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Opportunities for Parental Involvement Go to top

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.

Parent Advice

Senior Visit To Brightwood CollegeGo to top

According to Brightwood College, New Horizons High School students have real potential. All they need is support. Special thank you to Dean Hilde who arranged a senior trip to Brightwood College in Palm Springs.  And thank you also to Mrs. Douglas who brought the students to the campus to see first-hand the career programs available.

Students standing in front of a Brightwood College banner

According to representatives, at Brightwood College the teachers do more than train their students. “We brighten futures with real-world knowledge that goes beyond the classroom.”  No matter which program students choose, the instructors will give them the personal attention they need to help transform their tomorrow.

Students standing in front of a Brightwood College banner

“We’re with you at every step,” they said.  “At Brightwood College, the success of our students is our greatest joy.  It’s our greates success.  That’s why we take the time to get to know you and work alongside you, so that we can help guide you along the path to a better future.”

Students in a room with a skeleton in the background

In addition, they said, “We offer hands-on training in small classes, so you can learn by doing. Our instructors have real-world experience and share insights about working in the field, so no matter which career path you’ve chosen, you’ll be prepared to enter the workplace with confidence.”

Below are the unique programs available to our New Horizons High School students if they chose to attend Brightwood College.

Allied Health Programs
Interested in an allied health care career where your skills could make a difference in someone’s life? Our Allied Health programs offer several paths to the medical field to help you pursue a job that fuels your passion to serve others.

Business Programs
With a business degree or a diploma, you can pursue bright new career opportunities. Our business studies programs are designed to equip you with professional skills to succeed in today's business settings.

Information Technology Programs
If you enjoy problem-solving and assisting others, consider a career in information technology. Our IT courses provide a foundation in computer network maintenance and support to prepare you with the technical skills required in the IT field.

Legal Studies
Study legal studies to make a positive impact in your community. Explore our Paralegal programs to train for a career where you could make a difference.

Nursing Programs
A hands-on nursing education could be the first step to a brighter future. Through interactive nursing courses and real clinical experience, our nursing programs can help you develop the skills to make a difference in patients' lives.

Soroptimist International Of Beaumont-Banning Mentors NHHS Young Women!Go to top

Thank you to Soroptimist International Of Beaumont-Banning for coming to COOMBS! This organization of professional business women is helping Coombs young women make a difference in the community. For five weeks this Spring Semester, members conducted workshops at NHS instilling the values of their mission statement.

Soroptomist Members

Mission Statement: 
Soroptimist International of Beaumont-Banning is an organization of professional and business women making a difference in the community.

The name, SOROPTIMIST, was coined from the Latin "Soror" and "Optima", meaning the best for women.  Soroptimists are truly women at their best - helping other women to be their best. And New Horizons appreciated their visits immensely.

Founded in 1921 in Oakland, California, Soroptimist has a global network of members in 132 countries and territories working at local, national, and international levels to educate, empower, and enable opportunities for women and girls.

Students sitting in front of a screen that says Game of Life

Pictured here, members of Soroptimist International work with New Horizons' young women.  

Students and a teacher putting their hands in a group
People in a classroom

Service   Awareness   Advocacy   Action

These words will resonate with NHHS women thanks to Soroptimist International!

Banning Boys & Girls Club Hosts New HorizonsGo to top

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass, a non-profit, youth development organization serving the Banning / Beaumont Communities in California, invited New Horizons to visit their newest home in downtown Banning.


According to the Boys & Girls Club, "The most influential time in a child's life is between 3 and 8 every afternoon. Which is exactly why that's the time that Boys & Girls Clubs OPEN their doors and arms to kids all over - when kids walk into the Club they are surrounded by people who care about what happens to them, with adults who make sure that kids continue to learn and grow."

Boys & Girls Club Trip

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass looks to develop youth and give them what they want, need and deserve...a place to call their own. Everyday the Boys & Girls Clubs strive to improve each child's life by implementing educational programs and activities that increase self-esteem, courage, and positive values through tutoring, computer training, sports education, homework help, mentoring and more.

Fun At Boys & Girls Club

If you are looking for an exciting place for your child to learn and grow, or would like to volunteer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass have something for you! Find out more about the Boys & Girls Club by exploring their website.

Boys & Girls Club

NHHS Launches Teen Suicide Awareness ClubGo to top

Special Thank You to Ms. Laura Ruano who spear-headed the launch of our Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention Club on campus.  Their first event was a real success! The TSAPP goals are to bring awareness surrounding the issue of teen suicide, reduce teen injuries and fatalities from suicide attempts, and to promote positive youth development by allowing  students to act as a resource for their peers in seeking mental health services at New Horizon High School.  The focus of the club is on mental health awareness and stigma reduction. It is also a way to support student led advocacy.

The club's campaign event on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, was to bring awareness and provide resources for our students about teen suicide. During lunch time and Advisory, students decorated Christmas Stockings for the holiday and prepared to fill them up with resources and good compliments given by their peers. Students were not only very enthusiastic about the treats but the amount of information and the positive feedback they received from their peers.

Congrats to all who participated!

Suicide Club Poster
Ms. Ruano and students

Pictured here, Joey Kongdara and his fellow club members celebrate their event.

