• November 22, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    I hope you have a great break with your students and families! Our amazing students and staff members certainly deserve the time. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus next Monday.

    Below are some reminders for our entire community. As always, please reach out to a member of our Administrative Team with any questions. Wondering who to contact with a specific question? Here is a Brief Description of the responsibilities of the members of our Leadership Team.

    Thank you!

    Brad

     

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

     

    Family Engagement Night – Wednesday, November 30th

    All families are invited to join for our next Family Engagement Night on Tuesday, November 29th. The format for the evening is as follows:

    • 5:30pm: Potluck Food & Social (feel free to bring snacks or a dish)
    • 6:00pm: Whole-group Conversation
    • 7:00pm: Breakout Group Conversations (Accountability & PTCO)

    For our whole-group conversation, we will be discussing Student Engagement at HCMS, citing data from our Student Engagement Survey as well as our recent Instructional Observation Day.

    In our breakout group conversations, we will be reviewing HCMS Educator Grant applications as a PTCO and reviewing Academic Achievement Data (FastBridge) as an Accountability Team.

    Childcare and a Spanish-speaking interpreter will be provided. Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold at bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Mapping Our Community

    As part of our district efforts to boost engagement and find people in our community who can help us expand our reach, we are embarking on a new Cherry Creek School District project called “Mapping Our Community.” This project seeks to collect the names and contact information of people living in our school communities who can partner with the district to build relationships, share their expertise, and help tell the stories of our amazing schools. Our families bring a diverse range of professional skills, cultural experiences, and networks that can strengthen our ability to grow together as a community.

    Please check out this digital form to help us “map our community.” There is no commitment necessary at this time! If you are someone who has expertise in the areas listed, please fill out the form by Monday, November 28th so we can share your name with our school district.

    Mapping Our Community Form

     

    Conversation Starter(s)

    Here is a question to ask your student(s) about school this week:

    1. There are four weeks until the end of the second quarter. What are your academic goals for each of your classes? Would you like me to help you make a plan to get there?

     

    Athletics & Activities Information

    If you haven’t yet, please check out our Athletics Page and our Activities Page to learn ways for your student to get involved in an extracurricular activity. Our clubs meet on a regular basis, and our athletics follow a schedule consistent with all middle schools in the Cherry Creek School District. As Boys Basketball has wrapped up, our Girls Basketball season is about to begin!

      

     

     

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt




     

  • Click on a date below to read past weekly messages from Principal Dr. Weinhold.

  • November 22, 2022

    November 22, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    I hope you have a great break with your students and families! Our amazing students and staff members certainly deserve the time. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus next Monday.

    Below are some reminders for our entire community. As always, please reach out to a member of our Administrative Team with any questions. Wondering who to contact with a specific question? Here is a Brief Description of the responsibilities of the members of our Leadership Team.

    Thank you!

    Brad

     

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

     

    Family Engagement Night – Wednesday, November 30th

    All families are invited to join for our next Family Engagement Night on Tuesday, November 29th. The format for the evening is as follows:

    • 5:30pm: Potluck Food & Social (feel free to bring snacks or a dish)
    • 6:00pm: Whole-group Conversation
    • 7:00pm: Breakout Group Conversations (Accountability & PTCO)

    For our whole-group conversation, we will be discussing Student Engagement at HCMS, citing data from our Student Engagement Survey as well as our recent Instructional Observation Day.

    In our breakout group conversations, we will be reviewing HCMS Educator Grant applications as a PTCO and reviewing Academic Achievement Data (FastBridge) as an Accountability Team.

    Childcare and a Spanish-speaking interpreter will be provided. Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold at bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Mapping Our Community

    As part of our district efforts to boost engagement and find people in our community who can help us expand our reach, we are embarking on a new Cherry Creek School District project called “Mapping Our Community.” This project seeks to collect the names and contact information of people living in our school communities who can partner with the district to build relationships, share their expertise, and help tell the stories of our amazing schools. Our families bring a diverse range of professional skills, cultural experiences, and networks that can strengthen our ability to grow together as a community.

    Please check out this digital form to help us “map our community.” There is no commitment necessary at this time! If you are someone who has expertise in the areas listed, please fill out the form by Monday, November 28th so we can share your name with our school district.

    Mapping Our Community Form

     

    Conversation Starter(s)

    Here is a question to ask your student(s) about school this week:

    1. There are four weeks until the end of the second quarter. What are your academic goals for each of your classes? Would you like me to help you make a plan to get there?

     

    Athletics & Activities Information

    If you haven’t yet, please check out our Athletics Page and our Activities Page to learn ways for your student to get involved in an extracurricular activity. Our clubs meet on a regular basis, and our athletics follow a schedule consistent with all middle schools in the Cherry Creek School District. As Boys Basketball has wrapped up, our Girls Basketball season is about to begin!

      

     

     

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt




     

  • November 18, 2022

    November 18, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Thank you to our families who were able to join for our Instructional Observation Day this week. It was so powerful to have parents in the building, observing instruction, and providing feedback. We hope to host another Instructional Observation Day again this year.

    Also, thank you for your support as I shared a video last week regarding some celebrations as well as other behaviors we have seen on campus. Please continue to discuss topics related to peer pressure and the spreading of harmful information. As I shared, we observe amazing behavior each day at HCMS. AND, we also need your partnership regarding some behaviors that can be distractions. Please reach out to our administrators and/or deans at any time if you have questions. If you missed the video last week, here it is again: VIDEO

    Finally, as a reminder, we only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week. There will be no after-school Athletics/Activities on Tuesday, November 22nd.

     

    Thank you!

    Brad

     

     

     

     

    Family Engagement Night – Tuesday, November 29th

    All families are invited to join for our next Family Engagement Night on Tuesday, November 29th. The format for the evening is as follows:

    • 5:30pm: Potluck Food & Social (feel free to bring snacks or a dish)
    • 6:00pm: Whole-group Conversation
    • 7:00pm: Breakout Group Conversations (Accountability & PTCO)

    For our whole-group conversation, we will be discussing Student Engagement at HCMS, citing data from our Student Engagement Survey as well as our recent Instructional Observation Day.

    In our breakout group conversations, we will be reviewing HCMS Educator Grant applications as a PTCO and reviewing Academic Achievement Data (FastBridge) as an Accountability Team.

    Childcare and a Spanish-speaking interpreter will be provided. Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold at bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Technology Support

    Does your student need technology assistance? Tim Stanley, our Technology Technician, can help! Feel free to contact him at tstanley3@cherrycreekschools.org with any questions about your student’s device.

     

    TalkingPoints App

    We are excited to announce a new way for you to communicate with teachers and staff. You will be able to receive and send text messages to your student’s teachers using TalkingPoints. The messages will be translated into your preferred language. You do not need to do anything to get started. Your student’s teacher will send the first message. You can also download the optional TalkingPoints for Families app here

     

    Conversation Starter(s)

    Here is a question to ask your student(s) about school this week:

    1. Let’s take a look at your Schoology pages. Will you please show me how each of your classes is organized in Schoology?

     

    Cell Phone Tip

    Did you know that you can set “time of day” and/or “day of the week” restrictions for various applications on your student’s cell phone? Check with your provider for tutorials. You may also be able to set text messaging limits so students can only contact parents (emergency contacts) during the school day. We appreciate your help in monitoring student access to social media and text messaging during the school day.

     

    A Message From Our Nurse (Nicole Doornik)

    The current cold and flu season has seen an increased number of respiratory illnesses. Here are some suggestions for how you can continue to do your part to help minimize exposure and spread:

    • Keep your student(s) home when sick (coughing, frequent sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc.).
    • Continue to encourage good hand washing habits.
    • Sneeze and cough into your elbow instead of your hand.
    • Keep your students up to date on immunizations (including Flu (influenza) and COVID-19 vaccines).
    • Reach out to your student’s health care provider for any specific concerns or questions.


    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? We have added some new items! CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

     

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt





  • November 11, 2022

    November 11, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Thank you to those that were able to join us this week for Parent-Teacher Conferences! If you were not able to attend, please reach out to your student’s teachers at any point to discuss their progress in class. Looking ahead, please remember that we do not have school November 23rd – 25th. Also, our next Family Engagement Night is on Tuesday, November 29th starting at 5:30pm.

