Horizon Middle School Principal
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Dustin Horras
Welcome to Horizon Middle School, home of the Panthers! Our school is full of dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to our students. Horizon was built in 1985 and is primarily a walk-in neighborhood school serving students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. We are very proud of the imporvements we have made to the facility at Horizon over the past four years, and this Fall we will complete an extensive remodel and update of the entrance, office, and library areas. In the spring of 2010, Horizon became an authorized International Baccalaureate World School delivering the Middle Years Programme and was re-authorized in the spring of 2014. As an IB school, we are dedicated to helping children reach their highest level of success as global citizens of the world.
I am excited to begin my tenth year as a principal, and my sixth as a Horizon Panther. This will be my twenty-fourth year in District 49. All of my time in District 49 has been in the Sand Creek Zone feeder system. I began my teaching career at Evans teaching 4th grade. After two years teaching 4th grade, I spent seven years as the physical education teacher at Evans. Following my nine years of teaching at Evans, I spent one year as a Dean of Students at Sand Creek High School. I then returned to Evans and spent three years as the Assistant Principal before taking over as principal where I spent four years. I then spent one year working with all schools in the Sand Creek Zone, but missed being a principal and working with kids everyday. The opportunity at Horizon has been perfect for me and has allowed me to spend each day doing something I truly enjoy.
As principal, I take great pride in Horizon, our students and staff. We are devoted to supporting each student's social, emotional, and academic development. My expectation is that together we will go above and beyond in meeting the needs of all children and we will provide your child with an outstanding education in a fun and caring school environment. I am especially proud of our Renaissance program, which recognizes students for their academic accomplishments and good behavior. Last year we had over 400 students, over half our student body, make Renaissance each quarter.
We deeply value and encourage parents and the community as partners in the development and education of all our students. As a school community will work together to create a learning environment that supports individual students in fulfilling their potential as learners.
I encourage you to talk with your child daily about their experiences at school: their friends, daily activities, and anything else they would like to share with you. As a parent, there is a lot of joy in knowing about your child’s day!
Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your child’s education or to learn more about Horizon. Our website always contains a lot of important information about school procedures, programs, and upcoming events, please visit often. Also, if you haven't visited Horizon, please contact us to set up a time to come see us. GO PANTHERS!