Course Catalog

LOWER HOUSE

Love and Rage
Kiran & Ellen

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without, and know we cannot live within.” This literature seminar is about these words of James Baldwin’s, and about the power of love. It is about the viral nature of patriarchy and racism and how they infect the mind and constrict identity and expression. And it is about the potential of literature to reinforce – or disrupt – these ideologies. Texts include two of Baldwin’s books – The Fire Next Time and If Beale Street Could Talk – and personal essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. DuBois, Claudia Rankine, and bell hooks. We will turn the classroom into a multimedia exhibition about James Baldwin’s writing, complete with video footage of 1970’s Civil Rights actions; paintings by Kehinde Wiley, Titus Kaphar, Jacob Lawrence, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; photographs by Roy DeCarava, Carrie Mae Weems, Gordon Parks, and Jamel Shabazz; songs by the Davis Sisters, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Tupac, and Kendrick Lamar; and poems by Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Amiri Baraka. Read literary critics on themes of masculinity, the Blues Aesthetic, and the eye as a weapon of institutionalized racism, and learn how to write your own critical literary analysis. Discover that writers craft words, that literature is constructed, and that you have acquired the academic language with which to describe it.

True Stories
Zoe & Frankee

You’ve been told bedtime stories, family stories, gossip stories, tragic news stories, and all other sorts of stories, but do you know how to wield the power of a story? How can you use a good story to get into college? To get a job? To get a date? To start a political movement? In this course, you will read stories to understand how writers do all of these things and will apply their tools and tricks to your own writing. You will stand up for your core beliefs in a “This I Believe” essay, explore literary techniques in short personal narratives, and perform a personal story without notes in a Moth Story Slam. You will produce writing every week and revise your drafts multiple times until they are of publishable quality. This course is also an opportunity to hone your public speaking skills through reading your writing to an audience on a regular basis.

The Post-Modern Machine
Lucas

How many times in the last hour have you checked your phone? Turned on your TV? Played a video game? Increasingly, our lives are mediated and lived through screens. In this class, we will explore the ways in which technology changes the way in which we narrativize what is real and true. We will begin by reading post-modern theorists like Lacan and Baudrillard to establish a definition of the (shifting) real, and then apply this definition to both literary texts, including Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and relevant cinematic texts, such as Inception and Fight Club. This class will include not only incorporate traditional literary analysis and discussion but also a deep examination of film techniques and students’ production of their own post-modern text. Be ready to push your own cognitive and creative boundaries.

Culture Clash
Gina

How do we know the difference between right and wrong? What happens when we come in contact with someone who grew up with different definitions of right and wrong? Is it possible to be fair to everyone? As Rodney King famously said, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Using fiction, film, and historical documents, we will explore how to navigate conflicting values in order to build a more sane society. We will examine the historical and cultural contexts in which these works were created, looking at issues of feminism, colonialism, immigration, and migration. We will also look at the contexts in which they have been read, and are still being read. Texts will include Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Love and Power (Humanities)
David

So much of our thoughts, energies, and even our cultural creations revolve around the goals of love and marriage. What do these ideas even mean? Have humans always thought the same way about love and marriage? In this interdisciplinary Humanities course we will explore literature, history, and sociology of these two ideas. We will read Victor Hugo’s classic work Les Miserables and grapple with the various types of love that we encounter and love’s impact on the characters. We will also engage with historical sources and literature about the famous relationships Cleopatra had with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Was she in love? Did it matter? How did others use these relationships to attack Cleopatra? Finally, we will read parts of the book Marriage: A History and NYTimes Modern Love articles to understand how and why the institution has changed. The course will culminate in a Gateway project and students’ writing about their own sense of love in their lives.

