03-04-14 - Hawks Advance to Baker City
Excitement was high on Saturday evening as the Hawks took on the Crane Mustangs in the State Play-in game. At the end of four quarters, the score was 67-27 and the Hawks are going to Baker City! The Hawks will play their first game on Thursday at 1:30pm against Imbler. The game will be projected at Horizon Christian School with doors opening at 1:15pm. Popcorn will be provided.
The tournament continues through Saturday evening with teams playing in a winners' bracket or consolation bracket depending on the results of game #1 on Thursday. Go to www.osaa.org for information about the tournament including brackets, times, and to hear the streamed games. The championship game can also be viewed online at the OSAA website.
02-26-14 - Hawks Head into State Play-in Game The Horizon Hawks claimed the #1 spot at the District Tournament, earning a bye in the first round of State games which are being played on Wednesday. The Hawks will play in a state play-in game on Saturday at home in the Hawks Nest. The opponent and game time will be announced after this Wednesday's. Tickets for Saturday's game will go on sale Friday morning at the front office or can be purchased at the door.
The #1 placing at the District Tournament was the result of two wins in Hermiston. The Hawks beat Nixyaawii 49-32 on Friday, and then Ione 73-64 in the championship game. Also announced at the game were the all-league players including Matt Totaro (12th) and Mason Bloomster (11th) to the All-League #1 Team and Micah Engel (12th) to the #2 Team. Hopes of reclaiming the State Title iis the carrot for the Hawks on Saturday. Eight teams will meet in Baker City for the State Tournament on March 6-8.
02-26-14 - Robotics Team Advances to State Competition Horizon's robotics team advances to state competition this weekend n Portland. The first-ever Horizon robotics team qualified by finishing in first place at a 23-team competition held at Hood River Valley High School in January. It was the first-ever tournament for the Horizon team, consisting of eighth-grader Zach Barbour, and seventh-graders Carter Rigert, Andrew Wells and Alex Petshow - and they were competing against older, more experienced students. The team has been working since fall under the direction of coaches Trey Rigert and Chris Barbour to design, build, and program their robot.
02-17-14 - Hawks to go to District Tournament The Hawks varsity boys are still in the midst of it. Their next stop is the District Tournament in Hermiston, Oregon where they will play their first game on Friday at 4:30pm. Their second game will be on Saturday - at 7:30pm if they win the Friday game and qualify for the championship game, or at 2:45pm if they lose on Friday. If the Hawks are successful at the District level, they will be looking at state play in games the following week. The team was undefeated in league play and held down the #1 spot in 1A state basketball, but will have to battle through District and then State to claim the title.
02-17-14 - Rick Aldrich Coaches Award
In 2009 Rick Aldrich joined the Horizon coaching staff as the junior high boys basketball coach. Three years later, in October 2012, the Horizon family lost Rick in a tragic work accident. During his time as a coach Rick passed on to his players much more than basketball. He knew that there were other important lessons that could be learned through the sport — things like integrity, work ethic, selflessness, dependability, self-discipline, a positive attitude, and being engaged in the ever ongoing process of becoming like Christ.
To honor Rick Aldrich and to continue to promote the character qualities he stood for, Horizon Christian School instituted the Rick Aldrich Coaches Award to be presented each year to a male and female basketball player who best represents the qualities that were so important to Rick.
At Friday evenings basketball games two individuals were recognized as the first recipients of the Award, Katie Tolbert and Matt Totaro. Katie is a 2013 Horizon Christian graduate and is currently a freshman at Oregon State University. Matt Totaro is a Horizon Christian senior. Making the presentations were Rick's wife Tonya and his children, M'Randa, Ryan, and McKenna.
02-04-14 - Hawks Win It!
Friday night was a big game - and the Hawks came through in a big way against #1 in the eastern division of the Big Sky League, the Ione Cardinals. The Hawks took control from the beginning although the Cardinals challenged them with a couple streaks of sizzling three-point shots. The Hawks took it 88-57. It was some great fun in a packed Hawks Nest.
02-04-14 - Leadership Team Transistions
Saturday was a day of transition and training for the new Student Leadership Team. The topics included, What Does it Mean to be on Leadership Team, and How do you Lead? This team plans events (e.g. spirit week and student formal) and raises money for those activities through the Student Lunch program, Dollar for Dress, and other fundraisers.
The new leadership team includes - Dhora DaLuz, Hannah Kempf, Hannah Lingel, Amy Requa (Secretary), Ethan Evans (Treasurer), Kelsey Floyd (Keeper of the Constitution), Isabelle Cullen, Sarah Ryan, William Deck-er, Anna Alexander, Shaun Wang, and Sarah Wesner. Dhora DaLuz is running for president, and Hannah Kemp and Hannah Lingel are running for vice-president. Those positions, which are the "face of the school" will be voted on this Friday by students who are on the leadership team. The secretary, treasurer, and keeper of the constitution are chosen by staff.
Thank you to the outgoing student leaders, including Jenna Mobley, Matt Totaro, Luke Kempf, Austen Requa, Kaylee Demchuk, Soledad Finn, and Nick Zerkel. It is a lot of fun and a lot of work for students who already busy schedules!
01-27-14 - Varsity Boys Basketball Rates #1 in State 1A and #1 in West Division on Big Sky League
Basketball will heat up the "Hawks Nest" at Horizon Christian School this Friday evening, January 31 when the Hawks boys team takes on the Ione Cardiinals. Both teams are undefeated in league play and are the leaders of their league division. The Hawks are ranked #1 in 1A State OSAA ratings and the Cardinals #6. Friday game times are - JV girls at 3:30; JV boys at 4:30; Varsity girls at 6:00; Varsity boys at 7:30.
01-22-14 - Debt Reduction Campaign a Success
Horizon is pleased to announce the results of the first phase of our capital campaign to eliminate the debt on the campus. The campaign raised a total of $2.7 million dollars of current and future gifts, which has resulted in the elimination of $2.2 million dollars of current debt and a reduction in annual interest expense of $138,000 per year. Nearly one third of the gifting came from holders of our member notes who collectively reduced the rate of interest they had been receiving either retroactively or prospectively, and made gifts of principal for a grand total of $800,000 dollars. The balance of the gifting came from donors and members of the Board of Trustees as challenge gifts, which helped encourage member note holders make gifts to the school.
"This has been an incredibly successful campaign to reduce the school debt!" commented Superintendent Ken Block. "We are very grateful for the generosity of these individuals who partner with us. We are praising the Lord and look forward to the day when the member note debt is fully paid."
01-22-14 - Robotics Team Wins First Tech Challenge Tournament
Horizon's first-ever robotics team had a splashy debut by finishing in first place at a 23-team competition at Hood River Valley High School and qualifying for the state competition in March. It was the first-ever tournament for the team, consisting of eighth-grader Zach Barbour, and seventh-graders Carter Rigert, Andrew Wells and Alex Petshow. Three quarters of the teams in the all-day tournament - for grades 7-12 - were high-school aged. The Horizon students have been working since October under the direction of coaches Trey Rigert and Chris Barbour. The team designed, built and programmed their robot. They received further guidance from HRV robotics advisor Jeff Blackman, who has been a leader statewide in robotics instruction. At Saturday's tourney, the Horizon team was 4-1 in preliminary matches, qualifying as the No. 2 seeded team for the semifinals. They then formed an alliance with the middle school and high school teams from Sisters. Together they won the best-of-three semifinals and then won two straight matches in the championship to earn the first-place trophy. Because Horizon was the top-seeded team in the alliance, it qualified for the state competition this spring.
01-22-14 - Horizon Student Chosen as Elks Student of the Month
Senior Austin Requa was chosen by the Elks Club as Student of the Month. Austin has a 4.0 grade point average and maintains that along with a very busy schedule of activities. Those activities include National Honor Society, Student Leadership Team, a summer internship in engineering with Insitu, and working at the Hood River News. He is an Ea-gle Scout and completed his project involving irrigation and landscaping of a green space in downtown Hood River. Austin also volunteers at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital emergen-cy room, FISH food bank, and Jonah Ministries. In addition, Austin is an accomplished pianist and has won four state gold medals in the Baroque Piano competition. To cap it all off, Austin enjoys athletics and has lettered in soccer, basketball, golf and track. He was the team captain in soccer (two years), and received the Coaches Award for bas-ketball and track in 2012, Christian Character Award in basketball in 2013 and was recognized as an Academic All-State Athlete for both soccer and basketball. Other awards and honors include the 2012 Teacher's Choice Award, English Student of the Year in 2013, the 2012 and 2013 MVP award for golf, standard bearer at the LPGA Safeway Classic and three-time Region 1 Soap Box Rally Champion. Congratulations!
01-22-14 - Spelling Bee Results
Fifteen Horizon students represented our school at the ACSI District Spelling Bee and five of them placed in their grade level competitions. Congratulations to all fifteen students and special honors to the five grade level winners.
- Miyana Robertson earned 3rd place in the third grade competition.
- Luke Hardin earned 4th place in the fourth grade competition
- John Tran earned 2nd place in the sixth grade competition and moved on to the grades 5-8 competition.
- Jake Roetcisoender earned 3rd place at the seventh grade level and went on the earn 6th place at the 5-8 grade competition. He is an alternate for the Regional Bee.
- Niels Rasmussen earned 4th place in the eighth grade competition and also moved on to the grades 5-8 com-petition.
12-11-13 - Spelling Bee Competitions
Grade level competitions will be held this week. The top two winners at each grade level have the opportunity to compete at the district level on January 17th at Crosshill Christian School in Turner, Oregon. Tues, Dec 10 - grades 1-4 Wed, Dec 11 - grades 5-6
12-11-13 - Weather Related School Practices
Horizon students travel from many locations and only you know what the conditions are like in your area. On adverse weather days, please use your best judgment to determine if your child (children) should come to school or sports practices.
We generally do not dismiss all students early due to bad weather that develops during the school day. However, you may certainly pick up your child or ask that he/she come home early. We will not release any student early until we have personally heard from a parent who gives permission, so please call the office.
When making a decision, we consider information from a number of sources including, but not limited to, other Columbia Gorge school districts. We may do something different than local public schools, therefore, it is im-portant that you check one of these sources for information.
- Flash Alert (for Horizon Christian School) - This allows you to receive an automatic text and/or email when there is an alert. To sign up, use the shortcut on the Horizon Christian School website. You will be prompted to enter your email address, then click on "emergency alerts" followed by "subscribe" and search for Horizon Christian School. There is also an app available for smart phones.
- Horizon Christian School Message Line - Call (541) 387-3200 and select option #4 for information on delays and closures.
- Radio - The local radio station announces school closures and delays (AM 1340 / FM 98.3); also posted on www.gorgeradio.com
- Email distribution list - An email is sent to our regular distribution list.
- Facebook - Go to facebook.com/horizonchristianschool
12-03-13 - Horizon Student Qualifies for Nationals
Horizon 9th grade student Jony Nelson qualified for the Cross-Country Nationals in the 15-16 year old 5k race. He will compete in San Antonio, Texas on December 14. Jony, who runs cross-country for The Dalles, plans to run with the Horizon Christian track team next spring. Congratulations, Jony!
11-26-13 - Basketball and Band Fundraisers Successful
Thank you to all who organized and participated in the events this past weekend. The cakes and goodies at the Hawks Madness event were incredibly creative and looked amazingly good. Bidding was generous and the evening was fun from beginning to end. The event raised $4,000 for the basketball program.
The food was good and the music entertaining at the Saturday evening event, Spaghetti with a Side of Music. Conversation flowed as students served dinner and the band played. Highlights from the evening included a duet by Dhora Daluz and James Ryan, who sang You're the Top from the Broadway musical, Anything Goes. They were accompanied by Shaun Wang on the piano. Guests also enjoyed a trumpet duet by Zach Barbour and Niels Ras-mussen. This event raised $1,000 to help offset costs for the Seattle Band Festival.
11-26-13 - Horizon Student Recognized
Austin Requa was recognized as the October Hood River Elks Student of the month at a recent event where he was awarded a $100 scholarship. The Elks select a senior guy or gal each month during the school year based on their achievements in school and their community involvement, including leadership, activities, service, and aca-demics. Those chosen during the year will be invited to a banquet at the end of the year where they are considered for additional scholarships. Austin, a 4.0 senior, is involved in soccer, basketball, and track. He is on the forensic team, is an Eagle Scout and a talented pianist. Congratulations, Austin!
11-26-13 - Horizon Teacher Speaks at California Conference
Fifth grade teacher Jared Nagreen traveled to Sacramento, California where he was the presenter at a constitutional conference for 440 eighth grade students and their teachers. Jared has organized and taught the class to Horizon and visiting students the past two years, the result of two grants for that purpose. He was asked to do the same for California students, with some modifications for their state. The response from pre-registration was so overwhelming that participation had to be capped.
The workshop focuses on examining the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States. The lives of the writers, the founding fathers of our nation, are explored along with the rights of all citizens as outlined by the documents. Finally, students take a look at areas that are under attack and what actions can be taken. The written feedback was overwhelmingly positive with participants indicating that they were grateful for the opportunity and eager to learn more.
11-19-13 Forensics Team Comes Out Strong Congratulations to our new forensics team! Five students attended last Saturday's meet in Tillamook, including Amy Requa, William Decker, Shaun Wang, Austyn Requa, and Luke Kempf. Amy and William took 1st place in a Public Forum competition that included experienced debaters. Their assignment was to discuss whether the benefits of NSA surveillance outweigh the negatives. Shaun and Austyn also participated in a public forum debate and Luke in a radio commentary. Their next competition will be December 7.
11-19-13 Bridgetown Service Project Follow-up
Many Horizon Christian students experienced how truly upside down our world is at Night Strike last Thursday night. Organizing and traveling with 124 people, 102 of them 7th-12th graders, is no small task. Throw in the fact that the group would be traveling into a setting substantially outside their comfort zone, and it becomes even more challenging. Students, parents, and staff did just that, traveling to Portland to serve the homeless with Bridge Town Ministries under and near the Burnide Bridge in downtown Portland. The goal of the service project - that the seeds of compassion and gratitude that were planted will grow into maturity in the hearts of each participant. (read full article)
A few highlights and observations:
- Students first experienced a worship, orientation, and training time along with other volunteers.
- All agreed the people and conditions they encountered were outside their comfort zones.
- Many were truly thankful they are not personally homeless!
- Many said they really hope they are able to remember beyond this particular weekend just how blessed they really are.
- Many thought it was both simpler and more difficult than they expected, challenging, awkward, fun.
- The observation from one group leader - "Sometimes it takes being completely removed from your comfort zone to develop the root of compassion Jesus wants us to have."
11-14-13 Upcoming Board of Trustees
Meeting The Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Monday, November 18th at 5:30pm in the Commons area. Topies on the agenda are:
- Presentations - Bridge Town report, Physics Technology and Program Changes
- Updates - Teaching Position Project, Enrollment, Financial Summary, Member Note Project
- Committee Reports - Audit, Excellence, Public Support, Prayer, Strategic Planning, and Nominating
- Information & Reporting - Financial reports and Superintendent, Development, Elementary & Secondary Principal reports
Comments from the public may be heard following the devotion and opening prayer. Contact Don Hoffman, Board Chair, if you have comments to share.
11-14-13 Horizon Student Goes to State
Nolan Ryan's Peace Poster was selected to represent Horizon Christian School at the state level competition. Emily Harris took 2nd place. Both are 5th graders.
11-14-13 Horizon First in Oregon State to Achieve Level Two Status in Safety
Horizon Christian School starts this school year with something no other Oregon school public or private has, a 3rd party objectively measured designation marking their progress and commitment to an even safer school operation. Horizon Christian School became the first school in the state of Oregon to achieve level two status in the Excellence in Safe School Operations Certification Process.
This certification process objectively measures school safety and security operations within the framework of the 26 Safe School Standards. Horizon Christian has been engaged in this certification process for the past two years, and plans to meet the highest level of certification possible by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
NewDawn Security, a third party, school security consulting firm provides the certification measurement, and key areas of support and service for private and public schools across the Pacific Northwest.
11-14-13 - Students Gain Real Life Experience
Computers, physical therapy, fireman, marketing. These are some of the areas Horizon Christian School students are exploring through internships. marketing. These are some of the areas Horizon Christian School students are exploring through internships. Participating businesses include Radcomp Technologies, Beckman Legacy, Dakine, Westside Fire Department, Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union, Columbia Gorge Physical Therapy, and KidSense. Internships give students exposure to a work setting of their choice and allows them to partici-pate in the daily activities and responsibilities of that setting. It is an opportunity to "try out" an area of interest, to apply the learning they have achieved in the classroom, and develop skills in a particular field. The program is for any senior who is self-motivated and willing to exercise a level of extra responsibility. Students must meet site requirements and are evaluated on the basis of their performance. They must also produce a portfolio or do a presentation showcasing their internship experience, and participate in an oral interview with Horizon staff.
11-06-13 - Horizon Forensic Team Competes
On Saturday, November 2nd, our Forensics team competed for the first time in a tournament against the Hood River Valley High School team. Horizon Christian had three Parliamentary debate teams competing, and all three ended the competition with one win and two losses. Our debate teams were: Shawn Wang/Ally Funk, Amy Requa/Isabelle Cullen, and William Decker/Sammy Halseth. Isaac Hollenberry competed in Radio Commentary and went 0-3, but sounded very good (Coach Todd Bofferding says he has a natural radio voice!). The team will be traveling to Tillamook High School on Saturday, November 16. This tournament will have ten or more high schools and more than 30 debate teams and 30 radio speakers. For information on Forensics at the state level, see OSAA.org, click Activities, and then click Speech.
11-06-13 All-State Honor Ensembles
Horizon Christian had nine students selected for various 2014 Oregon Music Education Association All-State Honor Ensembles. Those selected to the OMEA All-State Elementary Choir include: McKenna Aldrich, Rowan Block, Chloe Bullock, Savannah Demchuk, Cruise Hawk, Lizzie Hawkins, and Zach Marble. Joseph Durham was named to the OMEA All-State Middle School Band and Esther Loredo to the OMEA Middle School Choir. These students will head to Eugene in January to represent Horizon Christian. Congratulations, students!
11-06-13 - Secondary Service Project - Night Strike! On the night of November 14th, students in grades 7-12 will be participating in Night Strike, a unique opportunity to serve the homeless community in Portland. Students will choose one of three options - 1) serve under the Burnside Bridge by distributing food, clothing, and shoes; 2) walk about distributing lunches and hygiene items; or 3) participate in a prayer walk. A lock-in is planned for high schools students when they return from Portland; junior high students will be picked up. Complete details with schedule and permission slip will be sent home this week. There is no school on Friday, November 15 for 7-12th grade students. (Note: There will be school for elementary students.)
10-29-13 - Horizon Band Hosts Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner
Horizon Christian band students are hosting a fundraiser spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 23. Come enjoy a wonderful dinner while listening to the musicians perform. Salad, spaghetti with or without meatballs, bread, dessert, and a beverage will be served. Cost of the dinner is $10 per plate and all proceeds help offset costs for the Seattle Band Festival in March. Tickets are available at the school office or from any HCS band member.
10-08-13 - Victorian Values for the 21st Century
We all know that character matters. Developing good character is one of the educational pillars at Horizon Christian School, along with academic excellence and Biblical worldview. The attached article published in The Globe and Mail articulates just how important discipline, conscientiousness and diligence really are in today's economy. The article contends that individuals who are self-regulated and have good work habits will rise above others who may have credentials or connections. Read more...
09-23-13 - Board of Trustees Report
Semi-monthly except during the summer and include: Don Hoffman (chair), Dan Boyden (vice-chair), Nancy Rinella (secretary/treasurer), Dennis Bokovoy, Ron Jensen, Darrin Lingel, Paul Mansur, and Bob Spotts. School chaplain Bruce Parker, is also an ad hoc member as are Ken Block (superintendent), Carol Yates (business manager/ devel-opment director) Kim Spotts (elementary principal), and Faith Kempf (secondary principal).
Highlights from the recent Board of Trustee meeting:
School Safety & Security (Sean Spellecy, NewDawn Security) — Horizon Christian School was commended for achieving Level II "Excellence" in safe school operations. The school began working with NewDawn security in March 2012 to improve safety and security including prevention, policies and procedures, and school operations. The current rating for Horizon Christian these areas is 3.53 compared to a 1.6 average score among other schools.
Teaching Position Project - The board of trustees is in the initial stage of developing position statements on several subjects (e.g. biblical marriage, mysticism, etc)
Enrollment - Current enrollment is 219 students (budgeted for 206 students). This is a 7% increase from June 2013 and a record starting enrollment. There are 57 new students as compared to 46 in 2012, with two new international students. A higher percentage of new students are from The Dalles — 32% as compared to an average of 10% in previous years.
Dress Code - The standardized dress code remained unchanged, but was condensed and the implementation pro-cess is more performance based for students.
Teacher Observation/Evaluations - HCS will be using the Danielson Framework for measuring teacher effective-ness. The process will take place over the entire year and involves observations (pop-ins and formal with specific areas to observe), peer observations, evaluation, and patterns of student achievement. The aim is to provide con-structive feedback that will create opportunities for the teacher to develop and grow.
Elementary Principal - All teachers returned, but there was a change in the teaching aide position for the 3rd / 4th grade blended class both in time allocated and individual. Some science curricula was upgraded. In chapel they are taking a key word from Philippians 4:8 and discussing it with this year's theme in mind, "Living right side up in an up-side down world."
Secondary Principal - De-blocked math and English so there is now a mix of students by grade in those classes. Added a forensics class and club (speech and debate), which will be competing throughout the state. Enhancing the internship program to include more students, additional quality opportunities, and increased expectations. In chapel staff is developing a format which will meet the needs of a range of spiritual maturity levels.
07-16-13 - Horizon Hires Principal for Grades 7-12
Horizon Christian School is pleased to announce that Faith Kempf has been appointed as secondary principal. Kempf has been teaching for 22 years with 12 of those years at Horizon Christian School. She has a Bachelor's Degree in General Biology from Washington State University and a Washington Teaching Endorsement – All Sciences.
"We looked far and wide," commented Superintendent Ken Block, "and then realized we had God's person for the job right here in our midst. Faith has demonstrated her leadership and team building skills over and over. That, along with her love for the students and passion for education, make her the right person for the job."
During her time as a teacher Kempf has led the way in several innovative programs that are designed to take advantage of the flexibility that a smaller school environment allows. The result is a more individualized approach to education that better meets the needs of each student. She is also trained to administrate Advanced Placement programs in schools and coordinates AP classes at Horizon.
"We believe that Faith is well qualified to take Horizon to that next level of excellence with her knowledge of the school, strong team skills, and a wonderful heart for the students and the Lord," noted board chair Don Hoffman. "Faith will be building on what is already in place, fine-tuning our strengths, and making those improvements that will result in a truly fine Christian school in the Columbia Gorge area."
Kempf and her husband, Ray, have three children. They attend Grace Baptist in White Salmon where they are involved in discipleship and outreach. Her other interests include reading, gardening, and raising chickens and peacocks.
Horizon Christian is an inter-denominational school, regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, educating more than 200 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizon's students, teachers, professional staff and board of directors attend over 25 churches throughout the Columbia Gorge. Horizon is committed to providing a "Second to None" education taught from a Biblical worldview. Horizon Christian School is located at 700 Pacific Avenue, Hood River. For more information about enrollment, contact the school at (541) 387-3200.
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