Friday, February 26, 2021
Horizon West Middle School
HWMS Community Member,

Can you believe it – it is almost time for SPRING BREAK! This year has been flying by and our teachers have been working hard to prepare for the annual spring assessments while our students are showing great progress.

When we return from spring break we will be just around the corner from our first big FSA Assessment, FSA Writes in April. Here’s how you can help your student be successful: make sure children get enough sleep the night before tests, eat a healthy breakfast the day of tests, and arrive on time to school on testing days. Most importantly, stay positive! Let’s encourage our students to do their best on the upcoming annual exams. You can visit our Parents page at for more information.

As a parent/guardian, you can also help out HWMS by completing our annual family survey as families are one of the greatest resources behind the overall success of our school. We are conducting the family survey as part of our ongoing school improvement efforts, so please invest a few moments today and click the link below for the survey.

We value your opinion. Please be assured that your responses will be anonymous and that your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget to regularly visit to get more information concerning all things Horizon West Middle School.

Here are the highlights for this week. Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support!

In Hornet Pride,

Michelle Thomas
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March Calendar & Special Events
March is Women's History Month
About Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” (
Masks On Campus Reminder
Students need to remember that each day they are to have a mask on when they arrive to campus and wear their mask properly during the school day. Noses and mouths should not be exposed at any time and masks should fit snugly.

  • Please also be sure to send your child to school with an extra mask. Thank you.
Power Hour - Open To All Students!
Check out below some of our students who got up early this morning and joined us for Power Hour! Remember all students are invited to participate, Monday - Thursday from 8-9 a.m., whether online or face-to-face.

Each day, students have time to work on iReady, Khan Academy and receive homework help from one of our Hornet teachers. Now is the perfect time to attend to get in those last few missing or redo assignments you want graded before the deadline of Friday, March 5th.
Partner in Education Feature
Changing Your Child’s Learning Modality for
Quarter 4
If you would like to change your child’s learning modality for the 4th nine weeks from LaunchEd@Home to Face to Face or vice versa, please fill out the google form at by Thursday, March 12th. This link is also located on our school website.

  • Your student will be able to return to campus on Monday, March 22nd.
Testing Information
Hornet Families,

Be sure to mark your calendars now for the following dates that we have testing:

  • April 8 – FSA Writes
  • May 3 & 4– FSA Reading
  • May 6 & 7 – FSA Math and Algebra & Geometry EOC
  • May 10 – 7th Grade Civics & 8th Grade Science
  • May 13 to 24 – Common Final Assessments

On testing days it is important that your student is on time to school and remains in school for the entire day. Most tests will be completed by lunch, however technology issues can happen and sometimes testing may take longer than expected.

Below are some important tips for testing from the Florida Department of Education that further explain the rules our students are expected to follow during test administration.

Earbuds Needed for Testing
Horizon West Middle School – Digital Moment
All schools within OCPS, utilize a program called LanSchool Air to monitor students’ computer use while on or off campus. Teachers are able to see as soon as a student logs into their computer everything the student types, searching and exactly what is on their screen. This is a great tool for our teachers to make sure students stay on task and remain good digital citizens.
  • Students should also remember that deleting programs like LanSchool Air off their laptop is a violation of the Digital Acceptable Use Policy and could result in a student receiving a consequence.
Rigor in the Classroom - 3D Art Students
Our 3D Art students created food sculptures made from only toilet paper and water! They painted them with watercolor and acrylic paints. Here are some of our face to face students' work, along with several LaunchED art pieces.
Health & Safety Reminder
Yearbook Orders
Yearbooks are now available for pre-order.
Students and parents- Would you like to add some pictures to our yearbook? If so, email those pictures to or and some of your great memories may be selected to add to this one of kind yearbook.
Intramural Sports are Coming . . .
Soccer – Mar. 29 / Track – Apr. 26
If your student is interested in Intramural Sports, please know that all Face to Face and LaunchEd students can participate as long the student meets the following criteria:

1. An Annual Sports Activity Participation Form is completed prior to the 1st day of each sport. Note that 1 form requires a doctor’s signature and stamp. This form can be found on the HWMS school website under Athletics, then under, Athletic Physicals. Completed forms can be turned into the front office or directly to Mr. Evans. Incomplete forms will be returned and your student will not be able to participate until it’s complete.

2. Your student has a cumulative 2.0 GPA in Middle School.

3. Students are demonstrating proper behavior in class. Please contact Mr. Evans, our Athletic Director, if you have any further questions.
PTSO Message
New PTSO Board Members Needed for 2021-2022
Dear Hornet Families,

As we close in on the end of our third nine weeks, we can’t help but reflect on the challenging year we have had. The PTSO is thankful for your support of the HWMS family and community. We are hoping as the year moves on that our Fall 2021 will take on a different shape, and gatherings will once again take place. With this in mind, the PTSO is looking for new parents to help carry on the charge of bridging the community and school gap at our school… it means, we need you!

Our current PTSO Board opened the school and are moving up and out of middle school quickly and we need more parents to step up in little ways. Please consider being part of this organization. Just fill out this link HWMS PTSO INTEREST to let us know you have an interest in keeping the PTSO going.

Thank you for your continued support!


Tammy Forrester
Hope Club
Hope Club is sponsored by our PTSO with community support.
The HOPE Club was busy spreading kindness this past week! We are so thankful to Cast Member Pantry, Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Paramount Urgent Care and Starbucks Lakeside for allowing us the opportunity to serve others!
Celebrating Our Public Schools: Feb. 22-26
From February 22nd to February 26th, OCPS Celebrated Public Schools Week along with the National Education Association, Learning First Alliance, American Federation of Teachers and our PTA partners! Public schools are the great equalizer for children, helping to set young adults on the path to a fulfilling life.
BIG IDEA Virtual Conference – Parents of ESE
Saturday, April 17 (Virtual)
The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department is excited to host the virtual Big IDEA Conference April 17, 2021 for families of students with exceptionalities.
Hornet Parents of Students Entering Kindergarten
Enroll your Kindergartner today!
Community Rezoning Meeting
Wednesday, March 3
Closing Images of the Week: Digital Learning Day
Thursday, February 25
This week, we were excited to join the School Board of Orange County in celebrating the 10th annual Digital Learning Day on Thursday, February 25, 2021!

Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. This year’s theme is Together We are Better. 

Nearly 12 months ago, educators all across the nation, were tasked with meeting the needs of students via remote and distance learning due to the start of the what we now know as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Horizon West has been honored to have such brilliant, talented and innovative educators that have taken digital learning to the next level in their classrooms. Below we have included just a few examples of these amazing educators and their students for the community as we celebrated Digital Learning Day 2021!

@CDLocps #DLDay2021 #DLHeroes
Ms. Moore’s STEM Class always finding innovative ways to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Mr. Oliver assisting one of his CTE students in formatting a MS Word Document to a PDF.
Ms. Wilson’s Art classes are always incorporating unique digital technologies into their class activities.
Ms. Pivarsi teaching mathematics Face to Face and students at home simultaneously under our Blended Learning Model.
Ms. Nail using digital tools to assist with her Advanced Math courses.
Mr. Manganiello’s U.S. History students about to start a KAHOOT activity to prepare for an upcoming test.
Ms. McCallister working with her LaunchEd and Face to Face students making strides in science.
Ms. Roskey’s science class getting ACTIVE with the standards while incorporating digital technologies including her SWIVL camera.
Ms. Craig’s class working on ELA standards from home and in class.
Ms. Patrick’s class getting ready for working on Math standards.
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