Principal’s Introduction

August 15, 2017


Hello Horizon families,

It has been a terrific start to the school year! Monday brought us many smiling faces and scholars ready to get back to learning. We are all looking forward to a year of great success. Each year our goal is to improve student success and safety. A new year brings new procedures, and as you know, we have put some in place to encourage a consistent learning environment and ensure the safety of your scholars. I talked with several parents yesterday and do appreciate your comments and concerns. As a result, I want to communicate some important information with you related to your areas of concern.

First, the Scholar Handbook is coming home with your scholars this week. Please keep an eye out for it as you need to go through it with your scholar and sign and return the last page. I have heard some concerns regarding the dress code. I have learned that you did not receive a copy of the Handbook last year and the dress code, in particular regarding shoes, was not enforced. Because of this, we will allow until September 30 for students to meet the dress code requirement regarding shoes. Please understand the Scholar Handbook and dress code are not new. The goal of the dress code is to eliminate the distraction of flashy and expensive clothing in school. The focus while we are in these walls is on learning.

Second, we have implemented a new Positive Behavior Intervention System called LiveSchool. LiveSchool is a

Third, the new drop off and pick up procedures will take a few days to run smoothly. We do believe this will be safer for your scholars. Please keep in mind that displaying your number makes the line move quickly. If your number is displayed when you enter the parking lot, the staff “texter” will immediately text it to the office to be called. Our goal will be to have your scholar coming up to meet you by the time your move around the parking lot. Also, talk to your scholars about exiting quickly to your car when they hear their number called. Keeping the line moving is important.




Mrs. Lea Hammond

Principal, HSA Denison Elementary School

216-661-8840 ext. 116