05-21-13 - May Term 2013
Horizon strives to give students a well-balanced education. Part of our program for secondary students is there-fore crafted to allow students to explore, in a guided way, issues that relate to the greater world around them out-side of a traditional classroom approach. This year our May Term "classroom without walls" focuses on an issue that will surely touch the lives of the residents of the Columbia River Gorge and beyond - unmanned aeronauti-cal surveillance equipment, more commonly known to many as drones.
Students in grades 7-12 will explore this topic from several angles in an active, hands-on way: economic issues, flight theory, computer programming, ethical issues, antennae (theory, construction, and ethics), FAA implica-tions, uses of UASs, drone invasion—fact or fiction, and news surrounding UASs. Guest speakers will be pre-senting some topics and students will also be taking field trips.
05-21-13 - Upcoming Spirit Week
Students will be celebrating Spirit Week, Tuesday 5/28 — Friday 5/31. All students may participate in the "dress for the day"; secondary students will also have some special activities. During spirit week, students may be in regular dress code OR they may dress up in that day's theme.
||Sport Day - dress in your favorite team's garb
||Twin Day - dress alike
||Blast from the past - dress like an era gone by
Color Day - Elementary: just part of their clothing must be in that color (e.g. colored shirt with jeans); Secondary: students will receive "credit" or points for each elementary student in their paired class that dressed in that color. All attire must follow standard modesty rules. Go teams!
12th & K - Black
9th & 3rd/4th - Green
11th & 1st - Red
8th & 5th - Purple
10th & 2nd - Blue
7th & 6th - Orange
05-21-13 - Voice of the Martyrs
Mr. Culbertson, a special guest from Voice of the Martyrs, visited the 3rd and 4th class last Friday. Students viewed a video of pastors and missionaries in other countries who have been persecuted and imprisoned for their faith. After the video, each student chose a profile of a person and wrote a letter of encouragement to them. The class then mailed their letters directly to the prison addresses of those pastors and missionaries. The class is praying for these individuals – that they will stand firm in their faith and be encouraged by the letters they receive.
04-23-13 - National Honor Society Students Help Deliver Message in Elementary Chapel
"Be strong and courageous" from Joshua 1:9 was the verse and "Rise Above" was the theme at Friday's chapel for elementary students. National Honor Society students wrote and performed a series of vignettes showcasing situations in which students must tell a teacher even if it is a hard thing to do – things such as if there is a weapon at school or if someone is being bullied. Elementary principal Kim Spotts followed up with discussion and teach-ers continued the discussion in their classrooms.
04-23-13 - Secondary Chapel Speaker – Teen Mission
Ryan Fast, the west coast representative of Teen Missions, was in chapel on Friday presenting opportunities for short term summer mission trips worldwide. He spoke of Jesus' great commission of Matthew 28 saying that God uses people that are willing to serve and He is the one that equips them as they go. He shared video of the Lord's Boot Camp in Merritt Island, Florida where all youth start their mission and then a video of one of the groups that ministered in Africa. Students were challenged to see where God might want them to go.
02-20-13 - 100 Day Celebrations
Several elementary classes will celebrate the 100th day of school on Wednesday with some fun and interesting activi-ties including a 100 hunt, 100 hats, 100 necklaces, how many _________ can you do in 100 seconds, and 100 news. A highlight of the day — second graders will have a very special 100 year old "guest" teacher. Be sure to ask your elementary student about the day!
02-20-13 - Junior Hawks Basketball Awards Announced
On February 12th several athlets were recognized at the Juniot Hawks Basketball Awards.
||Kloee Borwn / Ally Funk
||Jodee Hicks / Abby Walker
02-12-13 - Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
Seven students were inducted into the National Honor Society at the Friday ceremony. The founding inductees include: Alyssa Bryan (12th), Kasia Nielsen (12th), Jenna Mobley (11th), Dhora DaLuz (10th), Hannah Kempf (10th), Hannah Lingel (10th), and Anna Robison (10th). The ceremony included a welcome by Board of Trustee Chair Don Hoffman, and keynote address by Debbie Lingel, a member of NHS and former president of her high school chapter. Secondary teachers also lit candles representing academics, service, leadership, and character. A big thank you to coordinator and teacher Susan Wade, volunteers Andra Mobley and Shaun Requa, and the 8th grade girls their mentor, Janell Hoeffner.
