HPS Austin Monthly March Edition

Message from the Superintendent

Gina Gregory, Austin Area Superintendent

Spring brings a refreshing vibe to the Austin area and our students. Whether we are jamming at SXSW or hoping in a canoe at Town Lake - our adventurous city invigorates and excites our students to get involved. This Spring, Harmony students displayed their talents at the SXSWedu Learning Expo, the Pflugerville STEAM Fest, and the Austin Regional Science Fair competition. Four of our own middle school students were nominated for the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS national science competition. Harmony students also volunteered for It's My Park Day and they assisted in the running of our first polling site for the primary elections held at the Political Science campus. In the sports arena, our Pflugerville track team placed first in the state competition. Our Districtwide Teachers of the Year were selected and we are so thankful to have their talents at Harmony Public Schools - Austin. Spring is always a great season to be an Austinite and even better to be at Harmony.

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.

HPS Austin District Announces Teacher of the Year honorees for 2017-2018.

The HPS Austin district directors and superintendent recognize educators who have shown outstanding leadership for their students in and out of the classroom and have also demonstrated excellence in teaching. After a thorough evaluation of the portfolios that were submitted from the individual campus teacher of the year recipients, the educators who have been selected as the District Teacher's of The Year are below. Congratulations to the Austin District Teachers of The Year!

Brittany Buccolo, Harmony School of Innovation Austin
"Congratulations Ms. Buccolo! You are more than a great teacher, you are an outstanding educator! HSI is grateful everyday to have you teaching our students! Your dedication and compassion to teaching and your students is easy to see after spending only a few minutes in your class. As a parent of one of your students, I am personally thankful to you for being my son's teacher!" - HSI Principal, Mrs. Molina
Abby DeShazo, Harmony Science Academy Austin
“We are so excited to have Ms. Abby DeShazo represent our campus and district as middle school Teacher of the Year. Ms. DeShazo supports our students in so many ways. In the classroom she plans engaging projects that push our students to think deeper and learn through doing. Outside of the classroom she is our campus NJHS sponsor - working to help develop character to compliment our students' academic achievement. The impact Ms. DeShazo has had on our students and school is impressive. I'm honored to have her on our team! #RundieProud” - HSA Principal, Mrs. Borel
Ruben Ortiz Mutt, Harmony School of Excellence Austin
"We congratulate our team member, Mr.Ruben Ortiz for being selected as the High School Teacher of the Year from Harmony Austin district. Mr.Ortiz deserves this recognition for being caring and dedicated teacher who also serves as a role model for his students. Mr.Ortiz leads our Math department for the 2nd year and his leadership brought great team spirit and collaboration to our Math department. Harmony School of Excellence-Austin team wishes Mr.Ortiz the best luck as he continues his efforts to provide excellent education for his students." - HSE Principal, Mr. Sharifov


HPS Austin Attends SXSWedu 2018

Harmony Public Schools Austin showcased interactive STEM booths at SXSWedu 2018 Learning Expo. Harmony Austin Students and their Teachers hosted campus booths and were also able to attend the Learning Expo.

Students Volunteer at Rundberg Community Park!

"We have lots of fun beautifying an important part of Rundberg" said Ms. Abby DeShazo, NJHS Teacher sponsor.

Harmony Science Academy Austin National Junior Honor Society club students volunteered for It's My Park Day on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at their neighboring park on Rundberg. The annual city-wide event, organized by the Austin Parks Foundation, brings the community together to beautify and clean-up city parks and greenbelts. This year commemorates NJHS’ 6th year in attendance in cleaning up the Gus Garcia Park located in the Rundberg community. As Harmony Science Academy is located on Rundberg, students regularly use the park.

Harmony Public Schools Austin ‘plants’ partnership with Restoration Ranch

Harmony Public School Austin’s Outreach and Communications team volunteered at Restoration Ranch, a non-profit organization proudly providing veterans and their families a peaceful haven. Team members contributed a new flower bed for upcoming garden projects at the ranch. Harmony Public Schools Austin looks forward to creating new and unique partnership for our students, staff, and community.

