Showing posts from October, 2016

Senior vs Facilitator Games: Culture Through Competition

Senior-Facilitator Games at NTH@C By Luke Armstrong, Emily Petty, and Zane Porter Texas is known for football and Friday Night Lights. The players and coaches prepare for the weekly battle and the cheerleaders, bands, students, parents, and fans ready themselves to cheer on their team and occasionally talk trash to (and about) the opposing team. New Tech High @ Coppell has a tradition of encouraging the senior class and the facilitators to field teams for multiple athletic events throughout the year. The senior class is responsible for planning and getting approval for the games. Last Wednesday, the games began with the first of many competitions—football. While the game is seven-on-seven, one-hand touch football, the game is no less intense than tackle football and requires passionate, athletic play. The facilitators got the best of the seniors this year, but that only motivates the seniors to work together to try and beat the facilitators in the basketball game this December. Facilitat…

Punkin' Chunkin': Learning in the Classroom and Teaching in the Community

The fall season captivates us:  cooler temperatures, falling leaves, shorter days, and flying pumpkins. Well, maybe flying pumpkins aren’t the norm everywhere but on the New Tech High @ Coppell campus, this season elicits the excitement that partners with the physics legacyproject Punkin’ Chunkin’.

NTH@C hosts a Fall Festival each year highlighting the launch of pumpkins across the school’s back lawn. Punkin’ Chunkin’ is a project in which the learners choose to create a trebuchet or a catapult that will launch a pumpkin a predetermined distance and land in a 55 gallon bucket. Learners must stay within a specific budget, show mathematical understanding of the angular launch, and actually build the catapult or trebuchet.

At New Tech, learners aren’t told what they have to learn - they are dropped into projects that make them ask for content. In this project, learners request workshops from their facilitator, Mr. Hesse, about mathematics, design, and construction in order to create these…

Design Your Future: Senior Capstone Projects

Recently, one of our graduates was mentioned in an article about a local company called Gemmy that is bringing innovation to our community. You can see the article at
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After reading it, I was reminded that we have learners every year who are able to go off to college or careers with a vast toolbox for success. Senior Capstone Projects hone skills and knowledge while also allowing our learners to make an impact on the world. The professionalism that our learners demonstrate in the process and come to embody is heavily embedded in our system. Read below for thoughts about the benefit of Capstone and an overview of the process. 
A short interview about the benefits of Capstone:With Malcolm Smith, NTH@C graduate and current Gemmy employee
Q1: Can you think of a project/class that directly helped you with what you are doing at Gemmy?
A1: I don’t think any one class or project can be credited for what I am doing at Gemmy. It was the overall work …

Networking Olympics: Creating Family and Building A Positive School Culture

For the last couple of years, New Tech High @ Coppell has held various Wonderful Wednesday events that promote a positive school culture and build a sense of family and shared community. Our campus is split into 20+ teams of learners that are comprised of learners 9-12. The learners choose their own team names, design a t-shirt and develop their own chants/cheers or other methods of group affiliation.
Days like this are important to our school because our school doesn't offer traditional forms of involvement like band, choir, athletics, etc. Our learners are able to participate in those things by busing to the larger high school campus, but it is also important for us to have a shared identity around school events.
Networking Olympics took place on September 21st and as the new principal of the campus, I feel that I really got to see what makes this place home. The day began with an opening ceremony followed by the playing of various athletic (think big kid field day) and intellectu…