Harmony Making History DFW District Vol. 5

Harmony Public Schools DFW enjoyed their invitation to participate at #YouthSparkLive 2017! Mr. Cepeda (HSA Dallas engineering teacher and robotics sponsor) and Principal Mercan love the 2017 GM STEM Leadership Award they received from Mr. Raul Villarreal!

April 26th Harmony DFW Representatives traveled to Austin for National Charter School Week!

Harmony at Charter School Rally April 2017

Harmony Science Academy Dallas

HSA Dallas had 6 students get internship offers during their field trip for the Mayor's Internship Program! Congrats to Daniela Castillo for securing an internship with Community Partners of Dallas; Ajla Adinovic for being offered an internship with Southwestern Medical Center; Hermella Tadessa who will be interning at Dallas Police Department; Mireya Reyna who will serve as an intern at Bishop Art Theatre Center; Henry Ramirez's internship will be at Marketing or Virtual Design and Construction; and Sara Abera will be interning with United Unit Surgery International this summer!

Harmony School of Innovation Euless

The Rotary Club of Hurst-Euless-Bedford brought dictionaries for our 3rd grade students on April 13th! Our students were so excited and thankful for the dictionaries!

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce! HSI Euless Teachers love to teach students about the importance of recycling. During the week of Earth Day, teachers from MakerSpace and STEAM implemented the importance to take care of our planet into their classes. For Earth Day during our STEAM class learned about the importance of recycling to preserve our planet. Our students had fun creating recycled art!

This week was a week of giving at HSI Euless. We had a food drive to help 6 Stones, a local non-profit organization that helps out the Hurst-Euless-Bedford community. We also had Jump Rope for Heart challenge. Students helped fundraise in benefit of American Heart Association.

Kindergarten RoundUp was this Friday May 5th! Future Kindergarteners were able to come and meet their future teachers. The little ones got to enjoy a couple of fun activities they would be doing during their school days and parents gathered information about different activities and programs available for their students. Our 6th Grade Solar Roller Team! Our students won 3rd Place this weekend on their competition. Congratulations!

HSI Euless hosted their second Talent Show this Thursday! Students were very excited to show their talent to the judges. Many parents and family members of the Harmony Community enjoyed the performances provided by the students. Good Job Tigers!

This Tuesday May 16th we had our School-Wide Spelling Bee Contest. Students had fun and enjoyed being a little competitive throughout the day.This Thursday May 18th in honor of National Police Appreciation Week we hosted Back-the-Blue Day! Police Officers were welcomed to enjoy food kindly provided by businesses and have lunch with our students. Police Officers had the opportunity to play with the students and autograph their shirts. HSI cannot express how thankful we are of the Police Department. Euless Police Department has done amazing things for our school and the community. Thank you for all you do for our community! Field Day was Friday May 19th! Students got active and were able to enjoy a day full of fun activities including a bounce house, obstacle course, and tug of war!

Harmony School of Innovation Carrollton

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Day of Exploration and Discovery

Our JSS team won three first place trophies and several others. The big deal is that we got the 1st place overall, and that comes with an invitation to Orlando's national competition.

JSS Team HSIC

Our very own Kimberly Hughes has been invited to attend The 7th Annual Guru Vandana (Teacher Appreciation) Program to honor the teaching community on Saturday, May 6th at Otto Middle School located at 504 North Star Road, Plano, TX 75074. Kimberly Hughes is a 3rd Grade teacher here with us.

Ms. Kimberly Hughes

Muffins and Moms

Check out what's going on at Harmony School of Innovation Carrollton

Our top performing Math League students have been invited to attend the upcoming Math League State Competition on May 13th in Houston, TX.

Math League 2017

Check out our student broadcasting club!

Students closed out a successful academic year with a Spring Festival. The festival included plenty of fun, food, and games.

Our 5th Graders participated in a walk through Harmony Science Academy Carrollton as they prepare for the next academic school year in a new building with higher aspirations.

Our 5th Graders participated in a walk through Harmony Science Academy Carrollton

Harmony Science Academy Fort Worth

College & Career Day was a huge success at HSA-FW. "It was a thrill to see the kids get so excited about professions they had never heard of before." said coordinator Brooke Loafman. Former TCU and NFL player Cedric James, was one of the many who came to the school to get students excited about college and careers! Showing off his Super Bowl ring was the indeed a big finish to the day.

