Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
LA HERENCIA ESPAÑA
Harmony Public Schools Austin honors Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place between September 15 - October 15, 2018. Our HPS Austin campuses will host a variety of events during the month of September and October to celebrate the contributions of our Hispanic families, students and staff.
This September, the Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville Spanish department hosted Hispanic Heritage assemblies to celebrate the music, culture and people of Latin America. The show included a parade of flags showcasing all 22 Spanish Speaking countries and student performances.
“I had the privilege and honor of addressing a student assembly about the importance of being proud of our heritage, of never stopping to pursue knowledge (don’t quit school) and chasing after the dreams that make us happy! Making sure that every day we take one step closer to achieve them. #neverstoplearning Awesome kids!
- William Ortiz Jr, Host at LatinX TalX: A Sharing LatinX Journeys Podcast
In the Community
HSAPf SHINES ON STAGE AT PFAMILY PFESTIVAL
Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville middle and high school students had the honor of performing at the Pfamily Pfestival & Expo. The event provides area businesses with an opportunity to showcase their products and services to the Pflugerville community. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the HSAPf Ballet Folklorico dance team performed traditional Mexican songs; Son de la Negra, Jarabe Tapatio, Veracruz Morena and Veracruz Jaquetón. Students enjoyed showcasing their heritage to the community.
Monday started off like any other day at Harmony Science Academy - Austin. The hallways were filled with students, laughing and walking to their next classroom. Teachers monitored the halls for any running or pushing while greeting students into their classrooms. Once classes began, teacher’s voices, echoing lessons about history, science, math, and reading, traveled down the hallways. One new voice that joined this chorus was that of Sabina Bharwari, CEO and Founder of Hello World Studio, a company centered on teaching students about different technological fields through project-based learning.
Funded through the 78744 Community Youth Development Program (CYD), a state funded program which aims to provides family and youth support through different community services in the 78744 zip code, Mexic-Arte will use project-based learning to encourage the students to think outside of the box.
When asked about the importance of encouraging these seniors to be informed about the state and federal affairs of the times, Mr. Robey said, “These young people can really make a difference.” This difference is something Daniel, an HSE senior who is also a student ambassador, is excited to be a part of.
“It’s pretty cool to make a change in a community. If I have the power to do that, I want to do it.”
STUDENTS LED BY EXAMPLE
The Middle School Leadership Class in partnership with R.E.A.D. (Rundberg Educational Advancement District) and the Austin Police Department’s Police Activities League of Austin (P.A.L.) is back in full swing this year at Harmony Science Academy - Austin. Led by APD Officer Kianes and Officer Stewart, this after-school club is meant to help HSA middle school students learn about interpersonal communication, public speaking, and leadership. Officer Kianes will bring in guest speakers throughout the semester that will offer advice to the students about the different aspects of leadership found in everyday situations.
Go collaborative and Harmony Science Academy Alumni Team up with Harmony Students
Lynn Osgood, founder of Go collaborative, and Diana Albiter, Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville alumna, have teamed up together to help students at Harmony Science Academy - Austin beautify their Rundberg community.
This past month, students from the Civic Leaders club meet after-school with Mrs. Osgood and Ms. Albiter to discuss the idea of making trash cans more appealing to encourage the local community to keep clean their streets. As the head artist for this project, Ms. Albiter encouraged the kids to think outside the box: “Art can come from every day and every place so nothing is too crazy.” When asked about what she hopes the students will gain from this program, Ms. Albiter said, “I hope the students realize that they have a voice and that they are heard…the point of the project is not to make pretty trash cans, but for the students to realize that they can be part of a positive change in their community.”
Split up into three groups, the students came up with a variety of idea. Among these ideas were hearing the trashcans by placing decorative wind chime around them, smelling the trash cans by planting flowers around it, and playing with the trashcans by placing mini basketball hoops around it. Students will be working on this project throughout the semester and hope to finish in the spring.
Home Visits Work!
HPS AUSTIN CONTINUES HOME VISIT TRADITION
Harmony’s Home Visit Program is one way our staff supports students and families through the educational process. Harmony teachers visit more than 7,000 homes each year to answer any questions families might have, often helping parents work through confusion about the college application process or provide student resources. We want to ensure our students know that they have the support of both their school and their family in their academic pursuits. Educators from all grades have made the commitment to build communication between themselves and families by visiting the homes of their students. Parents, we encourage you to contact your campus to request your home visit today!
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