News From Horizon

Three HSA Students Place at Spanish Spelling Bee Finals
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

MathCON is an online mathematics competition open to all charter schools in Illinois and Ohio.The top three scoring students from the contest that was held March 18, 2013 and March 22, 2013 from each grade level have been invited to the upcoming finals next weekend in Chicago.

Cincy Wolves Advance to FTC World Championship

Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati's robotic team, the Cincy Wolves, won first place in the First Tech Challenge robotic competition in February, advancing to the FTC World Championship. In its first year in the competition, the team placed first out of 28 teams competing for the Kentucky State Championship. "We are the only team from an urban charter school in the competition," says team's coach Zack Mirzoev. "This is a great testament to what our students are capable of when given opportunities, resources, and motivation." 

The FTC World Championship Tournament will be held April 24th through 27th in St. Louis, Missouri at the Edward Jones Dome.

HSA Cleveland Robotics Featured on Fox News 

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.

Seniors Earn $11.8M in Scholarships
Great news from the Concept Schools seniors. Concept manages seven high schools with a total of 383 seniors.As a product of the college-prep curriculum, high student achievement, dedicated staff and devoted college counselors, Concept Schools' seniors have received $11,800,000 in academic scholarships as of February 15th. 

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.

ABC News Highlights HSA Springfield 

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.

Fun Literacy Program at HSA Toledo

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.  

This program joins the F.R.O.G. (Focused Reading Opportunity for Growth) program and will provide students with another reminder that "reading is PAWsome."  As students read books, they will record each book on a paw print and these paws will line the school hallways. 

 The ultimate goal is to fill the entire school with paws by the end of the school year.  Students will receive incentives for reaching this goal.  In addition, any student who participates will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle. 

Unique Way HSA Denison Students Prepare for OAA

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

Concept Schools' Alumni Meet and Greet Dinner was held on January 11th, 2013 in Cleveland.  This dinner presented alumni with the chance to network with their peers, accomplished staff, community members, and sponsors. 

A few of Horizon's alumni- D'Anthony Ward, John Paul Robinson, Akilah Saeed and Gregory Mayo- were honored for their continued support and successes. 

We were privileged to be in the presence of various other distinguished alumni, many of whom are highly successful in their academic and professional careers. We wish them all the best of luck in their futures!

HSA Springfield Prepares for Spelling Bee Finals

Preparations for the Annual Concept Schools Spelling  "To Bee or Not To Bee," to be held in Chicago March 22, 2013, are well under way in our schools.  At HSA Springfield, in-class bees were held in November culminating with a school-wide bee on November 29. While we are not having official Regional Bees this year, Coach Erin Schreiner is coordinating efforts to hold a "second round" practice bee in Toledo, complete with fun t-shirts for participants, to help  students prepare for the Chicago finals. 

HSA Dayton Staff Member Wins Grant

The McDonald's Corporation annually provides funding up to $500 each to deserving teachers for stimulating, educational projects. The grant is issued to teachers as McDonald's way of commending teachers' creativity and commitment to excellence. This year, HSA Dayton Elementary's Public Relations Associate, Dorinda Nusum, is among the winners. Ms. Nusum received $432.90 for her project, which focuses on time preservation through the use of time capsules. 

Cleveland Chess Champions!
The HSA Cleveland High School chess team excelled at the National K-12 Championship in Orlando, FL.  They tied for second place but were awarded third place after the tie-breaks were administered.  Many students boasted individual placements in their division, while the Horizon team placed fifth in the blitz tournament. For the third consecutive time, David Allen and Calvin Marshall tied for first in the National Coach's tournament.

HSA Toledo Students Explore Higher Education

Like many other Concept-managed schools, HSA Toledo visited the University of Toledo on December 10, 2012. Students explored the opportunities they could have at the campus while two university students gave a tour of the facilities. After the tour, students got a taste of campus life at an amazing open buffet lunch in the cafeteria before an admission counselor discussed the history of the school, majors the university offers, the scholarship opportunities available for students as well as job opportunities after they graduated.

HSA Springfield Students Wow'd us with Science!

HSA Springfield students demonstrated various science experiments at the school's parent night event.  We got to witness first-hand the excellent science education their science club students are receiving through innovative, creative demonstrations!

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 Seniors Jonathan Clinton and Michael Starling are among 3,100 "Outstanding Participants" in the National Achievement Scholarship Program who are being referred to U.S. colleges and universities. Jonathan and Michael scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black American high school students who had requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Program when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

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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