    Finally, please check out this VIDEO which captures some thoughts related to some behaviors we are seeing on campus. I appreciate your partnership and support, and please reach out with any questions. The full script of the video is copied below as well if needed.

    Thank you, and have a great weekend!

    Brad

     

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    Instructional Observation Day (For Parents/Guardians)

    We will be hosting an Instructional Observation Day on Wednesday, November 16th. What is this day? Instructional Observation Day is an opportunity for family members to visit our campus and observe instruction. Through this experience, family members will provide feedback as we continue to improve our practices at Horizon Community Middle School. Classrooms will be visited during periods 1 and 2, and a debrief and feedback conversation will follow. Feedback will then be shared with our staff. We will begin at 8:00am and will conclude near 11:45am. Lunch will be provided. Interested in joining? Please RSVP to Merebeth Scott or Amy Berg at 720-886-6108 by Monday, November 14th.

     

     

    HCMS Supports

    Interested in learning about some of our support teams and programs at HCMS? Check out these links to learn more:

     

    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? We have added some new items! CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Conversation Starters

    One area of feedback that came from our last Family Engagement Night was to periodically send out “conversation starter prompts” to assist in parent-student communication when at home. Here are two questions to ask your students about school this week:

    1. Who did you talk to/eat lunch with/hang out with today?
    2. Students in Art: What was your Friday Sketch Topic? Have you started?

     

    Cell Phone Tip

    Did you know that you can set “time of day” and/or “day of the week” restrictions for various applications on your student’s cell phone? Check with your provider for tutorials. You may also be able to set text messaging limits so students can only contact parents (emergency contacts) during the school day. We appreciate your help in monitoring student access to social media and text messaging during the school day.

    Ride 360

    HCMS students received their cards for Ride 360 this week! Ride 360 is a new student ridership program for bus riders that will increase safety, parent communication, and route efficiency. The program is for all students; those who ride a bus to and from school and those who just ride a bus for field trips or special events

    The Ride 360 application is a parent information portal that will allow families to easily access their child’s transportation information on their phone, tablet, or computer. Ride 360 will allow families to see their child’s bus stop times, estimated arrival time, and when their child has boarded or exited the bus at school or their bus stop.

    Students will scan their card when they get on and off their bus. The scan will show when students have boarded or exited their bus and will also alert bus drivers if a student boards the wrong bus. Transportation will have a record of attendance on the bus, just like attendance is kept every day in our schools.

    Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to download the Ride 360 app and then register HERE.

    If you have any questions, please see the Ride 360 User Guide HERE.

     

    PTCO Secretary Needed

    Our PTCO is working hard to award Educator Grants to HCMS staff members, sell concessions at events, and plan for our Color Battle in the spring. We are always looking for volunteers to join our PTCO, and we are also looking for someone to fill the role of Secretary. If interested, please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold at bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org.

     

    Video Script (from VIDEO link above)

    I am reaching out with a video to share a few thoughts, celebrations, and also ask for your partnership regarding some behaviors we have been seeing on campus.

    I believe that HCMS is a great school. Our vision is Learning: Every Day for Every One. We are an authentic, empowered community that believes in opportunity for all. This is our mission statement. And we are driven by our PACK Commitments of Perseverance, Achievement, Connectedness, and Kindness.

    Some ways that we celebrate students and recognize positive behavior is through the distribution of Husky Bucks, which are given to students who display our PACK Commitments. Husky Bucks can be used at our Husky Buck Market to earn prizes. Students can even recognize each other for displaying PACK Commitments through a QR code. We are very proud of how our Positive Behavior Intervention Support program has grown, and we will continue to honor students for displaying positive behaviors each day. 

    As we are now over a quarter of the way into the 2022-2023 school year, it is evident that our focus on positive behavior has paid off. On a daily basis we observe students being kind to each other and connecting with each other in ways that support a strong school culture.

    While the vast majority of our students are modeling our PACK Commitments each day, there are still a few behaviors where we would like your partnership and support.

    Recently, I recorded a similar video for our students, and I asked Advisory teachers to engage in classroom discussions to address a few topics. The topics we’re focusing on relate to peer pressure and the spreading of gossip and drama. I have also been talking with students about my concerns with talking about, recording, and dramatizing situations that may be difficult for others. This could look like students making fun of someone else, spreading false information, recording others, or students watching situations as opposed to seeking an adult for assistance. I asked our students to put themselves in the shoes of someone who may be experiencing a difficult situation, whether socially, emotionally, and/or physically.

    I am asking for your support in continuing these conversations with your students. If students do hear or see something concerning, I ask that they report this to a trusted adult on campus or use Safe2Tell. I believe our partnership in addressing these together will help us work towards improvement.

    In addition to these topics, we are also engaging students in conversations about digital citizenship. For those that have a child with a cell phone, I encourage you to discuss positive examples of digital citizenship, and to regularly and closely monitor all of their social media activity, including text messages. I also encourage you to set limits on when students can access social media apps. Many cell providers have tutorials on how to set day of the week and time of day restrictions. You may also consider limiting text messaging to emergency contact only during the school day. While I know that the days of passing paper notes are long behind us, I do believe that many of our challenges relate to students being distracted by social media and text messaging during the school day.

    Thank you, Horizon Community. I truly love our school and our students, and I am reaching out to ask for our entire community to lean in and support our students in these areas. As always, I appreciate your partnership.

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt




  • November 4, 2022

    November 4, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Happy Friday! I hope you all are doing well as snow is now upon us! Looking ahead, we are especially excited for next week, as we will be celebrating our veterans and active-duty members of the military on Monday. Also, our Book Fair is next week, as well as our next round of parent-teacher conferences (next Thursday evening and during the day on Friday – there is no school next Friday). Please see below for more information. Finally, our next Family Engagement Night is on Tuesday, November 29th. We have had a great turnout at the last two meetings, and we hope to continue this trend!

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    Instructional Observation Day (For Parents/Guardians)

    We will be hosting an Instructional Observation Day on Wednesday, November 16th. What is this day? Instructional Observation Day is an opportunity for family members to visit our campus and observe instruction. Through this experience, family members will provide feedback as we continue to improve our practices at Horizon Community Middle School. Classrooms will be visited during periods 1 and 2, and a debrief and feedback conversation will follow. Feedback will then be shared with our staff. We will begin at 8:00am and will conclude near 11:45am. Lunch will be provided. Interested in joining? Please RSVP to Merebeth Scott or Amy Berg at 720-886-6108.

     

    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? We have added some new items! CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Conversation Starters

    One area of feedback that came from our last Family Engagement Night was to periodically send out “conversation starter prompts” to assist in parent-student communication when at home. Here are two questions to ask your students about school this week:

    1. What is one thing you learned in Language Arts class today?
    2. 8th Grade Students: Did you do a Fear Factor math review this week? Tell me about it.

     

    HCMS BOOK FAIR

    Our Scholastic Book Fair will run from November 7th – 10th. The Fair will be open every day from 10:00am – 2:00pm and students can shop during lunch or their advisory class. The Fair will also be open between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on November 10th. Please come visit before or after Parent Teacher Conferences. Interested in volunteering to help? Check out times HERE.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Our second round of semester 1 conferences is just around the corner! On Thursday, November 10th, and Friday, November 11th, we will offer a combination of student-led, in-person conferences, and teacher-led, virtual conferences. THERE WILL BE NO AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (OR LATE BUS) ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH.

     

    Please use this link to sign up for a virtual conference, and be sure to select your student’s teacher when signing up for a conference. Sign-ups will close 24 hours before conferences are set to begin.

     

    As a reminder, please select one date per semester to attend conferences so that all families have a chance to meet with teachers. Teachers are also available outside of these time frames for individual conferences with families via phone, Microsoft Teams, or in-person; please reach out to your student’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference at a different time.

    • November 10th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up – please be sure to select your student’s teacher from the drop-down menu. Sign-ups will close 24 hours before conferences are set to begin.).
    • November 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up – please be sure to select your student’s teacher from the drop-down menu. Sign-ups will close 24 hours before conferences are set to begin.).

    Here is our schedule for semester 2 conferences:

    • February 9th, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • March 1st, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 1st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).
    • March 2nd, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 2nd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).

