HORIZON SCHOOLS HOST STATEHOUSE STEM FAIR

Students from across Ohio gather to show projects, meet with legislators

COLUMBUS, OH 5/19/15– Horizon Schools hosted students from 14 schools at the Statehouse yesterday for STEM project day.

Students showed science projects ranging from a machine that created a tornado from dry ice to a 3-D printing demonstration to a life size hover craft powered by leaf blowers.  Elementary, middle and high school students from Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland and Youngstown participated.

Legislators, legislative staff, parents, teachers and State Auditor David Yost took in the presentations and discussed projects with the students.

Columbus area communications manager Kristin Sony helped organize the event.

“This is our second year at the statehouse and we’ve found that the legislators really enjoy getting to know the kids and see their work,” Sony said. “The hovercraft is always popular and this year Auditor Yost seemed to truly enjoy a demonstration about magnetic acceleration.”

Regional Superintendent for Columbus Horizon Schools David Disli says that the event took on a different air this year after months of complaints from anti-charter school forces and being cleared by the Department of Education.

“We did this event last year before the complaints started and we wanted to keep it going for the sake of the students who work hard on their projects,” Sony said. “And it was important for legislators to meet and talk with Horizon students instead of only hearing from and taking the word of people with a political ax to grind.”

Horizon schools have long taken a lead in STEM education in Ohio.  In April, they hosted their 12th annual CONSEF science and engineering fair in Cleveland featuring over 800 attendees and 26 “best in class” award winners.

Several of those set up at the statehouse on Monday were CONSEF participants.

For more information about Horizon Schools, visit ConceptSchools.org. For information about CONSEF visit www.CONSEF.org

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HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY DAYTON ELEMENTARY KICKS OFF RIGHT TO READ MONTH

Dayton, OH   March 10, 2014 –  Throughout March,  students at Horizon Science Academy- Dayton Elementary will be enjoying special guest readers as part of a month-long reading extravaganza in honor of National Right to Read.

Guest readers planned included members of the Dayton Demonz Hockey team, Jim Bucher- TV Guy, Buckeyeman and Jim Tressel Look-alike, members of the Dayton Sharks Indoor Football team, and members of the Victoria Theater. The month-long event is designed to highlight the importance of teaching strong reading skills and the value of reading to children. Students will spend the month reading a variety of books that touch upon different aspects of their curriculum with a special focus on author studies.  The month will culminate in a special Dr. Seuss event to celebrate the birthday of one of the most loved authors of children’s books.

On Tuesday, March 10th several readers came from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  They read to several of the classrooms with the elementary school, grades kindergarten through fifth.  The students were so excited to see the soldiers from the Air Force come in uniform and read their favorite books!  The students got a chance to see that reading is important to so many people, but especially   soldiers.  This is a profession that many of HSA Dayton Elementary students say they want to you be when they grow up.

We are so grateful for the readers who came in today and those that are coming for the rest of the month!

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HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY DAYTON AND CINCINNATI REGION HOLD SPELLING BEE

Cincinnati, OH   February 4, 2015 –  On Tuesday, February 3rd, Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati hosted the Regional Spelling Bee.  Spellers in grades third – eighth came from all four schools in the region to compete.  All of the schools had already held a school spelling bee and sent those top spellers to the Regional Bee.  There was some really tough competition this year!

The Regional Spelling Bee was organized by the Spelling Bee Coordinator in Cincinnati, Ms. Heather Wiseman.  She created two groups, grades three through five competed first and then grades six through eight competed after lunch.  Once the first group had their numbers on and the rules of the Spelling Bee were explained, which were the same as the National Script Spelling Bee, the spelling bonanza was underway!

During the third through fifth grade bee, many students worked extremely hard to sound out their words and use their knowledge of spelling patterns!  The spellers went through sixteen rounds before there was a winner declared!  Each of the schools who competed had a student in the top three finalists.  Caleb Strayhorn, a fifth grader from Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati, received first place for his spelling of the word “electric”.  The second place medal went Ozzhan Makhmudov, a fifth grader from Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown.  Third placed was awarded to Chase Fisher, a fifth grader from Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary.

During the sixth through eighth grade bee, the competition got really intense!  It took almost thirty rounds to get a winner!  The top three spellers had to continue spelling for many rounds because that championship word was so elusive. Finally after all of the rounds, joys, and frustrations, Paradize Black spelled her championship word “grizzled” correctly!  Paradize is a seventh grader from Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati.  Second place went again to a student from Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown, a sixth grader, Khadiza Kuchiyev.  Third was awarded to MiAsia Booker, a seventh grader from Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati.

All of the spellers in the competition worked their very hardest to spell their words correctly and we applaud their efforts!  Congratulations to all of the spellers who were the best from their individual schools and got to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee!   Special congratulations go to our top three spellers in each of the groups!