UPPER HOUSE

AP English Literature & Composition (year-long course)
Scott
In this rigorous college-level course we will explore diverse literary genres and time periods as we pursue questions about language, meaning, and the human condition. We will delve into some of the greatest literature of all time. This spring we will grapple with Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ellison’s Invisible Man, Tony Morrison’s Beloved and many critical works as we inquire into the rise of the novel. We will conduct close readings of poetry, hold seminar discussions, draft literary analyses, practice new vocabulary, hone grammatical skills, and complete culminating projects. This course will be rewarding because not only will you have the opportunity to attempt to gain college credit through the AP examination system, but you will also have the opportunity to take up some of the greatest questions in the discipline of English Literature as we tackle ideas of Romanticism, Modernity, aesthetics, and the sublime.

Fantastic Worlds and Where to Find Them (semester-long course)
Scott & Sally
Stories with fantastic elements are important across many literary traditions. From mythologies, epics, and high fantasy, to science fiction, dystopia, magical realism, and other genres, stories with fantastic elements appear across cultures. But what makes good fantastic stories? Why are we so drawn to them? What are their affordances and constraints? How can we build our own fantastic worlds? In this course, students will read fantastic literature—broadly defined—and write capstone papers. Additionally, we will build our own fantastic worlds and write stories that take place in these imagined realms. Some authors may include T. H. White, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Junot Diaz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Patrick Rothfuss. This is a rigorous reading and writing course. Students will be expected to read a book a week and to write over 50 pages!

Border Crossings(semester-long course)
Molly
Misfits, outcasts or heroes? This class undertakes an exploration of the hyphenated world of globally constructed identity and otherness. What are the personal risks, costs, and rewards to individuals and relationships and how are the voices of those who break through boundaries silenced or heard? Is life lived in the sun or in the shadows? In class we will investigate the borders upon which we stand and create our own narratives of crossing. Ultimately, students will explore the complex, challenging and occasionally humorous worlds of transition/s that global citizens navigate through visual arts, film, poetry, short stories, graphic novels and literary texts culminating in a creative project chosen by the student and an English Capstone.

Writing Myself into College: Crafting the (un)Common Application Essay
“Don’t ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs.”
Molly

Wondering how to express your who, what, why, how, beliefs and dreams without clichés and in 650 words or less? Uncertain that your words won’t represent the unique perspective that is yours or stand out from the crowd? Concern yourself no more! As you respond each day to texts, philosophical thought and each other you will develop clearer view of who you are and explore moments both small and large. Evaluation of language, literary devices and literary elements developed through close reading of personal narrative and poems by authors including Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, and Sherman Alexie will support student understanding of how writers use their toolkits. Students practice those and other moves in their own work as they give and receive feedback with peers. By the end of the quarter, the class will have engaged fully with one another in the writing process, refining individual voices and vocabulary as you explore and play with language. You will create a Common Application essay that is yours alone and that speaks directly to the heart and mind of the college admissions officer, inspiring him/her to shriek “Eureka! I’ve found an amazing student!”

Playwriting
Molly and Nikki

This course in a quarter-long introduction to the world of playwriting/screenwriting. Students explore short form and sketch/ improv writing in order to hone skills as well as learn from seeing and hearing their words come to life. Students explore plot and character development and observe the role of the obvious and the nuances of subtlety in both comedic and dramatic writing. Students in this class may opt to lay the groundwork for and develop a larger play/screenplay.

Coming of Age in New York
Merida & Liana

What does it mean to be a New Yorker? How does New York impact your identity? What role does the city play in films, hip hop, and literature? We’ll be exploring the themes of class, race, identity, performance of self, and life in a major city. We’ll be reading Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets among other texts, watching films such as Raising Victor Vargas, and analyzing the lyrics of rap songs, art, fiction and nonfiction texts relating to New York identity. Students will keep journals of their NY experiences throughout the semester and will complete their capstones.

Radio New York
Merida

How many hidden worlds does New York hold? How many millions of New York stories? What’s your New York story, and how can you best tell it? In this quarter-long class, we’ll dive into the world of New York stories, looking at radio and podcast stories, as well as short stories and poems about New York. We’ll explore podcast storytelling and develop a roadmap for the development of a great radio story. The course will culminate in the production of podcasts where you will tell your own New York story.

