Horizons Elementary School


For those of you who are new to Horizons, our school was designed based on the school within a school concept. Horizons is divided into three pods: Blue, Mauve, and Teal. Every attempt is made to include grades one through six in each pod and to keep students with a pod throughout their tenure at Horizons. However, rapid growth and a need for portables may, at times, impact this goal.

Our professional faculty encourages the capabilities and emphasizes the worth of each individual in an atmosphere of caring and high expectations. Horizons places a great deal of importance on having a strong home/school partnership. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be active members of their children's education.

Several unique programs are offered at Horizons to meet the wide range of student needs and learning styles. These include "pod" families made up of single classrooms. Additional aspects of Horizons include: Family Celebrations, two musical productions yearly, and a sixth grade chorus. So come on in and spend some time on our site. Get to know the school and some of the staff.

The student body of Horizons reflects the rich diversity of the North Thurston School District. Our students represent varying backgrounds, with an ethnic diversity of 33%. Over 90% of our students are bussed to school.

Horizons serves kindergarten through sixth grade, as well as developmentally delayed students. The inclusion of students with special needs enriches the school culture.

Opportunities for performing arts abound at Horizons. Horizons' sixth grade chorus performs frequently at school and community events. Two musical productions yearly engage over 200 children in performances that showcase their talents and promote success.

Students at Horizons may participate in many Community sponsored activities at the school site: tutoring, scouts, sports, and before- and after-school daycare.

Our professional faculty encourages and emphasizes the capabilities and worth of each individual in an atmosphere of caring and high expectations. Talented specialists and a strong support staff work cooperatively with 26 classroom teachers to provide an educational program to meet all students' needs.

Student safety is a high priority at Horizons. Emergency procedures are in place for students when school closes early for weather or any other emergency situation. Drills are practiced monthly to familiarize students and staff with emergency procedures. A critical response plan is in place, which is reviewed yearly and modified as needed. Individual staff members pursue additional district emergency response training to support building needs.

Fourth grade students across the state participate each spring in the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). In tests measuring listening, reading, writing and mathematics, students demonstrate whether they have attained an expected standard of competency on the state's learning goals.

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be active members of their children's education. Volunteers share their time and expertise to assist classroom teachers on a regular basis. During the holidays, collaboration between various groups including East Olympia Fire District 6, PostNet, Gary's Bulldozing, Rite Aid, Grace Community Covenant Church, Community Youth Services and Horizons' staff resulted in over 200 children receiving gifts and varied forms of assistance and family support. An Intel grant of $40,000 was awarded in May of 1999 for a computer lab, which now holds more than 30 personal computers.

Additionally, there are two organizations in which parental involvement is highly encouraged. PTSA operates directly for the benefit of students and focuses primarily on student and parent activities. Our PTSA funds an AmeriCorp volunteer, who supports students with reading tutoring and develops a social skills program. The Building Learning Improvement Team is an advisory group of staff and parents who work together throughout the year to ensure continued improvements of education at Horizons.

Horizons Elementary is one of the newest of the North Thurston elementary schools. Located not far from Yelm Highway in the fast growing southeastern section of the school district, Horizons continues to be one of the three schools with the largest enrollment. Built in 1992, Horizons opened with 451 students; our current enrollment is 630. Movable walls allow team teaching and classrooms that are clustered around three pods to support the "school within a school" concept. Technology is available in all classrooms.

 
 
 
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