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Campus Life Slideshow  |  Principal's 2017-18 Welcome Message  |  New Horizons High School Mission Statement & Goals  |  Back-2-Back District Teachers Of The Year  |  NEW HORIZONS TEACHERS NAMED DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR  |  A Tribute To Mrs. Purcell  |  Mr. "W" - Teacher &  Author/Playwright

Principal's 2017-18 Welcome MessageGo To Top of Page

 

Welcome to New Horizons High School. Our mission is to prepare competent, courteous, contributing members of society. Our success will result from our commitment to literacy, high expectations, and accountability in an environment driven by student service.  We are structured to help students better meet their graduation requirements in a secure environment with added adult supervision and support systems.

We continue to expand our schedule to include an Advisory Period to help students develop a multitude of extra-curricular endeavors.  This year we will continue to organize our traveling sports program.  Our students will have the opportunity to participate in home and away games with other like schools in the low desert area. Such as Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Rancho Mirage, etc.  Students that commit to participating actively will receive 2.5 credits in P.E. or Elective credits in each of the four sports offered.  These additions will help our students better focus on their academic needs and foster the development of a team sport and the idea of teamwork.

We will also have an early release day every Thursday at 1:00 pm.  This will provide our teachers with valuable collaboration and professional development time on a weekly basis. This includes monitoring the success or lack of success in each assigned class.

We look forward to having a prosperous new year and to keeping with our motto that every student can graduate with a high school diploma when given a fair opportunity to do so!

Mr. David A. Sanchez

dsanchez@banning.k12.ca.us

New Horizons High School Mission Statement & GoalsGo To Top of Page

Our mission or function is learning. Our objective is to prepare competent, courteous, contributing members of society. Our success will result from our commitment to literacy, high expectations, and accountability in an environment driven by customer service. The goal of New Horizons High School educational community is to help students:

  • Acquire high school diplomas.

  • Transition to institutions of higher learning.

  • Acquire entry-level job skills.

  • Develop values that foster positive self-worth, confidence and satisfaction.

  • Develop a sense of responsibility and achievement.

  • Develop tolerance and understanding of diverse views and cultures.

  • Engage in meaningful and safe recreational and leisure activities.

  • Understand and obey laws.

  • Become intelligent consumers.

  • Gain healthy perspectives for positive influence on family and community.

Back-2-Back District Teachers Of The YearGo To Top of Page

Mrs. Purcell

NEW HORIZONS TEACHERS NAMED DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEARGo To Top of Page

TWO NEW HORIZONS TEACHERS WERE NAMED BANNING UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT'S "TEACHER OF THE YEAR" ...  FOR THE PAST TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS!
 
Math Instructor Darlene Purcell and English/Drama Instructor James D. Waedekin were each honored as BUSD's "District Teacher Of The Year", bringing the honor home to New Horizons for the past two consecutive years!  
 
Mrs. Purcell was first selected by her New Horizon peers as "New Horizons 2016 Teacher Of The Year." Then, after a District Interview of all teachers selected by the other area school sites, comprised of representatives from the District and BTA, Mrs. Purcell was selected as "BUSD 2016 District Teacher Of The Year."  Clearly she was very deserving. Many are familiar with Mrs. Purcell's Advisory Class's Horizon Of Lights candle and soap business.  She brought Junior Achievement to New Horizons so students could study business entrepreneurship.  She also serves as Site Coordinator and Senior Adviser.  In addition, she organizes many exciting field trips and school activities including the College and Career Fair.
 
Through the same process, Mr. Waedekin was named as "BUSD 2017 Teacher Of The Year." In addition, Mr. Waedekin completed an application and composed essays and was named a Semi-Finalist for "Riverside County Teacher Of The Year."  In addition to teaching 9 thru 12 English, Mr. Waedekin is Coombs Alternative Education School yearbook advisor, and directs the Horizon Youth Theatre Project.  
 
Prior to being selected as Teachers of the Year, coincidentally, both were also honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States with their "National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award" for promoting citizenship education in their classrooms and school. Please see the spotlights on each teacher below.

