The Weekly What: Friday, February the 1st, 2019

February 4th, 2019





Yesterday, we left campus to learn with the Audubon Nature Institute‘s Aquarium and Insectarium. Students split into three groups focusing on art and design, science and engineering, and culture and community. 

Students were asked to tap into their knowledge-banks to identify characteristics of insects and aquatic life as they toured the facilities. 




 Cool Stuff Kids Did This Week:

Began their Q3 Exhibition Projects



This week, advisors rolled out the guiding question for Quarter 3 exhibitions:

What social or environmental issue affects my community?

In order to answer this question, students are responding to the following guided questions:

  • Why is this issue important? How does it impact people or the environment?
  • What is your connection to the issue?
  • What is one way you could impact change regarding this issue?
In advisory this week, students pitched their topics in order to receive feedback and have their topics approved. We are excited to see what students learn through their research during Quarter 3 as we move into more mission-aligned project topics surrounding social and environmental justice. 




Staff Coastal Fly Over



For the past few weekends, New Harmony staff members have had the experience of flying with board member and coastal geologist Alex Kolker and coastal pilot Ken Knevel of SouthWings. The SouthWings organization teaches conservation through aviation by giving their clients a unique opportunity to experience coastal Louisiana from above, instead of earth-bound. Seeing the coast from a different, rare vantage point offers the NHH staff members an opportunity to become better informed about coastal protection and restoration.
Kolker and Knevel served as informative guides who are passionate about coastal loss and our role in helping solve this dire problem.
Thank you so much for having us, SouthWings! 


The route of the flight



Youth Run NOLA



As of last Friday, students are earning Physical Education credit by participating in Youth Run NOLA. Youth Run NOLA is a locally-grown, sports-based youth development non-profit that supports 8-18 year olds across St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes.
Each week at school-based practices, New Harmony students will train alongside their teacher-coaches, Anthony and Amanda, through a curriculum of sprint and distance workouts, anatomy and running literacy, team-building, and reflection. As part of the program, the Youth Run NOLA city-wide community comes together at monthly 5k, 10k, and half marathon races to either run, walk, or jog in celebration of our community and progress.
This program will be offered on Monday and Friday of each week during the last lesson block of those respective days.




We are Hiring! 



As we prepare for an influx of approximately 60 students, we would also like to welcome new staff to our team. Visit our website, Work NOLA, or Teach New Orleans for detailed descriptions.


Apply Here
A Day in the Life of an Education Advisor at New Harmony High

Here is who we are seeking…
  • Education Advisors with experience in…
    • Biology (LEAP 2025)
    • Humanities (9th/10th)
    • Spanish / French 
  • Director of Special Education
  • Special Education Case Manager
  • Special Education Interventionist
  • Director of Student Experience
  • Operations Coordinator


Preferred: January 31, 2019

Secondary:  February 15, 2019

At New Harmony High School, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our students, our families, our staff, and our community. New Harmony High School is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.



Apply Here



Upcoming Learning Opportunities






REGISTRATION for “STEM SATURDAY with Dr. Calvin Mackie” on February 9, 2019 is now OPEN through February 7th or until capacity is reached!

The event will take place Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Pete Sanchez Center, located in the Historic Lower 9th ward at 1616 Caffin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117. Students will learn about the STEM in the production of Mardi Gras. The chemistry, engineering and technology behind the lights and floats will be studied and examined through hands-on activities. Students will build a remote control float with LED and Electroluminescenc lights and other craft materials.  Come out and learn how Mardi Gras is a wonderful marriage of ART and STEM! The event is for K-12 students and is free for students who receive free lunch until capacity is reached.



NORD Black History Month Event



When: Tuesday, February 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Wednesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Milne Recreation Center, 5420 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122
Come celebrate Black History with NORD and the New Orleans Public Library as they take a historic tour of Black Resistance and Resiliency in New Orleans that has helped shape our present-day community. NORD’s Black History Celebration features performances, readings, and exhibits in a museum-style display of the contributions and impact of African Americans in New Orleans. Register below.

For more information, please contact Antonia Hernandez, Cultural Programs Manager (



Material Institute

Every Saturday until Mardi Gras from 2-6pm learn traditional Mardi Gras beading techniques with feathers and rhinestones at the Material Institute.
2120 Port St, New Orleans, LA 70117​




Now Enrolling!

This fall we will welcome our second freshman class to New Harmony High School! If you are a rising freshman who is interested in visiting our campus to see how we learn through exploration off-campus, reinforce our own learning through peer-support, and engage with career professionals through fellowships; then we may be the right fit for you!

Contact us to set up a tour and/or Shadow Day.


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Guest Speaker



Danique Dolly

Danique Dolly, an educator and doctoral resident at Harvard and a Big Picture Learning team member who provides principal support and coaching for our school leader, kicked off Black History Month as our guest speaker.

He told students about important figures and change-makers in black history including
W.E.B. Du Bois, Assata Shakur, Bob Marley, Angela Davis, and more. Danique encouraged kids and gave them advice on how to be revolutionary using their own passions and knowledge.

Danique is from the Bronx and East Harlem in New York and is dedicated to innovative and progressive school models. Danique now embarks on a mission to better understand how to help school leaders and school systems thrive when faced with so many challenges and competing priorities. Thank you Danique for helping New Harmony High launch successfully and flourish as a start-up school.







This week, we are highlighting a student who has taken lessons from New Harmony home to her family. During her time at school, Annia has learned of the detrimental and long-lasting effects of plastics on the environment. After bringing home new lessons to her family, her mother has shifted the way their family looks at single-use plastic.

What is something you do well?

People tell me I make them laugh, but also that I am thoughtful.  I also like to draw.

What is something you have learned in the past week?

Something I have learned is that being in a group and working with people isn’t as trash as I thought it would be. I like to work alone, but seeing people work together encourages me to try.

What is a misconception people have about you?

People normally think I am a jerk because I have many of those tendencies. My brother says I intimidate people, but that is never my objective.

What is the biggest dream you have for yourself that you do not often say aloud?

To be remembered after I die. It doesn’t really matter for what as long as it is positive.

Who has had a positive influence on your life so far and why?

My grandmother because when I was younger, she taught me to keep my journals and my writings. Some people think it is hoarding, but she told me that it was okay because I could see how I grow over the years.

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

I would be more accepting of myself if people wouldn’t judge me. I would not be rude to myself as much … because when people say things to me, I believe what they say, then I start to judge me.

What do you like about New Harmony?

I like that there are people who I don’t even expect that I can be open with. Somehow there is always somebody to lean on that comes out-of-the-blue that actually cares about what I have to say.






Happy Friday!







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