01-06-13 - Spelling Bee Results
Two students from each grade level participated in the district spelling bee in Portland last Friday. They competed in grade level competitions with top spellers from nine other schools. All of our students, five of whom were alternates with less time to prepare, represented our school well! Congratulations to all of you. Three students took top honors at their grade level.
- 1st place in 1st grade: Colby Somerset
- 1st place in 8th grade: Amy Requa
- 3rd place in 2nd grade: Ellie Rinella
02-06-13 - Second Semester Electives
Students will have some new elective options with the beginning of the second semester. Check out these two new, "never before offered" classes:
Current World Problems - will be a fast-paced, discussion-based course covering some of the greatest chal-lenges facing Christians in the world today. After a brief look at our own presuppositions and biases, we will explore issues such as the rise of militant Islam, human rights for women, famine, water-shortages and eco-nomic challenges both in the US and around the world from a critical and biblical world view. (Mr. Ueland)
Lab Technology – This course is a hands-on supplement to biology and will be useful and relevant for all high school students. We will explore various methods of preparing, analyzing, and preserving biology re-search through preparing models, mounts, field casts, display cases, and much more. (Mr. Brown)
01-29-13 - Ninth Grade Giving Experience
The 9th grade homeroom had a recent taste of what it is like to be used by God. Students sold donuts at school to raise money to help a family in White Salmon - three teenagers whose mom is dying of brain cancer. Just before Christmas, the proceeds ($120) was delivered along with a card signed by the students. They discovered that the oldest child, a senior at Columbia High School, had been saving to buy a chainsaw so he could supplement the family's income. The amount he still needed was $116! What a blessing to be used in such a specific way to provide for a very real need.
01-14-13 - Fifth Grade Students Study Undersea Exploration
Fifth grade students simulated the exploration of sunken ships during the 1400 – 1500s in a recent social studies unit. To make the experience more real students wore goggles and face masks in a darkened room with underwater sounds played through speakers as they examined artifact place cards that gave clues about what the explorers took with them on their journeys. See pictures of the activity on the Horizon Facebook site.
12-18-12 - Special Chapels - Students "Make Music in Their Hearts!"
Both elementary and secondary enjoyed special chapel time last Friday. Pre-kindergarten students joined the K-6 chapel where everyone made music in their hearts as they sang Christmas carols. In doing so, they followed the instructions of their verse for the month, Ephesians 5:19-20 "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for every-thing, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." It was also Bible Bowl Day in which the names of students are drawn and they have an opportunity to recite the verse to others. Two kindergarten students and one 1st grader did just that. Well done, students!
Students in secondary chapel also sang Christmas carols led by the student worship team.
Jaideep & Emily Jadhav then shared about their ministry in India.
12-18-12 - Spelling Bee Representatives
Several students spelled their way to representing Horizon Christian School in the District Spelling Bee to be held at Crossroads Christian School in Portland on February 1. Congratulations, students! Now study hard and be prepared!
- 1st Grade: Colby Sommerset (1st), Shelby Froehle (2nd), Jackson Bullock (alt)
- 2nd Grade: Ellie Rinella (1st), Miyana Robertson (2nd), Ella Moring (alt)
- 3rd Grade: Emma Cervantes (1st), Alex Whitaker (2nd), Joshua Johnson (alt)
- 4th Grade: Talon Achziger (1st), Chloe Bullock (2nd), Kalena Calloway (alt)
- 5th Grade: John Tran (1st), Caden Mathisen (2nd), Eric Schneider (alt)
- 6th Grade: Alex Petshow (1st), Derek Johnston (2nd), Abby Hawkins (alt)
- 7th grade – Miranda Roberts (1st), Makoa Whitaker (2nd), Emily Wheat (alt)
- 8th grade – Amy Requa (1st), Andrew Rinella (2nd), Quinn Roetcisoender (alt)
12-11-12 - Spelling Bee Schedule
Students in grades 1 - 8 are preparing for the annual spelling bee which will be held at Crossroads Christian School in Portland on February 1. The first step is grade level spelling bees to determine which two students from each grade (1st-8th) will be representing Horizon Christian School at the district spelling bee. Parents are wel-come to come and be the "audience" for these spelling bees.
