November 2015
In This Issue
Faces of Harmony
Talitha Alexander, Principal

My experience at Harmony Public Schools started in 2004 in Austin, as a teacher at Harmony Science Academy. I taught Physical Education and Health to sixth through twelfth graders. There are a lot of things I love about my job, but if I had to pick one thing, it would be making a difference in my student's lives. My hope is that I have established a safe, caring, and fun learning environment for our students, staff and parents.

Angelina Tran, Alumna
Harmony Science Academy
Houston, Class of 2006

When asked by Harmony Staff how to best succeed in college, Angelina Tran stated that maintaning a healthy study-life balance is the best recipe for success. Classes, of course, are a top priority but don't burn yourself out by stressing out about grades.

Tran attended Rice University for her Bachelor of Science and University of Incarnate Word for her Doctorate; She is currently a staff optometrist at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Houston.
Video of the Month
This month, we are spotlighting our students volunteer efforts in the "Character Matters" Video, as a reminder of the Fifth Annual Public Servant Appreciation Breakfast on November 12, 2015. This year's theme will be "Keeping Our Community Green".  Mark your calendar!
We've Got Talent Contest 

Laredo Christmas For All, a non­profit organization, hosted a "Yes, We've Got Talent" concert in which Harmony Science Academy Laredo's middle school cheerleading squad participated. The ladies competed against several other groups, such as musicians, dancers, models, painters, etc. HSA­Laredo's cheerleading squad received a recognition plaque for participating in the event. 
 Chicas Academy Visits El Paso

Harmony Science Academy - El Paso hosted the Latinitas- Chica Power Academy. Latinitas is a non-profit organization  that encourages girls (ages 10-17) to develop leadership skills, boost self-esteem, connect with female role models and further their education.  HSA female students were presented with a workshop focused on empowering them in their post-grade school careers and boosting their confidence. 
Harmony Meets FIRST Accountability Ratings 
 Harmony Public Schools (HPS) was recently recognized by the TEA (Texas Education Agency) for receiving the required 30 points in each of the 10 HPS districts. While the requirements were finalized this year, and will require next year for all schools to reach a 100 points, Harmony seems primed to meet the requirement. Please join us in congratulating the 10 districts on this accomplishment. 
Harmony  Participates in Read Across The Globe 
Several of our campuses joined in the record-breaking reading attempts on Monday, October 19th. Volunteers and staff enjoyed a 30-minute reading session with hundreds of our own Harmony Students, while other children across the globe were being read to at the exact same time!  To view Harmony tweets and photos from Read Across The Globe, click here
HSA- West Houston Wins First Place in Festival
 In Katy, businesses, schools and neighbors come together once a year to celebrate the city's rich tradition of rice harvesting.  The occasion is marked with a parade through the streets of town. This year, our very own Harmony Science Academy -West Houston won first place in the school division for its creative decorations and costumes.  
Harmony Hosts Grand Openings Across the State
Harmony School of Achievement in Houston recently celebrated their grand opening on October 29. The new school is a great addition to the area and has already made friends with local businesses.  For more from this campus, click here. 

In San Antonio, Harmony School of Excellence opened on October 17. The official red ribbon cutting ceremony marks the inaugural year for the San Antonio based campus comprising of 550 students grades K-5th. During the ceremony, attendees were met with moving speeches and remarks from Ms. Bambi Teaff, the campus principal.
Harmony Presents at Fort Bend Chamber 
 One of Harmony's Communications and Outreach Directors, Anh Duong, presented a Harmony 101 session to the Fort Bend Leadership Forum last month. The presentation was an educational oppportunity to inform community business leaders about Harmony Public Schools and all of HPS's work with students. The session was well received and led to lots of interest and discussion from attendees. 
HSA Laredo Attends Environmental Summit 
On October 8, 2015 -  Harmony Science Academy Laredo's AP Biology students instructed  by Ms. S.Halfhill, visited TAMIU (Texas A&M International University) to attend the 6th Annual Laredo Environmental Summit.  The students had the chance to meet several key speakers who strongly advocate for the environment, as well as well-known community leaders, such as Pete Saenz, City of Laredo Mayor and John Metz, from the National Weather Service, as well as several others. The speakers spoke about keeping Laredo, Texas beautiful, and the carbon footprint we're leaving behind.
Harmony Brownsville Girls Attend Girls World Expo
Harmony Brownsville High School girls were invited to participate in the first ever Girls World Expo held in Harlingen, Texas. Girls World Expo is a one day event held around the country where girls sign up and attend workshops and seminars. 

Harmony Brownsville was invited to set up a booth and present to girls involved in STEM. The girls demonstrated various projects and provided information about their program and Harmony to a wide number of attendees.

Bryan Shows Appreciation for Officers 
Showing gratitude to those who serve  in our communites is important.  To show their appreciation to Bryan Police Department and College Station Police Department, students Elianni C., Evaristo D., and India D. accompanied by Mr. Hunt and Mrs. Crow visited each department on Tuesday, October 21, bringing baked treats and notes of thanks.

While at the police stations, students viewed displays of historical artifacts and other items related to the history and current events happening in each department. They were also able to meet officers from each department.
Harmony Participates in United Nations Gala
Three students from the Harmony School of Excellence - Houston were invited to participate in the United Nations Gala on Oct. 21, 2015. Those selected opened the ceremony and welcomed guests in their native language and clothing. This is the second year HSE Students have been invited by the United Nations to participate in this event. 

The Gala was held at The Junior League of Houston to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the 
United Nations with her Excellency Ambassador Cynthia Perry and the Hon. Teta Banks among many other distinguished guests. Miss Puerto Rico shared the stage with our students during their opening remarks. 
Anyone Can Learn Code!
Computer Science is an important "21st Century" skill for Harmony students to learn for their future careers. So, Mr. Torbey and Ms. Dalgic in Austin have been teaching HTML, CSS, Scratch, Game Design, and Javascript to students.  Mr. Torbey is offering a club to fifth graders and students in ninth through twelfth grade can take Ms. Dalgic's elective class. This offering was made available to students because of Harmony's partnership with community supporters such as the KLE Foundation. 
Reigne, one of Ms. Dalgic's students says, "For me this course is always quite fun. We get to learn many different things about coding that have magnificant outcomes. This course meets the needs of students who are looking for a challenge, while at the same time having fun and learning."
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