    CCSD Foundation Educatior Initiative Grants

    We are excited to announce that FIVE of our educators were awarded grants from the CCSD Foundation. Check out their grants below:

    Ana Naranjo – Astronomy Experience

    The astronomy experience will give students at Horizon Community an opportunity to view celestial objects afterschool with science teachers. Its primary purpose to reinforce the unit conducted in astronomy for 8th grade students during the earth and space unit but wanted to included students of other grades to also enjoy the opportunity.

     

    Crystal Jacob – Innovative Theater Arts Class Lighting System

    Theater Arts Class Lighting System will give middle school students hands on experience of the technical side of theater arts.

     

    Shyla Strickler – Meaningful Museums

    The end of the year 6th grade social studies unit is all about museums! Students will be learning about exhibits, monuments, and historical sites. We will explore what makes artifacts meaningful and worthy of preservation. Also, we will look at voices and groups who are marginalized and often missing from the stories in museums. For the project, students will visit and tour a real museum. This will help them get ideas and understand how a museum educates visitors and displays collections. Then, students will design their own exhibits, gather artifacts, and construct a model museum to be viewed by the public.

     

    Libby Ames – Read to Succeed

    With my Read to Succeed project, I hope to build literacy skills by motivating students to read more frequently and by choice. To enjoy reading, students need to see themselves in the books they read and to connect with the issues presented, but this is difficult with outdated books. This grant would provide students with diverse books that deal with current issues and interests for the Horizon Community library. This would provide equity and engagement for all Horizon Community students, making reading a more enjoyable and inclusive experience. I would also like to provide a comfortable environment for students to read and connect. Funds not spent on books would be used to purchase flexible seating that encourages students to read, connect, and learn while in the library together. Having a place for students to gather comfortably and learn would enhance engagement and help build relationships.

     

    Beth Bednorz – Whole Wellbeing Learning Initiative

    The Whole Wellbeing Learning Initiative is a project-based learning strategy intended for learners at Horizon Community Middle School who would benefit from additional opportunities to demonstrate and further develop their strengths in their academic world. Students will learn valuable skills while engaging in lessons and hands-on learning activities such as: exploring interests and uncovering hidden strengths/talents; solving problems with peers and discovering innovative ways to plan; executing a design cycle from conception to presentation; expressing themselves through a creative endeavor (e.g. art, woodworking, craft design, writing, sewing, scrapbooking); and sharing their creation with others.

     

     

     

     

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt

  • October 28, 2022

    October 28, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    We’re back in full swing and it feels great at HCMS! As the second quarter is now underway, students have a fresh start with their grades in each of their classes. I encourage all families to monitor progress on PowerSchool early and often, and please reach out to individual teachers with any questions.

    There is a lot of information below. Please check it all out and let us know if we can help in any way.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    Veterans Day Celebration

    Our Veterans Day Celebration will occur on Monday, November 7th. This will be a great opportunity to honor veterans from our community. We will begin at 8:00am with a breakfast and reception, followed by a recognition ceremony. Please share this information with any veterans in your family, and please complete this Veterans Day Celebration RSVP Form if you and your family plan to attend.

     

    Instructional Observation Day (For Parents/Guardians)

    We will be hosting an Instructional Observation Day on Wednesday, November 16th. What is this day? Instructional Observation Day is an opportunity for family members to visit our campus and observe instruction. Through this experience, family members will provide feedback as we continue to improve our practices at Horizon Community Middle School. Classrooms will be visited during periods 1 and 2, and a debrief and feedback conversation will follow. Feedback will then be shared with our staff. We will begin at 8:00am and will conclude near 11:45am. Lunch will be provided. Interested in joining? Please RSVP to Merebeth Scott or Amy Berg at 720-886-6108.

     

    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? We have added some new items! CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    HCMS BOOK FAIR

    Our Scholastic Book Fair will run from November 7th – 10th. The Fair will be open every day from 10:00am – 2:00pm and students can shop during lunch or their advisory class. The Fair will also be open between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on November 10th. Please come visit before or after Parent Teacher Conferences. Interested in volunteering to help? Check out times HERE.

     

    STRIDE Community Survey

    In partnership with STRIDE Community Health, a school-based community health center opened on the Horizon Community Middle School campus in early 2022. In addition to providing healthcare services, this STRIDE school-based community health clinic (SBCHC) location will also offer health education opportunities that complement the health curriculum within the school. In order to best meet the needs of the community and develop relevant health education programming, we are requesting input from students, staff, and parents/guardians. Next week HCMS students will be given the option to provide their input through completing a brief, anonymous survey. If you would prefer your child(ren) not participate in this survey, please complete this opt-out form and note that even if your child does not participate, they will still be able to seek care at this school-based community health center.


    As a parent/guardian, we would also appreciate your input around this topic. If you would like to participate, please follow this hyperlink to complete the survey.

     

    Fall Spirit Week

    We will be having a Spirit Week October 31st – November 4th. The themed days for the week are listed below. Cherry Creek policies must always be followed when dressing up for Fall Spirit Week. Please note that costume masks, facsimile weapons, and inflatables are not to be worn or brought during dress up days. Students are also reminded to be culturally aware and respectful when dressing up.

    • Monday, October 31st – Character Day
    • Tuesday, November 1st – PJ Day
    • Wednesday, November 2nd – Teacher-Student Swap (Dress like the other)
    • Thursday, November 3rd – Decades Day
    • Friday, November 4th – Color Battle (6th – Blue; 7th – Yellow; 8th – Red)

     

    Locker Update

    HCMS will be offering the option for students to use a locker for the remainder of the school year. Parents/guardians can request a locker by completing the Locker Request Form below. The HCMS Security Team will facilitate the assignment of lockers to students.

    In order to minimize hallway disruptions and maximize in-class instruction, students who choose to use a locker will have the opportunity to visit lockers before first period, pick up their lunch and/or coat before their first elective class, drop off their lunch and/or coat after lunch, and visit their locker at the end of the day. Students will not visit lockers during class or between every class. Students are expected to bring a charged computer to each class, each day, along with any materials needed. 

    Please submit this Locker Request Form if you would like your student to use a locker for the remainder of the year.

     

    Boundary/Feeder Change Proposal

    To plan for changes in student enrollment, the CCSD has made a proposal to reassign Sunrise Elementary to the Smoky Hill High School Feeder Area. Please visit the CCSD Planning Department Website for more information (see # 3) and to view details about the proposed change. Please email your feedback and questions to Planning@cherrycreekschools.org.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Our second round of semester 1 conferences is just around the corner! On Thursday, November 10th, and Friday, November 11th, we will offer a combination of student-led, in-person conferences, and teacher-led, virtual conferences. Please use this link to sign up for a virtual conference, and be sure to select your student’s teacher when signing up for a conference.  

    As a reminder, please select one date per semester to attend conferences so that all families have a chance to meet with teachers. Teachers are also available outside of these time frames for individual conferences with families via phone, Microsoft Teams, or in-person; please reach out to your student’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference at a different time.

    • November 10th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up – please be sure to select your student’s teacher from the drop-down menu).
    • November 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up – please be sure to select your student’s teacher from the drop-down menu).

    Here is our schedule for semester 2 conferences:

    • February 9th, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • March 1st, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 1st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).
    • March 2nd, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 2nd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).

     

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Erin Taylor at etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt

  • October 14, 2022

    October 14, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Fall Break is upon us! I hope that you and your families have a great, well-deserved week off. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard this quarter, and, after some much needed rest and relaxation, we’ll be ready to go again on Monday, October 24th. Thank you all for helping to ensure that our year started so strong.

    And one of those strengths was displayed today in our PACK Awards Assemblies! It was so special to be in a shared space with our student body as we celebrated all students, particularly those that have modeled our PACK Commitments of Perseverance, Achievement, Connectedness, and Kindness. These core values support our collective why, or mission statement: We are an authentic, empowered community that believes in opportunity for all, as well as our vision of Learning: Every Day for Every One.

    Thank you for your partnership, collaboration, and support. Have a great break!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    Veterans Day Celebration

    Our Veterans Day Celebration will occur on Monday, November 7th. This will be a great opportunity to honor veterans from our community We will begin at 8:00am with a breakfast and reception, followed by a recognition ceremony. Please share this information with any veterans in your family, and please complete this Veterans Day RSVP Form if you and your family plan to attend.