HSA FW Career Day
Dallas Mavericks Teacher of the Month, Ms. Miller begins her quest for Classroom Champions Teacher of the Year!

Campus Outreach Coordinator, Tara Holt, attends TX Charter Revolution Rally in Austin. Students join campaign to get votes for Dallas Mavericks Classroom Champions - Teacher of the Year. Buy One Get One, or BOGO, Book Fair is huge hit! In Health 1st graders how to eat healthy. 5th Grade GT is all hands with Lego Mindstorms EV3 MindCub3r.

Harmony Around the World K-2 Harmony Around the World takes many to new places giving them the opportunity to experience many different cultures. 3rd Grade Book Wars, Book Club. Our 3rd graders jump into classic Maniac Magee. This Newbery Medal award-winning novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and published in 1990, explores themes of racism and homelessness. Readers Theater 3rd graders perform a Readers Theater Script to a 2nd grade audience. Bingo Boys Night A was a real guys night out for the boys of HSA with lots of opportunities to win prizes. PTO Heads Up Teacher Appreciation Week Teachers feel appreciated during Teachers Teacher Appreciation Week with notes from students and parents, to treats and surprises daily.

Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair students were Recognized by the Mayor Betsy Price and Council Member Jungus Jordan on Tuesday, April 4. Councilman Jordan, presented HSI Fort Worth a Certificate of Recognition to Harmony School of Innovation for their dedication and excellence in STEM education.

Afeeah Khazi-Syed and Thomas Holt accept awards by the The American Society of Quality at a banquet at Diamond Oaks Country Club. They were recognized for the quality of their science fair project submissions at the Fort Worth Regional Science Fair. 1st Place Division I winner, senior, Khazi-Syed, was visiting M.I.T in Boston and but did make an acceptance video thanking ASQ for their continued support of excellence in STEM education.

ASQ is a global leader in quality and consists of a community of passionate people who use their tools, ideas and expertise to make our world better. Seniors Plan H.I.T.S. Area professional donated their time and knowledge to HSI-FW students during the Harmony Innovative Talk Series or H.I.T.S. One speaker, Annabel Luna with John Peter Smith Health spoke her trek from South America to Texas via Iowa and importance of education for life and how it got her here in Texas doing what she loves!

EJ Carrion was in the House! HSI-FW was lucky enough to host top youth speaker, best-selling author, successful entrepreneur, and preeminent thought-leader on student success, EJ Carrion! Junior Solar Sprint HSI-FW takes 2nd at the Junior Solar Sprint in Garland. HSI's Got Talent Texas.Singers, dancers, jazz, pop, classical, pianists, ukuleles, bands even an impressionist graced the stage at the 5th Annual HSI-FW's talent show. HSI-FW’s Padilla Awarded Full Scholarship to MIT HSI-FW senior is not only accepted but awarded a full scholarship, over 65K/year to Massachusetts Institute of Technology!

Highlights First Week in May

3 Stunning Pieces of Artwork Capture Judges Attention HSI-FW 8th grader, Ruhani Ahluwalia competed in the Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event. The Jr. VASE competition was held on Saturday, April 8 at Hillwood Middle School in Fort Worth. There were 1,444 art entries from across Region 11. Ruhani had two entries. She received a Rating IV-Superior for both her entries. Ruhani received highest honors, silver medals, for both her paintings. Memoirs, a black and white portrait oil painting of Ruhani’s great aunt who died from cancer two years ago. The colored portrait, Dulhan, is an oil painting of Ruhani’s aunt who recently was married. Dulhan means bride. Ruhani is also among the 40 semi-finalists in the 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. Her entry, Columbian White-Tailed Deer, is being reviewed by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced on April 25. The grand prize winner will be recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C. NJHS Gives Check to Cancer Cure Ms. Marla Cavallo and the National Junior Honor Society present a $200 check to Kathryn Piepho of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The group collected change during the lunch hour to raise the funds.

Dr Rhodes of TCU's Neely School of Business addresses inductees to Honor Societies. National Honor Society spends free time helping to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. Solar car team competes in Solar Rollers Style in Earth Day event. English Professor, Dr. Smith of Weatherford College, addresses seniors in Senior Luncheon Series.

