Friday, December 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Samantha's Food Interview of Chris

Chris' Food Interview from New Design High on Vimeo.

12th grade Mediastorm's students just completed peer food interviews. Students were asked to interview their class peers about food. In the process, students wrote their research questions, filmed their peers and then created the pieces on IMovie. You can see an example above. Students are getting prepared for longer multimedia narratives centered on telling stories about food.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Alumni: Elizabeth Cruz-Cortes writes for the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway!

On Sunday, Elizabeth Cruz-Cortes pulled an all-nighter.

She's not cramming for an exam at Long Island University, where she's a sophomore studying theater.

She's got a gig a professional dramatist would love to have: writing a short work for the star-studded "24 Hour Plays," a one-night-only, wham-bam-here's-your-presentation-ma'am.

The show runs Monday at 8 p.m. at the American Airlines Theater.

A half-dozen, 10-minute one-acts will be conceived, written, rehearsed and performed in a day at this annual Montblanc-sponsored fund-raiser for Urban Arts Partnership, which supports theater, music and more in New York's public schools.

Six playwrights, six directors and 24 actors will gather for the event. Cruz-Cortes' standout work in Urban Arts writing programs caught the eye of "24 Hour" organizers and rocketed her from student to an author alongside the celebs.

Step No. 1 is Cruz-Cortes will show up at 10 p.m. Sunday to meet her cast. Then she, like the rest of the writers, will brainstorm for ideas and work all night to meet a 7 a.m. deadline.

Then the directors and actors get busy. Christopher Meloni, America Ferrera, Claire Danes, Fisher Stevens and Rosie Perez are among the stars who could be delivering her lines.

Cruz-Cortes will be losing sleep with some of the city best dramatists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage ("Ruined") and Pulitzer finalists Theresa Rebeck ("Omnium Gatherum") and Rajiv Joseph ("A Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo").

"It's crazy," says Cruz-Cortes, 20, who graduated from New Design High School on the lower East Side. "It's exciting but nerve-racking. It's all these famous writers and actors, and me, this little girl."

While she is keeping an open mind about what she'll write about, the young scribe suspects her 10-minute play on Monday will tilt toward comedy.

"I tend to like to keep things light," she says. "If I decide to go somewhere extreme, I'm counting on my cast not to be shy about it. Mostly I just want to have fun."

That's exactly the right plan, according to Rebeck, who's an old hand at this stage-athon.

"This one will be my fourth time," says Rebeck. "I always ask myself, 'How do you write a decent play at 3 in the morning?' But there's something very jazzy about it."

Advice for the new kid on the "24 Hour" block?

"Elizabeth is going to do great," says Rebeck. "Like everyone else involved, she just has to trust her instincts."

Read more:

UAP 24 Hour Plays on Broadway: Charles Prophet Debut!

The 10th annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, featuring America Ferrera, Rosie Perez, Gloria Estefan, Diane Neal, Elijah Wood, Julie White, and Tony Goldwyn, was presented at the American Airlines Theater this past Monday, November 15, 2010.

New Design High School senior, Charles Prophet debuted on Broadway as the opening act performer for the 24 Hour Plays. Charles rocked the American Airline theater stage and wowed the crowd with a charismatic and poetic performance of originally written material for the show.

The process for The 24 Hour Plays began the evening of Nov. 14, when the entire team of actors, playwrights, directors and production staff gathered at the American Airlines Theatre. Each cast member offered a costume, prop and "stage desires" to their respective writers. The playwrights were then given the task of creating a ten-minute play by 7 AM this morning in order to allow the directors and cast time to rehearse the piece for the 8 PM presentation.

Montblanc sponsors The 24 Hour Plays, which benefits the Urban Arts Partnership, a not-for-profit organization that brings arts education programs into New York City public school classrooms and was a founding partner is starting New Design High School in September of 2003!

Good work Charles!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

8th Grade Tours: NOVEMBER 2 or NOVEMBER 9th ONLY

Please come to one of New Design High Schools Open House Tours for 8th grade students!

Choose one of our two dates, no RSVP required.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - ELECTION DAY (No School for students)
1:00-2:00pm sharp, please be on time.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6:00-7:00pm, please be one time.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents & Guardians,

Please come to Parent Teacher Conferences this week!

Thursday, October 28, 2010
*Students have a regular school day and Parent Teacher Conferences will begin at 5:00pm and end at 8:00pm.


Friday, October 29, 2010
*Students will be in attendance from 8:50-12:00pm for a half day program.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be help from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

If you have a conflict with your schedule, please contact Morri Nkomo, Family Coordinator at 212.475.4148 x426 to schedule a private appointment.

Halloween Skate Event

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Living Remix with Lupe Fiasco at RE:FORM School

On Saturday October 9th, students from all over New York City gathered at The RE:FORM School art exhibition and event series for the World Up Living Remix Workshop. New Design High School juniors and seniors collaborated with MCs Lupe Fiasco and DJ Spaze Craft in a live recording session. During the workshop, students wrote and produced a track alongside the two artists while streaming live with DJ MagaBo of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil who then remixed the track live.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

8th Grade Open Hours Tours

Please come to one of New Design High Schools Open House Tours for 8th grade students!

Choose one of our two dates, no RSVP required.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - ELECTION DAY (No School for students)
1:00-2:00pm sharp, please be on time.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6:00-7:00pm, please be one time.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Monday, August 02, 2010

Media Stormers

Students in our 12th grade Mediastorm class produced multimedia narratives for clients this year. The course focused on new media including the ever increasing use of multimedia narratives. Check out the group that worked for The Lower East Side Ecology Center. LESEC wanted a video produced that would showcase their EcoBizNYC campaign. The EcoBiz team hit the streets of the Lower East Side to interview local business owners who had participated in the program. The video will be featured on the LESEC website.

Greening the Lower East Side from New Design High on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

FRESH PREP: a Live Mix of Hip Hop and Regents Prep for Healthy Learning
check it out!
Classes start Monday July 26th at NDHS!

E Oculus Article on New Design Rooftop Village

Learning By Design:NY Students Design and Build a Rooftop Village

Over the past three years, students at New Design High School in partnership with Learning By Design:NY (LBD:NY) have been designing and building Rooftop Design Village. This on-going, student-driven project currently consists of a wood shop as well as a greenhouse and deck that are close to completion. Future plans include building planters and a food kiosk for community events. Rooftop Design Village is a hands-on learning experience that adds a real-world component to the New Design curriculum.

To read more visit article at the E Oculus here

Monday, July 19, 2010


Magicmaker Julie Zenobi produces another great production!

Thursday, July 15, 2010



Grab them while they are hot! Year two designers strut their stuff for Zenobi Productions Inc..


This one is from the lunchroom!


Check out the skills!


Save Everything!


Powered by Lentini Productions and some southern love.

Thursday, July 08, 2010


The seniors were charged to make a reusable grocery bag that would be hip enough for teens to want to use. We watched the FRONTLINE special on COOL HUNTING to see how trends are set.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Regents Schedule

On time! Prepared! Motivated!
Regents Pass: 65

Friday, June 04, 2010

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010