Special THANK YOU to Mrs. Purcell and Mrs. Douglas who brought their Advisory students to Whitewater Preserve for their Spring community service project. Students were there to both clean the grounds as well as collect environmental data. Whitewater Preserve is located approximately 25 minutes east of Banning.
According to New Horizons Senior Ivy Conde, "It was an interesting experience discovering new creatures and seeing what what was really hidden in the water. It felt good cleaning up to make the environment safer and cleaner."
Students went to the rivers's edge. They put down nets to capture and to identify bugs. They were given the responsibility to name the species and then free them back into the water.
This adventure was a great way for New Horizons students to get out of their normal classroom comfort zone, to experience the outdoors, and to realize new ways to give back to the community.
"It's okay to get dirty if it means you're helping your community," Ivy concluded.
Irish music played as staff and students assembled to celebrate the historical importance and traditions of Saint Patrick's Day. Teachers brought baked potatoes and students all sorts of tasty toppings for a Potato Feast to commemorate Ireland's Potato Famine. Mrs. Purcell even cooked corned beef and cabbage for the students to try too. Thank you Mrs. Purcell and Mrs. Douglas for organizing this event. It should be noted that even Mr. Waedekin fired up his stove and cooked 25 baked potatoes following Mrs. Pacheco's recipe ... Poke potatoes with fork several times so they won't explode in the oven. Lightly coat potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Wrap in foil. Bake in oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Thanks for the helpful tip!
Congratulations To The Class of 2018! Here Are Some Highlights From This Year's Celebration!Go To Top of Page
Special Thank You to Josephine Torres who was selected to address her fellow graduates at this year’s commencement ceremony. According to her speech, Josephine was thankful to reach the light at the end of a tunnel.
“I stand here today with the memory of dark times in my mind,” Torres said to her 13 classmates from the Repplier Park Bowl podium May 16. “I also stand with the satisfaction that those dark times have come and gone. Those dark times we have in our lives often feel suffocating, as if we were buried alive; but I think maybe we were just being planted.” Rising out of those “dark times,” she pointed out, “We have bloomed.”
We appreciate your inspirational words Josephine. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
The Walnut Street Theatre presented BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY on February 27, 2018 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, and New Horizons High School had awesome balcony seats to see this very entertaining show.
Laughter is “elementary my dear Watson”. Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, was full of intrigue and… laughs. NHS students witnessed five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters, and ventured deep into a world filled with disguises, silly accents and murderous deceit. The journey wound through treacherous England's famed Devonshire moors, crowded railway stations, foggy London streets and gloomy baronial mansions. NHS students witnessed the investigation as zany, intrepid detectives followed leads, unraveled clues, hit dead-ends, and zigzaged with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion. All was not what it seemed. Audience was amazed when it found out "whodunit."
Thank you to Principal Sanchez and Mrs. Purcell and THE HORIZON OF LIGHTS Candle Company for making this field trip possible!
January 31, 2018 proved a remarkable morning. High above the very early morning sky, a very strange lunar eclipse shown down on Banning. For those of you who missed it, a special "thank you" is order to Mrs. Louise Farshad who captured this event for us on film. What an amazing photo of an equally amazing morning. Thank you for sharing this Mrs. Farshad!
Horizon Of Lights Candle Company Sends Students To Universal Studios!Go To Top of Page
What an exciting field trip!!! Thanks to Horizon of Lights, the New Horizons entrepreneurship advisory class that continues to create, make, and sell new and innovative candles and soap projects under the guidance of Mrs. Purcell, students were able to attend Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Thanks to all who made this possible. Everybody had a great time.
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, The Horizon Youth Theatre Project presented their first show at New Horizons High School. Room 112 was transformed into the Horizon Theatre this Fall. Members of the project met each week to participate in theatre acting, directing, and playwriting activities to create their first showcase: A Youth Collaboration of New Short Plays.
Family and friends first gathered for a reception to thank the San Gorgonio Education Foundation for their generous contribution to make this event possible as well as to honor the writers, actors, and directors.
Then, before the plays, young poets "slammed" some of their most recent work, which proved an excellent "pre-show" for the student plays. These talented writers shared their very poignant, reflective, and honest glimpses into very realistic topics. Congratulations to these poets!
Finally, the playwrights introduced their plays and actors. These heartfelt plays explored such important teen issues as bullying, body image, self-esteem, and following life goals and dreams. It was an exciting evening to watch the company members take on the incredible task of being playwrights, directors and actors.
Congratulations to Horizon Theatre Project!
TheHORIZON YOUTH THEATRE PROJECT
would like to thank the following people for making their first show possible:
First of all, Mr. Sanchez, Mrs. Pacheco, Mrs. Purcell, Mr. Varney for supporting our actors with our rehearsals. Ms. Jeannette Garcia and all the office staff and maintenance crew and security who helped with programs and printing and classrooms and chairs. Mr. & Mrs. Douglas for their help with loading set and sound assistance and rehearsal food. For all the parents/guardians/family members who helped cast members get to and from their after school rehearsals.
And a special thanks to TheSan Gorgonio Education Foundation for making this project possible!
(Pictured here from left to right are Kaley LaCasse, Kaitlynn Pewett, Josephine Torres and Brett Boone.)
*Special Guests from Banning High School's BYTE (Banning Youth Theatre Ensemble).
(Pictured here is the new Horizon Theatre in room 112.)
The Horizon Youth Theatre Project Mission
By providing exposure and opportunities for young people to receive training in the performing arts, together with the opportunity to participate in the theatre making process, the Horizon Youth Theatre Project aims to stimulate growth and participation in theatre and to encourage local youth to consider a college/career in theatre through the following objectives:
Increased youth participation in theatre making;
Increased understanding of the theatre making process from script through rehearsal to performance;
Increased awareness and attendance of theatre in the Pass Area.
Each year Principal Sanchez hosts an all-campus turkey trot. It's a great tradition. And the 2017 Coombs Invitational Turkey Trot was no different. The entire school came out to watch ... and this year's winners ran quite a race ... two laps around the north campus field. Big cheers as Joey Kongdara crossed the finished line first followed by other out-of-breath winners, each trying to win a Thanksgiving Turkey.
Pictured here, all the participating runners line up to begin the race.
Pictured here are this year's winners Miguel Morones, Joey Kongdara and Carlos Pompa. Each won great prices to bring home for Thanksgiving Dinner.
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!
It 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.
Congratulations to all involved with this great event!
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!
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 Mrs. Purcell and Horizons of Lights for raising the money to make this 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.