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Examining the Future of Work

At Harley, we focus on preparing students to “Become What Thou Art.” A large part of our approach to education is making sure students gain the skills they will need for success in college and beyond. 

But the question of “beyond” is an interesting one to ponder nowadays. Automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are changing the fundamental nature of work. For example, many activities workers carry out today have the potential to be automated and Google hires not for coding ability, but for one’s ability to leverage empathy as a workplace skill. Times, as the song goes, they are a-changin’.

In this issue we’ll hear from thought-leaders, an alum whose business has changed because of technological capabilities, and learn how we teach students for a future world we cannot predict. 

I hope you enjoy thinking, along with us, about the future of work.

 

Beth Bailey

Director of Marketing and Communications

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MLK Day On

MLK Day On is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and interactive stations including: mural making, art, an interview booth, and cooking in the Commons kitchen. 

Lower School and Horizons families celebrated their ‘Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Solidarity’ which included creating a community quilt, writing pen-pals, a drumming circle, and spoken word reflections on Dr. King’s legacy.

It’s a Little Breezy in Here!

Grades 6 and 8 science classes combined forces for a wind energy project. Students worked on blade construction in the Commons makerspace and tested different designs to see which produced the greatest amount of energy. 

Winter Sports, Well Represented

Adapting to a Late Night of Brainstorming

The Biomimicry club held a marathon session on a recent Friday night. The club is preparing teams to work on the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. This year’s challenge is to create solutions inspired by nature that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Several recent alums, and challenge veterans, returned to share their knowledge and tips with our students. 

 

Pictured: Adding ideas to general topics such as: lessening water usage, dyes in clothing manufacturing, and improving wind energy.

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Honors chemistry recently learned about the mole and chemical quantities and took advantage of The Commons teaching kitchen to conduct an experiment to better understand chemical stoichiometry and limiting reagents. 

 They developed a team hypothesis about what was likely to happen when they changed the reactants or ratio of reactants,  and then they analyzed their cookies against a standard batch. The criteria for evaluation were texture, shape, appearance, and taste. 

Ms. Barker, our food and farm educator, spoke about the role of ingredients and how the chemistry of baking involves a proper interface between the ingredients and a proper ratio of ingredients to maximize quality of the product. After a careful analysis and evaluation of their hypothesis, students had a good time eating their product.

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Harley in the Community

Lower School: Valentine Cards for UR Medicine-Home Care “Meals on Wheels” Program

For over a decade our Primary classrooms have been sending Valentine’s love to residents of Monroe County. All of the children in K and Grade 1 put their creativity to good use as they make cards, napkin ring holders, “boingy” heart Valentines, and bookmarks for delivery to recipients of Meals on Wheels hot meals.

“The students don’t sign their names, instead they concentrate on giving a symbol of kindness and love to cheer up the recipients,” reports Primary teacher Laura Joslyn, the originator of the project. “The kids really connect with this because it is hands-on and they love using the different materials to let their artistic side out.”

 Every year the goal is to produce 600 cards, but this is often far surpassed—over 1,000 were created this year! 

The themes of friendship and kindness (part of our responsive classroom curriculum in Lower School) help to extend our students’ understanding of the greater community. “At these ages, so much of their world is themselves, their families, and their classroom community. This is one of the first projects for people we don’t know,” said Joslyn. 

By learning who they can help and what a difference they can make, the seeds are planted for larger community awareness.

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