Students in 4th grade are learning how to code self-driving cars, AutoAuto, through Python, a computer science coding language that is being taught by Hello World’s software engineers. With a team of two students, the engineer and the coder, students make their way through lessons with the guidance of their technology teacher and a Hello World software engineer. “I like to be the coder because I love typing!” said Damien, a 4th grader at Harmony School of Science.
For HSS 4th grade student, Damien and his classmates, this is their first time working with the Python coding language. Students are not only learning high-demand industry skills, but having fun while coding the self-driving cars. Students at Harmony School of Science were visited by Hello World for one week of AutoAuto coding fun while Harmony School of Endeavor will continue with the program this Fall semester.
Hello World will also be returning to Harmony Science Academy - Austin this Fall semester teaching 7th graders full stack web development. Hello World programming at Harmony Public Schools Austin is graciously funded through a grant through RetailMeNot.
HARMONY LEGO NATION
Flying hotdog stands, radioactive lagoons, and rescue robots were all the rage at the 1st Annual Lego Competition hosted by Harmony School of Science on September 28th. Students from 1st to 5th grade were placed in teams of four and charged with designing and constructing their own master structures completely out of Lego pieces. With only 2 ½ hours of construction time, teams had to work together to complete their Lego creations on time.
“Going onto my 10th year, I am confident in the direction I take my lessons and where my students are going. Harmony is a great place to work because of the opportunity for creating your own direction. I can take things that I personally enjoy and have a passion for and apply that to my teaching and extra curricular activities.” - Albert Demarest, HSAPf English Teacher
For Demarest, the esports league is more than just a leisure time of playing video games. He believes gaming is a way for students to find innovative and progressive ways to approach problem-solving and 21st century skills. From effective communication to team building, these skills are vital to the real world outside of the online gaming environment. Demarest also believes this will benefit the entire student body by being an open and all inclusive competitive sport. No matter a student’s physical capabilities or handicaps, esports is a competitive team sport that can include everyone. Beginning next semester, Demarest’s Esports League at HSAPf will begin entering online tournaments to compete against schools nationwide for not only the glory of winning but for scholarship money, exposure and gaming gear.
“In the next five years, I would like to expand our esports program in the Harmony Austin district to then state-wide Harmony. Because of the online nature of it, we can pull students from various campuses and geography doesn’t matter. We have such a large school system that we can create extremely competitive teams. They can all come together, collaborate and problem solve online.”
To find out more about the Esports League at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville, contact Mr. Demarest at firstname.lastname@example.org
HPS AUSTIN WELCOMES OSO
Artist and art teacher, Eduardo Martinez, is ready to unveil a new creation, Oso, the new Harmony School of Innovation school mascot. After weeks of designing and editing the bear cub illustration, Oso is finally finished and ready for all to meet. Martinez hopes that students and staff enjoy seeing the confident and innovative Oso around the campus.
Martinez anticipates that once students discover that he in fact illustrated the new mascot, they will begin to ask him questions in class and become curious about the different types of art mediums and careers in the industry. He hopes to instill that students who are interested in art can choose it as a career by exploring and finding their niche they love.
“Create everyday and challenge yourself in all mediums of art. This will make you a better artist and help you appreciate the hard work that goes into being an artist. “ - Eduardo Martinez
Martinez is not only the school’s art teacher, he is also an illustrator and muralist on and off campus. The school’s STEM mural, which Martinez painted over summer vacation, is located in the main hallway and brings happiness to each who walk by. He has also recently illustrated a children’s book, Addy is a Picky Eater, and is currently illustrating a second book by the same author, Jacky Lamenzo.
THE IMPACT OF EMPATHY: ELEMENTARY STUDENTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Grandparents Day is a precious time meant to show love and appreciation to our family members, however, many grandparents living in retirement and assisted living homes do not have the chance to spend time with their grandchildren. With the help of Fabiana Montenegro, Harmony School of Innovation Engagement Coordinator, elementary students at HSI were able to bring some to joy on Grandparents day for many senior citizens living at the Élan Southpark Meadows Assisted Living and Memory Care in South Austin.
As a part of the social and emotional learning strategies the school campus has implemented, students volunteered their time and hand-made sweet Grandparents Day cards to demonstrate empathy to the world around them.
“This was such a great opportunity for our students to understand the impact of empathy. Through decorating and coloring their cards, they were able to see how one small act of kindness made a great deal of difference in the lives of these senior citizens, especially on Grandparents Day.” - Fabiana Montenegro, HSI Engagement Coordinator
In the Community
TEXAS TRIBUNE FESTIVAL
The Texas Tribune Festival was in full swing along Congress Avenue on Saturday, September 28th with sessions ranging from public education policies to political activism among millennials. Harmony Public Schools Mock Government Club high school students from Houston and Austin jumped at the chance to volunteer to assist in one of Texas’ largest and most-talked about political gatherings where some of the nation’s most influential public figures discussed the future of American politics.
Home Visits Work!
Harmony’s Home Visit Program is one way our staff supports students and families through the educational process. Harmony teachers visit more than 7,000 homes each year to answer any questions families might have, often helping parents work through confusion about the college application process or provide student resources. We want to ensure our students know that they have the support of both their school and their family in their academic pursuits. Educators from all grades have made the commitment to build communication between themselves and families by visiting the homes of their students. Parents, we encourage you to request your home visit today!
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