     

     

    STRIDE Community Survey

    In partnership with STRIDE Community Health, a school-based community health center opened on the Horizon Community Middle School campus in early 2022. In addition to providing healthcare services, this STRIDE school-based community health clinic (SBCHC) location will also offer health education opportunities that complement the health curriculum within the school. In order to best meet the needs of the community and develop relevant health education programming, we are requesting input from students, staff, and parents/guardians. During the final week October 31st, HCMS students will be given the option to provide their input through completing a brief, anonymous survey. If you would prefer your child(ren) not participate in this survey, please complete this opt-out form and note that even if your child does not participate, they will still be able to seek care at this school-based community health center.


    As a parent/guardian, we would also appreciate your input around this topic. If you would like to participate, please follow this hyperlink to complete the survey.

     

     

    Fall Spirit Week

    We will be having a Spirit Week October 31st – November 4th. The themed days for the week are listed below. Cherry Creek policies must always be followed when dressing up for Fall Spirit Week. Please note that costume masks, facsimile weapons, and inflatables are not to be worn or brought during dress up days. Students are also reminded to be culturally aware and respectful when dressing up.

     

    • Monday, October 31st – Character Day
    • Tuesday, November 1st – PJ Day
    • Wednesday, November 2nd – Teacher-Student Swap (Dress like the other)
    • Thursday, November 3rd – Decades Day
    • Friday, November 4th – Color Battle (6th – Blue; 7th – Yellow; 8th – Red)

     

     

    Locker Update

    HCMS will be offering the option for students to use a locker for the remainder of the school year. Parents/guardians can request a locker by completing the Locker Request Form below. The HCMS Security Team will facilitate the assignment of lockers to students.

    In order to minimize hallway disruptions and maximize in-class instruction, students who choose to use a locker will have the opportunity to visit lockers before first period, pick up their lunch and/or coat before their first elective class, drop off their lunch and/or coat after lunch, and visit their locker at the end of the day. Students will not visit lockers during class or between every class. Students are expected to bring a charged computer to each class, each day, along with any materials needed. 

    Please submit this Locker Request Form if you would like your student to use a locker for the remainder of the year.

     

     

    Boundary/Feeder Change Proposal

    To plan for changes in student enrollment, the CCSD has made a proposal to reassign Sunrise Elementary to the Smoky Hill High School Feeder Area. Please visit the CCSD Planning Department Website for more information (see # 3) and to view details about the proposed change. Please email your feedback and questions to Planning@cherrycreekschools.org.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Our second round of semester 1 conferences is just around the corner! On Thursday, November 10th, and Friday, November 11th, we will offer a combination of student-led, in-person conferences, and teacher-led, virtual conferences. Please use this link to sign up for a virtual conference, and be sure to select your student’s teacher when signing up for a conference.  

    As a reminder, please select one date per semester to attend conferences so that all families have a chance to meet with teachers. Teachers are also available outside of these time frames for individual conferences with families via phone, Microsoft Teams, or in-person; please reach out to your student’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference at a different time.

    • November 10th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up – please be sure to select your student’s teacher from the drop-down menu).
    • November 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up – please be sure to select your student’s teacher from the drop-down menu).

    Here is our schedule for semester 2 conferences:

    • February 9th, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • March 1st, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 1st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).
    • March 2nd, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 2nd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).

     

     

     

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Erin Taylor at etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt


    File attachments:
    HMS Initial Notification-Russian.pdf
    HMS Initial Notification Blurb-Spanish.pdf
    HMS Initial Notification-Amharic (3).pdf



  • October 7, 2022

    October 7, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Thank you so much to all of the families that joined for our Family Engagement Night last night. The turnout was great, and we had some very open and honest conversations about the Climate and Culture at HCMS. We know that HCMS is an amazing school, and we also know that we can always improve. Thank you for collaborating on ways that we can continue to make this happen. If you were not able to attend and would like to engage in the conversation(s) we had, feel free to contact a member of the Leadership Team at any time.

    We’re just one week from Fall Break! As a reminder, grades for the first quarter end next Friday. Please review PowerSchool and Schoology with your student(s) to ensure they have all work completed in time.

    We’re very excited for next Friday, as this will be our first PACK Assembly of the year. We will spend time recognizing our students who teachers have identified as modeling our PACK Commitments so far this year. For a reminder of all of the ways we celebrate positive behavior at HCMS, please see below.

    As always, thank you for your partnership. Educating 800+ students, particularly in a post-pandemic time, is a huge task, and we know that a community approach is essential. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    Veterans Day Celebration

    Our Veterans Day Celebration will occur on Monday, November 7th. This will be a great opportunity to honor veterans from our community We will begin at 8:00am with a breakfast and reception, followed by a recognition ceremony. Please share this information with any veterans in your family, and please complete this Veterans Day RSVP Form if you and your family plan to attend.

     

    Boundary Change Proposal

    To plan for changes in student enrollment, the CCSD has made a proposal to reassign Sunrise Elementary to the Smoky Hill High School Feeder Area. Please visit the CCSD Planning Department Website for more information and details about the proposed change. Please attend one of the in-person Open House sessions to learn about the details of the proposals and ask any questions.

     

    Tuesday, October 11th   5:30 – 7:00pm

    Horizon Community MS – Lobby

    3981 S. Reservoir Rd

    Aurora, CO

     

    Wednesday, October 12th   5:30 – 7:00pm

    Sunrise Elementary – Gym

    4050 S. Genoa Way

    Aurora, CO

     

    Please email your feedback and questions to Planning@cherrycreekschools.org

     

     

    Locker Update

    HCMS will be offering the option for students to use a locker for the remainder of the school year. Parents/guardians can request a locker by completing the Locker Request Form below. The HCMS Security Team will facilitate the assignment of lockers to students.

    In order to minimize hallway disruptions and maximize in-class instruction, students who choose to use a locker will have the opportunity to visit lockers before first period, pick up their lunch and/or coat before their first elective class, drop off their lunch and/or coat after lunch, and visit their locker at the end of the day. Students will not visit lockers during class or between every class. Students are expected to bring a charged computer to each class, each day, along with any materials needed. 

    Please submit this Locker Request Form if you would like your student to use a locker for the remainder of the year.

     

    Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) at HCMS

    Led by Mrs. Dee Hallman, our PBIS Coach, we have expanded the ways that we recognize and celebrate students who display our PACK Commitments.

     

    Husky Bucks

    When a staff member recognizes that a student has demonstrated Perseverance, Achievement, Connectedness, and/or Kindness, they hand out a Husky Buck. Husky Bucks are personalized slips of paper that can be collected and used at the Husky Buck Market for prizes.

    Husky Buck Market

    Our Husky Buck Market is open every other Friday during lunches. Students can use Husky Bucks earned by demonstrating our PACK Commitments to obtain a prize. We asked our students what they'd like to see for sale in the Husky Buck Market, and they helped us create an Amazon Wish List! Interested in making a donation to the Husky Busk Market? Check out our Wishlist.

    Leader of the Pack

    Students who notice each other modeling our PACK Commitments can submit nominations for our weekly Leader of the Pack recognition. The Leader of the Pack is celebrated each week in the Friday afternoon announcement and is given a prize in the Main Office. Nominations can be made using this link.

    Quarterly PACK Assemblies

    At the end of each quarter, students who have been selected by their teachers for modeling our PACK Commitments all quarter long are celebrated at a class wide assembly.

     

    Morning Open Gym

    Is your student interested in some exercise to start their day? Students may attend Open Gym on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am – 8:30am. Students will need a signed parent waiver on file to participate (see Coach Burroughs).

     

    After School Academic Enhancement

    Could your student benefit from academic support after school? Our library will be open and staffed by HC teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:50pm – 4:40pm.

     

    HCMS Activities & Clubs

    Is your student interested in joining a club at HCMS? Please check out our offerings HERE, and feel free to contact a sponsor directly with any questions.

     

    8th Grade Awards Information

    Our 8th Grade Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th, 2023. While this is not a continuation or “graduation” ceremony, it is an event to recognize students who are nominated for various awards. A new award that we will be recognizing this year is called the Scholar Athlete Award. A committee of HCMS staff members will select two athletes who demonstrate strong academic, leadership, and PACK community qualities. Scholar Athletes will need to have participated in at least two HCMS sports to be eligible (Track, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball). 

