“In Louisiana, facing epic land loss that will only worsen if global warming raises sea levels further, confronting climate change is no mere student fad.
Last year, New Harmony High School opened with the goal of preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration.
“We want to help, so we can stay here longer than 50 years, because I want to raise my children here,” said sophomore Michael Bailey as he recently used a shovel to cut invasive vines away from a native tree.” “
Internship Highlight: Annia & Kyren with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
A message from our partners at LPBF
This semester, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Education Department hosted two amazing interns from New Harmony High School! Kyren and Annia have assisted in both preparing for and running our programming. On their very first day, they jumped right in to run an activity about the Mississippi River Watershed for 4th graders from a local school. The next week, they were instrumental in helping us prepare the stations for Splash!, a new event for Girl Scouts about water engineering. The following week saw them stepping outside their comfort zones to help with water quality testing in the field at the Tangipahoa River. Through this experience, they have been able to learn and practice new skills such as public speaking, collaborating on projects, and project workflow.
We’re very proud of these two for getting involved in our coastal community. Way to go!
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Carpentry, electrical engineering, HVAC, welding, and plumbing from the New Orleans Technical Educator Provider
This flyer has information on how to enroll in the New Orleans Technical Educator Provider class. When completing the form, be sure to clearly communicate your interest and, if you need support, connect with a New Harmony staff member or a guardian to review your message before submitting the form.
The course begins in January, so be sure to complete the online interest form as soon as possible!
What We’re Reading:
Our 9th-grade Humanities teacher, Jeff, surveyed staff and asked us “What are YOU reading”? Jeff prints the covers of our responses and displays them in glass frames in the academic hallways. This inspires our entire community to have a healthy relationship with reading while encouraging us to explore diverse genres. If you ever need a recommendation, the NHH staff can help you out! Here’s what some of the adults at New Harmony High are focusing their brains on outside of work:
Kendrick Williams, Class of 2022
What is something you do well?
I’m good at paying attention and listening.
What is something you have learned in the past week?
You should always feel comfortable in your surroundings.
What is a misconception people have about you?
Most people might think I can’t do things because I have a disability, but that’s not true.
What is the biggest dream you have for yourself that you do not often say aloud?
To become successful, maybe start my own business or become an entrepreneur.
Who has had a positive influence on your life so far and why?
My family, because they always know whats best for me.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I’d probably open up more.
What do you like about New Harmony?
It’s a good school for me because you get to do outside things, be prepared for jobs through internships and leaving to learns. We’re not like other schools in that way.