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Principal's Message

shaheenWelcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Horizon Honors, home of the Eagles. It is my privilege to be your principal.  As I get excited to prepare for the new school year I find myself focusing on some of the challenges you are facing as young people today.  So many of them  your parents never experienced and never had to learn the strategies to deal with them.  However, when you look at any generation, they all had their unique challenges that their parents did not face.  We live in the most rapidly evolving times ever seen on earth and new challenges and opportunities have been and are rampant and have existed for all recent generations.  So what’s the answer?   How can you be successful with these challenges and be prepared to rise to new opportunities?

Over the last five years I have taken great pride observing the responsiveness of my student body.  The GRIT and TAKE ACTION attitudes that I have asked you to show have come through loud and clear.   We’ve heard student voices, and because of that, created a greater focus and new supports for student wellness as well as promoting growth in understanding school safety.   Last year’s school theme, STAND UP - MAKE A DIFFERENCE, made many students stop and think about what they do on a day to day basis to support others, as well as what they do on an even bigger scale.  This year I want to build on the idea of stopping and thinking and turn it back to you, yourself, and purposeful decision making as you face the challenges of your world today.  

This school year, as you continue to Learn, Believe, Dream, and Dare, I am going to ask you to focus on the theme YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE!  This phrase sounds simplistic, but it is all encompassing.  It applies when we talk about big decisions you make, as well as, the day to day, in the moment decisions.  This simple theme is what has propelled generations of people to success or ruin.  Everything in your life is about decisions.  Choice is the greatest gift we have in life and something you always have complete control over.  You have a choice in all situations.  You may not always like the options, but still, the decision to be made is yours.  To be successful though, you need to train yourself to recognize the choices and stop, think, reflect, and decide, in the big things and the little things.  Your brain would rather be on autopilot.  We are going to focus on turning off autopilot and acknowledging choices.        

YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE! - So Choose!

“Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made.  If you want a different result, make a different choice.” - unknown

Change is hard, but we are all in this together.  I believe each and every one of you have strengths within you to continue to develop to learn to meet the day to day challenges as well as those challenges of a larger scale.  Each and every one of you can find a way to take control of your choices.  My hope for you this school year is that you will find personal growth that goes far beyond the limits of the classroom as you continue to become the BEST YOU you can be. 

GO EAGLES!

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Mrs. Shaheen
Horizon Honors Secondary School Principal

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