Explorer Events

Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

August 8, 2022

Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to the 2022-23 school year! We are excited to welcome our Explorers back to school! Please take a look at this entire newsletter to find important dates. We will continue to update the newsletter as we receive current information for you and your student(s).

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m -3:30 pm. If you are new to the district, we encourage you to stop in and enroll your student(s). Enrolling early will help us in placing students for the upcoming year.

Class lists will be posted on August 12th at 3:30 p.m. Unfortunately, due to the changes in enrollment this is the soonest we can make the lists available.

Our "Meet the Teacher" will be held on August 16th at 3:15pm. You are welcome to bring school supplies.

Wednesday August 17th will be our first day of school and will be an early release day

8:40 AM - 1:15 PM (lunch served)

Back to School/Parent Night will be held on August 25th at 6:15pm. Teachers and staff are prepared to share with you details regarding curriculum, special events, classroom procedures, and important school information. We are offering two sessions per classroom to help accommodate parents' schedules. We encourage a parent or parents to attend without their child(ren). No supervision will be provided.

We are excited to start the new school year and look forward to partnering with you in your child's education!

Please note the following upcoming events:

-8/3 Office Opens

-8/12 Class list posted at 3:30 p.m.

-8/16 "Meet the Teacher" 3:15 p.m.

-8/16 First Day of School, early release

-8/25 Back to School Night 6:15pm

Boise School Board Trustee Election

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022 polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the Boise School District as the 2022 Trustee Election is held. To be able to vote in the election, you must be 18 years of age, have lived in the Boise School District for 30 days and be registered to vote in Ada County. Completed Absentee Ballot request forms must be received by the Boise School District by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022. Visit the 2022 Trustee Election website to learn more, including candidate profiles, sample ballot and polling locations.


Horizon currently has openings in our Title One and Special Education departments. If you, or you know of someone, that would be interested please click on the following link to fill out an application with the district.


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


Please Welcome our new Explorers!

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Mrs Price Counselor

I’m so excited to be a part of the Horizon team this year!

I have three kids who keep me hopping from one sporting event to another. Outside of that, I enjoy hiking with my dog, reading a good book, and laughing with my girlfriends. My husband and I have lived in Boise for 20 years; we have enjoyed raising our kids and being actively involved in our community.

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.


Free Back To School Immunization Clinic

The district is happy to announce that Central District Health is once again providing a back to school immunization clinic at Whittier Elementary School from 1:30 - 4 pm on Friday, August 12. Pre-K - 12th grade students will be able to get any required school entry immunizations at no cost.

News from the Nurse

In our on-going effort to keep our students healthy and safe, please review the illness decision tree and protocols below. If your student is ill, please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hrs. We still encourage Covid testing for those with symptoms. Please let us know if your student has tested positive or has been exposed to someone with Covid-19.

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

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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)
  • Case Management
  • Community Resources
  • Google Meet Sessions
  • Groups
  • Sidewalk Visits
  • Situations that Negatively Impact your Family or Student
  • Social/Emotional Support for you Student

If you need assistance, please email alicia.juarez@boiseschools.org or call 208-854- xxxx. She will be at Horizon on

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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