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Parents and the community are very supportive of the educational program at New Horizons High School. Parents are encouraged to attend school events such as:

  • Back to School Night

  • Open House

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Student activities

Numerous programs and activities are supported by Banning Unified School District.

Guest Artist Keith Deltano Shares Some Wise Words For Parents - Part 1 of 3-Part SeriesGo To Top of Page

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Misuse of You Tube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, tumblr, flickr, vine (social media) by teens has resulted in cyberbullying, long term suspension, expulsion, suicide, and criminal charges…and that’s the short list.  As a parent/guardian, one of your jobs is to help your students make good decisions regarding social media.  This abuse is not limited to teens, as a nationally touring anti bullying speaker, I  have met elementary school principals that suspended students for making racist, hateful and threatening comments on social media sites.

You must have, “The Talk”…This one will be about the dangers of social media.  It is important that your children understand they can do serious damage to their lives and the lives of others through the misuse of social media. 

We are going to focus on hammering into your student’s brain two words they will relate to when it comes to social media:permanent and prosecutable.  Teens and preadolescents will not retain all of what you say to them, they are, however, able to retain key concepts when they are married to memorable keywords or phrases.  Here are the points you will make during this short but intense conversation:

  1.  What you send out there is permanent, you cannot get it back, and it will be out there forever.  For example, if you send an inappropriate image of yourself out there on twitter, you will have to deal with the image’s existence for the rest of your life.  If you make an inappropriate comment and post it on social media, you will have to deal with the consequences for a long time.  You cannot control the life of a post, tweet, image, text, or email. Businesses and colleges conduct background checks on applicants.  They will check out who you are online.  You may not be able to get into college because of something you posted to social media years earlier.
  2. Inappropriate social media behavior is prosecutable.  You can be suspended from school and even charged with a crime.  If prosecuted for cyberbullying, you will be charged with a misdemeanor that will be on your juvenile record until you are eighteen.  As I mentioned, employers and colleges conduct background checks on their applicants.  You may be unable to get a job because of something you posted on Instagram.  You may be unable to get a college scholarship because you tweeted a racial or threatening comment.  If you are prosecuted for online harassment or cyberbullying the record of that prosecution will stay with you and limit your options until you are eighteen.  Your future could be radically changed when you press send or post, please be careful.
  3. You can cause a lot of pain with one hateful post.  Do you want to be responsible for hurting another person?  Do you want to be responsible for another human being harming themselves in anyway as a result of something you post?  Your social media actions have consequences. 

 

You have described to your teen how negative social media behavior is both permanent and prosecutable.  Will they retain it?  Only if you occasionally revisit it to drive home the keywords and their connection to the concept taught.  I call this prompting and it looks something like this:  Your teen is bouncing out the door, smart phone in hand.  You look up and say, “Remember, what you do with social media can be both…..” and trail off.  Your teen then fills in the blank with “permanent” and “prosecutable”.  Occasionally, you may ask your teen what that means.  They don’t get out the door until they can explain how social media behavior can be both permanent and prosecutable. 

Take it home parents. While the above may seem dramatic, it is so because it needs to be.  Making a simple statement like, “Be careful with your phone.” will have absolutely no impact.  You must spell out the actions and consequences that will have a negative impact on your teen and others.

This article is part of a three part series.  Next we will cover how to “Use Technology to Fight Technology” and then “How to Limit Platforms”.

Keith Deltano is an award winning teacher, private counselor, educational comedian and anti bullying speaker.  You can learn more about him at www.DontBullyOnline.com.

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Guest Artist Keith Deltano Shares Some Wise Words For Parents - Part 2 of 3-Part SeriesGo To Top of Page

I tour nationally speaking in schools about bullying, teen suicide, teen depression, drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and other cheery subjects. When it comes to teen suicide and depression, sometimes I get… depressed.  We are dropping the ball.

I recently presented at a high school that suffered a s

uicide last year.  They brought me in to address bullying as well as the self-harming behaviors that often result from it: cutting, eating disorders, and suicidal ideation.  I hung out with the kids before and after the assemblies, walked the halls, ate lunch with them, and chilled in the commons area.  There was not one sign, poster, bulletin board, flyer, or messaging of any type present that informed the students where to go, or who to call, text, or message if they need help with self harming behaviors. Not one.

