STEM For All
November 8th is #NationalSTEMDay! This day is meant for kids to be inspired and explore their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This day also gives us the opportunity to celebrate and come together to promote #STEM education. Take a look on how HPS Austin celebrated S.T.E.A.M. Day on it's national day and beyond!
FULL STEAM AHEAD AT HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY AUSTIN!
Loaded with marshmallow catapults, balloon rockets, and leaf blower hoverboards, Harmony Science Academy - Austin turned National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day into a family-friendly campus event with their 2nd Annual STEAM Festival. Not wanting to miss a chance to introduce S.T.E.M. related education to their family fun nights, Ms. Amber Conner, middle school Science and Social Studies Department Chair at HSA, coordinated the festival to fall on National S.T.E.A.M. Day.
“It is very important to expose our students and families to S.T.E.A.M. because it not only gives students hands-on experience, but it also introduces a fun and exciting way to learn about these important scientific concepts.” - Ms. Amber Conner
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE BRINGS HANDS-ON SCIENCE EXHIBIT TO HARMONY
The Harmony School of Science - Austin cafeteria was transformed into a science lab this November thanks to the Austin Community College Hands-on Science program. The science outreach program was brought together by ACC's Physics program and their volunteers. HSS elementary students enjoyed learning about science through the many interactive exhibits at school that day! Thank you ACCHaoS!
“Our mission is to help get the message across to our kids that science is fun and that anyone can do it.” ACCHaoS
TEXAS STARS' RINGO RINGS IN NATIONAL S.T.E.M. DAY WITH HARMONY!
The Texas Stars’ Hockey League’s Ringo visited Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park on National S.T.E.M. day to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with the elementary students! The interactive and educational STEM show was invigorating! The students cheered as Ringo conducted chemistry experiments and played an interactive physics oriented game.
S.T.E.A.M. FOR ALL!
Uzziah, an HSE senior who has been accepted to both Concordia University and Texas Tech University, said the moment he discovered he had been accepted into both universities was unbelievable. “I was surprised since it came out of nowhere. I just got an email one day and it said I had been accepted into Concordia. About two weeks ago, I was in the car with my mom and I got a congratulatory email from Texas Tech. My mom pulled the car over and gave me a hug. I can’t wait to see what it feels like to be a Raider!”
"The trip was great! It was really insightful to learn about the issues affecting other cities and the initiatives that youth have started to alleviate these issues. I learned a lot of new things about policy-making, tech tools that cities use to resolve issues, and the different ways that youth let their voices be heard."
Through the use of interactive writing activities and soft hip-hop music, this message of narrative power was shared with students. In Mr. Burke’s 6th grade class, students were presented with the beginning of a sentence and were asked to finish it to create a poem about themselves. Afterwards students were asked to stand up and share their work with the class. Isaac, a 6th grade student, stood in front of his peers and read a poem about the strength of his family. In Ms. DeShazo’s 7th grade class, students were asked to create a movie together and then write a brief synopsis of what they believe happens in the film. This exercise was meant to encourage creativity and get the class to think outside of the box. Several students were able to come up with original and funny story-lines.
FALL INTO A BOOK AT HARMONY
It was a busy night on November 8th at Harmony School of Innovation - Austin as their annual Fall Literacy Night kicked off. This year’s theme, “If you Loved the Movie, You’ll Love the Book” showcased different titles that were adapted into feature films. Adorned with movie posters and character elements, the books were brought to life in the hallways of the elementary school.
The Viva La Vida Parade is a yearly event sponsored in part by the Mexic-Arte Museum and the City of Austin which celebrates the indigenous Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos. Rooted in ancient tradition, Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, takes place between November 1st and 2nd. During these two days, family members gather together to remember their deceased loved ones. Through the use of decorative displays, family members pay tribute to their loved ones by placing their photographs along with marigold flowers, sugar skulls, and their favorite foods on an “altar.” Let's give our HSA Pantherettes and their wonderful sponsor, Ms. Amber Wilson, a big round of applause! What a great way of participating in the local community!
MOCK ELECTIONS BRING THE POWER OF VOTING TO STUDENTS
Although the high school students at Harmony School of Excellence - Austin were not yet of age to vote this 2018 Midterm Election Day, a group of students and their Social Studies teacher still wanted to engage their student body and expose them of the voting process.
