HPS Austin Highlights May 2019 Edition

Dedicated Staff


HPS Austin would like to congratulate our District Teacher of the Year award winners for the 2018-2019 school year; Secondary teacher, Jessica Madsen (Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin) and elementary teacher, Malayna Keller (Harmony Science Academy - Austin).

"Thank you both for the amazing work you do for our students, and for setting a great example for our staff." - Ozan Doganay, HPS Austin Director of Engagement & Talent

Jessica Madsen

Malayna Keller

STEM 4 All


Teams "Endeavor 1" and "Endeavor 2" from Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin made it to the finals for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, making them the only team in Austin to attend. Students, parents and their teacher sponsor were off to Virginia this May to compete with 100 other teams from around the country! Check out KXAN Reporter Chris Davis’ story about the teams.

"We're making this new technology through the use of rocketry and aerospace engineering," Babaria said, "and that's possibly one of the most integral aspects allowing us to become a better species as a whole."

Team Endeavor 1 made it to the second round of the competition and ended the day as the last flight of the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Competition. They ranked number 38 in the nation! Congratulations to both teams for all their hard work and accomplishments! 🚀

#TARC19 #RocketContest #STEM

TARC students were able to meet and greet with former astronaut and a veteran of three shuttle flights, Donald R. McMonagle during Rockets on the Hill breakfast reception on Capitol Hill.

TARC students and parents visited with U.S. Congressman John Carter in Washington, D.C.

Thank you to the sponsors that made it possible to attend the finals; Mr. Balaram Nair, Mr. Robert Henke, Song Insurance agency, Trusted Realty, Rebecca Ross Ins Agency, Mr. Suresh Sitapara, Farmers Insurance - Vicki Ham, Mr. Babaria/Gandhi (Student Grandparents), Mrs. Amiben Modi, Mr. Jesse Brockwell, Ms. Sarini Widodo (Parent), Mr. Billy Duong (Parent)


Fifth grade students from Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park went on an unforgettable trip to Galveston, Texas this May to start off the summer! Science teachers, Mr. Dickson, Ms. Witt, and Engagement Coordinator, Ms. Sonoskey, took the elementary Eagles on a sea adventure where they received hands-on and feet-in experience as they participated in activities such as wading through a salt marsh, dissecting a fish or seining in the surf. Our students had a fin-tastic time at the Sea Camp educational outreach program provided by the Texas A&M University Galveston Campus.


On May 10th, sixth grade students from Harmony School of Excellence - Austin attended the UTeach Outreach Mini STEM Competition at the University of Texas at Austin campus. Part of the UTeach Outreach program, the competition seeks to serve as the building blocks to encourage students to participate in the National Science Olympiad Competition. Through various STEM-related categories, our sixth graders were put to the test and worked together to complete their experiments among four Austin area schools.

HSE Tigers were were able to compete in 3 categories: Natural Selection, Mineral Identification, and Experimental Design. Although this was their first time participating in this competition, three of our students placed 4th in the Natural Selection Competition! Congratulations, Jose, Nicholas, and Bryan! Students also sat in on a chemistry lecture where a professor showed them the power of a mini nitrogen explosion!

HPS Austin Promotes a Love of Learning


As part of a final project, graduating seniors in Economics class are required to prepare a business plan for a concept that they have developed. The students end the four-week-long project with formal presentations to members of the Pflugerville business community. “They receive constructive criticism and feedback by individuals who have been successful in their field and are eager to share their experiences and knowledge with the students,” says Economics teacher, Jeremy Lippart. The goal is for students to get real-world exposure to expectations of the work force and at minimum practice soft skills needed for the transition to adulthood.

Viva la Cultura

HPS Austin kicked off the month of May by celebrating Cinco De Mayo. Campuses highlighted the beauty of Mexican culture and heritage through traditional folk dance and song performances, a dip-off competition, educational presentations, and a special DĂ­a de la Madres celebration.