Harmony Science Academy Carrollton

The HSA Carrollton resource department has been working on life skills for kids. We have been working on making change, budgeting and money skills in class. Before going on the field trip, the students learned how to budget their $20 and created a wish list. We decided to go to Target, so they could practice multiple skill sets. The staff at Target was extremely helpful, patient and prepared. They split our large group in to 5 groups, touring five different areas of the store. These rotations included the floor displays, the back stock area, the deli, security, and registers. The students were able to practice using real registers and practiced checking each other out and had a real blast. They also enjoyed seeing the inner workings of the store. Overall, it was a great success, and both students and Target would like to do it again!

Student Counsel members, Deluxan Sureshkumar and Regina Athena lead a campus tour for guests from Standard & Poor.

Standard & Poor Visits Carrollton

Nathan Fripp won Bronze medal & Cash Prize during iSWEEEP. His category was Environment- Health & Disease Prevention and the title of his project was A Method of Measuring and Quantifying Vestibular Disorders.

Our Athletic Department acknowledged all the hard work and success of our student athletes on the big stage! This event brought students, staff, and parents together to recognize the hard work and sacrifice each and every one of them made for us to have a successful athletic program.

Harmony School of Innovation Waco

This week was a very busy week for HSA Waco. Robert West from KWTX Channel 10 did a presentation for our CRLP students. He talked about the importance of advertisement in the media, and ratings for news stations. Lindy Ermorian was featured in the front page of the Waco Tribune Herald. They did a story on her new position for next year as the K-6th Principal and her goals and vision for the school. The school also hosted Elementary science night along with the elementary robotics showing off there skills. The High School track team competed in district track meet and represented Harmony very well. With only 10 athletes they showed heart and went on to the finals.

We had a wonderful show of students and families at last night's annual Around the World Night event! Each grade level and specials team represented a few countries from each continent of the world with music, movies, games, crafts, artifacts, and food samples. There was a ton of culture learned about through the evening, and some teachers even dressed in native outfits! At the end of the night we had a drawing to win one of 7 different continent prize baskets provided by donations from our excellent parent pool, and everyone left with a smile. Overall, it was a great time had by all.

Campus Coordinator from the DFW district participated in the Texas Revolution Charter Rally. We had over 2,000 people in attendance. HSA-Waco held an ESL night with a potluck dinner and Easter egg hunt. That same night the Student Council held a talent show.

HPS at Harmony on the Hill 2017

May 1st-May 4th Mr. Beyhan and Mr. Meza attending meetings for Waco day at Washington D.C. with numerous politicians and Trump Administrators. Both men visited with the Head of the Department of Education to speak about more funding for S.T.E.A.M schools, school choice, and pell grants. Mr. Meza was very fortunate to meet and speak with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, U.S Senator Bernie Sanders, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Bill Flores. A reception dinner was held Tuesday night by Senator Flores. They had a good time, visiting the U.S. Capitol, Department of Education building, Library of Congress, and the White House. One of our student athlete who is also a Senior won the Classroom Champion of the week award by new station KWTX. She was presented with an award this past week at a ceremony for all Classroom Champions for the year. Jaece R. will be attending Rice University majoring in anthropology. Great job Jaece!

Harmony School of Nature

On April 4, 2017 students from our Environmental Science program learned more about land usage and alternative agriculture by visiting a couple of ranches in Bagwell, Texas. Ms. Huitt and Mrs. Grenier accompanied students on their trip. While there, students toured Rio Rojo Rancho owned by Mike and Lori Ford. Mr. Ford took students on a tour of the ranch and explained the day to day operations of an alternative agriculture ranch. After the tour students enjoyed lunch at the home of Porter and Carol Griggs, courtesy of Carol Griggs and Mona Strain. Following Lunch, Mr. Griggs and Mac Strain led students on a tour of his property where they assisted in feeding fish in the stock ponds and checking cows. Harmony School of Nature is a public charter school located in Dallas, Texas. This article will also be published in the local newspaper, The Detroit Weekly.

