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HORIZON HONORS
MIDDLE SCHOOL
EBLAST
11.3.2017

RATED AN "A" SCHOOL BY THE AZ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (2014)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

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Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning Harvey is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, who insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. The search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on everyone they’ve encountered.   This classic comedy is delightful for all ages.

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The Geo Bee study corner is open and ready for student & teacher use.
Test your knowledge by taking quizzes! 
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study

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Throughout the month of November, Horizon Honors Secondary School will be participating in Collect for Cures, a national campaign to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). We are joining over 27,000 schools across the nation to make a difference and raise as much money as we can to help find a cure for blood cancer! 
 
Each 3rd block class will have a Collect for Cures box and will compete to raise the most money through the month of November. You can get involved by putting money, your spare change, directly in the box in your classroom or donate by participating in one of our fundraisers throughout the month. Horizon Honors also has its own online giving page that students, parents and faculty can share with friends and family:   
http://events.lls.org/pages/az/Horizon-Honors-School-2018   
 
At the end of the month, the top fundraising 3rd block class will receive lunch catered by Olive Garden. The competition runs from November 1st through November 30th.
 
Thank you in advance for helping LLS to create a world without blood cancers! For more information on the Collect for Cures program, please visit http://www.studentseries.org/

ATHLETICS

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On October 31st, the Co-Ed Soccer team clinched the championship after defeating Gilbert Christian Middle School 4-2. Way to go, Eagles!

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
The College & Career Center (CCC) offers many services to our students to help them meet their potential in high school and beyond.  Please visit our College & Career website @ http://horizonhonorssecondary.org/ccc or drop by to see what we’re all about.

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PARENT UNIVERSITY
Most college-readiness measures (such as SAT/ACT scores, GPA) are collected towards the end of a student's high school career when little time remains to correct the course.  Now is the time to start thinking about it and planning for the future!  Parents of 7th, 8th and 9th graders, join us on Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm in the MPR for our Parent University:  Early College Planning 101.  We will go over some key points to help get you started for planning for your child's college experience.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

LEARN... BELIEVE... DREAM... DARE
VETERANS DAY 2017
Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to honor the bravery and service of all U.S. veterans, past and present.  Many of our Horizon Honors families have family and loved ones who have or are currently serving in the military.  We also have several alumni in the service at this time.  Please take a moment to thank a couple of veterans who have served our nation and now serve our school community every day.  
  • Mr. Scott Gotham, Master Teacher, served 4 1/2 years in the Army as a Chemical Operations Specialist.
  • Mr. Marty Sprinzl, HS Physics and Chemistry Teacher, served as a US Navy submarine officer and weapons officer with nuclear power training during the cold war. 

MEDIA CENTER

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Parent Education Opportunities
We have two tremendously important parent events coming up in November, as well as a time for your voice to be heard about parent needs.
 
November 8th 6 PM College 101: Early Planning – Target Audience: Parents of 7th – 10th graders – see separate article
 
November 16th 6 PM Screenagers – A documentary and round table discussion particularly impactful for parents of 7th – 12th graders (students will view this documentary Nov. 22) – see separate article
 
November 7th Secondary School Improvement Team Survey on Parent Education Needs sent to you via email.  Please take a moment (about 5 minutes) to complete the survey regarding topics of interest for parent education for this year and future year.  Thanks!

GUEST SPEAKERS NEEDED - SHARE YOUR PROFESSION
Career Exploration Month for middle school is coming up in February, and we are looking for guest speakers who would like to come talk about their careers.  What better place to start than right here at home?  If you or someone you know would be willing to speak to our wonderful middle school students about your career (past or present), please let us know! 
 
The presentations will occur during the students' lunchtime on various days in February.  Guest speakers should plan to arrive to the Secondary Office by 10:45 a.m. on the day they're scheduled.  (Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)  Guest speaker presentations should be about 10-15 minutes in length and include what the career is about, why it was chosen, the education needed to pursue the career, personality traits that make it a good career for you, anything else you feel the students need to know, etc.  The rest of the time (5-10 minutes) will be for student questions. 
 
After polling the students, we are looking for people who can talk about the following areas:
 
Medical Field, including doctors, nurses, veterinarians
Business Field including finance, accounting, management
Law/Legal System, including lawyers, police officers, police investigators, forensics, etc.
Arts/Performing arts, including acting, art, music, technical etc.
Education Field
Service industries, including cosmetology, automotive, agriculture
Military
Engineering, including computer, architectural, robotics, NASA
Sciences, including forensics, marine biology, astronomy, anthropology, psychology, genetics
Writing, including Journalism and Authors
Technology, including Graphic Design and IT
 
Please respond by emailing Mrs. Wallace at heather.wallace@horizonclc.org with the following information:  your name, your contact phone number and e-mail, the specific career you would like to speak about, and any scheduling restrictions for the month of February.  If we get more than one response for a particular career, we will hold a lottery.  Once a schedule has been made, Mrs. Wallace will reach out to you to let you know your scheduled day and any other information you need.
 
