Horizon Science Academy High School

Newsletter- April 2019

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From the Administration

Principal Ugur Zengince

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

The month of April was full of fun, success, and excitement. I would like to take the time to thank all of our staff members for their hard work, passion, and dedication to the education of our students. I would also like to thank all students for their hard work and all parents for their continuous support.

Here are some highlights:

  1. Our students continue to make history at the Concept Science and Education Fair (CONSEF): they took the second place among all the high schools that competed. Congratulations to our Science Department and their STEM coordinator, Mr. Pandey.
  2. International Day was a great success. Students had a chance to represent their cultures through cultural dances, food, and clothing. Over 25 different countries were represented in the celebrations. We are proud that our students from all these diverse backgrounds live in harmony and share the excellent values of our community. Thanks to Ms. Leyla and all of the students who volunteered to make this event happen.
  3. Over 315 students had a field trip to COSI after the president of the institution invited all of our students to a day trip when he had a presentation at our school. COSI provided our students and staff with free entry for a day. After the event it was great to hear that our students impressed the COSI staff with their manners and exemplary behavior.
  4. Since last month, our students have been taking State AIR tests. I would like to thank Mrs. Herman for her coordination of the testing and the students for their hard work on the tests.
  5. CYSP Spring Camp was a huge success. Our students had great time enjoying the team-building activities and had a chance to complete their CYSP requirements to earn medals. I would like to thank all CYSP mentors and our coordinator, Mr. Celal, for a successful year.
  6. We can't wait to see our Seniors walking on the stage and transitioning to higher education on May 25th.

In this issue, you will find more information and photos from the activities mentioned above. This year was a great year full of accomplishments and fun for students.

Thank you again for your support and for allowing us to serve our students with high quality STEM-focused education which will help our students thrive after graduation.


Ugur Zengince, M.Ed

Assistant Principal of Academics Colin Poulson

Greetings Horizon Family:

There is one month of classes remaining this school year, so it is time for the final push for students to finish strong. Just a reminder that Progress Reports are a reflection of the student’s current standing in their courses, and are subject to change until final Report Cards go out in June. Students need to earn a 60% (D-) average across both semesters in order to earn credit for a course.

If your student is in danger of not passing their courses, please encourage them to attend tutoring in the coming weeks, and/or make preparations for credit recovery options (which will be shared soon). It is your student’s responsibility to earn all of the credits required by the state of Ohio in order to be eligible for a diploma.

Speaking of graduation requirements, this is a reminder that all students in the state of Ohio are required to provide proof of performing a minimum of 40 community service hours during their high school career. Students are not limited to completing them during their final year, so summer is a perfect opportunity for your student to get their hours done, and take one more step to earning a high school diploma.

Finally, Commencement ceremonies for the Horizon Science Academy class of 2019 will be held Saturday, May 25th at Upper Arlington High School auditorium. Seniors, you still have a few weeks to meet your graduation requirements in order to be eligible to participate in the ceremony, so don’t give up!

Thank you all for choosing Horizon,

Colin Poulson, M.Ed

Assistant Principal of School Culture Scott Hawley


It is my sincere hope that all of you are enjoying success in the final nine weeks of the school year. As we gear up for the end of the school year, I want to encourage parents, students, and teachers to all work together to ensure that students are giving their best effort in the time we have remaining. It is also important to keep student attendance in the forefront of our thoughts as state testing, final exams, and certification tests will occur in the last weeks of school. It should come as no surprise that student attendance has a strong correlation to academic success.

Wishing everyone much success,

Scott Hawley, M. Ed

Assistant Principal of School Culture

Assistant Principal of Operations Celal Sarikamis

Dear Horizon family,

The month of April was with full of activities, but I would like to talk about CYSP spring camp. 49 students and 7 mentors went to YMCA Wilson Camp to fulfill the medal requirements such as out of town trip, overnight activity, weekend school, and so on and so forth. During the camp students performed different team building activities in addition to obstacle courses and climbing, horse riding, and zip-lining. I would like to thank all mentors for their extraordinary efforts and care.

Painting work in the gym took place during April. It was funded by Mr.Good in memory of his son who passed away last year. We would like to thank him for his generous support of the school.

We are almost at the end of the school year, so I hope you achieve all of your goals before the summer break.

Thank you Hawks,

Celal Sarikamis, M. Ed

Discipline Coordinator Robert Tate

Hello Students,

We are getting down to the end of the school year. My first year has been fantastic. I love my position and I hope that everyone is enjoying their time here at Horizon.

Just a few reminders for the end of the school year that I have noticed that might become an issue:

- Shirts still need to be tucked in.

- Make sure your locker is kept locked when not in use. Do not share your locker with anyone.

- Get to class on time.

- Do not skip detentions or Tuesday schools.

The last Saturday school for the year will be on 5/3/19. Saturday school is held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in room 118. Students must be in school uniform.

The boys basketball team will be busy this summer. We will be playing at Ohio Dominican, Findlay and Cleveland State. Make sure that if you are interested in playing next season to start coming to open gyms. You must also have a 2.0 GPA to participate in sports at Horizon.

Hang in there students, we are at the home stretch to summer vacation!