National Elementary Honor Society partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas for an elementary fundraiser. The top collecting class was Mrs. Sewell's 5B class raising $235.29! These students have earned an Olive Garden lunch party. The top collecting student for all of elementary was Mehmet with $112.76! He has earned free dress for a week and a jumping pass at Urban Air. Thank you to all the elementary students who participated. Every penny counts.

National Elementary and Junior Honor Society are partnering up for an animal shelter drive. Classes will race to collect the most items for the Tri-City Animal Shelter. The top collecting class receive free dress for A WEEK!

We are so excited to announce that we participated to junior solar sprint competition on Saturday and got 2 first places out of 42 teams. We got best engineering design and team journal. Congratulations Victoria Fasakin, Sarah Berhe, Simi Olabode, and Eden Gezehang.

THANK YOU to our friendly PTO for all the goodies and treats during Teacher Appreciation week. What makes our PTO so special is that there are a handful of faithful members who never cease to make our teachers feel the support and appreciation throughout the entire school year . A Special thank you also to Mrs Grudecki, PTO president for her commitment and dedication to the HSNATUREPTO.

Our Athletic Department wanted to acknowledge all the hard work and success of our student athletes on a big stage, so we held our first athletic banquet in school history. This event brought students, staff, and parents together to recognize the hard work and sacrifice each and every one of them make for us to have a successful athletic program. Each team presented two awards: Tiger Award and Team MVP. Tiger award- is presented to a student who represent the true meaning of the terms "student athlete" They are leaders in the classroom, community, and on their respective teams. We also provided awards to the Most Athletic male & Most Athletic female student. This year Corey Gray and Chailynn Jones were voted Most Athletic. --

Harmony Science Academy Grand Prairie

We have a College Readiness Learning Program at our Harmony Science Academy in Grand Prairie. This program tries to inform the students about colleges and other avenues that they can succeed at in the future. This program visits different colleges and venues around the DFW area. Our school is a Title 1 school, therefore would never receive these opportunities at home. I wanted to reach out because I want these kids to experience other things as well. These students can't afford Texas Ranger tickets much less experience a wonderful and unique experience in their hometown. We would greatly appreciate your help in this avenue if you can. Speaking with the Rangers to receive a tour or a donation of tickets for our CRLP students.

The first annual Harmony Around the World was a great success. Each class will present a country.Families toured the school and had a great taste of food and culture from other places.Then everyone met in the gym to watch the students present a poem, song or dance. What a wonderful turnout and amazing event!

Engine 1 Fire Department came to visit our K-2 students and explained all about fire safety. Why is it important? When do we call 911? What is the fire suit for? Many of our students were able to touch and feel the fire equipment that the firefighters use everyday.

CRLP girls took a wonderful trip to Camp El Tesoro learning about teamwork and learning many things in nature. The teachers and students even learned about archery.

Since 1987 the Cinco de Mayo committee in conjunction with GPISD, City of Grand Prairie, and other community businesses and organizations have worked together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.Grand Prairie celebrates Cinco De Mayo with a parade, entertainment, festival foods, art contest, and other activities on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The parade began at 10 a.m. at 1405 Main Street near Graff Chevrolet and ends at Grand Prairie City Hall, 317 College St. Free entertainment is noon to 6 p.m. including Grand Prairie ISD performers, mariachi bands, folkloric dancers and vocalists, Tex-Mex festival foods, bounce houses, an art contest and more. With many different vendors and tents HSA Grand Prairie had an amazing spot right in the middle of all the wonderful entertainment to promote our amazing school.

During a presentation from the FBI, of the importance of having attack dogs in the law enforcement ,we had two brave teachers volunteer to demonstrate.Officer Jones explained what would happen if a perpetrator where to try to run and then they demonstrated. Was a great learning experience for middle school this morning.

Harmony Science Academy Garland

On April 12th, HSA hosted a Career Day. After a breakfast, community members visited the classrooms telling the students about their jobs and then took questions from the students.

Career Day

Voting began in the Mav's Classroom Champion Competition! Students prepared for the Science Fair which will be on Saturday.