Tues, Dec 11 5th & 6th grade — 10:30-11:40 (elementary commons area)
Wed, Dec 12 1st & 2nd grade — 10:15-11:30 (elementary commons area)
3rd & 4th grade — 12:35-1:35 (elementary commons area)
Thurs, Dec 13 8th grade — 9:00-9:50 (classroom #161)
7th grade — 9:55-10:45 (classroom #161)
12-11-12 Girls Win Quarter Drive!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Junior Class Quarter Drive. The class raised a total of $93.81! The girls won by $6.33 so they have earned two free dress days! Those free dress days are scheduled for this Thurs-day and Friday, December 13 and 14.
11-06-12 - 6th Grade Class Receives "Mini-Grant"
The 6th grade class has been awarded a "mini grant" from Energy Trust of Oregon. Teacher Sheila Sletmoe ap-plied for the grant as part of the LivingWise Program, which is designed to engage students in learning about en-ergy efficiency and water conservation. The program offers classroom curriculum, hands-on energy experiments and take-home energy-saving tools and activities that teach sixth-grade students how they can help their families save energy and money.
11-06-12 - Life Along the River Fair (6th Grade) Awards
People's Choice Awards — Derek Johnston (1st), Alex Petshow (2nd), Carrmen Ramirez (3rd) Excellent Work Awards — Carter Rigert, Grace Pichura, and Nikolas von Lubken
"I was pleased with everyone's work, but these kids went the extra mile!" commented Teacher Sheila Sletmoe.
11-06-12 - Peace Poster Awards
Sixth grade student George Lowell, took 1st place among Horizon students for his Lion's Club Peace Poster. Brady Lynn, and Carter Rigert, also 6th graders, were awarded 2nd and 3rd place. These students' posters will represent Horizon Christian in competition among local Hood River schools.
10-30-12 - LIving History Lesson for Sixth Grade Students
Sixth grade students had two visitors from the past last Friday in a Living History lesson. Mrs. Alberta Carson Kirk-wood (1903 – 1993), portrayed by Jean Harmon, taught in Hood River schools and music for many years. She was a member of many opera companies throughout the nation and traveled internationally. Mrs. Kirkwood has a con-nection to Horizon Christian School. She taught Latin at Baptist Christian School, a precursor school of Horizon, and had three great-grandchildren graduate from Horizon including Scottie Halliday, a 2012 graduate. Ellen Blowers (1847 – 1908) was portrayed by Kate Dougherty. Mrs. Blowers and her husband were a founding family in Hood River County and Mr. Blowers was mayor. The two women are part of the Cemetery Tales group that performs each year in Hood River.
10-30-12 - 6th Graders to Present "Early Inhabitants of the Gorge" Learning Fair
On November 2nd, from 8:30am to 10am, sixth graders will share what they have been learning about what life was like in the Columbia Gorge in their "Early Inhabitants of the Gorge" social studies unit.
05-22-12 - Student Highlights
Here is what's been happening at Horizon:
Secondary students kicked off the week with a Community Service Day. Each class identified a project and Mon-day was the day set aside to work on it. Classes helped out at FISH food bank, spent time with the folks at Hawks Ridge, made cookies and took them to folks at Brookside Manor, sold baked potatoes with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House, pulled weeds at several churches, and participated in a fundraiser for "Turn on the Tap." May Term starts on Tuesday with special week-long classes, internships, and a college exploration tour. The in-ternational travel group left last Friday to explore Greece.
05-22-12 - State Track Meet Results
Gabe Holste placed 4th in the long jump at the state meet. Hannah Kempf, a 9th grader ran the 200 meter, but didn't qualify for the final heat on Saturday. Hannah is a 9th grader, so will have other opportu-nities in future years. Congratulations to both students!
05-17-12 - Student Highlights
Here is what's been happening at Horizon:
- Constitution Conference - Horizon held it's first ever day long Constitution Conference last week with more than 125 students in attendance.
- 6th Grade Outdoor Camp - Sixth graders returned from their outdoor camp at Yamhill. Students studied sever-al science topics and all participated in the challenge course. They had a great time, reports Mrs. Sletmoe!
- Band Competition - The concert and jazz band traveled to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where they competed. The jazz band took 1st place and the concert band took 2nd place. Students also enjoyed some recreational time at the Silverwood Theme Park.
- Golf - Austen Requa, 10th grade, qualified for the state golf tournament and is playing in Banks, Oregon on Mon-day and Tuesday.
