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Horizon Student Leadership Food Drive

The week of November 13-17, join the Horizon Student Leadership Team, Girl Scout Troop 50116, and Cub Scout Pack 561 as they collect food for the Mishawaka Food Bank!    Simply send nonperishable food items and drop them in the collection bins located in each of the grade level areas.    Over the past two years, they have been able to provide nearly 2500lbs of food to those in need.    Let’s make this year bigger! 

October 2017--Student of the Month

Each month, we highlight students who have exemplified certain character Lifelines.    For the month of October, the lifeline was Respect. Respect is defined as the ability to show high regard for someone or something.   These students were celebrated for showing Respect to their fellow classmates and others throughout the school. In November,  we will be focusing on Gratitude, just in time for Thanksgiving!    Kindergarten1st grade2nd grade3rd grade4th grade5th grade  

Socktober 2017

Socktober is an event that will run starting October 23rd through October 26th.    Read the flyer to find out how you can help.    All donated items will go to The Center for the Homeless. 

Horizon receives “A” letter grade from IDOE

With the release of the 2016-17 Accountability Grades, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation is proud to have nine schools received A's:  Bittersweet Elementary SchoolElm Road Elementary SchoolHorizon Elementary SchoolMeadow’s Edge Elementary SchoolMoran Elementary SchoolNorthpoint Elementary SchoolPrairie Vista Elementary SchoolDiscovery Middle SchoolPenn High School  Overall, 62 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.   Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation has received an “A” grade from the Indiana Department of Education for the past seven years and expects to again be named an “A” Rated School District by the IDOE when that data is released.

September 2017 Student of the Month-Empathy

Each month, we highlight students who have exemplified certain character Lifelines.    For the month of September, the lifeline was Empathy. Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.    These students were celebrated for showing EMPATHY to their fellow classmates. In October,  we will be focusing on Respect!    1st Grade Students of the Month 2nd grade Students of the Month 3rd Grade Students of the Month 4th grade Students of the Month 5th Grade Students of the Month

September 2017 Newsletter

Hot off the digital presses, your September 2017 Newsletter!    These are published monthly around the first of the month with highlights from the various grade level classrooms and our speciality areas (Music, PE, Library).    Our next issue will be for October and will be published around  Nov. 1!    A lot of great information, please read it carefully and see what our students have been up to thus far this school year! 

#Kindness Rocks

To start the school year off on a successful note, an idea was sparked by our principal and smART Committee to create our own Kindness Rocks.   This is a concept that started as one person’s way of dealing with their own grief and loss, and to share a message of kindness with others. In turn, this has sparked a nationwide campaign.   Here at Horizon, we wanted to share the same message of kindness. So we asked each student and staff member to design a rock with a positive message on it. They are displayed in the front landscape of our school as a visual way to share our words, images, and our heart with the community.    Here is the result:      Here are a few close up shots of some of the messages.     Come and see if you can find your child’s rock and share it with others who might need the word of encouragement. PLEASE do not step onto the mulch area if you are viewing the rocks.  Stay on the grass.  Thank you! When you share on your social media outlets, please include the following hashtags: #HorizonKindnessRocks #PHMExcellence #HorizonSuns

Horizon ranks in the top 3% of all Indiana public schools!

With the release of the Spring 2017 ISTEP+ results, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation now ranks in the state’s top 4% of public school districts and Horizon ranks in the top 3% of all 1,437 Indiana public schools!   Based on both Math and ELA pass results of grades 3-8, P-H-M ranks 12th out of all 292 public school districts in Indiana. For grade 10, P-H-M ranks 9th out of all 292 public school corporations—the Michiana area’s only public school district to make the top 20!   P-H-M’s overall district pass rate for grades 3-8 was 70.8%, compared to Brownsburg Community School Corp. who received the highest overall pass rate of 83.1%. Penn-Harris-Madison’s pass rate for grade 10 was 59.9%, compared to Carmel Clay Schools 68.3%   “When you compare P-H-M to the state’s other top performing school districts, you can see the level of excellence that our students and teachers are achieving in the classrooms,” said P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker commenting on yesterday afternoon’s (Wednesday, September 6, 2017) testing results release by the Indiana Department of Education. “P-H-M has been able to achieve high performing test results not just by teaching the academic standards, but by empowering our teachers with ongoing professional development, equipping them with technology providing timely and efficient student assessment, while also growing our students’ academic stamina with rigor and relevant preparatory tools.”   As part of Penn-Harris-Madison’s own self-district assessment, P-H-M administration reviewed the 2017 ISTEP+ results information from across the state and also notes these examples of P-H-M Excellence:  P-H-M has four schools (Northpoint, Prairie Vista and Horizon Elementary Schools, along with Discovery Middle School) ranked among the state’s top 50 of all 1,437 public schools.Discovery ranks #3 out of the state’s 205 public middle schools.P-H-M ranks 4th among public school corporations with large high schools (student population more than 500).   After analyzing the data, Dr. Thacker also noted “I am extremely proud of what our students and teachers have been able to achieve. It is with the parent and community support that they receive that P-H-M is able to achieve academic excellence at all levels. I look forward to using the data from 2017 ISTEP to build on and improve for this coming 2018 spring testing.”