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New Horizons Teachers Caught Being Themselves!  |  CONNECT WITH YOUR NEW HORIZONS COUNSELOR AND TEACHERS WITH THEIR EMAILS!  |  Artists Omar Medrano And Josephine Torres Honored!  |  STUDENT HANDBOOK COVER CONTEST - Josephine Torres Chosen WInner!  |  Origami Fun With Ms. Purcell and Ms. Douglas!!!   |  Congratulations to Ms. Pacheco and Her Art Class!  Dream Rocket Project Exhibits New Horizons Artistry!  |  Always Fun To Stop By Art Class! Students Were Making Celebrity Gravestones For Red Ribbon Week Drug Awareness.  |  New Horizons Theatre Program Will Offer Students "Greater Growth'  |  Root Beer Floats & Planting Seeds For The Future to Celebrate the End of Our 2016-17 School Year!  |  Springtime Means Gardening In Ms. Douglas' Advisory!  |  Asian American Exploration Continues With Ms. Purcell & Ms. Douglas! Advisory Students Experience Sushi, Egg Roll, And Turon-making Lessons!   |  Ms. Purcell's Advisory Stretches To New Limits ... YOGA!  |  Advisory Students Learn The Value Of "Going Green"  |  New Horizons Turns Kids Of Today Into Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow  |  New Horizons Students went RED For RED RIBBON WEEK! They joined together to pledge to be DRUG FREE!!!  |  Highlights From RED RIBBON WEEK!

CONNECT WITH YOUR NEW HORIZONS COUNSELOR AND TEACHERS WITH THEIR EMAILS!Go To Top of Page

THEODORA DOUGLAS - Science, PE tdouglas@banning.k12.ca.us
ROSE PACHECO - Art, English, Independent Studies rpacheco@banning.k12.ca.us
DARLENE PURCELL - Math dpurcell@banning.k12.ca.us
DAN VARNEY - Social Studies dvarney@banning.k12.ca.us
JAMES D. WAEDEKIN - Language Arts jwaedekin@banning.k12.ca.us
 

Artists Omar Medrano And Josephine Torres Honored!Go To Top of Page

STUDENT HANDBOOK COVER CONTEST - Josephine Torres Chosen WInner!Go To Top of Page

This year's Student Handbook Cover Poster Contest was a success!  Led by Ms. Douglas, many students submitted thoughtful and creative designs to showcase PBIS  and New Horizons' Positive Behavior expectations for campus PRIDE (Persistence ... Respect ... Integrity ... Diligence ... Ethics).  Omar Medrano was First Runner Up.  Josephine Torres's design was chosen as this year's winning entry.  Her design will be on the cover of the 2017-18 Student Handbook.  Congratulations to all who entered the contest!

Origami Fun With Ms. Purcell and Ms. Douglas!!! Go To Top of Page

Congratulations to Ms. Pacheco and Her Art Class! Dream Rocket Project Exhibits New Horizons Artistry!Go To Top of Page

Several art students at New Horizons participated in the Dream Rocket Project. DRP launched in 2009, is collecting thousands of artworks from various regions of the world. These panels will eventually wrap a model of the Gemini  rocket going to Mars in 2018.   Benny Aguilar, Gerardo Benitez, Stephanie Hoskings,and Andrew Alcala created their own 2'x 2' canvas panels.    Other students that lent a hand in New Horizons contributions to the project were Drew Seymour,Teddie Miranda and Dylan Cordoza.   Students prepared the panels that will be exhibited around the country, with final placement on the model of the Gemini Rocket in Topeka, Kansas.  It was exciting to see students creating ORIGINAL ART that will been seen ALL over the country!

Always Fun To Stop By Art Class! Students Were Making Celebrity Gravestones For Red Ribbon Week Drug Awareness.Go To Top of Page

New Horizons Theatre Program Will Offer Students "Greater Growth'Go To Top of Page

By DAVID JAMES HEISS (Record Gazette)
 
When English teacher James D. Waedekin, (known as Mr. “W”) discovered that a handful of his students responded well to a theatrical component of his class, he knew he had to devise a program that would build on their interest. 

His HORIZON YOUTH THEATRE PROJECT, a collaboration of student-written and student-directed plays, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the San Gorgonio Education Foundation, which was awarded at the January 26 Banning school board meeting.

According to Waedekin, building an ensemble is the key to this project.  “I hope to encourage teens to be responsible to the larger group, rather than thinking of the needs of their own. If everyone’s focus is towards the group, they can help, support, encourage and challenge each other.”

Also, Waedekin reports, “Ensemble practice fosters a collective ownership of the art: believing in actors as creative, as well as interpretive artists; because of its focus on inclusivity and collaboration, all members of an ensemble develop a sense of the whole … performers can take greater risks and experience greater growth, knowing that the ensemble develop a sense of the whole … performers can take greater risks and experience greater growth, knowing that the ensemble will catch them if they fall.”

Funds include a budget for sets, costumes, T-shirts with the program’s logo, and a field trip to experience a live performance of EVITA at Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs.

New Horizons senior Ryan LaCasse is excited about the afterschool program.  “It will give students in our situation  (those attending a continuation school) a chance we normally don’t get.” 

