New Horizons School extends its deepest condolences to the Jacobson Family for the unexpected and tragic loss of their daughter Ayva who passed away on Friday as a result of a pedestrian accident in Edmonton. Ayva was a former student of NHS and currently has a brother attending our school. While at NHS, we were all touched with Ayva’s bright spirit and beautiful voice.
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the Jacobson family during this difficult and painful time.
On Friday, November 9, students, staff, and parents attended our Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was our time to remember and honor those who died for us as well as to give thanks for the sacrifices of those who came back from serving. We shall never forget.
Those of you who have your children bused to school should have received the following message from Elk Island Transportation:
Due to an incident at the Strathcona County Community Centre the evening of November 6, the bus transfer site at Salisbury Composite High will be closed on Wednesday, November 7. Unfortunately, that means we are unable to run buses that use the transfer site, and parents will need to make alternate arrangements to transport their children to and from school.
We anticipate the transfer point will only be closed Wednesday but will reach out again when we’ve been advised access to the area is permitted.
New Horizons’ Founder Receives Award – Coleen Taylor Honoured by Charter Schools Association
Congratulations to Coleen Taylor, the founding parent of New Horizons School, who received the Halvar Jonson Award at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools, held on Friday, October 26.
Shown here with her husband, Ross, Coleen was recognized for her pioneering work in establishing New Horizons, which was Alberta’s first charter school, in 1995, and in establishing the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools in 1996.
Read a congratulatory summary of Coleen Taylor’s pioneering work here.
Read Coleen Taylor’s speech in response to receiving the Halvar Jonson Award here.
Grade 3M Gets STEM Experience
Ms. Mackinnon’s grade 3 class was given the opportunity to test out a new field trip with Teacher’s Pet that hasn’t yet been released!
They designed, built and tested marble runs using wooden planks!
Inspiring Teacher Recognized
Imperial Oil sponsored an “Inspiring Teacher” contest for World Teacher Day in October. Out of 300 nominations for teachers from Sherwood Park & Edmonton, Ms. Graham had the most nominations for her inspiring work with her music program here at NHS.
On Monday, October 29, Imperial Oil representatives Luc Van Vooren, Keri Scobie, and Karen Reiter-Stecyk attended our assembly and presented Ms. Graham with a prize along with a $5,000.00 cheque for the school. The funds will be used to support the school’s music program.
Also present at the assembly was Annie McKitrick, MLA for Sherwood Park and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education. She extended congratulatory remarks to Ms. Graham and to all teacher who inspire youth.
As a part of the assembly, Ms. Graham arranged a surprise flash mob that involved all the students at the assembly. The flash mob was led by students Claire G., Isabelle R., Meadow H., Eva D. and Lauren A.
Halloween at NHS
On Halloween Day, students and staff dressed in a variety of costumes ranging from spooky, to funny, to charming. The day began with a costume parade that ended in the gym where we could all see the array of costumes.
In the afternoon, Mr. Loehr and his Leadership class students held a carnival for the elementary students. A big thank you is extended to Mr. Loehr and his Leadership students!
The Board of Directors of the New Horizons Charter School Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Tracy Leigh to the position of Secretary-Treasurer, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration degree from NAIT and also holds professional designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant.
With more than 25 years of experience in accounting, she has worked in various roles including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and full cycle accounting, as well as in more senior roles as accountant/controller. In addition to operating her own private accounting firm, she has been employed in various types of organizations, including construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, and as Assistant Secretary Treasurer with an Alberta school division. We are most pleased to extend a warm New Horizons’ welcome to Ms. Leigh and look forward to working with her in the new year.
Sincere thanks are extended to Mr. Fred de Kleine for his excellent, faithful service as our school’s Secretary-Treasurer for the past seventeen years. During his years of service, the school has grown from an enrolment 120 students and a staff of about ten to an enrolment of 353 and a staff of more than thirty. In addition, we have acquired a modern, complex campus which involves agreements with more than twenty contracted service providers. Throughout this period of immense growth, Mr. de Kleine has ensured that the finances of our school have remained healthy and strong. We wish him all the best as he enters a well-deserved retirement.
Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on the morning of November 9. As a part of our NHS Remembers theme, we are inviting families to submit photos of family members or friends who have served with the armed forces so that we can create a Wall of Honour. See details below.