News from our Administrator

Dear NHS Families,

Online Learning to Date: Overall, the NHS teachers and I believe that

things are going well so far this year. Most of our students are making

progress, attending their classes, turning on their cameras so that teachers

can see them/engage with them, and doing their assignments. Many are

increasing their independent work skills as well as organizing and managing

their work on Schoology. Many are also improving their ability to ask their

teachers for help when they need it by requesting 1:1 time. Aside from the

occasional technology glitch (power outage, internet disruption, or minor lap

top problem), connectivity between students and teachers has been very


We know that online learning is hard, much more difficult than in person

learning. The teachers and I are continuously looking for ways to make

online learning more accessible to all of our students, and we hope that you

will join us in that effort.

Ways to Support Your Student in Online Learning: In the meantime, I

am reattaching some information that I sent to all families at the beginning

of the school year about ways you can support your student in the remote

learning model (Click Here). This excerpt was part of a document that

I sent to parents in September, titled “Parent Guide: Re-opening NHS in the

Remote Model, September, 2020”. Please let us know if you would like

another copy of the complete document.

We appreciate your partnership as we all work together to provide continuity

in educational programming.

1st Quarter Report Cards/Next Progress Reports: You should have

received your student’s 1st Quarter report card on November 12th. Please

watch for your student’s progress report, which should be sent to you this

coming Friday, December 11th. Please contact Vikki Colson (

if you have any questions.

Facilities: In preparation for the day when public health officials might

allow us to resume in person learning in the Hybrid Model, we are in the

process of completing some facilities maintenance: work on our fire

sprinkler system and work on our bridge outside of the Main Building on the

upper parking lot.

Welcome a Student Visitor: Please join us in welcoming Carter

Tuckerman, who began visiting in Mr. Hines’ homeroom this week. We hope

Carter and his family will enjoy visiting New Horizon School!

Community Outreach: Thursday, December 10th, several NHS teachers

and I will be attending the Renton Chamber of Commerce’s “Ahead of the

Care” awards ceremony. We nominated two health care providers for

awards, and we hope that the Renton Chamber will recognize our nominees

for their excellent work in the community.

Winter Vacation: Winter Vacation begins on December 21st and ends on

January 1st. School resumes on January 4th with our normal online learning


Science Club Starts in January: Science Club starts on Wednesday,

January 20th. Please contact Vikki Colson at

or Ms. Hillman at  if your student is interested.

Space is limited!

Upcoming Zoom Meeting: I am planning to schedule another “Coffee with

Marla, BYO Coffee, LOL” Zoom meeting during 2nd Quarter in order to check

in with parents, provide updates, answer any general questions, and/or

listen to any general concerns that you may have. I am looking for a

weekday morning about 10 AM that might work shortly after the New Year.

I will keep you posted.

Please do not hesitate to email me at if I

can be of any assistance to you.

Stay healthy, and Happy Holidays!



Marla Veliz