The HSE-Austin Mock Government program along with their teacher sponsor, Ms. Rebecca Tims, held a mock election in the school cafeteria during lunch on the November 1st Midterm Election Day. After casting their ballot tickets, students were given "I Voted" stickers. With over 400 student ballots turned in that day, HSE elected Lupe Valdez as their Gubernatorial Representative and Beto O'Rourke as State Senator. Although the actual turnout of the race had different results, students were able to take part in the political process.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY GIVES BACK TO AMERICAN RED CROSS
Ms. Angelica Garcia, club sponsor for the NHS and Spanish teacher, believes this message is vital for her members to understand. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about volunteering and for our kids to see that they can make an impact in their community. We’re just so thankful for all the volunteers that helped out during this year’s blood drive and to our students who are the real superheroes for giving blood.”
HARMONY SCHOOLS SALUTE VETERANS
HPS Austin Area Superintendent Gina Gregory with Marine Veteran Sergeant Sanchez, wife Jessica and daughter Ayvah, Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin family.
Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin staff with Sergeant Sanchez.
Sergeant Sanchez visits with Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin Kindergarten class.
Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park celebrated Harmony Veteran families with Wall of Honor display.
Harmony School of Science - Austin Veterans Day Wall of Honor.
Harmony School of Innovation - Austin students and faculty wore their shirts to salute Veterans!
A SENIOR TRADITION FOR ALL TIME
High School Senior year is filled with many school traditions such as college field trips, senior walks and senior spirit week. These special traditions are meant to honor the hard work the seniors have dedicated to their education. It is final farewell for seniors who are about to embark on their next great adventure -- adulthood. At Harmony School of Excellence - Austin, a special senior tradition comes in the form of a t-shirt. For the fifth consecutive year, teachers and administrators have sponsored all 57 seniors for their senior t-shirts. The sponsorship not only ensures that all seniors get to walk away with a memento of their senior year, but they also serve as a reminder of the unique bond that forms between teacher and student.
Ms. Victoria Rossi, Gifted and Talented teacher at HSE-Austin, participated in this tradition for the first time and feels that the senior t-shirts are a way to show them how much they mean in the lives of their teachers. “I was so excited to be a part of it this year. This tradition is such a great opportunity to bond with the kids and to do something really special with the seniors. I love this tradition because the kids all get excited about the t-shirts, and it shows our teachers care about our students as people too.” Ms. Rossi’s senior shirt recipient was Amanda, a student she was able to know well last school year during her first year of teaching at HSE-Austin. “I chose Amanda because we were both new last year and we really connected through that experience.”
Uzziah, senior shirt recipient, agrees this tradition helps to solidify the nurturing bond between teachers and students. “I think this is a good tradition because it makes the bond between the student and teachers special.” Uzziah’s senior shirt sponsor was Mr. Ozguven, HSE-Austin’s very own Engagement Coordinator. “I felt really good and happy that one of the leaders for our CRLP club gave me a shirt.”
HARMONY TEACHER CHOSEN TO REPRESENT TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS
Going on a decade of teaching, Mr. Jeremy Lippart takes his job as a high school Social Studies teacher at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville very seriously. He knows the influence he has on his students and he doesn’t take it lightly. Mr. Lippart strives to empower his students to think for themselves and find their voice in the current political climate they live in.
“Social Studies teachers have the opportunity to engage in really interesting and intense conversations with our students. The subject matter is something that is literally affecting them and their political opinions and identities are being formed around this time in their lives.”
He not only lectures his high school students about the importance of civic engagement, but he also leads them by example. As a veteran, his commitment to his country and the community is evident every day inside and outside of the classroom. This school year, Mr. Lippart has been chosen as a teacher fellow along with 11 other teachers state-wide for the first Teacher Advocate Leadership Institute. The program will help participants learn how to formulate education policy, engage in conversations with various constituencies, and advocate for charter schools at the legislature.
Mr. Lippart hopes to be the voice of not only his students but for his Harmony colleagues and for the families they serve. “I would like to fight for our students and our school community to make sure that all of us have our best opportunity for success and aren't held back or frustrated by bureaucratic or financial concerns beyond our control.”
Congratulations Mr. Lippart on being chosen for the program. HPS Austin is proud of your commitment to Harmony Public Schools, Texas charter schools and the communities that they serve.
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