I find this same absurd situation in school after school I perform in. “We just sent our guidance counselors to California to attend a suicide prevention conference,” the principal in Georgia says.  I look around the office and hallways: no signs.  “All our teachers have taken a course on how to recognize when a teenager may be suicidal,” the guidance counselor says.  I look around the guidance office and classrooms: no signs that tell the students where to go if they are hurting.  “I’ve just completed a course on how to interact with a child that approaches me with self-harming behavior,” the school resource officer tells me.  I look at the door to his office, the halls around school, everywhere on campus.  There are no signs anywhere to tell the students that the officer is interested in their cutting problem.  None.

This has always been one of the great challenges to teen health education in America: the glaring gap that can occur between theory and practice. School districts throughout America have responded courageously to the teen suicide epidemic. Armies of principals, teachers, and particularly guidance counselors have attended workshops, conferences, and classes on teen suicide prevention.  The problem is that the kids don’t seem to have any idea that this is happening. 

We are getting trained to deal with them and not letting them know we are trained to deal with them.  I have asked principals about the lack of signage in their schools that directs students to help if they are suffering from suicidal ideation, cutting, eating disorders, or any other form of self harm.  I always seem to get a variation of the same answer, “They know they can see the guidance counselor about that.” Or “They know they can come to me.”

Do they?  Have you told them? Teens don’t know that drinking and driving might be a bad idea and they don’t know that having sex in the back seat of a car behind McDonalds is a bad idea.  They can do calculus but have a hard time figuring out that texting a naked picture of themselves might not be in their best interests.  So you expect that the teen hiding in the bathroom making herself throw up knows she can go see the guidance counselor the next morning and not be judged?  Students don’t know where they can go to get help.  We think they know, but they don’t.  Because we are adults and, quite literally, our brains work differently than theirs. A lot of tragedy could be avoided it we understood that teens don’t fully understand what we think they understand.

There needs to be a large sign that all the kids pass in the main hallway, “Feeling like hurting yourself? Come by Mrs. Jones room, or call or text 123-123-1234.”  It’s that simple.  I believe there may be another more subtle reason for the sparsity of signs. The stigma and mystery that surrounds mental illness will not allow some people to put a beacon of hope up in their schools.  We don’t want to admit that our students may be contemplating suicide, cutting, or any other self harming behaviors.  If we don’t acknowledge it, it isn’t there.  We’ll send our counselors to a workshop for three days.  But a sign that we will have to look at every day that reminds us of the uncomfortable precipice many of our students may be hanging over, no we’re not going to do that.  That’s not happening here and I don’t want to look at a sign every day that indicates it might.

Well, hurting kids are out there. You can put up a sign, or deal with the trauma a suicide will cause in your community.  You can put up signage in your school that tells the kids exactly where to go, who to call, who to text to get help for self harming behaviors, or watch the ambulance pull away.

Keith Deltano is an award winning educator and educational comedian.  You can learn more about his anti bullying and suicide prevention assemblies for high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools at www.DontBullyOnline.com

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In an effort to continue recognizing and inspiring academic excellence, Altura Credit Union announced the dates for 2017-18 Student of the Month Breakfasts.  If your Senior is selected, please see the dates below for the complimentary breakfast held at Sizzler. Breakfast begins at 7:45 am.  Awards Ceremony begins at 8:00 am.
 
September Student of the Month
Wednesday, September 13th
 
October Student of the Month
Wednesday, October 18th
 
November Student of the Month
Wednesday, November 9th
 
December Student of the Month
Wednesday, December 13th
 
January Student of the Month
Wednesday, January 10th
 
February Student of the Month
Wednesday, February 7th
 
March Student of the Month
Wednesday, March 7th

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Our Mission

Our  Mission is  to bring the community together to honor and praise our local high school seniors for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school activities, athletics, and community service. We recognize students who have overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. The “heartbeat” of Student of the Month is the student who makes a difference in their home, school and community with sincerity and passion. They must be college or trade school bound.

How it Works:  The program begins in September and ends in May with the Student of the Year Scholarship and Recognition Dinner. A number of senior students are recognized during the school year at monthly breakfasts. Students and their families are honored and recognized by their principal and nominating teacher while sponsors enjoy listening to the heartfelt stories told by the students and their parents. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, City Council, State Legislature, and County address the students and present a certificate of recognition. All sponsors are recognized at the breakfasts.

