Harmony Making History DFW District Vol IV

We had a great Black History Month! Our students and staff prepared an amazing assembly on February 25th in which we had CEO and Founder of Written Vision Entertainment Jimmel Scott. Our students and parents were able to enjoy an assembly full of motivation and reflection of the civil rights movement. Mr. Williams and his MathCounts team competed last weekend February 25th at UT Arlington. Sara K. and Avi U. placed in top 10 among 81 students! Our students also participated in high-school UIL competition this February 25th, final results are waiting!

On March 22nd, students of the month for the month of February had delicious breakfast with our school Principal, Mr. Altiyev. Congratulations to the students recognized! Keep up the great work!

Two students, Wafiqah Z. and Sarra K., from Harmony Science Academy Euless went down to San Antonio the weekend of March 31st to participate in the State Science Fair. These two brilliant students were sent down to participate after winning at the Fort Worth Regional Science Fair that took place at the University of Texas at Arlington. Wafiqah came back home with Second place at the Junior Division for Physical Sciences in the category of Chemistry and will be advancing to the National Science and Engineering Fair. Sarra K. qualified for Broadcom MASTERS.

One senior student, Meghan, received some exciting news March 28th. Meghan is accepted into Ivy League University Rice. She along with classmates and staff are excited and thrilled for this opportunity for our student.

HSB students enjoyed the District Language Olympiad.

Congressional Award Winners

The Congressional Award Foundation's Texas Statewide Ceremony was held on April 8, 2017 at SMU (Southwestern Methodist University) with the special guest congresswoman The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson. There were total 8 gold medalists in all of Texas. Two out of the eight were from our school, Ruveyda Karaca, a senior student and Almaas Khan, a junior student from HSB. Along with them one of seniors, Selim Gezgin got a bronze medal. Their mentor was HSB high school counselor, Mr. Mustafa Karaca.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson with Congressional Award Winners

We are incredibly proud of their dedication to excellence. A gold medal requires students to have minimum 400 hours of voluntary service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and 4 Nights / 5 Days Exploration or Expedition within a minimum 24 months duration. HSB Principal Tunca, High School Lead Counselor, Mr. Volkan Kaya and Mr. Mustafa Karaca were proud to represent Harmony at the ceremony.

Congratulations to our Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners Victoria F. -7th grade got a honorable mention and best engineering project. Victoria also got acceptance from HSEF. James A. 8th grade got honorable mention from DRSEF. Lai H. 7th grade got acceptance from HSEF Thank you Mr Ilhan, Ms. Homoud, Mrs, Ibarra, Mr. Goodson, and Ms. Ibrahim for mentoring our talented students. We also had a group of students competed in their first Rubik Cube Competition in Texas. Each student raced to solve a cube in a solo round, and as a team to solve 25 cubes. As a team they solved 25 cubes in just 6 minutes and 37 seconds. Placing ten of our Harmony students at this competition.

HSEF Winners from Nature

Seniors enjoyed a wonderful picnic hosted by our High School teachers and counselors at a local park. Food, fun and games outside of school are always a treat. GT students and parents enjoyed a nice breakfast with Mrs. Ibarra for the GT Visioneering Winners.

GT Breakfast

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

HS Nature 6th graders are having a fun and a great time while exploring the outdoor classrooms.

6th grade at Sky Ranch

HSA Carrollton State Science Fair Winners

Nikhil Thomas - 1st Place Systems Software Learning Rubiks cube solver Esha Patel - 2nd Place Plant Sciences Hydroponics Rohit Rao - 1st Place Biomedical and health sciences Dealing with Diabetes: Creating an Artificial Pancreas Thu Le - 2nd Place Materials Science Absorption of Radiant energy

Harmony Public School's CEO, Dr. Tarim joined us for #HarmonyOnTheHill at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, March 9th.

Dr. Tarim visiting our elected officials with us at Harmony on the Hill

Congratulations! Ivan R. scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in our region. Ivan will be invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Ivan R. scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in our region.

Congratulations to Nikhil Thomas! Nikhil T. received 3rd place award in the category of Systems Software

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!

HSA Students visited Target

Mrs. Younger arranged for HSAGP to have a wonderful Read Across America event that included community members to read to K-2 classes. After they were visited by law enforcement in their classes they were treated to a fun event in the gym . They rotated to different stations that included many fun activities that celebrated Dr. Seuss and his birthday. The volunteers, staff and parents all joined in the celebration and had a wonderful time.

Dr. Seuss Day with Ms. Younger

Harmony parents joined us at Harmony on the Hill March 9th to support our schools. GP celebrated our monthly PRS party, hosted by Mrs. Knapp our principal. GT students attended girls day in Austin at the University of Texas.

Grandparents visited our school to have snacks with their grandchildren and watch an amazing presentation by Mrs. Younger's 7th grade students. After snack with our students all parties were lead to the book fair that our wonderful librarian Ms. Snyder has helped showcase.

