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HPS Austin Monthly MAy 2018 Edition

Message from the Superintendent

Gina Gregory, Austin Area Superintendent

May is a busy season at Harmony Austin because it signifies a season of celebration and completion of an academic year. Each of our campuses celebrated Cinco De Mayo in diverse ways to capture the heritage of our students. In Pflugerville, our students showed their community impact by participating in acts of service. Our outreach coordinators were awarded for the efforts throughout their community. Two of our campuses received a Gold ranking in U.S. News Annual Report on Best High Schools, and over the summer we will connect with Rice University and allow our students to study from the most talented in STEM. We are delighted to continue the rich history of every Harmony graduate being accepted to college. We are very proud of our graduates and wish them the best in their future endeavors. As we close this school year and begin looking forward to next year, we say to you: Enjoy your summer!

Dedicated Staff

HPS Austin is staffed with committed and talented educators from around Texas and the globe. Our dedicated staff use a whole child approach to education and do whatever it takes to help our students' reach their goals. Each month, we are honored to introduce and highlight one of the amazing team members from the Harmony family.

Harmony Rides

“The race's start date actually fell on Jonah's birthday this year, April 28th, which made the ride even more special. Some of my students and their families came to the finish line at Circuit of the Americas. The amount of support and encouragement that showed up throughout this journey has been incredible.” said Ms. Houck

Ms. Houck, 5th grade teacher at HSPS and Ms. Taylor teacher at HSACP accompanied Harmony parent, Mr. Araujo, along with three other family members to ride the impressive 168 miles from South Houston to Austin on April 28th - 29th. The MS-150 ride is designed to be a fundraising event to support research for a cure and to help people struggling with MS (multiple sclerosis). However, the two teachers “rode to be closer to Jonah” said Ms. Taylor. Jonah Araujo was a 5th grade student at HSPS that tragically lost his life earlier in the 2017-18 school year.

“This family is devoted, open-minded, open-hearted, and strong for their kids, family, and friends.” says, Ms. Houck. And Harmony Public Schools is eager to reciprocate that support, and proud of the community involvement these two dedicated staff members have engaged in on behalf of their beloved student.

HPS Austin Teachers of The Year

"Harmony Austin Teachers of the Year, thank you for making a difference in the next generation by challenging their thinking daily. It is because of you that our students love their school. Thank you!" - Mrs. Gina Gregory, Harmony Public Schools Austin Superintendent

HPS Austin would like to give a special thanks to the The Bond Team, Mimi Bond - Keller Williams Realty, Realtor - TX Licensed for sponsoring our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year Celebration Lunch. We truly appreciate the support that the team is giving Harmony Public Schools Austin to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our teachers. We thank you!

Hats Off Harmony!

Congratulations to the 2018 HPS Austin Graduates! We are #HarmonyProud!

Out With a Bang!

Constable George Morales of Travis County Precinct 4 hosted as the keynote speaker for the 2018 HSE Austin commencement ceremony. “
"All the hard work and all the dreams became reality today for 59 Harmony School of Excellence graduates. Thank you to Superintendent Gina Gregory and Cindy Ojeda for asking me to be the Commencement Speaker. As Kermit the Frog once said, "Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me." -Constable Morales

Viva La Cultura

Harmony School of Innovation Austin hosted their annual Cinco de Mayo Dip-off competition. Thank you so much to our partners for judging our dip-off! A special thank you to Access Dental, Central Health, and Austin Police Department!
Harmony School of Science celebrated Cinco de Mayo with an assembly sponsored by the Spanish Club and their teacher Senora Cruz. Choir students sang in a musical rendition of De Colores accompanied with the musical sounds of the special guests, Mariachi Los Toros.
Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville celebrated Mexican history and culture on May 4th in conjunction with the famous Cinco de Mayo event of the Battle of Puebla. Students not only learned about the famous battle but experienced traditional Mexican music and dance. Latino 102.7 brought the modern feel to the event and the students competed in dance contests! Thank you to D.J. Pedro al Aire and the rest of the Latino radio station crew for providing the entertainment for the afternoon!
The Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville Spanish Honor Society hosted a Mother’s Day Celebration to celebrate the Mamás in their lives. Mothers were pampered with sweet treats and a performance of dances and music by students and mariachis.

Harmony In The Community

Civic Leaders

Middle School students at Harmony Science Academy Austin have been involved with a Student Civic Leadership Program in partnership with R.E.A.D. (Rundberg Educational Advancement District) Students are in the beginning stages of an initiative to beautify the Rundberg community in a series of projects. Mentors Lynn Osgood of GO collaborative and a UT Austin student have been helping the students along with their projects.

Real World Economics

As part of a final project, graduating seniors in Economics class are required to prepare a business plan for a concept that they have developed. The students end the four-week-long project with formal presentations to members of the Pflugerville business community.. “They receive constructive criticism and feedback by individuals who have been successful in their field and are eager to share their experiences and knowledge with the students,” says Economics teacher, Jeremy Lippart. The goal is for students to get real-world exposure to expectations of the work force and at minimum practice soft skills needed for the transition to adulthood.

