STEM For All
Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville and Harmony School of Excellence - Austin eighth grade Gifted and Talented Education students attended a half-day visit to Silicon Labs Austin campus this October through AuSTEM. During their tour, students visited three engineering labs that demonstrated the STEM careers available at Silicon Labs. Students were also able to hear from industry experts on the operations and functions of a semiconductor company. After lunch, students formed teams and collaborated to create a variety of self-designed electronic circuits.
“They had a great time engineering with littleBits and learning about the vast opportunities as an electrical engineer. The students also got to visit a real-world lab and talk with a physicist!” said HSE G.A.T.E. teacher, Victoria Wang.
HARMONY STUDENT WINS AT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR COMPETITION
Seeing someone boarding a plane with a science fair project is anything but ordinary. For one traveling high school senior, his plane trip to Brazil was not a leisure excursion but a mission to win. In October, Fakhri, Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin high school senior, was on his way to compete and win at the International Science and Technological Fair, MOSTRATEC. He not only represented his school but also the United States of America. His science fair project, "A Heuristic Approach to Transportation and Delivery Optimization," won a silver medal at Brazil’s and South America’s largest international science fair!
"The trip at the College of Health Care Professions was super fun! The tour was very self-explanatory and the activities were awesome. I loved meeting the teachers and college students. I loved that I was able to participate and learn about what they do. Thank you all for the great experience! " - Salma, HSE Senior
Each discipline had a hands-on and interactive session to show HSE students the types of skills learned in each CHCP program. HSE students also heard from CHCP students currently in the programs. They shared some tips on attending college and choosing their career path from an early age.
Each grade level organized a special welcome for each author. Pre-K, Kinder, and first grade students welcomed Jeff Smith, author of Smiley’s Dream Book, by creating a welcome poster and decorating their hallway with characters from the book.
HSA second and third grade students welcomed Juana Martinez-Neal, author of Alma and How She Got Her Name, by decorating birdhouses and sharing their own stories about the origin of their own names, similar to the motif of the book.
Students in fourth grade welcomed Hena Khan, author of Power Forward, by preparing a special dessert dish taken right out of the pages of the book.
HSA fifth and sixth grade classes greeted Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil, with decorative billboards of the book characters. Each student was excited to have their very own novel autographed by Chainani.
“We are very thankful and appreciative to have the Reading Rock Stars program include our middle-school students. The love of reading does begin in elementary but it is reinforced more so in middle-school. It was great to show our middle schoolers that reading and writing is still cool, even as they grow into teenagers,” said Clarissa Davila, HPS Austin Public Relations Director.
“Most of my families are not able to make those purchases and I find my students flipping through the fliers and wishing they could get a book,” wrote Kalyn Robinson, 2nd grade teacher at Harmony School of Innovation. “I would love for all of my students to find joy in reading and be excited to get a new book each month. How awesome would it be if ALL of my second graders could receive one free book every month?!”
With 25 students eager to read, Kalyn Robinson asked family and friends on Facebook for book sponsorship. $9 would sponsor one student for the entire school year and would ensure a brand new book is given to each student every month.
At the TTBF, students attended “Cracks in the Crystal Ball,” a discussion panel to hear from book authors Samantha Mabry, Katharine McGee, Neal & Jarrod Shusterman, and Andrew Smith. HSAPf students not only heard from authors but were able to meet-and-greet with them during the festival.
HARMONY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOY SCHWAB'S TRAIL OF TREATS
Harmony School of Science - Austin has a new neighbor! HSS was happy to welcome The Charles Schwab Corporation to the neighborhood. Within walking distance, the 50-acre Austin campus sits right next to the school. As new neighbors, Schwab invited HSS third grade and Gifted and Talented students to their Trail of Treats event held annually on October 31st. Students dressed in their book character costumes and walked through the Schwab campus for treats and surprises along the way.
On Friday, October 26th, Harmony Science Academy - Austin participated in the annual Rundberg Educational Advancement District (R.E.A.D.) Fall Festival & Trick-or-Treat Safe Zone on Rundberg Lane event by passing out treats and playing games families in the community. With an estimated 1.500 people in attendance, HSA middle school girls from the College Readiness Leadership Program (CRLP) helped their local community trick-or-treat in a safe environment. Way to go, CRLP girls!
National Fire Prevention Month
LEARNING TO PLAY IT SAFE
The Cedar Park Fire Department’s HEATS Team (Helping Educate About Today’s Safety) visited Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park during October’s National Fire Prevention Month. The HEATS Team performed a Super Mario Brothers-themed show to educate students about fire safety and also included topics such as no texting while driving, pulling to the right when a safety vehicle is behind you, turning down your music and buckling up in the car.
