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Dear Fitzmorris Families and Friends,

Welcome to the incredibly exciting 2018-2019 school year!

I am humbled and honored to serve as the principal of Fitzmorris, and it is with genuine enthusiasm that I welcome you back to school this year! As this is my first year at Fitzmorris, I’d like to tell you a little about myself and my family. I am extremely proud to say that my entire 11 year career has been in Jeffco. I taught sixth grade for seven years, third grade for two years, and most recently was the assistant principal at Westgate for the past two years. The vast majority of these 11 years have been in Title I schools, and that is where my true passion for education exists. On a personal note, I am a child of the Rocky Mountains. I grew up in Lander, Wyoming and have lived in Denver since 2002. In 2009 I married Maegen, the most intensely kind and empathic person I know, and in January of 2017 we had our first child, Ollie. Maegen is a mental health counselor and specializes in play therapy. Ollie is a toddler and specializes in chewing on fingers, laughing, winning staring contests, and pulling really hard on everything! We love anything outside, but an ideal weekend would include camping, rock-climbing, cold rivers or lakes, and some good hammock time. We also love sports (especially soccer), music, games, and traveling. As a family we are thrilled to be part of the vibrant Fitzmorris community!

Mr. Horton and his son Ollie       Mr. Horton's partner Maegen, and their son Ollie

New opportunities for a transformative year!

As many of you know, mine will not be the only new face you see at Fitzmorris this year. About half of the entire staff will be new to Fitzmorris. Both returning and new staff are extremely excited about the opportunities we will have to make this an incredible year for you and your children. I also want to acknowledge the amount of change this community has experienced. We plan to do whatever it takes to bring stability, and build strong relationships with all of our families. Here are some of the new and exciting opportunities your children will experience this year:

  • Jeffco Generations Skills will be present in student learning on a daily basis. We strongly believe these skills will give your children the best chance of success in their future.
  • Students will have vastly increased time for Social Emotional Learning. This will allow your children to learn to communicate effectively and build lasting friendships.
  • Teachers will have vastly increased time for co-planning, which is proven to have a significant and positive effect on student learning.
  • We will create a school wide system to implement restorative practices. As opposed to more traditional discipline, this teaches students to think about, learn from, and fix their mistakes.
  • We plan to work smarter, and have tons of fun with you and your children this year. We are so excited for the year to start!

It is going to be a great year! Thank you so much for choosing a great neighborhood school. From all of us at Fitzmorris, we are so excited to partner with you to provide extraordinary learning opportunities for our students! Enjoy the rest of the summer, we look forward to seeing you at the Meet and Greet on August 14th.

Sincerely,


Johnny Horton



Johnny Horton
Principal
Fitzmorris Elementary School

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