“Every student is an intellectual”

Principal Kate Burch is interviewed in Schoolbook’s weekly Principal’s Office:

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Open Houses for Prospective Students

Harvest Collegiate 2014 Open Houses are Thursday, October 23rd 5:30-7:00 and Tuesday, November 18th, 5:30-7:00.

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Parents: Join Us for Two Important Evenings

We have two important events for families in the next couple of weeks:

  1. Parents are encouraged to join us tomorrow, September 9, at 5:30pm  for the first PTA meeting of the year.  This will include the SLT election as well as a vote on the calendar for the year.
  2. Harvest will host its first ever Curriculum Night for families next Wednesday, September 17, also at 5:30 pm.  Come to learn more about all of our classes, and meet students’ teachers.

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Welcome Back, Harvest

Harvest is back up and fully running for our third year.  Our students got off to an exhilarating start on Day 1, where experiences included:

  • Turning pennies into gold and learning chemical vocabulary with Ashraya
  • Speaking French for the first time; complimenting Scott on his Spanish!
  • A reaction time lab, gathering and analyzing data, with Paul and Julissa
  • Our juniors were situated in changing time, and began to conceptualize themselves as part of the story of history, through looking at images of themselves on the first day of school two years ago 
  • Evaluating different types of evidence–fingerprints, a coroner’s report, photos of some of you– to see how they could solve a murder mystery in Biocases

More information on the start of the year can be found below:

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Get Started on Summer Reading

IMG_3150Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. • Groucho Marx

Lower House (9th and 10th grade) reading assignment:

#1. Choose a Harvest 2014 book:

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
  • Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma Young Reader’s Edition (the bright purple one!) by Michael Pollan
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

After reading the book you will write a one page reflective response.

Email your response to reading@harvestcollegiate.org

by Sunday, August 24th

Your reflections can cover any aspect of your reading experience. Tell us how the book made you feel, what the book made you consider more deeply, and how you analyzed the book. Please use at least two quotations from the book as evidence to support your thoughts.

Possible starters for reflections:

I wonder why . . .  I like the way the author . . .

This book reminds me of . . .  I think the writer is trying to say…

The most important theme is. . .  My argument about this book is. . .¦

I would/wouldn’t recommend this book to a friend because . . .


#2. Read any FOUR OTHER BOOKS of your choice

Like mystery? Romance? Suspense?  Teenage phenomenon involving vampires? Tales of children surviving on their own? Pick books you really want to read. Any book is open to you.

For each of these books, write a reflection using the above prompts and, also add one paragraph about which book was your favorite and why. Email your responses to reading@harvestcollegiate.org by Sunday August 24


This assignment will count as your first English grade, so make sure to ace it!

Summer Reading brochure 2014

Rising Juniors — Click here for your reading assignment


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Students Celebrated at End-Term Ceremony


On our last day of class, students were recognized by their peers and teachers for their academic work and commitment to the Harvest Community. Performances were also given by our percussion classes and choir. Scroll through to see some highlights from the day!

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Browse our Course Catalog for Fall 2014

Please read through our new course catalog in preparation to make preliminary choices tomorrow with your Advisor. While we cannot guarantee choices, we work hard to offer you an educational program that is stimulating, challenging and promotes the intrinsic value of learning. There are truly wonderful courses here!
We hope you take this opportunity to challenge yourself and delve into material that will help you grow into a fuller person, with greater knowledge, empathy and the ability to make wise choices. These choices have the ability to help yourself, help others and help our warming planet.
Remember to dress nicely for our End Term Ceremony tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon!

Harvest Course Catalog Fall 2014

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UPDATE: Join the Staff vs Student basketball game

Hello Students,

Your teachers have been talking and we really want to teach you one more lesson this year.  To do this we are going to beat you in basketball on Friday.  Please email/call/facebook all your friends with the following details so that there are lots of people there to learn from us!

See you in a few days,
What: 2014 Staff vs Student Basketball Game
When: Friday 6/20 AFTER the Geometry Regents (around 5 p.m.)
Where: Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground on Hudson and Gansevoort Streets (between 12th and 13th Streets)
Who: You and your friends (all Harvest students).  This requires you to tell your friends

Students should bring water and tissues to wipe their tears after their inevitable loss.

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Harvest’s Got Talent


Join the Harvest Collegiate community on Thursday, June 12th as we hold our second Talent Show at 5:30 p.m.

The event will showcase student performances in song, dance, poetry, step and our specially-assembled faculty band with a tribute to our student body.

Anyone outside of students’ families must have advance permission from the Principal to attend.

As a reminder , we will be heading in our advisories on Friday to a Field Day on Governor’s Island after another round of Gateway presentations and Algebra Regents prep. Please bring in your permission slip or you will be stuck in school!

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Student work celebrated during Gateway presentations


Over the last few weeks, the Harvest Collegiate community has been celebrating the hard work of students who presented their Gateway projects to their peers, families and teachers.

More than 140 presentations were given during Gateway Symposia as panels of students shared their analysis in Science, Math, English Literature and History. Students are required to successfully present two of their four Gateway projects to be promoted to Harvest’s Upper House.

Topics included Reading Motivations, Manhood and the Mind in A Raisin in the Sun, understanding the cause and effect of genocides–both the Holocaust and Rwanda 1994 and the moral imperative of preventing another and the beauty of precise dimensions, symmetry and constructive calculations in the construction of our school building.

Another round of presentations will be given this Friday, June 13th.

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Harvest students perform in spring concert and theater show


Harvest students took to the stage during several recent performances.

The Harvest Collegiate Theater Troupe performed scenes and group numbers from Broadway musicals “Once,” “Hairspray,” “Kiss me Kate” and others during a Musical Theater review on May 22.

Harvest’s band made its public debut a week later, performing “Acclaim March” in a spring concert.  The choir performed “Cups,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Blackbird” and a medley of “ABC” and “I Want you Back,” with students taking over piano accompaniment responsibilities for two numbers.

The next Harvest performance will be a Talent Show on June 12.


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