Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Domincan Republic here comes New Design

6 New Design High School students have been selected for Global Potential's six-week summer program in the Dominican Republic! They will be traveling summer 2012 to do community development work in rural villages and living with host families for the duration of their stay. The application process was quite competitive so we are super proud that they were accepted. Congrats to Taylor M, Christian O, Junior B, Ashley R, Danielle H and Peter R.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


New Design NewsPaper Fashion Show 2011
Edited by 9th Grader Jonathan Ramos
"After it was filmed I started to put the whole thing together from the sketches to the making of the clothing to the the fashion show itself. This was my first time using iMovie and my first time video editing. It took a long time! I'm excited because I really want to become a filmmaker."
--Johnathan Ramos, 9th Grade NDHS

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CB2's Eastside Store Opening Bash

APER and CB2 had a little get together last night to celebrate the opening of the CB2 Eastside Manhattan store on 3rd Ave and 58th street. The party also marked CB2's partnership with New Design High School, which gives students the chance to work with street photographers like Backyard Bill, Eddie Newton and Street Peeper. Their pictures were on display at the store launch party and available for sale via silent auction with proceeds benefiting the high school. Check out our shots from last night, which included attendees Maggie Gyllenhaal, Darryl "D.M.C." Matthews McDaniels of a little group called Run-D.M.C. and PAPER fav, artist Kalup Linzy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Billy Rohan on NDHS Skate Program!

HBTV: Scholastic Survey with jeffstaple - Billy Rohan from HBTV on Vimeo.

"Education is undoubtedly a foundation of any culture and society. The very success of society hinges on a proper reinforcement that engages the people in acquiring and disseminating knowledge. Sharing a common interest in the continued focus on bringing education and learning to the forefront, HBTV and jeffstaple of Staple Design are partnering to create a new series titled Scholastic Survey which consists of online episodes exploring the importance and necessity of placing our best interests in education. In a time and place where education has been relegated to the back burner amidst budgetary cuts and misdirected spending in the United States, now more then ever is a time to look into the unrepairable damage that comes with an uneducated society."

Check more at Scholastic Survey with Billy Rohan!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Senior Mentor Program

Following last year's success the iDESIGN program has launched the 2011-2012 Senior Mentor program. iDESIGN is a school-based leadership program of Urban Arts Partnership that aims to boost school engagement among 9th and 10th grade NDHS students who have struggled with attendance in the past. Seniors are paired with younger iDESIGN students, offering academic and emotional support during group and individual meetings. This year groups will be taking trips and going on school lunches to encourage a positive and open environment. Pictured above are mentors and mentees at the iDESIGN kick-off luncheon held in October.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NDHS at the 2011 Mobility Shifts Conference

Last Wednesday 12 NDHS students paid a visit to Urban Arts Partnership to prepare to present at the 2011 Mobility Shifts Conference that will be hosted at The New School later this month. The students will be a part of the panel, "NYC Students Imagine the 2050 Classroom." With the support of two professional designers, students brainstormed, discussed and designed their vision for schools in 2050 that they will present at the conference on October 12th.

Thursday, October 06, 2011


New Design High School would like to cordially invite 8th grade students and families to our OPEN HOUSE tours!

The tours will be offered on 2 different school days - In order to attend the tour you must RSVP by email only at

Please note - large groups or middle school guidance counselors should email SARAH directly regarding private tour possibilities.

Tuesday, November 8th - ELECTION DAY - 2:00pm (All NYC Public school students do not have class this day, 8th graders should always attend with a parent or guardian)

Wednesday, November 16th - 6:00pm

Should you have any further questions or concerns please contact

See you soon!

Monday, June 13, 2011


A Lentini-Ratkowski production with help from the Center for Architecture and the students of New Design High School.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Rising Seniors Class of 2012

RISING seniors of the Class of 2012 that are interested in pushing themselves to the NEXT LEVEL - check out these COLLEGE NOW courses that are offered next semester, Fall of 2011 at BMCC! Classes will be held on Saturday and totally FREE tuition to NDHS students. Limited seats are available, see Sarah for more details. You must register before the end of SUMMER 2011!