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HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY – DAYTON ELEMENTARY HOSTS COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

 

Dayton, OH   January 27, 2015 – On Friday, January 23 Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary hosted a Community Breakfast entitled “A New Year, A New You.”  HSA – Dayton Elementary wanted to inspire its community members and parents to start their new year off in a positive way!

Many community members were invited with the focus being on those in the healthcare field and members of religious organizations.   Parents from all three Dayton schools – Dayton Elementary, Dayton High, and Dayton Downtown were also invited.   It is always very important to involve parents with community members!  We also had students attend the breakfast, which gives community members a chance to get to know our excellent students.  At least fifty people attended the Community Breakfast.

The event began with students from Ms. Amstutz’s third grade classroom who performed speeches regarding health facts about previous Presidents of the United States.  They even got to dress up!  Then the Robotics team of Dayton Elementary showed off their robot to the guests.  After guests had eaten, our guest speaker, Ms. Daria Dillard was invited to begin speaking. Ms. Stone is a Parent Advocate for Dayton Public Schools and she did an excellent job communicating the importance of community, parent, and student involvement in schools.  We were very happy to have had her come and speak at our Community Breakfast.  After a closing from the Superintendent of Dayton and Cincinnati region, Mr. Zengince, guests were invited to take a tour of Elementary School building given by the school’s Student Ambassadors.

The Horizon Science Academies in Dayton are focusing on building positive relationships with members of their Dayton community.  Holding events where community members are invited into the schools allows this relationship to be fostered.  The value is unmeasurable when community members, parents, school staff, and students work together to support schools.

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Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary Has Been Working Hard to Collect Donations

Dayton, OH December 18, 2014 – This year Horizon Science Academy – Dayton Elementary has been very fortunate to receive a large amount of donations for its families.   It is so amazing how many people are willing to give and help others during the holidays.  To ensure that all of our families were able to have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we asked Kroger’s to donate turkeys to our school.  Kroger’s very generously accepted our request for help and sent our school 25 turkeys.  These turkeys were spilt between the Elementary and the High School.  We were able to have the families come pick up the turkeys and roasting pans, too!  We are so incredibly grateful to Kroger’s for this awesome donation.

Also for Christmas, HSA wanted to make sure that all families were able to have a Merry Christmas as well.  The staff sponsored three families.   But because of the overwhelming generosity of the staff, we are able to give more than just those families holiday help!  Many families will benefit from the generosity of the staff and the selfless donations.  Horizon Science Academy – Dayton Elementary always works very hard to ensure that their families and community are provided with things that they need, as well as to help brighten the lives of the students that we spend so much time with throughout the school day and year.

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Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary Has Been Working Hard to Collect Donations 

Dayton, OH December 18, 2014 – This year Horizon Science Academy – Dayton Elementary has been very fortunate to receive a large amount of donations for its families.   It is so amazing how many people are willing to give and help others during the holidays.  To ensure that all of our families were able to have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we asked Kroger’s to donate turkeys to our school.  Kroger’s very generously accepted our request for help and sent our school 25 turkeys.  These turkeys were spilt between the Elementary and the High School.  We were able to have the families come pick up the turkeys and roasting pans, too!  We are so incredibly grateful to Kroger’s for this awesome donation.

Also for Christmas, HSA wanted to make sure that all families were able to have a Merry Christmas as well.  The staff sponsored three families.   But because of the overwhelming generosity of the staff, we are able to give more than just those families holiday help!  Many families will benefit from the generosity of the staff and the selfless donations.  Horizon Science Academy – Dayton Elementary always works very hard to ensure that their families and community are provided with things that they need, as well as to help brighten the lives of the students that we spend so much time with throughout the school day and year.

