(Tur)KEY Things to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving…a time to reflect on the many blessings we are so privileged to have. As Thanksgiving break comes to a close, the Beacon asked many NNHS students about what they did over thanksgiving and most importantly what they’re most thankful for.
Kayla Korhonen: IMG_2309 “This Thanksgiving break I spent quality time with my family. I am thankful for my brother and being able to celebrate his first thanksgiving with him.” Andy Myers: “I went to Palm Springs with my family and I played a tennis tournament while I was out there. I am thankful for all of my friends and family, animals and nature, and all the opportunities I am given to have such a great life, oh and I am grateful for Beyonce's existence." Kaela Whelan: “I practiced sports, enjoyed time with friends and family, and ate a lot! I am thankful for amazing friends and family that make me happy each and everyday!” Cody Campbell:IMG_0285

"For thanksgiving we all dressed as princesses and went to my uncles house and celebrated. Then we went Overlanding with my dads truck (aka camping). I am thankful for my family and friends." 

Sammy Kerrigan: “For Thanksgiving I went to my uncles house with the rest of my family and we had a big dinner. I’m thankful for the beautiful city I live in, my heath, my loving family, my amazing friends and delicious food!” Bella Crafton: “We had all of our family over for a Thanksgiving feast, rented a house down on the beach, surfed, rode bikes and played a big poker game! I am thankful for my crazy family, the beach, good food and music.” Malia Moore: “I went to San Diego and I’m thankful for my community.” Karis Couch: “I went to Ventura on Friday to be with my godfamily and I’m so grateful for my friends and family.” Taylor Craig: “I went to Arizona and I’m thankful for friends and family.” Holly Kanen: “I was grounded. I’m thankful for being grounded.”

29th Annual Spirit Run

FullSizeRender-1Newport Harbors 29th annual spirit run was yet again a success. This run is always an amazing way to connect with members of the community while also supporting our outstanding school. We decided to interview some participants to see what they thought of the run. Sammy Kerrigan, a sophomore was able to take part in the 5k feature race and exclaimed "I liked the energy and excitement of everyone around me and yes I would do it again." Amelia Bruscia explains that she loved participating in the spirit fun because "It helped me get exercise and stay in shape and I got to run with all my friends."           Another extraordinary aspect of this race is our color run! This is the second year the color run has taken place and it has been a favorite of many of the participants. Sophomore, Rachel Dangl says "I liked the color run because I did it with my friends and it was super fun to get covered in color." The color run is such an amazing event here at Newport harbor and shouldn't be missed by anyone! Don't forget to participate in this Newport Harbor event next year!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

It's Fall here at Newport harbor high school! Classes are in full swing and our fall sports teams are fully focused. There is so much to look forward to in the upcoming months here at Newport harbor high school!

1. Club Rush: this is a time where students at our school have the invaluable opportunity to look into the many clubs here at campus. At club rush there are a variety of different clubs to join such as make a wish club, halo club and STEM club. There is a club for everyone here at NHHS.

2. School Play: come see our drama students perform "Mousetrap" by Agatha Chrisie. This is our amazing drama students fall performace which will be performed at 6:30 PM on October 2 and 3 in the highschool theatre and the price is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Food made by our culinary students will also be served at the event.

3. Tutoring: Our students here at Newport harbor high school are so lucky tRegistrationCatagoies2015o have so many opportunities to improve such as free tutoring for all students. Tutors will be available for all students in all subjects Monday through Wednesday.

4. Harbor Heritage Run: the harbor heritage run is an annual run here at Newport Harbor! The run will take place on October 17 at Newport Harbor High school. Event Schedule:

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7:30 am aerobic warm up

7:45 registration ends 

8:00 am 2k fun/run walk (for all ages)

8:30 am 5k feature race 

9:15 am kids klassic-1/4 mile (5-7 year olds)

9:30 am kids klassic-1/2 mile (8-10 year olds)

9:45 am sailors color run, through the Newport harbor campus harbor-heritage-run-2014

(all ages welcome)

All participants will also receive a tee shirt. The construction for Davidson field has been delayed for this run. The 2k and 5k race will start on 16th street and finish at the football stadium on campus. Visit www.harborheritagerun.com for more information. 