Mr. Robert Tate

From the Guidance Office

College Counseling Department

Mrs. Aykan, Department Head of College Counseling: 9th-11th Graders M-Z

Mr. Kaklik, College Counselor: 9th-11th Graders D-L; Seniors J-Z

Mrs. Almaguer, School Counselor: 9th-11th Graders A-C; Seniors A-H

College Credit Plus Information

  • Students who have applied for the College Credit Plus program and turned in all forms will take the Accuplacer placement test after school on March 15th.

  • Students who cannot attend this test session can also take the test at Columbus State Community College.

  • Practice tests are available at https://www.cscc.edu/admissions/placement-testing/

  • Students who prepare before the test are more likely to pass

Senior College Planning

This month you should be:

  • Making sure we have your community service on file

  • Applying for scholarships (5 Scholarship Applications Required)

  • Letting your counselor know when you are accepted to college

  • Making your college choice, accepting your financial aid reward, making your deposit and applying for housing / meal plans

  • Attending college new student events and orientation

Important dates:

4/30 - Junior Tea Party with the Counselors

5/1 - College Decision Day for Seniors

5/15 - CCP Placement Testing after school (Current CCP applicants only)

Sign up for Reminders from the Counselors

Text @jalmague to 81010 or go to https://www.remind.com/join/jalmague

What's Going On At HSA

Students of the Month

Every month, HSA teachers select four students to be the Students of the Month. These young adults are students who are excelling academically, being excellent student leaders for their peers, or have made great strides in improving their grades or behavior. Here are April's selections:

Freshman: Eunice G. and Essence S. (we had a tie!)

Sophomore: Prince A.

Junior: M'Kya C.

Senior: Alan S.

Way to go Hawks!

CONSEF Competition

Over Spring Break, eighteen students showcased their STEM knowledge at the annual CONSEF competition in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to STEM demonstrations, some students also participated in the Math Olympics. HSA Columbus placed second overall in the Senior Division, with seven students receiving gold medals, four earned silver medals, three received bronze, and one got an Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all the staff that helped students and the deserving students themselves!

Art and Language Festival

On Saturday, 4/27/19, Mr. Ismail took HSA students to the IFLC Language Competition sponsored by Concept in Chicago. The competition is based on all the languages that are taught in Concept Schools and students can participate in dance (any folk dance that represents culture), song (in English, Spanish, French, and Turkish), and poetry (in English, Spanish, French, and Turkish). Our students, Jarboe K. and Mahmutalp C., both performed songs and earned recognition for their performances. Each were awarded with $100 gift cards for their achievements. Congratulations, gentlemen!

CYSP Spring Camp

This year YMCA Camp Wilson welcomed another CYSP (Concept Young Scholars Program) mentor-ship group from 4/12 to 4/14/19. Horizon Schools from Columbus and Dayton organized a joint event at the camp. Horizon High School had forty-five students and seven mentors attend the event. During the camp our students participated in the following activities: campfires, horseback riding, giant swing, archery, wall climbing, and zip-lining. They really enjoyed the activities, especially the zip-lining! It was a great event that had wonderful weather and lots of fun and learning!

International Day

On Thursday, 4/18/19, Horizon Science Academy hosted its annual International Day celebration. This year's festivities included the traditional cultural dances, fashion show, and singing, in addition to a new food competition and evening performance for students' families. It was a fantastic event that Ms. Leyla and all her students participants and organizers pulled off! This is one of Horizon's most beloved traditions and this year's event was a huge success!

Juniors Visit OU

Twenty-four members of the HSA Junior class took a trip to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on Tuesday, 4/23/19. It was a beautiful day and Juniors were able to take in all the sights around campus, as well as learning about all that OU has to offer.

COSI Field Trip

Students of Horizon Science Academy High School were lucky enough to take a whole-school field trip to COSI on Friday, 4/26/19. Thanks to the generosity of the COSI President Frederic Bertley, who came to speak to our students back in February, all HSA students were invited to spend a day at COSI for free.

Students were able to check out all of COSI's awesome exhibits including "Progress", which showed the development of American culture throughout the last 100 years, the "Dinosaur Gallery", "Crocs" and some classic exhibits, such as "Ocean" and "Life," which had interactive stations about the human body.

This was an excellent opportunity for our students to check out a local attraction that we are so lucky to have here in Central Ohio. HSA would like to thank the COSI staff for their hospitality and a great day of fun and learning!

HSA Columbus Ranks 4th in Ohio Among Charter High Schools

U.S. News and World Report has recently ranked Horizon Science Academy High School Columbus as the fourth highest charter high school in Ohio. The U.S. News and World Report ranking include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. A specific breakdown of the six indicators that are evaluated is as follows: College Readiness (30%), College Curriculum Breadth (10%), Math and Reading Proficiency (20%), Math and Reading Performance (20%), Underserved Student Performance (10%), and Graduation Rate (10%).

This amazing accomplishment is a testament to the hard work that our staff, students, and administration put forth each and every day. We are proud of this accomplishment and hope to continue improving in the years to come.

Track Team Runs (and Jumps) Over Competition

The track team has had a very successful season so far. Junior Grace N. set a school record for long jump by jumping a length of 15'5. Sophomore Kelvin B. has been placing in (and winning!) almost every meet with fast times in the 100 meter dash.

Upcoming Events

Friday, 5/17/19: Spring Festival

Friday, 5/24/19: Early Release 1:00 pm

Saturday, 5/25/19: HSA Graduation

Monday, 5/27/19: Memorial Day, No School

Tuesday-Friday, 5/28 to 5/31/19: Final Exams, Early Release 1:00 pm

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