The competition was fierce at the Concept Schools Spanish Spelling Bee at Indiana University Kokomo on April 13, 2013. The competitors previously won competitions at their schools and included eight elementary school students, 18 middle schoolers and nine high school students. Competitors met many new friends from different cities and states and enjoyed the exciting, cultural experience.
Exclusive Engineering Apprensticeship
Gabrielle Blackshire of HSA Cleveland High School was selected into the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) to do real, hands-on science and engineering research in university research labs during this summer. Nationwide, only about 120 students are selected into this program.
The REAP apprentice is matched with a mentor who operates a laboratory within the area. The apprentice works under the guidance of their mentor on a research project for the 5-8 week duration of the program and receives a stipend of $1,300 for participation.
MathCON: Math Olympics State Finals April 20, 2013
Cincy Wolves Advance to FTC World Championship
The FTC World Championship Tournament will be held April 24th through 27th in St. Louis, Missouri at the Edward Jones Dome.
HSA Cleveland High School's Robotics Team, the Metallic Controllers, were featured on Fox 8 News in the month of February. Students eloquently described the mechanics of their robot, Elijah, the history behind the name, and its connection to Black History Month. Watch the news clip to witness their amazing work and impressive knowledge of robotics and engineering.
This means the average amount of scholarship per student is $30,000 for four years. These amounts will increase by the end of the year. These are the top three schools; Chicago Math and Science Academy seniors received $4.474,000, HSA Cleveland seniors received $2.926,000 and HSA Columbus seniors received $2,513,000. Congratulations to everyone who is a part of this huge success.
On February 1st, Channel 13 Action News' Kristian Brown visited HSA Springfield to highlight the school during National School of Choice week. Student ambassadors led the news anchor on a tour of the building, shared their experiences and explained why they feel Horizon is like home. Please click HERE to watch the video.
Horizon Science Academy Toledo has taken another step towards creating a reading culture within their school. This month marks the start of their "Paws for Reading" program.
Students at HSA Denison Elementary participated in a winter workshop that focused on test taking strategies for the OAA. 22 students were a part of the four hour workshop which included two full hours of math instruction and two hours of reading instruction for three days over winter break.
The students and families found the workshop to be beneficial in preparing the students for the state- mandated test in May.
First Successful Alumni Dinner by Concept
HSA Toledo Students Explore Higher Education
HSA Springfield Students Wow'd us with Science!
Math Olympics Team Soars to New Heights
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary Math Olympics team members soared to new heights as they boarded a Cessna 172 and were lifted into the air. Mr. Tad Frei, a Cessna aviator and HSADE teacher Mr. Oz rewarded the Math Olympics team for their hard work throughout the year by allowing them to experience flight. The students were briefed on Dayton's aviation history prior to taking flight, which allowed them to make summations and parallels based upon their personal experiences. Several of the students had never boarded a plane, so the adventure was exhilarating.
Two Horizon Students Are "Outstanding Participants"
HSA Denison Receives Grant 2 Years in a Row
For the second year in a row, HSA Denison Middle School received a grant from The Gelfand Foundation, which gives grant money to urban schools in order to increase student participation in and raise the quality of science fairs. The school was awarded $1000 due to the amount of growth in student participation. This growth could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the science teachers as well as the generosity of the Gelfand Family Foundation and Case Western Reserve University
Another Big Success: HSA Columbus High Receives 2012 Blue Ribbon Award
Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School is one of only 269 schools nationwide designated as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The award-winning school joins HSA Cleveland High School who was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2009. HSA Columbus is the only charter school in Ohio to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon School award and the only public or charter school from the Greater Columbus area to receive the award.
HSA's director, Mr. Sechen, commented on this great honor: "This reward affirms the great work done by our dedicated staff, hardworking students, supportive families and commitment of our management company, Concept Schools." The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony on November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Horizon Seniors Get Motivated at College Fair
On September 30, 2012, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland seniors and some IMP juniors attended a college fair held at Lakeland Community College. Jasmine H. from the HSA class of 2013 describes the event: "LCC had invited more than 105 colleges to come out and represent their schools and to give us young ones a heads up on the great big college life." We look forward to learning the decisions of all senior students as they learn more about their higher education choices through college guidance counselors and fairs.
HSA Cleveland High School Senior Leads the Way to College Success
We are very happy to see the first college acceptance and scholarship from Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School's class of 2013. This student has been accepted to Tiffin University with a $36,000 scholarship. We look forward to learning the successes of all of our seniors and their college acceptances.
HSA Cleveland High Takes on Army Challenge
HSA Cleveland High School will participate in the Army School Challenge program sponsored by the U.S. Army. Designed to meet the Department of Education's goals for encouraging strong character, the program promotes teamwork and leadership through a series of mental and physical challenges. The School Challenge program provides both academic and physical activities to engage students while reinforcing the leadership training and character education that helps prepare young men and women to make their mark in life.
Math Students Enjoy Outdoor Retreat
HSA Dayton Elementary's Math Olympics team was treated to a weekend retreat at the YMCA's Camp Wilson. The students stayed overnight in cabins and took part in several outdoor activities, included rock climbing, kayaking, and roasting hot dogs and s'mores.
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