WEEKLY EBLAST -- 02/26/2021
GRADE "A" SCHOOL - AZ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
HORIZON HONORS SCHOOLS
ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES = 3
Horizon Honors Schools population (students & staff) = 1,700
last updated: February 26, 2021 at 10 a.m.
This is a reminder that face coverings are required for all staff and students (ages 2+) when inside school buildings, anywhere on school grounds, inside school vehicles, and at school-related activities, whether indoor or outdoor.  Face coverings will not be provided by the school.

Students will be allowed to remove face coverings while eating or drinking. In addition, students will be required to wear face coverings outside and during some PE activities. Finally, students may be allowed breaks to remove their face coverings at appropriate times and locations. However, please understand that social distancing is not guaranteed.

Please pack extra face coverings in student backpacks, as coverings may get dirty during the day. Again, the schools will not supply face coverings.

Face coverings MUST:
  • Fully cover a person’s nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the wide of the face and under the chin.
  • Remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands.
  • Not have holes except for band-style masks when actively playing an instrument.
  • Not be face shields. However, face shields may be used in addition to face covering.
  • Follow the “all clothing and accessory guidelines” dress code guidelines.  High School Dress Code
  • Be laundered regularly or disposed of appropriately
STUDENT SECTION
CLUBS MEET 2:45 to 3:15 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Students should have received an email with the course scheduling guides on Wednesday, February 24th. Course registration will start on March 3rd. Please use the time between now and March 3rd is to familiarize yourself with the scheduling guides and courses available. This year students will be picking their courses through a Google Form that will open at the end of day on March 3rd.

To prepare for registration, all students will attend virtual meeting sessions with their cohorts on March 3rd in order to review important information about the scheduling process. Students will access their virtual sessions through their cohort Google Classrooms. Students who plan to return to Horizon Honors for the 2021-22 school year are required to attend their scheduling orientation.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend a virtual parent information session in the evening on Wednesday, March 3rd. Instructions on how to access the virtual parent sessions will be emailed directly to parents on March 1st.

If students and parents have any questions or concerns about appropriate course placement, teachers will be available to respond during ILP Conferences to be held March 17th – March 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 each day. Google Forms for questions or concerns will open at 1:00 PM and will close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 17th, Thursday, March 18th and Friday, March 19th. Once a teacher has received a form, they will reach out to respond to any questions.

REGISTRATION GOOGLE FORMS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM ON FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH.    

In May, a Google Form will be emailed to students for course verification with instructions for families to verify the assigned courses.  

Information sessions on Wednesday, March 3rd
EARLY RELEASE DAYS & ILP CONFERENCES
Spring Testing Update:

Per Arizona state testing requirements, all students in the required cohorts, both in-person and remote learners, will need to come to campus to complete AzM2 (AzMerit) and AIMS Science testing in the spring. The way we are facilitating testing, without further affecting class time and maintaining COVID mitigation strategies to the best of our abilities, is to have certain cohorts of students come to campus on different Asynchronous Wednesdays from April 14th through May 5th. Please reference the following graphic which maps out the different activities, including testing, happening on upcoming Asynchronous Wednesdays. A more detailed communication regarding the processes and procedures for testing will be sent out closer to the testing dates.
TIME CAPSULE
Draw a picture of your “favorite” 2020 memory to add to the time capsule. Paper should be no larger than 8 ½ x 11 and must be school appropriate. 
Please include your name and grade level on the back, along with a few sentences to explain your choice. 
One entry per current Horizon Honors student. 
Place items in box located in front of the Secondary Office.
ATHLETICS
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN EAGLE!

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
(Dates and times are subject to change.
**All sports are self-transport at this time for practices, games, and events
LEARN, BELIEVE, DREAM, DARE
2021 Homecoming Royalty
Kaden Sutton
Freshman Prince
Marisa Blasko
Freshman Princess
Tanner Flusche
Sophomore Prince
Neve Andrew
Sophomore Princess
Oswaldo Gayoso
Junior Prince
Daniella Walker
Junior Princess
Abe Newsum
Senior Prince
Kate Cochrane
Senior Princess
Brandon Williams
Homecoming King
Neva Bennett
Homecoming Queen
Rohan Bulusu won three awards while competing in MCC MUN Conference representing Bosnia in the Economic and Social Committee. There were 270 students competing on Friday and Saturday. Rohan won a distinguished delegate award, third place for the best policy paper, and second place as best overall delegate in his committee.
COLLEGE & CAREER
March 3rd at 3:00 p.m.
Know anyone that could use some guidance and advice on how to request and obtain the best possible letters of recommendation (LOR)?

Learn how to avoid missteps and solicit letters of recommendation that will maximize your competitive edge for scholarships, academic programs, and more.

Please join us at ASU.ZOOM.US
University of Arizona's FAFSA Priority filing deadline: March 1
University of Arizona's Next Steps Orientations fill up fast.  
To schedule an orientation visit:
Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are want to ensure you and your family are well informed about the opportunities and resources available to you to pay for college.
They have teamed up to host joint virtual information sessions for prospective students and families throughout the year.

