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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

January 1, 2018

Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back after the winter break! We hope you had a restful and enjoyable time with your families. We have a busy month ahead: IRI testing, boys basketball, 5th grade snow school, and of course lots of learning.

January brings the end of the second quarter and the halfway point of the year. Report cards will be coming home on January 26th. Please review your child's progress and together set goals for success for the second half of the year. Your support will greatly impact your student! Please contact your teacher if you have questions about grading.

Thank you for all you do to support your children here at Horizon.

Please note the following upcoming events:

01/15 Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

01/16-01/17 5th Grade Snow School

01/19 Early Release

As always please feel free to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Novotny

West Junior High School’s 7th Grade Orientation Night

What: Orientation for 7th grade

When: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 6:00-7:30 PM

Who: Current 6th graders AND their parents

Why: This is an opportunity to become familiar with:

· The elective programs offered at West

· The 7th grade core subject area teachers

· Athletic, social, and club activities

· The principal and assistant principal

· The counseling staff

· The library

· The 7th grade wing of the building

· The uniform policy

We will begin with a short orientation meeting in the gym. You will have an opportunity to meet with elective teachers and learn about the various classses offered at West. Several 7th grade classrooms and the library will be open for a self-guided tour. There will be prize drawings during the large gym presentation.

The 7th grade counselor, Mr. Ruprecht, will come to your child’s school in February to complete the course selection process. Our orientation is a great opportunity to find out about the possible electives your child may take. Parents will be able to access the Infinite Campus Portal to make changes and adjust course selections until the end of February. After that time, please contact Mr. Ruprecht at john.ruprecht@boiseschools.org for any potential changes or questions.

**Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00-7:30 PM**

Informational Math Nights for 5th and 6th Grade Parents

January 9 - 23: Informational Math Nights for 5th and 6th grade parents. These sessions will help parents make informed decisions about what option is best for their student when it comes to placement in math courses. There will be a discussion of the recommended student placement in Math 6, Honor 6/7, and Compacted 7/8, as well as an explanation about the secondary math course sequence. Parents may attend any of the following math meetings at these locations and times:

  • Lowell Elementary: January 9, Library, 8:00 - 8:30 am
  • East Jr. High: January 9, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Fairmont Jr. High: January 10, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Hillside Jr. High: January 11, Band Room, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Roosevelt Elementary: January 16, Library, 4:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Les Bois Jr. High: January 16, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • South Jr. High: January 17, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Highlands Elementary: January 18, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Riverglen Jr. High: January 22, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
  • West Jr. High: January 23, Library, 6:30 - 7:00 pm

Scoliosis Screening

Dear Parents,

The school nurse will conduct scoliosis screening for fifth-grade girls Jan.-Feb. 2018.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that occurs in the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar spine. Scoliosis occurs during rapid growth spurts during the pre-adolescent and adolescent periods. There is also a genetic predisposition for scoliosis, so it is important to tell your child to let me know if other family members have ever had this condition. When scoliosis is detected early major deformities can be prevented. Permanent curvature of the spine compromises the functions of organs in the chest and abdomen, especially later in life. Surgery rarely needs to be performed when scoliosis is treated early.

For the screening, I need to visualize the entire back and knees. Girls will be screened separately in the nurse’s office. Please have your child wear a light t-shirt, or sports bra, under her clothing, to better visualize the back.

There will be a second screening at a later date for any positive findings. You will be notified of any positive findings after the second screening. You then have the option to see a private physician or attend the scoliosis clinic offered through the district on

March 16th, 2018. If you do not hear from me, assume your child had a negative screening result. All children will be screened again in the seventh grade.

If you prefer not to have your child screened, please contact me at (208) 854-5170.


Jennifer Gonzales

School Nurse

Horizon Elementary

DTEC Open House

Dennis Technical Education Center (DTEC) is hosting an open house on January 25th, 2018 from 5:30-7:00.

This is our annual event open to the community to showcase the school and the programs we offer. Explore : Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, Computer Networking, Computer Support, Dental Assisting, Diesel Technology, Electronics Technology, Electrical, Emergency Medical Technician, Graphic Design, HVAC, Nursing Assistant, Plumbing, Pharmacy Technician, Precision Machining, Residential Construction, Welding Technology, & Zoology/Ecology.

Information for Culinary Arts, Elementary Teacher Intern, Photography, Pre-Engineering, and Sports Medicine programs may be found at the high school open houses.

National Geographic Bee

The 6th grade National Geographic Bee will be held January 17th in the cafeteria. Mr. Novotny will be our MC for this event. The winner of our Horizon Bee has the chance to participate in the Idaho State Bee. With a great amount of studying, the lucky student who wins this bee has a chance of winning a trip to Washington DC, meeting Alex Trebek, and receiving $25,000.

Ready for Kindergarten

Prepare your child for school success.

Kindergarten Flyer English

¡Convocamos a todos los padres!

Prepare a su hijo para el éxito escolar.

