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  • A Caring Community Pt. 1: School-Wide Initiatives

    Written by Mr. Epsten, Counseling Director One of the main tenets of Horizon Academy is to create a caring school community to help students feel welcome, safe and accepted by staff and peers.  Many of our students have faced failure, rejection and been bullied in previous settings.  At first glance our efforts might seem contrived…

  • Discovering Inspiration

    Written by Mr. Isenmann, Middle Team Teacher As a teacher, I’m constantly looking for new ideas. I get bored doing the same projects, the same writing prompts, the same review games year after year. I’ve found the most success in idea generation by not actively seeking ideas; I do the opposite.   I try to…

  • Preparing Students for a Digital World

    Written by Mr. Hayes, Technology Specialist At Horizon, we strive to help our students achieve their best. As a school for students with learning disabilities, this means we use many new systems and creative methods to individualize the learning process. We also work hard to ensure our kids are able to expand their knowledge into…

  • Entrepreneurship Project

    Written by Mrs. Bergman, Counselor What do the founders of IKEA, JetBlue, Charles Schwab, and Apple all have in common? They all have learning disabilities. While learning disabilities can make many tasks more challenging, they are often associated with strengths in entrepreneurial areas such as creativity, problem solving, and big-picture thinking.   This fall, the…

  • Why Exercise is Important for the Brain…and a Great Way to Jump Start the Day!

    Written by Coach Chamberlain, Physical Education and Sports Coordinator As I read different articles on the internet about cutting back Physical Education in schools across the country, it only motivates me to do more as a Physical Education Teacher. Some schools are deciding it is best to eliminate PE from a student’s schedule, yet I believe…

  • 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…

  • 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…