In case you missed it....

Prepare to be impressed…..this is our 8th-grade graduation, covid-style but no less dazzling!

And here is the link to the graduation ceremony.

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Living History

Take a look at the work of our amazing 7th & 8th graders:

Here is the link to our Living History Artifact Museum.

This Daily Camera article discusses Teran’s living history project and has two student works samples. Nice work making learning applicable to the present!
Congrats to Teran, Annabelle & Lauren, and all the 7/8s for their great work documenting history.
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To all of beloved students....

Don’t doubt for a minute how much we miss you!

Enjoy!

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Thinking of Boulder Universal?

BVSD has put forth that parents who wish their students to attend school in a virtual mode for the 20-21 school year may withdraw from their current school (Horizons) and attend Boulder Universal.

It is important that parents know that:

Students attending Boulder Universal for the 20-21 school year will forfeit their enrollment at Horizons K8. Any students wishing to return to Horizons for the 21-22 school year will need to apply through the open enrollment process.

This is not what is indicated on the BU application and we want to make sure parents are aware prior to applying. If you have further questions, please contact Lucas and ‘cc’ Hope.  Thanks everyone for your continued patience as we traverse new territory.

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Agenda- Virtual Board Meeting May 27, 2020

Board Agenda
May 27. 2020

6 PM
Welcome & Invitation for Public Comment
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes 5/14/20

620 PM
Approve new hire for 5/6 position
Approve 20-21 budget

700 PM
Process Observer – reflect & next steps

Board meetings are open meetings; all interested parties are invited to attend. If you would like to attend the Board Meeting, please email lucas.ketzer@bvsd.org.

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Living History

This Daily Camera article discusses Teran’s living history project and has two student works samples. Nice work making learning applicable to the present!
Congrats to Teran, Annabelle & Lauren- great work!
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Save the Date for Graduation 2020

Save the Date for Graduation 2020
This year we will be celebrating our graduating 8th graders in a virtual graduation ceremony. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend. The Horizons Graduation ceremony is extremely special and a great opportunity for families of youngers to get a preview of some of the great things to come! Please join us!
7/8 Self-Directed Learning Showcases
One positive to come out of school closure is the first time we have all 7/8 student presentations of learning recorded and available for your enjoyment! If you haven’t had a chance yet, please check out the incredible work our students have completed for their Learning Challenge & Aperture projects this year, despite the added challenges of this year. Each playlist has a comment board linked in the description, so please share some love for our middle schoolers! Thank you for supporting this important component of the Horizons program!

7th Grade Learning Challenge Presentations

8th Grade Staytreat
Normally we get out of the building for our 8th grade retreat, but this year we had a “stayreat”. 8th graders spent the day in reflection, sharing memories, and working on their graduation speeches. We also mastered the spoon challenge…no big deal!
 
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An End of Year Message from Lucas & Karen

Welcome to the end of a school year that started off a little late and ended up stranger than fiction.  

When Lucas and Karen started last summer, the building was still under construction and we couldn’t really see what it truly looked like.  We held our offices in a different school and learned to work remotely.  (Who knew that those skills would serve us so well in the end.) Gradually the school opened up and the school year began.  It became clear to us how wonderful Horizons K8 truly was.  

Having teachers and students in the building made it light up.  We watched as students began their thinking and learning and you could almost hear the hum.  It was magical!

Students and teachers, unconfined to desks and rooms, learned all over the place.  On the floor, in the halls, the nook, the playground, the park….

Then, one day the world just seemed to change.  We went home, and home we stayed.  This was our new place to learn and the way we did it changed too.  We wondered, will this change the way that students learn and teachers teach?

Thankfully, at Horizons we teach students to think differently;  way outside of the box, to always ask questions, and how to refine the art of problem solving.  In order to do that, our master problem solvers – our teachers -got to work and found ways to bring a love of learning to our students that might not have been the same, but were still engaging and meaningful. Although we might be remote,  we are never far from the heart of our community.

Although our youngest students often look up to us as all-knowing (a feeling that tends to wear off as they grow as tall as we are), just like you we don’t know what the future will hold.  What we do know, is that no matter what, we will be back at school in one way or another in the fall.  There will be more joy, more learning, more laughter, and more adventure ahead of us, here at Horizons K8.  

Have a wonderful summer.  Stay safe.  Be well.  See you all soon! 

Lucas and Karen

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The Mini Marathon

On May 19, Horizons students ran, walked, jogged and a couple biked the .71 mile course we call the Mini Marathon.  This is a tradition at Horizons and we were not going to let the Corona Virus get us down.  Students completed the course in their own neighborhoods.  Congrats to these kids for participating:

Edie Coddington   Kavi Naik   Keya Naik   Gia   Abbott  serayan   Willa   Adalynn   juliette
Francesca Verson   Tischer Bauer   Jack Forbes   Violet Forbes   Lylah Janke   Judah
Syler Knappe-Butler   Siana Knappe-Butler   Vivian Glosband   Niko Escobar
Graham Shaepherd   Kaeli   Violet Coressel   Violet   Jackson   Claire   Bea Hoops
Asher Hoops   Lisa Kihn   Talia Gartner   Finley   Belle   Will Lutt   Brynlee   Amelia
Faolan   Kara Dougherty   Lilah Baruch   Zeke Akos   sage ann akos   Clara Currie
Margot   Banneker Hall   Elias Severns   Kate Nelson   Jacob Buckley   Dylan Sambur
Sydney Sambur   Anders Coddington   Corablle Bargo   Madeleine Gillespie   Elsa Twetten
Theo Parady   ruby   Andesh Trout   Ken Tilton   Wylie Mackey-Casson   Lila Storch
Liam FOLLINGSTAD-Hyde   Elliot Mackey-Casson   Leah   Anora   Adrian Vis
Leonard Rivers   Leo Vogeli   Edan Pieper   Kieran Pieper   Forest   Sawyer
Now for some times:
The fastest elementary students were Serayan Knappe-Butler and Reuven Gitter coming in at a flat 5 minutes.
The fastest MS student was Andesh Trout coming in at 4 minutes and 2 seconds.
And, the fastest kindergartner was Clara Currie crossing the finish line at 6 minutes and 56 seconds. WOW!
The Horizons record remains at 3 minutes and 38 seconds.
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Aperture Night 2020

Aperture Night 20 5/20 and time 6:00 PM

A Showcase of 8th Grade Self-Directed Learning

Let’s celebrate our 8th Graders and their Aperture projects. Aperture videos will be made available Tuesday night at 6 pm and there will be a Live Aperture Celebration and Q&A session Wednesday evening at 6 pm. Please take some time to watch the Aperture videos and then join us Wednesday night to celebrate the students. Invite, program, and links will be made available Tuesday.  For further information email Pat or Teran.
 
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