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Horizon East administrative team focusing on student support

September 7, 2017

The administrative team at Horizon Middle School East Campus is focusing on supports for students with changes this fall.

“I am excited about the new schedule we are implementing this school year,” said Dr. Jeremy Larson, principal at Horizon East. “I believe it will add more connections with adults for students, create academic supports for students who need additional interventions, and add enrichment activities for students who need them.”

Larson is in his fourth year as principal at Horizon, but this year he will lead a grades 7-8 school since grade 6 students move to the grades 5-6 Horizon Middle School West Campus.

Larson began working for Moorhead Area Public Schools in August 2010 as assistant principal at Horizon Middle School. He served as interim assistant superintendent from January to June 2014 and interim principal at Horizon for the 2014-15 school year before being named principal. Larson came to Moorhead after serving as secondary principal and athletic director for grades 7-12 for the Griggs County Central School District in Cooperstown, N.D., from 2006–2010.

Larson is responsible for overseeing all general operations of Horizon East, including creation of the master schedule.

This fall, Larson is joined at Horizon East by new assistant principal Jason Buckley.

“After​ ​spending​ ​the​ ​past​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​months​ ​working​ ​alongside​ ​the​ ​district​ ​leadership​ ​team,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​enthusiastic​ ​about​ ​the​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​the​ ​district ​and​ ​the​ ​direction​ ​Moorhead​ ​Area Public Schools​ ​is​ ​headed,” Buckley said. ​“It​ ​is​ ​energizing​ ​to​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​team​ ​that​ ​is​ ​proactive​ ​in​ ​its​ ​actions, ​and strives​ ​for​ ​all​ ​students​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​individual​ ​success​ ​in​ ​their​ ​education.”

Buckley worked in Laramie​ ​County​ ​School​ ​District​ ​in ​Cheyenne,​ ​Wyo., ​first as​ ​a​ ​transition coach​ ​for​ ​secondary​ ​special​ ​education​ ​students and then as a behavior specialist at a K-6 elementary school. He brings experience in building​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​students,​ ​coaching​ ​teachers​ ​on​ ​meeting​ ​individual​ ​needs​ ​of all​ ​students,​ ​and​ ​building​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​culture​ ​in​ ​the​ ​school​ ​through​ ​the​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​multi-tiered​ ​system​ ​of​ ​supports​ ​and​ ​PBIS ​(Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports).​ He has ​previously​ ​coached​ ​high​ ​school​ ​football​ ​and​ ​middle school​ ​basketball.

Buckley is excited to work with all staff in his new position.

“The​ ​opportunities​ ​I​ ​have​ ​as​ assistant ​ principal​ ​for​ ​Horizon​ ​East​ ​include​ ​building relationships​ ​with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​stakeholders​ ​of​ ​Horizon​ ​East,​ ​​advancing​ ​the​ ​PBIS program, and ​overseeing​​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​new​ ​Check​ ​& Connect​ ​system​ ​for​ ​engaging​ ​students,” Buckley said. ​

In​ ​addition, ​Buckley​ ​will​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​the​ ​activities​ director and​ ​oversee​ ​the​ ​administering​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Minnesota​ ​Comprehensive​ ​Assessments.

“​I​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to sharing​ ​knowledge​ ​I​ ​have​ ​from​ ​previous​ ​experiences,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​learn from​ ​​the​ ​stakeholders​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​Horizon​ ​East,” he said.

Photo caption: Jason Buckley, assistant principal, discusses plans for Horizon Middle School East Campus, with Dr. Jeremy Larson, principal.

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