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We are already a little over halfway into the first quarter and our Hornets are still growing strong. Students and teachers are working together to create engaged learning experiences both on campus and for our #HornetsAtHome.

Changing Your Learning Model
OCPS recently sent home a message to all families about changing your child's learning model for the 2nd nine weeks. We are asking our Hornet PARENTS to complete google form below by THIS Friday, September 18th. This is ONLY if you want to change your student's current learning modality. Majority of our teachers and students are separated by Face to Face or LaunchEd instruction. Therefore, by changing your child's learning modality, this MAY require a schedule and/or teacher change. This change will take place at the start of the 2nd nine weeks on October 13th.

Progress Reports
First quarter progress reports were distributed earlier this week. Please take time to review your child's report card with them.  Be sure to celebrate their success and encourage continued academic achievement.  Simple words of encouragement can be very powerful in helping students stay focused and motivated.  If your child is not doing well, then take time to talk about what he or she needs to do in order to get on track.  There is still time between now and the end of the quarter. Communication with your student as well as their teacher is imperative to their success. If you need more ideas on how you can help your child succeed, please contact your grade level school counselor. However, when it comes to grades please remember that open communication with your child's teacher is the first line of protocol.

We wish all our Hornets a wonderful weekend and continued success as we get closer to the end of this quarter.


Michelle Thomas
Proud Principal 
In This Issue

Dates to Watch For:
Sept. 18: Deadline for Learning Model changes 
Sept. 21: PTSO Meeting via ZOOM, 5:30 PM
Sept. 21-25: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Celebration  
Communication is KEY to the SUCCESS of our SCHOOL, STUDENTS and FAMILIES. Stay connected to our school by following and liking our OFFICIAL social media accounts.  
Changing Your Child's Learning Modelchangelearningmodel
Attention parents... If you would like to change your child's learning modality for the 2nd nine weeks from LaunchEd@Home to Face to Face or vice versa, please fill out the google form below by Friday, September 18th. This is ONLY if you want to change your students current learning modality.

The majority of our teachers and students are separated by Face to Face or LaunchEd instruction. Therefore, by changing your child's learning modality, this MAY require a schedule and/or teacher change. This change will take place at the start of the 2nd nine weeks on October 13th.

September is Hispanic Heritage Month at OCPShhm
During Hispanic Heritage Month, Horizon West Middle School will be honoring and celebrating Hispanic/Latinx heritage and culture.
During the week of September 21st to 25th, we will have daily events for all our students to participate in. On campus or at home, we hope to see our Hornets participate in this fun and educational week.
Hello Hornet Families!   
A huge shout out goes to Orlando Health who will be providing our staff with breakfast sandwiches this week! Our community partners have helped us tremendously during these unprecedented times and we are thrilled to have the support.

The PTSO would also like to thank the families who participated in our Spirit Wear pre-sale. Orders have been placed and we are awaiting your items for delivery. Follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date PTSO information.

Our HWMS family is invited to our PTSO General Zoom Meeting on Monday, September 21st at 5:30 PM. Please register with your email in advance for this meeting: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you for supporting your school and community!


Tammy Forrester 
School Advisory Councilsac
Horizon West Middle School is currently looking for members of our school community to serve as Chair and Co-Chair of our School Advisory Council. We meet on the 3rd Monday of every month, starting in September. This is a great opportunity to be able to work with the school, community, parents and students of Horizon West. If you are interested in serving as a Chair or Co-Chair, please complete the survey link below: 

Face-to-Face Students and Masksfacetofacemasks
Parents of Face-to-Face Students,    
Please make sure that your Hornets are coming to school each day with a clean mask. Disposable masks should be disposed of nightly and not re-used. Reusable cloth masks need to be cleaned and sanitized daily. Also, it is a good idea to always pack a second mask as a back up.

Daily Home Health Screeningsdailyhomehealthscreenings
Parents of Face-to-Face Students,

We need your help! Every morning of school please conduct a DAILY HEALTH CHECK on your child. Guidelines and steps to follow after the Health Check can be found in the following image and Page 76 of the OCPS GUIDE, found by clicking on the first page of the OCPS website. We are all in this together and appreciate your help in keeping our Hornets healthy and safe!
Horizon West PRIDEhwmspride

Horizon West Middle School Pride Club is ready to start the 2020-2021 school year! In Pride Club, we meet to talk about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, raise awareness on campus, learn about the history of the movement, and share stories and provide support (laugh, and have snacks!). Whether you are part of the Community or an Ally, we would love to have you join us!