UPPER HOUSE

Oye como va?
Laura

This course explores the Spanish language through contemporary art forms including music, poetry and theater while students learn to appreciate the various Latin American dialects. Native students will use their background knowledge of Latin America to explore emerging issues as portrayed by media and derive some understanding as to how the Latin American society is faring on social equity issues. Students will be expected to provide a verbal presentation and a written reflection in Spanish based on a range of options they can choose from as part of their culminating task for this course.

On y Va!
Nikki

The aim of the French course is to enable students to develop basic communication skills and gain insights into the relationship between language and culture. It is not overnight that one learns a language in full but it can be overnight that one falls in love with a language in its fullness. This class invites you to learn about French in its fullness through text, visual media and music.

LOWER HOUSE

Global Teenage Functions (2nd term of Algebra)
Laura
Ever wonder what teenagers are like in other countries? What do they like to do? What do you have in common with teenagers in other countries? What are the differences? This course explores teenage issues through functional analysis and analytical models. The course terminates with a digital output and written paper of one topic that you are interested in while making connections to functions and attempting to design a model to describe that phenomenon.

Prove You’re Ready (Lower House)
Julia, Katia & John
“It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” – William James
How do you know what you know? How do you convince others that something you know is true? What happens when you are confronted with evidence that goes against something you believe? This course is all about proof in mathematics. In each unit, we will make claims about ideas and try to gather evidence to prove our claims are correct. We will use examples from mathematicians (ancient and modern, those in our class and those outside of our classroom) to think about proof as a process of claim and evidence, which will move us toward a greater understanding of mathematics, the world, and ourselves. The course will examine congruence of triangles, systems of circles, and how to maximize efficiency of surface area and volume. The course will culminate in a mathematics Gateway, so students can prove they are ready to move on to Upper House.

Integrated Physics and Algebra (Lower House)
John
You watch matter interact every day. In those observations, you’ve gained some intuitive knowledge. Do you have time to cross the street in front of that car? Can you carry that bag up the stairs? Will that box balance on that table without falling? Can you know that ball out of that player’s hands? The laws of physics dictate the answers to these and millions of other questions. In this course we’ll learn about some of the relationships that control these interactions and use them to make mathematical predictions.

UPPER HOUSE

Algebra II(Upper House)
Grant & Danny
In Algebra II, students will model the bounce of a ball as it continues to bounce using parabolas, geometric decay, and arithmetic sequences.  Students will design experiments to measure the rebound ratio of a ball.  Students will make connections between geometry and algebra, while applying math to real world phenomena.  Students should have a strong background with rational numbers, radical expressions, and functions.  We will use graphing technology, measurement, and physical models throughout the course.

The Power of Statistics: Regression Analysis
Danny & Milyoung

In this course, students will focus on regression analysis, hypothesis testing, and the chi-square test. Students will be estimating relationships between variables and will be asked questions such as: can colleges use SAT Scores and GPA to predict student success? Students will use excel to create models and will use their knowledge of statistics to determine whether their models are accurate and efficient in predicting the target variables.

LOWER HOUSE

Bio Foundations 2: Unity, Diversity, Connection and Change
Angelo & Matt

Look at the Earth and you see a place teeming with life of infinitely various forms living together in a kind of web each tied to the other with invisible strings. A single cell, invisible to the eye, a being, capable of sensing, responding, and adapting to ever changing conditions, look inside and you find a machinery more complex and ordered than any computer. How does this just happen? Humans from the beginning of history on Earth have pondered this question and as budding scientist, so will we. Come join me in this journey to uncover the story of a little world in a vast universe where something incredible happened and where invisible strings hold it together.

