Do Not Miss The Fall Dance

Please keep an eye out for volunteer signup opportunities on the bulletin board in the entrance.

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Making A Difference

Dear Horizons Community, 

One of our many Make a Difference classes is collecting gently used coats, hats, gloves, sleeping bags, non-perishable foods, and socks (newer).  These items will be donated to the Youth Shelter with Attention Homes.  Their presentation to our students today made quite an impression having served over 700 homeless youth in our community over the past year.

Please consider donating.  Boxes are in the front hallway of our school.   

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Making A Difference Neighborhood Buddies In Action

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Community Group Announcement

Horizons Community Group and Boulder Psychological Services invite you to join us for:

Raising Resilient Children in a Stressful World

Join a community discussion on parenting in our turbulent times and how to prepare our children for the challenges ahead.

When:
 Monday, October 24th, 6:00-7:30pm in the Hub

Where: Horizon K-8 Charter School
(4545 Sioux Drive, Boulder)

Presenters: 
Ryan Dawson, LPC, Caroline Roy, LCSW & Mia Bertram, LPC

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Lost & Found - displayed and then donated

Next week, we will be displaying all Lost & Found items on tables in our main hallway.  When you come in for your conference please take a look and claim your student’s lost items.  Any leftovers after this week will be donated.  We will not be displaying or donating any items left at Adventure Days.

Thank you!

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Lifelong Learning- Something for Everyone

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Shop while raising funds...

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Standardized Test Scores Are Available

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Dear Parent or Guardian,

Last spring, elementary, middle and high school students participated in the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS state-mandated tests.  Third through ninth graders took mathematics and English language arts tests that were developed by a multi-state consortium, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC.  Fifth, eighth and eleventh graders also took a science test.  Additionally, fourth and seventh graders took a social studies test if their school was selected to participate.  This was the second time the students took the new math and English language arts tests and the third time for science and social studies, based on new content standards.

Your child’s score reports are available from their teacher.  As you read the report, you may notice that the performance levels established for these tests are relatively demanding.  The new terms for the student’s performance are Did Not Yet Meet, Partially Met, Approached, Met and Exceeded Expectations in mathematics and English language arts.  For science and social studies, the four categories are Partially Met, Approached, Met and Exceeded Expectations.  Because the content standards are intended to be more rigorous than in the past, the benchmark for successful performance on each test has been set at a relatively high level.  Therefore, student achievement scores are lower initially than on previous tests in the same content area.

To provide some context for your student’s performance on this new measure, the enclosed report shows your child’s performance compared to other students in the same grade in their school, the district, and our state.  For math and English language arts there also is a cross-state comparison including other states where PARCC math and English language arts tests were administered.  

  • Remember, test scores are only one piece of information.  These scores give a snapshot of academic performance and should not be interpreted as the ultimate indicator of a student’s academic success.
  • Interpret the results carefully, considering they are from relatively new state-required tests that were given online.   

We will use the assessment results to plan professional development for educators, refine instructional strategies and foster student understanding of mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies content.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Sincerely,

John McCluskey

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Directories are here!

The 16-17 Horizons School Directory is available in hard copy in the office for $4.00.  We ordered enough for everyone that requested one on the Directory Survey plus a few more.   Please feel free to come into the office with cash or check for $4 and purchase this year’s directory.

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Lice doing the happy dance....

Several cases of lice across grades have been found in Horizons.  Please take a look at your child’s head under a light, and keep aware of kids scratching their scalps.

If you find lice, please shampoo immediately with a lice pesticide shampoo, and start pulling dead nits out   If your child has lice, they will need to have their heads checked before re-entry into the classroom.

This is a  very time consuming procedure but your house will never be as clean :-).

Thanks for your mindful participation!

 

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The "Why" Of Horizons K-8

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