STUDENTS LEARNING FIRE SAFETY FROM LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS
Harmony School of Science - Austin had a "flaming hot" presentation during the Fire Safety Assembly. HSS hosted their neighborhood Austin Fire Department Station 30 for an informative presentation. Our students learned about fire safety, actions to be taken at the sound of fire alarms and much more. Students viewed the helpful tools and toured the inside of the fire truck. Our firefighters did an amazing job and we look forward to next year!
CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE
HARMONY SCHOOL OF ENDEAVOR SHINES LIGHT ON QUINCEAÑERAS
The national celebration of Hispanic culture was recognized all month long at Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin. Each morning, songs from Hispanic culture played over the school intercom for all to hear. Students also presented a piece of information or history about Hispanic culture and the people. On the last day of the celebratory month, October 15th, HSEndeavor students, under the instruction of Mrs. Jessica Madsen, held a Hispanic Heritage Month assembly of student performances and informative presentations.
At the campus celebration, students were able to hear from guest speaker, Ms. Sylvia Butanda, Latinitas Austin’s Program Director. “Latinitas is a non-profit organization that enables young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and technology outreach thereby addressing the critical state of Latinas girls today.”
The assembly also included a parade of students wearing their Quinceañera dresses. Mrs. Madsen spoke of the significance and beauty behind the tradition of the sweet 15th birthday celebration in Mexican culture.
“I wanted to do something different this year for Hispanic Heritage Month. Let me share one of the most beautiful parts about our culture - Quinceañeras. People don’t understand the concepts behind the symbols and the big dresses. It really stems from our history and it is something that we still practice today. The girls were so willing to put on the dresses again to show off because it was such a momentous time in their life,” said Mrs. Madsen.
CBS Austin KEYE visited and showcased HSEndeavor's Hispanic Heritage Month! Take a look at the story below!
MEXIC-ARTE VISIT WITH PRE-K!
Mexic-Arte Museum education associates, Ms. Natalia Rocafuert and Ms.Paulina Dorsal-Terminel, visited Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Ms. Rocafuerte read Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony to Mrs. Cindy Ojeda’s Pre-K classroom.
Jedadiah, a middle school student at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville, loves to draw and dreams of becoming an illustrator. When he isn’t studying hard at Harmony or busy drawing his characters, he is at rehearsal preparing for his role in a new short film. His first movie, Thunder Road was shown at SXSW Film Festival and received many great accolades. The film received the Narrative Feature Competition Grand Jury Winner this year at the festival. Jedadiah is happy to be a part of the film but of course he was nervous watching his acting on the big screen for the first time as many actors are. With Jedadiah’s strong work ethic and hard working attitude, he will be sure to have continued success in all that he does! Congratulations and good luck Jedadiah!
HPS Austin Promotes the Love of Learning through Art and Culture
FLOURISHING CREATIVITY: MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM BRINGS NEW ART FORM TO HIGH SCHOOL
On October 22nd, Harmony School of Excellence was visited by Ms. Natalia Rocafuerte, the education associate from the Mexic-Arte Museum. Her arrival makes the introduction of a 6-week art program set to teach Art II high school students about the creative and technical principles of print screening, a process in which ink is transferred onto different surfaces through the use of stenciled designs. Funded through the 78744 Community Youth Development Program (CYD), Mexic-Arte will use project-based learning to encourage these students to think outside the box. Mexic-Arte art instructors will be teaching print screening twice a week. Each student artist will create their own design to print screen onto a t-shirt that they will be able to keep. Let’s give a big Harmony thank you to Mexic-Arte!
“It is important for the students’ creative development that they are exploring new mediums and making new discoveries...I hope they will gain an in-depth understanding of the process and history of screen printing as an art form. But more than anything I hope they gain a more intense love of learning and discovering new things for the future.” -Mrs. Henry, HSE art teacher.
National Bullying Prevention Month
October is nationally recognized as Bullying Prevention Month which seeks to unite communities and schools together by educating them on how to keep our youth safe against bullying. Through the use of school assemblies and weekly themed activities for teachers to enact in their schools, National Bullying Prevention Month at HPS Austin hopes to demonstrate to students the effects of bullying and strategies on how to prevent it.
SPEAKER MOTIVATES TO END BULLYING
On October 11th, Harmony School of Innovation - Austin invited a nationally known motivational youth speaker, Gabe Salazar, to speak to fifth grade students about the power of education leading to big dreams. He also used his own life experiences to talk to the students about the various types of bullying that may be encountered at school. Before leaving, Mr. Salazar left HSI with one final message of hope: “We are the solution to bullying in America.”
Harmony Science Academy Austin students were visited by a very special guest brought by the Don’t be A Monster: A Bullying Prevention Program this October. As the largest 501 non-profit organization that teams up with haunted houses across the nation, the Don’t be a Monster program introduces students to Frank, a monster inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Students get to know Frank and his journey as a victim of bullying. Through a series of short video presentations and two of his friends, Frank shows students the simple yet powerful steps they can take against bullying. Thank you Frank for making an appearance at our school!
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