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HORIZON ELEMENTARY
4751 Hidden Lake Drive
Port Orange, FL 32129
(386) 322-6150
    Media

    ​​​​​​Catherine Fay, Media Specialist and Stephanie Martin, Media Clerk

    Welcome students and parents to Horizon's Media Center

    Hours

    The Media Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. on early release Wednesdays). Please see Mrs. Fay if you need access to the Media Center outside regular hours.

    Book Checkout

    • Kindergarten - checkout begins after "care of books" lessons given at the beginning of the third quarter. Parent permission must be on file.
    • First grade - students may check out one book.
    • Second grade - students check out one book; at the beginning of the third quarter, students may check out two books.
    • Third - Fifth grades - students may check out two books.
    All books are checked out for two weeks. Books are the responsibility of the student. Students are expected to pay for damaged or lost books.

    VPortal

    Available to all Volusia County students, VPortal enables our students to access applications such as Edmodo, Follett Destiny, Gradebook, FCAT Explorer and Office 365 from any device at any time. Students simply go to the Volusia County Schools homepage (myvolusiaschools.org), click on the VPortal icon, and log in with their alpha code and 8-digit birthdate. Our second- through fifth-grade classes have all set up their VPortal accounts in their media classes. Please see Mrs. Fay with any questions or concerns.

    Electronic Books

    We are slowly building our collection of ebooks, available to our teachers and students at school as well as at home. To access the collection, the students should log onto VPortal (see above) with their alpha code and 8-digit birthdate. They then log in to Follett Destiny, and click on Follett Shelf.

    Media Sschedule and Lessons

    Horizon's Media Center operates under a flexible schedule, as advocated by the American Association of School Librarians. This allows the media program to be fully integrated into the educational program. Therefore the media specialist and classroom teacher plan for weekly scheduled visits as well as informal lessons. Small groups of students are encouraged to make use of the Media Center's resources as needed. Media lessons are planned by the media specialist who collaborates with the classroom teachers. Most lessons are 20 minutes in length, which allows 10 minutes for book checkout.

    Computer Lab

    The Media Center houses a 24-computer lab, complete with interactive white board. This lab is used by classes as well as individual students for a variety of educational lessons and enrichment. The computer​ lab is also used for staff development, Extended Day Enrichment Program, and after-school activities and family nights.

    Media Programs

    • Reading Counts
    • Spelling Bee
    • Literacy Month
    • Scholastic Book Fairs
    • Young Author's Celebration
    • Sunshine State Young Readers Award
    • Morning News Team
    For more Media information you can visit our Wiki page