College Now Courses - Fall 2011

Fundamentals of Speech SPE 100, 3 credits
The aim of this course is to develop effective skills in speech communication. The student examines how to generate topics and organize ideas, masters elements of audience psychology, and practices techniques of speech presentation in a public forum. All elements of speech production and presentation are considered.

General Psychology PSY 100, 3 credits
This course stresses adaptive human behavior in relation to the environment. Topics considered include: origins and methods of psychology, neuropsychological bases of behavior, maturation, motivation, emotion, learning frustration and conflict.

Introduction to Sociology SOC 100, 3 credits
This course analyzes the structure, processes and products associated with group living. Attention is focused on the concepts of social organization, culture, groups, stratification, major social institutions and significant trends in group living.

Introduction to Video Technology VAT 100, 2 credits
This course explains how video technology works. It covers the fundamentals of contemporary media technology including understanding video image formation, data compression, picture and sound generation and manipulation, and the impact of new technologies, such as HD-TV and P2P. Lab exercises introduce students to the operations of cameras, video-recording systems, microphones, and the uses of SMPTE Time Code. Students also examine systems for delivering media to the viewer, including webcast, broadcast, and satellite and cable distribution.

Introduction to Multimedia MMP 100, 3 credits (2hours 2 lab hours)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of multimedia production. In a hands-on class, students will learn the essentials of program design and authoring software in an integrated computer environment. Students will learn how to combine graphics, audio and text to create programs for industrial and educational applications.

Introduction to Computer and Information Security CIS 115 (Fridays afternoon only), 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to computer and information security. The significance of information integrity, availability and confidentiality are presented to demonstrate the importance of computer and information security. Students will gain practical skills on how to recognize threats and correct vulnerabilities. Techniques of detection, prevention and recovery from intrusions by malicious software will be taught with emphasis on concepts of organizational security through the institution of policies and procedures, and establishment of business and continuity planning.

Accounting Principles I ACC 122, 4 Credits
The course covers the fundamental principles of accounting and the practical use of accounting tools and techniques. Topics covered include the definition and scope of accounting, accounting records and processes, books of original and subsequent entry, work sheets, adjusting and closing entries, accounting for cash, accounting for negotiable instruments, and accounting for plant assets. An investigation is made of accounting for service businesses and trading concerns.

Introduction to Business BUS 104, 3 credits
Business and industry in the United States are surveyed broadly in this course. Emphasis is placed on the historical development, objectives, methods of operation, and the interrelationships of management, labor and government. Included is the study of new developments and trends in business administration and the problems they engender in the total management process.

Elements of Engineering Design ESC 111, 1 credit
This course provides an introduction to engineering practice through hands-on investigations, computer applications, and design projects in the fields of structures and robotics. All investigations and design projects are performed in groups and presented in oral and /or written form. Computers are used for documentation, data analysis and robot control.

General Chemistry CHE 110, 4 Credits
This course is designed specifically for the non-science major and should only be taken by students in non-science disciplines: liberal arts, business, etc. It explores the world of atoms and molecules and relates this submicroscope world to the daily life of the student. Topics to be discussed include plastics, foods, the environment, genetics and drugs.

John Lennon Bus Project

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Design High School Band Music Video

"Gone Without A Trace." An original song and video by the NDHS Band.

Romeo Cabral - DRUMS
Desmond Harris - BASS
Joshua Hernandez - VOCALS

Jules Park - KEYBOARD
Jared Louis Passen - GUITAR
Dante Zacharias Walker - GUITAR

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Julie's intersession worked on dress construction. Check out our young celebrity designers.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Prom Day Attendance: June 8, 2011

This years prom will be held at the New Yorker Hotel on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 8:00pm - 12:00am.

Here is a reminder about PROM attendance:

*Students must be on time to DFL

*Students must be in attendance at least half the day in order to sign out early.

*Most students that want to sign out at lunch must be present to DFL and the first 3 blocks of the day.

*Students that come late to school will have to stay the second half of the afternoon.

