Grades 5-8 Parents Night Out

The Community Group is pleased to announce the next Parents Night Out (Grades 5-8) will be on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Come enjoy happy hour at the Cheese Course with parents of children in 5th through 8th grades. It’s a great opportunity to meet some new folks and relax with other adults.

The Cheese Course is located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave in The Village Shopping Center (near McGuckins). Get a Groupon for 40% off your happy hour purchases. We hope to see you there.

Parents Night Out is a great way to create and enjoy fellowship with parents of your student’s classmates and friends.   It is a fun evening and we encourage all to come and join us!
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Skylines: Welcome to Our New Website!

We are excited to introduce you to our new website, which will now become your one stop for all things Horizons K-8! We encourage you to dive into this new resource.


We have set up communication as a digest via email newsletter, which will automatically send Skylines news updates throughout the week.  Our community has been subscribed to this digest. As timeliness dictates you may receive emails more than once a week, but we will work to not inundate you with unnecessary emails. Please follow the link at the bottom of the email (Mailchimp) to set your preferences to receive updates more or less frequently.  

The most significant change you will notice as a result of this update is that you will no longer be receiving Skylines as a PDF in your email.

The digest will be latest news posts which are updated throughout the week. The default preference is to receive it Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  This update will still be called Skylines and there’s no need to wait for the digest, as the most recent news will always be available on the site!  It will be very important for you as a family to get into the habit of both reading your digests and visiting the site for upcoming events, school calendar, and other information.

Please stop by the redesign as there is much more to learn and see as you navigate our new collective, virtual community!

Please send your feedback and ideas to   

Thank you to Sean Hudson and his team at Crow and Raven for their support in helping us create our new web presence as a community.

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Lockdown Drill Thursday, October 8

This month’s “other” drill is a Lockdown.  Although difficult to have to practice these drills, it is important to do so and it keeps us in compliance with local and state mandates.  Please check in with your child’s teacher if the drill experience brings up any questions.  The drill is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow and Boulder Police Department officers will be joining us to simply walk through as we conduct the drill.

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Trip Tracker Due Friday, October 9

Did your child carpool this past month? (Remember, playdates where kids ride home together count!) Did your child walk, bike, bus or scoot to school, even .25 of a mile?

If you can answer “yes” for even ONE trip to or from school, your child qualifies for Trip Trackers! Trip Trackers is a great program at Horizons where kids are rewarded for each trip made with alternative transportation. They earn “Trip Tracker Dollars” redeemable at many businesses throughout Boulder County.

You have until this Friday, October 9 to register your trips for trip trackers for August/September. Don’t miss the fun!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each month (GO TODAY!) click to this website: Trip Tracker website and log the NUMBER OF TRIPS your child has taken to AND FROM school in the past month where you used alternative transportation (INCLUDING CARPOOLS). You’ll also receive a reminder at the beginning of each month from Peter Hurst to go log your trips.
  2. On the right hand side of the page, register your child for the program if s/he isn’t already registered. Then each month, click on the second button from the top: “Report monthly data.”
  3. You will be prompted to input your child’s BVSD #. If you don’t know that number, ask your child, or email Hope or Marti Matsch ( for the number.
  4. The site will walk you through all the possibilities of alternative transportation that count.
  5. That’s it! Your child will receive trip tracker dollars at school 2-3 weeks later!

What counts as a trip?

ANY trip, to or from school that was a bike, walk (.25 miles or more), bus, scoot, OR CARPOOL.
A carpool is any time your child was in a car, regardless of whose car it was, where there was at least one other child who is not a family member. Alternative transportation not an option? Walk in! Park your car just .25 miles away from the school and walk in together! We will be organizing “ Walk In Wednesdays” for groups to walk in together! Stay tuned.

Where can we spend TT dollars?

Trip tracker dollars are redeemable at many locations throughout Boulder County. Check the website to see which businesses participate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Thank you so much for helping Horizons be a school that cares about our community, our children, and our environment.

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Your student has been given their individual and class photos today.  Please check them out!!!

Photo Retakes

If you would like a retake, or if your student was absent on picture day, retakes will occur on Tues, 10/13 at 8:45 AM. Have your student bring in their “rejected” photo which they will give to the photographer as a “ticket” for a new picture.

If you have any questions about ordering more photo packages than you have already submitted, please email

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School is IN Session on Monday 10/12

In order to meet our “instructional minute” requirements with the state this year, we are not able to follow the same schedule as BVSD on this day.  Thanks for your understanding.  See you on Monday!

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Go Fund Me: Elizabeth's Medical Fund

Go Fund Me: Elizabeth's Medical Fund

Dear Families,

I was informed early this morning (November 17) that our dear Elizabeth has passed. Peacefully, late last night. We will be meeting as a faculty this morning to check in and prepare to support your children as this news rolls out to the community. Please know that your thoughtful support and care as a community has been a strong foundation for us all as we have navigated this very sad experience.

Everyone is invited to remember and celebrate our dear teacher and friend Elizabeth Hershoff on Sunday, December 13 from 2-4 p.m. at Horizons.

Hello friends of Elizabeth Hershoff!