For more information visit: https://visit.asu.edu/tri-university
APPLY NOW FOR THE
2021-2022 GOVERNOR'S YOUTH COMMISSION
The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) is seeking inspiring youth leaders from Arizona high schools to serve on the 2021-2022 Governor's Youth Commission (GYC). The GYC brings together a diverse group of high school students to identify and address the greatest challenges facing Arizona’s youth by developing innovative community impact projects, establishing partnerships with young leaders across the state, and advising the Governor. Commissioners are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior student during the 2021-2022 school year.

MEDIA CENTER
THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING
AND IT'S ONLINE
February 26th - March 11th

Support our school by shopping the Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship to your home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits Horizon Honors Schools and helps develop a love of reading.

Book Fair eWallet
Give your child a safe and secure way to shop the Book Fair. Family and friends can contribute too! Plus, to earn the most rewards for your school, eWallet funds can be accessed to shop at the Virtual Fair during the 14 days of online shopping. Any funds not spent, will remain in the parents account.

TEACHER'S LOVE BOOKS! 
Gift certificates can be purchased
for teachers to use at the Online book fair.

Please direct any questions to Mindy Duet in the Media Center.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Students should have received an email with the course scheduling guides on Wednesday, February 24th. Course registration will start on March 3rd. Please use the time between now and March 3rd is to familiarize yourself with the scheduling guides and courses available. This year students will be picking their courses through a Google Form that will open at the end of day on March 3rd.

To prepare for registration, all students will attend virtual meeting sessions with their cohorts on March 3rd in order to review important information about the scheduling process. Students will access their virtual sessions through their cohort Google Classrooms. Students who plan to return to Horizon Honors for the 2021-22 school year are required to attend their scheduling orientation.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend a virtual parent information session in the evening on Wednesday, March 3rd. Instructions on how to access the virtual parent sessions will be emailed directly to parents on March 1st.

If students and parents have any questions or concerns about appropriate course placement, teachers will be available to respond during ILP Conferences to be held March 17th – March 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 each day. Google Forms for questions or concerns will open at 1:00 PM and will close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 17th, Thursday, March 18th and Friday, March 19th. Once a teacher has received a form, they will reach out to respond to any questions.

REGISTRATION GOOGLE FORMS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM ON FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH.    

In May, a Google Form will be emailed to students for course verification with instructions for families to verify the assigned courses.  

Information sessions on Wednesday, March 3rd

Middle School
9 am to 10 am: Rising 8th Grade Session
2 pm to 3:15 pm: Rising 7th Grade Session

High School
9 am to 10 am: Rising 12th Grade Session
10:30 am to 11:30 am: Rising 9th Grade Session
10:30 am to 11:30 am: Rising 11th Grade Session
1 pm to 2 pm: Rising 10th Grade Session

Parent Session
5 pm to 6 pm: Middle School Session
6 pm to 7 pm: High School Session
EARLY RELEASE DAYS & ILP CONFERENCES
Spring Testing Update:

Per Arizona state testing requirements, all students in the required cohorts, both in-person and remote learners, will need to come to campus to complete AzM2 (AzMerit) and AIMS Science testing in the spring. The way we are facilitating testing, without further affecting class time and maintaining COVID mitigation strategies to the best of our abilities, is to have certain cohorts of students come to campus on different Asynchronous Wednesdays from April 14th through May 5th. Please reference the following graphic which maps out the different activities, including testing, happening on upcoming Asynchronous Wednesdays. A more detailed communication regarding the processes and procedures for testing will be sent out closer to the testing dates.
CALENDAR
MARCH DATES
March 1
International Thespians Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Key Club Leadership 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Model United Nations (MUN) 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 2
Free Write Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Protect Our Environment (POE) Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Red Cross Club 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 3
Asynchronous Learning Day
Course Scheduling Virtual Meetings
Quarter 4 Learning Option Survey sent to families
​Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 4
Cards Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Council 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 5
Anime & Manga Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
National Honor Society (NHS) 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 14, 2021
Quarter 4 Learning Option Survey due

MARCH 8 - MARCH 16
Spring Break -- NO SCHOOL

March 17
First day of Fourth Quarter
Early Release Day
ILP Day

March 17-19
Early Release Days
ILP Days
MARCH DATES
March 22
Harry Potter Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
He for She Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Key Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 23
Jewish Student Union 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Wilderness Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
School Board Meeting - 5 PM

March 24
Asynchronous Learning Day
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 25
Kindness Krew 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Council 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 26
Art Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Band Council 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Pre-Med Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 29
International Thespians Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Key Club Leadership 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Model United Nations (MUN) 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 30
Free Write Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Protect Our Environment (POE) Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Red Cross Club 2:45 – 3:45 PM

March 31
Asynchronous Learning Day
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM
16233 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Office: 480.659.3000
Attendance: 480.659.3062