New Horizon School
NHS Student visiting Yosemite National Park

Dear NHS Families,

There has been a lot of information in the news recently regarding the new CDC recommendation that staff and students who are vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks outdoors at school.  The Washington State Department of Health also revised its requirements for schools to state that face coverings/masks are not required for outdoors.  However, the King County Public Health Department’s masking requirements have not changed as yet and still require vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask in school, both indoors and outdoors.  Therefore, we will continue status quo with regard to masking for the time being. 

As a reminder, both the CDC and the DOH recommend masks that have two or more layers of washable breathable fabric, completely cover nose and mouth, fit snugly against the side of the face and don’t have gaps, and have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.  Please send your child to school with a CDC approved mask or we can provide one.  Please do not choose masks that are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, and have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape.

The faculty and I met after the end of the 2020-2021 school year to discuss the year.  We felt that the following went well:

  • Using our Learning Management System (Schoology)
  • Students were very successful in remote learning
  • We adapted well and were resourceful
  • Students benefitted from increased 1:1s with teachers
  • New students benefitted from “onboarding sessions”
  • Students who joined us in hybrid in April did a good job of transitioning back to in-person learning
  • Remote application assessments with applicants worked well
  • Increased use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Able to accommodate the needs of all of our students
  • Able to serve several out of state students
  • Collaboration between remote teachers and in-person teachers during hybrid was good
  • Good job helping each other
  • Offered some clubs in remote learning
  • Added a new teacher
  • Put on two performances remotely
  • In-person graduation
  • Faculty teamwork at in-person graduation was good
  • Successfully integrated a lot of new students
  • Successfully transitioned to a new School Information System (PowerSchool)
  • Began using Xello
  • Added Digital Animation and Spanish
  • Using DocuSign for remote meetings

Here are some things that the faculty and I would change if we could:

  • Better work/life balance
  • We had a low turn-out for teacher/parent conferences
  • Takes a lot of time to figure out the best ways to do things
  • We missed having field trips
  • We missed using our point card system
  • Dance team missed having in-person rehearsals

According to our Student Satisfaction Survey results, our students felt good about their learning experience, felt accepted as individuals, and understand things that they were taught.  Additionally students feel that they understand how to get their assignments completed and submitted.  Student comments included: 

  • “I am working on myself, helping others when asked, and I have a kind mind”.
  • “I am impressed with my career project”.
  • “I am still learning”.
  • “I like coming to New Horizon classes because the teachers understand me and help me be successful”.

According to our Staff Satisfaction Survey results, our staff members feel that they have helped their students develop a positive attitude toward learning and understand the purpose of homework.  They also feel that the cultural environment of NHS provides for their students’ social and emotional needs.  Staff comments included:

  • “I turned problems into puzzles to be solved”.
  • “I relate homework and questions to real world scenarios”.
  • “Everyone works hard and tries their best to support each other”.
  • “A significant part of our teaching is about how to help students interact socially in a successful way”.

Our top goal for the upcoming school year is to help our students make a successful transition back to full-time, in-person learning, 8 AM – 2:30 PM, M-F.  We also want to continue to improve in our use of and our teaching of technology tools to support our students’ access to learning.

The faculty and I enjoyed a professional development opportunity last month as well.  We participated in a workshop titled “Strategies for Executive Functioning:  Teaching Organizational Concepts & Skills” by Michelle Garcia-Winner. We increased our knowledge about executive functioning and the ways it impacts academic performance, self-regulation, time management, and more.  We also learned specific strategies to help strengthen organized thinking and improve motivation and organizational skills for students with social learning challenges.

Summer School is going well so far.  The theme is “Summer Olympics”, and our students seem to be transitioning well to being on campus 5 days per week. There is an adjustment period, so if your son/daughter didn’t join us in hybrid or in Summer School, please anticipate that it may be somewhat overwhelming or challenging in the fall.