Get excited for the upcoming month sailors! It's going to be great! 

2015 Campus, Class, and Teacher Changes

FullSizeRender-3      School is back in session and along with that there are a lot of exciting new changes for the 2015-2016 school year! With new teachers, new classes and exciting campus changes we are all in store for an excellent school year here at NHHS.     FullSizeRender-1                                                     New Staff here at Newport Harbor:     Ms. Via is our new ASB advisor. Additionally she will be teaching ROP TV/Film. Ms. Via has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and has masters of art degree from Claremont College. She was also an ASB advisor at Foothill High School in Tustin. There she taught FullSizeRender-2yearbook, journalism, and art making her a valuable addition to our already talented group of staff. Mrs. Calderon is a new counselor here on campus. She will be counseling all of our IB students. With the addition of Mrs. Calderon we now have 7 counselors! We are so lucky to add another amazing counselor to our counseling staff. Mr. Shaw is our new IB Business teacher. He has attended IB training, was a former parent of our school, and he will also coach with our school football team. We are so lucky to have him here at Harbor! Mr. Peterson is our new Social Science teacher. He is filling in for Mr. Daniels who is expected to return later in the school year. Mr. Peterson has worked at Estancia High School and has even worked at Harbor! Welcome back to Newport Harbor High School Mr. Peterson. Dr. Albitar is our new World Language teacher. Dr. Albitar was born in Czechoslovakia and at the age of 12 moved to Barcelona, Spain. She completed medical school and has been a pathologist up until two years ago.  Her children are all either in medical school or have already graduated from medical school. This will be her first year of formal teaching. Dr. Albitar has always wanted to teach and we are so glad she has the opportunity to teach and share her knowledge with the students of Newport Harbor High School. Mrs. Patterson is our new ROP Culinary teacher. She will be teaching two ROP Culinary classes, putting us at an astounding number of 8 culinary classes here at Harbor! Mrs. Patterson has helped with our Newport harbor high school culinary program for the past few years. Mr. Murphy is our new assistant principal for the time being. Mr. Murphy is Newport Harbor alumni and is a former teacher and administrator. We are so glad to have him here at Harbor! Ms. Kruse is our new attendance technician. Our previous attendance technician, Mrs. Carron, is currently at Costa Mesa High School. Ms. Kruse comes to us from Costa Mesa High School and we are so glad to have her here at Harbor. Mrs. Hoyt is a fill in counselor for Mrs. Mabry who had her first child and is on maternity leave until October.  Mrs. Hoyt is an experienced counselor for the NMUSD district and we are so lucky to have her for the time being before Mrs. Mabry returns. Ms. Rettew is a new tennis coach here at Harbor! She was formerly a coach for Sage High School’s tennis team and will now be coaching our JV team. Former JV coach, Coach Danielle will be filling in as the Frosh-Soph coach, also a new addition to Newport Harbor!                                                                                                                                                                                            Changes being made to Newport Harbor’s campus:    Davidson Field Construction is an all-year project that is estimated to be completed in August of 2016. It will have features such as:
  • Big “NH” on the field
  • An all-weather track
  • New and improved facilities
  • More to come!
Currently we are trying to raise money for a new practice field at Harbor for Soccer, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, etc. Our goal is to have all these teams practicing on campus so they don’t have to travel to other fields, such as Harper to practice. This redone practice field will cost about 3.4 million dollars and have features such as:
  • Home and away team room
  • Restrooms and Concessions on each side
  • New Turf and lights
  New classes for the 2015-2016 School Year:    ROP Sports Medicine is a University of California approved laboratory science course. NHHS is currently running two sections of this class, being taught by our very own athletic trainer, Ms. Beaver! International Baccalaureate (IB) Astronomy is an IB and UC approved course. Mr. Brazelton will be teaching this course, hoping to put to work elements of his masters’ degree from Mississippi State University in Astronomy. Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Spanish Literature is an AP/IB class being taught by new, but very experienced, Dr. Albitar! Yoga is a newly available class here at Harbor. Mrs. Cirina, who has attended Yoga certification training this summer, will be offering three sections of this class. Competitive Sailing will be presented to the NMUSD Board for approval on September 8. Tryouts will take place in the fall. NHHS is ready to prove that we are seasoned Sailors!