- Track - This was Horizon's first year with a track team and there are two students who qualified for state. Han-nah Kempf, 9th grade, will be running the 200 meter and Gabe Holste, senior, will be competing in the long jump. The meet is in Monmouth, Oregon on Friday and Saturday.
05-10-12 - Student Highlights
The first and second grade class has been learning about insects in Science. They have watched mealworms turn into beetles and made new habitats for their milkweed bugs in anticipation of their metamorphosis. They are also watching painted lady caterpillars change into pupas and are looking forward to seeing them turn into butter-flies. A fourth insect will be introduced very soon. In other classes — kindergarten students are observing worms, Jr. High students are dissecting frogs, and 6th graders are attending an Outdoor Science Camp this week. It is an exciting time to see how God's creation comes alive in so many ways!
Students Wrestle with Tough Issues
The seniors in the calculus class have finished their math course, but they aren't done with grappling with tough things. The class is reading about the adventures of a young missionary woman in Uganda in the book 'Kisses from Katie'. Last week they wrestled with a Frederick Beuchner quote that says, "The place God calls us to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." In talking about where their lives go after graduation the students discussed what it means to use our gifts for God's glory. Ideas they talked about were: Going to medical school to become a medical missionary, using a physical therapy degree to help special needs orphans, using an engineering degree to help plan sewer design in third world countries, using a mechanics de-gree to help fix cars for widows and homeless women, and taking a love for children to help those who are disad-vantaged. It is so encouraging to see the love God is growing in these students for the bigger world. Teacher Shannon Miller says, "I cannot wait to see what God does with them as they step out in faith!"
05-04-12 - Outdoor Learning at Indian Creek
Fifth and sixth grade students, teachers and several parents recently tromped down to the end of Section 2 of the Indian Creek Trail for a day of water quality testing. Knowledgeable employees from the Soil & Water Conserva-tion District and Indian Creek Stewards brought the materials necessary for testing dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrates, phosphates, and turbidity. Five temporary stations were set up along the creek where students could easily retrieve water samples. Three knowledgeable parents came along to assist and help students learn how to test the health of the stream.
Cheryl Cunningham, a parent and pharmacist, taught the students about pH, and how our bodies have many different pH levels, depending on the bodily function. The optimum level of pH in the creek should be around 7, and the seven samples revealed an average pH of 7.8.
Using a drawing, Steve Stampfli showed students how nitrates, which come from human or animal waste, seep into water and soil. Students were glad to find that there were no traces of nitrates in Indian Creek.
For the five tests students worked in small groups collecting samples, conducting tests, and recording the results. "It's scary crossing the bridge!" commented Abby Hawkins, a 5th grader at Horizon. "However, if you take a sample from the bank and the center of the stream you will probably get different test results." The leaders showed students how to follow the step-by-step instructions in order to get reliable results.
Of the five tests, turbidity was the only one outside of the preferred range. Turbidity reveals the murkiness in the water. The test is measured in Jackson Turbidity Units (JTU's range from 0-100). The higher the JTU's, the more stuff there is in the water. Indian Creek had an average of 20 JTU's. This gave students an opportunity to talk about why the creek was so murky on that particular day at the end of a very stormy week. "I think it was caused by all that rain we had yesterday!" said Sebastaain Johnson, a 6th grader.
As is the norm on Indian Creek field study days, the time flew by quickly. As they rushed back to school students took the opportunity to jump in puddles and race each other up the trail. Ian Gray, a 6th grader, yelled out, "that was so fun! I love Indian Creek!"
04-11-12 - Student Doings
Calculus Class Scores!
The calculus class recently completed their class through Eastern Oregon University and all students scored near 100% on their final and received an A for the course. The students completed the same class as students who are on the university campus. Horizon students view the professor as he teaches via a DVD of the class, then com-plete assignments on by logging in to the EOU website. They are also able to ask questions and receive help as they work through an online discussion board.
The class will now pursue a variety of activities including how to decide what is important in choosing a major, reading a book by a 22 year old missionary in Uganda, and exploring what it means to serve. The students will visit Hawk's Ridge once a week. During their first visit, the students discovered a love for the men and women and came back bubbling with ideas about how to serve them even more.