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Erin Taylor at etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

     

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال ب )جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي( على ) jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

    jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية .

     

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ctaylor9@cherrycreekschools.org, 与凯瑟琳•泰勒联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

     

    Hindi:

    अपनी भाषा में इस संसाधन के समर्थन के लिए कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिी को jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org पर संपकथ करें।

     

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

     

    Nepali:

    कृपया जेम्स रसाइथिीिाइथ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा तपाइथको भाषामा यो संसाधनको सहयोगको िागी सम्पकथ गननथहोिा।

     

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

     

    Somali:

    Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

     

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

     

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.




  • September 30, 2022

    September 30, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Our Multicultural Night is tonight starting at 5:30pm! Please join us for this amazing event! Please also join us on Thursday evening for our next Family Engagement Night (see details below).

    Congratulations to our athletes who competed in the Cherry Creek District Track Meet on Saturday! Boys basketball is now underway, and our clubs and activities continue to thrive. Please see our Athletics website and our Activities website to learn more and get involved.

    As we enter the final two weeks of the first quarter, we look forward to a strong finish from each of our students. Perseverance at this time is essential, as well as a focus on positive decision-making and kindness for all. Thanks for continuing to talk with your students about all aspects of their schooling experience, and thank you for your ongoing partnership and support.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    One Chip Challenge

    I am asking for your help in protecting our students from the dangers of the “One Chip Challenge,” a social media challenge that has sent both children and adults to hospitals in several states. In this challenge, people are encouraged to record and post their reaction as they eat a single tortilla chip seasoned with Carolina Reaper pepper and stinging Scorpion pepper.

    Eating these chips can cause serious reactions, including intense stomach pain, profuse vomiting, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. Please talk with your students about the dangers of participating in these types of challenges and help them develop the skills they need to say no to dangerous activities. Thank you so much for your partnership in keeping our students safe and healthy.

     

    Family Engagement Night – October 6th

    Our next Family Engagement Night is on Thursday, October 6th. Our discussion topic for the evening relates to the Climate & Culture at HCMS. While the school year is off to an amazing start, we have noticed some concerns related to peer pressure, name calling, and the use of inappropriate slurs. We are asking for the support of our entire community to lean in and collaborate about ways to eliminate these behaviors.

    Family Engagement meetings begin at 6:00pm in the Design Studio at Horizon Community Middle School. Families are welcome to bring food for a potluck-style meal. A social and networking session will begin at 5:30pm with whole-group conversations starting promptly at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, committees will meet in breakout rooms. Existing family engagement committees include Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), School Accountability, and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS). Spanish-speaking interpreters and child-care will be provided.

    Please visit our FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PAGE to learn about ways to engage at HCMS. We welcome and encourage all families to participate in all aspects of the schooling experience of their children. Interested in volunteering at HCMS? Please CLICK HERE.

     

    School Picture Re-takes

    School picture re-takes will be on Tuesday, October 4th during lunch periods. For students that purchased a picture package and are requesting a retake and reprint, please bring your picture package and return it to the photographer when photographed.

    For students that have not purchased a picture package and would like to retake their photo, you are welcome to do so (there is a $2 charge). If you would like an ID card with the new picture, there will be a $5 charge. Also, if your student has misplaced their ID card and a replacement card is needed, a replacement card can be purchased from the photographer on retake day for $5.

    All images from retake day and picture day in August will be available to view online on October 8th. If your student has been photographed, click this LINK and enter their student ID number to view the proof and place a school picture order.

    If you have any questions regarding retake day, please contact our photographer, Creative Imaging, directly at customercare@cidmphoto.com.

     

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Merebeth Scott at mscott@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org   أو

     jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org  للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

    Somali:

    Si aad u turjumato warsidaha, riix "translate newsletter" sanduuqa madow ee kor midigta websaydka adeegso xulashada luqadaha. Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

    Nepali:

    न्यूजलेटर अनुवाद गर्न, वेबपेजको शीर्ष दायाँमा रहेको कालो बाकसमा "न्युजलेटर अनुवाद गर्नुहोस्" मा क्लिक गर्नुहोला र भाषा चयनकर्ता प्रयोग गर्नुहोला। तपाईको भाषामा यस स्रोतको साथ सहयोगको लागि कृपया जेम्स रसार्इलीलार्इ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा सम्पर्क गर्नुहोला।

     




  • September 23, 2022

    September 23, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Thank you for joining us this week for our first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you were unable to attend, or would like to continue conversations with any teachers, please contact them directly at any time.

    Reminder: Our Multicultural Night is on Friday, September 30th starting at 5:30pm. We will be welcoming all families and community members to share their culture. Please contact Kerri Benzel (kbenzel@cherrycreekschools.org) or Erin Taylor (etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org) for more information or to express interest in displaying your culture. Please join us for this amazing event!

    Finally, our next Family Engagement Night is on Thursday, October 6th. All families are encouraged to participate. We are reaching out to the community for your help with some needed conversations. Please see below for more info. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

     

    Family Engagement Night – October 6th

    Our next Family Engagement Night is on Thursday, October 6th. Our discussion topic for the evening relates to the Climate & Culture at HCMS. While the school year is off to an amazing start, we have noticed some concerns related to peer pressure, name calling, and the use of inappropriate slurs. We are asking for the support of our entire community to lean in and collaborate about ways to eliminate these behaviors.

    Family Engagement meetings begin at 6:00pm in the Design Studio at Horizon Community Middle School. Families are welcome to bring food for a potluck-style meal. A social and networking session will begin at 5:30pm with whole-group conversations starting promptly at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, committees will meet in breakout rooms. Existing family engagement committees include Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), School Accountability, and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS). Spanish-speaking interpreters and child-care will be provided.

    Please visit our FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PAGE to learn about ways to engage at HCMS. We welcome and encourage all families to participate in all aspects of the schooling experience of their children. Interested in volunteering at HCMS? Please CLICK HERE.

     

     

    Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) at HCMS

     

    Led by Mrs. Dee Hallman, our PBIS Coach, we have expanded the ways that we recognize and celebrate students who display our PACK Commitments.

     

    Husky Bucks

    When a staff member recognizes that a student has demonstrated Perseverance, Achievement, Connectedness, and/or Kindness, they hand out a Husky Buck. Husky Bucks are personalized slips of paper that can be collected and used at the Husky Buck Market for prizes.

    Husky Buck Market

    Our Husky Buck Market is open every other Friday during lunches. Students can use Husky Bucks earned by demonstrating our PACK Commitments to obtain a prize. We asked our students what they'd like to see for sale in the Husky Buck Market, and they helped us create an Amazon Wish List! Interested in making a donation to the Husky Busk Market? Check out our Wishlist.

    Leader of the Pack

    Students who notice each other modeling our PACK Commitments can submit nominations for our weekly Leader of the Pack recognition. The Leader of the Pack is celebrated each week in the Friday afternoon announcement and is given a prize in the Main Office. Nominations can be made using this link.

    Quarterly PACK Assemblies

    At the end of each quarter, students who have been selected by their teachers for modeling our PACK Commitments all quarter long are celebrated at a class wide assembly.

     

    PTCO Treasurer STILL Needed!

    Calling all families – we need a PTCO Treasurer! No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. We need a full PTCO Board in order to fundraise this year! Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org) if interested.

     

    OPEN POSITIONS AT HCMS

    Crossing Guard

    Para-Educator

    • Do you know someone who in interested in supporting our students as a para-educator? Check out details and learn how to apply here for our Para-Educator Opening. Please contact Megan Zitek, Assistant Principal, at mzitek@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Grief and Loss Support for Students

    Horizon Community Middle School has partnered with Judi’s House to provide a 10-week series of small group meetings for students who have experienced a significant loss. The Judi’s House staff are experts in childhood grief and bereavement, and you can learn more about their services on their website, judishouse.org.

     

    If your student has lost an important person in their life and you feel that they may benefit from support, please accept this invitation for your student to participate in a group facilitated by Judi’s House staff. This group will meet at school once per week for 1 hour. The small group meetings will focus on normalizing grief responses, developing coping skills, connecting with adult and peer support and creating a safe space to process and share grief.

