The fully functioning operation of a successful and leading edge charter school like Horizons K-8, requires all hands on deck. If making a difference is something that motivates you on a daily basis, we ask that you consider putting your time, talent, and energy into supporting our school. Horizons K-8 is an outstanding example of a village that works together to raise our children. The roles outlined here are critical to our growth as a whole.
These spots are two-year terms and the only requirement is that you have been a parent here at Horizons for at least two years. The choice to commit to becoming a board member is a significant one. Board membership is an impactful way to support and be involved in our school. Providing the fiduciary oversight of our school, board members help us to make prudent decisions as a community and keep us aligned with our values, mission and goals as a school.
The 2016-17 Board is co-chaired by John McCluskey and Andrea Foote. Our Administrative Board member is John McCluskey. Teacher Board members are Jim Freund, Nichole Houser, Beth Coleman, Adam Brink, and Peter Hegelbach. Parent Board members include Anne Hudson, Shannon Hassan, Andrea Foote, Jill Siegel-Stone, Frank Bruno (treasurer), and Kelly Garrison.
Horizons Council consists of any and all members of the Horizons community who attend council meetings. All members of the Horizons community have the right and the privilege to be part of the decisionmaking process at Council meetings. Council meetings are held once a month, with the exception of June, July, August, November and December. These meeting are cochaired by the Principal and the Parent CoChair. Council agendas are published prior to the meeting in Skylines so that all will have advance knowledge of the topics that will be discussed. All decisions made at Council meetings are made by “concordance,” or total agreement to support the outcome. If concordance is not reached by those present at the meeting, the Horizons’ Board will be responsible for making a decision using the same concordance method. The Horizons’ Board consists of six elected parent members, one administrator and five elected teachers, who must have been part of the Horizons community for at least two previous years. All decisions made by the Council or Board are final. It is the goal of the Horizons Council for parents to attend at least one meeting during the school year.
BVSD District Committees
District Accountability Committee
Denise Washburn represents Horizons at the District Accountability meeting each month. This Boulder Valley School District Committee discusses school policy and makes recommendations directly to the Board of Education. There are several subcommittees of DAC, such as Budget, Schools of Choice, and School Climate. The Horizons Council votes to confirm the parent’s participation on DAC for a two-year term. An update on the meeting is given at Council meetings.
District Parent Council
The District Parent Council, meets once a month and is currently looking for a Horizons K-8 representative. This group focuses parent led activities and information parent involvement at each school and district wide. An update from this meeting is given at the monthly Council meetings.
Special Education Advisory Council
This group focuses on student support services district wide. We are seeking Horizons representation for this committee this year.
The Development Committee is responsible for guiding and reviewing the fundraising, marketing and promotion of Horizons K-8 and the development of a sound financial base for Horizons’ programs and activities.
As a part of their work, this group:
- Reviews policies relating to the Development of long-term financial resources for the school.
- Prepares for Council discussion any proposed policies for development of financial resources, including capital campaigns, fundraising for annual operating support, gift acceptance and disposition, non-profit or profit making earned income subsidiaries, planned giving, or special events.
- Reviews policies relating to marketing activities that generate earned income and complement development efforts.
- Develops and monitors annual fundraising plan and timeline per the budgeting timeline.
- Review annual fundraising materials.
- Participates in planning, organizing, hosting and/or sponsoring fundraising activities that support fundraising for annual operating purposes.
- Oversees and integrates Council fundraising.
As a charter school, we work to keep pace with the employee salary rates of our local district. The work of this committee is to track and create strategy to keep our salary schedules for each of our employee groups competitive in order to support attracting the most talented pool of candidates as possible to each of our open positions.
This group works to support keeping our educational technology needs in the forefront of our thinking and planning as we work toward innovating both the technology that our students use and the embedded technology that our teachers utilize for their instruction. The group manages an annual budget and tracks and recommends purchases to the Board for final approval.
Finance Review Committee
Provides direction for the Board and Council regarding fiscal responsibility.
- Regularly reviews the organization’s revenues and expenditures, balance sheet, tax returns, investments and other matters related to its continued solvency.
