Horizon Middle School Design Team

  • 6th Grade - Business

    Computer Applications:  

    In this course students will learn new applications in technology including, but not limited to: Internet Safety, Keyboarding, and Google Applications. These programs are supportive of state and national standards and will be utilized to help teach critical thinking and to support CORE class projects and instruction.  During the course students will practice and develop keyboarding skills, keyboard shortcuts, and how to save files.  The course is designed to help students learn how to be more independent with computers and operate a computer safely. Students will learn skills they will need throughout Middle School and life.

    7th Grade:  Project Lead The Way

    Design & Modeling: Semester

    Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to  create problem solving designs, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

    7th Grade: Business - Personal Finance

    Students will understand how their personal choices can affect their financial circumstances and how their financial circumstances will ultimately impact their lifestyle options. This unit of study is intended to increase their financial knowledge in order to help them successfully manage their financial decisions. Students will also be introduced to business principles and communication.


    8th Grade: Project Lead the Way

    Automation and Robotics: Semester

     Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

    Introduction to Computer Science 1: Quarter

    Studies show that by 2018, 1.4 million job openings will be available for computer specialists. In this unit, students discover the principles of this fast-growing field by focusing on creativity and an iterative design process as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.

    Introduction to Computer Science 2: Quarter

    Students continue to explore the fundamentals of the stimulating career path of computer science. They venture into text programming through Python and, in the final problem, develop an app to crowd source and analyze data on a topic of their interest. 

    8th Grade: Business - Career Development

    Students will explore the career planning process. The main goal is for them to become familiar with the process and understand some of the resources available to help them. Students develop a career plan that includes a simple self-assessment, selection of an occupation of interest, definition of goals to obtain the occupation, potential barriers and alternate careers. Students will also practice resume writing, interview skills and professional business communications.


    Broadcasting Year I - Seventh Grade:
    Year I is an introduction to designing through video. Learners will learn the basics of storytelling and news production with technology. Projects and responsibilities will include an introduction to the technology needed for basic broadcasts, interview skills, making commercials, and creating news broadcasts. Learners must be able to work well with a team because participants will be asked to take equipment around the building and work independently. Interested students must submit an application with teacher recommendations as a step in the process of acceptance. There are no prerequisite skills other than the desire to create!

    Broadcasting Year II – Eighth Grade:
    After completing Year I, interested learners will move on to Year II, where technical skills will be refined and polished. This year will allow participants to use inquiry and research to decide on the projects they will pursue. The course is based on the Design Cycle and will focus on using researching, designing, creating solutions, and evaluating work. Projects will be learner driven and align with our professional conduct and positive focus.


Electives Overview

  • Electives are required for graduation. In addition to the core curriculum subjects, students may choose electives in business and marketing, consumer and family studies, health science, information technology, trades or technical sciences, and other special courses offered by schools. Academic electives include any English, math, science, social studies or fine arts classes taken in excess of the stated requirements.