Water Chemistry
Lucy & Julissa

Water is an essential part of our everyday life, but we often don’t think about its importance. During this course, you will learn about the chemistry of water and its importance across the world by examining both the science and the global issues affecting human access to this natural resource. To do this, we will examine water at different scales to see how the molecules interact with each other and how water bodies are affected by outside influences. Through experimentation and discovery, we will explore the building blocks of our world and how it is organized, while refining our scientific reasoning and experimental approach. Some important topics that we will explore are density, solubility, physical and chemical properties, and energy.

Integrated Physics and Algebra
John

You watch matter interact every day. In those observations, you’ve gained some intuitive knowledge. Do you have time to cross the street in front of that car? Can you carry that bag up the stairs? Will that box balance on that table without falling? Can you know that ball out of that player’s hands? The laws of physics dictate the answers to these and millions of other questions. In this course we’ll learn about some of the relationships that control these interactions and use them to make mathematical predictions.

UPPER HOUSE

Intro to Web Design
Paul & Nikki

In this course you will be introduced to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and learn how to write and edit the code that gives structure, style, and interactivity to a web page. During the first half of the quarter you will use Codecademy to learn the basics of web design then learn how to debug your code using the online code editor JSFiddle. For your Capstone, you will design and code a personal website to showcase your resume. Note: All students are expected to complete at least 5 hours of work outside of class each week.

Bottle Biology
Ashraya & Milyoung

Be the master of your own universe by building a contained ecosystem in a few soda bottles. Much like a moss terrarium or aquarium, the “ecocolumn” allows us to create a whole world in miniature. Through designing our own soda bottle habitats, we will learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that shape an ecosystem. Once we’ve created stable systems, we will use our ecocolumns to explore how an ecosystem responds to environmental changes. Whether you like to grow plants, watch critters, or rule the world, this is the course for you. Students will have the opportunity to complete an experiment to present for a Science Capstone.

Community Health: Public Health Issues and Health Equity Promotion
Milyoung

We all know that there are large health problems that affect many members of our communities: there are environmental health disasters, epidemic disease outbreaks, uncontrolled chronic diseases effecting huge percentages of the population. Health issue news makes up a great part of media reports these days. Rather than reacting, how do we make sense of all the health problems affecting our communities? How do we measure the problem? Why do some communities have higher rates of asthma, diabetes, HIV, and infant mortality than others? What are the social, political, economic factors that lead to different health outcomes between different groups of people? What can high school students do to improve health equity? In this course, we will identify urgent actionable public health issues; conduct research on them; and, determine steps to address them. We will be scientists, detectives, sociologists, anthropologists, journalists, graphic designers, and public relations persons, because the types of skills used in these other fields are necessary to develop effective public health solutions.

LOWER HOUSE

Genocide and Human Rights (Lower House)
Daniel, David & AdC

In 1948, the United Nations declared that all human beings have the right to a decent job, food, housing, and health care, as well as to free expression, freedom of religion, and free elections. Why is it that, all these years later, so few people on the planet actually enjoy these rights?

The idea of “human rights” has dominated the way the world talks about injustice, poverty, and war. In this course, we’ll investigate the idea of human rights: is it an effective defense against genocide and other “crimes against humanity?” Has it been used to make the world a better place?

To help us in our investigation, we’ll compare the horrors of war and genocide that spawned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the Holocaust and World War II—to a modern day “human rights crisis” that led to United States military intervention in Afghanistan. We’ll draw on a diverse set of resources and materials throughout the semester, with the centerpiece being a mock trial version of the famous Nazi Nuremberg trials. The course will end by a student chosen case study on a current human rights issue.

