Current News & Events

01-27-17 - Updated School Calendar
From the desk of the Superintendent:  The Administration team has met to determine a plan to deal with the instructional time missed because of the snow/ice days.  We are committed to the full education of your student and will be adding instructional days back into the calendar.  We will be using “Teacher Inservice” days for that purpose.  The principals will be working with their staff to make sure time is allotted for staff training without affecting classroom time. We will readdress the situation if there are additional days missed.

The revised calendar is attached, on our website, and a link will be provided in our newsletter.  In order to gain more instructional time, three total days are being added back to the school calendar.  The following dates have been changed to full school days:

  • Friday, February 24th
  • Friday, March 24th
  • Friday, April 14th
  • Friday, April 28th
  • Friday, May 26th

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Yates, Mrs. Kempf, Mrs. Rieke, or myself with any questions or concerns.

Ken Block

10-20-16 - Business Partners Honor Student Athletes
Two student-athletes were honored during half time at the soccer game on Monday afternoon The students, seniors Savanna Hawk and Ethan Evans, received the award based on their integrity, effort, and Christ-likeness.  Bell Design and Lage Orchards made the presentation on behalf of the Horizon Business Partners who invest in the sports program.  They also had some fun with a shoot-out during half time.  Horizon has nearly 50 business partners throughout the Columbia Gorge

03-22-16 - External Review Team Commends Horizon Christian School
An external team from AdvancEd, concluded an onsite review of Horizon Christian School’s educational program and declared it “very, very good!”

The school is accredited by AdvancEd, the world’s largest educational community, accrediting 32,000 public and private schools throughout the world, including those in the Washington and Oregon. An onsite visit every five years is part of the ongoing process. School staff, including administrators, teachers, parents, and students rated the program on the basis of 33 indicators and staff presented evidence to validate the rankings. During the onsite visit, the accreditation team reviewed the evidence, conducted interviews, observed classes and rated the school on the same indicators. Click here to read full article.

02-01-16 - Sports Medicine Class
High school students had the opportunity to learn about careers in sports medicine from Lauren Miller, known to Horizon athletes as our Athletic Trainer. Lauren taught an Intensive on Friday during which she shared of information along with video clips of various sports medicine professionals, telling about their job and what a typical day looks like for them. Many students got a much broader idea of the career opportunities available to them and the levels of education required for each. Lauren is with Mid Columbia Medical Center (MCMC), which provides athletic services to schools, including Horizon Christian School at no cost.

Other Friday classes being offered in this session include Psychology at a Glance, Really Weird & Wonderful Life Forms on Earth, How Did Jesus Make Disciples and How Do We Do It Today, End Times, The Art of Saving Lives (the history and application of CPR), and SPITT – Improve Your Spelling, Reading or Memory Abilities.

01-26-16 - Life Changing Class
From a teacher – "We have been studying about the Passover in Exodus 12. Yesterday, I told the class that the blood the Hebrews put on their door frames to cover them from the angel of death was a foreshadow of the blood that Jesus would shed to cover us from death. Something clicked with one of my students. She immediately raised her hand and said, "But how do we make sure Jesus' blood is covering US?" 

As you can imagine, I had a number of students excited and willing to tell her! So we walked through the prayer (as a class). Today she raised her hand first thing and shared that she invited Jesus into her heart last night before bed. Precious girl! I love my job! Grateful for Him, He is always working!"

12-02-15 - Science Equipment Grant Received
Board Trustee Bob Spotts submitted a grant to the Hood River Lions Club last spring and it was recently announced that the entire amount of $4,686 has been awarded. The equipment includes balances, pH meters, thermometers, stir plates and student classroom dissection kits for elementary through high school science classes, stream ecology kits for the 6th Grade Indian Creek project, and equipment for the Robotics Club.  Thank you, Bob Spotts and the Hood River Lions Club!

