Welcome to Horizons!
What makes Horizons unique?
- Horizons is a PBIS (Positive Behaviors Intervention Supports) school, which means that we focus on rewarding students for good behavior in an effort to deter poor behavior choices. This philosophy has significantly reduced the number of office referrals, and reinforced positive behaviors.
- Character Trait Focus, is implemented to support students having a growth mindset, for example Self-Awareness, Grit, Gratitude, and Kindness. Students are celebrated and recognized after demonstrating the monthly character trait in/out of the classroom.
- Wild About Reading is a month of fun and learning devoted to literacy. During February, we help students develop a love of reading through events like, Character Dress Up Day, special guest readers (family members and celebrities), and our PTSA sponsored Read-A-Thon.
- Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a national program that encourages father figures to participate and volunteer in schools. Most days you will find a Watch D.O.G. or two reading with a student, refereeing a game of football, or helping out in a classroom.
- Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Program with Thrive Community Fitness, and Edward Jones — Cameron Daniels. These local businesses provide an amazing amount of support and resources for our Horizons staff and families.
- 4th and 5th Grade Flag Football, this occurs at students' lunch recess time and an adult organizes a league, creates the schedule, and referees the daily game. The students have games until winter break. After the season and tournament is over, the winning team is awarded “Flag Football Champion” trophies. In addition, students get an opportunity to play against the staff in an annual Turkey Bowl. This has been happening since 2015.
- Student Voice at Horizons: We currently have a Student Leadership Team that helps us with planning upcoming events or providing ideas that include spirit days. Just this year we have started a newspaper team called Horizons Highlights. A group of students meets every Wednesday creating the weekly issue that comprises current events/trends, jokes, interviews and more. This information is then shared through email for staff to share with their class and by video for the parents/community to view.
Academic Gap Goal:
- The percentage of Hispanic students in grades 3-5 meeting proficiency on the math state assessment will increase by 20% in spring of 2020 from 51.1% to 71.1%.
Behavior Gap Goal:
- The percentage of African American students receiving behavior referrals will decrease from 43.75% to at least 23% or below as measured by SWIS in the spring of 2020.
Horizons is fortunate to have an active and very supportive Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA). The PTSA facilitates community events including our October Fall Festival, Cocoa and Crafts, Slumber of Books, and many more. These events are well attended by families and staff alike, and provide a great opportunity for our parents to build relationships within the Horizons family.At Horizons, we have amazing volunteers who dedicate their time to help in classrooms and with school events. There are many, many opportunities to volunteer and make a difference for our students. Picture day, Health Screening, Book Fairs, classroom events, and Field Day just to name a few. You do not need to have a student at Horizons to make a difference as a volunteer. Simply go to our website to complete the online application, and once approved, contact our school office at 360-412-4710 or fill out an application online. We’d love to work with you!
Mission: At Horizons, we recognize the diverse backgrounds of all of our students and families. We are committed to providing opportunities for every student to achieve academically, socially, and emotionally. Our vision, “Everyone a Teacher, Everyone a Learner, Everyone a Success” is lived out daily in all we do.
Horizons' Building History
Horizons Elementary was built in 1992 on 16.4 acres. It is located at 4601 67th Avenue SE. In 2009, street frontage and storm-water drainage improvements were made, a new entrance and student drop-off was created, and the parking lot was sealed. Exterior building upgrades were made in 2010, including new paint and siding and selective roof repairs. The 49,376 square foot facility, including 31 instructional spaces, plus 13 portable classrooms serve kindergarten through fifth grade.