A New Chapter

For all schools – and high schools in particular — this is an incredibly busy time. Just like every other day, we are deeply immersed in the urgent business of teaching and learning. At the same time, we must focus energy on bringing the current school year to a fulfilling close while creating the foundation for a smooth beginning for …

An Enduring Commitment

 “New School High is a shining example of what it takes to build healthy school environments!”   — Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to share our commitment to health and wellness with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue …

Spring Ahead

Could it be that spring is nearly here?  After reaching our limit of 6 snow days for the first time in memory, no doubt we are all looking forward to sunshine and warmer weather! I hope the spring break was a time of rest and rejuvenation for you and the ones you love. We return to school with our eyes …

Code of Conduct

After gathering feedback throughout the year from students, staff, and parents, the New School High Student Handbook and Code of Conduct was approved at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors in March. Together with the Board Policies and State codes, the NSH Student Handbook and Code of Conduct will help ensure that our learning community is safe, orderly, …

Boredom: Good or Bad?

Are our children bored? If so, how do they respond when they “have nothing to do”?  Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review and co-author of the new book How to Raise a Reader, had this to say: “Boredom leads to flights of fancy. But ultimately, to self-discipline. To resourcefulness. The ability to handle boredom, not surprisingly, is …

Connections

The connections we establish with local colleges are a way to introduce our high school students to advanced education and to share valuable intellectual and physical resources. These relationships are also a sign of our commitment to education in every stage of life and our belief in the power of learning. At New School High, we work hard to partner …

A Few Words on Restorative Justice

A practice that has set New School High apart from other schools is our commitment to Restorative Justice. Due to the strength of the research on its effectiveness over traditional punishment, we adopted this method of addressing negative student behaviors when we opened in 2015. Concerned that overly punitive traditional discipline results in excessive suspensions and too many students out …

A Modest Reflection

New Year’s greetings to our NSH family!  I hope the break has been a time to rest and rejuvenate.  As we begin 2019, it seems fitting to reflect on and celebrate what we have accomplished so far in this school year: Our School New School High welcomed 26 new students to our learning community. 52 Parent-Student-Teacher conferences were held, representing …

Conferences

During the week of December 10, New School High will be holding parent-student-teacher conferences. A primary goal of these meetings is to strengthen the bond between school and home. By bringing together those who are most central to the student’s success, we are able to share a snapshot of current progress and chart a course for continued growth. To achieve …