Horizon High School News
Mrs. Kemp's Desk
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It’s hard to believe but our semester is more than ⅓ complete. We are off to a good start and are looking forward to sharing your student’s progress with you during our upcoming conferences. As noted below, Parent/Teacher conferences will be Thursday, September 19th and Monday, September 23rd from 4:00 to 8:00 each evening.
As part of our Horizon community, we ask your student to Be On PAR. PAR stands for Productive, Accountable and Respectful. Productivity includes participating in class and doing the work asked of them. Accountable means arriving to school and class on time as well as owning one’s behavior. And respectful is how we treat ourselves, one another and property. Thus far, your students have responded well.
I look forward to visiting with many of you during conferences. Please check our website frequently for upcoming events and announcements.
Attention all 2019-2020 graduates. Information about ordering a cap & gown is available in the library. All students planning on participating in the graduation ceremony for their home school in May need to order a cap and gown.
Need more graduation information?
Please contact your home school.
Over the next several weeks school counselors and staff will work on educating and keeping an open communication concerning suicide awareness and prevention with our students. Together we can work to prevent suicide. Experts tell us that students who think about suicide give warning signs of their distress. Our community of parents, school staff,
and public agencies must come together to identify students who are at risk in order to get them the help they need. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), highlights the following as some of the warning signs of suicide:
- Suicidal threats in the forms of direct and indirect statements
- Suicide notes and plans
- Prior suicidal behavior
- Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions.)
- Preoccupation with death
- Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings
If you observe these signs in your child, please call the hotline number (1-800-SUICIDE) or seek assistance from your school’s counselor, social worker or psychologist.
If you prefer your child not receive this information please contact your school counselor by phone or e-mail by September 6, 2019.
Abby Bjornsen (School Social Worker) firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Parker (School Counselor) email@example.com
Whatever It Takes (WIT)—News
We have an altered schedule every Wednesday which we call "Whatever It Takes" (WIT). Students that are passing all classes are eligible to participate in our weekly activity. You will receive a school messenger email stating if your son/daughter is eligible and what the activity will be for the week. We have various planned activities that incorporate college and career experiences for our students. The activities are chaperoned by our teachers and we will transport students on a school bus. If you prefer to not have your son/daughter participate, please call our office at 402-715-8468. We are excited for these opportunities for our students and our hope is to engage them in their classes!