Thank you to those who joined last night’s Community Association Meeting! It was a great turnout! We heard fantastic input from Head of School, Bill Perrine, about our Experiential Learning Program. We also learned more about Zero Waste Marin from Ashley McDonald, as well as community events coming up in the next few months.
Volunteer opportunities are open for these and other events. To help us connect you with specific roles we have created, please complete this brief survey. Let us know how we can work together to incorporate your time and talents into our innovative and inspiring Marin Horizon environment. The Community Association will be contacting respondents in November.
Community Conversation: Be a Climate Champion in Our Community Wednesday, November 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Marin Horizon Library The Marin Horizon Community Association presents an interactive community conversation about the important topic of climate change and how we can all become climate warriors in our community. The discussion will be held in the school library (Zoom access will be available) and will be led by a panel of local environmental experts.
All community members (adults and students) are welcome to attend and resources are selected to appeal to a broad age range. Click here for a selection of resources to help inform the conversation.
Note: The October 20th Community Association hike was cancelled due to rain. The next hike is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. We will meet in front of the school at 8:45 a.m.
Toddler Cottage and main campus parent-teacher conferences will be held on Friday, October 22 and Monday, October 25, in person. Conference sign-ups will be open Tuesday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. until Tuesday, October 19 at 9:00 p.m. Horizon Center will be open for students and their sibling(s) during their scheduled conference times only. The sign-up instructions and link will be sent out next Tuesday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Yes, that's right, our very own, dyna-MO 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Mo Poxon, is featured in this month's San Francisco Magazine! Mo shares her thoughts on students learning science by doing science, the importance of education to a thriving democracy, and what makes Marin Horizon special.
And read Mo's full Q&A with San Francisco Magazine here:
Teacher Name: Mo Poxon School: Marin Horizon School Grades Taught: 7th and 8th Science Years in Teaching Profession: 35!
What is one of your keys to success in the classroom? No question; it’s relationships. Because I teach the same students for 2-3 years, I get to know them and their families really well. This allows me to more effectively address each student’s learning strengths and challenges. It’s a joy to walk into a classroom full of friends (middle schoolers, in my case) who are as enthusiastic as I am. When alums come back to regale me with their exploits, it hammers home the lasting power of these relationships.
What is something that you are proud of professionally? The pedagogic pendulum swings year after year. One thing that sticks though, is that to learn science, kids have to do science. Project-based, problem-based, phenomenon-based—whatever you call it—I have been doing big, hands-on science and engineering for decades! Rube Goldberg machines, pumpkin launchers, wind turbines…it isn’t neat and tidy in my classroom. It’s more like, “present the challenge and let ‘em buck!”
What is the "coolest" thing about your school? One of the reasons I chose to teach at Marin Horizon is the collaborative spirit between students, teachers, and administrators that I saw the minute I walked on campus. To this day, I think that’s what makes Marin Horizon amazing: an ethos of working together to make the world a better place. I know it sounds cheesy, but it is the real deal.
Why do you believe education is important? Historically, a good education has always been the quickest, most reliable path to betterment. Through education, we triumph over (or at least mitigate) the world’s most pressing issues: global health and nutrition, transportation, resource use and allocation, to name a few. Currently, I see education as the main bulwark against scientific illiteracy that leads to climate change denial, among other nefarious issues. A well-educated electorate is essential for a functional, thriving democracy.
Fall Program: Be a Climate Champion in Our Community Wednesday, November 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Marin Horizon Library For a list of book, video and documentary resources, please click here.
At Marin Horizon, environmental stewardship is deeply rooted in our history, and it is an integral component of our mission to encourage students to be confident, creative individuals who are responsible to each other, the community, and the world.
The harmful effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, as we witness dramatic weather events around the world and experience more frequent fires and drought in our home state. We all care, but what can we do about it?
On Wednesday, November 3rd, 5:30-7:00 p.m., the Marin Horizon Community Association presents an interactive community conversation about the important topic of climate change, and how we can all become climate warriors in our community. The discussion will be held in the school library (Zoom access will be available), and will be led by a panel of local environmental experts.
Click here for a selection of resources to help inform the conversation.
We are thrilled to announce that Marin Horizon has been chosen by Marin Magazine readers as the Best Preschool in Marin! From all of the faculty and staff at Marin Horizon, we want to thank you for your wonderful show of support!