Shannon's Class Cleans Up!


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Summer READ Challenge: Tuesday, May 24th, 8:15am.

We’ve got a summer literacy challenge for you and your child!  Come visit us out in front of the school building this coming Tuesday morning.  There will be visual projects made by Horizons students, as well as take-away materials to encourage reading (book lists and family literacy activities).  We hope to help you kick start your summer literacy adventures!summer-reading-e1429477205643

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The Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Dear Parents,

By now you have received district emails asking you to sign up on the Infinite Campus parent portal.  If you have yet to do this, we urge you to do so. You will need parent portal access to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch benefits.  In addition, you will receive news of your student’s new teacher in August on the parent portal.  We will be also using the information on the parent portal for emergency contact info so it is very important that you make sure it is correct.

If you have any questions about how to do this, please contact me in the front office



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Hiring Updates

A few hiring updates for the 2016-17 school year.  

  • We are saying goodbye to Leann Roberts who has been a para professional in various classrooms and most recently with Julie Cohen in 3rd and 4th grade, for the past seventeen years!  We wish Leann all the best on her new adventures!
  • This past year, Julie Litt has been a Math teacher for our 5th through 8th graders.  Sadly, for us, Julie has been hired into an ongoing, full time, Math position at Altona Middle School in Longmont.  Please take a moment to say goodbye to Julie as the year winds down.
  • Gianna Fable, our new hire in 1st and 2nd Grade has decided to stay in her current position in Denver.  We will re-assemble our hiring committee for this position and re-post.  We will complete this hiring in early June.  We are trusting that we will find another amazing candiate for this position.  
  • Alex Ostrum, our Aftercare Coordinator and Special Education para, will also be leaving us this year.  Thanks to Alex for all he has done over the past two years here at Horizons K-8.  He will be missed and we wish him all the best!  We will be hiring for these positions in June.  

Please see letters from Leann and Julie below:

Dear Horizons Community,

It is with a deep sense of gratitude for 17 wonderful years at Horizons that I announce I will not be returning to Horizons in the fall.  I am being pulled in the direction of doing more music.  I’m not sure the form it will take, but I’m excited about the possibilities!

When I began working here, my own daughters were in middle school, and now they’re all grown up and married.  Initially, I worked as a middle school para and I also taught middle school math classes for several years.

Eleven years ago, I moved down to 2/3 and joined Julie’s class.  I can always remember how many years it’s been because Sally’s daughter, Alexa, was one of our 3rd graders, and now she’s in college!  How do these kids grow up so fast?

What a gift it has been to have the pleasure of working with the current 4th graders for 3 years! Somehow it seems appropriate that as they’re moving on, I am too.  My only regret is not getting to spend the second year with the current 3rd graders.

I have LOVED working with Julie.  Over the years. I’ve been so happy with the team-teaching environment we’ve created together, and it has been so rewarding to see how well the kids have responded to it.  I will really miss that…  Thank you, Julie…

I know I won’t be able to stay away from Horizons completely, so I’m sure you’ll see me coming in to sub or to just volunteer in the classroom on occasion!

All my best,



Dear  Horizons Community,

I have accepted a full-time 6th grade math position for next year, in St. Vrain, near my home.  The position opened recently when the person who taught both of my kids, decided to retire.  I am excited about the new opportunity, but sad to leave the wonderful and supportive Horizons community.

I would like to thank all of you for your kindness and support this school year.  The staff’s commitment of collaboration in creating a respectful and caring learning environment is something I will always remember with admiration.

Please keep in touch!  You can contact me at:

Kind regards,

Julie Litt


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From the Horizons Community Group

Longmont Dairy Caps!

Please remember to bring in your Longmont Dairy caps and deposit them in the box in front of the Cafeteria.  You don’t need them cluttering up your house during summer break!  Thank you for supporting the Longmont Dairy Cap program and earning money for our school.
HCG Project Meeting this Friday

Friday, 20th 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria

Please come and let us thank you for all your support this year!  We will be working on a sign for departing families that will be displayed on the last day of school.  Come and enjoy the last month together this year. We hope to see you there! (Yes, there will be coffee too).

