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January 2022

Dear Horizon Community,

Happy New Year! It does feel nice to see many of our students back at school. I am taking this January newsletter space to restate much of the messaging that the district sent to you on January 2.

We have and will continue to follow Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) guidance, which does not call for a shift to virtual instruction at this point.

We will continue to be thoughtful with our COVID protocols. We are reminding our students about the importance of face coverings. Vaccination, distancing, cohorting, and mask wearing remain the key mitigation strategies that will minimize quarantines and the potential for spread.

The CDC has issued guidance related to shortened quarantine and isolation with certain conditions in place. PHMDC has not yet issued local guidance, so while we wait for updated information, we will follow the same student isolation and quarantine protocols as before break. Please look for more communication once we receive PHMDC guidance.

The district testing site at Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field will now be able to provide rapid antigen tests to clear students from quarantine due to symptoms or close contact. This does NOT change quarantine practices, but it does mean quicker results and will ensure that lab delays do not cause students to miss more school than required. Students with symptoms could return to school after a negative antigen test and close contacts could be released from quarantine after Day 7 with a negative antigen test.

What can you do to help us keep schools open? (Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

–Get your child vaccinated for COVID-19, including a booster dose, as soon as they are eligible.

–Ensure your child properly wears a well-fitting mask in all public indoor spaces, including schools, even if it is not required.

Get your child tested for COVID-19 if they are experiencing symptoms or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Please do not send your child to school if you are waiting for a test result.

–Keep your child home from school and other activities to isolate and quarantine if they test positive for or are exposed to COVID-19.

Our goal at Horizon is to keep our students, staff, and families safe while remaining steadfast in the work of educating your children.

This is a difficult time, and we at Horizon are very appreciative of our Horizon families as you continue to be incredibly flexible and understanding as we navigate the uncertainties of the current situation.


Michelle Kelly, Principal makelly@sunprairieschools.org


Book recommendations from Mrs. Pittelli

Picture Book

Pacho Nacho by Silvia Lopez

Students voted this book our March Book Madness winner last school year. The story follows a family with two sons, one son with a very long name that his parents insist on using: Pacho-Nacho-Nico-Tico-Melo-Felo-Kiko-Rico. This is a book meant to be read aloud!

Chapter Book

Nina Soni series by Kashmira Sheth

Nina Soni is a 4th-grade Indian American living in Madison, Wisconsin. A funny series featuring a distractible girl with her family and friends. Written by a Madison-based author who grew up in India. We were lucky to have her visit our school two years ago.

Graphic Novel

I Survived graphic novel series by Georgia Ball

These new graphic novel versions of the I Survived chapters books by Lauren Tarshis have been flying off of our shelves! These books are perfect for students who prefer graphic novels, or for fans of the I Survived chapter books. These graphic novels combine historical facts with action-packed storytelling.


January news from the Advanced Learner Program

Happy New Year! Hard to believe it is already 2022 and we are almost halfway through the school year.

Math 24: We will be having a local competition to decide which fifteen 4th graders and fifteen 5th graders will represent Sun Prairie at the regional Math 24 Competition. The local competition will be held on Feb 7th at the District office. Each school will be choosing students in 4th and 5th grade to represent their school. The 4th-grade plays with double digits and 5th-grade plays with variables.

Local Math Meet Grades 5-8: The local Math Meet will take place on March 7th, 2022. Math Meet screeners will be given in the beginning of February to those students who have shown interest in participating in the math competition. The screeners will be evaluated and we will be able to take the top students to the regional Math Meet.

Yahara: Local judging will take place on January 6th. The top 10 pieces from each category, poetry, short stories, cartoons, and editorials, will be selected to move onto regional judging on January 14th.

Haiku: This year 4th graders will be invited to write Haiku poems to submit for a regional Haiku competition. Information will be presented to classrooms at the beginning of January. Students will be allowed to submit up to 3 Haikus on one page. Final submissions will be turned in in February.

ALP Caretaker Learning Session:

  • Is January 19th-this will be held via zoom

    • Meeting ID: 806 366 8846

    • Passcode: 157997

Warmest Wishes,

Bree VanDerKamp

Creekside/Horizon Advanced Learner Program Specialist

Big picture

No school days for January

Friday, January 14, 2022: - Staff Professional Development

Monday, January 17, 2022: - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Nurse’s notes

Welcome back Horizon! I hope you all had a nice Holiday break.

★ Please continue to review the Covid-19 Symptom Screening Checklist daily and keep your student home if they are not feeling well. Please note that you may be contacted by someone in the Health Services Department to discuss symptoms and/or a return date (if applicable)

★ Masks are still required for all staff and students at this time. Please send your student to school with a mask, and an extra one just in case.

★ In case you missed it, there has been a change to Covid testing recommendations. SPASD will now accept a rapid antigen test to return to school*** Please note that the test must be administered at a testing facility (like Ashley Field). School districts may not accept at-home test results.

★ Beginning in January, our testing site at Ashley Field will administer a rapid antigen test in addition to the lab-based PCR test. This will mean quicker results and ensures that lab delays do not cause students to miss more school than required. Here is a link to our district testing site.

★ Vision screenings are back this year! Normally we screen all students in Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades, but since we missed last year we will do other grades too. Kindergarten students will also have a hearing screening done at this time. If any potential hearing or vision issues are discovered, we will contact you. If you do not wish for your student to participate, please call the Health office at 608-834-7906.


Kobussen bus tags

Please remind your students that they need to have their bus tag with them to ride the bus to/from school. Students can take a picture of their bus tag on their phone to show to the bus driver.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, or school bus safety, please contact Kobussen at 825-8700, ext 5509.

Spanish version


Volunteering in the District

We appreciate your interest in volunteering for Sun Prairie Schools. To help ensure the safety of every student in the district, a national criminal background check must be completed prior to volunteering. More detailed information can be found here.

All information disclosed is kept strictly confidential and a determination will be made on an individual basis. Your background check is valid for three years. You will receive an email from Raptor letting you know that your background check is up for renewal 90 days, 60 days, and 30 days before it expires.

If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please contact Melissa Gors at 834-6503.

Background check application.



No student may be unlawfully discriminated against in any school programs, activities or in facilities usage because of the student’s sex (gender identity, gender expressions, and non-conformity to gender role stereotypes), color, religion, profession, or demonstration of belief or non-belief, race, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, homelessness status, sexual orientation, age, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and shall not be tolerated in the District. It is the responsibility of administrators, staff members and all students to ensure that student discrimination or harassment does not occur.

(SPASD District Policy JB)

If a student or parent/guardian would prefer to have this information translated into Spanish, please contact us at 608-834-6620. Si un estudiante, padre ó guardian prefiere tener esta información traducida en Español, por favor contactenos en el 608-834-6620.

If a student or parent/guardian would prefer to have this information translated into Hmong, please contact us at 608-834-6630. Yog tus me nyuam lub xiv los yog niam thiab txiv/tus neeg muaj cai saib xyuas tus me nyuam xav tau qhov ntawv ntawm no ua lus Hmoob, thov hais rau peb paub rau ntawm 608-834-6630.


The Sun Prairie Area School District (“District”) does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that the District operates. Title IX’s requirement not to discriminate in any education program or activity extends to cover, but is not limited to, District students, certain admissions processes, and District employment. To access the relevant policy and procedures you can go to the District’s website. For inquiries regarding how Title IX and the federal Title IX regulations apply to the District please contact the District’s Title IX Coordinator, (the Director of Student Policy & School Operations, 501 S. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 608-834-6624 or by email at titleixcoordinator@sunprairieschools.org.)