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.