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  • Orton-Gillingham Classroom Activities

    Written by Ms. Doetzer, Elementary Teacher   The Orton-Gillingham Approach is designed to help students with Dyslexia, which affects 1 in 5 children. Once you’ve been through the Orton-Gillingham training, there are a lot of fun ways to incorporate it into your classroom! These activities won’t just help those affected by Dyslexia, but will help…

  • Horizon Academy Eclipse Day

    Written by Mr. McConnell, Upper Team Instructor Horizon Academy was lucky to be near the path of a total solar eclipse this August. As a science teacher, I have been looking forward to this educational opportunity for a long time. Our earth science textbook, published in 2008, even mentions the 2017 total solar eclipse.   Early…

  • Not so Rare After All

    Written by Ms. Guillory, Upper Team Teacher The opportunity to witness the solar eclipse last week allowed me to reflect for a moment on awe (a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder). It isn’t often that we get to experience something sublime in nature, but it is even less often that we…

  • Avoiding the Summer Slide

    Written by Mrs. Semro, Middle Team Teacher The very word summer brings to my mind mental images of swimming pools, lightning bugs, baseball, and ice cream cones.  The smells of suntan lotion and outdoor grills being fired up are almost tangible and are what dreams are made of during the cold months of winter.  Schools…

  • Horizon Tutoring

    What is Orton-Gillingham?

    Written by Judy Cowin, Tutoring Coordinator   I am often asked, “What is Orton-Gillingham?”  Parents may have come across the name in their research, heard of a “multi-sensory method”, or received a referral from a psychologist recommending a program such as Orton-Gillingham.   This past year we have embarked on the opening of the Tutoring Center…

  • Year-Round School?

    Written by Mr. McFarland, Middle Team Teacher Each year kids (and teachers) count down the last 20 some days of the school year and look forward to summer break. It means something different probably to each person, but it’s important in some ways to everyone. It feels like a finish line has been crossed. Remember…

  • Striving for Greatness

    Written by Mrs. Denning, Upper Team Teacher “The greatest individuals who attain the highest forms of achievement in life don’t sprint toward success, but significance. They don’t run races, build businesses, raise kids, and live lives for themselves; they do these things to make a difference for others. They hold hands, move hearts, give love,…

  • Strategy for Success: Understanding Textbooks

    Written by Ms. Olinger, Middle Team Teacher Learning strategies work well with our students as it gives them a concrete way to move through a specific skill. Traditional classrooms often use textbooks, and students must be familiar with the organization and the tools contained in the text.  A strategy that I teach in my Content…

  • Building a Better Volcano

    Written by Mr. McConnell, Upper Team Instructor   Early in February, my Earth Science class learned about the forces that produce volcanic eruptions. This presented an opportunity for a classic high school science demonstration, the baking soda and vinegar volcano. Though, despite its popularity, I dislike this demonstration. Beyond superficial similarities it has nothing to…

  • Process Over Product

    Written by Ms. Bardwell, Arts & Extracurricular Coordinator   Unlike music, where talent is passed on through genetics, art is developed over time with lots of practice. Along with developing fine motor skills, art students also learn how to see. It is the learning to see that takes children from painting trees with brown trunks…