Please be advised that if you are ABSENT from school on the day of the prom please make sure you know you will loose your privileged to attend the prom. *No refunds.*

There is NO SCHOOL the day after prom on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Master Poet Poetry Slam

Just before spring break the NDHS community gathered after school for a Poetry Slam & Open Mic organized by UAP teaching artist Fabian Saucedo. At the event NDHS student poets, MCs and musicians shared some amazing work with their peers and teachers. 12th grade student and Master Poet participant Yolandri Vargas won the slam with her piece titled, "This Poem Is Not About Me." 9th grade student Victoria Ruiz and 12th grade student Charles Prophet placed in second and third.

Monday, April 04, 2011

I Design

A Minute With Sammy, New Design High School - iDesign 2014 from Urban Arts Partnership on Vimeo.

Spend "A Minute With" New Design High School Freshman, Samuel Fermin. Sammy is enrolled in the iDesign program, an Attendance Improvement/Drop-Out Prevention initiative offered by Urban Arts Partnership in partnership with New Design and funded through a grant with the United Way. Coordinators Ariana Allensworth and Sarah Gluck work one-on-one and in groups with iDesign students to monitor their attendance, encourage their academics, and offer support in innumerable ways. Afterschool arts programs, including photography and poetry, play a large role in the program. Through these art forms, the students explore and share their individual viewpoints, increasing their ownership of their own education. In this "A Minute With," Sammy explains how iDesign is keeping him on track to graduate and empowering him to "design" his own life.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


New Design High School Class of 2011 Senior Trip Information

Travel Date: Friday, March 11, 2011

Seniors should report to the cafeteria on Friday, March 11th by 9:30am.

**Seniors will not be allowed to attend until they have completed the mandatory bag check, have turned in all medical release documents and paid off or turned in library books!

Pinegrove Ranch is located at 30 Cherrytown Road Kerhonkson, NY 12446 • 1.800.346.4626

Students that are late in the morning to bag check MAY BE LEFT BEHIND!! Please be on time!

MAKE GOOD CHOICES: All NYC Chancellors regulations will be in effect during SENIOR TRIP. Students that are found with any alcohol or other substances will jeopardize their attendance to the senior trip, June graduation and may receive a superintendent suspension. So please, MAKE GOOD CHOICES.

Lead chaperones will be Sarah Baltazar and Danilo Martinez of New Design High School along with other staff members.

Sarah's emergency contact cell phone: 917-386-7572

Students may be reached by their own cell phones, via Sarah or via the reception desk at Pinegrove Ranch.

Additional Activities: $30 paint ball, $6-20 optional photo purchases

For any other questions please contact New Design at 212.475.4148.

G*R*A*D*U*A*T*I*O*N ******IS*******C*O*M*I*N*G!!!!


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Healthy 12th Grade YELC Girls

During the first week of February our 12th grade female Youth Empowerment Leadership Community (YELC) participated in the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Intersession program. YELC is part of the leadership intern program with our friends at Community of Unity.

This year’s YELC program was called, “Feeding your Mind, Body, and Soul.” and was a celebratory three days away from school, honoring our Young Women in their final year of High School. Each day was filled with learning, personal challenges, and so much laughter. The amazing program included juice and raw food tastings at Organic Avenue, a visit to Georgia Salon for an inter-generational conversation on beauty, hair, and self-care, and a soulful day of healthy cooking and group reflection.

What really interested me was our day focused on the Body,” writes YELC member Juanise Allen. “We spent the beginning of each day at Organic Avenue, where we talked about the importance of what goes into our body. We tasted juices that Organic Avenue offered (Grapefruit & Vegetable juice). Immediately, my body reacted and I felt completely refreshed. Having this experience really influenced me to be more cautious of what goes into my body.”

This program was another milestone in our on-going commitment to providing opportunities for our youth to explore and embrace their own health and wellness, and to make good choices that will empower them to follow their dreams and live their Song.

Special thanks to our generous partners at Georgia Salon & Organic Avenue for hosting the girls and making everything so special and so real. Additional thanks to the CofU Board of Directors , Jason & Marisa Zullin, and Audrey Orell for so generously opening her home to us once again!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Design is Big in Japan (We Think)

Japanese Kensetsu Architecture, Construction and Engineering News Daily highlights New Design. We are not sure what they are saying but we think they are highlighting the work we do with the Center for Architecture Foundation and their Learning By Design Program. Each year the Design Department at New Design partners with the Learning By Design program to work on large build projects on the roof of the school. The idea is to use architecture as a vehicle for fostering learning and discovery to inspire creative thinking and problem-solving.

