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Issue: 6
April 2011
In This Issue
Triple Crown
World Qualifiers
MoHawk Warriors
I-SWEEEP
ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil II
Mohawk Warriors
UTEP Moot Court
Online Math League
Duke Talent
State Qualification
Job Fair
Mayor Parker
Storyteller
Leadership Camp
Dallas Seniors
Anastasia
Trey
Japan Consulate
Harmony Chorale
Twitter
Mayoral Candidate
National Poetry Month
El Paso Times
My Fox Austin
Youtube
Brain Teaser
Follow-up Links

 Triple Crown in Top 100!   

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Three Harmony high schools (Houston, Dallas and Austin) have been ranked among the Top 100 High Schools out of 1,145 high schools (including private, magnet, public and charter schools) in the state of Texas. The study was conducted by Children at Risk and the whole story was published on the Texas Tribune. 

 

Harmony Science Academy Houston, with 80.8 % economically disadvantaged student profile, has been ranked 9th in Houston and 28th in Texas.

 

Harmony Science Academy Dallas, with 79.9 % economically disadvantaged student profile, has been ranked 14th in Dallas and 40th in Texas.

 

Harmony Science Academy Austin, with 73.5 % economically disadvantaged student profile, has been ranked 3rd in Central Texas and 70th in Texas.

 

These high schools are also ranked 5th, 7th and 8th among all charter schools in the state of Texas. 

 

Also, two of the Harmony Middle Schools (Harmony Science Academy Waco and Harmony School of Science Austin) have been ranked in Top 100 (95 and 97 respectively) out of 1,793 middle schools in the state of Texas.

 

You can take a look at the whole data here.

World Qualifiers!

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Harmony Science Academy Bryan/College Station is pleased to announce that their Odyssey of the Mind team earned the 3rd place and medals at the Texas State Odyssey of the Mind tournament, held in Houston on April 16th, and qualified to compete in the World Finals this May at the University of Maryland!

The team of six 8th graders and one 9th grader competed against other high school teams from across the state.

read more . . .

The students had the honor of receiving their trophy from Dr. Sam Micklus, founder of the Odyssey of the Mind program. He was a special guest of the Texas Odyssey of the Mind state competition.

 

MoHawk Warriors: Double Champions

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MoHawk Warriors, robotics team of HSA Advancement, competed both at Houston Area FTC Robotics Tournament and Central Texas First Tech Challenge Tournament and became Houston and Central Texas Champion respectively. In Houston tournament, they were ahead of 25 teams.

 

As a result of this accomplishment, MoHawk Warriors were also offered a summer internship at NASA.

 

MoHawk Warriors got Best Design Award as well

 

Click here and here for the pictures of both tournaments.


It is I-SWEEEP Time! 

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Houston will again be home to the fourth I-SWEEEP on May 4-9, 2011 at George R. Brown Convention Center.

 

I-SWEEEP, the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, and Environment) Project Olympiad, is a groundbreaking science fair open to middle and high school students. The contest aims to create an educational platform for young researchers where they present their innovative projects to take on today's challenges in energy, engineering, and environment.

  

I-SWEEEP 2010 brought 470 top projects from 70 countries and 43 U.S. states to Houston. Houston will again be home to the fourth I-SWEEEP in May 4-9, 2011 at George R. Brown Convention Center.

 

Here is the schedule of the events at I-SWEEEP.


Admission is free to I-SWEEEP! See the Public Day details


First Place at ExxonMobil

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1,100 brilliant minds across the state gathered in San Antonio for the 25th Annual ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on March 31-April 3. The Fair, hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio and sponsored by ExxonMobil, recognized the outstanding achievements of Texas' brightest young scientists.

 

Sophomore Paul Huron from Harmony Science Academy San Antonio won the following awards at the 2011 Exxon-Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair in Senior Engineering Division:

 

1st Place Senior Division Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical

U.S. Air Force Special Award

 

Scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Arlington Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy

 

ExxonMobil Feats: Part II 

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Four of Harmony Science Academy-Laredo students participated in the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair on April 2, 2011 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center-San Antonio, TX. 

 

7th grade student Ayeesha recieved the following awards this weekend at the Exxon Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

*** First Place in Engineering Materials and Bioengineering.

*** Special Award from "Office of Naval Research" of The United States Navy.

*** Broadcom Masters Special Award from Society for Science & the Public. Nominated to compete at the National Competition.

First Place in Canyon

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HSI-El Paso students participated in Science Olympiad competition on April 9 at West A&M University in Canyon, TX.

 

In middle school category, 22 students represented our school in the competition in 10 different categories. Harmony students won seven 1st place, five 2nd place and three 3rd place and placed FIRST and SECOND in the Middle School Category.

 

In high school category, 8 students also competed in 10 different categories and won six 1st place and three 2nd place and placed FIRST in the High School Category.

Both Middle and High School teams qualified to Statewide Science Olympiads which will be held on May 6 and 7 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. 