- Responsible for the oversight of all of Horizons’ financial affairs and of investments made by Horizons and shall verify that investments are made in accordance with the investment policies and guidelines of Horizons.
- Reviews and supports the preparation of the annual budget in cooperation with the Principal. Submits supplemental budget to Council, and full budget to Board for approval.
- Reviews the management recommendation letter from the auditor and ensures follow up on any issues mentioned.
- Reviews the financial policies annually and recommends any needed changes to the full board.
Would you like to get to know your fellow parents better? Would you like to take part in fun social activities, enjoy educational opportunities, and be a member of a friendly, supportive network? Be a part of the Horizons Community Group.
The Horizons Community Group consists of people who want to build a strong, vibrant, socially active community here at Horizons. Our goal is to promote a philosophy of having fun, lifelong learning, community service, and personal connections.
There are four areas in which we feel we can make a difference for the Horizons Community. We can:
- Promote social activities that emphasize building personal relationships and community.
- Provide educational opportunities for students, parents, and families.
- Suggest and promote community service projects in aid of our community and beyond.
- Help our community to discover Horizons and the many wonderful opportunities that exist here.
We are also the PEN voice for our school.
Coffee Connections is the 3rd Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Join us for a cup of coffee and run, or even better, stay and enjoy the company of other Horizons parents. At 8:50-9:30 a.m. our principal, John, will lead a discussion. Please see the all-school calendar for the topic of the month. Everyone is welcome.
Project Hour is the third Friday of every month. Help us organize social events, family activities, and educational opportunities. We will meet in the cafeteria from 8:30 – 9:30 am to work on our initiatives.
If you want to be added to the Horizons Community Group email list, please send an email to HorizonsCommunityGroup@gmail.com
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Horizons Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes diversity and inclusion throughout our school. We recognize, support and explore the benefits diversity brings to the learning environment. We emphasize supporting our educators and community to ensure that all students and families feel valued and that they belong.
More specifically the Diversity and Inclusion Committee:
- Helps ensure that students of all backgrounds and abilities and their families are valued and included
- Supports faculty, staff, parents and students in efforts to thread the value of diversity and inclusion into instruction and experiences at school
- Crafts an annual plan to further Horizons’ efforts around diversity and inclusion
- Reports regularly to Council on progress and plans for future work: incorporates feedback from Council into efforts
- Meets monthly to discuss issues/topics of diversity and inclusion at Horizons K-8
We are an open committee that welcomes new members and ideas! Please join us at any of our meetings, which typically take place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:45pm and which are posted on the Horizons K-8 All School Community Calendar. If you are not able to participate in the meetings, but would like to offer your insight and/or recommendations, please feel free to email our current chair, Erica Baruch, at EricaBaruch2@gmail.com.
We strive to make Horizons K-8 a school where our respect for differences translates into opportunities to grow and where inclusion is practiced thoughtfully and consistently throughout our community.
Here is what our students say about what inclusiveness means at Horizons!!
- It means our differences are ACCEPTED and not just tolerated. We get to be ourselves at Horizons.
- It means our differences are celebrated!
- It means we have pretty close relationships with other students, even if we’re not necessarily into the same thing.
- It means we can be friends with lots of different kids.
- It means we feel good walking into our classrooms and the lunchroom.
- It means we get to participate in groups like ALLIES in which we learn about differences and get to educate other students as well.
- It means we have buddies regularly and we then get to see our buddies in the hallways and out on recess and build relationships with them and we sometimes end up playing with kids much younger than us.
- It means new kids, who haven’t been here since kindergarten, can come into our community and feel welcome.
The Horizons’ Green Team strives to reduce the ecological footprint of the school and promote environmentally-sustainable practices, and in so doing, promote the emotional, academic and physical well-being of the Horizons community, and foster a positive relationship with school neighbors. To accomplish this mission, the Green Team will:
- Reinvigorate and administer the Trip Tracker program, with a goal of at least doubling the participation
- Revive and refresh the Green Star School program
- Organize and promote Walk/Bike to School Day, including the potential for monthly school-wide events
- Support current efforts to provide healthy school lunches
- Partner with other Horizons groups to promote mutual success, assisting them in sustainable practices.