HSA Middle School Newsletter

CAAT Details and ODE Parent Input Request

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Preparing our students for tomorrow through real world experiences today

Friday October 16th, 2020

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Cultural Awareness Action Team

The Cultural Awareness Action Team, CAAT, would like to stretch out a helping hand to any students seeking support, guidance, or dialogue on the topic of race or ethnicity. We realize that the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have reminded our students of the racial inequality and discrimination that has plagued the African-American community. We have a diverse staff team, some are members of these groups who have been particularly impacted, and who are able to relate and identify with students' feelings on this topic. We have many staff who understand that white privilege is real and are willing to listen to students' feelings on this topic.

Schedule a time to talk

Mrs. Jama

Mrs. Turner

Mr. O'Rear

Ms. Saeed

Mrs. Sparks

Mr. Spottswood

Schedule a time to talk

We would also encourage students to reach out to our school counselor as another option.


The Cultural Awareness Action Team

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ODE Request for Parent Input (Link Below)

Achieving a proficient level on a state test has significant impact for students and families. As part of the review process, the Ohio Department of Education is seeking input from parents around the meaning of performance standards for their children as they progress in school and as they prepare for life beyond high school.

We are looking for parents to participate in six virtual discussion committees. Participants should have online access for viewing the meeting information virtually, but video capability is not required. There will be six separate interactive discussions with parent committees, and they will take place on the following dates and times.

  • Elementary School (grades 3-5) ELA will be on Tuesday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8) ELA will be on Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • High School ELA will be on Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Elementary School (grades 3-5) Mathematics will be on Tuesday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8) Mathematics will be on Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • High School Mathematics will be on Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in participating on one of these parent discussion committees, please complete the online application.

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Prevent Teen Prescription Abuse

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic school was cancelled for more than 30 million children. Although some schools have slowly transitioned to hybrid models, many students still remain in virtual school likely with limited supervision or other undesirable factors. With many kids experiencing an unprecedented change in their routine it is not surprising that we have seen an increase in drug and alcohol abuse among minors. In this article by Know! they discuss how to properly store and dispose of prescription drugs in your home and have a meaningful conversation with your child. To read the full article click on this link.

Know! an online resource for parents, "gives parents and caregivers of middle and high school- age kids the education, tools, strategies, and empowerment they need to raise children who are alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free." We will be sharing some of their content in hopes that it can help our parents start up important conversations with their child.

Important Events

October 16th

Staff PD (No School)

October 19th

S.S Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

October 20th

Math Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

October 21st

ELA Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

October 22nd

Science Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

October 23rd

End of Quarter 1

October 24th

National Prescription Takeback Day

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Concept SIS:Student & Parent Portal!!

Concept Schools has launched a new app on IOS and Android. The app gives parents easy access to their student grades as well as important school news. If you have not downloaded the app you can download it at any time by searching "Conceptsis" in the appropriate app.

About Us

Since 2007, Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle has been the premier college-preparatory, STEM school in Columbus, Ohio. Our award winning curriculum is available, tuition-free, to students in grades 6th through 8th grade. HSACM offers specialized STEM courses such as engineering (PLTW), technology, and robotics. Through this rigorous STEM focused curriculum, HSACM is preparing the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.