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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

November, 2022

Parents and Guardians,

We would like to thank those of you who were able to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their growth. If you were unable to meet during a conference time and would like to discuss your child’s progress, please email the teacher directly.

As the temperatures begin to drop, please remember to send your students with jackets, a warm hat and gloves. Please label items with first and last name on the tag in case they are misplaced and we need to locate the owner. Additionally, we have a number of coats, sweatshirts and water bottles in our lost and found. The next time you are at Horizon please take a look in the entryway for missing items.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Student's will be off for the week of Monday, November 21st to Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday break. We will see you back at school on Monday, November 28th!

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny

Holiday Assistance

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Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Lunches will no longer be free for all of our students this year. The income guidelines for free and reduced lunches have changed. If you believe your student would qualify based on the new income guidelines, for free or reduced lunches please fill out the online meal application as soon as possible. If you have any questions please call the office at 208-854-5170 or the Food and Nutrition department at 208-854-4090


Horizon Elementary Parking Lot Protocol

This is a courteous reminder of our pick up and drop off protocols for the front parking lot at Horizon. It is important that we all work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff members.

We ask that you please remember to drive slowly and carefully through the school parking lot and around the school premises. There are pick up line markers and staff members to help convey the proper route. We also remind you to avoid blocking handicap parking spots and to not park in these spots unless you have a state issued handicap parking permit. We do have students and families that require regular access to these parking spots throughout the school day. In addition, the thoroughfares are not designated parking spaces. Please do not park or sit in these spaces as it causes congestion.

We really appreciate you working with our designated safety patrol to provide a safe environment for everyone at Horizon! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information.


Capital High Basketball Team Elementary Game

This year during our boys and girls varsity basketball games, Capital is going to sponsor one of our feeder schools. Students from the designated school will be encouraged to show up to the game with their family in their school gear. We will offer free admission (to both the student and the family), give out Capital stickers, and honor your school during halftime. Your school's date is December 22nd at 7:30, the varsity girls will be playing Kuna High. We would love to see your students and their families there! Let us know if you have any questions, thanks!

-Capital Stuco

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News from the Nurse

Free Health Clinic November 19-20 at Expo Idaho (see flyer at school)

Please send an extra set of clothes to keep in your student’s backpack/cubby in case they need a clothing change during the school day.

We are continually identifying and evaluating students who qualify for and would benefit from a 504. Please contact the school nurse, counselor, or administrator if you have questions or would like your child evaluated.

A 504 Plan is a written document that identifies the specific accommodations a student with a disability requires. If your child is found to be eligible for a Section 504 plan, the plan will identify services, or accommodations necessary to meet your child’s educational needs.

In order to qualify for a 504 Plan a student must meet four criteria:

  • Does the student have a physical or mental impairment?

  • Does the physical or mental impairment affect one or more major life activities (including major bodily functions)?

  • Does the physical or mental impairment substantially limit a major life activity?

  • Does the student need Section 504 services in order for his/her educational needs to be met as adequately as those of non-disabled peers?

The Section 504 team makes the determination as to whether or not these criteria are met. The decision is based on a Section 504 evaluation, which will involve a review of existing data and/or may require the collection of additional data (e.g., assessments, records, diagnosis).

More Information on Section 504

COVID Protocol and Resources

The Boise School District has updated their illness and covid policies per guidance by Central District Health. The new policy can be found here: https://www.boiseschools.org/parents___patrons/health_services/coronavirus__covid-19__information___resources_

News from the Counselor

Blue permission slips for group counseling were recently sent home, please look in your student's backpack. Once signed, return it to school as soon as possible. This enables your child to participate in group discussions held during their lunch time. If you need a permission slip please let me know.

Jennifer Price, LPC

Horizon Elementary Counselor



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News from the Social Worker

Horizon’s Social Worker Alicia Juarez is here to assist our families and students. She can

assist with any of the following:

· Basic Needs (clothing, food, rent, school supplies, or utilities when you are not able

to meet those needs due to financial struggles)

· Case Management

· Community Resources( assistance connecting and accessing needed resources)

· Groups for your student in school ( social/emotional)

· Problem solving situations that negatively impact your family or student

· Social/emotional support for you and your student to enhance student success

If you need assistance, please email Alicia Juarez at alicia.juarez@boiseschools.org or call her

at 208-854-6919. Her office hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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Federal law requires that each school district receiving Title I funds notify parents of each student attending any school receiving these funds that information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) may be requested. As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

  • Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?

  • Is my child’s teacher teaching with a provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?

  • What is the college major of my child's teacher?

  • What degree or degrees does my child's teacher hold?

  • If there are instructional aides working with my child, what are their qualifications?

  • If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?

What is Title I?

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools.

What does Title I money do for a school?

Title I money is typically used to provide extra staff, materials or professional development for these schools. The program specifically supports reading and math.

How might Title I help my child?

A child attending a Title I school in the Boise School District may receive assistance in reading or math from a Title I paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals work in class with guidance by highly qualified teachers. They might work with small groups of students or one on one with a child. Children also benefit from training teachers receive or curriculum materials that are paid for with Title I funds.

How is a school eligible to receive Title I money?

The federal government measures a school's low income level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. If the school meets the target percentage Title I status is granted.

How is a child eligible for Title I services?

All children attending a Title I school operating as a school wide program are eligible to receive services from Title I.



(Federal Law Requirement)

As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

  • Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?Is my child’s teacher teaching with provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?
  • Yes, all teachers at Horizon are licensed to teach the grades and subjects assigned.
  • What is the college major of my child’s teacher?
  • There are no teachers at Horizon currently teaching with a provisional license.
  • What degree or degrees does my child’s teacher hold?
  • All teachers at Horizon have a college degree. Please check with your child’s teachers if you are interested in the degrees they hold.
  • If there are instructional aids working with my child, what are their qualifications?
  • Horizon has Title One instructional aides this year. All have at least a high school diploma, 48 hours of college credits, an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree, or successful completion of the ETS Paraprofessional Praxis test.
  • If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?
  • Yes, The Boise School District requires that every parent be notified in a timely manner if their child(ren) are taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

To request the state qualifications for your child’s teacher or instructional aide, please contact steve.novotny@boiseschools.org.


Annual Notification Regarding Public Release of Student Directory Information

The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to www.boiseschools.org and navigate to Parents & Patrons > Parent Information > FERPA Form. Or, please call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.

Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Jerad Larson- Assistant Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant