HPS Austin Celebrates Black History Month
Throughout Black History Month in February, Harmony Public Schools Austin honors the exceptional achievements and incredible sacrifices of those who came before us in the fight for equality for all. See how the district celebrated this month!
The student-led Afro-American Society of Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville hosted the 2nd Annual 2019 Black History Month Program. Students showcased prominent black figures and performed traditional and modern African dances, songs, and student-written poetry.
YOUTH CODE JAM ATX
A group of Harmony Austin families met at the new Austin Central Library on February 2nd to attend a free, community-wide STEM event, YOUTH CODE JAM ATX! Sponsored by The KLE Foundation and Google Fiber, students were able to visit a variety of interactive stations that inspired creativity as well as a curiosity in computer science. Some stations included virtual reality, game and website design, scratch game design and self-driving cars.
Check out the video to see all the action and to hear why Ms. Angela Tackett, Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park technology teacher, encouraged her students to attend the event.
HELLO WORLD STUDIOS
Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park welcomed Hello World Studio to their 5th grade Technology class! Sponsored by RetailMeNot, students are working with programming languages for web development this semester. “Students are learning the importance of typing and the coding skills we use to create the most popular websites on the internet,” said Ms. Angela Tackett, HSACP Technology teacher. “The instructors are patient and they are encouraging independence and attention to detail.” The Harmony 5th grade web developers-in-training will be able to showcase their projects at Google Austin on Saturday, March 30th. Thank you Hello World Studio and RetailMeNot for the opportunity!
“When children can see, hear, touch, and smell things first hand, they leave a mark much deeper than anything they could learn in the classroom. Nature, in fact, is the ideal classroom for so many reasons. Students can truly see and understand what is being taught, they make a connection and become more invested in their learning,” said Jessica Scott, HSE-Austin teacher.
“At multiple points there are those 'ah-ha' moments where students make a deep connection to nature and start to really understand the content. Sometimes, this is forest ecology, marine biology, stewardship for the environment and how we’re all connected. No matter when it happens, it’s a beautiful, proud moment for all involved. You can see kids falling in love with the world around them and this is what builds life-long learners and stewards of the earth.”
In February over the course of three weekly sessions, 2nd grade students in Austin’s Harmony Science Academy and Harmony School of Innovation had special guests from the Austin Community College’s Department of Dental Hygiene to teach them about the importance of oral health. Ms. Shurron Miller and Ms. Megan Westphal’s 2nd grade students learned about the lasting effects that processed sugar can have on teeth, how to properly brush and care for their mouth on a daily basis and about healthy foods to eat for their teeth. “It’s important to us to come out into our community to make sure they get a better understanding of how to care for their teeth,” said Stacey, one of the ACC Dental Hygiene students visiting Harmony. “We hope that they walk away with just a little bit more education on the importance of taking care of their mouths so that they can lead healthy lives. Hopefully we make a difference and have a positive impact on the kids.”
ST. DAVID'S FOUNDATION PROMOTES ORAL CARE
The St. David’s Foundation Dental program visited Harmony School of Science - Austin during Children's Dental Health Month to share with students the importance of preventing cavities. Students also received a free goodie bag of oral care items such as floss, toothpaste, and a brand new toothbrush.
“I hope the students and teachers feel that there’s always someone in the community looking out for them. We’re here for them. I hope it just raises their spirits and that it encourages them to one day want to be able to help out and give back to their communities.” - Andres Garcia, UT Project Tools Lead
Over 85 volunteers came to our campus to help address some of its needs. Thank you all for your hard work! Thank you to our wonderful UT Project On Site Crew: Moselle Rodriguez, Andres Garcia, Katelyn Ashok, Maria Maynard, and Nicholas Firestone for being such a great team!
HARMONY CONNECTS WITH LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS
Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville College Readiness and Leadership Program students along with the campus Chess Club visited a local Pflugerville community assisted living home. Students spent time chatting, playing games and spending quality time with senior citizens.
NJHS VOLUNTEER AT ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN
On Sunday, February 17th, several members of Harmony Science Academy - Austin National Junior Honor Society spent a whimsical afternoon volunteering their time at the Zilker Botanical Garden for their Beloved Faerie Tea Party event. HSA-A students and their teacher sponsor, Ms. Abby DeShazo, assisted in serving tea, juice, miniature cakes, and fruit to a few faeries-in-training set to explore the gardens at Zilker. As part of NJHS, students have to meet a certain number of service hours by volunteering in the community. Ms. DeShazo researches and finds many opportunities for NJHS students to complete these hours alongside her. Thank you for your commitment to not only your students but to the community as well.
HPS Austin Celebrates Student Success
HARMONY ART STUDENTS SHINE AT VASE COMPETITION
Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville high school students competed in the Texas Art Education Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) this February and brought home 12 medals! “I’m proud to say our students did very well and I am beyond proud of them! Out of 18 school districts, 31 schools, 81 teachers and 1445 entries, only 118 pieces advanced to state VASE!” said Mrs. Andrea Rogers, Art teacher at HSAPf. 2 MEDALS: Diego A., Vivian M., Emely M., Shaiza G.; 1 MEDAL: Pearl T., Brian D., Cihan R.
Shaiza G., HSAPf 11th grade student, advanced to State VASE competition in April for her piece titled Time Travel. We are #HarmonyProud of her and wish her the best of luck!
HPS Austin Promotes a Love of Learning
UIL ACADEMIC COMPETITION AT HARMONY AUSTIN
On February 2nd, Harmony School of Science - Austin welcomed several Harmony campuses from across Central and South Texas for the Harmony Public Schools District UIL Competition. Competing campuses this year included Harmony School of Excellence - Austin, Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville, and Harmony School of Innovation - Laredo.Students from elementary and middle school were able to test their academic skills in various categories like Chess, Ready Writing, Listening Skills, Number Sense, Oral Reading, Science, Spelling, Math, and Art.
GUEST SPEAKER ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO SAY YES TO SUCCESS
Middle school students in the College Readiness and Leadership Program at Harmony Science Academy - Austin had a special guest speaker from Latinitas, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage young girls between the ages of 9-18 to enter the media and technology sectors. Ms. Sylvia Butanda, the Program Director for the Austin extension of Latinitas, spoke about the strength that can be found in leadership, the benefits in helping out your local community, and the empowerment that comes when you say ‘yes’ to new opportunities. Apart from discussing her academic background and about her college experiences, Ms. Butanda also encouraged students to seek out their passion in life as this could be a great way to find out what kind of life they envision for themselves.
“Find what you want to do in life and let that lead you. Don’t close yourself off to opportunities because it's new or scary. Say yes to all the different opportunities that will come to you. I said yes to everything I could and that opened up doors to so many opportunities to meet new people and to make new connections in my life. Don’t be afraid to say yes.”
For the last six years, Dove Springs Proud, a community group of committed Dove Springs alumni and residents, have celebrated individuals and organizations who, through their unwavering dedication, have helped to improve the community of Dove Springs. On Thursday, February 7, the Dove Springs Proud 6th Annual Award Ceremony celebrated Mrs. Christel Sullivan, the High School Dean of Students at Harmony School of Excellence - Austin. President and Founder of Dove Springs Proud, Ricardo Zavala, presented the award to Mrs. Sullivan for her proven history of going above and beyond when working for DPS to serve the youth and residents of Dove Springs.
“I am so incredibly touched by this recognition as it truly is a privilege to work in the Dove Springs community. Though I only work in the Dove Springs area, the countless community events Mr. Zavala and DPS host for all Dove Springs families makes me feel at home. It is an honor to work alongside our amazing Harmony staff, who like me, are dedicated in helping our Dove Springs students succeed in life. I am so lucky that Harmony has given me the opportunity to find such a fulfilling experience through our mission and core values. Thank you Dove Springs Proud for this recognition!”
Mrs. Christel Sullivan graduated Cum Laude from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) with a Bachelors in International Relations and Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in International Law. She is currently pursuing her second masters in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. After teaching Social Studies for 2 years in Mexico, Mrs. Sullivan moved to Austin and started her career with at Harmony School of Excellence - Austin. During her time with Harmony, Mrs. Sullivan has served as a Spanish teacher, Spanish District Department Head, Activity and Outreach Coordinator, and Head Counselor. She currently serves as the High School Assistant Principal of Students.
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