We have many new students and visitors joining us in Summer School.  Please join us in welcoming:

  • Trenton Bakke, Gr. 11
  • Clark Faryar, Gr. 4
  • Zion Glover-Hughes, Gr. 3
  • Brodie Hudgens, Gr. 3
  • Eben Levy, Gr. 5
  • Dylan Pack, Gr. 8
  • Leila Pickens, Gr. 4
  • Rayne Pires, Gr. 4
  • Micah Santana, Gr. 8
  • Erik Simons, Gr. 8

We hope that your child enjoys our Summer Olympics theme and learning about overcoming obstacles, working together a team, “measuring greatness”, and heroes/heroines!

We will be sending out our “Back to School Packet” during the first week of August.  In it you will find a Welcome Back Letter, updated information about graduation requirements, a list of contact names and information, a supply list, dress code information, and some forms to complete and return on or before the first day of school.

The first day of school is September 7th, and the hours will be 8 AM – 2:30 PM.  Drivers may drop students off as early as 7:45 AM, but not before.  Attached is another copy of our 2021-2022 Academic Year Calendar for your reference.

Please feel free to contact Judy, Vikki, or me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Marla

Marla L. Veliz

Administrator

July 14th, 2021

Posted In: School News

NHS Class of 2021

Dear NHS Families and Friends,

It’s been a long and unusual year.  I say unusual, because last summer when the faculty, staff, and I were planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we truly didn’t know if we would be opening the year in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning.  Therefore, we planned for all 3 possibilities.  As the school year progressed, we didn’t know from month to month if or when we might transitioning to hybrid, so we continued adjusting and improving our remote program, while at the same time planning and preparing more deeply for our hybrid program.  When we finally re-opened in hybrid in April, we didn’t know if we would be able to finish the year in that model, or if we would be forced to transition back into remote.

We’re fortunate to have ended the year in hybrid, and we are now ready to transition to full time, in person learning, on campus learning 5 days per week!  The faculty, staff, and I are happy about this and we’re looking forward to seeing your child back on campus this summer and/or next fall.

As we claim a victory over this truly unprecedented school year, I want to congratulate NHS students for all of their hard work and effort!  They not only survived this year, but they thrived and learned this year.  Around the world, many educators are reporting that their students regressed academically and socially.  I can confidently say that NHS students did not regress in any way.  Our students have passed all of their classes, earned good grades, progressed on their goals, and improved their academic and social skills.  I’m very proud of their hard work.

We are here! We made it to the end of the school year!  How many of us ordered Uber Eats or Amazon Fresh?  Went for more than a year without seeing non-household members other than behind virtual screens?  Learned new digital tools did we learn to use effectively this year?  Purchased subscriptions to online TV channels that we had never previously heard of? Taught themselves a new language or a new skill?  

NHS seniors who graduated on June 10th and who are ready to go on to a post-secondary program or join the workforce are joining an uncertain economy but a bright future.  They are heroes because they persevered, worked hard, and never gave up.  NHS teachers are heroes because they faced challenges and found new ways to build trust relationships and foster inquiry and growth.  NHS parents are also heroes because they believe in their children and support both them and us every step of the way.  Thank you to the heroes!

We shift into summer school and fall, with one foot in education as we knew it in the past, and with the other foot marching into education as we will reimagine it for the future.  The NHS staff, faculty, and I will examine the tools we have learned to use over the past year, keep what worked, grow our skills, and use these tools as well as new tools this summer and next year.

Working with your children and knowing all of you is a gift, and we are happy to have your family joining us on this journey.

Summer school starts on July 6th, and Fall Semester starts on September 7th.  We will keep you posted of any updates throughout the summer and you should receive your “Back to School Packet” in early August.

Have a wonderful break.  Feel free to contact Judy, Vikki, or me with any questions.

jcolson@new-horizon-school.org

vcolson@new-horizon-school.org

mveliz@new-horizon-school.org

Sincerely,

Marla

Marla Veliz

NHS Administrator

June 21st, 2021

Posted In: School News

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To register fill in form or email: vcolson@new-horizon-school.org

* We are anticipating Summer School will occur on campus at the New Horizon School facility 5 days a week with a remote participation available to some students. In the event a “stay at home” order is given, Summer School will be conducted completely online using the Schoology Online Learning Management System and Zoom for instruction purposes. Additional online software and instructional materials will be used. Please ensure your child has a reliable internet access, computer, and camera in the event this situation occurs. *

June 14th, 2021

Posted In: School News

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