CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018-2019 DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
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
STEM 4 All
HARMONY IN THE SKIES
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! 🚀
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)
SHARK TEETH, TURTLES, AND SQUIDS, OH MY!
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
REAL WORLD ECONOMICS
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 Día de la Madres celebration.
HPS Austin Celebrates Student Success
KHALID'S STORY: FINDING MY PASSION FOR ENGINEERING
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.
HPS AUSTIN STUDENTS BRING THE MAGIC OF LEMONADE TO FRANKLIN BARBECUE
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.
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
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