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration!

PARENTS: DON'T MISS THIS!
Horizon Honors is thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

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WHEN: November 16th, 2017
TIME: 6 to 8:30 PM
WHERE: Horizon Honors Multi-Purpose Room
PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY! 
COST: FREE! Limited space. 

Age-based discussions will be offered immediately after the screening.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.
FRIENDS INTERESTED IN HORIZON HONORS? 
Horizon Honors Schools are now accepting Lottery Forms for the 2018-2019 school year. Lottery Forms must be submitted by January 19, 2018.

In addition, an info session will be held for families interested in the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room. Families will meet administrators and faculty, hear a brief history of the schools, enjoy displays and demonstrations of student projects, and get questions answered. Reservations are required.

Please visit our 2018-2019 enrollment website for information on completing the Lottery Form, reserving a spot for the Info Session, and scheduling a tour!

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PARENT PARTNERSHIP
LUNCH ORDERS DUE TODAY!

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NOVEMBER
AT A GLANCE
   
November 3
Choir Council meets during lunch in Choir Room
MS Baking Club meets 2:30 to 3:45 in room 216
Radio Club meets 2:30 to 3:15 in room 202
Mainstage Production:  Harvey at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room
Lunch Orders Due
 

November 4
Mainstage Production:  Harvey at 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room
 
November 6
Origami Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 in room 206
Book Club meets 2:35 to 3:35 in room 108
MS Winter Athletics Tryouts
 
November 7
Protecting Our Environment (POE) during lunch in room 111
Harry Potter Club 2:30 to 3:30 in room 102
Performing Arts Exhibition Auditions 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room
MS Winter Athletics Tryouts

November 8

MS Lunch with Principal in room 101
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle meets during lunch in room 208
MS Student Council meets 2:40 to 3:40 in rooms 107/108
Performing Arts Exhibition Auditions 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room
Parent University:  College 101 Early Planning 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room
MS Winter Athletics Tryouts
 
November 9
Project Group 2.0 meets 3:30 – 4:30 PM room 415
Performing Arts Exhibition Auditions 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room
Secondary Spirit Day:  Camo Day to Honor Our Veterans
MS Winter Athletics Tryouts
 
November 10
Veteran’s Day No School
Lunch Orders Due
 
November 13
Origami Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 in room 206
Book Club meets 2:35 to 3:35 in room 108
 
November 14
Protecting Our Environment (POE) d
uring lunch in room 111
Harry Potter Club 2:30 to 3:30 in room 102
2018-2019 New Family Info Session 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room
 
November 15
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle meets during lunch in room 208
MS Student Council meets after school in rooms 107/108
Performing Arts Exhibition 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room
Secondary Spirit Day:  Celebrating Music
NOVEMBER
AT A GLANCE
   
November 16
Project Group 2.0 meets 3:30 – 4:30 PM room 415
Parent Screening of Screenagers 6:00 to 8:00 pm in
 
November 17
NJHS Leadership meets during lunch in room 204
Radio Club meets 2:30 to 3:15 in room 202
MS Baking Club meets 2:30 to 3:45 in room 216
MS Travel Club for Spring Break Florida meets during lunch in room 107
MS Travel Club for Spring Break Florida meets during lunch in room 107
NJHS Daycare Buddies 2:30 – 3:30
 
November 20
Fiber Arts Club meets during lunch in room 104
Origami Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 in room 206
Book Club meets 2:35 to 3:35 in room 108
Lunch Orders Due
 
November 21
Secondary Spirit Day:  Bands & Musical Instruments
NJHS meets during lunch in room 204
Harry Potter Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 in room 102
Eagles Band Concert 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room
Concert & Symphonic Bands Concerts 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room
 
November 22
Middle School Pep Rally 1:30 to 2:30 in the MS Courtyard
MS Gamers Club meets 2:40 to 3:40 in room 107
 
November 23-24
Thanksgiving Day Break

November 24
Lunch Orders Due
 
November 27
Origami Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 in room 206
Book Club meets 2:35 to 3:35 in room 108
Middle School Spirit Week
 
November 28
POE meets during lunch in room 111
Harry Potter Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 in room 102
Middle School Spirit Week
NJHS Daycare Buddies 2:30 – 3:30
 
November 29
FCA Huddle meets during lunch in room 208
MS Student Council meets 2:40 to 3:40 in rooms 107/108
Middle School Spirit Week
 
November 30
Middle School Spirit Week
Project Group 2.0 meets 3:30 – 4:30 PM room 415

​​For a full list of Secondary School activities, check out the Events Calendar.

Horizon Honors Secondary School
Horizon Honors High School
​Horizon Honors Middle School

16233 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Office: 480.659.3000
Attendance: 480.659.3062
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