New Horizons In Action Newsletter

Summer 2022

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Congratulations Mr. Terry Stanton!

Mr. Stanton serves as the NHREC Director of Facilities and has just earned the ProFM credential from the Professional Facility Management Institue. The ProFM credential is a national-level certification for facility managers. Way to go, Mr. Stanton, for earning this prestigious credential!
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Teacher Innovation Grant

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The Teacher Innovation Grant Program is a commitment of funds to support an experimental student experience, a groundbreaking instructional program, or a project-based learning unit that otherwise might not be funded through the New Horizons budget process. The awardees of the Teacher Innovation Grant use the funds to push this innovation idea into motion. This year's winners are highlighted below.

Kathy Whitehead

Whitehead is a Medical Assistant instructor for the Career and Technical Center at the Butler Farm campus. Her innovation idea for Medical Skills Builder won this year. Whitehead's grant includes a way for students to engage in a more in-depth and engaging learning experience. Her Medical Skills Builder will grants students access to simulations and training through interactive technology that includes gaming elements to further practice and apply their knowledge. This technological tool is offered through the National Healthcareer Association which is the same organization students receive credentials at the end of the year through.

Kerry Brown & Erica Knight

Brown and Knight displayed creative thinking for their innovation grant proposal. Both are staff of the Center for Autism as Transition Teachers and won this year for their School-based Enterprise: Bath Fizzies and Bean Me Up Coffee Cart. This proposal will assist Center for Autism students in transitional life skills and add work experience to their skill set. Students that participate in the school-based enterprises will develop social skills, teamwork, and motor skills that can help bridge them to employment outside of the Center for Autism.

Zachary Avarich

Avarich, a Special Education Teacher at Newport Academy, won a Teacher Innovation grant for his Garden Project. His student-forward, innovative idea will help students in subject areas such as science, life skills, and career skills. This project also includes ideas for a composting station that staff and students alike can participate in to help with creating a greener earth. Maintaining a garden with the students at Newport Academy will consist of daily tasks and responsibilities that the students will carry out such as watering, mulching, and harvesting. These responsibilities will promote exercise, teamwork, and basic life skills. Should the garden project have success, it will be expanded to provide collaboration with other New Horizons programs like the Career and Technical Center to provide food for the culinary program to work with.

Keith Harrison

Harrison's proposal, ClicBot Robots - STEAM Projects and Algorithmic Thinking, won this year for the Teacher Innovation Grant. Harrison is a Mathematics Specialist at the Center for Autism where he hopes his idea will increase student engagement and interest in subjects like math, science, and technology. Bringing ClicBots into the student curriculum will offer a more kinesthetic approach for students to learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) areas. ClicBots are robots that do not require tools to build and can be programmed to do different actions. Projects taken on by the students will also allow them to build skills in following directions, writing observations, and completing lab reports.
*The information provided in this newsletter for each grant was pulled directly from each grant winner's grant proposal.

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Program Graduations and Completer's Ceremonies

Congratulations class of 2022! Hard work and perseverance, and of course an all-star teacher staff, has paid off. Below are photos and videos of the completer's ceremonies and graduations of 2022. Watch out world! New Horizons students are on the way to bring their skills and determination to higher education and the workforce.

Career & Technical Center - Butler Farm

2022 Butler Farm Completers Ceremony

Career & Technical Center - Woodside Lane

New Horizons CTE Woodside Lane 2022 Completer Ceremony

The Governor's School for Science & Technology

Center for Autism & Newport Academy

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End of Year Cookout

All New Horizons staff were invited to the 2022 End-of-Year Celebration. Held at Fort Monroe, all staff members arrived ready for good eats and a good time! Country Grill catered and Program Director for the Center for Apprenticeship and Adult training accompanied by Welding Instructor Ed Dupree grilled up a delectable pallet of summertime foods. The End-of-Year cookout was a great way to end the year as a New Horizons family.

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Career Selection Day

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The Career & Technical Centers (CTE) of both the Butler Farm Campus and the Woodside Lane Campus ended the year with another successful BUILD Hampton Roads Good Life Solution Career Selection Day. More than 70 students gained employment with over 30 different businesses across Hampton Roads. Below is a live stream of the 2022 Career Selection Day. Congratulations to all the CTE graduates as they move forward through the talent pipeline to supply the workforce with talented individuals.

New Horizons Selection Day

Summer 2022 Leadership Retreat

The NHREC Leadership team engaged in team-building activities and worked to align their strategic goals for the new school year ahead. We visited the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and the Mariner's Museum to explore new ideas and concepts related to our region. The leadership team left inspired and refreshed to tackle the new year!
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