Nonviolence: A Subversive Idea
Josh

Is nonviolent action an effective weapon for the powerless against the abuse of the powerful? If so, how do we measure whether nonviolent action is working or not working?  Is insisting on a nonviolent response to violence, as a matter of principle, suicidal?  Or should we always guard ourselves against violence by employing the power of love, compassion and peaceful resistance?  These are a few of the questions we will explore as we follow the moral pendulum as it moves between violence and peace in colonial India, South Africa and Puerto Rico.  We will discuss key events, examine the varied perspectives and actions of key political players and determine whether nonviolence action is truly the best way to change the world.  This class will include research on nonviolence movements, film analysis, debates, holding a Fairness for Puerto Rican Nationalists and recreating the Truth and Reconciliation Committees of South Africa after Apartheid.  This course seeks to develop the Habit of Perspective, Habit of Responsibility and the Commitment to Peace in our democratic school community.

UPPER HOUSE

AP Macroeconomics (12th graders, Q3 only)
Andy

This course is encouraged for 12th graders who took Q2 Macroeconomics, or by special permission.  We will continue our journey through the textbook with mutual support, enlivened by weekly discussions and occasional connections to current events.

AP US History
Steve

Through this class, students will develop a college-level understanding of US History and Historical Thinking. The second semester course will focus on the history of workers in the US and Foreign Policy. We will focus on the Historical Thinking Skills of Comparison, Contextualization, Periodization, and identifying patterns of continuity and change. After a very intense two and a half months of in class and out of class work, students will take the AP US History exam on May 5. In May and June, students will research and write historical research papers that satisfy the Capstone Requirement. This is a semester long course that counts as both a student’s Social Studies and Elective courses.

Beyond Voting: Democracy and Organizing (Q3)
Daniel

We are often told that a small group of committed, ordinary people can change the world. But how? In this class, we’ll discuss the nitty-gritty of social change: how does it actually occur? What methods or tactics do ordinary people employ to realize their vision of a better world? Is there a difference between “activism” and “politics?” What is the difference between a protest, civil disobedience, and direct action? In a society that often presents voting as the ultimate act of political participation, what can communities of people without the right to vote (like high school students) do to advocate for themselves? We’ll create our own democracy in class and then apply those skills to Harvest’s own democratic institutions and decision-making processes.

Why Am I Here?: The Politics and History of American Schools.
Daniel

What is the point of school? To train people to get jobs? To be active citizens? To create free thinkers? To eliminate inequalities in society?
This class will take on the elephant in every classroom, the question that lurks in the back of all students minds at some point: Why are we here? Looking at primary documents from history, the work of theorists like Horace Mann, John Dewey, and Paolo Freire, and most importantly our own experiences, we’ll try to answer this question for ourselves. More concretely, the class will look at the conditions and policies behind the creation of compulsory (mandatory) schools in New York City, and will tackle some of the most pressing questions in education policy today, from charter schools to tracking.

Collisions and Connections (Q4 only) Sociology/Film
Andy Snyder
How do the situations we deal with shape us?  How do we shape our own situations?  Rich and poor, young and old, we’re all affected by circumstances.  Sometimes, though, we also have just enough freedom to do something surprising.  We’re going to make films about surprising collisions and connections between different kinds of people (like nurses, rich kids, Muslim women who choose to wear hijab, young men in gangs) dealing with different parts of the same situations.
Part of the course will be doing research – reading sociology, conducting interviews, arranging field trips.  Part of the course will be learning to make powerful films – including watching some films worth learning from, both documentary and fictional.  And part of the course will be thinking through the reactions to our films, and planning what to learn next.

Social Movements in America
Adam & Sally

“What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but “who is sitting in” — and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.” Howard Zinn, “The People’s Historian”
We are often told that the most important determinant for the direction of America is who is in the drivers’ seat—who sits in the White House and in the halls of Congress. History, by extension, is looked at as the story of those at the top of society where presidents, generals, and influential leaders have pathed America’s path of never ending progress. In this narrative, social change can seem almost inevitable—one event leading to the next. But times of great social change in the United States, have often been precipitated by mass social movements; moments where hundreds of thousands of ordinary people were faced with choices, interpreted their social conditions, and took actions that made a difference. This course will look at the ways organized groups of people have transformed and continue to transform the United States.

