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May 25, 2018

Horizon Honors National Geographic Bee

The winners of the 2018 Horizon Honors National Geographic Bee are:
Team: "The League of Extraordinary Guessers"
Jake Paniagua - Grade 8, Ahwatukee
Pradyoth Velagapudi  - Grade 8, Ahwatukee
Ian Day  - Grade 8, Ahwatukee
Isabel Duncan - Grade 7, Tempe
Evelyn Strait  - Grade 7, Ahwatukee

About the Bee:
Horizon Honors Schools in Ahwatukee will hold a National Geographic Bee this Friday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Horizon Honors Gym. Students in Grades 5-8 will compete in small groups and compete for this year's title (and bragging rights!) Over 800 students and staff members (as well as parents) will pack our gym in this fast-paced contest. 

The National Geographic Bee is used to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. 

Battle of Books Winners



May 22, 2018

Class of 2018 Commencement

Horizon Honors High School Class of 2018
- 88 students
- $3.5 million in scholarships
- 97% college bound, 1% military, 2% workforce
- Seth Freymuth, Class of 2018 Salutatorian 
- Nikhil Dave, Class of 2018 Valedictorian 
- 17 of these students have been at Horizon Honors since Kindergarten

Ceremony:
Tuesday, May 29
6 p.m.
Mountain Park Church
16461 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85048
TICKETS REQUIRED


May 17, 2018

Ahwatukee Teens Present College-Level Scientific Research at Capstone Symposium

Four Horizon Honors High School Seniors will present college-level research at the inaugural Horizon Honors Capstone Honors Symposium on Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in the Horizon Honors Multi-Purpose Room. 

These college-level, interactive presentations represent an entire school year's worth of independent study and research, under the guide of a content advisor. 

2018 Capstone Honors Symposium Presentations:
Nikhil Dave: “Elucidating the Involvement of Rbbp7 in Alzeimer’s Disease” at 6:05 p.m.
Roshi Patel: “Cardiac Stem Cell Repair” at 6:40 p.m.
Lauren Ospina: “Enhancing Amputee Athletic Performance in Long Distance Runners” at 7:30 p.m.
Arianna Drapkin: “Maximizing Gymnastics Performance Through Target Strength Training” at 8:05 p.m.

Horizon Honors High School is part of Horizon Honors Secondary School, a grades 7-12 charter school located in Ahwatukee. 

Capstone Symposium Student Presenters

April 19, 2018

Horizon Honors student named one of Junior Achievement's "18 Under 18"

Horizon Honors High School Senior Nikhil Dave has been named one of Junior Achievement's "18 under 18." Winners are described as "young people who represent the future leaders, change makers, and innovators in our communities."

Website details: https://pages.azcdigital.com/18under18_juniorachievement/

From his biography on the Junior Achievement website:
A senior at Horizon Honors High School and a Flinn Scholar, Nikhil has already established himself among the Alzheimer’s disease research community in Arizona. He currently works with ASU’s Biodesign Institute and has presented papers at scholarly conferences. It’s something he’s been pursuing seriously since the seventh grade.

“I’ve always been interested in the brain, I’ve had this fascination for neuroscience,” he said. “I’ve wanted to understand how this cluster of cells can control a complex organism relatively perfectly.”

After volunteering at a senior living facility, and meeting a patient who had Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Nikhil found his passion. Soon, he found a mentor in Dr. Eric Reiman at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.Soon after their meeting, Reiman invited Nikhil to present his freshman year science fair research proposal at an Alzheimer’s conference. The rest is history. “I’ve been lucky to be blessed to be in a collaborative research committee,” he said. “What I’ve also learned is that there are issues that plague the advancement of science in general. It’s a global issue. There are issues that plague our ability to push science forward.”
Nik Dave

February 23, 2018

Google to Visit Ahwatukee Charter School with Expeditions Program

Horizon Honors Elementary School, a grades K-6 charter school in Ahwatukee, has been chosen to host the Google Expeditions team on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28.  Expeditions will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Google Expeditions is a product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a museum, and more without leaving the classroom. There are close to 500 expeditions available and more in development. The program uses Google's augmented reality technology to map the physical classroom and placed 3D objects. Students can walk all around the objects, get in close to spot details, and step back to see the full picture.

NOTE: Media are welcome and encouraged to attend. However, Google reps on site are not authorized to speak to media. Horizon Honors will provide Google media contacts if needed.

SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, February 27
8-8:30 a.m. - Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
8:30 - 9 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
9-9:30 a.m. - Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
9:45-10:15 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
10:15-10:45 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
10:15-10:45 a.m. - Kindergarten experience "Animal Camouflage" and "Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
10:45-11:15 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "World of Ancient Rome" and "Roman Life"
12:45-1:15 p.m. -  Kindergarten experience "Animal Camouflage" and "Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
1:30-2 p.m. - Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
2-2:30 p.m. - Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"
2:30-3 p.m. -  Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"

Wednesday, February 28
8:15-8:45 a.m. - Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
8:45-9:15 a.m. -  Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
9:15-9:45 a.m. -  Grades 1-2 experience "Ecosystem of the Coral Reef" and "Fish"
10-10:30 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
10:45-11:15 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
11:15-11:45 a.m. -  Grades 5-6 experience "Organic Chemistry" and "DNA & RNA"
12:45-1:15 p.m. -  Kindergarten experience "Animal Camouflage" and "Vertebrates and Invertebrates"
2-2:30 p.m. -  Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"
2:30-3 p.m. -  Grades 3-4 experience "Forces of Nature" and "Earthquakes"

For more information, visit https://edu.google.com/expeditions/ar/#about


October 6, 2017

Horizon Honors Schools Labeled "A" by ADE

The Arizona Department of Education released preliminary letter grades for all public schools today.

We are proud to share that Horizon Honors Elementary School, Horizon Honors Middle School, and Horizon Honors High School have received grades of “A!”

Less than 300 of Arizona schools received the highest grade as part of the state’s revised accountability system. Horizon Honors students continue to shine due to their dedication to academic excellence combined with the support of their teachers and parents.

The preliminary letter grades are based on initial calculations using the Arizona Department of Education’s currently adopted methodologies. For more information on the Education A-F Accountability System, click here. - https://azsbe.az.gov/sites/default/files/media/FAQs.pdf.




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