I am thrilled to serve as the Executive Director and Principal of New Horizons Charter Academy.
It is a privilege to lead this learning community during a time of incredible change and tremendous possibilities. Our challenge is to embrace the Common Core State Standards and prepare our students to become leaders in this exciting new world. In order to accomplish this monumental task we must provide the following: a high level of personalization in every aspect of a child’s educational experience, recognition of individual and group accomplishments, and an unwavering commitment to the development of character and civic responsibility in our young people.
To our students, I ask that you reflect on your goals and strive not only to pursue personal excellence but also to demonstrate your perseverance and integrity. Know that all staff is here to support and encourage you as you explore different possibilities and grow as learners. Remember that with these opportunities comes a personal responsibility to be supportive of one another. I will count on you to treat all members of our community with respect. A school that aspires to greatness can expect no less.
To all parents, your role is vital. I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education by joining the NHCA Parents-In-Action (PIA) or other parent groups of interest. By working together and remaining involved, parents send a clear message about the importance of their child’s education. Research on schools clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success. With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at New Horizons Charter Academy. All parents are encouraged to be involved!
I am extremely proud of our dedicated, experienced staff. As demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it becomes more evident that we all need to work together to ensure that our children reach their potential. I believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible.
—Richard Thomas, M. Ed.