Final Countdown (Only for seniors needing to fulfil Social Studies graduation requirements – credits or capstone.)
Steve & Jessica

This is not your traditional history course. In this course, we start with today. The class will pick a significant event or situation currently going on in the US. We’ll ask lots of questions about it, the most important of which will be, “How did we get here?” As students enter the final countdown to graduation, we’ll countdown from the past to today. We’ll see how we can use the tools of historians, political scientists, economists, and others can be used to learn deeply about our chosen topic. We’ll then begin gathering evidence and evaluating sources to help us answer our questions. Finally, we’ll communicate and critique our conclusions. This multi-disciplinary class will primarily focus on successfully completing Social Studies capstones, though could also serve to earn a variety of credits needed for graduation this June.

Good Life (Global credit)
Andy Snyder

Isn’t almost everything you do aimed at making a better life for yourself and your family?  But what makes one life better than another?  If you had to choose between being rich and unloved or being poor and loved, which would you pick?  What’s the most important single thing you could do to make your own life better, now? We’re going to compare ideas of the good life from ancient perspectives to various modern worldviews.  But we’re not just studying philosophy – we will also work together to try out these ideas and improve our own lives.  Some highlights will include checking out virtual reality, experimenting with sleep, making a film, and asking each other deeply real questions.
Each week we’ll focus on one compelling question, with at least one key text, film clip, and experiment.  This course will offer you tools and ideas to change how you think about your life, and how you live it.

LOWER HOUSE

Piano
Orlando

In this class, each student will learn to play a wide range of popular music from the last century on the keyboard. Through this repertoire, students will learn about building and playing major and minor chords and widely-used chord progressions and gain an introduction to reading notes on the musical staff. Student musicians will also research the songs they are playing and the composers and performers who made them popular.

Beginning Guitar
Colin

Students will learn the basics of guitar playing – strumming, playing chords, playing with a pick, and reading guitar tablature – to play a wide range of music, from classic rock to video game/popular movie soundtracks. Students will participate in the Harvest Guitar-chestra, a large ensemble in which players come together as a group with each player assigned to a different section (like in an orchestra or band). Students will also work independently or in small groups to arrange and perform a song of their choice as a final project. All students will be invited and encouraged to perform throughout the semester in various settings, such as morning meetings, at the talent show, and in a final concert.

Art Therapy
Julissa

Creativity is a gift all of us are born with. Have you discovered the artist inside you yet? Art can help us solve problems and release emotions. This course will inspire you to connect to a deeper sense of yourself. Together we will explore and practice many different arts: drawing, painting, sculpture . . . as forms of self-expression. As a class we will support each other creatively, emotionally and academically.

UPPER HOUSE

Beats by You
Adam

Make your own beats, basslines, rhymes and rhythms. In this class we’ll go over some basics of songwriting and then use garageband to make our own music. We’ll analyze our favorite music and discuss what makes songs great.

Glee Club
Colin

Are you a shower singing diva? Do you love making music with friends around the piano in Harvest Commons? Do you take karaoke way too seriously? Come use your vocal talents and spread musical joy throughout the school! In this class, we will further our love of singing and deepen our knowledge of how to sing in tune, project vocally, achieve a blended group sound, arrange for a small ensemble, and read music. Students will perform for the school at the end of the semester and should be open to performing outside of school in regional events and concerts. If you do not sing, but are interested in accompanying the group on guitar, bass, piano, drums, etc., there is room for a limited number of committed instrumentalists. Sign up if you are interested and talk to Colin about your desired role in the group.Prerequisite: Must love music! Semester-long commitment preferred.

Studio Art
Liana

Are you an artist? Yes, you are! Come work with diverse media and subjects to create unique bodies of work that relate to your vision as an artist. The major focus is on the elements of art – line, shape, form, space, fundamentals of color, and proportion. We will explore many artists, styles, media, and develop technical & critical skills. Activities include studio projects, self-reflective writing, critiquing the artwork of others, and student choice day.

