STEM For All
Harmony School of Excellence - Austin 8th-grade middle school 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 heard 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.
The University of Texas at Austin Computer Science department held an informative and engaging presentation, named the CS Roadshow, to Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville middle school students. During the CS Roadshow, students learned about the many different career fields in computer science and the applications of CS in their everyday lives.
Several Harmony Public Schools Austin elementary students participated in Hello World's Startup Crawl event this October. Students visited tech companies in downtown Austin such as RetailMeNot, Tableau, and Atlassian. The program first began at Capital Factory, where students heard from a video game programmer.
Along their downtown crawl, students heard from computer science engineers on what it takes to be in the tech industry and what their daily work life is like. They were even able to hear from Marissa Tarleton, CEO, RetailMeNot, Inc., as she welcomed students and spoke about the importance of CS at the company.
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DENTAL HYGIENE DEPT PARTNERS WITH HPS AUSTIN
Austin Community College Dental Hygiene students visited the kindergarten and first-grade classes at Harmony Science Academy - Austin Rundberg campus to teach them essential tips on keeping their teeth healthy and clean. They showed the elementary students how to brush their teeth correctly, how much toothpaste to use, and how long they should brush. Students were able to go home with toothbrushes, toothpaste, flossers, and information for parents in English and Spanish. This initiative is for the ACC students to give back to the community through various outreach projects. Harmony School of Innovation elementary campus is involved in a long-term project with ACC's dental program with multiple visits throughout the school year.
Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville high school Spanish Honor Society students visited The Texas Teen Book Festival at Southwestern University in Georgetown this past October. Students read their copy of “I am not your perfect Mexican Daughter” by book author Erika L. Sánchez weeks before the festival in preparation for hearing the author’s keynote address.
"I thought it was a fun and exciting event to be able to meet the author. I got more insight into the characters she wrote and why she did. The book was great, and I loved meeting other people at the event that had the same interests as I do," said Brenda, HSAPf senior.
Olympic medalist and book author of “The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family,” Ibtihaj Muhammad, visited with pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade students. Muhammad read to students before they each received their own signed book to take home and share with their families. The story of family, love, and acceptance is one all can enjoy, from pre-kindergarten students to their parents and beyond.
Book author, Tom Angleberger, and illustrator, Jared Chapman of “Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Robo-Dodo Rumble” were met with many smiling faces of 2nd and 3rd-grade students ready to read about Didi Dodo’s new adventure! Both gave an engaging and interactive presentation that all students enjoyed.
After Ibi Zoboi, the book author of “My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich,” spoke with 4th-grade students about Harlem, New York, and NASA, students were able to meet-and-greet with her and receive their own signed copy of the book.
The Texas Book Festival’s Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program has donated books to not only our elementary students but also to our 6th through 8th-grade students as well, a first for the program but a second consecutive year at Harmony Science Academy - Austin.
“The Crossover” book author, Kwame Alexander, performed alongside musician, Randy Preston, to HSA-Austin middle school students. Alexander’s lyrical verses with Preston’s musical tunes had our students wholly engaged. Students were thrilled to receive their very own autographed book copy at the end of the presentation, where Alexander spoke of never giving up on personal goals and continuing to persevere through failure.
HSA-Austin is a recipient of the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program. The school was selected to be a part of the dynamic program which seeks to bring the love of reading to life by inviting book authors from across the nation to give presentations to young readers as well as to provide each student with their very own autographed book.
LOCAL AUTHOR INSPIRES KINDERGARTEN WRITERS
Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park kindergarten teachers hosted a book writing celebration with local book author, Preston Cox, during October's National Book Month. Student’s writing was showcased at the celebration where parents were also invited. Students brainstormed ideas, wrote rough drafts, edited, and published their stories. At the event, parents were able to read their completed stories and also visit other student’s work. Parents wrote encouraging notes for each student they visited.
“It was such an amazing opportunity for students to have their written work read and praised by so many!” - Emilee Coleman, parent and HSA-CP Engagement Coordinator
National Fire Prevention Month
A FIRE SAFETY STORY
The Cedar Park Fire Department firefighters visited Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park during October’s National Fire Prevention Month. The CP firefighters performed a Toy Story 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.
AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT SHARES FIRE SAFETY
The Austin Fire Department firefighters made a stop at Harmony School of Science to teach kindergarten through 2nd-grade students all about fire safety! Students saw firefighters in their complete uniform so that they are aware of what they will look like during a fire rescue. Students were also able to view the fire truck up close and the tools they use for rescues and fire emergencies.
Harmony School of Science celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachi Los Toros as our guest performers! Our students were dancing and singing along with the mariachi group! What a celebration!
Harmony Science Academy - Austin celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with special guests speakers Leone Cruz and Sonny Guadarrama! ⚽️
Elementary and middle school students enjoyed a performance of traditional Mexican dances by the Harmony Science Academy - Pf Folklorico dance group. ¡Celebramos!
Ricardo Zavala of Dove Springs Proud visited Harmony School of Innovation to speak about the importance of education and being proud of your community.
Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl performed at Harmony School of Innovation's Fall Fiesta Dip-off event!
Sylvia Butanda, Deputy Executive Director at Latinitas, spoke at the Harmony School of Excellence Hispanic Heritage student assembly, about being Latina in today's tech industry, being bold and chasing after your dreams.
Austin Bold American soccer midfielder Sonny Guadarrama spoke to students about his soccer career and the duality of being Mexican American.
The Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville Quinceañeras showed off their beautiful dresses during the school’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! Students learned about what it means to be a Quinceañera and how the milestone is celebrated among Hispanic families in Latin America and the United States.
HSAPf Folkloric Dance Team performed at the Pflugerville Pfamily Pfestival and Expo hosted by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce. Students were introduced onto the stage by KVUE news anchor Bryan Mays.
HARMONY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOY SCHWAB'S TRAIL OF TREATS
Harmony School of Science - Austin students were invited to Charles Schwab’s annual Trail of Treats event this October 31st. Themed imagination lands replaced the cubicles and offices to create an immersive experience for all the students to enjoy. Students dressed in their book character costumes and walked through the Schwab offices for treats and surprises along the way.
FROZONE CHILLS AT HPS AUSTIN
Harmony Public School Austin district talent specialist, Jonathan Lyle, has a secret identity when he isn't helping out the seven campuses in the Austin area, he is the superhero Frozone! Lyle visited Harmony School of Endeavor and Harmony School of Science in Austin, Texas, two elementary campuses, during the school's Book Character Day, and students were very surprised and excited to see the real Frozone from Disney's The Incredibles! Students even asked for his autograph.
"The Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville High School Cross Country Season has concluded. It has been a fun and rewarding season! I am proud of the hard work my team put in during challenging weather and with their busy schedules. I am proud of how they put their academics as a priority and still push themselves to be involved in many extracurricular activities. This season we practiced weekly, had Saturday runs at local trails, competed in 5K runs, and ran in the Texas Charter League Regional Meet. At the meet, the girl’s Junior Varsity team won 3rd place as a team!" - Coach Brittany Weaver
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