New Design students recently attended a Center for Architecture Build a Wall Program.

Take Part Highlights New Design Graduate

Digital Media website, Take Part, highlights New Design High School Graduate Juan Nizama:

When Hunter College's spring semester begins on January 28, transfer student Juan Nizama will blend in perfectly with his pre-med peers. The serious and determined young man will be one among many working steadily in pursuit of his dream: becoming a doctor.

His professors and his classmates may never know the full story behind Juan’s shy smile—or why Juan’s quiet presence among them is so remarkable.


Juan Nizama was born and raised in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. One of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in New York City, Bushwick is known for drugs, crime, violence and urban decay.

As a young boy in elementary and junior-high school, Juan enjoyed being a student and excelled academically. Everything changed once he entered high school.

Like many of his peers, he became disengaged and succumbed to the lure of the streets.

Read full article here.

Fashion Week

The New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week producer IMG Fashion, and Lincoln Center today welcomed some of our New Design High School students, and fashion teacher extraordinaire Julie Zenobi, who are interested in entering the fashion industry to hear from top designers and industry leaders at the second annual Life in Fashion Forum. Panel members included Patrick Robinson, Executive Vice President of Global Design for the Gap; Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBG Max Azria Group; Lori Goldstein, Stylist; and Terron Schaefer, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer for Saks Fifth Avenue. The event was held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and moderated by Teri Agins, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of “The End of Fashion.”

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Design Hits the Airwaves

Coming this Spring to NBC is the new show Cause Celeb. The show, hosted by Cat Greenleaf, introduces viewers to celebrities who give back to causes. Each week the show will accompany a different celeb on a trip through their past to explore the issues that have shaped them, and watch as they partner with charitable groups to make a difference. The first show documents Rosie Perez and the work she does as head of the Artistic Board of Urban Arts Partnership. The show with Rosie highlights New Design and the challenge faced two Seniors, Tamika Cruz and Michael Dela Cruz to pass the New York State Regents Exam using the UAP's Fresh Prep that has been developed and piloted in partnership with New Design High School. New Design is using the Fresh Prep program for the Regents in United States History, Global History, English and Math. Check out more about Fresh Prep.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The 9th Grade have been working on Sound Design producing original songs in their Music Production course. The class is part of the Urban Arts Partnership program at the school and taught by teaching artist, Jules Gimbrone. Meeting once a week over the course of the semester, students gained the skills to produce, edit, and mix their own songs using the program Garageband. Simultaneously, students investigated themes of identity, and wrote poetry that explores the effects of stereotypes. Students then recorded and mixed their poems into their instrumental tracks. Check out their work out here.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011



IKEA has got nothing on our sidetables designed for flat palette transport. Dave and Brian had the students creates cardboard maquettes and then produce these gems.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Regents & Midterm Week Schedule

Regents Exams and Midterm week begins Tuesday, January 25, 2010 and ends Friday, Jan 28th.

When you arrive to school on the day of each exam, go to the bulletin board outside of the main office and find out what room you are assigned to. You must be in your assigned classroom by 9:00am for morning exams and 1:00pm for afternoon exam. You will have 3 hours to complete the exam. Late students jeopardize the possibility to take their exams, PLEASE BE ON TIME.

Please remember to bring a pen and pencil to every exam! All morning exam rooms are open at 8:45am, exams begin at 9am sharp. Afternoon exam rooms open at 12:45pm, and exams begin promptly at 1pm.

Tuesday, January 25
AM - Living Environment Regent Retakes & Living Environment Midterm for 10th graders
PM - Global History Midterm for 10th graders

Wednesday, January 26
AM - English Midterms for 11th graders
PM - Math Regent Retakes & Math Midterm for 10th graders

Thursday, January 27
AM - US History Regent Retake & US History Midterm for 11th graders

Friday, January 28
AM - Global History Regent Retake

All students return back to school on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.