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HPS Austin Highlights August 2019 Edition

Welcome Back, Harmony Austin!

AUGUST 14TH MARKED THE 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR HPS AUSTIN!

From red carpet runways to mascot greetings, the best time of year is welcoming our students and staff back to another great school year! For some, they are embarking on their last year of school and thinking of their transition to college. For others, this is their first day of school ever! Here’s a look of some of our first day of school photos from across the Austin district.

Constable Adan Ballesteros gave out high-fives during Harmony School of Science - Austin's first day of school!

HPS AUSTIN WELCOMES BACK TEACHERS AND STAFF!

TEACHERS WELCOME A NEW YEAR OF SHAPING THE FUTURE!

HPS Austin teachers and staff welcomed the start of a new school year in style with new colored staff shirts to symbolize the seven campuses across the Austin district at the 3rd annual Welcome Back Ceremony. The opening ceremony also included a stirring speech by world renowned author, educator, and motivational speaker, Dr. Steve Perry who inspired teachers to be bold and resilient in their teaching. Alongside their awards, HPS Austin also presented each campus principal with an Excellence in Leadership Award for the unwavering guidance they provide to each of their campuses.

"If It Was Easy, It Would've Already Been Done: Understanding Perspective and Setting High Expectations". Dr. Steve Perry, HPS Austin keynote speaker, motivates teachers and staff at the 2019 Welcome Back Opening Ceremony.

Dedicated Staff

HPS AUSTIN CELEBRATES THE 2018-2019 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

HPS Austin celebrated the 2018-2019 teachers of the year at the Welcome Back Ceremony this August. Mr. Gultekin Kaya, Austin Area Superintendent, Ms. Katelyn Meck, Director of Academics, and Dr. Steve Perry, keynote speaker, presented each Teacher of the Year with their trophy.

Ms. Malayna Keller

HPS Austin Elementary Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

Ms. Jessica Madsen

HPS Austin Secondary Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

THE STUDENT HAS BECOME THE TEACHER

As Jorge Perez walked through the halls of Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville on August 14th, he took a look at the students in their newly ironed uniform shirts and thought to himself that he once walked in the same halls, sat in the same desks, and even listened to the same teachers. He wasn’t exactly there to reminisce on his old Harmony days but he couldn’t help remembering the good school days. Except this time around, he wasn’t there to listen and learn as a high schooler, instead he was there to inspire and teach as an instructor.

Mr. Perez, as his students call him, attended Harmony Austin since his 6th grade year at the Harmony campus on Rundberg Lane. He then continued to high school at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville where he graduated in 2012 and journeyed off to college in San Marcos, Texas. Now as a Texas State University graduate with a major in Spanish and a minor in Business, Perez has decided to come back to his old school and give back to his community. Perez is teaching middle school Spanish and is also coaching soccer and flag football. He feels that his students can relate to him because he was once truly walking in their shoes.

"I had a lot of great teachers in Harmony that helped me discover that education is where I want to be. My students have great potential and all they need is someone to tell them and show them that anything is possible. I want to be that someone."

Perez joins two other alumni faculty at the campus. Maria Martinez, class of 2011, and Jorge Canada, class of 2011, are currently working as teachers at the same school as Perez.

HPS Austin Thanks Community Partners

Community organizations and partnerships are an integral part of the achievements of Harmony Public Schools Austin. Together, we work in harmony to create a strong community of success.

HPS AUSTIN CELEBRATES THE 2018-2019 COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF THE YEAR

HPS Austin would like to thank the 2018-2019 Community Partners of the Year, RetailMeNot and Hello World, for their continued contributions to our schools and to the communities that we serve. Thanks to the generosity of RetailMeNot, over 250 students from Harmony Science Academy - Austin and Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park experienced hands-on learning opportunities in the computer science field during the 2018-2019 school year with Hello World providing the curriculum and expertise of local computer science engineers.

We are excited to announce that Hello World will now be at Harmony School of Science - Austin, Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin and Harmony Science Academy - Austin in the 2019 Spring semester.

Elementary students at Harmony Science Academy - Austin on Rundberg Lane enjoyed learning computer science through the contributions from RetailMeNot and Hello World's curriculum.

BENDING OVER BACKWARDS FOR TEACHERS

HPS Austin would also like to thank Enlightened Chiropractic for generously donating two crates full of school supplies! Two lucky elementary teachers won a raffle during the Welcome Back Ceremony.

Left: Ms. Katie Beccarelli, HSS-Austin 2nd grade teacher; Right: Ms. Mohammed, HSEndeavor-Austin Kinder teacher

HPS Austin Celebrates School Success

HARMONY AUSTIN SCHOOLS COMES OUT ON TOP OF TEA ANNUAL STATE ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

This August, the Texas Education Agency released its annual State Accountability Ratings where public schools were given an A-F grade based on student achievement, school progress, STAAR testing scores, college readiness and graduation rate.

Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville and Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin received an “A” rating.
Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin earned all seven distinctions possible.

Harmony School of Excellence - Austin, Harmony School of Innovation - Austin, Harmony School of Science - Austin, and Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park received a “B” rating. Congratulations HPS Austin!

HARMONY SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE NAMED ONE OF AUSTIN’S MOST IMPROVED CHARTER SCHOOLS

Harmony School of Excellence - Austin was just named Austin’s most-improved charter high school according to a Yahoo! News article released this August. The story highlights the various areas of academic improvement HSE-Austin was able to achieve in the span of one academic year.

“Harmony School of Excellence - Austin's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Austin, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.”

Community Connections

SLOW DOWN FOR US! IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL!

Harmony School of Science - Austin students partnered with Precinct 2 Constable Adan Ballesteros to inform the community of school safety zones by filming a special back-to-school public service announcement.

"Wishing all students a safe and happy school year!" - Constable Adan Ballesteros
Students in between filming with Deputy De Leon.

EL PASO STRONG: “HEALING HAPPENS BEST THROUGH A COMMUNITY”

In the wake of a tragedy, communities from across the state of Texas banded together to offer their support for the city of El Paso, Texas. From mariachi-serenaded vigils to ‘El Paso Strong’ murals, the city has become a rallying example of healing through the help of community. Wanting to further reassure students that countless communities stand behind them, El Paso teachers have banded together and taken to social media to urge other educators to do one simple act - write a postcard to remind students of the good there is in the world. Inspired by the healing power of community, Steven Cross, Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville Instructional Coach, answered the call and asked his campus to help provide a few words of comfort.

"It is important to pull together because healing happens best through a community. I hope the students who receive them can find some comfort knowing there are people in the world who care about them from far away." - Steven Cross

WE ARE HARMONY AUSTIN, WE ARE BLOOD

Our Harmony Austin teachers lent a helping arm in saving a local life this August! In between professional development workshops and preparing lesson plans for the upcoming school year, our Harmony Austin teachers found the time to go above and beyond for the local community by donating blood at the We Are Blood donation bus.

Harmony Austin Teacher takes a break during professional development sessions to donate blood on campus.

APD OFFICER - "BE THE CEO OF YOUR LIFE"

Austin Police Department’s Police Activities League Officer Bohannon spoke to middle and high school students at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville about the importance of making the right life choices for success. The students listened attentively as he shared his story of being a football star to his start in his career as a police officer. Officer Bohannon also informed students of drug and alcohol laws as well as the harmful effects of nicotine on their young minds. He stressed the importance of being the CEO of their lives and making the right choices for themselves to succeed not only in school but outside of school and after graduation.

Home Visits Work!

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!

Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville staff visit with students and parents during their home visits
Harmony School of Excellence-Austin Campus Engagement and Support Coordinator Mr. Serdar Ozguven visits with members of the HSE-Austin Tiger Family
Harmony School of Innovation-Austin staff are all smiles as they visit with students and parents during their home visits

Harmony Public Schools Austin

HPS Austin Leadership Team

Left to Right: Dr. Ebubekir Orsun - Director of Engagement and Talent | Clarissa Davila - Director of Public Relations | Gultekin Kaya, M.S., M.Ed. - Austin Area Superintendent | Katelyn Meck, M.Ed - Director of Academics | Toraman Yayla, M.Ed MBA RTSBA - Director of Operations | Robert Navarro - Director of Finance
HPS Austin District Office - 13415 FM 620 N Austin, Texas 78717

HPS Austin Schools

Agil Sharifov M.Ed. M.A Principal | Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville

1421 WELLS BRANCH #200 Pflugerville, TX 78660 GRADES: 6TH-12TH

Tiffany Molina, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony Science Academy - Austin

930 E Rundberg Lane Austin, TX 78753 Grades: PK-8th

Allanur Agaberdiyev, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin

13415 FM 620 N Austin, TX 78717 Grades: PK-12th

Ilker Yilmaz, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park

12200 Anderson Mill Rd Austin, Texas 78726 Grades: PK-5th

Waylon Stengler, M, Ed Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

11800 Stonehollow Dr. #100 Austin, TX Grades: K-5th

Ashley Gorman, Principal | Harmony School of Excellence - Austin

2100 East St. Elmo Rd. Austin, Texas 78744 Grades: 6th-12th

Amy Chankin, M. Ed. Principal | Harmony School of Innovation - Austin

2124 EAST ST. ELMO RD. A AUSTIN, TEXAS 7874 GRADES: PRE K-5TH

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