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Yearbooks will officially be distributed to students this coming week!  If you did not pre-order your yearbook and are interested in purchasing one, please know that there will be a limited number available for sale.  Please bring payment of $25 to Hope and she will place you on a waiting list on a first come, first serve basis.  Thanks!
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Bios of Parents Running for the 2016-17 Horizons Board

Monica Fitzgerald:   I would be honored to serve our school community as a member on the Horizons K-8 Board. Our school is an inspiring, nurturing environment for children to learn, thrive, and grow as unique individuals. The strong relationships between students, teachers, and staff stands out to me at our school. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and senior research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am involved in community-based research focusing on comprehensive approaches to creating positive, safe school environments and connecting children and families with supports they need in their communities. We aim to promote children’s prosocial development and reduce problem behaviors and violence through creating an attuned and responsive community where youth feel supported to thrive personally, socially, and academically. I am a child and family trauma specialist, and as such train and support clinical professionals across the state, nationally and internationally in learning effective family treatments for childhood traumatic stress. I am also a co-developer of a family program called Let’s Connect that focuses on building parent’s and children’s socioemotional skills and enhancing their relationships through teaching families emotion-focused communication skills. This integrates SEL, mindfulness and self-care strategies to promote resiliency and health. This program is also used with teachers and school staff. I have experience with evaluation and grant writing and have served on other professional boards, most recently the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. I have co-chaired community efforts, such as the Colorado Implementation Collaborative. Thank you for considering me as a potential Board member.



My name is Kelly Garrison and I’m the father of two girls here at Horizons K-8, Isabella (5th grade) and Katie (2nd grade).  I grew up here in Boulder on Magnolia Road and attended Nederland elementary and then Boulder High.  I have a degree from the University of Colorado in Human and Cultural Geography and focused a lot of time on Cartography and Anthropology. I’ve worked as a cook at Nancy’s Restaurant, a Cartographer at Eureka Cartography, a graphic designer and a Computer consultant.  For the past 16 years I have been running my own IT company called Windward Networks.
I went to the Horizons 5/6 Museum of LWW today and was just blown away by the spark of the kids at Horizons and how well project based learning resonates and inspires them.  Just walking into Horizons never fails to surprise me how committed the community is to redefining education for our kids and it makes me want to be a part of it.  It’s a fantastic place to learn and to grow up.
Hope I’m able to add my knowledge and experience to the board

Frank Bruno: I have been interested for some time in the idea of serving the students, faculty and Horizons Community as a member of the board. Having served as a city manager, a vice chancellor at CU Boulder, and also as the CEO of Western Disposal, I feel that i have the professional experience to bring to the issues that we will face. Additionally, I have served and have chaired Impact on Education (the BVSD Foundation), Via Mobility Services, Foothills United Way, and was a founding board member of the Innovation Center of the Rockies—I understand policy governance, fundraising, and the challenges that non-for-profit entities face.

Aside from the experiences, I wanted to wait for a few years before I applied for this important role—I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the ways in which Horizons works, and the interactions between parents, students and faculty. I do now believe that I have a far better appreciation for this wonderful school, and the people who are committed to our kids, as well as the talents, opportunities and challenges that our students have and will face.

I would be deeply honored to be considered to serve.

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Two end of year events coming up.......

On the morning of Friday, May 20th, Horizons will be enjoying our Annual Fun Day Event.  This is a during-school, for-students event and may involve water, etc.  Please dress your children appropriately for fun in the sun and possibly getting a  wee bit wet.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 25 at 2:20, the students will be running a Mini-Marathon.  They will run around the adjacent park and back through the finish line.  They will be cheered on by their cheerleader teachers. Please have your student wear running shoes for the Mini-Marathon.


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The Last Day of School -- Important News!

The Last Day of School is Thurs, May 26.  There will be an All School Assembly at 9:45 AM in the Big Gym.

We will be closing out our year and saying goodbye to our beloved teachers- Nel, Sally & Jeanne.  This is an open celebration, so please come and feel free to invite alumni.

School ends at 12:30 and is followed by an all school picnic.  There is NO after care on this day!  Pizza sales will be happening.

Graduation that evening will begin at 6:30 PM

We realize that an earlier Horizons calendar indicated that school was ending on a different day.  The above information is accurate!!!

schools out for summer



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The Last Moolah Winners are....

Gateway Park Coupons & Discounts:  Janice “Trish” Jordan

Three Weeks of Ninja Classes with Quest Academy:  Marvin Vis

Custom Beach Tote by Connie Jagolinzer:   Shannon Hassan

OhMyBag Album Bag:  Polly Jessen

Story Time Pillow by Connie Jagolinzer:  Jennika Wildau

Please come to the office and pick up your winnings.



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