The Spring Festival was a success along with REAL School Gardens, Fed Ex and Bank of America volunteers refurbished the greenhouse area.Ms Blalock traveled to Austin for the Texas Charter School Rally. Garland Police Officer, Matt Pesta came and spoke to the 5th and 6th grades about cyber safety, bullying and other relevant issues. HSI hosted an orientation for incoming 7th graders. Staff and students continued to vote for Mr Blair for the Maverick's Classroom Champion.

HSA hosted STAAR nights for the 3rd - 6th grades. 5th grade went to Sky Ranch for three days.ESL hosted a game night. The adult ESL classes go underway! The PTO had breakfast and lunch for the teachers and staff. Teams of 6th graders participated in the DFW District Solar Junior Sprint Competition.

Students participated in the Spring Stress Out to get out all the wiggles from a week of STAAR testing.

HSA held their Kindergarten Round Up! Five students won Honorable Mention at the Noetic Learning Math Contest. The GATE night and the NEHS picnic were both a big success.

Harmony School of Innovation Garland

The STEM Advisory Board met for a dinner and meeting with Ms Pittman from Educate Texas. HOSA toured UT Southwestern. Kareem came back to campus to have his prosthetic hand fitted and tested.

Mr Montejo won the WFAA Eco Educator Award! Engineering students prepared for their presentation at EarthDayTX.

Saturday was a busy day at HSI. We hosted the DFW District Solar Junior Sprint Competition. The teams from HSI won a total of 6 awards including 2nd and 3rd place overall!. Two teams will be competing at the Nationals in Florida this summer. We had orientation for the incoming 7th graders. Ms Christine Klahn spoke to our CLRP girls about STEM careers for women. The PTO took care of the teachers and staff with daily treats.CLRP had their end of year banquet.

The Solar Roller teams won 9 trophies at the Earth Day TX event. Ms Blalock traveled to Austin for the Texas Charter School Rally. WFAA weathercaster, Colleen Colyle, presented Mr Montejo with the Eco Educator award for 9-12 grades. Mr Montejo received a $1000 check and a plaque. He will be featured on a upcoming news cast. HPS Superintendent, Mr Ay, Mr Pakdil, Assistant Superintendent and Ms Alexander, Talent Director, presented Mr. Montejo the District Secondary Teacher of the Year. The Seniors were surprised with a confetti parade. 7th grade orientation was held. Mr Ay, Mr Pakdil and Mr Gecit toured the new proposed football and soccer field.

CLRP had their end of the year banquet. The Seniors hosted a Spring Stress Out for both campuses to relieve all the STAAR stress.

Kareem visited and was able to take home his 3D printed hand! The Seniors hosted a lunch for their commencement speaker, Mr Taylor. AT&T executives toured the school.

Harmony Science Academy Euless

10th Grade students were able to rejuvenate and enjoy quality time with each other at the park on Thursday April 13th. They enjoyed time on the swings, the slides, and the volleyball court!

HSA Euless had their senior banquet this April 21st! Seniors are excited to culminate their Highs School Education. The students, along with their parents, were able to enjoy a delicious dinner catered from Olive Garden. Seniors took the opportunity during this event to thank their parents for their support and guidance throughout the years.

Our students will be busy this summer! Two students will be participating at SMU's Center On Research and Evaluation (CORE) internship program. This conducts research and evaluations on programs, practices, and policies designed to strengthen families and communities. Shawn M. will be participating in quantum physics research along with Dr. Yee. Jorden T. will be helping to conduct research in the astrophysics area and will be working along with Dr. Kehoe. We also have Arnold L. who will join UTD in the NanoExplorers Program where he will join UTD faculty member's research lab as well!

Congratulations Solar Lit, Mr. Muttalib and Ashley W.! Their teamwork and dedication brought took them to victory this past Saturday at the Junior Solar Roller Sprint Competition! These students worked very hard and try to develop a solar car by using their creativity. First, the car was developed by hand sketching. Then, they made a drawing with computer program to prepare our base. After the project was designed virtually, the team printed the solar car base with our school 3D printer and installed all necessary accessories such as wheels, solar panel, battery pack, switches and cables. On the competition day we received 2 awards: 3rd place for design and 2nd for engineering book.

These last few days are special moments for our Seniors, creating memories as they prepare to end their final year as high school students, Seniors had their Walk on Monday. All smiles through their walk around campus and pride from teachers knowing the graduates are ready for their next challenge.

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