The Weekly What: Friday, January the 11th, 2019

January 11th, 2019
Happy New Year!

Quarter 3 has so many exciting opportunities for us:

  • Leaving-to-Learn through exploration in our community
  • Exhibition projects that focus on local environmental issues
  • Student fellowships
Leaving to Learn
Click the image above for a time lapse video of our time at the Mississippi River yesterday during this weeks L2L.

For our first Leaving-to-Learn of the semester, we explored the Mississippi River Delta. During this L2L, students saw the Mississippi River from multiple vantage points. We traveled by bus to the old Holy Cross School, Crescent City Park, and Crescent City Farmers Market, followed by a walk along the river to the Canal St. Ferry Terminal where we then rode the ferry to Algiers for our final stop before traveling back to school.

What do you see, hear, feel, smell, taste? 

Using nature as an inspiration, how do you see yourself? 

Our prompt for reflection centered around utilizing our senses to understand the Mississippi River. Our school leader, Sunny and Environmental Awareness teacher, Fernando also gave us an in-depth history and geography lesson during each of our stops.


For part two of our Mississippi River Delta L2L, we will be visiting the LSU Center for River Studies located on the Baton Rouge Water Campus near the banks of the Mississippi River.
The Center houses one of the world’s largest movable bed physical models – the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model.

Yoga with RJ 
We kicked off our morning with Yoga lead by our school nurse, RJ. Yoga in the sunshine was the perfect way to close out the week and kick off the weekend. Thanks, RJ!
STEM Lending Library at NHH
Today, our friend and partner, Todd Wackerman from the STEM Lending Library visited our  Algebra II class. The students experimented with motion detectors to observe parabolic motion in action. They recorded data, plotted it on a graph, and analyzed the results as part of an interdisciplinary math and science lesson. Thanks, Todd!
XQ Feature

Our partners at XQ Super Schools recently wrote about what makes New Harmony High so unique. Read more here to see what students and staff have to say about our environmental curriculum and the direct impacts we are making on coastal Louisiana.

Are you a mentor-match
for our students?

From January 2019 through the remaining two quarters of the academic year, New Harmony students will be participating in weekly fellowship opportunities.

Fellowships are an opportunity for New Harmony students to engage in work-based learning with community members who serve as mentors, supporting their exploration of careers founded on their interests and passions.

One afternoon each week, for approximately three to four hours, our students will work alongside professionals to experience the nuances of a career they wish to see from the inside.

Please Complete our official form if you are interested.

If you have any questions, please reach out to



What is something you do well?

Fix stuff like some mechanical things and building with wood.

What is something you learned in the past week?

I learned that dragonflies can shed their skin; molt.

What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

The way I dress… I wear my own uniform at school because I don’t want to wear all my good clothes to school. People think I wear the same thing everyday, but I am saving my good stuff for when I go someplace nice.

What is the biggest dream you have for yourself that you are afraid to say aloud?

There is nothing in particular that I’m not afraid to say out loud, but my dream is to become a basketball player.

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

My uncle because he does a lot for me. He used to play basketball, and he inspires me to play.

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

I would just do the same thing.

What do you like about New Harmony?

It’s different from other schools. It’s a hands-on project school. Other schools will make you sit for literally four hours and sit there doing paperwork and packets. New Harmony gives you freedom.

Blessed Weekend! 
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