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Fall brings the end of the first quarter of school to HPS Austin. And each year, it brings a wealth of fun traditions- football, homecoming, festivals- along with it. We were thrilled to add our official ribbon cutting celebration for Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park into this year’s Fall activities.
The family oriented culture is one of the things I love most about Harmony; and it is something that truly sets us apart. Following Hurricane Harvey, HPS Austin collected over $5000 worth of brand new items to send to our Houston families through our Amazon donation link. As we move into the holiday season, I am excited to continue the #HarmonyGives tradition to help our local Harmony families in need. Please join us as we circle the HPS Austin community during this season of giving. You may give directly through the Amazon link below or you can speak to your individual campus engagement coordinator to sponsor a family in need.
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.
Andrea Rogers fosters creativity and confidence at Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville as the Art I, II, III, Drawing, and Advanced Placement Art teacher. With her Masters in Art Education from Texas Tech University, she also offers Dual Credit Art Appreciation to students at HSAPf. In addition to her teaching schedule, Rogers takes time after-school to mentor students to compete in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. Last school year, two of her VASE Art students advanced to State; one bringing home the very first VASE State medal for Harmony Public Schools Austin. “Mrs. Rogers is honestly so supportive. I’ve had her since 9th grade and she has helped me grow as an artist. She gives great advice when I am not feeling confident in my art pieces,” said AP senior student, Bridgette. With eleven years teaching experience, six of those with Harmony, Rogers leads the Art department for the HPS Austin district.
Pflugerville students hosting their annual assembly
HSAPf Spanish Club display their hand-made flags that represent Spanish speaking countries around the world
HSAPf Spanish Folklorico dancers entertain at the annual campus celebration
Austin' own Latino 102.7 radio station stopped by to celebrate with HSAPf students
Led by Spanish teacher and Harmony Alumna, Ms. Martinez-Curial, the HSAPf Spanish Folkloric Dance team performed at the 2017 Pfamily Pfestival & hosted by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.
Led by Ms. Madsen, HSPS students delivered autobiographies dressed in character as Frida Kahlo, Eva Perón, and Diego Rivera
Student Nicole R. closes HSPS assembly with a magnificent performance in a beautiful blue traditional Mexican dress
HSPS staff Ms. Solorio, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Garcia, Mr. Chappell (not pictured), and Mrs. Barker organized HSPS first annual Hispanic Heritage assembly
HSS Tigers celebrated with performances by hosting Harmony Science Academy Austin students from the Guzman Ballet Folklorico dance group
HSS students enjoy their own flag parade in partnership with HSAPf Spanish club
Fernando Flores visits Harmony School of Political Science
High school students at Harmony School of Political Science and Communications received a unique visitor for Hispanic Heritage Month that not only brought students a timely perspective on being a rising Mexican-American artist but also related to students as young creative adults reflecting on the world around them. HSPS college English teacher and Yearbook/Advanced Journalism teacher, Mr. Ramon Castillo invited central Texas writer and photographer Fernando Flores to engage with students and speak on his personal experiences, his creative process and to share examples of his work. Students found his messages relevant to honing their writing craft and developing their photography skills. “As an aspiring writer, it’s inspiring to meet someone who was once where I was and is where I want to be.” Payton C., English 1301 student. Arriving eager to connect with students, Flores was prepared with a short story he read aloud entitled, “Queso”. He talked about his humble beginnings as a small-town writer from Alton, TX and his shift into the Austin scene. Flores was listed in Texas Monthly’s Top 10 Writers to Watch in October 2015, was featured in Construction Literary Magazine, and was also the recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation literary award in 2014. Examples of his photography can be accessed on Instagram using the handle @thewriterflores.
In the Community
Community Festival on Rundberg Lane
Harmony Science Academy Austin held their annual Fall Carnival in conjunction with the Rundberg Educational Advancement District’s (READ) community safe trick or treat route on Rundberg Lane. HSA Austin, our first Austin area location, has an ongoing partnership with READ which is a community driven effort to empower parents, educators, schools and city officials for the educational advancement of youth in the Rundberg area. The Fest is a way to bring the community together and provide the youth in the Rundberg area a fun and safe place to enjoy the fall season festivities. The Austin Police Department, City of Austin Parks and Recreation, Austin Independent School district alongside Rundberg area public charter schools and local businesses enjoy the fun each year. Check out the news story from KVUE below!
Fire Prevention week
In honor of Fire Prevention Awareness week, Harmony campuses hosted area firefighters to explain important fire safety tips to our elementary students. Our students learned that firefighters aren't scary and are there to assist in case of an emergency. They even took a tour of inside a real fire truck! Students also learned about the importance of having a working smoke detector in the home and what to do in the event of an emergency. At HSA Cedar Park, the message went beyond fire prevention and was delivered in an engaging way to get the attention of younger audiences. The Cedar Park Fire Department has a unique educational outreach program for area schools, called HEAT, (Helping Education About Today's Safety). In bright colorful costumes, silly superhero cadets delivered lessons on the dangers of texting while driving, the importance of wearing seat belts, checking for working smoke detectors, and in case of a fire, staying low and having a family exit plan prepared.
Viva La Vida Parade
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Austin Energy's Power Town
Tamera Tate from Austin’s electrical company, Austin Energy, presented “Power Town” to Harmony School of Science and Harmony Science Academy 5th grade students. The presentation teaches basic electrical safety concepts using different scenarios to demonstrate safety hazards in a model town. Tate showed intriguing scenarios using real electric currents to emphasize safety around fallen power lines. Thank you to Austin Energy for helping us learn more about how electricity works!
Invent It. Build It.
Harmony Science Academy Austin National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students joined their sponsor, Abby DeShazo, as volunteers with The Austin Community Tree (ACT) Program in celebration of National Arbor Day. The ACT program is a free tree planting program offered to Austin area neighborhoods with a low percentage of trees. The program heavily depends on volunteers for their Arbor Day projects. The NJHS 8th grade students were able to help plant trees by mulching the dig sites, carrying the trees to be planted and cleaning up trash in the Highland Park neighborhood in Austin, Texas.
Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park Ribbon Cutting
Faculty and staff from Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park worked tirelessly to prepare the new facility for PreK-4th grade students for the start of 2017-18 school year. To commemorate the success, the ribbon cutting ceremony was planned to precede the school’s fall festival in order to make it a grand community and family event. Speakers included Area Superintendent Gina Gregory, Principal Ilker Yilmaz, and Kristyne Bollier; Mayor Pro Tem City of Cedar Park, as well as three students who did a great job explaining why they love their new school.
red ribbon week
Bully prevention month
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