The 2018 Austin Spelling Bee

Congratulations to both Nazryn and Triyatha! We are #HarmonyProud of all their hard work for advancing to the Austin Spelling Bee!

Harmony Science Academy Austin 7th grade student, Nazryn Hatchett, and Harmony School of Science Austin 5th grade student, Triyatha Jammula, proudly represented their school at the Austin Spelling Bee held on March 25th, 2018. Nazryn and Triyatha were two of the 47 top spellers advancing to the Austin Spelling Bee made up of Elementary and Middle School students from ten counties. Both students won at the campus level and completed an online qualifying test to advance to the Austin Spelling Bee. Triyatha spelled her way to the top and made it to the final four during the competition. “The Spelling Bee was fun and exciting! I also made a lot of friends. I would for sure do it again!” said Nazryn about her experience.

Kids Vision For Life Continues Partnership with HPS

HSA Austin elementary students received vision services and prescription eyeglasses in a continued partnership with Kids Vision for Life. The mobile clinic program provides students eye exams on campus. The program also allows students to pick their very own frames to match their prescription. Students of all ages showed interest, as seen by first grader Maximiliano and kindergartner Haley, received their very first pair! Thank you KVF for bringing our kids’ vision into light.



Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville kicked off their annual Science Technology - Engineering - Art - Mathematics Festival with special guest Sabina Bharwani, CEO and Founder of Hello World Studios, who spoke about the importance of STEM education in today’s tech world. Over 200 attendees enjoyed student projects and interactive demonstrations in chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, engineering, and math. Aside from STEM, the arts and humanities were also celebrated with student performances, an art show, and student projects from English, Foreign Language and Social Studies classes.

Harmony Austin District Wins at Texas Science & Engineering Fair

Harmony School Of Political Science And Communication students Fakhri Widodo and Abrar Rahman bring home winning trophies for their science fair projects at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Fakhri, Junior at HSPS, wins Second Place in Mathematics category and Abrar, 6th grade, wins second place in Embedded Systems category. Congratulations to Neha Karne, Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville 8th grade student, for her third place win at the Texas Science & Engineering Fair! Her viscosity and surface tension project placed 3rd in Middle School Chemistry category.

HPS Students Nominated for MASTERS National Science Competition

Congratulations on the selection of HPS middle school students Neha Karne, Arya Kumar, Castor Roberts from HSAPf and Abrar Rahman from HSPS who were nominated for the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a national science competition. Only 10% of middle school projects nationwide are invited to apply online for the national competition. Finalists will travel to Washington, DC and the opportunity to win more awards.

KVUE Meteorologist at HSA Austin

Thank you to KVUE Meteorologist Nathan Gogo for visiting with Harmony Science Academy Austin 4th grade students! Students enjoyed learning about what meteorologists do behind the scenes as well as on the green screen at KVUE! #STEMforall


Screen It! Series at HSI and HSE Austin

Mexic-Arte Museum Artist Educator, Mrs. Adrienne.

Mexic-Arte Museum launched a unique and cultural program for both 5th grade students at Harmony School of Innovation Austin and 11th graders at Harmony School of Excellence Austin. Over the course of 8 weeks, students were led by Mexic-Arte artist educator, Adrienne. She helped students to create a project that would allow them to explore the culture and art of Mexico, Latin America and/or the Latino experience in the United States. Students are currently designing custom made T-shirts with their own personal designs using a hand-made tool on campus. We can’t wait to see the finished products!

“Mexic-Arte engages the community with quality programming, instructors and lessons. Our students gain skills and knowledge in the art that can lead them into a creative profession. It has been a pleasure working with Adrienne and Mexic-Arte onsite. I hope to continue this partnership for years to come.” said HSI Art Teacher, Mr. Martinez.

