New Horizons In Action #14

February 24, 2021

New Horizons Program Administrator Appointed to Diversification Taskforce

Dr. Joy Richardson has been appointed to the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Diversification of the Special Education Leadership Task Force. Richardson currently serves as the special education program coordinator for New Horizons Regional Education Centers’ Center for Autism (high school) and Newport Academy ED/ID (K-12 ). CASE is an international professional educational organization that is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children and whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. The mission of CASE is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education.

Executive Director Receives 2021 VASCD Impact Award

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Mr. Casey M. Roberts for being announced as one of eight 2021 VASCD Impact Award recipients. This statewide award is given to outstanding educators who have a track record of excellence in instructional leadership as well as having a positive and meaningful impact on the achievements of others

Build Hampton Roads: Good Life Solution Program Update

This month New Horizons published our very first Good Life Solution Program Annual Report to highlight the facts, figures, and accomplishments of the 2018-2020 Program Cohort. We are excited about the gains made this past year and how this program has strengthened the hiring and retention practices of our 30+ participating employers. Check out the annual report below by clicking on the link!

If you know of any employers that are looking to hire and retain a ready-to-learn entry-level workforce please get into contact with Mr. Daniel Barto, GLS Program Manager, at We are recruiting for the next program cohort!

Upcoming Events

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Butler Farm Campus

Phase 2 Hybrid Underway

Phase 2 Hybrid Instruction began on Monday, Feb. 1st. Pictured are the Welding II Foremen and Dental Careers students.

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CTE Student of the Month

Sincere congratulations are extended to Denae White. White was was selected as the CTE January Student of the Month. Mia Stephens, assistant principal-Butler Farm Campus, presented White with a yard sign and balloons in observance of the honor.

Monthly Professional Development

CTE Instructors participated in our annual January PD focused on the Google Suite and interactive activities for students. Picture includes Amber Richardson, Cosmetology Instructor, working with CTE staff on Google Breakout Rooms.

Woodside Lane Campus

CTE Celebration Month

February is CTE Month, and every week, a group of staff and their students will be responsible for presenting a demonstration/project that exemplifies what it is to be CTE!

To celebrate the beginning of CTE Month, we recorded our First Day of In-Person Classes. Click the video below:

Hampton Roads JTAC Pre-Apprenticeship Program Starts at Woodside Lane Campus

An exciting time to be a New Horizons CTE student! Hampton Roads JATC started a pre-apprentice pilot program at the Woodside Lane Campus for high school seniors interested in an apprenticeship track career. The program will consist of eight 2 hour sessions covering Labor History, DC Theory, National Electric Code, Basic Hand Tools, Jobsite Safety, Motor Controls, and CPR certification. There are 11 students in the inaugural class!

Criminal Justice Students

The Criminal Justice students began their in-person week learning how to properly handcuff and detain. Everyone had a great time participating in the hands-on activity, even though their faces may not show it!

Carpentry Students in Action

We love seeing non-traditional students in our Trades classes! Here, Mr. Extine is explaining the differences between types of wood, grains, and how you read the measurements of a board: Thickness x Width x Length.

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Successful Open House Event

Woodside Lane hosted their Open House on Feb 2nd. Lots of students and their parents showed up to see what the 2021-2022 school year holds for them at New Horizons. Here we have a few guests in Ms. Sykes’ Cosmetology Class.

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GSST Named one of Virginia Living’s 2021 Top Schools

New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology will be listed in the annual State of Education super section -- part of the March/April issue of Virginia Living Magazine -- and a brief editorial write-up about GSST's recent achievements will accompany the listing.

MIT recognizes Dr. Albayrak

MIT thanked Dr. Ibrahim Albayrak for his time, patience, expertise, discipline and all other qualities which have made such an important impact on his students. David Morgan,Class of 2020, received an academic scholarship to MIT. David also attended Hampton High School.

NCWIT Recognizes GSST Director Wismer

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) recognized Vikki Wismer, director of the Governor's School for Science and Technology (GSST) as a member of our Academic Alliance. As an NCWIT Academic Alliance member representative, Wismer has volunteered time to advance our collective mission. NCWIT is a non-profit change leader network of more than 1,400 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influential and meaningful participation of all girls and women — at the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other historically marginalized identities — in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.
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Word of the Day Activity!

Core Word of the Day: Ms. Wheaton Newport Academy class works with students on the core word of the day.

Recreation Therapy: Fun and Educational

ED-ID Elementary students enjoy Rec. Therapy class and learn how to stay strong and practice calming skills with their Paw Patrol Friends.

Developing Good Social Skills

Newport Academy students are having a social skill discussion and reviewing good conversation habits! #BoldlyGoing #WeAreNewHorizons #GoodHabits
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Learning: Questions and Comments

Ms. Jamie and Ms. Lawson teach our Center for Autism (CFA) students the difference between asking questions and providing comments.

Making Good Choices!

Our young adult students at the Center for Autism are learning about being a responsible and choices they will need to make as an adult. Thumbs up for good choices and thumbs down for bad choices.

Mental Health Partnership with Newport News Police Department

We appreciate your hard work to inspire and care for all our students, families, educators, and communities. Know that your work is recognized and appreciated daily! Thank you Newport News Police Department!
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Vet Students Secure Employment

Veterinary Technician Assistant students showing lab skills with live and mannequin animals in Ms. Debbie Houpt’s Adult Training class at our Woodside Lane Campus! Two of her students have already been hired by local Veterinary Offices in Hampton and York County and another student is scheduled for an interview the week of February 15th! Congratulations for Going Boldly!!!

White's Efforts Earn Recognition

Our Dental Assistant Adult Training class began February 1 with ten students! Our Instructor, Cynthia White, has been busy starting the high school and adult training students and we are very proud of her efforts. We celebrate Ms. White with our first CTE MONTH INSTRUCTOR HOORAY recognition!!!

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CTE Month Awareness Opportunities

February is CTE Month. CFAAT is celebrating by treating the Adult Instructors to a PIZZA Dinner!!! We love our CTE Adult Instructors. We are also celebrating an Instructor once a week on our social media pages to celebrate as well.

A few actions you can perform to help us celebrate and promote CTE:

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Work Experience Program Works

The Work Experience Program continues to grow through partnerships and participants in the area. Today we spotlight one of our latest and greatest Ms. Jakeria Hargraves. Jakeria came to the Youth Workforce with big plans for her future. She enrolled in our Dental Assistant course and began her class in September 2019. She worked relentlessly to complete her studies. In June 2020, Jakeria completed class and earned her certification. On November 4, 2020 Jakeria was hired as a Dental Assistant at Family Dental of Virginia. We congratulate her on all her accomplishments and will watch with excitement and anticipation as she continue to make strides professionally.

Dental students graduate with a certificate once they finish the program regardless if it is two years (high school students) or ten months (adult students). They can go on to become certified after three years working with a dentist.

New Recruits Eager to Learn

On February 1, 2021, our newest recruits for Dental Assistant began class. This group is excited to take on the task of becoming certified in their chosen occupation.These students will be learning the occupational/professional aspects of the dental field. The class will end in June and at that time these students will transition to our Work Experience Program at a partnering dental site.

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New Community Partner!

We are happy to announce our partnership with A+ Academics in Hampton. We have partnered so our In-School Program students and receive SAT/ACT prep. The first group began class on February 4, 2021, and will be ready for testing on March 13, 2021.

100% Pass Rate!

Congratulations to 100% of our Virtual Medical Administrative Assistant students for passing their Certification Exam through the NHA! This is a nationally recognized exam. We are so proud of you!
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