To Support Autism Awareness all students are encouraged to wear a blue shirt and jeans Monday,April 3rd in support of Autism awareness day. Every year World Autism Awareness Day organizations around the country celebrate with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. HSAGP is excited to be a part of something special to show their participation in such a glorified day!

Ms. Riley and Mrs. Wanzer successfully raised money to help the girls soccer team purchase balls, uniforms and tournament fees. The Naviance program is being implemented to help the 8th graders create an academic high school and college plan for the future.

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.

Mr. Terrence Southern, a robotics engineer for GE and president and founder of Illuminate STEM, spoke to the 7th and 9th graders about all the possibilities available in the robotics field. Some students even got of challenge a robot in a Rubix Cube showdown. Mr. Montejo and 3 students traveled to Houston to compete in the H-SEF and hopefully will secure a spot in I-SWEEP!

HSI continues to offer school tours to newly admitted or interested families. Harmony parents attended the Harmony on the Hill Day in Austin and met with local representatives. HSI participated in the Language Olympiad held at HSA Garland.

Harmony on the Hill with Rep. Cindy Burkett

Mr. Montejo was named Harmony School of Innovation's Teacher of the Year. HSI kicked off their own Olympics with teams competing in volleyball, soccer and basketball. The Spring Scholastic Book Fair has been in the library all week.

The engineering students worked on their solar cars in preparation for the Earth Day TX event. We wish Zane well with his upcoming Presidential Scholarship interview at SMU. The Juniors took the SAT on Wednesday free of charge!

Seniors Jonathan, Ethan and Brandon were recognized by Mayor Athas at the Garland CIty Council Meeting for their LSBCM project advancing to I-SWEEEP.
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.

Fox SW Reporter, Kaime Stroot, and photographer were at HSI-FW today to shoot footage for their upcoming online contest. 2nd grade HSA teacher, Jermeka Miller was January Teacher of the Month and 8th grade HSI Math Teacher, Jonathan Vallejo, was named February’s Teacher of the Month both by the Dallas Mavericks Classroom Champions. This makes both of these super star teachers eligible for Teacher of the Year. Videos from today will air on the Jumbotron at upcoming Mavs games The winner will receive $1000 for themselves, $1000 for their school. Harmony thanks the Dallas Mavericks and UPS for recognizing great teachers! Voting details coming soon!

HSI-FW 6th grader, Abraham V., placed 1st in Learning Ally’s Great Reading Games. In this national competition, Abraham read 19,549 pages from January 9 to February 28 and finished as Top Reader in a field of 17,317 students at more than 1,200 schools. HSEF Results are in 3 out of 5 Gold medals went to HSI-FW along with 1 Silver and 2 Honorable Mentions. Science Olympiad Team was also wildly successful with 11 first place, 5 second place, and 5 third place.

Wednesday, March 22nd, HSI-Fort Worth students competed at the 11-AAA District Academic Meet at Sunnyvale High School. These students were faced with the challenge of meeting some pretty lofty expectations left by past graduating classes. They did not disappoint. A fairly new batch of UIL competitors stepped up and continued our tradition of remarkable success. - 10 teams either won the district championship or were runner-up- 5 teams won district championship and will be advancing to Regionals- 20 individuals advancing to Regionals- 8 individual gold medals- 21 individual medals- 43 individuals 'placed'

And...Dean of Academics, Dustin Thomas, presented Learning Ally's top award to Harmony School of Innovation 6th grader, Abraham V. He was awarded a certificate, backpack and a brand new pair of Beats Solo 2 Luxe Edition headphones. He placed 1st and was named Top Reader in The Great Reading Games. This national field was comprised of 17,317 readers. As a school, HSI-FW placed 55th out of over 1,200 competitors. The school and his teacher were presented a gift card by Learning Ally for their encouragement and participation of the program.

Abraham V. with AP Thomas receiving recognition.

"Speak Up, Speak Out! HSI-FW teacher Mrs. Anna Barrett, shows off her 6th graders as they prepare for the Speak Up, Speak Out Civics Fair. Jessica Cung, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at TCU, was the March Speaker at our Senior Luncheon Series. HSI-FW's National Junior Honor Society has joined forces with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in raising money to fight blood cancers. Our students are making a difference in helping save the lives of blood cancer patients! Look for their donation collection boxes around campus. Be Amazing! Collect Change and Save Lives!

"Texas Science & Engineering Fair Results are In! HSI-FW's students are among best in the state! State Champion & First Place Winner Ruhani Ahluwalia Junior Division - Life Sciences In the category of CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY Third Place Rajveer Sagoo Junior Division - Physical Sciences In the category of ENGINEERING MECHANICS We are so proud of all 19 students who advanced. HSI qualified a record number of participants for the state competition!


