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  • DonorsChoose project for Mrs. Wignall!
    Mrs. Wignall's DonorsChoose project, These Kids Need to Move!!!, has been posted. For the next seven days only, DonorsChoose will match all donations when donors enter the code, SPARK, on the payment page. 
    Thanks for your help!!
    Cut and paste the link below in your browser:



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  • 1st Annual HMS STEM Week

    Well done to all the Horton students that took part in our 1st STEM Week. Thanks to all the parents and local businesses who provided materials or donated time to make it all possible. It was a fabulous week of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


    Below are the winners for each event: 

    Project Events:


    Rube Goldberg:

    1st place: (tie) Tessa Yell (7th), and

                            Eliza Sparrow, Virginia Villanueva (7th)

    2nd Place: Kaitlyn Parker, Nayeli Rosales (7th)

    3rd Place: Shane Bright, Colby Burleson (7th)



    1st Place: Rachel Wade (8th)

    2nd Place: Noah Clark, Andrew Castro (8th)

    3rd Place: Abraham Pena (8th)


    Self Propelled Cars:

    1st Place: Nick Lovingood, Isaiah Glasgow, Hunter Brown (6th)

    2nd Place: Maddie Loops, Amber Haley (8th)

    3rd Place: Jared Cooper, Levi Kennedy (5th)



    1st Place: TJ Farrell, Kevin Iturraldo (8th )

    2nd Place: Kasey Mitchell (8th)

    3rd Place : Peter Droese (5th)


    3-D Design:

    1st Place: (tie) Camryn Marshall,

                     Gabrielle Lopez (8th)

    2nd Place Causlyn Carver, Cindy Lin (8th)

    3rd Place: John Wilson (7th)



    1st Place: Anthony Brinitzer, Nathan Carson (8th)

    2nd Place: Andrew Parker (6th)

    3rd Place: Chloe Klungseth and Mayra Villanueva (5th)



    1st Place: Grace Burns: 5th

    2nd place:   Dae Santos, Kierston Simmons 8th

    3rd: place: Nellielou Errett , Ahtziri Quintero Aguilar5th

    4th place: Amiyah Farrar 7th


    Egg Drop:

    1st Place: Brayden, Isabell, and Penelope (6th)

    2nd Place: (tie)      Evan Boggess and JuWuan Johnson (7th)

                           Octavio, Anthony, Seth (6th)

    3rd Place : Addison, Hank and Vernon (5th)


    Knowledge-based Tests:



                1st Place: Jacob Klungseth (7th)

                2nd Place: Shelby Peace (7th)

                3rd Place: Jared Cooper (5th)


    Computers and Technology:

                1st Place: Lukas Salay (6th)

                2nd Place: Elijah Sudduth (5th)

                3rd Place (tie) Nathan Davis, Alex Cameron (both 7th)



                1st Place: Amber Haley (8th)

                2nd Place: Ashlyn Smith (8th)

                3rd Place: Nayeli Rosales (7th)



                1st Place: MacKenzie Lesher-Thomas (8th)

                2nd Place: Oscar Upshaw (7th)

                3rd Place: Ryan Hilliard (5th)



                1st Place: Kaymen Stone (6th)

                2nd Place: Litzy Miranda (6th)

                3rd Place: Hannah Lawson (6th)



                1st Place: (multiple tie)

                Lauren LaChance,

                Cindy Lin, Sarah Fowler (all 8th),

               Collin Henriksma (7th)


    Human Anatomy:

                1st Place: Chase Miller(8th)

                2nd Place: Maddie Loops (8th)

                3rd Place: (tie) Shamar Wilson and Chloe Chamberlain (8th)


    Humans and the Environment:

                1st Place: Avery Buster (7th)

                2nd Place: Alexander Smith (7th)

                3rd Place: Ed Delgadillo (8th)






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  • 2015 Flu Clinic Infortmation

    The Chatham County Health Department will NOT be offering the Flu vaccine to students at school this year.  Parents are encouraged to follow up with their primary care provider or you may call the health department to schedule an appointment for the vaccine.

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  •  HMS November Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Information

    Forms and envelopes for money collection were sent home on Thursday, Oct 29.  Extra forms are available in the office.  Students will put their name on the envelope with the funds that they collect and return it along with their order form.  When students pick up their order, the form will be attached to their order so that they can use it to distribute the items.

