Lisa Monaco-Gonzales

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Teacher Appreciation: How Can Parents Make a Difference?

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Oct 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Teachers have one of the most impactful jobs on the planet. They are not only responsible for instructing children academically, but also socially, encouraging wise decision making, independence and responsibility.  We are truly blessed to have these educators who are really making a difference in the lives of our children.

So what can we do for our children’s amazing teachers?  Giving back and showing our gratitude is simple. Here’s how…

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Topics: Teacher Appreciation, Thanking Teachers

The Positive Results From A Small High School Experience

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Sep 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM

This past year Horizon Prep celebrated their first ever senior graduate. We give all glory to God for His faithfulness in the growth of our program that began as a preschool years ago and now is a fully accredited Christ-centered K-12 school!

As our first ever graduate, Miss Carly Gammel has a special place in our school’s legacy and is an example of the success of a smaller school experience.  She will forever hold the title of ‘Pioneer,’ not only because of her tremendous accomplishments during her senior year, but because she attended Horizon Prep since she was in preschool.  After applying to twelve schools, Carly was accepted into ten of them and is thrilled to be attending Cal Poly this fall, majoring in Experience Industry Management.  If anyone could speak about the small school experience, Carly’s amazing story and great advice for younger students sends a powerful message about the great benefits of attending a smaller school.

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School Uniforms: A Blessing or A Curse?

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Sep 5, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Recently, my children had the opportunity to attend a school where uniforms were not required. For years, uniforms have been the norm for them, so this experience provided some interesting insight. It is clear to me, now that they have returned to their school which requires uniforms, that there are benefits to this experience. Here are some important reflections and observations on how uniforms can have some positive effects for us as parents and our children.

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Topics: School Uniforms

5 Ways To Improve Your Children’s Writing Skills Over the Summer

Posted by Lisa Monaco-Gonzales on Jun 20, 2017 3:00:00 PM

School is out! Now what? It’s time for some fun in the sun! Playtime is very important in the lives of our children, but we also need to give attention to our kids' academic growth.  In academics, like sports, we need to keep practicing. This will help retain those skills learned throughout the school year and maybe even continue to improve and excel. Writing, for example, is a technique that needs practice. To take two months off of writing (or reading, or math, etc.) would compromise the great growth that happened during the school year.

What can a parent do to make sure their child exercises their writing abilities over the summer? Here are a 5 ways to keep those writing muscles strong…

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Topics: Summer Camp