The Weekly What: Friday, December the 14th, 2018

December 17th, 2018

Part 2

This week, we stayed to learn with an introduction to Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. Washed Ashore’s curriculum uses recycled art to communicate environmental awareness and spark interests in the origins and production of excessive plastic pollution, startling decomposition rates, and the global waste stream. Throughout the week, our kids offered up half of their lunch/outdoor period to do a neighborhood cleanup. The collected garbage was then made into sculptures, mosaics, and collages.
Talk about reusing, reducing, and recycling!
Vera and Izzy made a New Harmony logo out of recycled materials. 

Exhibitions Begin on Tuesday!

Exhibitions are at the core of New Harmony’s learning model. Each quarter, students engage in cross-curricular learning and research projects based upon interests and academics.

The essential question students responded to this quarter is:

The responses to these interdisciplinary projects are unique to each student and allow space for students to explore their curiosities beyond “traditional” curricula.

This exhibition theme for this quarter challenges students to discuss and research an opinion that they feel passionately about.

If you are interested in attending our quarter two exhibitions.
or if you are a parent that needs to confirm
your child’s scheduled presentation time,
please email
so that we may accommodate you.

New Harmony Student-Led Instagram 


New Harmony students recently created a student-led Instagram account to give an inside perspective into daily experiences as a NHH founding freshman. If you would like to see what they are up to, follow them here.

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

Calling All Community Partners!

Over the next month, as part of 2nd Quarter Exhibitions and the career-exploration process, our students will be contacting professionals to conduct brief informational interviews. Students will engage professionals who work in fields related to their interests. These interviews help students gain a deeper understanding of a profession and the career path and nuances of the daily work required for a range of professions.To support students in this process, New Harmony is requesting that representatives from organizations interested in engaging our students provide their contact information to
New Harmony High staff will then move forward in facilitating informational interviews for our students.

Volunteer Opportunities

All New Harmony students are expected to participate in one out-of-school volunteer opportunity per quarter.  Following are options in which students can participate.


What: Planting Cypress and Red Maples in City Park’s bioswale. As the trees mature they will shade out the grassy undergrowth and allow more water to be captured.
When: Saturday, December the 15th
What: Mid-City PlantingRSVP online to volunteer at these events.
Please fill out this form to be covered by their insurance.
Learn How to Reforest YOUR Block!
Learn the steps and strategies on how to reforest your neighborhood and your city by becoming a SOUL Block Captain. Block Captains engage with their neighbors, consult with them about proper tree species and locations, collect permits, and more.

Lights on the Lake
Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December the 15th
There are 2 shifts available from:

What: Seeking volunteers who can be upbeat while helping sort trash and recycling during the event.
Volunteer sign-up Please, denote NHH as your volunteer group.

Kingsley House Christmas Family Adoption

When: Saturday, December the 16th

What: New Harmony Interact students are partnering with New Orleans Rotary club to adopt four families for Christmas and gift them by fulfilling their wishlists for the holidays.
Students will be shopping for gifts (via Rotarian donations) and wrapping gifts prior to delivery.

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker this week was Anthony Saul, CFO of New Orleans East Hospital. He visited us this week to share about his journey as a highly sought-after college athlete who lived by the “6 P’s: Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performances.” Even while training as an athlete in college, he always kept in mind a future beyond sports and prepared himself socially and academically for a career after college.



What is something you do well?

I help others feel better about themselves and motivate them.

What is something you have learned in the past week?

I am very overprotective of my younger sister.

What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

When I first meet people, they think I’ awesome; but then they realize it is hard for me to express myself since I have been through so much.

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

The biggest dream I have for myself is that if I can’t succeed, I want to help my siblings make something for themselves.

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

A teacher named Mrs. Ross. She had a positive influence on my life because she helped me through my last school year with all the bullying.

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

I would be my normal self, just be me. Do the things I love and be honest with people about myself and who I am… and not hide behind a smile.

What do you like about New Harmony?

Everything. The acceptance, the love, the caring.

NHH Families
We will have early release after a quarter two exhibition celebration on Thursday, December the 20th at 2pm. Buses will run as usual, but if your student is a car-rider, please be sure to pick them up by then.
Thank you!
Stay tuned for quarter two exhibition highlights next week!
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