     

    Our Mental Health & Counseling Teams collaborate closely with teachers to highlight the value of this group and to help ensure student attendance on a weekly basis. Students who participate have reported positive experiences and feelings of support by the facilitators from Judi’s House as well as the other student participants.

     

    If you are interested in having your student participate in the next session, please contact HCMS Social Worker Shelby Thomas (sthomas48@cherrycreekschools.org, 720-886-6222) at your earliest convenience.

     

    Morning Open Gym

    Is your student interested in some exercise to start their day? Students may attend Open Gym on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am – 8:30am. Students will need a signed parent waiver on file to participate (see Coach Burroughs).

     

    After School Academic Enhancement

    Could your student benefit from academic support after school? Our library will be open and staffed by HC teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:50pm – 4:40pm.

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Merebeth Scott at mscott@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org   أو

     jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org  للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

    Somali:

    Si aad u turjumato warsidaha, riix "translate newsletter" sanduuqa madow ee kor midigta websaydka adeegso xulashada luqadaha. Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

    Nepali:

    न्यूजलेटर अनुवाद गर्न, वेबपेजको शीर्ष दायाँमा रहेको कालो बाकसमा "न्युजलेटर अनुवाद गर्नुहोस्" मा क्लिक गर्नुहोला र भाषा चयनकर्ता प्रयोग गर्नुहोला। तपाईको भाषामा यस स्रोतको साथ सहयोगको लागि कृपया जेम्स रसार्इलीलार्इ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा सम्पर्क गर्नुहोला।


     





  • September 16, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

     

    Thank you to those that joined for our first Family Engagement Night on Wednesday! It was a great opportunity to connect, and the conversation about social media was rich. We look forward to our next Family Engagement Night on Thursday, October 6th. Do you have ideas for future Family Engagement Night topics? And/or, would you like to individually speak with a member of the HCMS Leadership Team? If so, CLICK HERE.

    Our Multicultural Night is on Friday, September 30th starting at 5:30pm. We will be welcoming all families and community members in the evening to share their culture. Please contact Kerri Benzel (kbenzel@cherrycreekschools.org) or Erin Taylor (etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org) for more information or to express interest in displaying your culture.

    Our first night of Parent-Teacher Conferences is on Thursday September 22nd. Please see below for additional information.

    Thank you for your continued partnership!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    PTCO Treasurer Needed!

    Calling all families – we need a PTCO Treasurer. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. We need a full PTCO Board in order to fundraise this year! Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org) if interested.

     

    OPEN POSITIONS AT HCMS

    Technology Technician

    • Do you know someone with a background in Technology that is interested in supporting HCMS students and staff with Technology needs? Check out details and learn how to apply here for our Technology Technician Opening. Please contact Shayna Price, Coordinator of Student Achievement, at sprice@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

    Crossing Guard

    Para-Educator

    • Do you know someone who in interested in supporting our students as a para-educator? Check out details and learn how to apply here for our Para-Educator Opening. Please contact Megan Zitek, Assistant Principal, at mzitek@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Smoky Hill High School Homecoming Football Game

    Our entire feeder area is invited to the Homecoming Football Game for Smoky Hill next Friday, September 23rd. It is at the Stutler Bowl near Cherry Creek High School. We are giving away 50 free tickets to HCMS students this week, so please ask your student if they signed up in time. All students who attend the game are encouraged to be accompanied by a parent. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

     

    CMAS Results

    Individual CMAS results will be handed out to students during the week of September 19th during student’s 8th period class. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clare Dardis, Campus Administrator, at 720-886-6311 or cdardis@cherrycreekschools.org.

     

    Grief and Loss Support for Students

    Horizon Community Middle School has partnered with Judi’s House to provide a 10-week series of small group meetings for students who have experienced a significant loss. The Judi’s House staff are experts in childhood grief and bereavement, and you can learn more about their services on their website, judishouse.org.

     

    If your student has lost an important person in their life and you feel that they may benefit from support, please accept this invitation for your student to participate in a group facilitated by Judi’s House staff. This group will meet at school once per week for 1 hour. The small group meetings will focus on normalizing grief responses, developing coping skills, connecting with adult and peer support and creating a safe space to process and share grief.

     

    Our Mental Health & Counseling Teams collaborate closely with teachers to highlight the value of this group and to help ensure student attendance on a weekly basis. Students who participate have reported positive experiences and feelings of support by the facilitators from Judi’s House as well as the other student participants.

     

    If you are interested in having your student participate in the next session, please contact HCMS Social Worker Shelby Thomas (sthomas48@cherrycreekschools.org, 720-886-6222) at your earliest convenience.

     

    Signs of Suicide (SOS) Curriculum

    Over the next few weeks, the Horizon Community Middle School Mental Health and Counseling Team, in conjunction with all Cherry Creek middle schools, will be presenting an evidence-based, suicide prevention curriculum called Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) to students. This curriculum is designed specifically for middle school students and proactively addresses how to recognize the difference between normal adolescent turmoil and the warning signs of depression and suicide.

    The S.O.S. lessons will be conducted by Horizon Community’s mental health and counseling professionals during your student’s Social Studies class period on the dates identified below.

     

    6th Grade

    7th Grade

    8th Grade

     

    Sparago’s Class:

    Tuesday 10/4/22

     

    Harris’ Classes:

    Thursday 10/6/22

     

    Strickler’s Class:

    Tuesday 10/11/22

     

    Scherner’s Class:

    Tuesday 9/13/22

     

    Sparago’s & Harper’s Classes:

    Wednesday 9/14/22

     

    Boss’ Class:

    Thursday 9/15/22

     

     

    Skurulsky’s Class:

    Tuesday 9/27/22

     

    Scherner’s Class:

    Wednesday 9/28/22

     

    Morse’s (Meyer’s) Class:

    Thursday 9/29/22

     

    These lessons teach students positive coping strategies as well as how to recognize warning signs, how to respond when others may be struggling, and how to report safety concerns.  Our mental health and counseling team will also be available to support students who need to discuss the topic further. 

    If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s participation in this presentation, please contact your child’s school counselor at the applicable email address or phone number below.

     

    We appreciate your support as we strive to share this very important information with our students.

    Sincerely,

    Horizon Community Middle School

    School Counseling and Mental Health Departments

    Giselle Bustamante, Jessica Colson & Susan Krueger – School Counselors 

    Lys Adler, Shelby Thomas & Jessie Wright – Mental Health Team

     

    Morning Open Gym

    Is your student interested in some exercise to start their day? Students may attend Open Gym on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am – 8:30am. Students will need a signed parent waiver on file to participate (see Coach Burroughs).

     

    After School Academic Enhancement

    Could your student benefit from academic support after school? Our library will be open and staffed by HC teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:50pm – 4:40pm.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Please mark your calendars with our conference dates for this school year. Based on community feedback, we will offer a combination of in-person and virtual conferences this year. Some conferences will be teacher-led, and some will be led by students. Please select one date per semester to attend conferences so that all families have a chance to meet with teachers. Teachers are also available outside of these time frames for individual conferences with families via phone, Microsoft Teams, or in-person; please reach out to your student’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference at a different time.

    Semester 1

    • September 22nd, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • November 10th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in October).
    • November 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in October).

     

    Semester 2

    • February 9th, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • March 1st, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 1st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).
    • March 2nd, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 2nd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Merebeth Scott at mscott@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org   أو

     jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org  للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

    Somali:

    Si aad u turjumato warsidaha, riix "translate newsletter" sanduuqa madow ee kor midigta websaydka adeegso xulashada luqadaha. Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

    Nepali:

    न्यूजलेटर अनुवाद गर्न, वेबपेजको शीर्ष दायाँमा रहेको कालो बाकसमा "न्युजलेटर अनुवाद गर्नुहोस्" मा क्लिक गर्नुहोला र भाषा चयनकर्ता प्रयोग गर्नुहोला। तपाईको भाषामा यस स्रोतको साथ सहयोगको लागि कृपया जेम्स रसार्इलीलार्इ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा सम्पर्क गर्नुहोला।

     

  • September 9, 2022

    September 9, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Track season is well underway, activities & clubs are meeting, and before school open gym and after school academic support will soon begin. We’re in full swing at HCMS, and it feels great! As you may recall, we revised our mission statement last year. We are an authentic, empowered community that believes in opportunity for all. This mission couples with our PACK Commitments of Perseverance, Achievement, Connectedness, and Kindness to support our vision of Learning: Every Day for Every One. These words all mean something at HCMS. They are deep rooted beliefs that form the foundation of how we do school. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that our vision, mission, and core values are displayed every day.

