They’re back again this week! Jalon & Kyren, our Weekly What editors from last week, are here to stay. They’ll be contributing to our community newsletter each week for a project in their Captain’s Block elective in Journalism with New Harmony advisor Jaron. They’ll be working with Hope, our Special Projects Coordinator, to conduct interviews with students, staff, and community members, as well as taking photos to share with friends of our school.
XQ Feature on 826 Project:
New Harmony in a Nutshell
“It feels like you’re a real author. It’s not just some essay you turn in to your teacher. It’s something that’s going to be around forever, something everyone is going to see. -Autumn, 9th grader
“Students had a chance to explore environmental and scientific issues while exercising their imaginations and learning about story arcs, character development, dialogue, and the power of storytelling.” – Jeff, 9th-grade Humanities teacher
Leaving to Learn:
NOMA & Hamlet
Last week’s L2L was art centric! One group of 9th graders spent the day with an artist at the New Orleans Museum of Art and received a private tour of the current exhibit, Inventing Acadia. Regina Agu discussed her exhibit, Passages, a layered photographic panorama, before giving students the opportunity to create their own form of expression, including an original vocal and dance performance! This was the first part of an ongoing partnership with NOMA that will feature students’ artwork on the traveling exhibit next Friday, the 31. The second group saw a production of Hamlet at Tulane and then walked to Audubon Park where they wrote and performed one-act plays on a theme of their choosing. There were stories of unexplained death, ghosts, and sandwiches. One very funny satirical performance offered commentary on the assignment itself.
826 Book Publishing Party
The soirée is finally here! Once Upon a Time in a City Called New Orleans, our student published book, is ready to roll.
To celebrate the occasion, you are invited to the publishing party on Saturday, January 25th at 3pm at
Longue Vue House and Gardens. The event is going to be amazing — food/drinks, student readings, a student discussion panel moderated by author Nat Rich — all at a beautiful venue. The entire 9th grade worked really hard on this project and are super excited about this party, so please try to come and support them!
My internship is at Audubon zoo. I work with the ambassador program so I hang out behind the scenes and do a lot of cleaning and feeding. Every once and a while I help train animals or I go to staff meetings. I would say my favorite thing that I do at the zoo is close out what we call shell, so basically me and my supervisor drive a golf cart around the zoo and feed out and take care of animals in that section. It’s really fun and a lot of work but it’s rewarding, and I get to hang out with a lot of cool animals!
New Electives at New Harmony
Captain’s Block: Fernando’s Robotics Class
Fernando is evidently super excited to get New Harmony folks into the world of robotics!
What are you currently doing in your Captains Block?
ROBOTS! MAKING ROBOTS!
What have you done in your Captains Block so far?
TALKED ABOUT ROBOTS #RobotGoals
What encouraged you to start your Captains Block?
Cause robots are cool
Are there any lessons/projects you are excited to teach in your Captains Block?
Yes, robots how to robot.
Did you have a class like this in High School? If so what did you do in it? If not, Would you have wanted a class like this in school and why?
I did! shop class, I made an ROV powered by telephone wires and I programmed something called a BOV bot it was super fun!
Thanks for your enthusiasm Fernando! We can probably conclude that his favorite dance is…the robot.
HARMONY HIGHLIGHT: Liam, Class of 2022
What is something you do well?
Play my guitar!
What is something you have learned in the past week?
Learned how to play a new Mac DeMarco song on my guitar.
What is a misconception people have about you?
I’m a skater boy, I am not!
What is the biggest dream you have for yourself that you do not often say aloud?
I want to be a musician but don’t want to be really famous. I want to just play my music without having to deal with sold-out stadiums. I want to be a musician, not to be famous.
Who has had a positive influence on your life so far and why?
My mom! I know that’s a very stereotypical answer but it’s true. She’s encouraged and helped me through dark times.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Learn how to freestyle rap.
What do you like about New Harmony?
The general vibe of this school. I like the relationships between staff and the students and how the staff almost puts themselves on OUR level instead of being super strict and powerful like other schools. It helps me learn faster.
Have a amazing weekend people of New Harmony High!!! AND stay cool!