STEM4All

“I congratulate all of our students, teachers and parents for this remarkable success! Go Tigers!” HSE Austin Principal Sharifov.

Continuing a near decade-long trend, Harmony Public Schools again ranked among the best high schools in Texas according to U.S. News annual report, Best High Schools survey. According to 2018 Best High Schools report, Harmony School of Excellence- Austin received GOLD MEDAL and ranked # 62 among all public and charter high schools in Texas and ranked # 374 among all 28000 public high schools Nationwide.

"I am happy to announce that HSAPf has received a GOLD Medal and has ranked # 65 best high school in state of Texas and # 400 Nationwide. Congratulations to all of our team members. We made it!" Mr. Dogan, Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville Principal

RICE With Us

Great things are happening at HSAPf! We are proud to announce a Rice University-Harmony Public Schools joint Summer STEM Research Program! Harmony students will refine and deepen their understanding of important STEM concepts by working on a research project of their own design under the direction of Harmony and Rice faculty. Students will receive personalized feedback of their research.

HPS Austin Celebrates Student Success

Harmony Proud

“I was very excited to hear I will be competing on an international level with a lot of other groundbreaking, innovative projects. I am honored that my project will be amongst other innovative projects in respective industries. Plus, free international travel opportunity for me and one family member is definitely exciting.”

Congratulations, Fakhri Widodo! His science fair project was one of the top 7 selected to advance to the international competition, MOSTRATEC in Brazil in October. Fakhri is a 10th grade student at HSPS, after advancing from the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival and the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair competition in the math category. His project entitled, "A Heuristic Approach to Transportation Optimization" is a visualization code designed to enhance and optimize how improvements to transportation can positively affect people’s lives, and even rescue missions. When asked about summer plans, Fakhri added that he is looking forward to the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars program at Johnson Space Center, and will be participating in the MIT LaunchX entrepreneurial program. HPS-Austin wishes you well and is excited to follow up on the story in October!

The Sky is The Limit

Congratulations to Harmony Science Academy- Pflugerville Class of 2018 Graduate, Rosie Khan! We #HarmonyProud! #ToHarmonyandBeyond #UTLonghorn

HPS AUSTIN PROMOTES A LOVE OF LEARNING

Harmony Delivers Excellence

The City of Austin’s Community Youth Development Program has honored our outstanding sophomore, Henry for going above and beyond. Mexic-Arte Museum’s Screen It! program introduced our youth the principles of screen printing and related careers in the arts. Henry alongside other students experienced the serigraphy process by creating their very own t-shirts! We are #HarmonyProud of Henry for excelling in Mexic-Arte Museum’s Screen It! Program.

To Harmony and Beyond

Harmony School of Excellence Austin senior Leslie U. will embark a new journey in the fall. Leslie has committed to play soccer for Huston–Tillotson University. "I couldn't be any prouder of Leslie. She has worked really hard and has been an awesome team captain. After 6 years of being her coach, she is now moving on to play college soccer. I wish her the best of luck and I know she will also be an excellent addition to HTU's soccer team. 'Respect the training, honor the commitment, cherish the results' Go Lady Tigers!" expressed HSE Austin Coach Medina
Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville seniors Josiah and Jr will kick start their freshman college year in a new city! They will both join the College of Saint Elizabeth's Men's Soccer team in New Jersey with an athletic scholarship! We are #HarmonyProud! Congratulations! #ToHarmonyandBeyond #HarmonyCollegeBound

Civic Engagement at HPS Austin

Students Take Aim

Thanks to the Texas Senate for hosting the Harmony Public Schools Austin end-of-year Mock Government Club debate at the Texas State Capitol. We were honored to have Donna Garcia Davidson Campaign serve as our keynote speaker and provide students with sound advice!

Harmony Values Community Partnerships

Congratulations to two members of the Outreach Team for their dedication and contribution to the communities Harmony Austin serves. Mrs. Cindy Ojeda received an awarded for her contribution to Dove Springs Proud, a community organization which serves the Austin Dove Springs area, presented by Austin council member Delia Garza and DSP founder, Mr. Ricardo Zavala. Mrs. Clarissa Davila was presented a Service Award from the Austin Police Department Region 2 District Representatives given by Austin Police Officer Ray Kianes for her work with the Rundberg Educational Advancement District on behalf of Harmony Science Academy Austin.

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Left to Right: Toroman Yayla- Director of Finance; Taji Jordan, MS, PHR- Director of Talent; Gina Gregory, M.Ed.- Area Superintendent; Dana Moses, M.Ed.- Director of Operations; Allanur Agaberdiyev, M. Ed.- Director of Academics; Ozan Doganay, M.Ed.- Director of Engagement

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