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HPS Austin Highlights december 2019 Edition

STEM For All

FIRST® LEGO LEAGUE COMPETITION: TEACHING REAL-WORLD PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

Students from Harmony Science Academy - Austin and Harmony School of Science competed along with 33 other Central Texas elementary and middle school teams at the FIRST® LEGO League competition hosted at Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park this December.

Harmony School of Science students practicing for the competition.

Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League teams (up to 10 members) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. Students must also design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field. Two teams from Harmony Science Academy - Austin, one elementary and one middle school team, along with one elementary team from Harmony School of Science competed in this year's competition.

"The students did an amazing job! They placed 11th out of 30 teams! I am so proud of them! Mr. Mosteller and I could not be any happier for this group of students," said Mrs. Cox, Harmony School of Science Lego League teacher sponsor.

Along their discovery journey, students develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with creativity to judges. As the competition theme was centered around cities this year, HSS students chose to speak on homelessness in the community for their presentation to the judges. Students interviewed Pflugerville City Council Member, Rudy Metayer, in preparation for their presentation.

Harmony Science Academy - Austin elementary students (top) and middle school students (bottom) at the competition.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

The Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin Science Olympiad team competed against 11 other teams in an invitational event in Fort Worth, Texas at the beginning of December and brought home many medals. Middle and high school students competed against 11 other teams and placed in a variety of categories of rigorous, standards-based challenges. Science Olympiad Invitational Tournaments are practice for the team to perfect their strategies for the Regional tournament coming up this Spring semester on March 7th, 2020 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus.

Harmony School of Endeavor 9th graders, Ambereen and Nausheen, accepted the challenge of WRITE IT, DO IT category, and placed 1st. In this category, one team member is the "writer" and is given a structure built from varying materials; the same member then has 25 minutes to write a set of instructions on how to build it. The other team member, the "doer," is given the written instructions by their teammate and a set of unassembled materials to attempt to recreate the object as accurately as possible within 20 minutes.

Congratulations to the Endeavor Science Olympiad team: FOSSILS - 2nd (Emine, Derya), WE`VE GOT YOUR NUMBER - 2nd (Ambereen, Nausheen), EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN - 3rd (Emine, Derya, Nausheen), HEREDITY - 4th (Umar, Tejas), GAME ON - 5th (Umar, Tejas), ORNITHOLOGY - 6th (Ahmet, Arvin), PICTURE THIS - 6th (Ahmet, Arvin), ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY - 7th (Umar, Aarah), FOOD SCIENCE - 7th (Jakob, Aarah).

GAMING OF THE FUTURE: HIGH SCHOOL ESPORTS TEAM VISITS COLLEGIATE GAMING ARENA

Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville high school Esports team visited Concordia University Texas' new Concordia Esports Arena on a field trip. Marc Valdoria, CTX Esports coordinator and coach, led the tour and answered many questions from the curious HSAPf gamers.

ESPORTS: TEAMWORK STEMS INTO GAMING

The students in Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville ESports program are using video games and game development as a way to boost their knowledge of STEM and develop their skills in team-building. Check out the video to learn more.

A TRIP TO THE MILL: SCIENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Harmony School of Science 5th grade students went on an all-day hands-on STEM adventure at the Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas, this December. Students spent a day with more than 50 engaging exhibits that piqued their curiosity by engaging students to understand and appreciate science in their everyday lives.

Community Connections

HARMONY HOLIDAY WITH RETAILMENOT

This holiday season, RetailMeNot volunteers opened up shop at the first annual Harmony Holiday Market to sell 600 donated gifts to school parents of Harmony Science Academy - Austin. Parents shopped for their children at a huge discount and all sale proceeds from the Holiday Market were donated back to the school campus.

CHARLES SCHWAB VOLUNTEERS TEACH FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCIAL LITERACY

Elementary students at Harmony School of Science are getting a head start on financial literacy by learning how to save and spend money through a partnership with Charles Schwab and Junior Achievement of Central Texas. Schwab volunteers taught the JA financial literacy curriculum, one class a week for five weeks of differentiated lessons for 465 kindergarten to 5th-grade students.

In Schwab volunteer Stefanie Roberts' kindergarten class, students learned that as grown-ups, they have to make choices about money, decide what is a need and a want, understand the concept of earning and saving money, and identifying the importance of donating to a worthy cause. When Roberts is not teaching financial literacy with JA, she is Schwab's Senior User Experience Designer.

"Giving students the tools to make thoughtful financial decisions and fostering a healthy, informed relationship with money and can help them achieve financial security and success as adults." - Stephanie Roberts

When asked how the five and six-year-olds in Roberts' kindergarten class were responding to the financial literacy lessons, she stated that they have been attentive from the very first lesson. "They love to participate in the discussions, and they work hard and ask questions during the workbook activities."

"It is amazing to have experts in the world of finance come and teach financial courses to our students. The Charles Schwab volunteers are so excited and energetic to teach, and that excitement transfers to the students," said Waylon Stengler, school principal.

Students in 3rd-grade class, taught by Schwab volunteer, Conor Brantley, are learning the choices people have with money, recognizing methods of payment, examining the importance of money to a city and its citizens, and describing how entrepreneurial businesses meet the needs and wants of citizens. When asked why he enjoys volunteering teaching JA, he stated his love for being a positive influence on students and moving them to a successful future by teaching them personal finance and economics.