 UTEP Moot Court Winners 

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Harmony Science Academy El Paso high school students participated in UTEP's 2nd annual Law School Preparation Institute Moot Trial on April 9th 2011. As first timers, Harmony students prepared a case study that was accepted by the Supreme Court, and will be debated in the highest court system in the United States.

 

This year's case was California (petitioners) v. Video Games (respondents), the law that California passed to prevent teenagers from buying violent video games without their parents consent.

 

After weeks of preparation, El Paso students performed outstandingly with four teams as the petitioners and four teams as the respondents. UTEP had a total of 32 teams involved in this year's Moot Trial, and three of Harmony Science Academy teams advanced to the second round that will feature only 8 teams.

        Online Math League 

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After 3 competitions, the Harmony School of Ingenuity 5th grade Online Math League Team, under the supervision of Mrs. Robison, placed 2nd in the state of Texas.

 

Ife, pictured top row 3rd from the left, got 3rd place in the state of Texas.  

 

Congratulations on a job well done!

 

Pictured left to right: Top row - Jonicia, Tolu , Ife Omidiran, and Mrs. Robison

 

Bottom row - Faith, Kenneth, and Amelia  

 

Superb Scores at Duke Talent  

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Harmony School of Science would like to recognize seventh graders Allen and Adam, students who received outstanding scores in the 2010-2011 Duke University Talent Identification Program's 7th Grade Talent Search. Both students scored high enough on the College Board's SAT to qualify for Duke University's prestigious Academy for Summer Studies.  

 

Allen received State Recognition by scoring at or above the national average of high school juniors or seniors on at least one part of the SAT and will be invited to attend the State Recognition Ceremony in May. Congratulations, Allen and Adam.

 

State Qualification   

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Five teams from Harmony School of Excellence Houston went to the Houston Region Odyssey of the Mind tournament. Out of the three competitions, two teams advanced to the State tournament. Le Tour Guide Division 1 (Alexis, Andrea, Ashley, Hanaa, Maya, Pranutha and Rashu) placed fifth and Unhinged Structure Division 2 (Amir, Celeste, Michael, Richard, Sriya, Suvi and Tara)  placed second.  

We wish all Harmony teams good luck at the State tournament.

Harmony Job Fair in DFW Area

teacher job fair

Harmony Schools are now hiring highly qualified teachers for K-12 grades with a minimum Bachelor's Degree! Apply online for campuses in Fort Worth, Euless, Grand Prairie and Nature & Athletics.

 

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Harmony Science Academy- Fort Worth

5651 Westcreek Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76133

 

Attendees must pre-register on this link

 

If you have any questions , please call 817-263-0700

Luncheon with Mayor Parker 

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Harmony Public Schools are proud to announce the upcoming Education in a Global Society Series Luncheon featuring Houston's very own mayor Annise Parker. Mayor Parker will address Harmony faculty, staff, parents and students, at the dine-and-discuss event, which will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Harmony Public Schools Central Office.

 Master Storyteller Phillips

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On Friday, April 15, 2011, Harmony Science Academy Beaumont hosted its monthly luncheon with guest speaker Sheila Starks Phillips, a children's author and Master Story Teller.

 

Mrs. Phillips delighted the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes with several of her interactive stories. She engaged the students through echoing, hand jesters, instruments, and singing as she played her guitar. After her visits to several classrooms, Mrs. Phillips demonstrated her talent in storytelling (to adult audiences) as Harmony's ELA teachers and other guests, including two Lamar University Education Department professors and several student teachers, listened on as she recounted childhood experiences from her hometown of Amarillo, Texas.  

 

Click here for the photos.

 

Harmony  Leadership Camps 

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Every summer, Harmony Public Schools offer "Summer Leadership Camp" for all Harmony students. The purpose is to have fun while building leadership, team-building and cooperation skills. Activities include sports competitions, ropes course, assemblies, talent shows, free recreation, leadership talks and discussions, study nature, and many more!

 

Girls Camp: Brookhaven Retreat, Hawkins, TX - www.brookhavenretreat.org 

 

Boys Camp: Greene Family Camp, Bruceville TX -  www.gogreeneretreats.com 

 

Dates: 29 May - 4 June (for boys) / 30 May - 5 June (for girls), 2011

 

Price: $300.00 (includes all accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and dinners)

 

For online application form, click here. 

 

Please talk to the administrators at your Harmony School for more details. 

College Acceptances

Dallas All Together!

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Harmony students in Dallas have been received plenty of acceptances from the colleges and universities all over the nation.

 

Please click here to see the full list of college acceptances from Harmony Science Academy - Dallas.


Anastasia Accepted to Columbia  

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Anastasia, HSA Advancement Senior, has been accepted to Columbia University, an IVY League school and ranked #4 in the nation.

 

Anastasia is planning to study Biology. She will also receive $57,000.00 in scholarships per year.   

 

She got acceptance from UPenn, another Ivy School, as well. 