Celebrate Healthy Habits at HPS Austin

Harmony Public School elementary campuses recognized National School Breakfast Week between March 5-8, 2018 to celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of a healthy breakfast every morning. Harmony School of Excellence Austin kicked off National School Breakfast week with a special visit from PepsiCo, Fuel Up to Play 60, and Genyouth Foundation. Through partnerships, all sponsors have provided Harmony School of Excellence Austin with a grab-n-go breakfast cart to help students fuel for greatness every morning! Through the Fuel Up To Play 60 program, HSE Austin students have the opportunity to achieve school wellness goals and helps to ensure regular healthy eating habits every morning. “Seeing students create a healthy eating habits has been one of top priorities for student success at HSE Austin.” said Nutrition and Health Specialist, Mrs. Silverio.

HSACP In Action

In its inaugural year, the Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park campus has had a strong start and continues to make strides on all fronts. "We've had fantastic parent-teacher support." says, Principal Yilmaz. This year they’ve seen improvements on campus such as the newly installed play-scape, as well as the launch of the new Community Garden Project where students have painted cinder blocks donated for the raised beds.”We finished in 45 minutes, thanks to everyone’s help” says Ms. Witt, garden project sponsor. Aside from beautification projects, the campus had several third and fourth grade students lead in academics by placing at the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair. We are #HarmonyProud.

My School Color Run

My School Color Run, a one mile run or walk with colorful chalk launched at the finish line. The event is scheduled for May 5th, and Principal Yilmaz would like to welcome all of HPS-Austin to participate in this event!

Register today to raise awareness for fitness and help support the school! Pledges by friends and family are welcomed.


HSAPf Track Team excels at State Competition

“Coach Mike and I are so proud of the team's accomplishments! We had an amazing season! We are State Winners!” said Coach Weaver, HSAPf High School Athletics Coach.

Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville Track Team win big at the Texas Charter School Track Meet held on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Seniors Larry Henderson, Josiah Sorola, Garrison Powell, and Sophomore Oscar Otero of the HSAPf 4x1 Sprint Relay team won first place! This was the first time for HSAPf to win 1st place with a relay team at State. Along with winning with their team, Larry Henderson also won 1st place in the individual 100m race and Josiah Sorola won 1st in the 400 meters race! Overall, the HSAPf Male Track Team won second place in the State High School Division.

Civic Engagement

Please RSVP to the HPS Austin Director of External Relations, Mr. Cox at dcox@harmonytx.org

HPS Austin Mock Government

Harmony Public Schools Austin High School Mock Government Program participated in their second annual district debate at the Texas State Capitol. HPS Mock Government teams debated legislative bills on issues ranging from transportation, criminal justice, energy, and education. Out of the 13 bills debated, 6 bills were selected for their final debate in May.

Texas Primary Election Day

“We felt it would be a really good opportunity to educate our students about the importance of civic engagement,” said Harmony’s interim district outreach coordinator, Dustin Cox.

Williamson County citizens were able to cast their vote on Texas Primary Election Day at Harmony School of Political Science & Communication for the first time ever. The March 6th event marked a first for Harmony Public Schools and staff. “We felt it would be a really good opportunity to educate our students about the importance of civic engagement,” said Harmony’s interim district outreach coordinator, Dustin Cox. “Since this campus has a strong political science component to the curriculum we felt it was a perfect site to host a polling location.” More than 200 Williamson County citizens visited the campus polling location to cast their vote during the Texas primaries. In November 2018, HSPS will again transform into a polling location for Super Tuesday in the General Election. “The school wanted to ensure to the community that they have a venue to share their ideas and plans with elected officials and leaders, and allow their voices to be amplified. Harmony School of Political Science and Communication looks forward to continuing to educate the children of Texas, but also as a community center for the families we serve,” said Mr. Cox.

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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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