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Horizon Elementary

From the Desk of Mr. Novotny

May 1, 2022

Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that we only have three more weeks until summer break! Students have finished their statewide assessments and teachers are gathering data on their progress in 4th quarter.

I would like to inform you of a few staffing changes for next school year.

2nd Grade: Amber Drobny

5/6 Combination: Elizabeth Perez-Conrado

School Psychologist: Jacque Felt

Social Worker: Alicia Juarez

Learning Coach: Bailey Weidmier

As we move forward towards the end of the year please be mindful of the important dates list below:

- 5/20 Early Release

- 5/25 Early Release, Last Day of School

For reference, the Early Release schedule is as follows:

Morning Kindergarten 8:40am-10:30am
Afternoon Kindergarten 11:30am-1:15pm
Grades 1-6, 8:40am-1:15pm

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

Mr. Novotny

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.


Future Explorers!...Kindergarten Registration

Registration for all incoming Kindergarten students for the 2022-2023 school year! We will offer full day Kindergarten for the 22-23 school year. Please visit our front office to pick up enrollment paperwork. You may also register at https://www.boiseschools.org/parents___patrons/how_to_enroll_ You will need to bring proof of residency, birth certificate and immunization records for your child.

Please call our front office if you have any questions.

Horizon Track & Field

Attention all sixth and fifth grade boys and girls! It is track and field season at Horizon!

Track and Field Schedule


Days: Tuesday-Friday

Time: 3:15-4:45pm


April 5th Tri-meet @ Hillcrest

April 7th Tri-meet @ Shadow Hills

April 12th Tri-Meet @ Horizon

April 19th Regional @ Capital 4:30pm

April 25th Districts @ East Jr High 5:00pm

May 2nd City Championship @ East Jr. High 5:00pm

Horizon Food Services

All students enrolled at Horizon this year will get one free breakfast and one free lunch per school day for the entire school year. We are not accepting meal applications this year. After school snacks are free for all schools this year.

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.


Boise State University will continue to provide Rapid antigen and PCR testing for Boise School District students with no proof of insurance needed. Parents and other non-school age children would need to provide proof of insurance. 2100 W University Dr, Boise, Idaho 83706. Monday - Thursday, 8am - 6pm & Friday, 8am - 3:30pm by appointment.

Any family who has Covid symptoms can call 2-1-1 to get a free home test mailed to them. Here is the info!


If you haven’t already requested your 2 sets of 4 at home, rapid covid tests offered to every household here is the info!


Pediatric COVID Vaccine Sites

There are many clinics and pharmacies offering the Pediatric Pfizer Vaccine. Children 5-11 are eligible for the pediatric dose. Check out this list to make an appointment for your student Pediatric COVID vaccine locations.

COVID Protocol

The Boise School District has updated their illness and covid policies per guidance by Central District Health. The new policy can be found here.

News from the Counselor

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that I will be at Horizon Mondays through Fridays, and Tenneal Lujan will be at Horizon on Wednesdays.

If you have questions or wish to speak to either of us about your child, please call the main office or email us directly.

We look forward to working with your child!

Tiffany Krumm

(208) 854-5170



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News from the Social Worker

Horizon’s Social Worker Yaneth Orellana-Anderson 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 yaneth.orellaanderson@boiseschools.org or call 208-854-2393. She will be at Horizon on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Horizon Elementary PAT

Remember to look for our weekly Horizon Tuck-In Tuesday bedtime story readings (on our Horizon YouTube Channel). Visit the link below to watch current and past videos.



Each Title I elementary school has a PAT team. PAT stands for Parent Action Team, and our team is made from a combination of family members, teachers, para-professionals, administrators and/or community members.

Our goal is to help plan engaging activities and events for the families of students in ways that support student achievement and success for all.

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Borah Softball: Summer Opportunities

Borah will be hosting free summer workout sessions again for all future lions, starting May 31st all the way through the end of June. We will start them Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:30-7pm, but may adjust that to an extra day depending on coach availability. We already have big plans, lots of drills, and fun things ready to go!

We will also be hosting a summer camp July 20-22nd from 5:30-7:30pm for $30. This includes a Borah Camp T-shirt, along with camp prizes!

Finally, there will be a Junior High softball team for all incoming 7th and 8th graders starting the week of August 15th through September 20th (approximate end date). Jerseys, pants, and helmets will be provided.

For all the mentioned activities above, there is no prior softball experience required. We would love to have everyone come out, enjoy themselves, and find their love of the game.

All activities will be held at the Borah Varsity softball fields.

Please contact Varsity Softball Head Coach, Eric Zinn with questions: eric.zinn@boiseschools.org.


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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

Liz Croy- Assistant Principal

Stephani Bothen- Administrative Assistant