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Harmony Celebrates End of School with STEM Festival

May 19, 2015 | San Antonio, TX

Harmony School of Innovation - San Antonio concluded 2014-2015 school year with an amazing STEM festival run by its students. Parents and community members enjoyed student exhibits and presentations and learned so much about fun scientific principles from Harmony students. Faculty and administration at HSI-San Antonio showed their communities that high level engagement and deeper learning is possible even during the last week of school! Please watch the video from this STEM festival.

Harmony Students Explore the Atmosphere Near Space

May 18, 2015 | Lubbock, TX

Last March, Harmony students took their passion for science and engineering to new heights with Harmony Near Space Project, launching a high altiude weather balloon to collect live data about atmospheric conditions. However, due to extreme winds the first payload was lost after an 8-hour chase which ended up around 200 miles outside of city of Lubbock, TX. Thanks to the local TV broadcast, the equipment company generously donated replacement components. After a successful launch and chase, Tigers were able to retrieve this awesome picture and much more from 100,000 ft above small farming town Crosbyton, TX. 
Visit Facebook page for Harmony Near Space Project.
See local media news coverages from earlier missions: Mission 1 & Mission 2.
Watch the video from the final mission launch.

Newsweek Releases 2015 High School Rankings

Harmony Science Academy – Houston has been named one of America's top high schools in Newsweek's 2015 High School Rankings.

To learn about this achievement, please see the Newsweek High School Rankings, 2015.
As over 16,000 schools were considered for the rankings, this is an impressive achievement for HSA. Our faculty, staff and students have every reason to be proud. We invite you to share this accomplishment with your school, and encourage you to continue to reach for the stars. At Harmony, excellence is our standard, and it is because of our dedicated students and staff that accomplishments like this are possible.

Harmony Connects Alumni to STEM Workforce

August 8, 2015 | Houston, TX

On Saturday, August 8th, 25 Harmony alumni showed up at HPS Central Office in business professional attire to attend a very unique leadership development program that prepares them for their career options and the workplace. Harmony partnered with INROADS and brought in corporate leaders from Shell to deliver a candidate prep session for college students. The goal of the program is to teach students the expectation of corporate and business world, coach them in critical job related soft skills, as well as assist them with resume writing and interview skills. HPS alumni spent an entire Saturday morning learning about internship opportunities in prestigious companies and how INROADS can help them be placed into those paid position that often lead to full time employment after graduation. Students also went through a mock interview process in the afternoon conducted by actual company managers and directors who are in charge of hiring personnel in their organizations. All HPS alumni concluded the day by completing their online applications to be included in INROADS candidate database. It was noted that many Harmony alumni attending this wonderful program were freshmen and sophomores majoring primarily in engineering, computer science, business administration, and finance.

100% College Acceptance with $14.4 Million in Scholarships and Growing

The proof is in the numbers. Just look at what our 2014-2015 graduates received in scholarship dollars to go towards college tuition as students begin their college careers in the fall of 2015. So far students have received an impressive 14M, and that number is growing. Scholarships received came from such prestigious schools as Stanford, University of Texas and Baylor University. A great number of our students received enough tuition dollars to cover their four years of college, entirely.
Click here to see a list of all scholarships awarded thus far.  
Congratulations to the class of 2015! We salute you and will continue to support you, as you all reach for the stars. Click below video to see Harmony's most recent college pep rally at Rice University.

Harmony Teens Set the Trends in Scientific Reading

Harmony Public Schools has teamed up with the Barbara Bush Foundation to bring the Teen Trendsetters, a reading and mentoring program, to young readers and teens. Eight Harmony campuses debuted the program this year with over 100 young readers, their mentors participating. The program, founded in Florida in 2002, focuses on pairing middle school and high school students with students in the first through third grades. During each weekly meeting, they spend time working through the provided Brainstorm science-focused curriculum which was created by Scholastic in partnership with the foundation. In addition to the one-on-one reading time, the young readers get to take home a free book each week in order to build their home library. They can receive up to 16 free books during the course of the program year.

Some of the program mentors have even received awards from the Barbara Bush Foundation.  Donovan, a 6th grade mentor from HSA-Grand Prairie, and Esmerelda, a 7th grade mentor from Harmony School of Business in Dallas, both received the Excellence and Service award for their positive contributions to the Teen Trendsetters program on their campus.  Additionally, Rodica Burac, Teen Trendsetters Program Coordinator for Harmony School of Nature and ESL teacher was nominated by the foundation for the Fort Worth, Texas magazine Top Teacher award.

Harmony Teens Set the Trends in Scientific Reading

Harmony is excited to announce an amazing opportunity to participate in breaking a Guinness World Record!  Nine Houston-area Harmony elementary schools will participate in Read Across the Globe which will take place on October 19th, 2015.  Read Across the Globe is an initiative which began with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Points of the Light Foundation.  The goal is to have over 300,000 children around the globe read to in a 24 hour period. Several districts all across Houston are participating with us including Houston, Cy-Fair, Katy and Alief, as well as school districts from New York to California and even overseas in Beijing and Europe.

We are recruiting community members to participate in this event and serve as “the witness” in any of our participating schools in the Houston area. Individuals in the witness role will have to be not affiliated with Harmony and their main focus will be to witness and/or authenticate attendance. Please email if you are interested in volunteering as a witness.

High Expectations for 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! High expectations begin in elementary school for our students, and we are proud of our young engineers!

Learning Expedition in California

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.
Stay tuned for the 2015-16 science adventure destination! Planning is already underway for the next excursion.

Case Study Features Harmony in College Textbook

A recently published textbook titled “Examining Response to Intervention (RTI) Models In Secondary Education” features Harmony Public Schools in one of its chapters as a case study. The chapter focuses on adaptive learning technologies that are trending across the U.S. for blended learning programs especially to provide data-rich intervention methods and flexible grouping to support and elevate instruction in middle and high schools. Harmony was a natural fit to be presented as a pioneer in this area due to our custom day design and technology-rich, personalized learning environments established through Race to the Top – District program. The textbook has collectively been written by various education professors and researchers from different higher education institutes and is currently being taught in education courses for preservice teachers. We would like to thank Dr. Mary Curtis of University of Texas at Brownsville for visiting Harmony Science Academy – Brownsville to see our programs in action and taking the time to interview our campus/district leaders and students that contributed to her chapter “Assistive Technology as Instructional Support for Response to Intervention.”

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