It was a packed house at Harmony School of Innovation - Austin during their annual Cinco de Mayo Dip-Off competition. Contestants brought the heat and showed off their salsa making skills to panel of local judges while families got to enjoy an array of kid-friendly activities like loteria, a traditional Mexican folk game, fake sumo wrestling, and face painting! Guests were also treated to a special Ballet Folklorico performance by Ms. Elsa Nelligan’s Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl. Que padre fiesta, HSI-Austin!
Elementary students at Harmony School of Science - Austin were able to enjoy traditional Mexican dance performances by Guzman Folklorico and student-led presentations that highlighted the significance of Cinco de Mayo and other aspects of Mexican culture. Ms. Victoria is a student at Harmony Science Academy - Austin! Que buena onda,HSS-Austin!
Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville pulled out all the stops for their Cinco de Mayo celebration with a lineup filled of student performances. The HSAPf Folklorico dance team performed several traditional Mexican dances while a mariachi group sang traditional Mexican folk songs. Students also presented the history behind Cinco de Mayo in front of a didactic mural reenacting the Mexican Army’s victory of the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Son súper cool, HSA-Pf!
The Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville Spanish Honor Society hosted a Mother’s Day Celebration to celebrate the Mamás in their lives. Mothers were pampered with sweet treats and a performance of dances and music by students and mariachis.

HPS Austin Celebrates Student Success


The Texas Charter School Association recently spotlighted Khalid Jackson, a 2019 graduate of Harmony School of Excellence - Austin, who realized his passion for engineering at Harmony and hopes to positively influence his community and beyond.


FOX 7 Austin reported that Harmony School of Science - Austin 2nd grade students participated in Lemonade Day Austin, where they learned entrepreneurial skills marketing and selling their "Magic Lemonade" at Franklin Barbecue.

Hat's Off Harmony!

HPS Austin Celebrates the Class of 2019


On the first day of May, the HPS Austin district celebrated the Class of 2019. What better way to begin their graduation month than a pep rally celebration! Take a sneak peak of the district-wide pep rally fun with special guest Pedro al Aire and Diego Fuzion from Latino 102.7 and Austin Community College District R.B. the Riverbat! #Classof2019 #WeAreHarmony

USA Women’s Boxing 2020 Olympic Contender, Destiny Jones, spoke to HPS seniors about hard work, failure and perseverance

HPS Austin area Superintendent Gina Gregory with Commencement speaker, Larissa Dávila, founder and CEO of the BCO Consulting Group,

Pamela Powell, Clinical Assistant Professor / Master Teacher at UTeach Austin, speaks to Harmony School of Endeavor's class of 2019 seniors.

Sylvia Butanda, Program Director at Latinitas, spoke to Harmony School of Excellence - Austin graduates.

"I would like to thank my teachers for not only providing me practical knowledge but also shaping the lives of so many students; they realize the potential within each and every one of us, challenge us to be the very best, and help us unlock the potential. With that, I would like to thank Harmony for fostering a safe and pleasant environment for its students to thrive and seek that potential."- Jeff, HSAPf Class of 2019 Valedictorian
"Your potential for success in life is greater than the sum of what others say you can do. Because they don't define you, YOU define who you are." - Fakhri, Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin Class of 2019 Valedictorian
"We will become everything and more as long as we get up over and over again, because we won’t just fail once, but we are capable of success." Amaris, Harmony School of Excellence - Austin Class of 2019 Valedictorian

Harmony Public Schools Austin

HPS Austin Leadership Team

Left to Right: Ozan Doganay, M.Ed. - Director of Engagement and Talent | Allanur Agaberdiyev, M. Ed. - Director of Academics | Clarissa Davila - Director of Public Relations | Gina Gregory, M.Ed. - Austin Area Superintendent | Dustin Cox, MBA - Director of External Relations | Toraman Yayla, M.Ed. - Director of Operations | (Not Pictured) Robert Navarro - Director of Finance
HPS Austin District Office - 13415 Fm 620 N Austin, Texas 78717

HPS Austin schools

Engin Dogan, M.Ed 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

Waylon Stengler, 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

Mehmet Subas, M.Ed. Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

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

Agil Sharifov M.Ed. M.A 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


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