Horizon Middle School West Campus offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes the core subjects, art, music, and physical education and health. Besides the academic curriculum, Horizon West offers additional programs and services to ensure our grades 5-6 middle school students are able to develop their maximum potential.
The Horizon Middle School student counseling program is designed to help young people with their social, emotional, mental, and academic concerns. Counselors are responsible for student mediation, problem solving and minor discipline issues; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS); consultation and communication with community agencies to assist students with their needs; personal and group counseling; crisis counseling, and 504 plan administration.
Food and Nutrition Services
Moorhead Area Public Schools teaches healthy eating habits by introducing students to a variety of food choices. All menus meet nutrition requirements established by the USDA.
Students can eat breakfast and lunch daily. School breakfast is available beginning at from 8:35-8:55 a.m. and costs $1. A small selection of non-perishable snacks are available for purchase at Horizon West during breakfast service. Students may purchase snacks during this time and store them until their classroom snack break, or students may bring snack from home. Lunch costs $2.40 and includes milk. In addition, milk is sold for $.40. The hot lunch line has a different menu option each day as posted in the meal menus in PowerSchool. Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch are also eligible for free breakfast. Read more about applying for free and reduced-price meals.
Moorhead Area Public Schools uses a computerized lunch program. Students must prepay for meals and milk. Parents/guardians are asked to deposit enough money for a week or more of meals. Students may put money in their account in the drop box outside the school office. Parents may also use PayForIt, an online payment processing system, to pay for school meals online. Parents/guardians may check their students' meal account balance and transactions through PowerSchool.
The Horizon West health office is staffed during school hours by a full-time health assistant trained in first aid and CPR. A licensed school nurse is scheduled to be in the health office on a part-time basis and is on call at all times in case of emergencies.
Students' health strongly affects school attendance and performance. The school nurse is available to help parents/guardians with any health concerns. The health office also manages immunization and health records, the administration of medication at school, hearing and vision screening, and specialized health procedures that must be done at school. Communication and cooperation between school personnel and parents/guardians is essential in understanding and meeting our students' health.
Children's Dental Services
Children's Dental Services and Smiles Across Minnesota provide preventive dental services, such as teeth cleaning, sealants, oral hygiene and dental fluoride, to uninsured or underinsured children in the district. CDS makes the dental appointment for your child to be seen at his or her school. Children's Dental Services will provide care for children, birth to 18. Uninsured students who are income eligible will receive free care, paid for by a foundation through CDS. Others also will be able to access Children's Dental Services on a sliding fee scale. If a family has insurance, those families are encouraged to visit their previously established dental home.
All children receiving care will need parental consent. Forms are available at the school office and should be returned to the Health Office in your child's school. Contact Children's Dental Services at 612-746-1530 with questions.
Library Media Center
Media center resources support and extend school learning. Students are encouraged to use the media center as much as possible. Coursework will include visits to the media center for research and supplemental assignments. Research skills are taught in various classes and are followed by assignments. Students are free to check out and return books as needed. The library is open before and after school for student use.
Learner Support Services
Moorhead Area Public Schools offers a variety of programs and educational services to meet a variety of student needs. Learner Support Services encompass special education and English learners (EL) services.
Special education services are provided for the disability areas of speech and language, learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, hearing, vision, mental, physical, and health impairments and others. Our schools have staff licensed to work with children in these areas as well as a school psychologist, social worker, occupational and physical therapists, and an adaptive physical education teacher. A team made up of staff and a student's parents/guardians determine the need for the program of special services. Students receive a comprehensive assessment, or evaluation, of their strengths and weaknesses before services begin.
Gifted and Talented
Many writing, research and project assignments in the classroom offer students open-ended opportunities for advanced instruction and performance. Based on test scores and teacher recommendation, students are selected for gifted and talented programs. A coordinating teacher provides a seamless continuum of services for high-potential students in all Moorhead Area Public Schools. Moorhead Area Public Schools provides gifted education by implementing and sustaining efforts that ensure our students have access to differentiated curriculum, flexible pacing, cluster grouping, enrichment options, acceleration and other universal interventions available to all students in the regular classroom.
Opportunities such as the Spelling Bee and math competitions may be available to students who score well on a preliminary test. Activities such as Destination Imagination can provide challenges for students outside of the school curriculum.
Moorhead Area Public Schools provides free bus service for students who live one mile or more from the school. Information concerning bus routes is mailed to families prior to the start of school or may be obtained by checking PowerSchool or calling the school district transportation office at 284-1410.
The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties provides before-school programming at Horizon West. Parents may register by contacting the School Age Learning Center office at 1132 28th Ave. S., Moorhead.