Horizon Middle School offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes the core subjects, art, music, physical education and health, STEM and world languages. Besides the academic curriculum, Horizon offers additional programs and services to ensure our middle school students are able to develop their maximum potential.
Dean of Students and Counseling Services
The Horizon Middle School student dean/counseling program is designed to help young people with their social, emotional, mental, and academic concerns. A dean/counselor is assigned to each grade level. They are responsible for student mediation, problem solving and minor discipline issues; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supportss (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. Lunch costs $2.15 and includes milk. In addition, milk is sold for $.40 and the Ala Carte line has items ranging from $.25 to $1.50. The Ala Carte line provides supplemental offerings ranging from fruit cups to corn dogs. This line is not intended to be a replacement for a lunch line, simply an addition. 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 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, accelerated education (STEP), 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.
Supplemental Teaching and Enrichment Program (STEP)
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 accelerated classes.
STEP refers to an array of programs and activities for students needing enrichment outside of that provided in the 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 Knowledge Bowl and Destination Imagination can provide challenges for students outside of the school curriculum.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID is a college readiness system that prepares students who are in the academic middle and are usually underserved for college eligibility and success. AVID is offered as an elective course to eligible students in grades 7 and 8. Students and their parents must agree to their participation in AVID, which emphasizes organization, writing, study skills, higher-level thinking skills, and college and career readiness. In grade 6, a nine-week course called AVID Prep, focusing on study skills, is offered.
After-School Academic Support Opportunities
Horizon Middle School uses after-school and summer programs to give students extra help in reading, writing and mathematics.
After-school homework completion time is available twice a week in the media center. A teacher assists students who need time and help in completing homework assignments.
ZAP (Zeros on assignments are not permitted) is offered after school twice a week to provide academic support for students who have zeros on current assignments. A teacher assists students who have zeros on work due incompletion to prevent the zeros from turning into failing grades.
Math and Reading Lab (previously called Excel) is offered twice a week by grade level (either before or after school) to give students mathematics and reading support. Re-teaching a lesson or concept supports students who need more time to practice. Reading and math teachers who may be the students' regular math or reading teacher teach these classes.
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 fee-based before- and after-school programming during the school year for middle school students at Horizon Middle School. Youth in the program receive homework assistance, take part in service projects and learn independent living skills. Parents may learn more by contacting Brendon Smith, YMCA middle school learning centers director, at 218-512-2030 Ext. 3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.