Suicide Club Stockings

Guest Artist Keith Deltano Shares Some Wise Words For Parents - Part 1 of 3-Part SeriesGo to top

Comedian DelTano


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

New Horizons Site Council Hosts Parent/Student Coffee Mixer!Go to top

Pictured here are Steven Pewitt and his daughter NHS student Kaitlynn Pewitt.
Carlos Saul Pompa and his son Carlos A. Pompa.
Site Council Coordinator Ms. Darlene Purcell and Parent Laison Ms. Jacqueline Miranda.

Guest Artist Keith Deltano Shares Some Wise Words For Parents - Part 2 of 3-Part SeriesGo to top

Comedian DelTano

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.”

Hazing Hurts Logo

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


Aug 6 Back-to-School Night
Aug  7 First Day for Students
Aug  30 1st PAR Check/Quarter 1
Sept TBA Blood Drive
Sept 10  Fall Picture Day
Sept 12  School Site Council 3pm
Sept  20  2nd PAR Check/Quarter 2 
Oct 4 3rd PAR Check/End of Quarter 
Oct 25 1st PAR Check/Quarter 2
Nov TBA College & Career Fair
Nov 8  School Site Council 3 pm
Nov 13 @  9:15 am  ASVAB
Nov 15 2nd PAR Check/Quarter 2 
Dec  17, 18, &19  Semester Finals/Minimum Days
Dec 19 3rd PAR Check/End of First Semester
Jan 7 Open House 5-6:30 pm 
Jan 16 School Site Council 3 pm
Jan 24 1st PAR Check/Quarter 3
February TBA  Blood Drive
Feb 6  Make-Up Pictures
Feb 14 2nd PAR Check/Quarter 3
Feb 28  3rd PAR Check/End of Third Quarter
March 11 @ 9:15 am ASVAB
March 19  School Site Council 3 pm
April (Window Open) Smarter Balance Assessment 
April 3 1st PAR Check/Quarter 4
April 6 Cap & Gown Picture
May 1   PAR Check/Quarter 4
May 14  School Site Council 3 pm
May 20 @ 4:30 pm Graduation/Commencement
May 27, 28 & 29  Semester Finals/Minimum Days
May 29 3rd PAR Check/End of Semester

Yearbooks Available! Enjoy Your New Horizons Memories With Your Very Own Yearbook!Go to top

Both the 2016-17
Coombs Alternative Education School. We paint the stories of our lives. 2016-2017
and the 2017-18
Coombs Alternative Education School
yearbooks are still available.
Simply head to and purchase it with credit card, debit card, or arrange to send check or money order.  Also consider pre-ordering your 2018-19 yearbook early and receive a discount. Click on the direct link:


Handbook Cover


Teachers in front of a classroom
Pictured here: Western Association of Schools and Collges (WASC) committee members Gary Yetter (Moreno Valley - USD) and Mary Jo Mosby (Mt. San Jacinto High School, Desert Sands USD) visited New Horizons High School in April 2018.  They were very impressed with all we do here at New Horizons. Watch for their official report very soon!

October 2017 Students Of The Month!Go to top

It was a very exciting October for the 2017-18 Banning/Beaumont Student of the Month Program.  Carlos Pompa was selected Student of the Month for New Horizons High School because he truly embodied Horizon Pride in the eyes of his teachers.  Mrs. Purcell nominated him and sponsored him for this event. Mrs. Purcell's daughter Hannah Miller was selected for Beaumont High School.  What an honor!  So Mrs. Purcell enjoyed the event as both a teacher and a mother.  Truly a special day! Congrats to Carlos and to Hannah. 
Student of the Month Carlos Pompa with Hannah Purcell and Ms. Darlene Purcell

Altura Credit Union Launches Banning/Beaumont 2016-17 STUDENT OF THE MONTH PROGRAM Recognizing and Inspiring Academic Excellence in Our Community!Go to top

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.
Christian Flores Student of the Month
Pictured here is September Student of the Month Christian Flores.
Aline Student of the Month
Pictured here is October Student of the Month Nadine Lopez.
Pictured here is November Student of the Month Ryan LaCasse.
George Pelayo Student of the Month
Pictured here is December Student of the Month George Pelayo.
Pictured here is January Student of the Month Eveling "Jackie" Alvarez Urena.
Gabriel Student of the Month
Pictured here is February Student of the Month Gabriel Rivera.
Student of Month Josie
Pictured here is March Student of the Month Josephine Torres.

Leslie Naranjo Selected as February 2018 Student Of The MonthGo to top

New Horizons High School chose Leslie Naranjo as February 2018 Student of the Month.  Nominated by Ms. Rose Pacheco, all the faculty could not agree more.  Here at the Sizzler Breakfast, Leslie can be seen with other students and dignitaries on this special morning.  Congratulations Leslie!!!!
Leslie Naranjo Student of the Month

It's Always Nice To Be Recognized!!!!Go to top

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!School Board

Special Thanks To Banning Sizzler Restaurant For Hosting Monthly BANNING/BEAUMONT STUDENT OF THE MONTH BREAKFAST!Go to top

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.

Guest Artist Keith Deltano Shares Some Wise Words For Parents - Part 3 of 3-Part SeriesGo to top

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). – 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. – Another all in one service that helps parents monitor online behaviors.  One of the most powerful internet filters on the market. – 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.  – Works with kids and teens that are experiencing online bullying. – Volunteers that work to track down stalkers and bullies online. – 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  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