The Weekly What: Friday, April the 24th, 2020

April 28th, 2020


The Weekly What:
Friday, April the 24th, 2020




Attention New Harmony Families:

Choose your learning path!



Dear New Harmony Families,

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

In the midst of a global pandemic we are staying true to our mission of supporting diverse and authentic learning through creative projects and collaborative work. By now, students have chosen their individual learning path for the remaining 4 weeks of school. One of the pillars of learning at New Harmony encourages students to exercise freedom and exploration in what they want to study and how they want to learn about it. Students were given the following learning paths for each of their courses:

  • Path A: choose to complete a project that has been designed by your teacher
  • Path B: continue with weekly assignments, basically the same structure as in previous weeks
  • Path C: pitch your own project and design it with your teacher

We are excited to see our students embark on this unprecedented learning experience and make the most of it. We’re hoping to showcase their hard work when our academic year ends. You can view all learning paths here.

Parents and students, thank you for staying patient and engaged during this time. We will gather again soon enough, hopefully on August the 5th for the start of our 2020–2021 school year. Please make sure to keep an active line of communication with your advisors and teachers for the rest of the year.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Stay safe and stay in touch.




We’re featured in E&E News



It’s been 10 years since the tragic BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Our work and what we do was highlighted in E&E News’ feature on what work is being done to help mitigate these environmental injustices. Read the full article here.




What We’re Reading



Once again, we’re talking about Jeff’s 9th-grade Humanities Class! If you need some quick-read inspiration, follow the students in his distance-learning course who have been diving into some wonderful short stories. 

“Salvation” – Langston Hughes
“The Night I Won the Rights to the Streets of Memphis” – Richard Wright
“On the Rainy River” – Tim O’Brien
“The Seventh Man” – Haruki Murakami
“The Old Man with Enormous Wings” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“The Sniper” Liam O’Flaherty
“Yellow Wallpaper” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman



Here’s a memory of Emery reading in Jeff’s 9th-grade Humanities class. We love to see it! 




Students of the Week:
9th & 10th Grade



Tyran, Class of 2023

Our 9th grader of the week is Tyran! Tyran has been killing distance learning. He stays on top of his work and is the first one to arrive in every Zoom meeting. He has been a great self-advocate, reaching out when he has questions and taking the initiative to customize projects with his teachers. And wIthout Tyran, Jeff would understand nothing about Fortnite (though Jeff still spells it Fortnight…English teachers!)



Mervin, Class of 2022



Our sophomore student of the week is Mervin! In the past week, in addition to staying on top of all of his work, Mervin helped to create New Harmony High’s application for @usgbclouisiana’s Green  Schools Challenge. And, as a result, New Harmony was selected as a winner of a new Elkay water filter for the school! Mervin constantly is going above and beyond to make a lasting impact on the school and our community. Way to go, Merv!




Corona Virus Relief Efforts in New Orleans: 

Here’s how you can help



Right now, the options to help one another are endless. It’s difficult to determine what organizations will have the greatest impact for those in our community for those who are the most vulnerable and are facing food and housing insecurities due to COVID-19. Our Diverse Learners’ Case Manger, Kitty, put together a list to guide us through who is doing what to support and what your financial support can do for those who are in need. Please take a look, and if you can, consider supporting these organizations:
  • Feed the Frontline NOLA99% of the money you send will go to a restaurant, a musician, or an artist! You will help sustain our New Orleans restaurants – and show “food love” to our hospital heroes who are stressed out and risking their lives trying to save us! Every dollar you give helps keep New Orleans open for business.
  • Familias Unidas en AcciónFunds used to purchase produce and bulk foods such as beans, rice, and maseca to distribute to families. A $50 donation would provide basic food supplies for a family of 6 for a week. Funds also used to provide direct economic aid to immigrant families who are ineligible for government relief. Also, a portion of these funds will be used to support the work of Banchas Lenguas who are providing necessary translation and interpretation services during this time.
  • NOLA Village/ El Pueblo NOLA: serving New Orleans east community (primarily meeting basics needs of undocumented community)
  • Solidarity for the Unhoused in New Orleans: There are reportedly 1200 unhoused people in New Orleans. More than 420 of them live on the street where they are deprived of access to running water, soap, shelter, and basic food supplies. This makes them a particularly vulnerable group during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the hardships and exploitations they already endure. 




Join Our Team! 



Are you ready for the opportunity to connect your teaching to the real world for your students? Join us at New Harmony High School for the 20-21 school year, where we make the community our classroom.

  • 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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