Council Meeting: October 15, 2015

Open Forum & Announcements:

Fall Dance date has been changed to Oct 23rd!

    • Two boys DJing, performers,
    • Sign up for volunteer opportunities online at horizonsk8school.org
      • chaperoning, ticket sales
    • Family friendly costumes, please
  • Boulder High Orchestra Europe trip fundraiser: buy wreaths, poinsettias and more. Contact Beth!
  • 1st grade trip to the zoo today was a success!
  • Celebrating Jane Goodall’s visit – go check out the grove!
    • Thanks Julie, John and the McClain family for organizing!
    • Thanks to parents for keeping this event a kid-focused event
    • Visit Jane’s facebook page – great pics of our kiddos’ experience

K8 Outdoor Ed Share-Out:

Kindergarten:

  • explored around the pond
  • traditional trip to the Peace Garden and
  • eco-cycle came to talk about composting
  • Friday to the Boulder County recycle

½

  • Gates camp, near Ward
  • outdoor exploration and community building
  • plan to do something similar next year

¾

  • new location this year: Camp Timberline, near Long’s Peak
  • fabulous facility, too bad we could only stay one night/two days
  • Mud lake w/ naturalists
  • less science based, more focused on pushing beyond boundaries
  • Gut-check activity: bungee/free-fall
  • Friday: stream ecology and Andy Goldsworthy art
  • Will plan for similar experience next year: only 1 night away instead of 3
    • 1 night gave kids confidence to stay away with ease
    • variety of experiences in town

  • pre-trip in classrooms: setting intentions for the week:
    • pushing yourself, in and outside of OE
    • 4 days at foot of Collegiate Peaks
    • intentional mixing of homeroom groups in cabins and in daily activities
    • learned manners, responsibility (cleaning up after dinner w/ dishes)
    • we’ll return again next year

  • Rainbow Trail again this year
  • 5 days 4 nights
  • similar types of activities as ⅚ experience
    • high-ropes: focuses on teamwork and trust, depending on each other
    • low-ropes courses by Advisory
  • saw lots new friendships formed, carried over to school
  • campfire w/ songs
  • kids chose into challenge hikes
  • set-up and clean-up for meals

 

John: some high schools nearby have canceled travel, but not us! This is one of the foundational pieces of our learning communities here. We appreciate your support!

 

Denise: flickr account of OE pics and more on the website!

Green Team Update

  • New: Walk-in-Wednesdays
    • One goal is to increase participation in some alternative participation
    • back to school night parent ed piece = lots of new and continued registration
    • We’re still at the bottom of trip-trackers list… but we’re without busses.
    • pilot: park at Rite-Aid, walk in from the anchor (took about 12 minutes)
      • ⅞ students to help lead this?
    • Where else might we walk in from? What ideas do we have?
      • Maps are available
  • Conversation about entrance:
    • Concerns about procedure:
      • 1. Congestion and inconvenience to neighborhood and RTD route
      • 2. Potential for collisions or accidents, recent car counts = 75% of Horizons families drop-off/pick-up via private car
      • 3. Environmental: in 2012 air-quality tests by CU scientists found higher than ambient/healthy amounts of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide etc.
        • particularly dangerous for kids
        • linked to academic performance
    • Potential solutions:
      • close the driveway during drop-off and pick-up, so front becomes pedestrian
      • double-doors to courtyard/playground become main entrance
    • After Discussion:
      • does closing the parking-lot solve the safety issue? or, intensify the congestion to another spot?
      • maybe have BVSD busses run from North Boulder and Louisville
      • we could become a neighborhood school
      • more signage about getting off cell-phones
      • if idling is the biggest issue, the focus could be on awareness: turn your car off.
      • maybe open the doors 5 minutes earlier? allow students to congregate in the cafeteria?
      • maybe bring BVSD security folks here to talk about two entrances (perhaps double-doors by gym? double-doors by Nichole’s room?)
      • whatever the solution will require retraining parent community
      • maybe return to old-school approach: meet kids outside classroom doors?
      • what about the church across the street as a drop-off area?
        • they’d likely be resistant us regularly using the parking lot
      • what about contacting the city to get the street changed? 4-way stops etc.
      • Could we pay for a bus through BVSD?
        • maybe ask Council for funding?
      • What if we move the bike racks? Replace them on the east or north side of property
      • might the city help with studying the issue?
    • What are the next steps?
      • Green Team will meet between now and the next Council to synthesize our ideas
      • Shout-Out of appreciation to Sam for keeping the crosswalk safe!

Committee Reports:

  • Board Report:
    • clarified board jobs and committees
    • budget update
    • 14-15 fiscal year update from district
    • Holding pattern on Elizabeth: long-term leave is up at the end of November
    • website = hooray!
    • 5-year vision for the school
      • next step: Jan. PD day will hold conversation among faculty
      • board will arrive at some goals for that body
      • council will also contribute to vision process

 

  • Development Committee
    • parents are heading-up new fundraising
    • Julie Dye will help will Moolah
    • auction info coming soon, volunteers needed
    • grant-writing opportunities
    • grandparent’s day?
    • alums?
    • paddle-raiser: consider a professional auctioneer
    • fresh new ideas! keep ‘em coming! Thanks, Shannon

 

  • Community Group
    • monthly events: Coffee Connections (Nov. 6th is next event w/ Andrea talking about governance)
    • project meeting: 3rd Thursday of the month (quilt for Elizabeth)
    • pizza Friday continues! outside until weather doesn’t cooperate.
    • parent night out for 5th-8th grades on Thu 22nd
    • speaker series: Nov 9th is Dan Fox: Strengthening Parent-Child Communication from Different Stages

 

  • Summer Camp
    • Budget: $259 ahead!
    • Mon Nov 9 meeting to start planning
    • Thanks Anne

 

  • Diversity Committee:
    • Christy Shoemaker attended TOCA, ask her to share-out
    • advertise and speak at preschools to encourage members of the broader community to enroll
    • learning lunches and A&S teachers as potential representatives of broader community
    • more diverse candidate pool

 

  • District Advisory Committee:
    • presentation on iReady (K-5 reading assessment), more to come next month when we discuss UIP
    • Success Effect’s partnership inventory: a tool to check-in on the relationship between parents and school
    • Messenger’s report on 3A: BVSD wants to release extra fiber optic lines

 

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