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Student Handbook

Horizon Middle School East Campus

Phone: 218-284-7300
Fax: 218-284-7333

Attendance Office: 218-284-7301
Counseling Office: 218-284-7312
Health Office: 218-284-7310
Activities Office: 218-284-7300
Media Center: 218-284-7334

School Hours: 9:05 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Jeremy Larson, Middle School Principal
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ART CLUB (grades 7-8)
Art Club is an art enrichment activity extended to all grades 6-8 students. Students will participate in art experiences that will build their self-confidence and art skills. This safe, smaller setting will allow students to grow social skills and interact with other students who have an interest in learning to improve and enhance different art-making techniques. Tier 1

Destination Imagination is a program for all Horizon students that promotes problem solving, creativity and teamwork. Teams of five to seven students solve two types of Challenges within the program year. The Central Team Challenge involves structural, technical or theatrical oriented skills and takes several months to solve. Instant Challenges stimulate the team’s ability to think quickly and creatively with only minutes to prepare solutions. All Moorhead teams compete at the regional competition in Moorhead. The top team in each problem, at each level, advances to the state competition in Minneapolis in April. State winners compete at the Global Finals in May. Each team requires an adult team manager. Tier 2

GEOGRAPHY BEE (grades 7-8)
The National Geographic Society’s National Geography Bee is held each year beginning in December and involves over 5 million students nationwide. The bee consists of three levels of competition: school, state, and national. All Horizon East students compete in the preliminary round which is conducted in all social studies classes. From this competition, a school champion is determined. The school level winner then must complete a written examination to qualify for the state competition with only the top 100 scorers moving on to the bee in St. Paul. The winner of the state competition advances to the national competition, which is held at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. The winner there receives a $25,000 scholarship. There is no charge to participate. No Fee

HONOR CHOIR (grades 7-8)
Honor Choir is an auditioned group of singers. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year. Rehearsals will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-8:45 a.m. Honor Choir participates in numerous concerts throughout the year and performs in a winter and spring tour. Questions regarding Honor Choir auditions and rehearsals can be directed to Mrs. Scherbenske. Tier 2

HONOR BAND (grades 6-8)
Honor Band is open to all grades 6-8 band students. Auditions are held in the fall and rehearsals take place after school in the band room. See Mr. Christianson or Mr. Pipinich for more information. Tier 2

JAZZ BAND (grades 6-8)
Jazz Band is open to students in grades 6-8. Auditions are held in the fall and rehearsals take place after school. Tier 2

Students plan, write, edit, lay out, print, and fold our school newspaper. The newspaper is produced periodically throughout the school year. No Fee

KNOWLEDGE BOWL (grades 7-8)
The grades 7-8 Knowledge Bowl Team practices twice a week after school and participates in three regional meets each fall. During the meets, teams of students compete in both written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning. Questions test students’ recall, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. The middle school Knowledge Bowl season ends after Thanksgiving. Tier 2

There are two Knowledge Master Open competitions each year, one in December and one in April. Each competition consists of 200 challenging questions that require higher-level thinking skills and cover 14 curriculum areas. The contests run on school computers to allow all schools the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site. Scores are based on a combination of speed and accuracy. The Horizon team competes with more than 900 teams nationwide in this competition. No Fee

Lego League/Robotics is open any Horizon East student interested in learning how to program Lego NXT robots and participating in a team challenge in January. The team is called “TEAM SPUDNIK.” Yearly Challenges are based on real-world scientific topics like nanotechnology, energy, transportation and accessibility. Teams can choose to participate in official tournaments or local competitions. The team plans on having one local competition this year and its annual competition in Grand Forks. Typically the team meets in the mornings, lunch periods and one afternoon per week. Tier 2

MATHCOUNTS (grades 7-8)
Mathcounts is a national competition sponsored by the Society of Engineers. Math teachers receive a sample problem kit, which is used in algebra and pre-algebra classes. After these warm-ups, students are tested. These test scores, plus grades, are used to choose the top four students plus two alternates; these students are named to the Mathcounts team. This team moves on to chapter competition at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The top two chapter teams compete at state level, and the four individuals who earn top scores there move on to national competition. National winners receive scholarships. Tier 2

PLAY (grades 7-8)
Each winter, Horizon Middle School, with support from community education, produces a play or review. All Horizon East students are invited to try out for the production, and volunteers are needed to assist with props, makeup, programs, and other tasks. Practices are held here at Horizon, and the play will be presented at Horizon. Tier 2

Horizon East students who enjoy science have the opportunity to join the Science Olympiad Team. The team meets after school two or three times each week to work on the fifteen activities that have been chosen for the year. These activities may include building a car, plane or bridge, identifying fossils, performing experiments, or developing competencies in other areas. The team competes in the regional tournament at Minnesota State University Moorhead in February and the state tournament at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in March. The top Minnesota team advances to the national competition. Tier 2

SPELLING BEE (grades 7-8)
In January, all grades 7-8 students take a spelling test in their language arts class. The top twenty seventh- and eighth-grade spellers then compete in a spelling bee at Horizon Middle Schools. The top six spellers from each grade advance to district competition. The top three spellers at the district level then participate in the regional competition; winners there advance to state and national contests. Horizon Middle School students have competed at the state level. No Fee

Each fall, seventh- and eighth-grade students are selected as Student Council representatives. Student Council members meet throughout the school year; they are involved in decisions that impact students here at HMS and also are active in fundraising to benefit the school and the community. No Fee

TRI-COLLEGE MATH (grades 7-8)
The Tri-College Math contest is held each year on a rotating basis at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College. Each school may enter four teams. A team consists of eight members, not more than four of whom are in the ninth grade and at least one of whom is in the seventh grade. Students are chosen by teachers based on classroom achievement, Mathcounts testing, and the student’s previous Tri-College Math Contest scores. Team members participate in the individual and in the team competitions. No Fee

Other clubs may be available depending upon student interest. Some examples include: Minecraft, dance, Spanish and chess clubs, etc.

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