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Drivers Forms Required

If you will be driving on any school-related field trip, and will be driving children other than your own, it is required that you fill out a BVSD Drivers Form and submit the declaration page of your insurance policy as well as your drivers license.

Please remember that we hold these forms for one school year (August-May).  A new form and accompanying information must be submitted every school year.  Thank you for your assistance!

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Horizons Council Meeting Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 6:30 PM

Horizons K-8 Council
November 19, 2015, 6:30 PM

Hospitality provided by: Chris Chandler and the K Team with Special Ed. and Literacy support!   Thank you!
Child care is provided in the gymnasium.

Need a minute taker for Council!  See John if you are interested.

6:30 Introductions/Check in
6:40 Council agreements/procedures/concordance/minutes
6:45 Open Forum/Announcements
6:50 Discussion/Presentation Items

  • Unified Improvement Plan Goals for 15-16
  • Unified Improvement Plan school climate goal workshop

7:50 Committee reports as needed

  • Board Update
    • Development Committee Update
    • Council budget update
  • Community Group: Brooke Bell
  • Summer Camp Committee update: Anne Hudson
  • Diversity Committee: Erica Baruch
  • District Parent Committee: Micah Schwalb
  • District Advisory Committee: Denise Washburn
  • Green Team: Marti Matsch, Aaron Johnson

8:30 Close

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Safe2Tell Information from BVSD

To access, click here:  Safe2Tell

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Grades 7/8 Project Week Summary

Grades 7/8 Project Week Summary
The 7th and 8th graders immersed themselves in relevant, hands-on, problem solving and collaboration during their first project week this year. If you are wondering why we are so excited about project-based learning as an approach, please see the attached top ten list or go to for more information.

7/8 Project Week: October 23 – 29


This week we set out to find answers to the questions: What is journalism? What is the duty of a journalist? As a journalist, what actions should I take to tell my story? We traveled to CU Boulder to meet with a professor of digital media, Pat Ferrucci. We participated in the national #whyiwrite campaign by adding our individual reasons for writing to a national conversation board. We identified a community to which we belong, then wrote an opinion article that shares a “truth” about that community. We set out as photojournalists to document small truths of Boulder that disrupt common stereotypes, and completed a My Hometown photo essay.


Garden as Classroom:

In this project we looked at the following big questions: Why do people garden?  What are the benefits of accessible local and healthy food?  What does it mean to live in a food desert and how does this compare to our situation in Boulder? And finally: What does it take to design and build a garden?  We took a few walking field trips to neighboring schools to get some ideas.  We traveled to a non-profit indoor farm in Denver to get some insight on just what it means to live in a food desert and how communities are coming together to tackle the issue.  We visited another non-profit in Denver that, among other things, provides opportunities for people who are homeless to become actively engaged in their community through gardening.  FInally, we designed and built a four raised bed garden inthe courtyard on the west side of the building.

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In this project, we set out to explore the questions: Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? What conditions would life elsewhere in the universe require? How can we identify and learn about other planets in the universe? What is the value of searching for life beyond Earth? We had guest speakers from the Southwest Research Institute share about requirements for life and exoplanet detection. In addition, we visited Fiske Planetarium and had an engineer from Ball Aerospace present details about his work on the Kepler Mission. Throughout the week, we had discussions about the implications of searching for life on exoplanets and created our own light curves as we modeled planet transits. At the end of the week, we participated in a “Pitch Summit” with scientists from our community as judges. In our pitches, we presented the value of investing in research in search of habitable exoplanets.



In this project we investigated these questions: What are the purposes of building bridges?  How do science, math, engineering, safety, and aesthetics combine when designing and building a bridge?  How can I apply the learning I have been doing in school to solve real-world problems.  During the week, we investigated the type of bridge designs and the forces that need to be accounted for in the design.  We walked to nearby bridges, took measurements and drew sketches of them to help in our design process.  We took a trip to CU and talked with engineering students to be inspired by what problems they were tackling.  As a culminating project, students worked in teams to design and build a model bridge that would solve an engineering problem somewhere in the world.

