Work Day Gratitude

On Sat, August 12, our faculty and administration were joined by generous parents and students.  We weeded, harvested, organized, cleaned, stacked books, hauled books, set up mailboxes and beautified our school- inside and out.

Thank you, everyone, for your willingness, energy and big hearts.  We are off to a great school year!


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Board Meeting Change

The Board Meeting scheduled for this evening (8/10/17) has been postponed until next week- 8/17/17, at 6 PM. Also, the September Board Meeting was scheduled for 9/14/17, which conflicts with Outdoor Ed week.  Stay tuned for a reschedule.


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Change of Address of Living Situation?

Is your contact info updated?

If you have already set up your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus, you can go complete your family’s Annual Data Update in the system now:

  1. Log into your Infinite Campus Portal with the account you previously created.
  2. Select the link on the left-hand column titled “Annual Data Update ADU.”
  3. A new window will open and direct you through the process. Some requested changes to information may require documentation. Please refer to the help boxes as you proceed. Make sure to complete all fields marked with a red asterisk (i.e. required information).
    If you have NOT yet set up your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus, you should have received an email with a Campus Portal Activation Key and instructions.
    If you do not have a portal yet and you did not receive the email with activation key, please contact Horizon’s registrar, Hope at
  4. In addition, please bring a utility bill, lease or rental agreement to the front office. This will be scanned and sent to the district.
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Volunteers Needed

Are you available on Tues, 8/29 in the morning?  BVSD Nurses will be here screening students for vision and hearing and we need volunteers.  If you can help, please let Hope know.

Coffee, juice & snacks provided.


DAC (District Accountability Committee) representative needed. 

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is a legally constituted committee of representatives from the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). DAC representation includes at least one person involved in business in the community located within BVSD, and a parent, teacher, or administrator from each school within the district and serves in an advisory capacity to the BVSD Board of Education.

As per Colorado Revised Statutes 22-11-302, DAC meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the Board regarding district improvement planning and spending priorities, studying topics as jointly determined with the school board, and increasing parent engagement in the district and at schools. The complete responsibilities of DAC members are described in the DAC bylaws .

DAC values ongoing feedback from each school’s School Accountability Committee (SAC) and provides training and information SACs can share with each school community.  If you are interested or would like more info, contact Lauren.


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July 11 is Amazon Prime Day - and a fundraiser for Horizons

Amazon Prime Day is today! When you use the link above to order from Amazon, a donation will be made to Horizons K-8. There is no additional cost to you. Thanks for placing your orders through Amazon Smile and helping raise funds that support Horizons students.

And after today, you can easily sign up for Amazon Smile ( and choose Horizons, as a fundraiser, at any time.

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Green Thumb Volunteers Needed

Our garden is in need of a few families to volunteer their time to weed and harvest vegetables over the summer. We are requesting one family adopt a week and plan to drop by 2 or 3 times during that week. Pat Smalley is the lead contact on the garden for the summer, if you have any questions please contact him directly at

To sign up for a week, please click on the signup genius link!

Thank you for your support

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Greetings all,

We are planning our first summer Rots & Shoots club meeting this Wednesday at 6;00 PM — at Gombe Grove in Burke park behind Horizons K8 school in Boulder.  All are welcome (pets too) and it’s FREE.
At this first meeting we will spend about 25 minutes learning about each other, a bit about Jane Goodall with some stories, and what Roots & Shoots is all about.  And then we will do a trash pick up all around Burke Park Lake walkway (adjacent to our meeting site).  The entire meet-up will be 1-hour.
Weather:  We will be meeting rain or shine, so come prepared with jackets and mud-able shoes.  We will NOT stay if there is lightning, however.
We plan to continue meeting every other Wednesday evening at 6:00PM, starting June 7th.
We will be following the Roots & Shoots model, of:
1. Learning about Jane and her work
2. Creating needs maps of our community
3. Devising a campaign (or 2) that benefits people, animals, or the environment in our community
4. Celebrating our efforts as we all learn to become more compassionate leaders
Although R&S clubs typically include kids 8 to 14 years old, there is no age restriction, especially for this summertime group —  and we encourage families to participate together.  This is not a Horizons school group or in any way officially affiliated with the school — it’s just a fun summer club that works to make a positive difference in the world.
Teresa and I currently serve on the United States Roots & Shoots leadership committee for the Jane Goodall Institute Board of Directors, so we are intimately familiar with the program and will do our very best to facilitate and maybe even bring in some special elements.
And here is the link to Jane’s visit to Horizon’s school:


Brad McLain, Ph.D. | Co-Director

DIRECT: 303.819.6917 

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Agenda of the June 8, 2017 Horizons Board Meeting

Agenda of the June 8, 2017 Horizons Board Meeting


Timekeeper: TBD Process Observer:  TBD

6:00     Welcome:  C, C, C’s

6:05     Approval of minutes: May 2017

6:10     Principal’s Report

6:15     Finance Review Report

  • FY 18 Budget Approval
  • Budget Talking Points
  • Grievance procedure updates
  • FTE Changes
  • Employee handbook update
  • Hiring updates
    • Recommendation to hire: Rebecca Riggleman
    • Recommendation to hire: Traci Bushnell
    • Seeking ¾ para, ⅚ para, ⅞ Spec. Ed. para, Long term Spec. Ed. Elementary Sub
  • Celebrations


  • Ok action Items
  • Process observer comments
  • Next regularly scheduled meeting is Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Save The Date- All School Work Day- 8/12/17

Save The Date- All School Work Day- 8/12/17

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