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Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary – St. Vincent’s Penny Drive and Special Thanks to Troops!
Dayton, OH (December 7, 2011)—Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary Students Gain by Giving!
During the month of November, students of Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary began collecting pennies for the less fortunate. The Penny Drive, an initiative proposed to the school by their third and fourth grade teacher Ms. Yalonda Foust, lasted two weeks. Students in each of the grades, K-6, showed their support for the venture by generously donating their pennies. At the end of the two-week drive, the funds collected totaled $256.28. Every penny of the funds was contributed to St. Vincent‟s De- Paul, located at 1133 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Suite 308, Day-ton, OH 45417. On November 28th, just days after Thanksgiving, Ms. Foust and 30 student rep-resentatives from the school travelled to the facility and hand delivered the funds. The students were graciously provided with a tour of the facility at that time. The students, as a result of giving, gained an added sense of appreciation through learning that St. Vincent DePaul serves to “provide aid to those on the brink of losing shelter, those who are currently homeless, and to those working to secure permanent housing.” (http://www.stvincentdayton.org). In addition to providing St. Vincent DePaul with funds, the children also donated food items and canned goods to the organization.
Students of Horizon Science Academy Elementary learned another valuable lesson in giving dur-ing November when they wrote letters to airmen currently serving in Kuwait. Special gifts and stu-dent-constructed crafts from the school were mailed to the troops with the letters. Retired ser-vicemen Robert Crittell and fellow veterans from the local Dayton area VFW , visited the school and spoke with students about their duties and experiences while serving in the military. Then, the men answered questions the students had about military service. The event and the letter writing activity, initiated and coordinated by Ms. Ariane Johnson, the school‟s Dean of Students, gave the children of HSA Elementary the opportunity to give face-to-face thanks to their commu-nity heroes.
Horizon Science Academy Elementary is a non-selective, college preparatory, public charter school that focuses on math, science, and technology. The school, which is managed by Con-cept Schools based in Des Plaines, Il., also emphasizes an appreciation for community aware-ness and cultural diversity. To learn more about Horizon Science Academy or Concept Schools, visit their websites: www.horizondayton.org and www.conceptschools.org.

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Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School – Science Fair
Dayton, OH (December 13, 2011)—Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary Students Scientifically Soar
On December 14th, 2011, Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School managed by Con-cept Schools, hosted their Seventh Annual Science Fair at the school located at 545 Odlin Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45405. Students showed their scientific skills at a public viewing of their science fair projects. The science fair was a preliminary event to determine winners who will advance to a se-cond phase science fair competition that will be held in Cleveland on March 3rd, 2012. Students who scored highest will compete against other high scoring Concept Schools‟ students.
The students‟ projects were judged by area professionals; Robyn Sweet and Robin Ramsey from Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Captain Erik Wilson of the Trotwood Police Department, Linda Viv-erette, Gregory Boughton, Captain Phillip O‟Connell, and Captain Bryan Willingham from Wright-Patt Airforce Base, Dr. Madelyn Harvey, Adjunt Professor at Wilberforce University, Colleen Smith from Samaritan Behavioral Health Center, and Marcella Ashe, owner and operator of Allecram
Publishing.
The winners of this year‟s H.S.A.D.E. Science Fair are: Derek Gonzalez-Aguilar, Tommy Tyler, Mya Cox, Makayla King, Rakaya Dabney, and Chase Fisher from kindergarten through second grade, while third through sixth grade winners include; Isaiah Haselwood, A‟reona Weaver, Jacob Dorsey, Tianna Jones, Asante` Anderson, Ryan Rogers, Makhyla Eppinger, Camrie James, and Isaiah Cox.
Mr. Ali Kuran, the Director of H.S.A.D.E. thanks all of the judges, parents, students, and members of the community for their support of this year‟s H.S.A.D.E. Science Fair. Mr. Kuran welcomes the pub-lic to visit the school to learn more about Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School provides students in grades K through 6 with a high-quality academic and social environment focused on rigorous instruction and high student ex-pectations with an emphasis on science, math and technology. For additional information, please visit our website:www.horizondayton.org.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School is managed by Concept Schools. Concept Schools is a Chicago based not-for-profit management organization that currently manages 27 high quality, tuition-free charter schools with a math, science, and technology focus. For more information on Concept please www.conceptschools.org.

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HEADLINE: Dayton, OH (December 16, 2011)—Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary
Students Celebrate Christmas Around the World
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary students were given lessons in cultural diversity as they travelled from one enriching destination to another in a matter of a few hours. The classrooms of HSADE were transformed to represent various parts of the world where students were enlight-ened about countries‟ customs, cultures, and foods. The event focused on the celebration of Christ-mas in various countries.
Students were given passports to each destination, which were signed by their teachers, the country officials, upon entry. The countries highlighted included; Spain, Costa Rica, Australia, North Ameri-ca, Germany, Spain, and Turkey. Teachers planned mini lessons and hands-on workshops that pro-vided students with rich, cultural experiences. Students tasted an array of foods, learned cultural dances, and constructed cultural holiday crafts. Horizon Science Dayton Elementary School pro-vides students in grades K through 6 with a high-quality academic and social environment focused on rigorous instruction and high student expectations with an emphasis on science, math, and tech-nology. For additional information, please visit our website: www.horizondayton.org.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School is managed by Concept Schools. Concept Schools is a Chicago based not-for-profit management organization that currently manages 27 high quality, tuition-free charter schools with a math, science, and technology focus. For more information on Concept, please visit www.conceptschools.org.

