Horizon Weekly News

October 5, 2018

While Students Were Off Today...

...teachers worked hard to prepare for student needs. Horizon teachers continued their study of best practices in reading instruction and looked at their student data to make decisions. They also spent some time learning about Cultural Competency, as 33% of Horizon students are of color.

While we know days off of school can be challenging on your schedules, please note that these days are key to our success as educators. When we engage in professional learning experiences, your children benefit from a stronger learning environment.

Have a great weekend,

Lindsey Cornwell, Principal

Upcoming Events:

October 9: PTO Meeting, 7pm in Library

October 10: Early dismissal at 2:35

October 11: Walk-a-thon! Volunteers needed! https://signup.com/group/446935832014

October 12: Box Top Collection Ends (winner wins a pizza party!)

October 17: Early dismissal at 2:35

October 17: Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night, 4-10pm. Horizon receives 10% of your orders!

October 19: Picture Retakes

October 24: Early dismissal at 2:35

October 24: Original Works fundraiser for the art department begins

October 26: Sock Hop from 6:30-8:00pm (dance, wear Halloween costumes, if you wish)


Message from PTO

Don't forget to send you box tops to school by October 12. The class that brings in the most box tops wins a pizza party! Make sure to keep collecting box tops all year. We'll collect them again in the spring. We also need volunteers to help cut box tops the week of October 12 – 19: https://signup.com/group/446935832014


**Please note that this year we have a change in practice with classroom snacks and birthday treats.**

Classroom snacks. Due to many students with food allergies/intolerances, our school has had to be extremely careful with any food items entering the school building. It is a safety issue and something that we take very seriously. In addition, our district wellness policy states that we will “engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.”

We do offer breakfast and lunch at school, so snacks are optional based on your child’s need. If you do choose to send snacks with your child, please choose from this list to remain within healthy guidelines.

-fresh fruit and vegetables prepared in advance (no nuts)


-beef sticks

-saltine crackers

-Goldfish crackers


-100% fruit juice boxes or water

Birthday treats: While birthdays are very important days for children, we will continue to recognize this special day in a child’s year. New this school year, we will offer each child a Horizon Birthday Button to wear for the day, in addition to recognition in his/her own classroom and/or community.

However, please refrain from sending treats or ‘treasures’ to share with your child’s class. While we are promoting healthy habits, we are also want to promote equity for all of our students on their special day. (If a child does come to school with treats to celebrate a birthday, we will have the parent pick them up in the office. This could result in disappointment for the child and inconvenience on the parent’s part.)

We realize that both notices above are changes in practice. Mrs. Cornwell is certainly able to answer any questions you may have, or listen to any concerns you wish to share.

Thank you for your part in keeping our students safe and healthy!

Volunteering at Horizon

We welcome adult volunteers at Horizon! Starting this year, all Johnston schools require that volunteers complete a background check. You must complete the online background check if you:

-are going to be assigned a group of students on a field trip.

-are going to work with students out of range of a teacher. (i.e. working with students in the community area, helping with school picture day)

Basically, if you will be with students other than your own child not directly supervised by a teacher, you should complete the online form. Click here to submit your background check.

All visitors (including those with a completed background check) will be required to scan a driver's license in our Raptor System upon entering the building. This allows us to easily recognize our visitors and track those in our building.