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Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:59 am

Horizon Community Learning Center was buzzing Thursday evening during the school’s annual Meet the Teacher night.

The event was broken into two sections at Horizon: kindergarten through sixth-graders met with their teacher from 1 to 4 p.m. and seventh- through 12th-graders attended the Eagle Experience from 5 to 7 p.m.

Students in the first section were given the chance to speak with their teachers before the start of the school year to learn about classroom expectations.

Abe Newsum, who will be in sixth grade, said Meet the Teacher night gave him a chance to receive information about the subjects he would learn throughout the school year.

“If you have a conversation with the teachers, you feel more comfortable being around them,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the new subject that we’ll be learning. I’m hoping this year will be more fun than or at least as fun as last year.”

Suzy Belonga, fifth- and sixth-grade math teacher, believed Meet the Teacher night gave students and teachers a chance to rid any anxiety for the new school year.

“I like to ask what is making them nervous, what are they anxious about … just anything that might make them more comfortable for coming in on Monday,” she said. “We just want to let them know that we are not going to leave them stranded, especially here at Horizon, everyone is so caring.”

Kindergartners participated in a scavenger hunt, completing different tasks from picking a cubby to speaking with their teacher. The students were given a sticker for each task they completed.

“They’re getting to see their teachers, meet their teachers and get a feel for the classroom before Monday,” said Vonda McDaniel, first- and second-grade teacher. “I’m looking forward to seeing my old students and getting to meet the new students.”

The Eagle Experience was designed a bit differently; upperclassmen ventured into the school’s gymnasium where they were able to chat with athletic advisers, learn about school clubs and hear the theater performances for the fall and spring semester.

Once parents and students were finished meeting inside the gymnasium, members of Horizon’s student council conducted tours around the campus so incoming students were acclimated with the school’s facilities.

Horizon will begin the 2014-15 school year this Monday, July 28.

For more information about Horizon, visit www.horizonclc.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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