If you are interested in joining HWMS Pride, please email Ms. Castro, the club sponsor, at and she will send you more information!

Free and Reduced Lunch for ALL Studentsfreereduced
All students at Horizon West Middle School are eligible for free lunch and breakfast every day. Also, our LaunchEd students may pick up lunch and breakfasts for the week on Mondays at 4:30 in the Horizon West Middle School Car Loop. Free meals will be available until December 17th. 
Technology and Media Information Consent Forms - PARENTS WE NEED YOU TO COMPLETE THIS!!consentforms
For the 2020-2021 School Year ALL PARENTS need to complete the Parent Technology Media Information Consent Form for each of their students in OCPS.

1) You can complete the forms by printing them and writing in your information, then scanning in the forms to our Horizon West upload link. 


2) You can complete the forms electronically, print, sign and then scan in the forms to our Horizon West upload link. 

Paper Forms
Complete the PTMICF on paper using a pen and scan to return to Horizon West electronically using this link:

Online Forms
Complete the PTMICF online, print the completed form and scan to Horizon West electronically using this link:
* Remember once you complete your forms in full you have to UPLOAD to the Horizon West Upload Link HERE.

** All of the forms can be found on our Media Center webpage. Thank you for your cooperation.
Rigor in the Classroomrigor
3D Art 
Check out some of the amazing work our students are doing in 3D Art Class. Students created their own Paper Name Sculptures (students used the letters of their name to design a paper sculpture). Pictures are from both F2F students work and LaunchEd!

7th Grade Science 
Students are learning about waves in Ms. Roskey's class with a classic: SLINKIES! Students can be seen here demonstrating a transverse wave and recording the frequency.

Students also were able to create their own waves utilizing our smile Slinkies.
Delayed Dismissaldelayeddismissal
Parents, please REMEMBER - If we go on a DELAYED DISMISSAL we will call you via our ConnectEd messaging system.  
All parents that wish to pick up their child during a Delayed Dismissal:
- Must wear a mask
- Must present an ID / Car Tag
- Meet at the Cafeteria Car Loop
- Park your car or stay in the right pick up lane (be sure to space out so you can get out and merge left once you have your student)
- NO parking or stopping in the left lane, this is a moving vehicle only lane.
- Be patient and bring a smile
- Remain socially distant from other families

Horizon West Administration will be outside to help you if you have any questions.

Tech Support for Studentstechsupport
Support Hours 
In an effort to support the students in LaunchEd@Home, we are offering a support hour Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 2:00 - 3:00. The support hour will take place in the cafeteria.
If any student taking online classes needs support, please share the information with them.

Face to Face students can attend Tech Help daily during 2nd or 6th period. Just be sure to ask your teacher in that period to receive a pass to attend.  
PREPARE - PIVOT - SUCCEEDpreparepivotsucceed
In the 9/8 OCPS Covid Update (post in timeline) we were reminded to have a plan ready in case our school was told to "pivot." Take time now to plan with our families what you would do in case Horizon West had to "pivot" the entire school to LaunchEd.  
PREPARE a plan now, in case we have to PIVOT, so your student will SUCCEED!  
#BeProActive #StrongerTogether #UnstoppableHornets
Teacher of the Year & Support Person of the Yeartoyspoy
Ms. Wilson and Ms. Cameron are both bright stars on the Horizon West Team and we are so lucky to have them as part of our school family!
Ms. Cameron, Teacher of the Year
Ms. Wilson (8th Grade Clerk) Support Person of the Year
Social Distancing Reminderssocialdistancing
Successful Student Strategiesstudentstrategies
Parent Tip on Student Gradesparenttipgrades
Boys & Girls Club After Schoolbgccf
The after school program at Horizon West Middle School with the Boys and Girls Club has been having so much fun in our virtual clubs! Last week we made apple turnovers in our cooking club from 4-5 on Wednesdays.  
Our virtual programs are focused on giving students an environment to safely interact and socialize with other students. If you are interested in joining any of our virtual programs; we offer homework help, tik-tok fitness, minecraft, cooking and many others. Just email and I can help you with the registration process. We can't wait for you to join us!
Cooking Club made apple turnovers this past week.
Girls Who Codegirlswhocode
Boys and Girls Club Mega Morningsmegamornings
Horizon West Leadership Team

Michelle Thomas - Principal -
Tamirra Hutchinson - Assistant Principal -
Kevin Flanagan - Assistant Principal -
Brian Evans - Admin Dean 6th Grade and 8th Grade (A-L) -
Heather Rodriguez - Admin Dean 7th Grade and 8th Grade (M-Z) -


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