Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Design North Campus: Catskills Adventures

New Design super-teacher Marisa Brown has created an amazing North Campus experience in the Catskill mountains. Female students participated in a 3 day intersession class that focused on maintaining a farm and a stable of horses! While our young men escaped away for multiple ski weekends, the glory of snow boarding and snow tubing and intricacies of Yahtzee! Kudos to our students that challenged themselves to get out of the city and try new things! Stay turned for more adventures with Marisa Brown and the NDHS North Campus!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Health & Wellness: Stretching Class

New Design High School endorses a philosophy that the key to health is the quality of one's lifestyle, which has physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Therefore, the aim of the health and physical education program is to promote health and wellness through the acquisition of skills and knowledge that can be integrated into a holistic lifestyle.

Stretching & Breathing by Kate from SANCTUARY IN SCHOOLS
Stretching and breathing uses various postures to strengthen and maintain the health of the spine and back muscles. Special attention is provided to increase flexibility in tight and restricted muscles and joints that inhibit the use of the spine and back. Students will learn appropriate alignment for basic seated and standing poses, including inversions. Classes are structured cumulatively to learn to something new as the class progresses.

Breathing techniques will be taught to students during their stretching practices to help them relieve stress, anxiety and or muscular tension.

Stay tuned for information regarding SANCTUARY IN SCHOOLS and NEW DESIGN'S WELLNESS FUNDRAISER coming soon this SPRING.

To make donations to our health and wellness programs, please email

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sojourn to the Past: Our students journey through Civil Rights

For 10 days, seven New Design students and two teachers toured the South on an interactive Civil Rights Movement filed trip, with an organization called Sojourn to the Past. We visited landmarks, museums and memorials to the movement while engaging in detailed lessons on the places and people we would encounter along our journey. We followed in the footsteps of Civil Rights activists and marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, which was the scene of violent reaction to peaceful voting rights protests in 1965. Elizabeth Eckford and Minnijean Brown, from The Little Rock Nine, both spoke to us about their brave struggle to integrate Central High School in 1957. Rev. Billy Kyles, who was with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the last hour of his life, spent an afternoon with us and inspired us all with his vision of hope and his belief in the power of dreams. As a result of our intensive expedition, our students have started an action committee to address and endeavor to end racist and derogatory language here at New Design High School. We hope to continue to take students on this amazing trip each year.

For more information or to make a donation to the 2008-2009 Sojourn to the Past trip, please email


The year two design students created stenciled t-shirts and matching shoes for their apparel unit.
check out the link on the right under links!