As you likely know, Elizabeth was recently diagnosed with a very serious brain tumor (glioblastoma). She will be starting complex treatments this week. Elizabeth is a single parent. Living expenses and medical costs are going to be substantial during her battle. This page has been setup for those who feel inclined to contribute towards these costs. All proceeds (after the required GoFundMe fees) will go to directly to Elizabeth to help pay for medical expenses and/or help support her and her son, Sam.

If you are not personally familiar with Elizabeth, she is a truly amazing person! She has been teaching for 30 years, with specialties in elementary and special education. Her ability to enthusiastically embrace the uniqueness in each child and teach to their individual strengths has impacted more lives than we can count.

Thank you so much for your support!

Click here to donate via Go Fund Me

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Jane Goodall Event!

Jane Goodall Event!

Dear Horizons Community,

As you may have heard, we are excited to announce that Dr. Jane Goodall, world renown primatologist, activitist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace, will be visiting Horizons K-8 School on Thursday, October 1, from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.  We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Brad and Teresa McLain (Kai McLain’s parents) for making this event possible.

This is an incredible occasion for our students.  Much of Jane’s current work is focused on her international Roots and Shoots movement — a service learning program that empowers students to become powerful agents of positive change to the benefit of animals, people, and the environment in their local communities.  This event is designed as a Roots and Shoots rally and we are proud to announce that Horizons will be launching several Roots & Shoots groups as part of this event.  Learn more about this extraordinary program and how YOU can get involved at:

This opportunity will also serve as the dedication of “Boulder’s Gombe Grove,” adjacent to our very own outdoor basketball court.  In addition to hearing stories from Dr. Jane, we will also be hosting Roots & Shoots leaders from around Colorado and will be planting 10 trees, each one dedicated to a chimpanzee near and dear to Jane’s heart from her studies in Tanzania.  More details can be found here:

We will close the event by sharing a gift of song. See a video of the kids practicing their song.


This is designed to be a private, child-centered, educational, motivational, and inspirational event.  Jane will be working and interacting with the students. We would like to keep the scale small and intimate so that the children can get the most out of this amazing opportunity. We ask that you support our intentions in maintaining this unique and precious opportunity for your children.

We also encourage you to attend Jane’s lecture at CU Boulder later in the evening on Oct. 1st at Coors Event Center.


Objective: To commemorate Jane Goodall’s visit to Boulder, to dedicate “Boulder’s Gombe grove” as a Roots & Shoots Rally point, and to celebrate the 55th anniversary of her historic research program at Gombe.

Context: Dr. Goodall celebrated her 81st birthday this past spring and the 55th anniversary of her chimpanzee research in the forests of Gombe, Tanzania. Dr. Goodall’s unique research methods for studying animal behavior ultimately ushered in a paradigm shift in the sciences of anthropology and ethology — transforming our understanding of what makes us human and what links us to all other life on Earth. In the years since her initial seminal discoveries, she has gone on to become a U.N Peace Messenger and outspoken champion for animal rights. She also founded the program known as Roots & Shoots — now operating in 139 countries — to empower youth as positive change makers for people, animals, and the environment in their communities, together effecting international impacts.

WHEN: Oct. 1st, 2015, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

WHAT: A Roots & Shoots rally in which Colorado children gather to:

    • Meet Jane & share stories of their efforts to make the world a better place
    • Plant 10 trees – each one dedicated to a chimpanzee near and dear to Jane’s heart and critical to her research
    • Hear Jane’s dedication stories

WHO: Jane Goodall, Colorado Roots & Shoots clubs of Colorado, Horizons K-8 Students

WHERE: Horizons K8 School in Boulder, adjacent to the outdoor basketball court, rain or shine.

HOW: Dr. Brad McLain and Teresa McLain co-direct XSci (the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative) at the Center for STEM Learning, CU Boulder.  Teresa McLain is the event founder and organizer, in partnership with our sponsors and Horizon’s wonderful staff!.  Brad McLain also serves on the board of directors for the Jane Goodall Institute and serves on the Roots & Shoots national committee, in addition to teaching a CU-hosted MOOC for JGI.

WHY: Roots & Shoots is Jane’s legacy and a call to action for the youth of the world to become positive change makers.

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Picture Day is September 1

Picture Day is September 1

Parents should have received order forms for student pictures. Our photographer, Mike Oliver will be here on Tuesday to take both individual and class photos. Even if you do not wish to order photos, your child’s pic- ture will appear in the yearbook. Mike will take two class pictures, a serious pose and a silly pose. The order form allows you to order one or both of these. Order forms do not need to arrive prior to picture day and should be given to your child’s teacher on Sept. 1. We have extras in the office. Thanks for your cooperation and remember to Say Cheese!

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Lani Guinier Redefines Diversity, Re-evaluates Merit

In the following brief interview, Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier, the first tenured woman of color at the law school, discusses the challenges of relying heavily on test scores and the value of collaborative learning, especially among those with different skill sets and experiences.

Read the full interview on The New York Times website.

It is interesting to compare her comments with the Traditional vs. 21st Century Learner chart created by the 7/8 team (below) and to note how well Horizons reflects some of her beliefs.  We might also ask ourselves to what degree Horizons brings together individuals with a mix of “skills, backgrounds, and ways of thinking.”

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