The Weekly What: Friday, March the 15th, 2019

March 18th, 2019



Quarter Three Exhibitions

During Quarter 3, students have been integrating their passions and research into answering the following question:

 What social and /or environmental issue affects my community?

We are gearing up for Quarter 3 Exhibitions starting on Monday afternoon!
Find out about passion-driven project-based learning and why students thrive when they are able to express themselves through authentic academic inquiries.

No School Friday!

On Friday, March the 22nd students will not have school. Exhibitions will be complete by Thursday afternoon and students will be released at our regular time.
Staff will be in professional development all day on Friday. 

Leaving to Learn

RTA – Regional Transit Authority

Yesterday, one group of students visited the RTA’s streetcar station on Carrolton where they learned about an integral piece of New Orleans’ historical legacy and the many ways it still contributes to our community in the present.
Students explored the career opportunities the streetcar service provides for our community by working through different stations highlighting:
·         Welding and Fabrication
·         Carpentry
·         Electrical Engineering
·         Painting, Insulation, and Materials Science
·         Mechanical Engineering
·         Public-safety

Solitary Gardens

The other group visited Solitary Gardens installation on Andry Street in the 9th Ward.
The garden features ten garden beds, the same size and footprint as prison solitary cells, and uses gardening and letter-writing as a way to connect and humanize the face of long-term incarceration.
The Solitary Gardens are a social sculpture and collaborative project that cultivate conversations around alternatives to incarceration by catalyzing compassion by directly and metaphorically asking us to imagine a landscape without prisons.Students met with lead artist Jackie Sumell to learn about the project and the challenges it aims to address. While there, they also helped maintain and cultivate the gardens to give back to our community.

The Climate Reality Project

New Harmony School Leader, Sunny, took 3 students to The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training this week. Students saw key note speaker former Vice President Al Gore as well as gained the skills, knowledge, and network to shape public opinion, influence policy, and inspire our community to act at this critical time.


At New Harmony, students have the opportunity to work with local partners and community members through a fellowship.
So far, our students are participating in work-based experiences such as:
  • Social Justice and Prison Reform 
  • Culinary Arts
  • Educational Podcasts
  • Community Gardening 
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Energy Policy
  • Web Design

Our students visiting their peers as interns at 24 Carrot Garden in St. Roch neighborhood

Now Enrolling!

In Fall 2019, 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 off-campus exploration
  • reinforce learning through peer-support
  • engage with career professionals through fellowships
…then, we may be a fit for you!
Contact us to set up a tour and/or Shadow Day.

Artwork by our student AJ.

Contact Us

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Staff, students, and families of New Harmony are involved in various organizations around the city. Continue reading below to see what some of the offered events are.

Tulane Pre-College Summer Program

Tulane Pre-College gives rising 6th through 12th graders the opportunity to spend their summer exploring the topics and issues which excite them the most. Unlike a traditional summer camp, Tulane Pre-College offers academic instruction and social growth in a uniquely fun and challenging environment. Your student will learn about the academic foundations of complex topics while building the skills they need to effectively solve problems.

Apply Here!



What is something you do well?

Helping others and volunteering because I like seeing people succeed.

What is something you have learned in the past week?

I learned that I like hiking and that I can be an outdoor person even though I hate being outside.

What is a misconception people have about you?

That I am quiet.

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

I want to be an actor and work in government…The Supreme Court.

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

People that have had a positive influence are Angel Cutno and two of my middle school teachers: Paul Lagann and Raymond Henry. They taught me classwork, but also taught me life skills and how to be a better person. They worked with me on developing my personality at my young age.

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

Always say what’s on my mind.

What do you like about New Harmony?

I like the relationships between teachers and students.

Happy weekend!


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