Meet Mr. Espinoza

March 21, 2017
By Sarah Otteson

Our culture at Horizon Christian is intentional. We are blessed with compassionate, caring and competent instructors who are committed to inspiring and equipping each student.

You may have heard his name from students talking over homework, or seen him between classes catching a slice of pie from the Teacher's Lounge, but we are delighted to introduce you to Richard Espinoza.

Richard Espinoza teaches Honors Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus and Statistics. He also heads up our National Honor Society and Dual Credit Program.

“I am completing my tenth year at Horizon after 33 years in the public school. It has truly been a blessing to serve the Horizon Community. I believe I was called here. I remember first hearing of Pastor Stan’s vision for a great Christian high school.

10 years later, I have seen how that vision has progressed. We have a great staff that truly cares about our students. There are growth opportunities for students athletically, academically, in the arts, and Spiritually. Are we done? I know we are not! As a staff and administration, we continually strive to make Horizon a better place for our students.

One of our “Early College” programs has been the Dual Credit Program. Through a partnership with Portland Community College and the Oregon Institute of Technology, Horizon students have opportunities to earn up to 37 college quarter credit in Math, English, and Business. These are actual college classes. We are certified by PCC and OIT for this special partnership. In an age of rising college costs, this is a wonderful benefit for our families. These credits are transferable to any college in the Oregon University System. Other private colleges have also accepted these credits.

Lastly, Horizon has been truly a blessing to me. I know I have grown spiritually and in my walk with Jesus. I truly look forward to each day I come to work. The last ten years has been my best ten years. I get to share Jesus with young people! What a blessing.”


Posted in High School

Horizon Christian Announces New Head Coach

March 15, 2017
By Coach Dave Brown

Dear Horizon Families,

We would like to announce that Staci Sprauer has resigned as our High School Girls Basketball coach. We would like to thank Staci for the outstanding job she has done for Horizon Christian in Girls Basketball over the last 2 years. In addition, we are grateful for the investment Bernadette Tatlock made in our Lady Hawks as the assistant coach. The girls always played with great attitudes and an energy that honored Christ each and every game. Staci made this difficult decision based on the busyness she is experiencing balancing family, her start up business, and of course being our outstanding Horizon Christian Volleyball coach. Next year she will be focusing solely on our Girls Volleyball program.

We are excited to announce a new direction for our Girls Basketball Program. Beginning this spring, Scott Olson will be taking over as our interim head coach and will be assisted by Scott Graham. Scott Graham assisted in coaching our talented 7th & 8th grade Middle School Girls to an undefeated season, capped with a Metro Christian League Championship. Together they will continue building a competitive program for our current and future Lady Hawks.

Scott Olson has coached for 24 years in Track (21 Years) Cross Country (11 years) Football (12 years) and Basketball (5 years). He has won multiple championships with our Track and Cross Country programs since his hire in 2006. His passion for athletics and his desire to make Christ relevant in the lives of athletes will be a great asset to our Basketball program.

These next few months will be crucial to getting Horizon Christian Girls hoops off to an awesome start. The coaching staff will bring the experience and enthusiasm needed to carry over the momentum of an undefeated season and league championship at the Horizon Middle School level, to become a force in the West Valley League in the coming years. You will be receiving information on the next steps in this process in the coming days.

We are asking any of you out there with female athletes to consider partnering with us as we build on Horizon Christian’s already storied legacy. We will have exciting announcements coming soon offering spring and summer involvement for girls from 4th through 12th grade.

Thank you for your continued support of Hawks Athletics.


Dave Brown
Athletic Director
Horizon Christian High School


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

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