    Below are some updates and reminders. We hope to see all families at our first Family Engagement Night next week.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    CMAS Results

    Individual CMAS results will be handed out to students during the week of September 19th during student’s 8th period class. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clare Dardis, Campus Administrator, at 720-886-6311 or cdardis@cherrycreekschools.org.

     

    Technology Technician Needed

    Do you know someone with a background in Technology that is interested in supporting HCMS students and staff with Technology needs? We are currently hiring for a Technology Technician. Check out details and learn how to apply HERE.

     

    Signs of Suicide (SOS) Curriculum

    Over the next few weeks, the Horizon Community Middle School Mental Health and Counseling Team, in conjunction with all Cherry Creek middle schools, will be presenting an evidence-based, suicide prevention curriculum called Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) to students. This curriculum is designed specifically for middle school students and proactively addresses how to recognize the difference between normal adolescent turmoil and the warning signs of depression and suicide.

     

    The S.O.S. lessons will be conducted by Horizon Community’s mental health and counseling professionals during your student’s Social Studies class period on the dates identified below.

     

    6th Grade

    7th Grade

    8th Grade

     

    Sparago’s Class:

    Tuesday 10/4/22

     

    Harris’ Classes:

    Thursday 10/6/22

     

    Strickler’s Class:

    Tuesday 10/11/22

     

    Scherner’s Class:

    Tuesday 9/13/22

     

    Sparago’s & Harper’s Classes:

    Wednesday 9/14/22

     

    Boss’ Class:

    Thursday 9/15/22

     

     

    Skurulsky’s Class:

    Tuesday 9/27/22

     

    Scherner’s Class:

    Wednesday 9/28/22

     

    Morse’s (Meyer’s) Class:

    Thursday 9/29/22

     

    These lessons teach students positive coping strategies as well as how to recognize warning signs, how to respond when others may be struggling, and how to report safety concerns.  Our mental health and counseling team will also be available to support students who need to discuss the topic further. 

    If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s participation in this presentation, please contact your child’s school counselor at the applicable email address or phone number below.

     

    We appreciate your support as we strive to share this very important information with our students.

    Sincerely,

    Horizon Community Middle School

    School Counseling and Mental Health Departments

    Giselle Bustamante, Jessica Colson & Susan Krueger – School Counselors 

    Lys Adler, Shelby Thomas & Jessie Wright – Mental Health Team

     

    Family Engagement Night – September 14th

    Our first Family Engagement Night is on Wednesday, September 14th. Our discussion topic for the evening will be “Social Media: Did you know ___?” We would like to engage in a conversation about current trends in social media and awareness for parents. If you or someone you know is interested in co-facilitating this conversation, please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org).

    Family Engagement meetings begin at 6:00pm in the Design Studio at Horizon Community Middle School. Families are welcome to bring food for a potluck-style meal. A social and networking session will begin at 5:30pm with whole-group conversations starting at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, committees will meet in breakout rooms. Existing family engagement committees include Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), School Accountability, and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS). Spanish-speaking interpreters and child-care will be provided.

    Please visit our FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PAGE to learn about ways to engage at HCMS. We welcome and encourage all families to participate in all aspects of the schooling experience of their children. Interested in volunteering at HCMS? Please CLICK HERE.

     

    Morning Open Gym

    Is your student interested in some exercise to start their day? Students may attend Open Gym on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am – 8:30am starting on Monday, September 12th. Students will need a signed parent waiver on file to participate (see Coach Burroughs).

     

    After School Academic Enhancement

    Could your student benefit from academic support after school? Our library will be open and staffed by HC teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:50pm – 4:40pm. Students may stop by any time starting on Tuesday, September 13th.

     

    Food & Nutrition Services Job Fair

    Please see the attached flyer for information about the Food & Nutrition Services job fair on September 10th.

     

    Multicultural Fair – September 30th

    Save the date: Our Multicultural Fair at HCMS is on Friday, September 30th. We will be welcoming all families and community members in the evening to share their culture. Please contact Kerri Benzel (kbenzel@cherrycreekschools.org) or Erin Taylor (etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org) for more information or to express interest in displaying your culture.

     

    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Please mark your calendars with our conference dates for this school year. Based on community feedback, we will offer a combination of in-person and virtual conferences this year. Some conferences will be teacher-led, and some will be led by students. Please select one date per semester to attend conferences so that all families have a chance to meet with teachers. Teachers are also available outside of these time frames for individual conferences with families via phone, Microsoft Teams, or in-person; please reach out to your student’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference at a different time.

    Semester 1

    • September 22nd, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • November 10th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in October).
    • November 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in October).

     

    Semester 2

    • February 9th, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • March 1st, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 1st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).
    • March 2nd, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 2nd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).

     

    English:

    Please contact Merebeth Scott at mscott@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org   أو

     jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org  للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

    Somali:

    Si aad u turjumato warsidaha, riix "translate newsletter" sanduuqa madow ee kor midigta websaydka adeegso xulashada luqadaha. Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

    Nepali:

    न्यूजलेटर अनुवाद गर्न, वेबपेजको शीर्ष दायाँमा रहेको कालो बाकसमा "न्युजलेटर अनुवाद गर्नुहोस्" मा क्लिक गर्नुहोला र भाषा चयनकर्ता प्रयोग गर्नुहोला। तपाईको भाषामा यस स्रोतको साथ सहयोगको लागि कृपया जेम्स रसार्इलीलार्इ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा सम्पर्क गर्नुहोला।


     


    File attachments:
    FNS Job Fair.pdf


  • September 2, 2022

    September 2, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    As we enter our first “break” of the year, I hope you have a restful three-day weekend as a family. Your students are showing us how amazing they are each day. We appreciate their hard work, eagerness to settle into the year, and their demonstration of our PACK Commitments. They deserve a day off, and so do our outstanding educators.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    HCMS Activities & Clubs

    Is your student interested in joining a club at HCMS? Please check out our offerings HERE, and feel free to contact a sponsor directly with any questions.

    Restorative Practices & Positive Behavior

    Did you know that we have three Restorative Practices (RP) Coaches at HCMS? For each grade level we have a teacher that has time reserved each day dedicated to supporting students. This could look like conflict navigating, mediation, other problem solving, or simply being available as a trusted adult. If your student ever needs support in these areas, please have them contact one of our RP Coaches.

    • 6th Grade: Hailey Wilkinson
    • 7th Grade: Jazmin Hooks
    • 8th Grade: Kevin Manzanares

    Additionally, we have a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Coach. Her name is Dee Hallman, and she can support students in many of the same ways as our RP Coaches.

    Our deans, counselors, mental health professionals, administrators, teachers, and other staff members are always available as well. Please reach out if needed!

    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

    Family Engagement Night – September 14th

    Our first Family Engagement Night is on Wednesday, September 14th. Our discussion topic for the evening will be “Social Media: Did you know ___?” We would like to engage in a conversation about current trends in social media and awareness for parents. If you or someone you know is interested in co-facilitating this conversation, please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org).

    Family Engagement meetings begin at 6:00pm in the Design Studio at Horizon Community Middle School. Families are welcome to bring food for a potluck-style meal. A social and networking session will begin at 5:30pm with whole-group conversations starting at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, committees will meet in breakout rooms. Existing family engagement committees include Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), School Accountability, and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS). Spanish-speaking interpreters and child-care will be provided.

    Please visit our FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PAGE to learn about ways to engage at HCMS. We welcome and encourage all families to participate in all aspects of the schooling experience of their children. Interested in volunteering at HCMS? Please CLICK HERE.

    Multicultural Fair – September 30th

    Save the date: Our Multicultural Fair at HCMS is on Friday, September 30th. We will be welcoming all families and community members in the evening to share their culture. Please contact Kerri Benzel (kbenzel@cherrycreekschools.org) or Erin Taylor (etaylor7@cherrycreekschools.org) for more information or to express interest in displaying your culture.

    Open PTCO Position

    Our PTCO Board is led by Amber Hall (President) and Tarena Cannon (Secretary). We are looking for someone to fill the role of Treasurer. Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org) if interested.