Folleto de jardín de infantes español

Boise Capital High Choir Festival

Who: All choir students

What: Choir Performance

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2017

Student Time: Rehearsal call time 5:45 pm

Parent Time: Performance at 7:00 pm

Where: Capital High School Auditorium (8055 W. Goddard Rd.),

Please come and support your child and hear them sing. Students should wear jeans and their Horizon choir shirt to the performance. Students will meet in the auditorium at 5:45 pm to rehearse together with the other choirs in the performance. The performance for parents and families will begin at 7:00 pm. Please contact the music teacher at

julianna.poe@boiseschools.org if you have any questions.

2018 Winter Cheer Clinic

Join Capital High School Cheerleaders as they inspire young cheerleaders at their annual Winter Cheer Camp! Learn Cheers and Chants, play fun team building games, stunt with the Capital Cheerleaders and learn a short dance/routine to be performed pregame or at halftime of the Boys JV and Varsity game that same evening.

When: January 13, 2018, 9:30am– 12:30pm

Where: Capital High Auxiliary Gym

Who: Ages 4-12 (groups split according to age)

Boys & Girls

$35.00 - Cash, check or card

checks made payable to:

Capital High School

Registration Includes a t-shirt. Please bring a water bottle & nutritious snack. Wear gym shoes, comfortable shorts/pants, t-shirt. Hair should be in a ponytail.

Flyer and Registration

Save the Date~Fifth Annual Daddy~Daughter Princess Ball

Brought To You By Capital High School DECA


February 17th, 7-9 pm


Capital High School’s Main Gym


Princesses Grades K-6

How Much?

$5 per person

Early Release Schedule

Kindergarten AM 8:40-10:30

Kindergarten PM 11:30-1:15

1st - 6th 8:40-1:15

News From the PTO

There are also a couple of "easy" ways you can help support the PTO.

  • PLEASE continue to collect Box Tops throughout the year. There are so many products that have the Box Top on them. Just cut it out, keep them in an envelope or bag, and then send them to school with your child's name on the bag. We will be having some raffles and contests to help keep those Box Tops flowing in.
  • Another easy way to support the PTO is by linking your Fred Meyer card to the Horizon PTO. It is a very simple step that you can do from your computer. And you do not lose your gas points or other rewards.
  • The 2nd Friday of every month is Horizon Pizza Night with Domino's. Domino's will DONATE 20% of your purchase back to our school. You can enjoy a pizza while donating money to help the PTO continue to be able to fund all of our activities.

Thank you to all of you who have been involved with the PTO. We appreciate the support we feel from the Horizon community.

Horizon PTO

Ashlee Reed, President

Valerie Wixom, Treasurer

Lisa Nelson, Secretary

Ashlee Reed, Carnival Chair

Meredith Gregory, Raffle Chair


Domino's Pizza Night, January 12th

Mark your menu calendars! The 2nd Friday of every month is Horizon Pizza Night with Domino's. Our next Domino's Pizza Night is Friday, January 12th.

  • Order pizza anytime during their business hours (by phone or in person at the store) at either the Fairview location or the Overland/Maple Grove location for carry out or delivery.
  • Mention that you are supporting Horizon Elementary and give them the flyer that will be provided to your student (if you have one).
  • Domino's will DONATE 20% of your purchase back to our school.

This is a great way to support our school and help students and teachers!!

Inclement Weather Memo

Pick up and Drop off/Handicap Parking Spots

We would appreciate if you would please review the following:

-Do not park in the handicap spaces unless you have a visible handicap placard and you are needing to enter the building. We would prefer that if you are disabled and are only picking up a child, that you use the drop off and pick up lanes. We have several disabled students at Horizon who need to have their guardians park in these spaces and physically come into the building to pick them up. Thank you for being considerate of those students with special needs.

-Do not exit your vehicle to pick up your child. Please ask school personnel to locate your child to ensure a quick departure.

-Only park and exit your vehicle if you need to enter the building for reasons such as meetings, after school functions, or picking up a student with disability.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Horizon Calendar

Check out the Horizon calendar for important dates and information. Days off, early release days and school events can be found on the calendar.

Open Enrollment

2018-19 Open Enrollment Paperwork

If your child is currently an open enrolled student at Horizon, continuation paperwork is due by February 1, 2018. The paperwork can also be found here or can be picked up at the main office.

If you plan on applying for open enrollment at West Junior High, the application is due by May 15th of the 5th grade year. We have the necessary applications in the office or you can click here to view the application.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Boise Independent School District is committed to creating and maintaining school

environments in which the emotional and physical safety of students, staff, parents and

others is a priority. Schools cannot ignore any threat of violence. When threat making

behaviors occur schools initiate a process called Threat Assessment. Here is a link to the Student Threat Assessment Parent/Guardian Notification

Thank you!

Dr. Betty Olson

Administrator of Student Programs

Special Education & Alternative Education


Horizon Elementary

Steve Novotny- Principal

Rebecca Severson- Asst. Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant