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 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 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 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 stu-dents are exploring through internships. marketing. These are some of the areas Horizon Christian School stu-dents are exploring through internships. Participating businesses include Radcomp Technologies, Beckman Leg-acy, Dakine, Westside Fire Department, Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union, Columbia Gorge Physical Thera-py, 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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