Three Horizon Christian Students Raise Over 1K

February 03, 2017
By Sarah Otteson


During Christmas break, Heath Placek received a call from Dr. Ryan Nienaber, a chiropractor in the area. He shared that his son, Noah, and two other boys from Horizon Christian School, had spearheaded a fundraiser on behalf of Love INC as part of their class’s service project program. They wanted to invite us to receive the proceeds at their next chapel service.

Ryan shared that Noah personally selected Love INC because of his parent’s past involvement with the organization and because he believed in the mission of mobilizing local churches to help people in need. Noah and his buddies had channeled their belief in the cause of Christ and began selling candy canes and hot chocolate at school throughout the winter. That soon spread like wildfire as kids began bringing donations from home. When it was all said and done, Noah and company had raised $1,035!

At the check-giving ceremony, Principal Judi Smith remarked that “she had never seen God light them up so much. The three boys made so many sacrifices in order to fundraise, even giving up recess many times over to plan their next steps.”

Love INC is so grateful for this example of sacrificial love and generosity. It truly is a remarkable testimony to what God can do through younger up-and-coming generations.

“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”- 1 Timothy 4:12


This article was originally posted by Love INC.

Posted in Elementary School
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Horizon Christian Security Updates

January 20, 2017
By Sarah Otteson


Horizon has continually worked to upgrade our emergency preparedness. This year we have made major strides in our response to natural disasters. For instance, we filled over a dozen backpacks with critical items our staff and students would need in the event of us not being able to return to the school. These bags have been assigned to staff members who bring them any time we have drills that take the students outside of the buildings.

Our next step is to prepare for an active shooter threat on campus. We have done lockdown drills for many years but more recently law enforcement has changed how they want schools to respond to these situations.

Today we were joined by our School Resource Officers from the Tualatin Police Department for a “live” active shooter drill. This began with a 20 minute informative seminar in the gym.  Staff and students heard the steps we are taking to stay effective and organized in an active shooter emergency situation. Following the seminar students returned to class where we proceeded with the live drill. This involved the staff and students using information given to them to make the appropriate decision to keep them away from harm. This drill included some artificial gun shots from a starter's pistol to aide in the effectiveness of the drill. Following the drill, the staff and students debriefed back in the gym with the School Resource Officers.

We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Tualatin Police Department and their willingness to assist in educating our Horizon Christian students and staff. While we do not anticipate a real scenario of this nature unfolding, we continue to take the steps to make sure we are prepared.

If you have any questions or concerns please email our Dean of Students: Scott Olson at

Posted in High School

Kick like a Girl

October 20, 2016
By Sarah Otteson



This season for the first time ever in the history of Horizon we have suited and fielded a female athlete on our Horizon Christian Varsity Football Team! 

Standing at 5'3'' with blonde wavy locks, Mikayla Weber is quite the force to be reckoned with! While she has played soccer most of her life, this year she took on an additional role and joined the Football team as their kicker. We had the opportunity to sit down with her and get some insight on her season suiting up as a football player. 

Why did you decide to join the team? 

I was inspired to try something new. It is fun just being able to go out there and get to kick and be with the guys! I decided to join the team because I thought, "Why not?" It's my senior year and why not give it a shot. I love to play soccer and thought it would be fun getting to know people and have a good start for the year!

What is your go to Gatorade? 

My favorite gatorade flavor is frost. 

Any pointers you could give on being a kicker? 

I don't have any secrets for my strategy but to put all of my power into the football and kick with my laces, not my toe. Never kick with your toe, ever! 

What challenges do you face?

Haha, my biggest challenge is missing a field goal kick, and the pressure. 

What gear do you suit up in?

I wear soccer cleats! They are way lighter and not heavy. The lighter, the better. When I wore all of the football gear I stopped complaining about my shin guards I wear at practice for soccer because it's basically nothing compared to wearing pads and a helmet!!

What kind of training is necessary for being a kicker?

PE helps me keep my body healthy and strong. And soccer really helps me keep in shape and gives me the power that I can give and help for kicking the football!


Go Hawks!


Posted in High School

Farewell to Beloved Vice Principal, Susan Olson

June 08, 2016
By District

After 10 years of faithful and fruitful service, Susan Olson will be leaving her post as Vice Principal of Horizon Christian Middle School. For years, Susan has focused on the needs of others. Now she will focus on her health, well being and Gods plan for her.

We love and respect Susan Olson. A hard working, honest, patient, loving and responsible follower of Jesus. She has not only made our school better but all of her colleagues as well.

When Susan became the Vice Principal in 2010, she began layering new activities, plans, systems and opportunities on to her plate.  An incomplete list of what she has done include: the fall middle school retreat, the Washington DC trip, outdoor school, social events for middle schoolers, school photography, scheduling for all middle school students, teacher/specialist scheduling, Ren Web support, the MAP test scheduling, security problem solving, the 4 T trail, and 8th grade promotion. In addition, all the counseling and discipline, the teacher meetings, parent conferences, letter writing, emergency subbing, car line, middle school chapel organization and school wide problem solving. Susan has accomplished so much, all with an air of serenity and calm. She leaves a gaping hole on our staff which is only surpassed by the gaping hole in our hearts.

This amazing woman will be sorely missed

You have been a champion employee during your time here at Horizon. Excellence, faithfulness and loyalty are just a few of your wonderful attributes. We at Horizon love you and will always be thankful for your tremendous contribution. We wish you the best.

In Christ's love,
Pastor Stan Russell

Posted in Middle School

Meet Josh Platt

May 24, 2016
By District

When I think about how Horizon has impacted me as both a former student and now a staff member, two things come to mind.

The first is opportunity.
As a student I had never been exposed to as many opportunities to pursue my God-given talents as I was at Horizon. Whether that be working with student government, running track and field, or attending chapel, I had countless opportunities to grow academically, athletically, and spiritually.

The second is that Horizon is like a family.
As a student I instantly felt a difference in the atmosphere. The comradery and depth of relationship between teachers, students, and coaches was like none that I had ever been a part of before. Now, as a teacher, I have the opportunity to impact my students by helping them see what they can accomplish when they put their all into what they’re doing, with a whole community of parents, teachers, peers, and coaches behind them. 


Mr. Platt is the High School Athletic Development Coach teaching Athletic PE and Health.

Posted in High School

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