What are you doing this Friday evening?


The All School Fall Dance is this Friday, October 23, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Wear your favorite family-friendly costume. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door.  Rumor has it that a few of our teachers may offer some special presentations.

It is not too late to sign up to help.  If you are interested in supporting this fun filled event, please email Paige at paigeaustin@hotmail.com

Dance 2015 v2

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Para-educator, Aftercare and Enrichment Subs Needed

We are still in search of a few more substitutes to cover for our paraeducators, Aftercare and Enrichment as needed.  If you, or a friend, have an interest in working with children, and have a few extra hours per week, please email Hope to set up an appointment to speak with John about our current needs.  Thank you!

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Thank you District Parent Council (DPC) Rep.

Big thanks to Micah Schwalb, a new parent, for agreeing to be our DPC rep at district meetings.  Micah will be offering DPC reports at our Council Meetings.

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In case you missed it....

The SHARE-A-COAT boxes are at the front entrance.  Let’s keep people warm this winter!  Please deposit all wearable items including gloves, scarves, and hats into the bins.  Thank you!

Parents Night Out for Grades 5-8

Date: Thursday, Oct 22nd

Location: Cheese Course in The Village Shopping Center in Boulder

Time: 6-7:30 (Happy Hour)

Link: http://www.thecheesecourse.com/

Groupon: https://www.groupon.com/deals/the-cheese-course-boulder-1-1


Mark Your Calendar for the next talk in our Speaker Series

Nov. 9th 6:00-7:30 p.m.

“Strengthening Parent-Child Communication at Different Stages”

presented by Dan Fox

Horizons Community Group

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The Artastic Fair is Coming

artasticcall_2015 We need artisans and craftspeople to fill our gym with wonderful wares to sell.  Enclosed is the application.  Please fill it out and submit to front office – or – give to the artists in your life that might wish to participate.

Artastic Market Application



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Directories for sale...

Need a hard copy of the Horizons Community Directory?   They are $5.00 and available in the front office.


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Student Led Conferences

As we look forward to conference days here at Horizons, I wanted to share with you some thoughts about the importance of conferences and the unique way that we do them here at Horizons K-8.  For families that are new to Horizons, and as a reminder to those of you who have been here for a while, we want you to know and understand that our student led conferences are one of the critical and most effective pieces of our approach to creating life-long learners.

We know that one of the primary drivers of student success in school is the level of expectations that the adults in a child’s life have for her or him.  We also know that by intentionally not using grades or other external measures to gauge student success, students learn to ask the deeper question of “How am I growing as a learner?” versus “How am I doing?”  Possibly even more important is the internal conversation a learner has about the quality of the work they are producing versus the quantity. Ultimately good learners understand and can articulate their learning process and understand it to be as, or more important than, the actual product that was produced.

There is nothing more satisfying to an educator (and a parent!) than to hear a student talk about their work when this work reflects their personal best effort. The gift of our brand of conferences is that students begin to have high expectations of themselves based on their internal desires to produce quality work and to understand how they arrived at this point as a learner.

When a school chooses student-led conferences, we are valuing this deeper conversation in a significant way.

We invite you as parents into conference time with these thoughts in mind.  Please come ready to engage your child as they explore how to be a learner and how to create a level of self-awareness that a grade or a score would not give them.

At Horizons we have multiple ways to assess student progress. With our conferences, we are assessing student learning in the most authentic way.  At conferences, we encourage you to support your students in answering these questions: Who am I as a learner?  What is my personal best work?  How do I know when my work is complete?  As our students grapple with these questions, we will know that we have helped them take ownership of their education.

We welcome you as families into this process and we look forward to seeing you!

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Welcome Our New TOSA

Thank you all for your support over the past year as we have navigated the multiple processes to fill this position.  We are excited to have our community meet and get to know Jaclyn Adley.  Our time, while this position has been vacant, gave us the space to talk as a faculty about what we all feel will best serve students and families here at Horizons.  A Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) is a title and role that schools use across the country to fulfill various duties in a school.  Over the years, we have developed a clear list of need fulfilling tasks for this role and are excited and grateful to have Jaclyn, with her extensive experience in these areas, to jump in to take on the pieces that she outlines below.  In addition, the role allows for Jaclyn to be available to cover for teachers while they collaborate, cover for me while I am attending district meetings, professional development, and work with students who are needing behavioral support.


I am so excited to be at Horizons as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)! My primary role is to collaborate with teachers, support staff, families, and students to provide a layered continuum of support for academic success, with an emphasis on helping students to achieve their individual goals.   In addition to working in classrooms I am also the community liaison for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and can help the entire school community navigate ways to help learners be successful through research based classroom accommodations or teacher led interventions.  Our main goal at Horizons is to build strong partnerships with each other in order to provide appropriate scaffolding that each child may need to confidently become a self directed learner.  As part of the Student Support Team I help manage data collection in order to determine the success of targeted classroom accommodations/interventions and work with families, teachers and administration to schedule and facilitate meetings and develop plans that support the whole child.  Each learner is different and unique and we truly value and encourage this at Horizons. I look forward to continuing to partner with you and  invite you to stop by to say hello or contact me if you have any questions.


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Calling All Grant/Creative Writers!

We are looking for a few folks who can support some short-term grant writing efforts here at Horizons K-8!  A couple relevant and engaging grant opportunities are available this month!  Please email John at John.McCluskey@bvsd.org if you might be willing to join a short term committee to support this important effort.  Thank you!

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A Peak Into Arts & Sciences

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