    Order forms and money are due back to the school on November 9th. Teachers will forward orders to the office.  

    Orders may be picked up in the Multipurpose Room:

    Thursday, Nov 12th, 2:45-6:30 PM 


    Friday, Nov 13th from 7:15-8:00 AM and 2:45-4:30 PM

    Thank you for your efforts to raise money for our HMS PTSA Schoolwide Initiatives Fund!


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  • *RED RIBBON WEEK* October 26th – 30th

    Monday the 26th – Are you on the winning team against drugs? Team Day wear your team’s jersey or colors.

    Tuesday the 27th – School Spirit - Show your support of a drug-free school!

    Wednesday 28th  - wear red!

    Thursday the 29th – The Red Ribbon Week Door Contest - Judging will begin in 1st period.

    Doors will be judged based on the use of anti-drug slogan, creativity, and the color red.  The winner’s class will win a pizza party!



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  • DonorsChoose project for Mrs. Zerbs!
    Mrs. Zerbs' DonorsChoose project, A Book Nook for the Wildcats, has been posted. For the next seven days only, DonorsChoose will match all donations when donors enter the code, SPARK, on the payment page. 
    Thanks for your help!!


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    Order from Papa John's Tuesday and Thursday!

    Order from Papa John's at 120 Lowe's Drive in Pittsboro on Tuesday October 13th and Wednesdsay October 14th and Papa John's will contribute 15% of the order to Horton Middle School.

    Here's how to receive 15% for HMS: 

    • Order your product online or over the phone.
    • Remove price labels from the side of your pizza box.
    • Adhere the label to the dollars for dough sheet
    • Return to homeroom teacher by Thursday, October 15th!     




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    October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, has been recognized in the United States since 2011. To participate in Unity Day, individuals, schools, communities, and businesses wear or display orange to show support for students who have been bullied.  That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  So remember to wear your orange on October 21st. Make it ORANGE and make it end! 

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  • STEM Challenge Week!

    Starting Monday, Horton Middle School will be holding its first annual STEM Challenge Week! The objective of our STEM Challenge Week is to encourage more students to develop an interest in the STEM disciplines, and to strengthen all students' science abilities. Students will be researching, building and designing a project and then competing against their peers for serious prizes. Please contact your child's science teacher if you are able to volunteer this week or donate materials. Thank you for supporting our young engineers and scientists.

    Some specific materials we need are:
    -plastic eggs
    -unused popsicle sticks (4 1/2 x 3/8)
    -masking tape
    -glue sticks for mini glue guns
    -wax paper
    -tin foil
    -plastic 2 liter bottles
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  • PTSA Work Groups
    Please consider working any of the following days at the PTSA Thrift Shop to earn $$ for the school or for your 7th grade student's trip to Washington DC.

    Horton Work Groups are:
    September 18th and 25th (6pm-8pm) 
    October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (6pm-8pm)


    There are Thursday drop boxes available.  Email Paula Wade at pawade@chatham.k12.nc.us to claim.

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  • AIG sponsors Parent University
    For all students and all parents: 
    Parent University presents a learning experience for young & old, students & parents, teachers, anyone. Dr Karen Bluth will be here to help us improve focus, calm, and thinking through meditation. September 24, Pittsboro Elementary School, 6:00 - 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome - elementary through high school. 
    And a reminder for students in kindergarten through eighth: 
    The time to refer students for AIG evaluation is now through October 8. Pick up required information from your school. Third graders are evaluated beginning in January. 
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  • Free and Reduced Lunch Forms


    If you are in need of a free and reduced lunch form please see Miss Bonnie at the front office.  If you already have filled out a form, please make sure to turn it in as soon as possible. 

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  • Traffic


    Please note that between 8:05 and 2:45 the traffic pattern at Horton's main entrance follows the painted arrows.  This entrance is only one-way during morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off. 

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  • Athletics

    This week begins our fall athletics season.  The girls softball team will begin the season away at Bonlee on September 15 and will challenge JS Waters at home on September 17.  The boys soccer team will take on Chatham Middle at home on September 15 and travel to Chatham Middle on September 22.


