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About Horizon Elementary School

Horizon Elementary School

10060 Brummitt Road

Granger, IN 46530

Phone: 574/679-9788  Fax: 574-674-8395

 

tdecker@phm.k12.in.us (Tressa Decker), Principal

afadorsen@phm.k12.in.us (Amy Fadorsen), Assistant to the Principal

Rita Szweda, Secretary/Treasurer

Patti Mills, Office Aide

Laura Chrisman, Office Aide

 

School Letter Grade – A (based on 2016 ISTEP+ results)

 

ISTEP+ Spring 2016 Results­­­­ – Percent of students passing ISTEP+

English/Language Arts                 Math            Science           Social Studies

Grade 3       92.8                                89.7

Grade 4       89.3                                86.4               90.3                 

Grade 5       94.2                                91.7                                           88.3    

 

History

Horizon Elementary School is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility, which opened in the fall of 1995.  The school shares a 37-acre campus with Discovery Middle School.

 

Overview                                          

Grades preschool through fifth      

Enrollment 2016-17: 660                  

Classroom Teachers: 27                        

Special Teachers:  4 full-time, 3 part-time

(music, physical education, special education, speech and hearing)

Learning Lab Coordinator:  1

Media aide: 1

ENL tutor: 1

Program assistants: 17 full-time

Teacher assistants: 8 full-time, 1 part-time

Classrooms: 31

School day:  7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

 

Special Facilities

Instructional Media Center (IMC)

Computer Lab

Occupational/Physical Therapy/Sensory Room

Minds in Motion Room

Parent Workroom

Large Group Instruction area (LGI)

Gymnasium and cafeteria/Hot Spot Café

Kownover Outdoor Environmental Learning Center 

Playgrounds and activity areas

Separate driveways for buses and parents

Project Activity Rooms

TV Broadcast Studio

 

Academic Programs

Horizon School follows a traditional schedule, which provides each student with weekly experiences in music and physical education, along with visits to the computer lab and Instructional Media Center.  Art Smart, Hands-on Science and many other enrichment opportunities enhance the curriculum for all students.  Fine arts are a cornerstone at Horizon, where we feature multiple musical performances each year as well our 4th & 5th grade Show Choir, which performs throughout the community each year. Technology makes it possible for students to do live video news broadcasts each morning, and classrooms have access to interactive software and online programming covering a wide range of curricular topics.  Currently, Horizon boasts over 600 computers/laptops in the building, including a classroom set of iPad minis for our Kindergarten students. Horizon provides an inclusive environment where students with special needs are placed in the regular classroom.  

 

Parent Involvement

The PTO sponsors many programs including a school-wide fund-raiser, t-shirt/sweatshirt sales, Art Smart, Fun Fair, costume dance, holiday shop, and more.  Parent volunteers in the faculty work room, Instructional Media Center and in classrooms make a valuable contribution to the quality of education at Horizon.

 

Honors and Achievements

Over the years, Horizon has consistently been recognized as an Indiana Four Star School.  To be a Four Star School in Indiana, schools must be accredited by the state and ranked in the top 25 percent of all Indiana schools in four areas: total performance on Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress; language scores on ISTEP+; math scores on ISTEP+; and attendance rates. Financial rewards have been received for improvements in these areas.  Horizon received a letter grade "A" from the state of Indiana for academic excellence and growth. References have been made to Horizon Elementary School in the Wall Street Journal (11/12/97) and Parenting Magazine (9/98).

 

Activities

Academic competitions including the PHM Spell Bowl; Wordmaster Competition; Continental Math League; First Lego League; and Science Fair

Art-Rageous Art Club & In-Class Lessons

Book Fairs

Intramural Sports

Running Club

Media Club

Drama Club

Kids Club childcare

Full-day preschool and kindergarten

 

Mission Statement

"The Horizon School Community is committed to educating all children to be responsible for their actions, respectful of others and lifelong learners."

Horizon students will attend Discovery Middle School and Penn High School.

 

Colors: Purple and Yellow

Mascot: Suns

Motto:  “Going Above and Beyond”