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Hello, my name is Mr. Bigby. If this is your child's first year with us, let me be the first to welcome you to the Horizon Academy family. To all of my returning Hawks, welcome back, we've missed you! I am so excited to partner with you and your student to reach their mathematical potential, take every opportunity to exceed it, and foster a general drive for academic excellence. I'm an alumnus of both the University of Florida and Florida State Law. I graduated from Vanguard High School right here in Ocala. It was my passion for this community that attracted me to the legal profession and that ultimately brought me home to do the most good. I will demand a lot from your student. I will expect a high level of professionalism but my classroom is a safe place. I repeat, my classroom is a safe place - for your shining star, for your alternative learner, your unique individual, your student with strengths other than math. EVERYONE. Please reach out to me for anything at all but especially if you learn someone or something is taking away from your child’s sense of a safe place. I am the type of educator that would like nothing more than to meet each of my students’ parents face to face. If at any time during the school year you too are seeking that connection, please reach out to our guidance department to schedule a conference. For a general idea of the curriculum, classroom procedures, and discipline policy, please also keep an eye out for your child’s syllabus which will be coming home the first week. Your child has been specifically selected for my class because they are on the cusp of significant mathematical growth. I am so excited to be a part of their journey.