    Facebook Page

    In addition to sharing information on our website and through email, we also post important school information on our Facebook Page. Join our FACEBOOK GROUP here.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Please mark your calendars with our conference dates for this school year. Based on community feedback, we will offer a combination of in-person and virtual conferences this year. Some conferences will be teacher-led, and some will be led by students. Please select one date per semester to attend conferences so that all families have a chance to meet with teachers. Teachers are also available outside of these time frames for individual conferences with families via phone, Microsoft Teams, or in-person; please reach out to your student’s teacher if you need to schedule a conference at a different time.

     

    Semester 1

    • September 22nd, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • November 10th, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in October).
    • November 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • November 11th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in October).

     

    Semester 2

    • February 9th, 4:15pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, in-person conferences. All teachers will be in the gyms for these conferences. Come by anytime to meet with teachers individually.
    • March 1st, 4:15pm – 5:30pm: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 1st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).
    • March 2nd, 8:00am – 11:30am: Student-led, in-person conferences. Teachers will be available to meet with families as well, but these conferences are led by your student. This unique format encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and we have found them to be very beneficial.
    • March 2nd, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Teacher-led, virtual conferences. Families will sign up for time slots to meet virtually via Microsoft Teams with teachers (link to sign up coming in February).

     

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Merebeth Scott at mscott@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org   أو

     jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org  للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

    Somali:

    Si aad u turjumato warsidaha, riix "translate newsletter" sanduuqa madow ee kor midigta websaydka adeegso xulashada luqadaha. Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

    Nepali:

    न्यूजलेटर अनुवाद गर्न, वेबपेजको शीर्ष दायाँमा रहेको कालो बाकसमा "न्युजलेटर अनुवाद गर्नुहोस्" मा क्लिक गर्नुहोला र भाषा चयनकर्ता प्रयोग गर्नुहोला। तपाईको भाषामा यस स्रोतको साथ सहयोगको लागि कृपया जेम्स रसार्इलीलार्इ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा सम्पर्क गर्नुहोला।

     




  • August 26, 2022

    August 26, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    It is two weeks into the school year, and we are settling in. It feels great on our campus! We are remembering lessons learned from 21-22 but/and moving forward with a fresh start. Our teachers are focusing on creating welcoming, safe, and inclusive cultures in their classrooms. We are increasing ways where we seek out student voice in our decision making. We believe that by focusing on culture and student voice, we will foster an environment where students will thrive and achievement will skyrocket.

    With that, we encourage all families to talk to their students about the importance of a strong classroom and school culture. We ask that families talk about how essential it is to be kind at school. We value authenticity at HCMS, and we strive to include all identities. With this comes the responsibility that all members of the Horizon Community treat each other in ways that are free from judgement, name calling, and slurs. Thank you for your support in reinforcing the importance of these school values when talking with your students.

    Below are some updates and reminders. Please feel free to contact your student’s teachers, counselor, dean, a mental health provider, or any other member of our amazing staff at any time with questions. Have a great weekend!  

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    8th Grade Awards Information

    Our 8th Grade Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th, 2023. While this is not a continuation or “graduation” ceremony, it is an event to recognize students who are nominated for various awards. A new award that we will be recognizing this year is called the Scholar Athlete Award. A committee of HCMS staff members will select two athletes who demonstrate strong academic, leadership, and PACK community qualities. Scholar Athletes will need to have participated in at least two HCMS sports to be eligible (Track, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball). 

    Spirit Wear

    Interested in purchasing some HCMS Spirit Wear? CLICK HERE to visit our online store. Select “Spirit Wear” and you will be able to choose items, add them to your account, and make a payment. Students or families can pick up purchased items from Maria Thompson (HCMS Bookkeeper) in the Main Office. Please contact Maria at mthompson2@cherrycreekschools.org with questions.

    Family Engagement Night – September 14th

    Our first Family Engagement Night is on Wednesday, September 14th. Our discussion topic for the evening will be “Social Media: Did you know ___?” We would like to engage in a conversation about current trends in social media and awareness for parents. If you or someone you know is interested in co-facilitating this conversation, please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org) if interested.

    Family Engagement meetings begin at 6:00pm in the Design Studio at Horizon Community Middle School. Families are welcome to bring food for a potluck-style meal. A social and networking session will begin at 5:30pm with whole-group conversations starting at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, committees will meet in breakout rooms. Existing family engagement committees include Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), School Accountability, and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS). Spanish-speaking interpreters and child-care will be provided.

    Please visit our FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PAGE to learn about ways to engage at HCMS. We welcome and encourage all families to participate in all aspects of the schooling experience of their children. Interested in volunteering at HCMS? Please CLICK HERE.

    Open PTCO Position

    Our PTCO Board is led by Amber Hall (President) and Tarena Cannon (Secretary). We are looking for someone to fill the role of Treasurer. Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org) if interested.

    Facebook Page

    In addition to sharing information on our website and through email, we also post important school information on our Facebook Page. Join our FACEBOOK GROUP here.

     

     

    English:

    Please contact Merebeth Scott at mscott@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.

    Amharic:

    እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org

    Arabic:

    يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org   أو

     jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org  للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

    Chinese:

    如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持

    Korean:

    귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.

    Russian:

    Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

    Somali:

    Si aad u turjumato warsidaha, riix "translate newsletter" sanduuqa madow ee kor midigta websaydka adeegso xulashada luqadaha. Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

    Spanish:

    Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org

    Vietnamese:

    Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

    Nepali:

    न्यूजलेटर अनुवाद गर्न, वेबपेजको शीर्ष दायाँमा रहेको कालो बाकसमा "न्युजलेटर अनुवाद गर्नुहोस्" मा क्लिक गर्नुहोला र भाषा चयनकर्ता प्रयोग गर्नुहोला। तपाईको भाषामा यस स्रोतको साथ सहयोगको लागि कृपया जेम्स रसार्इलीलार्इ jrasaily@cherrycreekschools.org मा सम्पर्क गर्नुहोला।


     




  • August 19, 2022

    August 19, 2022

    Dear Horizon Community Middle School Families,

    Welcome back! It is great to be back in the building with our amazing students. The energy is positive and focused on our PACK Commitments of Perseverance, Achievement, Connectedness, and Kindness. We are working hard to ensure that students experience each aspect of our mission statement each day. We are an authentic, empowered community that believes in opportunity for all. And check out this STORY from our WEB Orientation Day! We are so excited to support each student as they begin the 22-23 school year!

    Below are some important pieces of information. As always, please reach out at any time with questions.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brad Weinhold

    Principal

    Horizon Community Middle School

    720-886-6101 (office)

    720-767-2352 (cell)

     

    Family Engagement Night – September 14th

    Our first Family Engagement Night is on Wednesday, September 14th. Our discussion topic for the evening will be “Social Media: Did you know ___?” We would like to engage in a conversation about current trends in social media and awareness for parents. If you or someone you know is interested in co-facilitating this conversation, please contact Mr. Robert Jefferson, Assistant Principal, at rjefferson2@cherrycreekschools.org.

    Family Engagement meetings begin at 6:00pm in the Design Studio at Horizon Community Middle School. Families are welcome to bring food for a potluck-style meal. A social and networking session will begin at 5:30pm with whole-group conversations starting at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm, committees will meet in breakout rooms. Existing family engagement committees include Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), School Accountability, and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS). Spanish-speaking interpreters and child-care will be provided.

    Please visit our FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PAGE to learn about ways to volunteer at HCMS. We welcome and encourage all families to participate in all aspects of the schooling experience of their children. Interested in volunteering at HCMS? Please CLICK HERE.

    Open PTCO Position

    Our PTCO Board is led by Amber Hall (President) and Tarena Cannon (Secretary). We are looking for someone for fill the role of Treasurer. Please contact Dr. Brad Weinhold (bweinhold@cherrycreekschools.org) if interested.

    Facebook Page

    In addition to sharing information on our website and through email, we also post important school information on our Facebook Page. Join our FACEBOOK GROUP here.

    School Photos

    Student pictures are scheduled for Friday, August 26th. All orders can only be placed online and are mailed directly to students' homes. Please CLICK HERE to learn more and make an order. The online code needed to place an order is HCMS2022.If you have any questions regarding school photos, please contact the photography company directly at customercare@cidmphoto.com.