WEEKLY EBLAST -- 02/19/2021
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 19, 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
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.
CLUBS MEET 2:45 to 3:15 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
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.
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook.


All orders must be placed through
Jostens by Friday, February 19th!

Jostens manages our yearbook ad and sales so please do not send materials to the school.
If you have questions, please contact Christi.Britt@horizonhonors.org.
ATHLETICS
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN EAGLE!

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
(Dates and times are subject to change.)

Friday, February 19th
Homecoming Basketball Games
vs Gilbert Classical Academy
Girls 4:00 / Boys 5:30


*Home games will host 2 parents/guardians for each athlete –
must complete the reservation form.

**All sports are self-transport at this time for practices, games, and events

COLLEGE & CAREER
What Does Your Future Hold? By now, you should have, at the very least, shortened your list of potential future careers based on the skills you currently have, your personality type and your interviews of adults in different career fields. Now it’s time to dive a little deeper to narrow down your list a little bit more. Some ways to get a snapshot of what a career is like are to volunteer in the field or shadow/observe those already working in the field. Those who would like a longer commitment to their career research can even apply for an internship in the field. Tip: Participating in internships can enhance your resume and boost your applications for colleges with more stringent admissions requirements. Furthermore, this real life experience will help you gain a better picture of the day in/day out routines of a job.

Use the provided resources to answer specific questions about your top future career choices. There are a few resources here for you to conduct your research. Use SHMOOP to read entertaining descriptions about a Typical Day in the Life of a particular career. The Occupational Outlook Handbook can provide information about salary, expected hours per week, and the hireability of the career.  As you conduct your research, be sure to utilize the attached Questions to Guide You Through Your Career Exploration.

As always, if you have any questions, you are welcome to come visit Mrs. Wallace (grades 7-9) and Mrs. Collins (grades 10-12) in the College and Career Center. We are here to support you as you navigate the career exploration path. 

Spirit Day:  Thursday, February 25th: Future Career Day. You’ve done your research and you’ve chosen your future career. Now, dress for that career. Going to be a doctor? Wear your scrubs. Going to be a teacher? Wear professional attire. You get the idea!
Check Out This Article: High Paying Careers Worth Considering

Friday, February 19, 2021
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.

Don't forget your teacher! TEACHER'S LOVE BOOKS!

Please direct any questions to Mindy Duet in the Media Center.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook.


All orders must be placed through
Jostens by Friday, February 19th!

Jostens manages our yearbook ad and sales so please do not send materials to the school.
If you have questions, please contact Christi.Britt@horizonhonors.org.
EARLY RELEASE DAY & 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
FEBRUARY DATES
February 19
Anime & Manga Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Day: Dream of Kindness Day (PJs)
Homecoming Spirit Day: Stronger Together White Out Day
Homecoming Basketball Game -- Virtual Stream 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Mesa Community College Virtual MUN Conference 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
National Honor Society (NHS) 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM
Virtual Homecoming Pep Rally Block 6 10:55 - 11:05 AM

February 20
Mesa Community College Virtual MUN Conference 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

February 22
Key Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
He for She Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
High School Spring Tryouts Begin
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM

February 23
​Wilderness Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM

February 24
Asynchronous Learning Day
Student Support 2:45 – 3:45 PM
School Board Meeting - 5 PM

February 25
Career Month Spirit Day: Future Career Day
Kindness Krew 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Student Council 2:45 – 3:45 PM
February 26
Anime & Manga Club 2:45 – 3:15 PM
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 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
​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 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
16233 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Office: 480.659.3000
Attendance: 480.659.3062