On Wednesday, November 8, the Coombs Computer Lab was filled with representatives from area colleges, trade schools, and local businesses. Some included: California Baptist, Mount San Jacinto Junior College, College of the Desert, The Art Institute and Concorde. All came to share their programs and opportunities with New Horizons students. What a great community partnership!!! Special "thank you" to all the guests who stopped by Coombs.
Rumor has it, Principal Sanchez will stop at nothing to get the supplies his teachers need in the classroom. Art teacher Ms. Pacheco sent out word she needed recycled cardboard and Mr. Sanchez found some alright. Ms. Pacheco's students used it to make tombstones for 2017 Red Ribbon Week. Each chose and researched a celebrity or person of history who died due to drug abuse. Look at these very creepy art masterpieces.
Pictured here are Joey & Danielle showing the tombstones they created.
Congratulations to the students and their great classroom project based learning gravesite! They shared their very important research on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
A Great Symbol For The Start Of The New School Year!
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse, frequently referred to as the "Great American Eclipse", was visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.
The Sun disappeared, seemingly swallowed by our Moon, at least for a while.And this became a great teachable moment for Science Instructor Mrs. Douglas who was ready to help her students witness this great event through the lens of Science. It was amazing to see the eclipse safely never having to look up into the sun. Thank you Mrs. Douglas!
Will be wonderful watching each of our New Horizons students and their many accomplishments seemingly eclipse the Sun as well!
In an effort to help students get a sense of what it must feel like to be isolated, Mrs. Purcell and Mrs. Douglas hosted Deaf Day. Students wore ear plugs and face masks to raise public awareness of the Silent World. Their students have also been learning and using American Sign Language in their classes.
Pictured here are from left to right are Daryl Wells, Kailah Partridge, Kristopher Jacobo, Leslie Naranjo, Kaley LaCasse and Gerret Ring. According to Leslie, the students sold over 60 candles at the event. They are part of a big and busy crew in Mrs. Purcell's Advisory Class who make and market and sell all-natural candles and soaps. "It was hot but it was fun," said Leslie. Principal Sanchez stopped by to lend a hand as well. Congrats Horizon of Lights on a job well done!!!
Just down the street from Mrs. Purcell's candles booth, Alyssa, Carolina and Tiffany showed up to help Mrs. Douglas with parade and barrier control ...
and they ended up holding the Stage Coach Days Banner and leading the parade! How very cool!
Graduation 2017! Wow, the year went SO fast! Congratulations to Class of 2017!Go To Top of Page
The sun peered out of the clouds just long enough Wednesday, May 17, 2017 for the graduating seniors from New Horizons, BISS and Adult Education to celebrate their incredible accomplishments!
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, virtuoso Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful piano music as she shares her mother’s riveting story of survival. Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, Pianist is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music.
A day at the theatre and a picnic lunch after! What a great experience during the first days of spring. A special "THANK YOU" to Horizons of Lights for raising the money to make this field trip possible!
Horizon Youth Theatre Project Attends "EVITA" At Palm Canyon Theatre, Palm Springs, CAGo To Top of Page
Members and family and friends of The Horizon Youth Theatre Project attended Palm Canyon Theatre's spring production of EVITA. This Andrew Lloyd Webber & tim Rice musical charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marring military leader-turned-president Juan Peron. Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte Peron on her journey from fatherless child to ambitious actress to the most powerful woman in Latin America -- and, eventually, to a saint-like figure after her deah from cancer at the age of 33.
Palm Canyon Theatre is a professional Actor's Equity Theatre in history Palm Springs. Students explored the Street Fair before seeing the show.
Managing Director/Co-Artistic Director Se Layne made a rare stage appearance by starring as Evita Peron. After the show she greeted New Horizon students to sign autographs and discuss "life in the theatre."
Students were all smiles just before the amazing production began. Special thanks to the San Gorgonio Education Foundation for making this trip possible.
Chinese Cultural Awareness In Ms. Purcell's and Ms. Douglas' Advisory ClassGo To Top of Page
Who would have thought that an old familiar child's game would be so much fun, entertaining, engaging and math friendly, but none other than: PICK UP STICKS!