Playwriting
Molly and Nikki

This course in a quarter-long introduction to the world of playwriting/screenwriting.  Students explore short form and sketch/ improv writing in order to hone skills as well as learn from seeing and hearing their words come to life. Students explore plot and character development and observe the role of the obvious and the nuances of subtlety in both comedic and dramatic writing. Students in this class may opt to lay the groundwork for and develop a larger play/screenplay.

Dance Fitness
Shirlene

This course will engage students in the fundamentals of dance and an appreciation of dance as a physical activity, art form, and lifetime activity. Students will participate in a daily dance warm-up and utilize a combination of movements that will build cardiovascular and muscle endurance, muscle strength and overall flexibility. We will explore a range of dance styles from Line Dances, Hip-Hop, and Social Dances. Students will also have the opportunity to express themselves through self-choreographed assignments.

Dance
Shirlene

Dance in the upper house is designed to expand student appreciation of dance as a physical activity, art form, and lifetime activity. Students will participate in a daily dance warm-up and utilize a combination of movements to continue building cardiovascular and muscle endurance, muscle strength and overall flexibility. Along with varying dance disciplines, students will explore the components of improvisation and choreography in self-choreographed solo and group assignments.

Yoga
Brittany

 “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
This class is available to committed yogis only: you don’t need to have any prior experience, but do have a passion to learn, and an eagerness to put in physical effort every day toward getting the best out of a daily yoga practice.
Find calm in this introductory level yoga class. Are you stressed out and overburdened with worry? Are you sleep-deprived? Have you suffered tragedy, loss, or trauma? Do you lack focus? Are you an athlete with tight muscles, aches and pains? Do you suffer from anxiety? Are you a social animal who struggles to spend time alone? Do you wish for a better grip on your emotions and reactions to daily frustrations? Do you want to build strength and muscle mass? ….Then yoga is for you!
Come connect to your body, mind, and breath through a combination of hatha and vinyasa yoga, and a daily practice of meditation. Forget about being good at yoga, come to feel accomplished for trying new things, to give yourself credit for small victories, to nurture your body, let go of judgement, take a break from mental exertion, relieve pain, decrease stress, improve balance and flexibility, increase strength, and make a commitment to your own personal wellness.

Internship
Brittany

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
Americans spend about a third of their lives working, but 70% of US employees say they hate their jobs. Careers shape who we are, in both good and bad ways, but many of us struggle to find a career path that is truly fulfilling. Internship provides students with the opportunity to explore prospective careers through a hands-on experience in a field which matches their interests and skill sets. In the classroom, we’ll explore vocational paths based on unique student identities, goals, values, and talents. Students will build a resume, develop interviewing skills, and improve self-awareness and reflective abilities to overcome obstacles to success now and in the future. At a designated internship site students will work closely with knowledgeable professionals, further developing both general understandings of professional environments, job expectations, and required responsibilities, and also improving job-specific skills. This opportunity available to high achieving students who are eager to improve their resume, take on a professional role, take initiative in securing a site, and be an outstanding representative of Harvest Collegiate High School.

College Now
See Tara for more information.

Classical Mythology, Essay Writing, Music Theory, Dancers, Dance, Audience and More are all actual college classes at Hunter College available for you to take while in high school FOR FREE (each one is about $1000) for those who qualify. Application deadline for spring has passed, but please consider applying for fall; go to www.hunter.cuny.edu/college-now/.

Radio New York
Merida

How many hidden worlds does New York hold? How many millions of New York stories? What’s your New York story, and how can you best tell it? In this quarter-long class, we’ll dive into the world of New York stories, looking at radio and podcast stories, as well as short stories and poems about New York. We’ll explore podcast storytelling and develop a roadmap for the development of a great radio story. The course will culminate in the production of podcasts where you will tell your own New York story.

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