Horizons Global Academy 2017- Information for Teachers

Horizons Atlanta

Pillars of Success

  • Rigorous, Student-Centered Planning Process
  • High- Quality Project Based Learning
  • Strategic Integration of Social Emotional Development in Programs
  • Tailored Site-Level Programs

Our Global Academy Mission

Being a global citizen means being informed about issues of global importance and taking action to better one or more of these communities.

  • Educate our students about global issues that impact the world in which we live
  • Equip them with the necessary tools to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, communicators, and caring citizens
  • Empower them to take action and make a difference


Our Global Academy is inspired by the International Baccalaureate curriculum as taught in our public feeder schools and the Program for Global Citizenship at our host campus of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Global Themes


"Hunger knows no friend but it's feeder" -Aristophanes


Marty Sanchez & Mary Katherine Sahura

1st Grade

Calin Todd and Christian Lopez

2nd Grade

Rebecca Neumann and Selina Johnson

Water and Sanitation

Water and Sanitation

"You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation"

--Matt Damon

Third Grade

Denine Rowley and Tonya Jackson

Fourth Grade

Krista Schick and Jose Espinoza


Human Rights

Human-Child Trafficking

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity"-Nelson Mandela

Middle School Team 5-8

Tiffany Churchwell - MS Coordinator

Cleide Ross - Math

Jai Cruz -Reading Language Arts

Rico Calhoun- S.T.E.A.M.

Suleima Millan- MS Assistant

"The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it back to the world."- Pablo Picasso
Gifts of Service

Each class will be responsible for a Global Action Project that connects to our mission and our summer themes of Hunger, Water & Human Rights.

Each Global Action Project should focus on one of the following areas:

Awareness, Advocacy or Direct Action

Inspiring kids to take action
Inquiry and Engagement Resources
Student Engagement Video Resources

Driving Questions

Driving questions will be essential to guiding and facilitating the student learning this summer. These questions will be the focus of your project, provide discussion structure, promote inquiry, awareness and action.

Driving questions should be relevant and provoke student thinking that will make them think about ways to impact or bring about change within our global themes of Hunger, Water and Human Rights.

2017 Driving Questions


  • How can we impact hunger in our community?
  • How can we impact hunger globally?
  • How can we impact hunger in the city of Atlanta?

Water and Sanitation

  • How do we advocate for responsible water use to combat issues affecting waterways in the U.S.?
  • How can we promote awareness and improve sources of safe drinking water internationally?

Human-Child Trafficking

  • How can we promote awareness about human trafficking locally and globally?
Summer Attitude Spotlight
2017 Summer Attitudes

The IB attitudes will be used to connect us throughout the summer.

Attitudes are the fundamental focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning.

Students will be recognized each day for exemplifying these attitudes throughout the summer.

Week 1- Respect

Respecting themselves, others and the world around them

Week 2-Creativity

Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and their approach to problems and dilemmas

Week 3- Cooperation

Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands

Week 4- Empathy

Imagining themselves in someone else's situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others

Week 5- Commitment

Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility

Week 6- Appreciation

Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people

Summer Schedule
  • Bus Arrival
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Meeting- Spirit Check- Daily Provocation
  • Morning Meditation (K-2 Yoga); Morning Meetings Middle School
Academic Morning Core

(Global Theme focuses are embedded & intertwined)

  • Reading
  • Math
  • S.T.E.A.M.

Summer Swim Schedule

Monday and Wednesday

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grade
  • 2nd grade
  • 7th grade
  • 8th grade

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 3rd grade
  • 4th grade
  • 5th grade
  • 6th grade
Afternoon Specials and Global Connections
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Book Talk
  • Outside PE
  • Signature class events to global theme connections (fundraisers, visitations, guest speakers etc)
Global Gathering of Students
  • Snack
  • Grade level presentations
  • Global student recognitions
  • Announcements
  • Dismissal
Mystery Reader Program

Horizons Summer Learning

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans for the summer are required. Both Lead and Co-Teachers are expected to collaborate to add value and bring their expertise in the CORE subjects of reading, writing and math to help prevent summer learning loss.

Lesson plans should be aligned with grade level state standards in reading, math and writing.

Lesson plans are to be uploaded to the shared Google Drive each week on Friday before leaving. 

Summer Learning

You will have access to your student STAR scores to help guide your instructional planning this summer.

Our reading specialist will provide additional training on how to effectively and efficiently use this data to improve student growth.

Yolanda Charles, our reading specialist will meet with you each week to provide strategies and training to support you and your students.

Dates to Remember
  • April 25, 2017- Parent Open House (on campus in dining hall)
  • May 31, June 1-2- pre-planning and classroom set up
  • June 5, 2017- first day of programming
  • July 3-4, 2017- Site Closed for Independence Day (*Full day programming on Friday, June 30th)
  • July 12, 2017 -Final Performance (Fine Arts Building)- Dinner (Dining Hall)
  • July 14, 2017- Last Day for students

Spirit Check

HIES- Global Academy Leadership

Christine Brodnan- Site Director

Ingrid Montenegro- Parent Liaison

Vera Woods- Academic Director

Tiffany Churchwell- MS Coordinator

Erik Vincent- Board Member and HIES Director of Global Studies

Yolanda Charles- Reading Specialist

Created By
Vera Woods


Created with images by KRiemer - "church painting painting painted over" • Jayel Aheram - "Globes"

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