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

October 14th, 2019

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

Open House

Our next Open House for prospective New Harmony families or anyone interested in learning more about our community is on Wednesday, November the 6th from 4:30-6:30pm at 3368 Esplanade Ave. We hope to see you there! 

Progress Reports

Please keep an eye on your mailbox as progress reports will be mailed by the end of next week. Progress reports are just a snapshot into grades so far for the semester, these are not official grades that will be reported to the state and it is not an official report card. You can also use your PowerSchool login to keep up with your students’ grades on a regular basis. Please let us know if you have any questions. If you need your PowerSchool login sent home again please email

Upcoming Opportunities

Wild Things

Wild Things helps people of all ages to connect with the wild things and places that make Louisiana special. The 22nd Annual Wild Things Celebration will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bayou Lacombe Center, the headquarters for the eight National Wildlife Refuges in Southeast Louisiana.
Sign up for this event on 

New Harmony partners with NOCCA!

It is that time!-Have your student apply to NOCCA-

Click Here To Begin Your Online Application

Click Here For Arts Requirements

New Harmony at XQ 

Dina, Jeff, and Sierra had the privilege of attending the XQ Community of Practice gathering at the Grand Rapids Public Museum School in Grand Rapids, MI — a school known for interdisciplinary team teaching, mastery-based based grading, and immersion within a public museum.  During the two day event, 50 educators from 16 XQ schools came together to develop collective capacity, strengthen community, address challenges, and celebrate successes.  It was a wonderful week filled with professional development, community building, and fossils! 

What We’re Reading

This week in Humanities I, students are working on projects for their book clubs.  The task is to creatively represent the themes of their self-selected books through one of the following mediums:

* Performance art
* Visual art
* Expository writing
* Interactive crafts

… and there is one very specific rule to push creative problem solving — at least one element of their project needs to be at least 3’ feet tall or wide.

Thus far, projects have taken the shape of interactive board games, a one-act play, a giant cardboard elevator, a wire sculpture, a mixed-media mountain, multiple written and performed songs (complete with album covers), and diorama complete with clay artifacts.

Community Contributors

New Harmony sophomore Izzy and her Ocean Heroe’s New Orleans team members had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Tiffany Delcour, Chief Operations Officer, and Ms. Rosie Jackson, Executive Director of Child Nutrition, with NOLA Public Schools this morning.  They are thrilled to have their support as they continue our mission to remove Styrofoam and plastic utensils from our local school cafeterias.  Through joint efforts, dedication, and mindset shifts we are confident changes are on the horizon!

Community Engagement &
Career Exploration Program:

New Harmony’s Community Engagement & Career Exploration (CECE) Program is a major pillar of our students’ academic experience. The program offers students an opportunity to build relationships with people and organizations in our community in order to gain exposure to careers across various sectors. Through this explorative process, students will receive knowledge and develop skills that are essential for a fruitful, healthy and successful life.
For more information please visit our involvement page on our website here

Click Here to Get Involved

Getting to Know Our Advisories:
Lauryl, 9th Grade

This week I hung out with Lauryl’s 9th-grade advisory. When I walked in, they were watering their class plants. Here’s are the reflections Lauryl and the kids offered me while I visited:

“It’s my favorite part of the day. I like that I get to spend an hour with these weirdos every day. We do things together and we just have a little family together.” -Lauryl

“It’s like a family. We talk about it all” – Alaina

“There’s a lot of creativity and acceptance. It’s a family” – Jude

“I like Thursday’s because it’s game day. It’s different than at my old school. Lauryl isn’t strict but she’s very reasonable. I also like how we go on advisory trips, she’s always treating us.” – Tyran

“I like advisory because everyone gets along, there’s not bullying, and we all feel free to be ourselves. We have fun every day”. – Xyriel


Sanjay, Class of 2023

What is something you do well?

One thing I do well is being a good friend. I don’t like when they’re sad, and hate it when they fight! I’ve also gotten better at math with Ms. Dina. She’s changed my perspective.

What is something you have learned in the past week?

Last week I learned that I was getting a C in Ms.Dina’s class. It’s a surprise to me that I’m even getting a C in her class, it motivates me to achieve an ever higher grade.

What is a misconception people have about you?

Sometimes people think I’m different than what I really am, or maybe sometimes they don’t think I’m friendly.

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

I wish I was an adult already. But, a lot of people say learn to live your youth. I’m learning how to love being young while still being young.

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

My mother, since I’m part of the LGBTQ community she used to tell me that people are always going to say stuff that will try and put me down so don’t worry about it. She helped me with my confidence and I wish people were as confident as I am, but sometimes the world doesn’t allow for that.

Sanjay’s mom sent us some baby pictures too. Adorable!
Enjoy your weekend!
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