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Horizon Middle School presents the fantastical, magical ‘Seussical The Musical’

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School presents the heart-warming, kid-friendly story “Seussical The Musical” at 7 p.m. Feb. 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. March 1 at the Moorhead High School auditorium. Reserve tickets online at or by calling the box office at 218-284-2255. Tickets are on sale online beginning Feb. 1. Read more.

Horizon names winners in school Geography Bee

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

What state bordered by Louisiana to the south and Missouri to the north is the leading producer of rice in the United States? Which state bordered by Montana and South Dakota was first to give women the right to vote? These and other questions challenged Geography Bee winners Jack Entzion and Noah Pederson and the eight other participants in the Horizon Middle School Geography Bee on Jan. 22. Read more.

Eighteen Horizon students compete in District Spelling Bee

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Eighteen of the school district’s top spellers in grades 6-8 competed in the Moorhead District Spelling Bee on Jan. 15 at Horizon Middle School. Catherine Myers placed first, Sophie Pepple took second, and Jenna Sagvold was third. Read more.

Eighth-graders learning citizenship through city planning project

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Eighth-grade social studies students at Horizon Middle School are proposing projects for a new business, city park, school or recreation center as a part of a city development project. Horizon students heard from a local expert on planning as they began their project. Read more.

Horizon Middle School students use theater to help prevent bullying

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Presented by Horizon Middle School Theater to coincide with National Bullying Prevention Month, “Letters to Daddy,” a one-hour musical that looks at bullying and how it affects children, will be performed by a group of Horizon eighth-grade students at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 9 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. General admission tickets will be available at the door. Read more.

Horizon Theater sponsoring talent show fundraiser May 5

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School Theatre is sponsoring a talent show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., with proceeds going to classmate Garrett Grommesh. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Eighth-grader Garrett Grommesh has spina bifida and in 2010 received a new home from ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. This past fall, Grommesh participated in a play, “Letters to Daddy,” that dealt with bullying. Recently, Grommesh underwent his 55th surgery at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Bad news continues as his entire left lung has filled with fluid and kidney issues have arisen.

His CaringBridge website updated by his mom documents how quickly things can change. To help cheer Grommesh up, a greeting card campaign was organized by a family friend.

Now Horizon Middle School students want to show their support of the well-loved and missed classmate.

The fundraiser is led by the Horizon theater department and the committee of Sue Knorr, Patrick Kasper, Kelly Dubois-Gerchak, Rochelle Roesler, William Franklin and Jennifer McMananmon, with talent provided by students and staff. Emcee will be Patrick Kasper.

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination team advance to Global Finals

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams, the Fab Fauve and ArchimeDIs, are advancing to Global Finals after placing first at the 20014 Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament on April 12 in Champlin Park, Minn.

Several fundraisers are scheduled to help the teams travel to Global Finals on May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Pizza Ranch nights are planned for 5-8 p.m. April 30, May 7 and May 14 at the Pizza Ranch on Highway 10. Pizza Ranch will donate money toward the DI teams for each person who mentions Destination Imagination when they order during that time.

Car washes are planned for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10 and May 17, weather permitting, at the Moorhead Sunmart.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School and Horizon Middle School Destination Imagination team the Fab Fauve placed first in the fine arts challenge, Laugh Art Loud. The Fab Fauve received the Da Vinci Award for exceptional creativity, a unique approach to the problem and risk taking. The team was chosen out of 148 teams to receive the traveling trophy to be displayed by their school district or community. Team members are Abigail Johnson, Lexi Dauner, Emily Karevold, Claire Twedt, Caroline Wirries, Hannah Hendrickson and Emily Pratt. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

For its challenge, the team researched a work of art created by an artist from another nation and then theatrically presented a comic strip based on the artwork. They also were required to create three live comic strip panels that included a technical caption contraption and an ARTifact inspired by their chosen work of art.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School DI team ArchimeDIs placed first in the technical challenge, Dig In, and received a Renaissance award for demonstrating outstanding skill in the areas of engineering, design and performance. Team members are Anthony Johnson, David Thibert, Seamus Neill, Alex Volk and Nick Cameron. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

As part of the challenge, the team had to design and build equipment to detect and remove objects from hiding places and then move the objects across a finish line. They also had to create and present a story about a technology that detects things a human cannot sense without help. The team also competed in improv, Pandemonium, at the state DI tournament.

