The Weekly What: Friday, April the 17th, 2020

April 21st, 2020


The Weekly What:
Friday, April the 17th, 2020




Attention New Harmony Families



Dear New Harmony Families,

We hope you made the best of your spring break this year.

We are writing to let you know that we have made a decision about the end of the school year. We have decided to end course work for students on Friday, May 15. All learning will be online until then. That gives us four weeks after this weekend to embark on some really interesting and creative projects and collaborative work as best we can in this new reality. We love you all so much and can’t wait to see you, hopefully on August 5 for the start of our 2020–2021 school year. Advisors and teachers will be reaching out this week to talk about our plans for the rest of the year.

Stay safe and stay in touch.



A photo from around this time last year where our students held hands and removed invasive species from Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle. We cannot wait to be back together again!




VOTE for New Harmony!

Green Schools Challenge People’s Choice Award



VOTE New Harmony for the 2019-2020 Green Schools Challenge People’s Choice Award! Voting closes at 5 pm on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22! Drawing announcement will be posted roughly 30 minutes later, at 5:30 on Wednesday.

New Harmony’s Sustainable Design class highlights why we should win the LA Green Schools Challenge. Here’s some insight about the class from one of our founding students:

“New Harmony’s Sustainable Design course is an opt-in, student-led course where students have the ability to create a program or structure that will help the school become more sustainable. Students are celebrated to express their opinion at New Harmony, and the sustainable design course is our way of letting students express themselves creatively while also making a change.” -Mervin, NHH founder, 10th grade

These are the structures Sustainable Design course students have been building: 

  • RCPT Bucket (Creative, educational structure for sorting recycling/compost/project materials/trash)
  • Rain Barrel
  • Compost Bin/Planter Hybrid
  • Stormwater Planter
  • Program
  • School-wide composting program
  • Advisory-based gardening program

All ‘likes’ count for one point towards the People’s Choice Award. All likes must be done on the original post in order to count. All emojis on a photo are considered to be a vote. Search #nhhgsc20 on facebook and make sure to like our post to cast your ballot. 





From The New Orleans Museum of Art:

“New Harmony students blend art with environmental history in collaboration with NOMA”



The New Orleans Museum of Art’s Community Engagement Curator, Nic Aziz, posted a reflection of our partnership together during this school year. Students were invited to showcase their art work in conjunction with their exhibit Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana.

“Each of the students’ works were a beautiful confluence of time, thought, inspiration, and dedication and it was exciting to watch their responses to seeing their works and words displayed in this manner. It further affirmed the need for collaborations like this and supportive spaces in which youth are able to share their thoughts and perspectives on the world’s current conditions. As NOMA treads into a more inclusive institutional future, I truly look forward to the opportunity to continue these types of partnerships that are able to transform the way NOMA exists on its complex land and how the museum serves the city of New Orleans.”

We are honored to have worked with NOMA this year and grateful for the opportunities they have offered our students. Check out the full article here




What We’re Reading



Need some reading inspiration while you’re staying inside? Look no further! This is what our students and staff are reading… 




Students of the Week:
9th & 10th Grade



Zoya, Class of 2023

Our 9th grader of the week is Zoya! Despite her fear of math, she has been independently pursuing help via Zoom chat and, according to Dina, is killing it! Zoya finishes her school work early, always shows up for advisory chats, leaves great comments for Jeff about his weekly videos, offers to help her peers, and finds way to reach out and stay connected. Great job, Zoya!



Naje, Class of 2022

Our sophomore student of the week is Naje! Naje has been working diligently this week to complete both current and past assignments. We miss you Naje and can’t wait to see you! Keep up the good work!




Join Our Team! 



Our Leadership Team will be working remotely to plan for the 2020-21 school year. Please continue sending over your applications during the statewide school closures. 

We are hiring for the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit our website for more information about the following positions…

  • Algebra I Teacher
  • Geometry Teacher
  • English I Teacher 
  • English II Teacher 
  • World Geography Teacher 
  • World History Teacher 
  • Quest for Success Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher/ Math Intervention
  • Special Education Teacher / Reading Intervention 
  • Office Manager


Apply Here



Safety and health come first, stay home New Orleans! You’re doing a great job! 


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