Parent Newsletter 2018-2019
Dear Hawk Families,
I would like to personally welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope that it has been a restful summer and that everyone had the opportunity to step away from the craziness of the school year. I know my family enjoyed some summer adventures and it is always good just to move at slower pace. I can’t wait to hear about our students’ adventures and get to know our freshmen class.
This year we will have some fun celebrating Horizon’s 30th anniversary! Can you believe that our school is 30 years old-opening in the 1988-1989 school year? As many of you know, I am Horizon alum and so is Mr. Tonjes (Athletic Director), so we can’t wait to share this celebration with students and the amazing impact our school has had on the community. Plan on some special celebrations as we head back to school, during Homecoming, Student Government’s Wish Week, and of course during Graduation.
Joining our administrative team this year is Lisa Saunar. She comes to us from Thornton High School where she has been the district health curriculum coordinator, she has also served as an interim dean, and filled in for administrators when they were away from the building. Lisa is excited to be joining the Hawk family. She brings a wide variety of experiences to her new role and is energetic about pushing the students at HHS to be prepared for academic rigor in the classroom.
As part of the school’s long standing tradition of excellence, your students will receive a high quality educational experience as we will maintain our focus on higher order thinking: analysis and synthesis/literacy instruction. These skills will be specifically applied to the Colorado Academic Standards in all content areas and on college entry exams. Being proficient in literacy and math are critical components of post-secondary success as our 9th and 10th grade students must not only meet credit requirements for graduation, but must also show proficiency in ELA and Math to graduate. Our staff will be continuously engaging students in these essential skills across all curricular areas and using data to drive their instructional decision making as they collaborate during professional development. This work will ensure that we are all moving together to improve Horizon’s academic standing.
Students will also be provided with rigorous and diverse learning experiences both in the classroom and in the co-curricular/athletic settings. We know that these experiences are often what make high school memorable and fun. All students at HHS are encouraged to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, club, or sport. There are so many ways to engage in a large comprehensive high school, it is often the connections/experiences that lead to life-long friendships and shape who we are as individuals moving into adulthood.
As we head into the 2018-2019 school year, I am most excited about the continued push for excellence at Horizon. Our administrative team is committed to working alongside learners, teachers, parents, and community members to achieve the best results for students! I know that we will demonstrate a philosophy that #everystudenteveryday matters!
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It is always a great day to be a Hawk!