For the past five years Harmony's 5th/6th grade class has participated in the Jr. Master Naturalist program through Sycamore Land Trust, deepening their commitment to environmental education and getting students out into the field to learn directly from nature and our local community. This past school year, Sitav Elturan (Harmony parent and former student) talked with teacher Kathy Boone and students about their experiences [...]
Dear Friends and Families of Our Beloved Harmony School Community,
I hope this letter finds all of you finding many happy moments slowing down and in robust health. This spring I’ve put in a nice vegetable garden, watched birds, went for a few nature walks, read some books and had a good time catching up with family and friends. I write to all of you with a somewhat heavy heart today, however. After twenty five years in the 5th & 6th grade classroom [...]
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our graduates - kindergarteners, 6th graders, middle schoolers, and our 2020 class of high school seniors! We have videos online of the middle school graduation project (projecting 20 years into the future), and our seniors' graduation speeches and senior project presentations.
Our goal with this newsletter is to bridge Harmony’s past, present, and future. We want to share stories that connect our alumni to current students and staff, and keep our community supporters connected too. Spring is in full bloom here in south-central Indiana. Normally at this time of year Harmony’s halls would also be filled with the spring-time energy of our students. But here we are, living with the new reality of a global pandemic and physical distancing. In-person classes at Harmony, and all of our local schools, are canceled [...]
How are our teachers and students adapting to this new reality of distance-learning during the coronavirus crisis? Sallyann Murphey, High school teacher, shares updates on senior projects and graduation plans: "I have never been prouder of a senior class." Ursina Hastings-Heinz, Middle school teacher, says her goal is to help students "express their feelings and process as we navigate through these scary times." Lana Beck-Cruce, 3/4 teacher, emphasizes, "The biggest thing is that we want to stay connected with the kids." [...]
Back in mid-March, Denise Breeden-Ost, Harmony parent and graduate ('89), interviewed three seniors about their projects - and then followed up to hear about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting them. Reed Evans is exploring biology and sustainable agriculture. Glen Breeden-Ost is hosting and producing a podcast on business and entrepreneurship. Griffin Bongard is building his own kayak. [...]