"I grew up in a fairly low-income household, and I could have really used some of the skills that we teach while I was growing up," said Brantley, Digital Product Manager at Charles Schwab. "The knowledge that we pass to these children through the JA lessons would have helped me greatly in some of my struggles, and I am eager to help people avoid some of the pitfalls that come from a lack of financial literacy. "

Harmony School of Science will continue its partnership with Junior Achievement this upcoming Fall. Future expansion to other Harmony Austin schools is in the process made possible through the support of Junior Achievement and their corporate sponsors.

College and Career Readiness

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR BRINGS THE FUTURE TO HARMONY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Harmony School of Excellence hosted its 4th annual College and Career fair with many colleges and organizations in attendance to speak to middle and high school students. Each year, high school counselors arrange college and career fairs for students to have the opportunity to talk to higher education institutions and professionals in different occupational fields to expand their knowledge of emerging careers and college opportunities. #InspiringFutures

Alumni Connections

Alumni from Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville, Harmony School of Excellence and Harmony School of Endeavor have come together for the holiday season to reconnect and share what is new in their lives with their college and career counselors, principals and other fellow alumni.

Character Matters

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SERVICE PROJECT BRINGS HOLIDAY JOY TO NEIGHBORING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Students of the National Honor Society of Harmony School of Excellence hosted over 30 families from the neighboring elementary school, Harmony School of Innovation, this holiday season with games, dinner, and gifts to celebrate the joyous season. From the beginning of the event in 2016, NHS students have sponsored over 100 families.

“One of the characteristics of the National Honor Society is service. Through service, our chapter members strive to have the biggest and most positive impact in their community,” said Angelica Garcia, NHS Teacher sponsor.
“We are serving more families and delivering more gifts every year. Our students work hard to raise money for this event and they are always extremely excited to see the reactions of the kids and their families when they hand-deliver the gifts. Some of the kids open their gifts at the event, but most save them to put them under the Christmas tree,” said Garcia.

HARMONY AUSTIN LENDS A HAND FOR OPERATION BLUE SANTA

Continuing the annual tradition, the HPS Austin district staff and school principals volunteered with Austin Police Operation Blue Santa during this 2019 holiday season. The HPS Austin team wrapped toys and gifts for children in need in the Austin community alongside the Austin Police Department officers who continuously serve Harmony Austin schools.

HPS Austin Principals, District Directors, District Staff and Austin Area Superintendent at Operation Blue Santa Gift Wrapping Volunteer Event.

Holiday Greetings

Harmony Science Academy - Austin elementary students performed to a full house during their annual winter concert.

Students and their families traveled the world without leaving school during Harmony Science Academy - Austin's annual Holidays Around the World event.

Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville staff and students participated in holiday-wear contests!

Harmony School of Innovation kindergarten students constructed gingerbread houses during their last day of the semester holiday celebration.

The 4th grade teachers at Harmony School of Innovation came together to purchase books for their students as a gift. Each book included a personalized notes. Students were so excited!

Students performed traditional holiday songs at the Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park 2019 Winter Concert.

Elementary students at Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park along with their families enjoyed a night of dancing at the 2019 Winter Dance!

Harmony School of Science students performed holiday songs and holiday-themed skits at the annual Winter Concert. The school campus streamed the performance on Facebook live and relatives from around the world were able to share in the joy all the way from HSS!

Calling all Volunteers!

HARMONY AUSTIN SCIENCE FAIR

Join us Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 for our most anticipated annual Harmony Public Schools Austin District Science Fair! HPS Austin middle and high school students will present their science investigations to a panel of judges from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. The public is welcomed to view the student's projects after that time. At 4:30 PM, the Awards Ceremony will begin to announce the category winners that will then advance to the Austin Energy city-wide science fair. We wish all of our young scientists luck and are excited to see what they will bring this year!

Harmony Public Schools Austin

HPS Austin Leadership Team

Left to Right: Dr. Ebubekir Orsun - Director of Engagement and Talent | Clarissa Davila - Director of Communications and Marketing | Gultekin Kaya, M.S., M.Ed. - Austin Area Superintendent | Katelyn Meck, M.Ed - Director of Academics Elementary | Toraman Yayla, M.Ed MBA RTSBA - Director of Operations | Robert Navarro - Director of Finance | Aydin Yildirim - Director of Academics Secondary (not pictured) | Victoria Mancha - Director of Public Relations (not pictured)
HPS Austin District Office - 13415 FM 620 N Austin, Texas 78717

HPS Austin Schools

Agil Sharifov M.Ed. M.A Principal | Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville

1421 WELLS BRANCH #200 Pflugerville, TX 78660 GRADES: 6TH-12TH

Tiffany Molina, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony Science Academy - Austin

930 E Rundberg Lane Austin, TX 78753 Grades: PK-8th

Allanur Agaberdiyev, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin

13415 FM 620 N Austin, TX 78717 Grades: PK-12th

Ilker Yilmaz, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park

12200 Anderson Mill Rd Austin, Texas 78726 Grades: PK-5th

Waylon Stengler, M, Ed Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

11800 Stonehollow Dr. #100 Austin, TX Grades: K-5th

Ashley Gorman, Principal | Harmony School of Excellence - Austin

2100 East St. Elmo Rd. Austin, Texas 78744 Grades: 6th-12th

Amy Chankin, M. Ed. Principal | Harmony School of Innovation - Austin

2124 EAST ST. ELMO RD. A AUSTIN, TEXAS 7874 GRADES: PRE K-5TH

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