experiments to test your hypotheses.

2. Invention: Can you think of a problem that needs to be solved? Perhaps a way to develop a new product to meet a need or improve an already existing item? Do some research – find out about inventors! What have others already done about this problem? Think of a way to test your new product to see if it will work!

More information will be coming in January!


The scientific method is a process all scientists use to investigate science questions. Here is an overview of the method that you will need to understand in order to complete your science project.

1. Stating the Question: What is it that you are trying to find out? What is it that you are trying to achieve?

2. Research Your Topic: Investigate what others have already learned about your question. Gather information that will help you design a hypothesis and then perform your experiment.

3. State your Hypothesis: After having thoroughly researched a topic, you should have some prediction about what you think will happen in your experiment. This educated guess concerning the outcome is called a hypothesis. You must state you hypothesis in a way that you can readily measure.

4. Test Your Hypothesis by doing Experiments: Now that you have come up with a hypothesis, you need to develop a procedure for testing whether it is true or false. This involves changing one variable and measuring the impact that this change has on the outcome. When you are conducting your experiment, you need to make sure that you are only measuring the impact of a single change while keeping all other conditions the same. Remember, scientists run experiments more than once to verify that results are consistent and not just an accident. Each time that you perform your experiment is called a run or a trial.

5. Analyze Your Results: At this stage, you want to be organizing and analyzing the data that you have collected during the course of your experiments in order to determine the validity (truth) of your hypothesis. Using graphs and charts is a nice visual way to look at your data.

6. Draw Your Conclusions: In just a sentence or two, state whether your hypothesis was true, partially true, or false. Describe why you made this decision.

7. Discuss Your Results: This is your opportunity to explain the meaning of your results. Did your experiment address your initial question and purpose, or should you have designed it differently? If your hypothesis was false, why do you think your results turned out the way they did? Does additional research need to be conducted? What would you do next if you had the opportunity?

8. PROJECT DISPLAY: This is how you present your work. Use graphs, drawings, charts, pictures, and photos. Remember to stay organized so people will understand what you did. And, remember to do most of it yourself!



Thank you to those of you who came to our Successful Learner Workshop on October 20th.  One of the requests by parents was to post the website for our new math curriculum.  Here it is:



**BUS INFORMATION:  Sometimes you have questions about your student's bus.  If it is late for some reason or you have a question or concern, the Durham Bus Company phone number is 541-677-0308.  Please feel free to call.


Attendance is Key to a Great Education! (To view full-size image, please click here)



Emergency  Closure Notice (formerly Inclement Weather Notice):

In the event schools must be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, dangerous road conditions, or other emergencies, parents will be contacted using our ONE CALL NOW parent notifcation system.  That system will contact parents by telephone using the number they have provided their child's school.  Additionally, local television and radio stations will provide current information about school delays or cancellations, and our district website ( will post updated information as it becomes available under the quick link titled EMERGENCY INFO.  Decisions about school delays or cancellations because of inclement weather are made by 5:30 a.m. each morning when weather or road conditions are an issue.



Synergy Update :

We have changed providers as a district in regards to accessing Synergy.  The new address is below.  Parents can use Synergy to access Parent Vue to review your child's attendance.

Please remember that with the One Call Now system (Emergency Closure Notice) that it is IMPERATIVE that the school has accurate contact information in the case of an emergency so that we may be able to reach you any time of the day or night.

Thank you!



To promote the District's educational mission and ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for both students and staff, the administrators in Roseburg Public Schools have adopted a Dress Code for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

The basic responsibility for attire to be worn at school or school related functions rests with the student and his or her parents or guardians.  However, a student's dress and appearance may be regulated when, in the judgement of the school administrators, the student's dress or appearance:

--poses a health or safety hazard;

--promotes illegal or discriminatory conduct; or

--is likely to cause a disruption of the educational process.

Decency, good taste, and weather-appropriate functionality are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students.  Additionally, any student's dress or appearance that is considered contrary to basic, good hygiene will not be permitted.  Each building administrator has the right to determine if student dress or appearance is inappropriate for school; to that end, students are expected to meet the following basic rules and guidelines:

1.  Student attire that is too revealing cannot be worn at school.  Undergarments must be covered at all times during school or at school-related activities.

2. Clothing, body art, accessories, or any other items that advertise substances which are illegal for minors (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, etc.) or which are otherwise inappropriate (profanity, sex, obscenities, violence, hate, etc.) are not to be worn at or brought to school or school-related activities.

3.  Dress and grooming shall be clean and in keeping with health, sanitary, and safe practices.  For example, all students must wear shoes that are in good repair, stable for surfaces at school, and that do not pose a safety hazard to the wearer or others.

4.  Dress or appearance should not lead school administrators to believe that a student's hairstyle, make-up, apparel, body art or accesories are gang related, promoting illegal or discriminatory activity, disrupting or interfering with the educational process.

5.  Standards for dress and grooming in special activities should arise directly out of the needs of the activity, as determined by the activity supervisor. 

Additionally, Hucrest Elementary School may make specific recommendations regarding appropriate school attire for Hucrest students.


Earn $$$ for Hucrest Elementary just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!  Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to HUCREST at rewards.  You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number: 86020.  Every time you shop, you are helping earn HUCREST a donation!



