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-- 2018-2019 School Year
The first part of the school year seems to have flown by! December sees cooler temperatures, disappearing daylight and our students and staff ramping up as semester exams mark the end of our second marking period. December has also seen our girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams post impressive seasons, once again, arts and civics students honored by the district, a VERY impressive winter band concert and another successful our Washington, DC trip! Congratulations to all for understanding that better is a never-ending quest!
Wednesday, December 13th is our Holiday Family Night. By the time you read this, I hope that many of you were able to come out and celebrate with your family and ours, enjoy some cocoa and cookies and make ornaments, gingerbread houses and memories. I am hopeful we will put this holiday event on each and every year! We all know that the upcoming weeks can become quite overwhelming as families prepare for family gatherings, special travels, and perhaps some shopping outings. As much as we’d all like to feel that we are organized and well-prepared for the upcoming weeks, each family deals with the stress of the holidays in different ways. Routines often fall to the wayside along with daily reading practices, consistent homework support, and even family meals. At times families need to make a concerted effort to see that the rush and stresses of the holiday season do not seep into their child’s daily routine and need for consistency. Have your child read over the holiday break, work on those math concepts that challenge them, and have conversations with them about how they can get better each and every day at Horizon!
I would like to thank our students, teachers and parents for a great first half of the school year. Besides all of the impressive work happening inside the classroom, we saw a lot of great achievements outside the classroom as well. I cannot wait see what the second half of the year has in store for us!
On behalf of the staff of Horizon Academy, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous 2018!
I Am Horizon!
~ Don Maier
Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks is located in the heart of Marion Oaks. We are a unique school in many ways. Horizon Academy is a fifth grade through eighth grade facility. The availability of fifth graders on our campus allows us to better prepare fifth graders for the transition to middle school.
Horizon Academy is a Title I school. We use our Title I funding for additional paraprofessionals to work in small groups in our classrooms. We use Title I funds to offer after school tutoring and homework help. In addition, we supply each student with a binder to assist in organization of academic materials. The binder includes an agenda planner to assist parents to know the work students are tending to in class and as homework.
We have a tremendous faculty. In the past five years, three of our Horizon teachers have been recognized by the Marion County Public Schools and the Public Education Foundation, as Golden Apple Teachers, or top five teachers in the district. In addition, last year we also were recognized by Marion County Public Schools and the Public Education Foundation with a top five Support Employee of the Year. We are very proud of the personnel of Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks as they serve our students and families.
Horizon Academy maintains a unique middle school schedule which includes Hawk Hour, an activity period mid-day, allowing students opportunities to participate in clubs such as Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Health Occupation Student Association, and more. In addition, during Hawk Hour, students can participate in Pep Band, Mythology, Aquaculture, Hydroponics, Debate Team, Journalism, Math Assistance, and many other activities. These activities can offer real world application to their current in-class studies plus leadership development.
Our students also excel outside of the classroom. Horizon Academy offers competitive sports programs in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Students learn a foundation in not only skills for competition but also the benefit of team sportsmanship.
Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks is a unique school and environment. Our focus is on student achievement and preparing each to be successful in high school. We are proud to be the Horizon Hawks.
Reading and learning are fun and it is so important for our students to feel like they are just as successful as they want to be. Parents are invited to come to our Parent Resource Room and borrow wonderful teaching tools to get your child motivated in school. We have games, activities, and books that can be checked out to assist in different subject areas. Visit our Parent Resource Room available to our parents every afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30. Or contact our Parent Liaison for further information.
All parents are encouraged to be involved with the school by joining either or both of our parent organizations.
The School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held quarterly at 5:30pm in the Media Center at Horizon. This organization is required by the state legislature and will include oversight of some school funds.
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will follow the SAC meeting quarterly at 6:30pm. This organization assists the school through fundraising activities and volunteering.
For specific dates of these meetings refer to our webpage calendar as well as our monthly newsletter.
We hope you will want to be a part of these organizations and an active member of the Horizon Academy family and look forward to seeing you there!
Horizon Academy is a uniform dress code school. All students follow our dress code daily. The dress code was established through the school board prior to Horizon opening its doors to students. This dress code was voted on and approved by School Advisory Council, parents and the school board. We also maintain a dress code supply closet to assist families in need
Student Day: 7:55AM - 2:20PM
Teacher Day: 7:25AM - 3:10PM
Early Release Time: 12:20PM
School Office Hours: 7:30AM - 3:30PM
School Store Hours: 7:30AM - 7:50AM Days vary
Student Lunch: $1.75
(If qualified, reduced price is: $0.40 or free)
All Visible clothing must be within the color guidelines.
Solid colors of White, Gold / Yellow, Black and Navy Blue and must have a collar and sleeves.
Solid colors of Khaki, Navy Blue, and Black. Clothing must be the appropriate size for the child so that the clothing is being worn at the student's waist.