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  • 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…

  • Play to Learn

    Written by Mr. Isenmann, Middle Team Teacher Education and fun. What comes to mind when you think of those two words together? Before I became a teacher, those words conjured memories from PE class. Each day I’d pray for Coach Hummel to utter those magical words: “Today we’re playing dodgeball.” Dodgeball–a glorious game where you…

  • Going for the Gold

    Written by Coach Chamberlain, Physical Education & Sports Coordinator Last year, we began a new tradition in PE at Horizon Academy, the Olympics. Held twice a year, before winter and summer break, the Olympics are a great way to build team camaraderie, discuss sportsmanship, and add a little friendly competition to PE. Each classroom is assigned…

  • Cross-Content Calendar Time

    Calendar time is critical in any elementary classroom, and Mrs. Maloney’s class is no exception. This is a great opportunity for students to build life skills and reinforce academic skills that they are learning throughout the day. Mrs. Maloney’s class follows this daily calendar routine: Day of the week. A student places the date on…

  • Mock Election

    Written by Ms. Jones, Upper Team Teacher It’s a presidential election year, and the U.S. Government Class is learning first hand how the political process works through a mock election.   To avoid controversy, the candidates are using representative pseudonyms and have created their own political parties as follows:   The People’s Party: Lisa Seymore and…

  • Career Exploration

    Written by Mrs. Bergman, School Counselor I like to tell our students that I have the best job in the world, but that’s not entirely true. I have the best job in the world – for me. Our students’ task, over the coming years, is to discover what the best job in the world is…

  • Expanding Expression

    Written by Mrs. Imgrund, Speech-Language Pathologist Many students with weaknesses in the area of expressive language have a hard time accurately describing objects, events, and concepts. Just the other day I asked an elementary school student to describe an apple. She said “an apple is when it’s fall!” Although her description was on the right track,…

  • Creating a Learning Community

    Written by Ms. Guillory, Upper Team Teacher As a first-time teacher, the first few weeks of school feel make-or-break. This is when you establish your authority as a leader in the classroom even though you’re only about five years older than your oldest student. This is when your students will figure out how many buttons…