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  • AIG Window

    The window for student AIG referrals is now open.  Please contact Mrs. Miller if you believe your child should be screened for AIG.

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  • Mr. Walgate's Donorschoose.org Project

    Horton Eighth grade science teacher Mr. Walgate currently has 11 days left to reach his $638 goal for his STEM-fest 2015 Donerschoose project. Donorschoose.org is a website that allows anyone interested in helping educators fund worthy projects.  Mr. Walgate currently needs $138 more to completely fund a school-wide STEM competition.  Please take a look at Mr. Walgate's project on Donorschoose and help if you can.  

    Please visit this link!:


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    All parents are invited to our first PTSA/Curriculum Night on Sept. 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room. You will not want to miss this kick-off for the year.  Come and learn how we are charting a course to success.  This is the place you want to be on Sept. 17th!

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  • Scholastic Book Fairs' Monster Book Fair



    MONSTER BOOK FAIR: Reading is so much fun, it's SCARY!

    Students may shop beginning Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, 2015!


    Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:10 p.m.
    Friday 8:00-11:30 a.m. 
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    All parents of any students planning on participating in any sport this school year are invited to the multipurpose room on Wednesday at 5PM.  Mr. Blizzard will be discussing our athletic policies and expectations. 

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    Boys soccer and girls softball tryout will be held on Wednesday after school until 5PM.  All students must have a current physical on file.  Physicals remain valid for one year.

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    We have received many requests for students to be allowed to walk after school. Please note that the walking form you were asked to fill out allows students to walk off campus to any destination.  A new note does not need to be sent if a student is walking somewhere other than home.  Please note that we cannot ensure that students are walking directly home

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    Author and Illustrator Don Tate will be visiting Horton this Wednesday to present his book The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton.  George Moses Horton was a slave whose poetry was first published in 1828, while he was enslaved.  Horton Middle School was named after this remarkable man.  Please feel free to stop in and hear from Mr. Tate and purchase his book.  Mr. Tate's presentation for sixth grade will be in the multi-purpose room at 12:45 and he will be speaking to the fifth grade at 1:45.  Hope to see you then!

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  • PTSA Work Groups
    Please consider working any of the following days at the PTSA Thrift Shop to earn $$ for the school or for your 7th grade student's trip to Washington DC.
    Horton Work Groups are:
    July 10, 17, 24 & 31
    August 7, 14, 21 & 28
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  • PTSA Drop Box Dates

    Please contact Paula at pawade@chatham.k12.nc.us to claim a spot or if you have questions. 

    • July 9th  - Admin slot and store AM & PM
    • July 16th - Admin slot and store PM
    • July 23rd - Admin slot and store AM & PM
    • July 30th - Admin slot and store PM
    • August 6th - Admin slot and store PM
    • August 13th - Admin slot and store PM
    • August 20th - Admin slot and store PM
    • August 27th - Admin slot and store PM

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  • 5th Grade STUDENT SUPPLIES FOR 2015-2016

    Please download the 5th Grade Supply List for the 2015-2016 school year.

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  • 6th grade supply list 2015-2016
    Please download the Sixth Grade Supply List for the 2015-2016 school year!

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  • Download 7th Grade Supply List (pdf)
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  • Download 8th Grade Supply List
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Horton Middle Highlights

  • Horton Students Departing for Summer Leadership Institute

    Summer Leadership Institute Students

    Horton Middle School was selected to send a team of students to a Student Leadership Institute run by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Over 100 schools applied and 26 were selected from elementary, middle and high schools across the state.

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  • Summer Leadership Institute Students at Pheiffer University  photo


    As we begin a new school year, it's time to reflect on the student and staff accomplishments for the 2014-2015 school year and BRAG a little!

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Principal's Message

  • Greetings Students and Parents,

    I would like to welcome you to Horton Middle School and to an exciting new school year. We are looking forward to assisting you in fulfilling your educational goals. We expect you to meet the goals which have been set, to carry on the Horton tradition, and to make this a better place through the positive changes in our expectations. You can benefit from everything Horton Middle School has to offer. If you encounter difficulties, seek out any of our trained professionals, and we will do our best to help you. We are here to make your year successful, yet educationally challenging, as possible. We welcome the opportunity to inspire you as you proceed through your middle school journey.

    Principal Mattie Smith