The Weekly What: Friday, September the 14th Newsletter

September 17th, 2018

Greetings New Harmony High Community, 

As we are nearing our Quarter 1 exhibitions, we (adults and students) are starting to become more settled in our roles, our communal culture, and our ability to identify learning all around us.


Projects, Clubs, Intentions; oh my!

This week we set daily intentions, jumped deep into Quarter 1 projects, and developed mission statements for our student-led clubs. 

To support our growth as a community, we have begun setting an intention every morning to guide our personal decisions and interactions with each other.  We discussed how we can shift our day by starting with the intention of being calm or leading by example.  In doing this, and having a moment to take a few deep breaths together, we are able to gain a clear perspective for a moment before starting each day.

Each student has narrowed down their focus for our “Who Am I?” project.  Some students have chosen to explore their past and family history while others are imagining a future living their dream career.
Exhibitions for these projects will happen in the first week of October.

Being in communal alignment sometimes means we have unintentional twins on campus.


New Harmony students researched clubs offered at other schools, shared findings with the whole group, narrowed the choices to 10 clubs through a democratic process, then finally used a rubric to determine which 6 clubs were the most mission-aligned in the following four areas: 

We are connected to the environment and each other

Our work is relevant and rigorous

We value relationships

We prepare for the future
Our current clubs and student-developed mission statements:

Debate: To develop and expand teamwork through understanding and respect

Multicultural Club: To empower the New Harmony community through education and self-awareness to embrace diversity


Gardening: To create habitats and spread knowledge across urban spaces to save the earth’s butterflies


Sports Club: To get students at New Harmony High fit, healthy, and active while inspiring students to engage in outdoor sports and activities


Band: To provide a safe place for the freedom of musical expression


Visual Arts: To inspire creativity and spark other students’ interest in the visual arts

Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep

This weekend, you can find New Harmony’s Culture and Community Coordinators Angel and Anthony bringing students to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep. Volunteers will spend their Saturday morning cleaning up the city. New Harmony will be at Zone #29.

Saturday, September 15th 9am – 12pm
Location: The Fairgrounds
Meet us at the main entrance at 9:00am if you’d like to join!


HBCU Climate Change Conference: Fighting for Our Lives

Saturday, September 22nd 9:30am – 3pm
Drop-off location: Marriott New Orleans Downtown 
Students will be introduced to climate science and how their daily life affects climate. The sessions will be interactive including computer-simulated activities and conclude with students receiving certificates for their participation.

STEM Day at Shell Oil

Friday, September 28th 9am – 3pm
Location: One Shell Square 
Students will learn about the oil industry, technology, and the coastal restoration and preservation efforts of Shell. In the afternoon, New Harmony students with work with Shell volunteers on a LEGO build to construct field sets for an upcoming LEGO Competition.
Please contact for more information. 


Chimp Haven and Audubon Zoo
Invite You to a Special Screening

This BBC documentary will capture your heart as it follows animal-lover and host Sue Perkins as she travels to the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana. Watch as she learns just how beautiful the chimp life really is at Chimp Haven when Jill and her group of girl chimps meet their very first group of boy chimps.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Audubon Zoo
Dominion Learning Center

Popcorn and Beverages: 6:00pm
Screening and Discussion: 6:45-8:00pm
Limited Seating
RSVP by October 2, 2018 or 504-212-5350

Open Canoeing and Fishing

NORD‘s Open Canoeing and Fishing is a free weekly event. Lessons are included. 

This is also a volunteer opportunity for students who are willing to commit to 6 Saturdays.  After the completion of volunteering, if your student is interested in becoming a certified lifeguard, NORD will cover the $400 fee.

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until Nov. 10
(This program is dependent on volunteer participation and the weather.)
Location: Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd


Guest Speaker of the Week

Every Friday, we will be introducing a new guest speaker to students. These guest speakers have extensive experience in environmental science, activism, sociology, coastal ecology, community organizing and more! 

Today, we welcomed Marie Piccione, NORD’s Outdoor Activity Coordinator. She lead her talk by asking students to reflect on the question “Who are you trying to affect through your work?”. This question, she says, guided her into her passion and current position at NORD. Her mission is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to explore, learn, and get to know the outdoors. Way to go, Marie! 

NHH Families

Open House: Wednesday, the 19th

Our second Open House of the year is just one week away. Join us for a sneak-peek of our students’ first ever Quarterly Exhibitions. Students will also be showcasing their clubs and committees.

Wednesday, September19th from 4-6pm

Location: 2539 Columbus St.

Who: All are welcome!
We encourage you to check out Open House if you are interested in our mission, if you would like to see if we are the right school for your child, or just to see the New Harmony High magic in action!

Inaugural Parent Committee Meeting

We will be hosting our inaugural Parent Committee meeting on Wednesday, September the 19th from 6:15-7:15pm, immediately following Open House. The meeting is open to all parents; if you are interested in being involved, please contact our Culture Queen, Angel Cutno –

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