Beaumont/Banning Student of the Month: Participating Schools

The following Beaumont and Banning high schools participate in the Student of the Month Program:

  • Beaumont High School
  • Glenview High School
  • Banning High School
  • New Horizons High School
  • 21st Century Learning Institute

Committee Members

Karena Chum, Altura Credit Union, Founder

  • Dr. Evan Brown, Beaumont Unified School District
  • Felicia Adkins, Banning Unified School District
  • Sheri Bogh, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
  • Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions
  • Linda Montenegro, Banning Chamber of Commerce
  • Linda Hanley, Bank of Hemet
  • Dr. Carlos Tovares, Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Tom Finch, The Salvation Army.
Pictured here is September Student of the Month Christian Flores.
 
 
Pictured here is October Student of the Month Nadine Lopez.
 
 
 
Pictured here is November Student of the Month Ryan LaCasse.
 
Pictured here is December Student of the Month George Pelayo.
 
Pictured here is January Student of the Month Eveling "Jackie" Alvarez Urena.
 
Pictured here is February Student of the Month Gabriel Rivera.
Pictured here is March Student of the Month Josephine Torres.

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New Horizons High School students were honored at the May 11, 2017 School Board meeting.  It's a great feeling to see our students awarded for their hard work and excellence!

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NHS November SOM Ryan LaCasse is pictured here with his sister Kaley LaCasse, his mother Mary Phillips, his step-father Kevin Daradici, and Banning Mayor Art Welch.

NHS November SOM Ryan LaCasse is pictured here with his sister Kaley LaCasse, his mother Mary Phillips, his step-father Kevin Daradici.

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Social media can be overwhelming.  There are so many platforms: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Kick, flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine and more.  How do you monitor it all? How do you protect your child from cyberbullying, pornography, predators and other negative influences?  You need help.  How do you keep track of what is happening on the family computer, the lap top in their room, and the multiple smartphones and tablets that exist in your home?

You need help.  You will use technology to fight technology.  You are going to down load an “internet filter”.  These filters will allow you to see what is happening on your child’s smart phone without actually picking up his/her phone.  These filtering devices will create a dashboard on your computer you can use to monitor multiple devices. 

Theses filters will block access to pornographic sites as well as violent sites or sites that promotes suicide and self-harm. They will also be able to give you a snapshot of what your student is doing with social media.  These services do costs money.  However, considering the protection they provide, they are extremely affordable.

Go to these websites to download filters and tools that will help you monitor your student’s use of social media. These tools will help you stop inappropriate messages/images from going out and from coming in.  They will also monitor your child’s social media use for you and report to you through email alerts.  You do not have to individually check your students Facebook, twitter, etcetera, accounts.  The below sites do it all for you (in varying degrees). 

www.uknowkids.com – An all in one service that monitors just about every social media platform and reports to you via instant emails.   Provides a dashboard that allows you to track nearly everything your child does online.

www.netnanny.com – Another all in one service that helps parents monitor online behaviors.  One of the most powerful internet filters on the market.

www.truecare.com – Monitors social media and reports to you like the above sites, however, does not cover as many platforms. 

   The above sites have some of the best reputations in the industry.  However, there are many more.  Simply Google “social media monitoring tools for parents”.

    The following sites do not monitor social media, however, they are some of the best sites for help if your child has been bullied, stalked, or harassed online.

www.haltabusektd.org  – Works with kids and teens that are experiencing online bullying.

www.cyberangels.org – Volunteers that work to track down stalkers and bullies online.

www.wiredsafety.com – Deals with cyber abuse. If the situation involves any sort of physical/life threats parents must report to the local police before Wired Safety will get involved.

The theme of this article is to use technology to fight technology.  There are many ways you can do this in addition to downloading an internet filter.  You can get the assistance form service providers themselves.  Every service provider includes parental controls in their package.  However, as I tour the US as an anti bullying speaker and survey my audience, very few parents are actually using these tools.

With most providers, it is as simple as grabbing your student’s phone, entering your email and access code and using the menu button to navigate to “parental controls” or “settings”.   There are many creative ways you can limit you’re students access.  For example, at many of the schools I go to, administrators complain of something they call texting fatigue.   Students are falling asleep at their desks because they have stayed up all night texting their peers.  Teen’s text an average of 60 times a day or 3417 times per month http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/texting-and-teens_n_1365650.html.  Much of that texting is occurring late in the evening or early in the morning. 

You can program your student’s phone not to accept or be able to send out texts at certain times of the day or night.  You can allow certain numbers (yours, relatives, and emergency numbers) within that limited time, however.  You can also limit times that your student can make and receive voice calls. 

You can do this.  Your student needs help to make good decisions.  Use technology to help him/her deal with technology.

Keith Deltano is an award winning teacher, private counselor, educational comedian and anti bullying speaker.  You can learn more about him at www.DontBullyOnline.com