Tag Archives: horizon middle school

Student Spotlight: Emma Eagen

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Big Brain Club student Emma Eagen is one of those special people who inspire others to do and dream more through her kindness and compassion. She makes others hear and see. Her exemplary work habits provide her with the skills to excel and be successful in school — but also outside of school. She is a tremendously diligent and conscientious student who exemplifies all the qualities of a kind, compassionate, and considerate... Read More

Teacher Spotlight: Whitney Loughry

One of our first School Partners was Colorado’s Horizon Middle School, who recently named Language Arts teacher Whitney Loughry as their 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. Here’s what Ms. Loughry had to say about her experience as both teacher and student. * * * The Cherry Creek School District has played a key role in many of the most important moments of my life. It was in a Walnut Hills Elementary School classroom that I cemented a deep and enduring love of reading. It was in a Campus Middle School... Read More

The Wonderful World of Wonderopolis

As a teacher librarian, I’ve pondered why it is so difficult to teach inquiry to middle schoolers when my three-year-old is constantly chanting, “Why?” If you’ve experienced this problem, I may have some help. Wonderopolis is a great website to help bring back the natural curiosity and imagination of elementary and middle school students. Here’s how it works. Each day a new question is explored, such as What is a fish tornado?, or How are viruses and bacteria different?, or How many is a Googol? Students can watch a short... Read More

Getting the Most from Classroom Technology

Guest Contributor Celine Perea is the Instructional Technology Coach at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colo. Q. What is the greatest example of instructional technology used for teaching and learning? There are a lot great instructional technology models out there — and even more that are not. For the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on three delivery modes recently featured in the news. I’ll attempt to make a distinction between each, but often they can blend together . . . not only with each other, but with other modes as... Read More

Big Brain Club Student, Teacher Win Big

Horizon Community Middle School was an early partner of The Big Brain Club. In 2012, with the help of Horizon teachers and staffers, we published the creative writing of more than 60 of their students. Krista Schneider was one of those students. Her short story, ‘A Dog’s Life’, is a clever adventure tale told entirely from the perspective of a mischievous puppy. Since that time, Krista has continued to write — and her work is getting noticed. She recently won awards at the Post and District level of the VFW’s... Read More