Modernization Update: Clerestories Being Constructed

If you drove past New Horizons School over the weekend, you probably noticed a large crane in the staff parking lot. The crane was there to put in place very large iron beams into the Leaning Commons to support the three new clerestories. The beams weighed as much as 6,000 lbs. each.

The three clerestories will allow natural light to enter the Learning Commons and, indirectly, to the adjacent classrooms. With the addition of a living wall and other renovations, particularly to the ceiling, we are very excited to see what the new space will look like.

We anticipate moving back into the Learning Commons later this spring.





The Week Ahead at NHS

Monday, March 20

  • Reach For the Top Practice After School
  • Elementary Choir Practice After School

Tuesday, March 21 

  • Grade 5/6 Toastmasters at Lunch Recess
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday,  March 22

  • Junior High Triathlon #3
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday,  March 23

  • Junior High Triathlon #3
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Friday,  March 24

  • Spring Break Begins

Monday,  April 3

  • Classes Resume

Irish Dancers Delight NHS

Thank you to the McCormack School of Irish Dance for performing at New Horizons School on St. Patrick’s Day. It was a wonderful addition to our St. Patrick’s Day fun!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The leprechauns have wreaked havoc in some of our  elementary classes this morning!

Toppled desks, missing items, funny notes, and even goodies greeted the students as they entered their rooms. Fortunately, all the students chipped in and were able to get the classrooms reorganized for the day.


Pi Day at NHS

Around the world yesterday, March 14, people celebrated Pi Day.

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. It is approximately that amount because the number of digits beyond the decimal point continues to infinity without a repetition of digits or a pattern.

Why March 14?  Well, March is the third month of the year (3) and the fourteenth day of the month (14). Hence, 3.14.

While Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits, students at NHS were asked to memorize Pi to far fewer digits than that. Last week, students from each division  (K-3, 4-6, 7-9) were challenged to memorize Pi to a predetermined number of decimal places. Students who were able to recite Pi were awarded with a slice of  real pie today on Pi Day.

Thank you to the Student Council for organizing Pi Day.

Grade 5/6 Basketball Season Comes to an End

The 2016-2017 season for the Grade 5/6 Nighthawks Basketball season ended on the evening of Friday, March 10.

At a mini-tournament at St. Theresa school, two Nighthawk teams each played four games against different St. Theresa teams. During these mini-tournaments, scores are not kept and games run straight time for thirty minutes. Substitutions occur every five minutes.

This was the second of two tournaments in the season. In this second tournament, our Nighthawks showed tremendous growth in both skill and confidence and provided opposing teams with stiff competition. Above all, our players demonstrated teamwork and sportsmanship – and of course it was a fun time!




Thank you to the parents for having your children be at the games on time and for being there to support the players with your cheers. Thank you again to the Elk Island Catholic Schools Sports Council for inviting New Horizons to be a part of your League, and to St. Theresa School for organizing a a great event.

Most of all, thank you to the players who were so coachable and showed so much grit throughout the year. The Junior High Nighthawks will be getting some talented players for next year’s team!

Thanks for the season.

The Week Ahead at NHS

Monday, March 13

Tuesday, March 14

  • Grade 5/6 Toastmaster’s at Lunch Recess
  • Elementary Choir Practice After School

Wednesday, March 15

  • Chess at Lunch Recess

Thursday, March 16

  • Chess at Lunch Recess

Friday, March 17

  • Term II Report Cards
  • Irish Dancers Performance in the Afternoon
  • Jr. High Investigations Presentations

The Move is On

For the last two days, students have been involved in our move from the old wing to the news wing, and from spaces that are up next for renovations to temporary locations.

During parts of the two-day move, students became involved by helping to move light items while a moving company moved the larger and heavier items after school and in the evening.

The new grade 1-3 classrooms are now being used for instruction, although it will likely take a few more days for everything to find its proper place.

Some items remain to be completed such as getting heat into the hallways – but the classrooms themselves are cozy and warm! The renovated spaces in the northeast corner of the building are also getting some finishing touches.

Interested in a Tour?

As previously advertised, we will be giving interested parents a tour of the new spaces at the following times:

  • Wednesday, March 8 at 3:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. (before the Board meeting)
  • Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. (before the School Council meeting)

Phase II

Starting tomorrow, work on Phase II will begin. The staff room, washrooms, and learning commons along with the adjacent classrooms will be getting a face-lift. The bulk of the work will be done in the learning commons where clerestories are being built to bring in natural light and the infrastructure for a living wall is being installed. Other changes include a new carpet and a modified ceiling.

Phase II is expected to be completed later this spring.

Looking Ahead at New Horizons School

NHS will be a busy place in the upcoming days.

Friday, March 3

Intake day. School is not in session for students.

Monday, March 6

  • Primary classes begin moving to the new modulars.

Tuesday, March 7

  • Primary classes begin instruction in their new classrooms!
  • The following classrooms move into the old wing of modulars: Mrs. Hamilton, Ms. Vigfusson, Mrs. Watson.

Wednesday, March 8 

  • Mrs. Hamilton, Ms. Vigfusson and Mrs. Watson’s students begin instruction in their temporary classrooms.
  • School Tour of the Renovations at 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  (Note: the evening time was previously advertised as 6:45 p.m. That has now changed to 6:30 p.m.)
  • Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 9

  • School Tour of the Renovations at  6:30 p.m.
  • School Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.