12-02-15 - Patriots Pen Essay
Seventh graders Luke Rinella and Katie Porter both advanced to the district level in the Patriot's Pen Essay contest. Their essays, What Freedom Means to Me, have the opportunity of moving on to state and national levels if they keep advancing. Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the Veterans of Foreign War’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

12-02-15 - Kiss a Cow!
The second annual Kiss A Cow Contest is underway.  Designated staff members are in the running and the “winner” (i.e. the most money in their jug) will kiss a delightful (clean?) cow! Funding will be November 30 through December 17; cow kissing will take place on December 18.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the Horizon Mission Trip.  Vote for the staff person of your choice through your monetary support!

11-17-15 - Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Friday, November 20 Deadline - This Week!
Elementary students – Friday is the deadline for shoeboxes going to Operation Christmas Child.  These gift-filled shoeboxes demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children around the world who are suffering from war, poverty, disease and natural disasters.  See below for ideas or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.  You can even build a shoebox online! Bring in shoeboxes and place them in the Samaritan's Purse Cartons in the entryways of the school. Secondary students -- Bring in already packed boxes or individual items to be packed at the Lock-in on November 20.

11-17-15 - Pre-Kindergarten Canned Food Drive
Thursday, November 19 Deadline - This Week!
The pre-kindergarten classes are holding a canned food drive during the month of November.  On November 20, the M/W/F class will visit the FISH food bank and drop off our donations. The canned food drive is open to everyone.

11-17-15 - Annual Moda Center Basketball Game
Come watch the Horizon Hawks boys and girls take on the Damascus Christian Eagles boys and girls on Wednesday, December 2. To attend the high school games, you must purchase a ticket to either the December 30 Blazers vs Denver Nugget game or the January 6 Blazers vs LA Clippers game. Choose the level of your ticket ($25 / $69 / $130), complete the attached order form, and return to the school office. Remember, a portion of each ticket purchased will come back to Horizon Christian as a fundraiser. Order forms are also available in the school office.

10-29-15 - The Flag Flies Once Again
The American flag is once again flying over the campus of Horizon Christian School, thanks in part to sophomore Connor Wells.  Connor is the nephew of Mark Lee, an alumni and Navy Seal who was killed in action.  The flagpole area is a memorial to those alumni killed in military service including Mark and Dale Goetz, an army chaplain.  Connor noted that the flag was missing and decided to change that.  The flag that was raised on Friday flew over the United States Capitol on September 11, 2002 in memory of those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was requested by Representative Greg Walden on behalf of Horizon Christian School.

10-16-15 - New Board of Trustee Member
Horizon Christian School is pleased to announce it has elected Pastor Bruce Parker to the Board of Trustees, effective October 7, 2015. In addition to his Trustees duties, Bruce will become part of the Church Relations Committee of the Board.

Bruce Parker is the pastor of Faith Bible Church in Hood River where he has faithfully ministered for the past nine years. He also serves as the Chaplain for Horizon Christian School working with faculty, staff and parents to maintain the Christian mission and biblical distinctives of the school. Bruce is a 1976 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where he earned his Bachelors degree in Communications, and in 1989 he received his Masters in Ministry from The Masters Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. Pastor Parker also worked in the business world before serving in Christian ministry full-time. He is the former President of Mobiltape Company, located in Valencia, California, providing products to the business world for more than 20 years. He has also pastored churches in upstate New York and the Sacramento area.

“I wholeheartedly believe and support the mission and vision of Horizon Christian School,” commented Parker. ”I am grateful for the privilege of bringing my own Christian witness, work experiences, and ministry opportunities to help serve and support the kids and their families as a board trustee.”

Don Hoffman, Horizon Board Chair stated, “Pastor Bruce has a clear understanding of our mission and vision and we know he will work to insure that the spiritual, academic, and social aspects of Horizon Christian continue to be honoring to God.”

Bruce is active in the local community as a sports official and partners with other local evangelical pastors and ministries in the Columbia Gorge. He enjoys a round of golf, camping in the Northwest, and spending quality time with his wife, Sandy. They have six children and 15 grandchildren.

Bruce joins Don Hoffman, Dan Boyden, Dennis Bokovoy, Ron Jensen, and Bob Spotts on the Board of Trustees. Nancy Rinella is on leave while serving as school librarian.