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December 10, 2018


Horizon Honors High School Forms International Thespian Society
Horizon Honors High School in Ahwatukee initiated their first set of inductees into their newly formed International Thespian Society on December 5, 2018. The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,700 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. ITS is a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). 

Inaugural Horizon Honors High School International Thespian Society Members:  
(Student Name, Class, Hometown)
Noah Dinardo (Sophomore, Mesa)
Bonnie Wanstreet (Freshman, Gilbert)
Sadie Rich (Sophomore, Gilbert)
Katie Cochrane (Sophomore, Ahwatukee)
Ben Raimondo (Sophomore Ahwatukee)
Lauren Taylor (Sophomore Ahwatukee)
Burke Wood (Senior, Ahwatukee)
Elisabeth Fear (Sophomore, Chandler)
Payton Angelmyer (Sophomore, Chandler)
Kaylee Arenz (Junior, Mesa) 
Garrett Lindsey (Sophomore Gilbert)
Hasley McDaniel (Sophomore, Chandler)
Abe Newsum (Sophomore, Ahwatukee)

Clayton Ramsey (Sophomore, Ahwatukee) 


Members of the Horizon Honors Thespians Troupe Group Photo



December 3, 2018


Horizon Honors Students Win International Art Contest

Horizon Honors Elementary School students Renata Galvan-Echavez (Grade 6, Age 11 from Chandler) and Chloe Tzompantzi (Grade 5, Age 10 from Chandler) have won an art contest sponsored by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). The 22nd Annual Children’s Drawing Contest “Este es mi México” prompted children to explore "Éste es mi México: History, traditions, gastronomy, beaches, music." Twelve winners were picked in total for their official 2019 calendar.

More about the contest:
They received 11,836 total paintings and sent them all to Mexico City were there was a jury who picked the 12 winners
This is the first time ever that they picked paintings from Arizona 
The winners paintings are going on a tour around the world to all Mexican Embassies and will then be displayed at the largest Children Museum located in Mexico City.
Website for contest - https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/hungria/index.php/en/news/707-22nd-este-es-mi-mexico-children-s-drawing-contest-2018

Horizon Honors Elementary School serves students in grades K-6 and is located in Ahwatukee.

Renata Galvan-Echavez on left and Chloe Tzompantzi on right, holding certificates



October 15, 2018

Horizon Honors Schools Accepting Lottery Forms for 2019-2020 School Year
Horizon Honors Schools in Ahwatukee are now accepting lottery forms for the 2019-2020 school Year. Lottery Forms must be submitted online at horizonclc.org by January 21, 2019.

In addition, info sessions and tours are available for prospective families. Reservations are required and available at horizonclc.org. 

Horizon Honors Schools is an organization of tuition-free, public, charter schools which provide continuous learning, K-12. Located in Ahwatukee, over 1,500 students from cities throughout the East Valley attend the schools. Both Horizon Honors Schools are graded "A" by the Arizona Department of Education.




October 8, 2018


Horizon Honors Schools Earn "A" Letter Grades
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released preliminary letter grades for all public schools on October 5. Once again, both Horizon Honors Elementary School and Horizon Honors Secondary School have earned a grade of “A!” 

The preliminary letter grades are based on calculations using the Arizona Department of Education’s currently adopted methodologies. More information on the Education A-F Accountability System can be found on the ADE website.




July 26, 2018


Horizon Honors Schools Back to School on Monday!
The first day of School is Monday, July 30!
  • Classes begin at 8 a.m. or 8:15 a.m. depending on the grade level
  • Kindergarten will START AT 9 AM to accommodate parking, etc. 
  • On the first day of school, Horizon Honors Secondary School students participate in "Soarin' Eagle Day" instead of attending regular classes. 
  • KinderTalk for Kindergarten parents will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.
  • We have new visitor management system in our offices. More info here.
  • We have changed our school calendar. More info here.




May 25, 2018


Horizon Honors National Geographic Bee

The winners of the 2018 Horizon Honors National Geographic Bee are:
Team: "The League of Extraordinary Guessers"
Jake Paniagua - Grade 8, Ahwatukee
Pradyoth Velagapudi  - Grade 8, Ahwatukee
Ian Day  - Grade 8, Ahwatukee
Isabel Duncan - Grade 7, Tempe
Evelyn Strait  - Grade 7, Ahwatukee

About the Bee:
Horizon Honors Schools in Ahwatukee will hold a National Geographic Bee this Friday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Horizon Honors Gym. Students in Grades 5-8 will compete in small groups and compete for this year's title (and bragging rights!) Over 800 students and staff members (as well as parents) will pack our gym in this fast-paced contest. 