  


Trey Got Acceptance from Emory   

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Trey, Harmony Science Academy Houston Senior, has been accepted to Emory University with a $240,000 scholarship!

 

Being with HSA since the 6th grade, Trey has displayed extraordinary performances both in class and out of class. The Harmony family is extremely proud of Trey, seeking to major in computer science this upcoming fall.

 

Congratulations to Trey and his family!


Harmony in the Community

Japan Consulate Visit

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The students from the Harmony Public Schools in North Houston and College Station worked tirelessly to raise money for the relief efforts in Japan. The campuses participated in car washes and "Change for Japan" coin drives. On Thursday, April 14th, 2011, several of the students, staff and parents visited the Japanese consulate and were honored to present over $8,300 in checks. The students also learned how to make cranes out of origami paper, in the Japanese culture if you give 1,000 origami cranes the people will have good luck. Our students were thrilled to present approximately 2,000 cranes to the Consulate General.

Harmony Chorale in Aeros Game 

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On Thursday, March 31st, the Harmony School of Ingenuity Chorale enjoyed the honor of performing at the Houston Aeros Hockey game. The 5-9th grade choir was invited to sing in front of a large audience at the at the Toyota Center. After cheering on the Aeros through an exciting 1st period, the Chorale performed a bilingual piece of music in Spanish and English during intermission.

 

Click here for the event pictures.

Our Revamped Twitter Page  

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Harmony Public Schools' Twitter page is revamped. 

 

Follow us on Twitter to learn more about Harmony and to be up-close Harmony events. 


Nature School Hosts Candidates

   mountain creek

The Neighbors of Mountain Creek announce a first-time ever "Meet the Candidates Forum" on Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm at Harmony School of Nature and Athletics.

 

The Mayoral candidates are David Kunkle, Ron Natinsky, Edward Okpa and Mike Rawlings and the District 3 City Council candidates are Scott Griggs and Dave Neumann.

 

Let the candidates know about our concerns and find out about their positions.

Co-sponsoring organizations

Fox Hollow Homeowners Association

Cedar Vista Neighborhood

Wind Ridge Homeowners Association

Woods/Sugarberry Neighborhood

Harbor Glen Homeowners Association

Mountain Ridge Neighborhood

Mountain Terrace Neighborhood

Mountain Creek Meadows Homeowners Association

April in the History 

National Poetry Month 

poetry month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

 

You can learn more here. 

 

Click here for the bigger version of the poster.

Harmony in Press

Harmony Goes Step Beyond el paso times

From the outside, the Harmony School of Innovation looks like an old grocery store. But on the inside, you would never know it was ever anything other than a school.

 

The Harmony School of Innovation is a 2-year-old charter school in Northeast El Paso for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. It is El Paso's second Harmony Public School; the other one is in the Lower Valley.

 

"It's a little bit like public school and a little bit like a private school," Principal Guvanch Atamyradov said.

 

The school receives funding from the Texas Education Agency and is run by the nonprofit Cosmos Foundation so that it can r

emain tuition-free. There are 33 Harmony Public Schools around the state.

 

Read more 

 Group Names Top 10 Schools 

my fox austin


The Research Group Children at Risk has released their rankings of the Austin area's top ten high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.

 

New research shows a few Austin ISD schools make the grade when it comes to performance. Bowie High School came in at number 5 on the Children At Risk's Top 10 list for both most improved and academics.


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Video of the Month

Straw Through a Potato! potato

Watch HSA Houston High School students engaged in more action.  

 

Don't miss out Real Image and Mentos and Diet Coke experiments.

 

You can watch more videos on high school's Youtube Channel.


Brain Teaser of the Month

 A Tough Nut to Crack

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Each month we ask a logic, math or science-related question in our newsletter and the first three respondents with the correct answer are awarded with a modest gift. Hurry up, time is running up!

 

This Month's Question:

We have only one question this month, but not an easy one:

 

There are two rooms separated from each other and totally isolated. Your are in the first room in which there are three electrical switches (A, B and C) that turn on the light bulb (like the one above) in the second room. You need to develop a technique to find out which switch turns on the lights. Here are the conditions:

 

1) You can go to second room only once. Once you are in the second room, you cannot go back to the first room.

 

2) There is no light coming from the second room (totally isolated).

 

3) Beware! We are not asking you to light the bulb or to find out which switch is the correct one.

 

4) What we are asking is to come up with a method which is 100 % reliable to find out the correct switch. Let's give an example: You turned switch A and then you went to the second room only to see there is no light. That means it is either switch B or C. There is a 50 % chance here. We want you to find the best method that will give you 100 % accuracy each time you try.

 

5) There is no cheating or word play here.

 

Send your answers to news@harmonytx.org

 

Last Month's Answers:

1) 4 kids get an orange (one orange for each one of them) and the fifth kid gets an orange with the basket still containing the orange.

 

2) The letter 'm'.  

 

February Winners:  L. H. Shamrock, J. Taylor, J. Cooksey 

March Winners V. Majmudar,  K. Gase, D. Dunn