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Dayton, OH (December 9, 2011)—Horizon Science Academy Teachers Receive McDonald’s MAC Grants
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary teachers Rosalyn Craig and Erin Fawley each re-ceived 2011 McDonald‟s MAC Grants in the amount of $495.98. The cash awards were donated to the teachers to assist them in providing significant hands-on activities to enhance the students‟ learning process.
MAC Grant Program Coordinator Suzanne Wehrly informed the teachers through a letter that they were selected because their submissions were among “the cream of the crop”. The awards commit-tee of judges included educators, business professionals, and McDonald‟s representatives.
On December 5th, 2011, Ms. Craig, who teaches kindergarten and Ms. Fawley, who teaches third and forth grade, were invited to receive their grants at a special dinner and awards ceremony held at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dayton. Both teachers plan on putting their funds to use in January when the students return from winter break.
Ms. Craig will use her funding to purchase science lab equipment, while Ms. Fawley who primarily teaches science and reading will use a portion of her funds to purchase science books designed with a focus on reading. She will use the remaining funds to acquire science enrichment tools for classroom use.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School provides students in grades K through 6 with a high-quality academic and social environment focused on rigorous instruction and high student ex-pectations with an emphasis on science, math and technology. For additional information, please visit our website:www.horizondayton.org.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown is managed by Concept Schools. Concept Schools is a Chicago based not-for-profit management organization that currently manages 27 high quality, tui-tion-free charter schools with math, science, and technology focus. For more information on Concept please www.conceptschools.org.

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Students excel outside the classroom at concept schools’ science and engineering fair
Date- March 6, 2012

Around 500 students from seven Midwest states showcased their impressive, independently created pro-jects at Concept Schools‟ 9th Annual Science and Engineering Fair on March 3, 2012 at Cleveland State University. Concept Schools, a not-for-profit charter school management company, manages 27 tuition-free, high performing, college preparatory schools in the Midwest with a math, science and technology emphasis.
Students competed in 14 categories ranging from health science, physics and zoology to engineering, bio-chemistry and computer science in a junior division (grades 5-8) and senior division (grades 9-12). 230 judg-es from colleges, universities and schools assessed the student projects based on a comprehensive rubric. The results from Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary are as follows:
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Haselwood, Shaniia Bozeman, Lazaria Davis, Isis Kindred, Asante Anderson, Dyl-an Miller, Makhyla Eppinger, 3rd Place: Jacob Dorsey, Sha’Vonne Smith, 2nd Place: Zyan Williams, Phillip Lawson.
The awards ceremony began with the Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School Color
Guard and Drill Team presentation followed by the band playing the National Anthem. CONSEF was pleased to welcome Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon as the keynote speaker. Representative Patmon, an influ-ential member of the House Education Committee, inspired students, parents and community members, passed out student medals and took photos with students.
All students received recognition for their high-quality projects in various ways, including medals, certificates, trophies and monetary awards. The „Best of Fair‟ winner received an HP Touchpad. CONSEF integrated art into science by organizing a design contest for the fair and recognized the winner, Kashi Johnson, by $250 monetary award.
CONSEF is open to all students, including public, charter, private and home schooled students in grades 5 through 12. Concept aims to promote STEM education in early grades by giving students the chance gain recognition for their hard work.
Additional information may be found on the CONSEF website: www.consef.org.
Contact: Dorinda Nusum, Public Relations and Communications Associate
Phone: (937) 277-1177

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Date: 3/6/12
HEADLINE: Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary Is On the Move

Dayton, OH February 28, 2012 – In June 2012, Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary, cur-rently located at 545 Odlin Avenue, will have a new address. The school‟s physical developments parallel its academic successes. Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary has improved its state standing as a result of meeting its goal of earning 80 points on the Ohio Achievement Assess-ments. The school has also been recognized by the Ohio Coalition of Quality Education as a mem-ber in good standing.
Groundwork has been laid for the new building, which will be located at 4751 Sue Ann Blvd., Day-ton, OH, adjacent the Horizon Science Academy High School located at 250 Shoup Mill Road. The new building will be ready for occupancy beginning as early as July 1, 2012.
The developments for the new building include a gymnasium, football field, resource room, and li-brary. The school‟s Instructional Coordinator, Mrs. Jaime Lierly, recently received a K-12 Literacy grant in the amount of $3,500 towards the construction of the school‟s new library, which will be named for the Late Doris Jean Moorer, a Dunbar High School graduate who was an advocate for learning, reading, and education.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary is currently re-enrolling students for the 2012-2013 school year. The open enrollment process for incoming students will begin on March 10th. Parents wishing to register new students may contact the school at (937) 277-1177 for an appointment. Space is limited.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School provides students in grades K through 6 with a high-quality academic and social environment focused on rigorous instruction and high student ex-pectations with an emphasis on science, math, and technology. For additional information, please visit our website: www.horizondayton.org.
Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School is managed by Concept Schools. Concept Schools is a Chicago based not-for-profit management organization that currently manages 27 high-quality, tuition-free charter schools with a math, science, and technology focus. For more information on Concept, please visit www.conceptschools.org.

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