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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 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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Summer Camp 2016 Committee Kickoff Meeting


Do you have a skill or a creative idea you’d like to teach for a summer camp session? The Horizons K-8 Summer Camp 2016 committee will meet on Monday, November 9th at 3:45 in the Conference Room to review highlights of Summer Camp 2015 and begin planning for Summer 2016. Please RSVP to Anne Hudson at

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The SHARE-A-COAT boxes have arrived....

It’s that time.  The Rotary Club has delivered boxes for us to donate coats, jackets, mittens, scarves, snow boots, hats, etc.  Please deposit into the boxes in the front of the school.  Thank you for helping to keep someonepuffer coat faux fur hood justice warm this winter!

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Adventure Days Are Here!

Adventure Days Are Here!

ADVENTURE DAYS OCTOBER 2015 during Fall Conference Days

The full days will run from 8:30am-5:30pm.

Due to limited staffing and state regulations there will be a daily limit of 30 students for Adventure Days. **Adventure days are filled on a first-come, first-served basis** Please pre-register your child with the link provided below. During Full Days children need to bring a water bottle, morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

Wednesday October 28th is SCIENCE DAY!

Today is all about Science! We will build bridges with toothpicks and marshmallows and see how much weight they can hold. Then before lunch we will venture outside for some Capture the Flag. After lunch we will make homemade ice cream for dessert. At 1:00pm we will learn about volcanoes. Students will make their very own paper maché volcanoes and will be able to watch them erupt. We will finish the day with a nature scavenger hunt around the pond next to the school.

Thursday October 29th is ULTIMATE GAMES DAY!

Today we will be playing tons of indoor and outdoor games! In the morning, students will play a giant game of kick ball and a game of soccer. Before lunch students will play a variety of indoor games such as chess, cards, dominos, and various board games. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite games from home.  After lunch, students will compete in the “Ultimate Egg Toss” competition as well as various mini games from the hit T.V show Minute to Win It. In the late afternoon we will make a “Chalk Mural” on the outside basketball court.

 Friday October 30th is HAUNTED HALLOWEEN DAY!

Today we will celebrate all things Halloween. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to school and bring a change of clothes for comfort. In the morning we will carve pumpkins and make gluten-free no-bake cookies.  We will provide some pumpkins, but extra donations are encouraged.  Before lunch we will be playing some “Zombie Tag” outside. After lunch we will be making trick or treat bags and students will have the option to face paint. In the late afternoon students will be watching a Halloween themed movie (PG). Popcorn will be served! Please note, there will be no pizza on Friday, October 30th.


Here is the application:  ADVENTURE DAYS OCTOBER 2015


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Horizons Open Enrollment Schedule

Horizons K 8 2015-16 Open Enrollment Event Schedule

Event #1:  December 3rd 6:30-8:30 pm K-8 Open Enrollment Presentation

Event #2:  December 9th 8:45-10:45 am K-8 Open Enrollment Presentation

Event #3:  Wednesday, December 9th 1-3 pm    5th-8th Grade Student Visit Day

Event #4:  January 6th  6:30-8:30 pm 5th-8th Grade Showcase

Event #5:  January 13th 8:45-10:45am K-8 Open Enrollment Presentation

All events are for parents and students going into grades K-8. We cannot accommodate younger siblings. All of these events include a school tour, a power point presentation featuring the history and philosophy of the K-8 program, a curriculum overview and questions and answers with grade level teachers and time with Principal John McCluskey. The Open Enrollment Presentations and the 5-8 Grade Showcase do not require an RSVP. The 5-8 grade visit day is a time when students can come and look at the program. We do request an RSVP for this event. Contact or call 720 561 3600.

BVSD policy prohibits Horizons from conducting individual tours of the building and classrooms.  Please be sure to come and see us during one of our many Open Enrollment events.

Horizons parents- please remember that if you have a sibling that you would like to have attend Horizons next year, you must fill out an application with BVSD Open Enrollment and check the sibling box.

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Lost & Found- Displayed

We have moved all the unlabeled items, from our school Lost & Found, to the front hallway, for easy perusal.  They were no longer fitting in the Lost & Found closet.  Please take a look and see if you recognize anything.

What remains will be donated on Fri, 10/23.  Thanks to Jill Siegel-Stone for being our Lost & Found Angel.

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