Each set was made for only 25 cents each, in honor of our Chinese culture experience. The directions read that it was believed to be a game that originated in China during the 12th century. Notice how Principal Sanchez stopped by to give the game a try.
On Monday, February 13, 2017 BUSD hosted the 2017 District-Wide Science Fair Awards Assembly at Nicolet Middle School. According to hostess Felicia Adkins, Director, Educational Services, "This allowed our District to show off our best and brightest young scientists. Learning about Science is at the heart of a science fair project. Our word relies more on science every day, and science fairs are a great way for students to become more knowledgeable about how the world around them works."
She went on to say, "Preparing a science fair project is an excellent example of project-based learning. It is a very effective instructional method; it is the heart of a common core lesson. Project-based learning will be a key factor to generate kids' interests in learning, especially science."
Special congratulations are in order for the following New Horizons participants for their DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR award-winning projects:
INDIVIDUAL Senior Division
1st Place: Josephine Torres, "Does Color Affect Memory?"
2nd Place: Ivan Flores, "The Race to the Bottom"
GROUP Senior Division
1st Place: Francisco Smart & Carlos Pompa, "Is a Denser Fruit Healthier?"
Pictured here are some of the winners and their projects.
Cassidy Rodriguez-Vasquez & Alexandria Lerma
GAMING HEART RATE
Ryan LaCasse & Leonardo Gallardo
THE SODA GEYSER
Francisco Smart & Carlos Pompa
IS A DENSER FRUIT HEALTHIER?
A special thank you to the district judges who honored our New Horizons Students: Adrienne Griffith, Dr. Richard Hall, Al Evinger & Henri DeRoule.
New Horizons Students See THE ILLUSIONISTS - Live From Broadway!!! Thank You Ms. Purcell!Go To Top of Page
This mind blowing spectacular showcased the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show was packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
New Horizon students witnessed stunning acts of grand illusion levitation mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escaped. Performed by the acclaimed escapologist Andrew basso, he held his breath for over 5 minutes whilst attempting to escape from his underwater cell. This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past – such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, with set and costume design lending the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before. Thank you Ms. Purcell for making this trip possible!!!!
Ms. Purcell's Advisory Traveled To LA For December Holiday Trip! The Grove, The Zone, and The Simon Wiesenthal Museum were just some of the stops she, Principal Sanchez, and the students made!
New Horizons Students Attend DARE TO BE AWARE 2016 Youth Conference!Go To Top of Page
Each year the DARE TO BE AWARE Youth Conference is presented by the Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health Center. This conference provides a powerful curriculum of current topics and hands-on activities that engage an audience of 750 Middle School and High School students in discussions about issues that impact their daily lives. Since the conference began in 2002, it has impacted the lives of more than 9,000 youth in Riverside County.
Workshop Topics this year included: Mental Health & Suicide Awareness, Relationships, Peer Pressure, and Self-Esteem. These workshops addressed common warning signs for suicide and basic steps to connect to help. Also, they explored building and maintaining healthy relationships, as well as staying away from and walking away from destructive relationships. Peer pressure can be overwhelming in high school, so exploring healthy decisions in dealing with peer pressure also was addressed. Finally, the workshops aimed to help youth become better student leaders by discarding any and all negative labels that may have been placed on them over and time and instead creating their own personal labels, ones that define what and who they really are inside.
Pictured From Left to Right Are: Leo Gallardo, Ms. Purcell, Alicia Estrada, Eddie Cabrillo, Gabriel Miramontes, Jose Gutierrez Duarte, Mayte Cardenas Montes, Kevin Hernandez-Alcaraz, nadine Lopez, Jackie Urena, Ryan LaCasse, Kaitlynn Pewett and Ms. Douglas.