LaCasse hopes that their short plays “will give people an idea of what we go through every day, and how we look at life.”

Continuation high schools provide education alternatives for students who may be at-risk of not graduating at normal pace; some students are the breadwinners at home, and work jobs that affect either ability to attend school; others may be behind due to family situations, illnesses, or other incidents that disrupt their participation in a traditional high school environment.

Another student in the program, Katelynn Tate, is grateful to have the new drama program.  “A theatre program at different type of school, makes me happy, and creates a sense of normalcy for students at a school like New Horizons,” Tate says.

“This will offer an opportunity to express our true selves,” says student Katie Pewitt.

Student Stephanie Hosking looks forward to using the experience beyond high school. “I would love to be an actor,” she says. “I look forward to participating in the process after graduation. This will give me the insight I’ll need to get acting jobs.”

Simply put, as student Yulissa Rangel Valdez puts it, “I hope someday this will help make me famous.”

The Horizon Youth Theatre Project was one of a handful of programs applying for funds from the San Gorgonio Education Foundations’ second-ever grant distribution, which also received significant support from the Sun Lakes Charitable Trust, and the San Gorgonio Pass Round Table.

“It’s going to impact so many students beyond even those who work on these plays,” says education foundation grant committee chairwoman Gae Rusk. “Those who come to enjoy and experience the end product – it’s an organic project that reflects an A-plus teacher.”

The project was selected by a majority decision of judges from the community, who included city councilwoman Debbie Franklin; retired university professor Muriell Garbo; retired educator Juanita Sibole; retired teacher and school librarian – and education foundation board member – Betty Meltzer; and Morongo School past principal Mason Patterson.

Staff writer David James Heiss is president of the San Gorgonio Education Foundation, and a member of the San Gorgonio Pass Round Table.

 
 
PIctured here back row from left to right are Katie Pewitt, Francisco Smart, Yulissa Rangel Valdez, Katelynn Tate, Ryan LaCasse, Stephanie Hosking, and Mr. "W" in front.

Root Beer Floats & Planting Seeds For The Future to Celebrate the End of Our 2016-17 School Year!Go To Top of Page

The last day of school for 2016-17 was a special one in Ms. Purcell's and Ms. Douglas' Advisory class.  After completing a unit on ASL (American Sign Language), these extraordinary teachers treated their students with root beer floats (which was very fitting on the hottest day of the school year so far).  In addition, as a symbol for each student's unique importance and contribution to our school, seeds and flowers were planted in pots and sent home with each of them.  Thank you Ms. Purcell and Ms. Douglas!!!

Springtime Means Gardening In Ms. Douglas' Advisory!Go To Top of Page

Asian American Exploration Continues With Ms. Purcell & Ms. Douglas! Advisory Students Experience Sushi, Egg Roll, And Turon-making Lessons! Go To Top of Page

Ms. Purcell's Advisory Stretches To New Limits ... YOGA!Go To Top of Page

Advisory Students Learn The Value Of "Going Green"Go To Top of Page

What a great experiment! Ms. Purcell and Mrs. Douglas teamed together to help students learn "the business of going green."   Ms. Douglas' garden class grew vegetables which were brought to the cafeteria for lunches, and salads were made for classes, too. Her students also grew lavender which was donated to Ms. Purcell's advisory class so they could use it for the lavender soap they are making. Now the students' candle and soap business can advertise that they now make organic lavender soap. Shoppers will love that!

New Horizons Turns Kids Of Today Into Entrepreneurs of TomorrowGo To Top of Page

According to Math instructor Ms. Darlene Purcell, “Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy, and that’s why I brought it to New Horizons High School for a special afterschool program.”

Junior Achievement Sparks Student Success and to date, JA will impact over 4.6 million U.S. students in more than 201,000 classrooms during 2015-2016.

As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world.

JA Graduation Pathways creates opportunities for students to achieve by providing multiple JA experiences throughout a student’s academic career. Developed to address the region’s critical drop-out rates, this initiative couples proven programs and dedicated volunteers to inspire kids to stay in school. The core content and consistent reinforcement of students’ abilities helps lay the foundation for long-term academic success.

Ms. Purcell arranged for JA Community Representative Anne Oliver, also an alumni herself and one of the first students to be involved in JA to teach sessions with such topics as “Career Success” and  “Career Finance.”  In addition, Oliver is a member ot The Inland Empire Chapter of SCORE which provides counseling services to the small business community in 2007.  Popular in large California cities and growing in Inland Empire, New Horizons is actually one of very few high schools east of Los Angeles currently incorporating JA.

New Horizons Students went RED For RED RIBBON WEEK! They joined together to pledge to be DRUG FREE!!!Go To Top of Page

RED RIBBON WEEK is always a great celebration at New Horizons High School. Why? Because it matters! Faculty, staff, administration and students share food and fun to "Team Up Against Drugs!" On "Dress As Somebody You Want to Be In The Future" Day for Red Ribbon Week, staff members surprised Principal Sanchez by dressing as HIM. Ms. Pacheco's Art Class created a graveyard of celebrities who died due to drugs. The stones and the grim reaper appeared in New Horizon's quad area.

Highlights From RED RIBBON WEEK!Go To Top of Page