I. Core Programs
Library ~ The library is open for students on a regularly scheduled basis. Scheduled times are held for grades K – 8 for the purpose of library instruction as well as for the enjoying the materials and books available. Parents will be required to sign a Library Use Agreement in order to have students check out materials from the library.
COMPUTER LAB/ CYBER SAFETY ~ The computer lab is located in the library. The lab will be used for learning computer skills, and assist in report research. Horicon School has established policies and procedures to assure the safety of students’ internet use at school.
Field Trips ~ Field trips are scheduled by various classroom teachers throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notice of field trips in advance of the scheduled trip date. Sometimes a small amount of money may be requested from each student to help defray transportation or facility use costs. No student will be kept from attending a field trip due to money.
MUSIC PROGRAM ~ One weekly session of music education, appreciation and beginning singing and playing of percussion instruments is provided when funding is available.
CHARACTER EDUCATION ~ Character education programs build caring, respectful individuals and contribute to a safe, caring school climate. We will integrate the character education into our behavior expectations, morning announcements, writing, reading, Block H and other curriculum areas. “Second Step and our Soul shoppe curriculum supports students to self regulate, problem solve conflicts, and will reduce violence and promote a safe school.
- Block H earned for Horicon School service points, a deep-seated tradition, is a program which recognizes student participation in activities which improve Horicon School. Recognition is given for “Block H Jobs”, attendance, academic achievement, Character Education, participation in designated sports and extra-curricular activities, performing in the Horicon play production, leadership, and PTSA participation.
- Second Step is a curriculum program for violence prevention and building character skills to help students resolve issues, build strong peer interactions, and be successful in school.
- Soul shoppe is a company that Horicon has contracted with to work on relationship building as well as anti-bullying strategies. We continue to work with Soul shoppe to overhaul our discipline system and make things consistent across grade levels.
Achievement Study ~ The art and science of teaching involves meeting every learner where they are developmentally and addressing what they need to know and be able to do. The educator must address grade level standards, yet also be mindful of what students already know or don’t know and customize instruction to meet all students needs. Achievement study guides instruction. At Horicon School the staff uses professional development days as well as early release Wednesday collaboration time to review student achievement, share successes, plan instruction and interventions, and continuously monitor student academic progress. State standards test, locally designed assessments, and published curriculum assessments are accessed to monitor student achievement and adjust instruction for whole class and individuals. Each fall staff reviews annual gains. Each trimester formative and summative unit tests and ongoing assessments are used to report to parents and also provide in-house discussion and problem solving to meet the needs of Horicon students.
The Achievement Study Team is a group formed within the school to further examine a student’s academic, behavioral and social-emotional progress. The team usually consists of a teacher, administrator, and the Resource Specialist teacher. The student and parent are also a part of the team. The AST meeting provides everyone with an opportunity to share strengths, concerns and develop a plan of interventions for the student. Either a staff member or parent can make a referral. The interventions agreed upon will vary depending on the child’s educational needs.
Communication Home ~ Our school is committed to communication and insuring that you are informed of all important events and news-worthy activities. We will use a variety of means, such as; ONE CALL NOW, our The Buzz newsletter, flyers, and notes.
Counseling Program ~ Small group, individual, and classroom interventions are provided to help students be successful at school and in their learning. When school peer conflicts or family crisis interferes with students ability to focus at school, services may be accessed. Students are identified through staff referral and/or parent request, with priority determined through the AST process or staff collaboration
Independent Study assignments are provided by your child’s classroom teacher and should be requested at least one week in advance to allow time for the teacher to gather materials for assignments. The Independent Study contract has to be for a minimum of 5 days and must be returned complete for credit
School Readiness program- Horicon currently offers a 3-4 year old school readiness program that meets 2 times a week to prepare students for their kindergarten experience. Horicon provides the space for Action Network (a local community service agency who runs the program) to provide the service for our local kids. They provide a variety of well known preschool curricula and specialized play to help build self esteem and the whole child.
Resource Specialist Program ~ Classrooms where a special education program can be delivered to a student with a disability. It is for the student who qualifies for either a special class or regular class placement but needs some special instruction in an individualized or small group setting for a portion of the day. Individual needs are supported in resource rooms as defined by the student’s Individual Education Plan.
III. Incentive Programs & Celebrating Success- students are recognized for their academic successes as well as positive behavior and positive attendance. Students are often recognized at our morning gatherings both on Monday and Friday mornings. Our small ampitheatre is wonderful place for our whole school to come together and give support to each other throughout the school year. We also recognize the students who fulfill their commitment to earning enough school community service points to go on the end of the year trip to a fun destination.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS – DISCIPLINE ~ School personnel will support appropriate student behavior through positive discipline model to nurture a safe, caring, compassionate, and collaborative learning environment. Student choices and consequences for not following school behavior expectations will follow school policy.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS – SCHOOL RULES
- Personal property that poses a safety hazard does not belong at school.
- Illegal items or anything that promotes the use of illegal products is not allowed at school.
- Remain in the supervised areas of campus and follow all safety rules for equipment and games.
- Students have a right to learn and teachers have a right to teach without classroom disruption
- Conduct yourself in an orderly, courteous, respectful manner during all school activities.
- Treat all property, materials, equipment with respect, this includes textbooks, workbooks, school buildings, equipment.
- Bring all necessary materials to class, complete all assignments and meet deadlines.
- Maintain your daily planners, which includes writing down assignments and getting parent signatures, as required by your classroom teachers.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS – DRESS CODE ~ Appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. Students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.
V. Special Events
Spirit days may be organized by a student council, parent group, classroom, or teacher group with the purpose of building school spirit and community. Spirit days may be dedicate to cozy reading, such as Dr. Seuss Day, on or near March 5, and sometimes close to the 100th day of school. Other days may be silly in nature such as silly hair day, or backwards clothing days, or opposite days. Wearing our school t-shirt all on the same day as community gathering builds school spirit. A class may also organize a spirit week by designing lunch time activities that explore a learning theme.
W. Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
Horicon School is involved in the Federal Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program which offers all students a morning snack of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Our hope is to educate children on the variety and options available to them for their daily snacks and meals.