According to Laurie Johnson, Moorhead regional director for Destination Imagination, the program lends itself perfectly to skills the community has indicated it wants for students.

“Our community, through the district’s community engagement initiative last year, addressed the desire for students to have basic skills plus creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills,” Johnson said. “In Destination Imagination, students learn and use the 4C’s to solve the DI challenges.”

The need for these college- and career-ready skills has also been seen in the metro area through the Greater Fargo-Moorhead EDC workgroup on the 4C’s, in the state through the World’s Best Workforce legislation, and nationally through 21st century skills.

“As an extracurricular program, DI gives the students who are involved in it the opportunity to develop important skills for their future,” Johnson said. “That is one of its strengths.”

8th Grade Orchestra to perform at the State Honor’s Concert

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Moorhead’s 8th Grade Orchestra makes its 14th appearance at the State Honor’s Concert on Monday, March 31 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

The 103 members of the Horizon Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra performed at one of three regional orchestra festivals on March 14. Following their performance, the judges selected Moorhead to perform at the State Honor’s Concert on March 31. Forty-seven middle school orchestras performed at the three regional festivals.

The Horizon students will spend a day in sectionals and rehearsals with professional musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra. The day will culminate with an evening concert at 6:30 p.m. where the Horizon 8th Grade Orchestra and seven other orchestras, including ones from Wayzata, Stillwater, Mounds View and Northfield, will perform.

Horizon teams place first, second and fourth in regional math tournament

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Several Horizon Middle School students received individual awards, and Moorhead teams placed first, second and fourth in the Grade 6 Regional Math Masters Tournament held in Moorhead on March 14. Teams from Detroit Lakes placed third and fifth. Ten teams from the area participated in individual and team rounds.

Horizon Middle School House 6B Team placed first in the Math Masters Tournament. Team members are Hunter Covey, Chrisanto D’Agostino, Sam Grotberg, Brock Klimek and Terry Kreps. Their math teacher is Diana Anderson.

The Horizon House 6A Team placed second in the tournament. Team members are Tyler Balluff, Emma Craig, Kylie Dumas, Cullen Gess and Christian Thingvold. Their math teacher is Sharon Nelson.

The Horizon House 6C Team placed fourth in the tournament. Team members are Rachel Craig, Eric Hawley, Ryan Luthi, Gunner McLeod and Gavin Sorby. Their math teacher is Barb Stack.

Horizon students who earned Fact Drill Awards were Brock Klimek, second place, and Chrisanto D’Agostino, third place. Kylie Dumas, Emma Craig, Cullen Gess, Rachel Craig and Ryan Luthi earned ribbons for Fact Drill.

Individual medals went to Horizon students Emma Craig, first place; Chrisanto D’Agostino, second place; and Brock Klimek, third place. Individual ribbons went to Rachel Craig, Christian Thingvold, Cullen Gess and Ryan Luthi.

Lois Brown and Kathy Cole are the Math Masters coordinators.

Math Masters of Minnesota is a statewide competition that challenges students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics and recognizes academic effort and achievement.

Horizon Middle School presents musical comedy ‘Honk!’

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School presents “HONK!,” the musical comedy based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2 at the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. The Feb. 27 performance will be sign language interpreted.

More than 100 Horizon Middle School students are involved in producing “HONK!” The entertaining family musical tells of a young duckling named Ugly whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are on sale online at with no service fees. Beginning Feb. 18, tickets may be reserved through the box office at 218-284-2255 for a service fee of $1 per adult ticket and $.50 per student ticket.