The Weekly What: Friday, February the 21st, 2020

March 4th, 2020

The Weekly What:
Friday, February the 21st, 2020

Leaving to Learn:
Art Day

Last week, NHH students learned about the history of Gordon Plaza, the Agriculture Street dump and superfund site that has been a blight on New Orleans for over a century. Prior to visiting “The American Dream Denied: The New Orleans Residents of Gordon Plaza Seek Relocation” art exhibit, students researched, created, and presented a timeline detailing this ongoing history of environmental racism. The exhibit is free and open to the public on the ground floor of the Tulane University School or Tropic Health and Public Medicine. Highly recommended!

After a scenic picnic at Crescent Park, students spent the afternoon seeking ephemeral art on the streets of the Bywater in a Street Art Scavenger Hunt that was full of surprises. They learned the difference between a wheat paste, a tag, and a mural, who Homer Plessy was, and identified artists such as Hugo Gyrl, LeLuna and Devin DeWulf.

New Electives at New Harmony:

Outdoor Adventures L2L

Last Wednesday Liz’s Outdoor Adventures PE class had a chance to practice their survival skills of shelter building, foraging, fire building, and outdoor cooking with the help of NORD at Joe Brown Park. In order to advocate for nature, you have to learn to appreciate it and understand it’s value. the Outdoor Adventures elective helps our students appreciate and value the world around us and the resources it provides to all. 

Trust Your Crazy Ideas Contest:
Emery Needs Your Views!

The Liberty Ramp, a lightweight, portable wheelchair ramp that enables a wheelchair-bound individual to be self-sufficient by rolling out the ramp whenever and wherever they need it. 

You may remember that a few months back New Harmony 9th-grader, Emery, was named a semifinalist in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge competition, sponsored by the Drew Brees Foundation and Junior Achievement. This means that he is one of twenty students selected from New Orleans to advance to the statewide round of competition in the spring for his invention, the Liberty Ramp.

The competition is similar to ‘Shark Tank’; each student team conceived of an invention and submitted a business plan to the judges. They will receive ongoing mentoring around marketing and entrepreneurship skills throughout the spring semester and ultimately compete to win up to $70,000 in scholarships.

Emery needs YOU to click on the video below and watch it so that he can get one step closer to the receiving scholarship award. The more views, the better his chances.

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Thank you!

Internship Highlight: 

Nalani at The Green Project!

Hi I’m Nalani, and I currently intern at “The Green Project”. The Green Project is a non-profit that specializes in recycling latex paints and other goods to resell to the community. What I do at The Green Project is community outreach, which entails emailing and calling different public schools in Orleans Parish to ask them if they want to participate in a survey, and collecting data for our future goal to implement sustainability into New Orleans public schools.

The Scoop on Nalani

1. Do you enjoy doing your job?
I enjoy it for the most part, sometimes it can get boring because I’m constantly looking at a computer screen or calling someone and being left on hold for a while.
2. What is the easy part of your job?
The easiest part about my job is it not being as confrontational, as in I don’t have to talk to people face to face. 

3. What is the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part about my job is feeling like I’m not doing enough to support something I care about, which is environmental awareness. Sometimes I just think, “Am I really living up to my fullest potential by calling and emailing people all day about an environmental survey?”

4. Will you do this in the future?
I’m not that interested in the administration field, but having the soft skills and experience is something I will keep with me in the future.

5. Would you recommend this to anyone?
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this kind of work to anyone, simply because it isn’t that interactive, but if you really like basic office/administrative work then be my guest!

New Harmony’s Own
Mardi Gras Parade

We kicked off Mardi Gras break with advisory specific krewes rolling in a parade around the entire school. Advisories made floats, throws, costumes, and more. We even had a SLAM DUNK contest. And don’t worry, all New Harmony pets and animal friends were included. Here are some highlights…
Jamiah , Class of 2022

What is something you do well?
I do well with hair

What is something you have learned in the past week?

I learned trigonometry

What is a misconception people have about you?

People assume I’m mean

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

I want to start my own business

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

. My sister because she sets standards for herself and she’s at where she want to be in life

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


What do you like about New Harmony?
I like that is not the same as every other school and it’s different

Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!(that means don’t get hurt and have fun!)



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