The Weekly What: Friday, November the 22nd, 2019

December 2nd, 2019


The Weekly What:
Friday, November the 22nd, 2019

New Harmony First Annual Thanksgiving Potluck

Students, staff, and community fellowship mentors got together today to give thanks to one another and celebrate each other. The whole community contributed and we are feeling so grateful for the New Harmony family.

This is a reminder to families that we do not have school during Thanksgiving week. Classes will resume on Monday, December the 2nd. 

One App is Officially Open! 

Today, Friday, November the 22nd, the One App for the 2020-21 school year opened. For families applying today, we hope you put us at the top of your list! Please feel free to reach out with any questions about the One App application process by emailing our Recruitment Director at

Parents: Join Remind!


If you are not yet on our mass-message communication app, please contact as soon as possible. The Remind messaging system will send you all important school information, such as bus information, school closures, field trips, school events, and more! Your number may have been entered incorrectly from the contact list we received from Enroll Nola. If you think this is the case, please let us know so that we can update your contact information.


Upcoming Events

Lafitte Greenway is closing out their fall arts program series with a Blast! Join them on Saturday for an afternoon full of creativity on the Greenway in partnership with NORD.

What We’re Reading

This week, acclaimed author Nathaniel Rich joined Jeff’s Humanities class to work with students on their “Once Upon a Time in a City Called New Orleans…” project.

Rich is a novelist and essayist who has written for Harper’s MagazineRolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Slate, and The New York Times Magazine.  He has also published three works of fiction, and most recently a book titled Losing Earth: A Recent History which has garnered a great deal of attention in the literary world.
For the past two weeks New Harmony High has been working in partnership 
826 New Orleans on the writing project.  Students have been creating dystopian flash fiction stories that imagine a world where New Orleans no longer exists as a result of an environmental catastrophe — all of this is in support of the 9th grade enduring question: what are the implications of restoration and preservation in New Orleans?  The completed project will result in a chapbook published by 826 New Orleans, and a wonderful book release party event at Longvue Gardens at the end of January for students, families, and staff.

Staff edition!

Rae, Operations

*I decided to interview Rae for this week’s Harmony Highlight in honor of Thanksgiving. Rae is the behind the scenes machine that keeps New Harmony operations. Thank you Rae, we love you, we appreciate you!*

What is something you do well?

Keep my composure in stressful situations.

What is something you have learned in the past week?

That everybody is good at something.

What is a misconception people have about you?

That I’m quiet.

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

I dream about being a stay at home mom.

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

The most positive influence in my life has been kids. They inspire me to be a better person and they make me see the potential that I have because they are so amazing, and if I made them then I must be amazing too.

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

I would change the amount of days we’re in school to a 4 day week. Everybody needs a 3-day weekend, and I don’t think that because I’m lazy!

What do you like about New Harmony?

I really enjoy the open minded approach of learning and working and building a different type of community together.

Enjoy your holiday break! 

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