5th Grade Travel Service
The next time you are planning a trip you might want to get some assistance from a Horizon 5th grader. Students in that class researched regions of the United States, then presented their findings including an itinerary, places of interest, budget, and special facts about the area. The students used PowerPoint to aid in their presentations. They were informative and fun! Good job, 5th graders.
Felicity Durkovitz, a 7th grade student, submitted the following story in her World History class. Enjoy!
Hey, I'm Hungary! Then go Czech the fridge. Okay, I'm Russian to the kitchen. Maybe you'll find some Turkey! But what if it is covered in a layer of Greece? There's Norway you can eat that! Maybe I can settle for a can of Chile. Do you think I can have a Canada that too? Denmark your can. Let's wash our hands first, they could be Germany. I'm Japan up and down! Let's Finnish the can when we can, then let's France around!
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05-24-11 - May Term Highlights
No "regular" classes for students in grades 7 to 12 — but there was a lot of learning going on last week during May Term. Check out some of the highlights of a few of the groups.
- Is There Life After High School - Put a mixed group of students together in a van for hours of travel and there is usually some conflict. However, Faith Kempf, the leader for this group, said these kids really bonded with each other and worked together through the challenges. They visited Oregon universities and other post high school educational institutions, studied the process for application, financial aid, and scholarships — and became better friends.
- Computer Games - Taught by volunteer Cody Singleton, this group of students was mesmerized by the things they were learning about designing a computer game including the background.
- Robotics — Taught by alumni Shannon Foss, this group worked with legos to create robots using design, engineering, and problem solving skills. They also coded the movements of their robots on a computer. Robots had to maneuver through an obstacle course and culminated in a battle of the robots.
- Service Group — Teacher Susan Wade took a group of students to the Jonah retreat grounds in Trout Lake where they chopped and hauled away tree limbs, cleaned up the grounds, and set-up for a retreat. They also collected 300 pounds of food for the local FISH Food Bank and spent a day sorting and organizing donations at the Food Bank.
- Time Travel — Robin Hood, pirates, seamanship and travel into the future became a "reality" in this May Term class taught by teacher Ray Kempf. From the sound of it these kids had a bunch of fun and learned a great deal about different time periods.
- Other classes — horsemanship, landscaping, food from around the world, baking and decorating classes, landscape painting throughout the Gorge, a study of heroes & villains through movies, swimming, golfing, and working-out. Several students also participated in internships with local businesses.
The week culminated with a light lunch in which students applied their etiquette lessons (also a part of May Term) and a concert by a local group of musicians.
05-09-11 - Students Respond to Needs of Japanese People
Several students who decided they wanted to "do something" for the people of Japan following the March earthquake and tsunami are knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for them. Many people were left without anything and this was one way the students thought they could help. The high school students including Rachel Foss, Rachel Frost, McKenzie Mellow, Daniel Kempf, and Jaime Ingalls will send 53 colorful hats and several scarves across the ocean to the people.
05-09-11 - Junior High Students - Who They Want To Be
Sometimes being a junior high student isn't easy. Roller coaster emotions, impetuous actions, and hasty words are often part of the package. In a recent writing assignment, 7th grade students answered the question, "What do you wish others would see in you?" Their responses should encourage you.
- A kind, loving (not mean) person who is funny and smart
- That I am serious and care about people
- A loyal and trustworthy person; loving, kind, belonging to God, not conceited
- I am not a mean person or self-centered; I am nice, smart and loving
- Bravery, love, humbleness, fearfulness, innocent, positive attitude, compassionate, and friendly
- Loving and not a "grump" and not "lonely"
- A believer
Web Resources for Students
- BibMe.org - Create a bibliography for a paper by typing in just a little information and then let the website do
- Bing.com - A search engine for just the right image or video for a project.
- Evernote.com - An organizational tool for storing and finding homework, papers, ideas, and research. Just scan or take a photo and send it to Evernote.com. To find, search using any word within the document.
- MyCollegeCalendar.org - Learn about the steps students need to take to get into college - the what, how, and when of college admission, financial aid, and scholarships. The site sets up a calendar to track steps based on your child’s year in school.
- Scholar.google.com - This search engine checks only scholarly works for papers, books and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other similar organizations.
- TheFreeDictionary.com - Check definitions, hear correct pronunciations, get dozens of translations - or enter a cyber spelling bee to sharpen your skills.
- WolframAlpha.com - This site will answer any math problem and will tackle non-math queries too. Ask - and it will answer with information