June 2015 
In This Issue
Faces of Harmony
Sally Magnuson
Communications Coord.
North Cluster, Houston

Harmony's mission to groom all of our students to not only go to college, but be prepared once they arrive, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our students.  Working on the College Acceptance Day Pep Rally is one of the greatest honors. When those students walk across the stage beaming with excitement, knowing all of their hard work has paid off,  that's the greatest gift they give in return.

Kendra Baldazo 
Alum HSA Braeswood
BA, International Relations 2014 - Tufts University 

I think one of the things that sticks out the most from my experience at Harmony is the bond and community we formed during our time there. There are people that I still keep in touch with and sometimes I meet new Harmonians and we immediately click because we appreciate all of the teachers who have supported us and continue to help us. It's with great pride that I call myself a Harmony alum and I wouldn't trade the experience I had there for anything in the world! 

Kindergartner Wins Scholarship

Maya S.,  An Austin kindergartner, has been awarded a highly competitive Texas Association of Gifted and Talented summer scholarship. She was one of 40 recipients chosen out of over 300 applications received. With the scholarship, she will attend Summer Wonders, a private summer program for gifted and talented (GT) students. 
Elementary Engineers

Sixteen third graders in Robotics Club at HSA Fort Worth competed in the Harmony Robotics Competition in Euless and brought back four awards including 1st and 2nd place! 

#HighExpectations begin in elementary school for our students, and we are proud of our young engineers! 
Duke TIP Program 

Eligibility is an honor! Joaquin C. has been invited to apply for the Duke University Talent Identification Program for his outstanding performance on the SAT or ACT test. He is one of the top 5% academically talented students in the seventh grade. This program is a unique learning experience designed to motivate and challenge academically gifted students.  Read more about the program.
$14.4 Million in College Scholarships & Growing!

The proof is in the numbers. Just look at what our students received in scholarship dollars for the 2014-
2015 school year. So far students have received an impressive 14M, and that number is growing.
Congratulations to the class of 2015! We salute you and will continue to support you, as you all reach for the stars.
State Champions

The Odyssey of the Mind team won 1st place at regionals last month and then, again, won 1st place at the State Championship! Working diligently for the past 8 months, they are now moving on to World Finals which will take place next month at Michigan State University. Read more...
2015 College Acceptance Day Pep Rallies 
College acceptance is a huge milestone for students. Many of them may be first generation attendees. This, in addition to our high standards of excellence and success, makes it possible for Harmony to continue to have a 100% college acceptance rate. Joined by friends, family, teachers, and administration, last week our students announced for the first time which school they will attend this fall. You can see a round-up of tweets from the event here
Robotics Team Finishes Top 1% World-Wide

The MoHawk Elite robotics team from Advancement in Houston finished the year in the top 1% of FTC robotics teams from 15 different countries ranking 23 out of 4,450. MoHawk Orange team from Advancement also finished in the top 2% with an impressive 76 out of 4,450 ranking. What a way to finish the year! Read more...
Taking on California Harmony Style

Austin-area students embarked on a trip to the Channel Islands National Park in California where they hiked, conducted hands-on research, built leadership skills and explored the deepest sea cave in North America. The adventure, organized through NatureBridge, an educational partner of the National Park Service, enhanced a plethora of science concepts and students learned just as much about themselves, as they did about the Earth in which we live. 
Barbara Bush Foundation - Teen Trendsetters

Harmony Public Schools has teamed up with the Barbara Bush Foundation to bring a reading and mentoring program, the Teen Trendsetters,  to young readers. Eight Harmony campuses debuted the program this year with over 100 young readers and mentors. Read more...
Explore the Atmosphere with Harmony  

Talk about #HighExpectations! How about 85,000 feet high? Recently students at Harmony - Lubbock flew a very high-tech weather balloon and gathered such significant data that StratoStar, the company who sold the equipment, has graciously offered to replace the balloon after it was lost mid-mission. Even KLBK News got involved in the lost balloon saga, running a story to help locate it. Watch the story here!  Read more..
Exemplary Leadership Awarded to Laredo Student

Yazmin J. earned an esteemed Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America for Read, Play, Love - an original work focused on access to reading and safe play for children in Laredo.  As stated in Laredo Morning Times, "Earning the Girl Scout Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all of its forms" said Lea Peacock, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Greater Texas.

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