Today is a very exciting day for Harmony Science Academy-Waco. Today we started construction on the new school. Students, faculty, and parents are very excited. This Saturday we are hosting our annual S.T.E.M festival. S.T.E.M PBL projects, PLTW biomedical projects, engineering and robotics showcase, coding explorations, and artistic explorations.

This week our C.O.C attended the Greater Waco Chamber Celebration banquet. The banquet had over 300 people in attendance. Mr. Meza also did an interview for Noticias, a program that is run by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Our C.O.C also attended an after hour reception for Caritas and Meals on Wheels, he also had a special invitation from a City Council member to attend the Waco Film Festival. Mr. Meza along with a local company is working with actor and producer James Olmos on getting a documentary film, filmed in Waco. The film is about a Hispanic who took a case all the way to the Supreme Court for Civil right.

Harmony's 5 FTC (First Tech Challenge) Robotics teams competed this weekend at Midway High School and went home with 5 trophies! We have one team moving on to Regionals on Feb 25th in Dallas. Team 2927, Cold Steel, won 2nd place Inspire Award, which is the biggest award at each competition - they interview the kids and watch them all day long to judge which is the best overall team... and they also won the PTC design award for their robot design... Error 10657 and 3697 the Devastatorz won 2nd place alliance for their robot performance - Error 10657 has maintained a 1st place position this entire season and lost the very last match due to technical difficulties. Our ladies, 8425, the Divastatorz won the Motivate Award for their evident enthusiasm and hard work and 9485, the Glamastatorz made it to the semifinals and performed very well!

Our Superintendent, Mr. Ay and other Harmony friends surprise Mrs. Caronne who is our DFW District-wide Teacher of the Year 2016-17.

Congrats to Ms. Carrone DFW Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Carrone and Mrs. Rieff attended the Common Sense Education Summit, "Beyond the Gradebook" in San Francisco at the Twitter Headquarters. #WeAreHarmony

Students traveled to the University of Texas @ Austin for Gilrs Day. Our students got a chance to participate in STEM demos and more!

February 27th-March 3rd is Dr. Seuss Week at HSI. Our students were able to dress up on Friday as some adorable Dr. Seuss characters.

March 1st marks 1st year anniversary of the departure of Officer Hofer, some of our campus leaders assisted to his memorial that morning in honor of the fallen Officer. Our students also lined up outside to take a beautiful picture with Officer Hofer's badge number. HSI students donated Doritos for our "Nacho" Ordinary Heroes, our Euless Police Department. Our officers were so glad to have Doritos for them to enjoy.

Our students from grades Kinder-6th brought in their Science Fair Projects for judging Monday, March 20th. HSI-Euless strongly encourages students to learning through hands on activities. Students from all grades gained knowledge by conducting experiments in their areas of interests through their own. Students who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their grade level were invited to participate in the TWU Science Fair that took place April 8th. Of those who competed at the TWU Science Fair, HSI Euless took 4 trophies home. We had two Kindergartners take 1st and 2nd place as well as a third grader and sixth grader take 1st place!

On Thursday Night of March 30th we had our 2nd Grade Showcase. Our 2nd Grade parents enjoyed seeing and hearing what their students have learned throughout the school year. We also had Choir Club and the Xylophone Club come in and perform with our Second Graders.

GT 5th graders go to Houston for a NASA day trip.Science Fair Boards are in! Winners announced next week.

Science Fair Award Ceremonies for K-5, Chocolate Fundraiser Games Truck + Awards, 5th Grade GT returns from NASA

Chuck E. Cheese makes a campus visit to promote the PTO fun fundraiser.

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser!

Mr. Bramlett's 1st grade class won first place in our spring Box Top Rocks contest. His students hauled in over 600 Box Tops. This earned his class an ice cream party!

HSA 6th graders showcased their STEM projects at HSI's STEM Festival on Saturday. Ms. Kazazic took 12 students and parents to Austin for the Girls Engineering Day. School tours were given to new applicant families. Spring pictures and we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Dr. Seuss Day

Ms. Crone was named Harmony Science Academy's Teacher of the Year. HSA hosted the district wide Language Olympiads. HSA gave out their 3rd quarter awards during a ceremony in the gym.

Garland students rocked the STAAR Test! The 2nd grade visited the Dallas World Aquarium. Kindergarten had a field trip to Kidmania!

2nd grade visits Dallas Aquarium

Mr Blair was awarded Classroom Champion from the Dallas Mavericks and UPS Stores. Ms Crone was named Harmony Science Academy's Teacher of the Year. HSA hosted the district wide Language Olympiads. HSA will have their awards ceremonies on Friday.

Mr Blair was selected Dallas Mavericks and UPS Stores Classroom Champion Teacher of the Month for March! Fox Sports Southwest was on campus shooting footage for the upcoming online video competition.

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.

HSA Garland Career Day


Photo credit to DFW Campus Outreach Coordinators

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