The Hucrest Booster Club asks for your help in seeing how they are doing.  Please complete the short survey following this link:


Roseburg Elementary Music!

Mr. Klander, Mr. Schwarm, and Mr. Jones, our District Music Teachers announce the creation of their first Music webpage:

Here you will find various activities to boost your musical knowledge and enjoyment!



The annual school district special education report card is available.  This report card describes how the Roseburg School District is doing in several areas of providing services tostudents with disabilities. If you would like a copy please stop by the school office to pick one up or visit the "Public Reports" link on Roseburg Public Schools website at  or


(click this link)

If you would like to discuss any of the report card information please contact the Office of Student Services at





In order to encourage great physical health as well as great academic health, we encourage all our students who live near our school to bike or walk to school every Wednesday.



If you are the parent of a student in our school, yet you reside outside the Hucrest boundaries, you need to fill out a new "Out of Attendance Area" request form.  They will be available on May 1st to requst attendance for the 2014-2015 school year.  If you filled one out for this year, you must fill a new one out for next year as well.  It is only good for one year at a time.

Please know, these forms for the next school year will be available on May 1st, 2014.  We will accept them beginning on that date of May 1st.  They will be approved according to the date received until we reach our grade-level caps which are as follows:

Kindergarten-22 per class

1st grade- 22 per class

2nd grade-22 per class

3rd grade- 26 per class

4th grade- 26 per class

5th grade- 26 per class

We will have registration for Kindergarten on May 28th.  Registration for grades 1-5 will be August 13th.  Final approval for Hucrest attendance will be after August 13th when we have class sizes established.  Tentative approval will be given in June for those classrooms where it appears the numbers are well below the "cap"established.



Durham School Bus Services has released the following note for all families with bus-riding students:


Parent's responsibility at the bus stop:

It is not a policy to require parents to be at a bus stop for a student to be dropped off.


But it is a concern for both the District and the Bus Drivers as 'what to do' when there is no one present?  Not all kindergartener's or first graders know which house is theirs when they step off a big yellow bus, especially if your house is still another block from where the bus stops in your neighborhood.


As a parent, your responibility is to make sure your child knows what to do in the event that you are not there meeting with them at the bus stop.  Practice with them which way they would walk from where the bus drops them off in the afternoon to where you live.




Dr. Larry Parsons has addressed the issue of  the changes to the school enrollment procedure for the School Year 2013-2014.  Please click on the links below for this detailed information/ instruction (please note, the reverse of Dr. Parsons' letter is the 2nd link):

Dr. Larry Parson's Message regarding school boundary/enrollment changes

Elementary Enrollment Procedures 2013-2014






Starting this Fall, the District Technology Department will be providing Google Apps accounts for all students in grades 3 through 12.  A signed parent permission form is required for each student.  Forms will be provided at registration or, to save time, please use the link below to fill in your information, print it out, and turn it in during registration.  Thank you!

Google Apps Permission Form



March 19th , 2015



March 23rd-March 29th


Thank you to all of you who helped make our

Hootenanny at the Hucrest Corral Carnival

such a success!



  Early Release every Wednesday!


Annual Hucrest Family Survey:

Click here


Next Booster Club meeting:

April 7th

at 7:00PM.

All families welcome!  Please join us!


If you are needing to fill-out a pre-planned absence form for your student, you may click here to access the form.


**Please remember to update your telephone numbers with our school office to receive the "One Call Now" Messages in case of school delays or closures!  Please see article at left for more information about the Emergency Closure Policy. ** *******************************************************

Upcoming Events:



March 19th: Talent Show

March 23rd-March 29th: Spring Break

April 2nd: Science Night

May 8th: Funds Run





















































































































































































































































Parents have the right to access the information all school employees are given during the SafeSchools

trainings on "Sexual Conduct, Staff to Student and Child Abuse: Identification and Intervention."  To view the information, please click on








Roseburg Public Schools board of Directors has adopted a school calendar that will release students one hour early each Wednesday beginning SEPTEMBER 11TH and continuing for the 2013-2014 school year (the only exception is June 4th).  During these Wednesdays teachers and other staff will work together with the intense focus of improving student achievement by discussing curriculum and teaching practices, and by allowing staff time to work in collaboration to improve the quality of the learning experience for students.  This weekly Collaboration Time mirrors the models already in place in several school districts in Douglas County and around Oregon. 


The weekly schedule for Elementary Schools Early Release/Collaboration Time:

Grades 1-5: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:




Kindergarten AM: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:




Kindergarten PM: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:




District staff continues to work to develop potential partnerships with the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club to provide supervised activities during Wednesday Collaboration Time.  For more information, please visit the District website:




Students may not be on campus until 8:30 AM.  NO EARLIER.  All students arriving at this time need to head to the Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria.  During this time, students may eat breakfast. Students will need to sit with their grade level until excused to classrooms at 8:50AM. 


If you are picking up your student(s) after school, please plan to pick-up on NW Moore Ave. in order to prevent congestion.  If you are on foot (or out of your car) please wait at the Flagpole in front of the School's main doors.  These little steps will help to ensure that all of our students stay safe by helping with after school confusion and high traffic.