"In Flanders field the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row by row. That mark our place and in the sky. The lark still bravely singing, fly scare heard amid the guns below ...." So begin the words to the famous poem THE POPPY TRIBUTE eloquently expressed by Jerry Walker, U.S. Navy, Vietnam War, at this year's Veterans Day Celebration. New Horizons paid tribute to Desert Edge VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 233 including Post Commander Seth O. Eberhardt, Korean War, James Lillibridge, U.S. Marine Corp, Vietnam War, Jerry Walker, U.S. Navy, Vietnam War, Roman Dominquez, U.S. Army, Korean War, and Michael J. Hooper, U.S. Navy, Iraq, and all other service men and women who have served for our Wonderful Country including NHS Social Studies Instructor Dan Varney, U.S. Air Force, and Technology Coordinator Ret. Sgt. Ware, U.S. Army. Students of Mr. "W"'s English Class presented their Readers Theatre called THE WAR LETTERS. Cast included Alice Estrada, Leo Gallardo, Stephanie Hosking, Kaley LaCasse, Ryan LaCasse, Katie Pewitt, Yulissa Rangle and Francisco Smart.
The dance program at MSJC provides opportunities for
the student to participate in a two-year training experience
in the techniques of modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap dance,
dances of the world, ballroom dance, hip hop, musical
theater dance and conditioning and alignment for dance.
Dance performance and production, history and appreciation
of dance and choreography and American popular dance
on stage, screen and television are also studied as part of
the dance major.
So it was amazing when Ms. Darlene Purcell invited the MSJC Dance Touring Ensemble, under the direction of Julie Freeman, and they came to New Horizons' stage. Students and staff enjoyed their collection of work. And these talented dancers made their hard craft look so easy. Thank you Ms. Purcell and the to MSJC!
ANTI BULLYING ASSEMBLY SPEAKER AND COMEDIAN KEITH DELTANO PERFORMED AT NEW HORIZONS! Go To Top of Page
Keith Deltano appeared at New Horizons Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Keith's anti bullying assembly was well-received as he shared his curriculum to create a school wide anti bullying campaign. He has performed anti bullying assemblies for high schools, middle schools and elementary schools throughout the nation. Keith uses serious comedy to engage students, teachers, and parents during his school assemblies, teacher workshops, and parent outreach events.
His experience as an award winning teacher and parent coach have transformed him into one of the nation’s most requested anti bullying speakers.
Keith addresses cyberbullying, physical bullying, racism, exclusion, verbal bullying, gossip, and the mean girl phenomenon. When working with older students he addresses heavier topics like cutting, teen suicide, teen depression, and the importance of seeking help for self-harming behaviors. Please take a moment to stop by and visit his website at www.DontBullyOnline.com.
New Horizons students Kaitlynn Pewitt and Royjon Israel met with Keith Deltano after his presentation to thank him for stopping by New Horizons to present his show.
On November 2, 2016, Banning Unified School District’s New Horizons High School at the Coombs Alternative Campus hosted a career exploration day for students. This Career Day created a critical link between the classroom and the workplace by allowing students to explore various career options so that they can make informed educational and career choices.
According to Darlene Purcell, New Horizons Math Instructor who spearheaded this event, “Our Career Day is intended to benefit our students by introducing them to possible careers while connecting them to knowledgeable guest speakers. They are exposed to technical pathways and college majors that they might not have considered so far, or know are readily available for them.”
Check out some of the exciting photos from this event in the gallery below.
Pictured here at last year's event, New Horizons Junior Christopher Mackey discussed career opportunities in the United States Marine Corps with SSgt Katie M. Click.
Ms. Purcell's Palm Springs Aerial Tram Trip Brought New Horizons Students To The Top Of The WorldGo To Top of Page
NEW HORIZONS COMMUNITY SERVICE AND COMMUNITY FUN AT STAGECOACH DAYS 2016Go To Top of Page
Ms. Purcell's ADVISORY CLASS and their company called HORIZON OF LIGHTS have begun their fundraising sales of homemade candles and soaps and other craft items. Wonderful scents and products are available and they make great gift items. Prices range from $5 to $7. See Ms. Purcell or any of her students for more information.
Pictured here are Leo Gallardo, Michelle Fitzgerald, and Daryle Walls out front of Stater Brothers representing HORIZON OF LIGHTS.