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Personal Geographies:

This week we sought to answer the essential questions,“How does a person’s life experiences impact the way they look at the world?” and “How can we ‘map’ our life experiences?”. We were fortunate enough to have Kara working with us, so we were able to combine an investigation of cartography and human perspective, with mixed-media art. Throughout the week, we explored the history of cartography and various forms of mapping, viewed case studies of multiple people with unique life perspectives, visited a map store where we saw and learned about maps through time, visited “Two-Hands Paperie” on Pearl Street to select paper for our own maps, and spent many hours crafting multiple mixed-media personal maps. Students created abstract route maps, showing the route from home to a place of personal significance; “maps” of their hearts, which expressed personal loves and values; and our week culminated in the creation of personal utopias, which allowed students to fully express their perspectives and experiences in a mixed media map.

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Bookfair Help Needed!

Bookfair Help Needed!

Horizons will be holding a Scholastic Bookfair the week of December 1 – 4, including during the Artastic Faire. If you are at all interested in helping

with the bookfair (setup, marketing, sales, teacher wishlists, etc.) please let me know at:  judy_florian@yahoo.comRAINBOW-BOOKSMore bookfair info coming soon!

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Executive Session of the Board Meeting

Thursday, November 12th at 4:45 pm in the Conference room just prior to our regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6 pm.

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Horizons will NOT be offering After-Care on...

….Friday, November 20th or on December 18th.  These are the Fridays before breaks.  Thank you!

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Quilts that Care: Our School Project Filled with Love for Elizabeth

Just after we learned of Elizabeth’s heartbreaking diagnosis, my mother-in-law suggested we make a caring quilt for our school’s beloved teacher. As one who had no experience with quilting, I thought “Sure, we can totally do that!” Thankfully, a number of skilled, passionate women in our community joined the effort. Our end result: 2 wonderful quilts, one pillow and a chain of prayer flags–involving more than 525 pieces of fabric, 125 squares decorated by children, teachers, staff and parents, more than 20 classrooms, numerous trips to Joann Fabrics, 10 sewing machines including 2 long-armed machines, many, many hours and many, many tears.

quilt collage

I must express my extreme gratitude for those who made this gift of love possible: Rei Tilton and Dena Nishek, who lead the sewing efforts by taking the images in my head and making them come to life, Diane Hullet, who lent her beautiful space, experience and quirky perspective to our project, our incredible long-armed quilters: Karen Burgess, former Horizons teacher, and Deborah Howe, owner of The Quilted Elk in Lyons–both who volunteered their time and machinery at no cost. I must also thank Horizons Community Group for jumping in when needed, moms including Jaime, Callie, Kristine, Brooke, Julie (and more!), Hope for her tears, Julie Cohen for her connections and the teachers who took classroom time to give their students a voice. Lastly, I send thanks to Jim, the manager of Joann Fabrics, who gave Elizabeth’s quilt an ongoing discount for all materials purchased. It truly made a difference.

Our community has created an incredible gift to Elizabeth that we hope will bring her comfort, love and healing. We know it will mean a great deal to her to be physically surrounded by our love and caring messages from our children. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this effort!

This poem, found in Diane’s quilting space, will accompany Elizabeth’s quilt and seemed to represent much of the work on this project:

Warm Thoughts

Love is a quilt…a quilt is love.
Both love and a quilt should be:
Soft enough to comfort you,
Straight enough to cheer you,
Generous enough to enfold you,
Light enough to let you move freely,
Strong enough to withstand adversity,
Durable enough to last a lifetime,
And given gladly from the heart!-From “Quilts are Forever” by Kathy Lamancusa contributed by Julie Dye


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Go Holsteins!

Come cheer your Horizons Basketball Teams. Below is the schedule of games.  Go Holsteins!!!!!!


Friday Evening Games


5th/6th Girls Team 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Girls Team 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Boys Team 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Platt Middle School


5th/6th Girls Team 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Girls Team 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Boys Team 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Horizons Gym


5th/6th Girls Team 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. TBD
7th/8th Girls Team 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. TBD
7th/8th Boys Team 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. TBD


5th/6th Girls Team 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Girls Team 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Boys Team 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Horizons Gym


5th/6th Girls Team 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Girls Team 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Girls Team 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
7th/8th Boys Team 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Horizons Gym
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