A Tribute To Mrs. PurcellGo To Top of Page

Post Commander Richard L. Day From Desert Edge Post 233 in Beaumont, CA, Wrote This Wonderful Tribute About Ms. Purcell:
 
Darlene Purcell is an extremely gifted professional.  Not only is she highly-educated and innovative, she is also a dedicated individual who takes pride in her chosen career path.  this pride is evidenced in her commitment to excellence as she is compassionate but firm in her student expectations and in her capacity to promote fairness while motivating students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Even though Mrs. Purcell is a consummate professional, she leads a full life outside of her career.
  
Mrs. Purcell
 
For instance, Mrs. Purcell is a Marine Corps widow who continues to demonstrate her respect for our valued service personnel in her organization of programs that honor veterans.  She is a dedicated mother and grandmother.  An avid traveler, Mrs. Purcell has visited many global locations.  
 
Mrs. Purcell
 
Also, Mrs. Purcell has achieved academic success in a variety of settings. Mrs. Purcell's academic achievements include her earning her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Hunter College in New York while at the same time devoting herself as a military wife.  After the passing of her husband, she went on to gain her teaching credential at California State University, San Bernardino where she excelled in her ability to collaborate with fellow classmates not only as a participant but also as a leader.  After taking leave from the academic world to raise her family, Mrs. Purcell returned to the university to obtain her graduate degree, earning a MA in Teaching with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The discipline would prove to be a perfect option for Mrs. Purcell because she is bilingual, Spanish and English.
 
Mrs. Purcell
 
Mrs. Purcell's ultimate goal is to provide exceptional and sound mathematics instruction to a group of students who do not learn within the traditional model by marrying academic concepts with real life situations.  She is indeed broadening their horizons beyond math and even beyond their own expectations.  Mrs. Purcell is an effective leader whose investment in children will eventually reach farther than the community in which she serves.
 

Mr. "W" - Teacher & Author/PlaywrightGo To Top of Page

In addition to teaching high school English and Theatre, Mr. "W" is an award-winning playwright whose scripts and productions Blue Plains (The Story Of Georgia O’Keeffe, Canyon, Texas, 1918), Dream Book and Side Stream have been honored by Dramalogue, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, Colorado Theatreworks 14th Annual Playwrights Forum, American College Theatre Festival and Writers’ Digest Magazine.   Notably, his play Blue Plains was one of five finalists for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation’s National Play Award. 

His work has appeared at UCLA, West Coast Theatre Ensemble, Theatre of Note and the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, the Chicago Playwrights Center, The Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, and the Writers’ Theatre, Miranda Theatre Company, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, and York Theatre in New York City, and the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland.

Waedekin’s musical Urban Myths (Music/Lyrics John Bucchino) was produced regionally at Stage One, in Wichita, and spotlighted nationally in New York City’s Barrymore Theatre at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Fall Festival. 

Lavender Girl, a one-act musical (Music/Lyrics John Bucchino) premiered at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia as part of the show 3HREE, conceived by Harold Prince.  3HREE won The Barrymore Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical by The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.  Produced by Center Theatre Group, 3HREE opened in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre. This production received 5 OVATION Award nominations (LA’s equivalent to New York’s TONYS.)  It was presented at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival by the Royal Academy of Drama and Music in Scotland.  The original cast album for 3HREE is available on DRG records.

His play Christmas in April was published by Eldridge Publishing, under the title The Invisible J. Michael Hess. To date it has had 22 productions nationwide.

His play Dream Book was presented at the Nashville Performing Arts Center, produced by Nashville Theatre Works, through the generous support of organizations including Equity Fights AIDS, with all proceeds supporting Nashville Cares.

His first children’s book, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Finkle was published in August of 2014, and is available on sites including Barnes&Noble.com and Amazon.com.

Waedekin earned a BFA in Journalism (Public Relations)/Theatre from the University of Oklahoma.  He earned his MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. He earned his secondary teaching Clear CLAD Credential in English/Drama Instruction from Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.