HPS Austin Highlights march 2020 Edition

STEM for All


Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville hosted its 1st annual Engineering Fair for Curious Minds with The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering as the special guest.

High school students engaged with college UT students in Biomedical, Aerospace, Architectural, Civil, Electrical, Computer, Chemical, and Mechanical engineering majors. Engineering students sat on a panel to discuss the different fields of studies and opportunities made available through UT as well as met one-on-one to speak more in-depth about engineering majors and relative UT organizations.


Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville students presented their capstone web application project at the Code2College Demo Day 2020 held at the H-E-B Digital Eastside Tech Hub.

Ethan, Emin, Rameez, and Parker, or Team PEER, were chosen to participate at the 3rd annual Code2College Demo Day for being the top of the Software Engineering Leadership Program and presented alongside over 15 other student teams to a panel of judges.

Code2College is a career and college preparatory program that strives to lead under-represented high school students to enter and excel in STEM undergraduate majors and professions. During the program, student participants develop a capstone with the mentorship of local volunteers in the coding and web development fields.

"By equipping these students with both technical and professional skills, we endeavor to prepare them for a variety of in-demand, high-paying technical careers." - Code2College


Harmony School of Science hosted its 2nd annual STEM Expo on March 12th to showcase special projects and interactive STEM activities. The elementary student-led event included demonstrations and presentations from the First Lego League Robotics Team, Aviation & Drone Club, and Technology students showcasing AutoAuto artificial intelligence. Special guest, Mad Science, also hold a fun and engaging table with a variety of STEM demonstrations.


The Harmony School of Excellence STEM Fest hosted by the high school senior class was held the last week before Spring Break during the school day to allow all middle and high school students an opportunity to visit.

Seniors showcased a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics projects and demonstrations. Students learned all about DNA, chemical reactions, forensic science, to tessellations, and more.

Community Connections


Two Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville graduating seniors were among the first at the school to go from high school students to life career explorers thanks to a new job shadowing initiative developed by the high school counselors.

Matthew G. and Trisha A. spent a day job-shadowing Chris Nelson, Texas Workforce Commission Chief Financial Officer. The student's day began with an exclusive tour of the Workforce Commission offices in Austin before settling in on budget meetings alongside Mr. Nelson. Although Matthew and Trisha were privy to various billion-dollar discussions, nothing left them more impressed than Mr. Nelson's ability to know the exact cost of every item TWC has, right down to the price of a single paper clip.

"During the job-shadowing experience, students follow the professional they are shadowing through his or her workday. They observe the rigors of the job, the company culture, and ask a lot of questions. We hope that this kind of on-site experience will help them make better choices for their future," said Mrs. Rahime Tunc, Campus Counselor.


On March 12th, 2020, tiny firefighters, police officers, construction workers, veterinarians, and even a music d.j. walked the halls at Harmony School of Innovation. The elementary students came excitedly dressed, representing a profession for the school's annual career day.

Throughout the day, students heard from many different career professionals from a make-up artist, attorney, realtor, baker, software engineer to musicians, dancers, and nurses. Students also learned about the roles public servants hold in the Austin Police Department, the Austin Fire Department, and the Austin Animal Control. Students gained valuable life lessons about staying safe and asking for help from our community public servants.

"Thank you to our amazing presenters for volunteering their time to speak with our young students!" - Fabiana Montenegro, Harmony School of Innovation | Engagement Coordinator

HPS Austin Celebrates Read Across America Week

Each year, during the week of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd, National Read Across America Week is celebrated across schools. HPS Austin celebrates district-wide through many different activities from guest readers, themed dress-up days, to campus-wide reading events. Check out how HPS Austin celebrated literacy and all things books.

Deputies from Adan Ballesteros - Travis County Constable Office Pct. 2 visited Harmony School of Science to be special guest readers for all kindergarten classes.

Students enjoyed “Robert the Rose Horse” by Joan Heilbroner read by Deputies Russell and Paiz and Sergeant De Leon.
Harmony Science Academy - Austin Principal Mrs. Molina kicked off Read Across America Week at her campus by visiting Ms. Gish's 2nd-grade class for storytime where she read "What Pet Should I Get?" by Dr. Seuss. After storytime, students had a chance to ask Mrs. Molina questions they have been wanting to know about her time serving in the U.S. Army.
"Our students celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week by grabbing a book, getting outside and reading for 20 minutes! It was a beautiful day and the kids loved getting a chance to read a book of their choice for a little while!" said Emilee Coleman, Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park K-2 STEM teacher | Engagement Coordinator
Mr. Gultekin Kaya, Austin area district superintendent, stopped by the Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin pre-kindergarten class for storytime! Students enjoyed the book "David Goes To School" by author and illustrator, David Shannon, read by Mr. Kaya.
Harmony School of Innovation pre-kindergarten classes enjoyed storytime from parents and kindergarten through 2nd grade transformed the school cafeteria into a Reading Party under the stars! Students wore their coziest pajamas and brought along their stuffed animal and favorite books.
President of Dove Springs Proud Ricardo Zavala visited Mrs. Ojeda's pre-kindergarten class for storytime during Read Across America Week! Students enjoyed the story, "A Fish out of Water" by Helen Palmer during Mr. Zavala's visit.



Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park hosted its 3rd annual Color Fun Run on March 6th, 2020. The color splash fundraising event brought over 500 people in attendance, with 350 runners registered. Harmony families, teachers, staff, and students came together for an exciting afternoon run! As they began their journey through the balloons led by a police escort, participants were doused with color! Ringo from the Austin Stars even joined in on the fun!

Harmony in the News


KXAN News and KVUE News visited Ms. Mohammed's kindergarten class during a special lesson taught by 2nd and 6th-grade students in the gifted and talented program at Harmony School of Endeavor.

Kindergarten students learned about the Coronavirus, what it looks like, and how to prevent the spread of the disease. The GT students, led by their teacher Ms. Catherine Gilkey, demonstrated how a virus invades a cell and how to prevent the spread of germs by covering when they sneeze and the importance of properly washing their hands. They closed the lesson with models of coronavirus particles and a coloring sheet with a diagram of COVID-19.

“I am hoping to get the word out to kids to be mindful about washing hands and preventing the spread of disease,” said Catherine Gilkey, Kindergarten through 8th-grade Gifted and Talented teacher about facilitating the lesson plan.


Harmony Public Schools held a Virtual Spirit Week on our campus social media accounts during the first week of our distance learning. Each day, families shared photos of themselves studying, working on their at-home academic packets, reading a book, or demonstrating a positive character trait while dressed in a unique theme for the day.

HPS Austin students are continuing their learning from home. During the first week, students dressed in themed days for virtual spirit week; pajamas, wild hair, team Texas, college, and Harmony day.


The Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville Lady Tigers can no longer get together for soccer practice, but that doesn't stop them from being a team. They are practicing social distancing today so that they may play together again soon. Go Tigers!



In order to protect the health interests of our students, team members, and communities, Harmony Public Schools has elected to close all campuses until further notice. Until our schools are able to reopen, our classes will continue to operate online through our established digital learning tools.


Although our schools are closed, Harmony Public Schools - Austin offers free, drive-thru breakfast and lunch twice a week, on Mondays (for Monday and Tuesday) and Wednesday (for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) from 11AM to 1 PM, for any child under age 18, regardless of enrollment status.

The meal pick-up locations are as listed:

  • Harmony Science Academy-Austin: 930 E Rundberg Lane Austin TX 78753
  • Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville: 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy STE 200, Pflugerville, TX, 78660
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Austin: 2124 E St Elmo Rd STE A, Austin, TX 78744

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


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Clarissa Davila