The National Geographic Bee is used to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. 


Battle of Books Winners





May 22, 2018


Class of 2018 Commencement

Horizon Honors High School Class of 2018
- 88 students
- $3.5 million in scholarships
- 97% college bound, 1% military, 2% workforce
- Seth Freymuth, Class of 2018 Salutatorian 
- Nikhil Dave, Class of 2018 Valedictorian 
- 17 of these students have been at Horizon Honors since Kindergarten

Ceremony:
Tuesday, May 29
6 p.m.
Mountain Park Church
16461 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85048
TICKETS REQUIRED




May 17, 2018


Ahwatukee Teens Present College-Level Scientific Research at Capstone Symposium

Four Horizon Honors High School Seniors will present college-level research at the inaugural Horizon Honors Capstone Honors Symposium on Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in the Horizon Honors Multi-Purpose Room. 

These college-level, interactive presentations represent an entire school year's worth of independent study and research, under the guide of a content advisor. 

2018 Capstone Honors Symposium Presentations:
Nikhil Dave: “Elucidating the Involvement of Rbbp7 in Alzeimer’s Disease” at 6:05 p.m.
Roshi Patel: “Cardiac Stem Cell Repair” at 6:40 p.m.
Lauren Ospina: “Enhancing Amputee Athletic Performance in Long Distance Runners” at 7:30 p.m.
Arianna Drapkin: “Maximizing Gymnastics Performance Through Target Strength Training” at 8:05 p.m.

Horizon Honors High School is part of Horizon Honors Secondary School, a grades 7-12 charter school located in Ahwatukee. 


Capstone Symposium Student Presenters



April 19, 2018


Horizon Honors student named one of Junior Achievement's "18 Under 18"

Horizon Honors High School Senior Nikhil Dave has been named one of Junior Achievement's "18 under 18." Winners are described as "young people who represent the future leaders, change makers, and innovators in our communities."

Website details: https://pages.azcdigital.com/18under18_juniorachievement/

From his biography on the Junior Achievement website:
A senior at Horizon Honors High School and a Flinn Scholar, Nikhil has already established himself among the Alzheimer’s disease research community in Arizona. He currently works with ASU’s Biodesign Institute and has presented papers at scholarly conferences. It’s something he’s been pursuing seriously since the seventh grade.

“I’ve always been interested in the brain, I’ve had this fascination for neuroscience,” he said. “I’ve wanted to understand how this cluster of cells can control a complex organism relatively perfectly.”

After volunteering at a senior living facility, and meeting a patient who had Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Nikhil found his passion. Soon, he found a mentor in Dr. Eric Reiman at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.Soon after their meeting, Reiman invited Nikhil to present his freshman year science fair research proposal at an Alzheimer’s conference. The rest is history. “I’ve been lucky to be blessed to be in a collaborative research committee,” he said. “What I’ve also learned is that there are issues that plague the advancement of science in general. It’s a global issue. There are issues that plague our ability to push science forward.”

Nik Dave



February 23, 2018


Google to Visit Ahwatukee Charter School with Expeditions Program

Horizon Honors Elementary School, a grades K-6 charter school in Ahwatukee, has been chosen to host the Google Expeditions team on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28.  Expeditions will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Google Expeditions is a product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a museum, and more without leaving the classroom. There are close to 500 expeditions available and more in development. The program uses Google's augmented reality technology to map the physical classroom and placed 3D objects. Students can walk all around the objects, get in close to spot details, and step back to see the full picture.

NOTE: Media are welcome and encouraged to attend. However, Google reps on site are not authorized to speak to media. Horizon Honors will provide Google media contacts if needed.

SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, February 27
8-8:30 a.m. - Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
8:30 - 9 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
9-9:30 a.m. - Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
9:45-10:15 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
10:15-10:45 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
10:15-10:45 a.m. - Kindergarten experience "Animal Camouflage" and "Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
10:45-11:15 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
12:45-1:15 p.m. -  Kindergarten experience "Animal Camouflage" and "Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
1:30-2 p.m. - Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
2-2:30 p.m. - Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"
2:30-3 p.m. -  Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"

Wednesday, February 28
8:15-8:45 a.m. - Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
8:45-9:15 a.m. -  Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
9:15-9:45 a.m. -  Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
10-10:30 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
10:45-11:15 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
11:15-11:45 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
12:45-1:15 p.m. -  Kindergarten experience "Animal Camouflage" and "Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
2-2:30 p.m. -  Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"
2:30-3 p.m. -  Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"

For more information, visit https://edu.google.com/expeditions/ar/#about



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