HSA Middle School Newsletter

Important Announcement Regarding Our Decision for Q2

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Preparing our students for tomorrow through real world experiences today

Friday October 23rd, 2020

Fall Bulletin Designs

Fall Bulletin Board Designs

We can't deny that we miss our students being in the building. With the current COVID-19 trends and recommendations by the Columbus Department of Health, it is now clear that we will have to wait a little longer than we had hoped to meet our students face to face. One thing that has lifted our spirits is this month's bulletin design challenge. All staff members had an opportunity to decorate their bulletin board and they all look amazing. We will post more designs in the coming weeks as well as the top three entries. We hope you enjoy!
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Important Announcement

Dear Parents

We had hoped to continue the year offering a hybrid option starting Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, but recent recommendations from the Columbus Department of Health (CDH) including trends in COVID-19 cases have prompted the decision to continue classes 100% online for the 2nd quarter. Franklin County is currently listed as Level 3 on the Public Health Advisory System due to its very high incident rate. The CDH has indicated a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the 0-19 years age group in recent weeks. Currently, over 10% of all cases are from this age group. The CDH has recommended no in-person classes until our community sees 4 consecutive weeks of a decline in new cases.

With this new information we feel the responsible decision is to continue the 2020-2021 school year fully online for at least the second quarter, which is through December 18th, 2020. The situation and data will be reviewed in order to determine whether the school will remain 100% online or move to a hybrid or in-person model after that time.

It is important to understand that online learning expectations are still in place, and even we will improve them based on the experience gained from the first quarter and communicate it with you all soon. Students are required to participate in two days of synchronous learning and complete the three-day asynchronous days’ work weekly to receive credit toward grades and school attendance reported to the State. This means students are required to participate in classes according to their schedule, which is consistent with the hybrid model we had hoped to implement and will increase direct contact with teachers during this time. You can get more info at ms.horizoncolumbus.org.

Attendance, Student participation during synchronous days and Completion of asynchronous days’ work are the most important topics we realized from the first quarter. We observed a decline in the students' grades due to poor attendance, synchronous day participation (live sessions), and asynchronous day work completion. Students must improve all these three topics in order to improve their grades.

Important Events

October 23rd

End of Quarter 1

October 24th

National Prescription Takeback Day

October 26th

Start of Quarter 2

October 27th

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

October 28th

Math Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

October 29th

ELA Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

October 30th

Science Tutoring 2:50 to 3:40 pm

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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.