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Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg

Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) has announced that Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg* has accepted the position as the new principal of Horizon Middle School effective July 1 to replace Sherry Heaton who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Dr. Rabenberg from Urbandale, Iowa was one of five people interviewed for the position on Friday. The other four were internal candidates from Bismarck Public Schools-three assistant principals and one elementary principal. A total of 18 candidates applied. She was chosen by a committee which included district administrators and two Horizon teachers.

Rabenberg has been a principal for four years at Prairie Ridge Middle School in the Ankeny Community School District. She has ten years of combined administrative experience including positions as a School Improvement Leader, Dean of Students, and Special Education Curriculum Coordinator. She has a bachelor's degree in science from Black Hills State University in South Dakota, and masters and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

BPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Dr. Ben Johnson says, "Dr. Rabenberg is an education leader with a proven, evidence-based track record of empowering teacher leaders to improve teaching and learning for students. She created a sense of community at the new middle school in Iowa by meeting with families of incoming 6th graders, as well as at-risk families so children could make a positive transition to the middle level. She also raised about $500,000 to expand offerings at a STEM academy in Des Moines. Tabetha has the experience to implement standards based education and the 21st Century skills needed by our future graduates by working closely with teachers through their PLCs."

In her resume, Dr. Rabenberg says, "My role is to create a community of leaders and learners on a path to continuous improvement." She has involved middle school students in Anti-Bullying Clubs, Health Heroes, and other activities.

BPS Superintendent of Schools Tamara Uselman says Rabenberg has family in the Bismarck-Mandan area and in Mobridge, South Dakota. Tabetha and her husband have two children, one in elementary school and one in senior high.

*Pronounced: (Taah-beh-thah Ray-ben-berg)
PLCs=Professional Learning Communities

Summer School Registration Forms

HMS Summer School Parent Letter (pdf document)
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HMS SS Registration Form (pdf document)
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7th/8th grade Summer School Registration (pdf document)
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Horizon Huskie Spirit Wear

Horizon Spirit Wear (pdf document)
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Student/Parent Handbook

Student Handbook 2014 2015 (pdf document)
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Teacher Handbook

Teacher Handbook 2014-2015 (pdf document)
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Monthly Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter (pdf document)
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Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg
Principal Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg

500 Ash Coulee Drive
Bismarck ND 58503
Phone: 701-323-4550
Fax: 701-323-4555
Principal: Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg
Secretary: Mary Felchle


Goal 1: All students will increase their language literacy in the areas of writing and reading.

Goal 2: All students will increase their life skills in the areas of respect and organization.

Mission Statement

In a safe, collaborative environment, we provide educational opportunities that empower all students to reach their fullest potential.

A & B Calendar

A & B Calendar 2015-2016 (pdf document)
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Middle School Behavior Expectations and Values

Middle School Behavior Expectations and Values (pdf document)
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Bismarck Public School District's

GAMC- Staff and Student Responsible Use of Technology (pdf document)
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Issued 06/11/2012

Parent Volunteers Needed in the Library

We are busier than ever this year in the library. So, if you would be able to spare an hour or two of your time to help us shelve books or process in new books, please contact: Thanks!

Horizon Kids on KFYR AM

Kids Speak program with Phil Parker

Parent Information on Math Facts

Parent Information on Math Facts (pdf document)
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Healthy Snacks

District Snack Information

Mark calendars: Fill the Bus!

7/30/2015 - 8/28/2015

Sign up for Apple Dash!

7/30/2015 - 8/31/2015

Band-Orchestra Camp

8/10/2015 - 8/20/2015

New teacher orientation

8/10/2015 - 8/13/2015

Public Tours of Legacy High School!


Horizon open house


No school: Labor Day


Apple Dash Run/Walk 4 Education


Autumnfest Parade


LHS/SMS Orchestra's Rock Concert w/Bridgid Bibbens


Time to get kids vaccinated for school!

1st day of school is Thursday, Aug. 27

Supt. blog: every child has a story

Horizon FCCLA winners

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