|Harmony Receives Gold Medal Ranking by U.S. News|
Three Harmony High Schools (Harmony Science Academy-Houston, Harmony Science Academy-Dallas, and Harmony Science Academy-Austin North) were ranked among the top high schools in the nation, according to a recent analysis done by U.S. News, whose 2012 edition includes data on almost 22,000 public schools. There were three eligible Harmony campuses for the rankings and all of them were able to make the list!
Harmony Science Academy- Houston received GOLD medal, Harmony Science Academy-Dallas received SILVER medal status, and Harmony Science Academy-Austin North received BRONZE medal status.
Please check out Houston on U.S. News website.
The entire rankings can be found here.
|Seven Harmony Schools Made Newsweek's Top Schools List|
Newsweek has announced America's Best High Schools where seven Harmony schools have made into the list.
Harmony Science Academy - Bryan/College Station, Harmony School of Advancement (Houston), Harmony Science Academy Fort Worth, Harmony Science Academy (Houston), Harmony Science Academy El Paso, Harmony Science Academy Dallas, Harmony Science Academy-North Austin are the campuses that made into Newsweek's list.
Newsweek has also identified Top 25 Transformative High Schools in which four Harmony Schools are also featured. HSA Bryan/College Station, HSA El Paso, HSA Houston, and HSA Dallas became America's 25 transformative schools who did the most with the least resources.
In 2011, two Harmony campuses were also named as the Miracle Schools by Newsweek.
|Spectacular Opening Ceremony for I-SWEEEP 2012 |
The International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) 2012, with its Opening Ceremony on May 3, 2012 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, started in a breathtaking fashion. More than 500 students from 68 countries and 40 states were the brightest stars of the Opening Ceremony.
The Ceremony featured some dignitaries including Dr. Marshall Schott, Associate Vice President at the University of Houston, who made the opening remarks. Anthony Chase, the Chairman and the CEO of ChaseSource L.P., also had a keynote speech during the ceremony. Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner also addressed the audience and emphasized the importance of scientific advancements.
The Public Day, the most exciting part of the I-SWEEEP, also featured many STEM shows. Please see the photos from the Public Day.
|Finalists Crowned at the I-SWEEEP Award Ceremony|
I-SWEEEP ended in a spectacular fashion!
All the hard work of the contestant students was crowned on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at George R. Brown Convention Center. Attended by luminaries such as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Dr. William Flores, President of UH Downtown, Dr. Marshall Schott, Associate Vice President at the University of Houston and Park Suk-Bum, the Consul General of South Korea, and Al Busyra Basnur, the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, the event was the home of another packed crowd.
While award-winning students received what they had duly deserved, Kaminari Taiko of Houston gave an amazing concert for the audience.
|HSA Euless Awarded by Child Advocacy Organization|
On Monday, April 30, HSA-Euless was named the 4th best school for at-risk middle school students in the greater Dallas area out of 328 schools by Children At Risk, a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education and influencing public policy.
In addition, HSA Euless was ranked 15th in the state in the same category. The school was honored at a press conference at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas.
|Some Kids Need Choice Offered by Charter Schools|
By Robert Maranto / Houston Chronicle
This week is National Charter School Week and my 12-year-old son recently reminded me why it's probably a good thing that Texas has charter schools. My son was smoothly helping his little sister with her multiplication tables, leading me to suggest that he would make a great teacher someday.
My boy was appalled. "I could never be a teacher," he retorted, "because I would never want to torture kids."
Read more about the Harmony story here.
|Grand Prairie Students Awarded at the Luncheon|
Three of HSA - Grand Prairie students were honored at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon on Wednesday, May 16. Eman A., Alexis A. and Bilal R. were honored for their achievements at the 2012 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio. Alexis and Bilal placed in the top three at the regional fair and advanced to state. Eman was awarded first place in the junior division microbiology category and was invited to apply for the Broadcom Masters Program. All three students were presented with certificates of achievement from the Chamber of Commerce, and were also presented with e-readers by the school.
|Harmony Student to Get Scholarship from MathMovesU |Raytheon Company celebrated Math Awareness Month, awarding Stephen P., eighth grader Harmony School of Excellence in Houston, with a $1,000 scholarship to be used for a math, science or technology camp or program or saved for college.
HSE Houston also receives a matching grant from Raytheon. In total, Raytheon is awarding $300,000 this week to 150 students and schools across the country as part of its MathMovesU program, an initiative designed to engage middle school students in math and science.
|HSA Beaumont Maintains 100% College Acceptance Rate |
HSA Beaumont continues a Harmony tradition: 100 percent college acceptance rate. We are proud to announce that all of the Senior class graduates have been accepted to numerous colleges and universities, such as the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, and University of Houston. Many of the Seniors also received scholarships and other opportunities from the universities that they will be attending.
Please click here for the list of student who are accepted and their universities.
|Honorable Susan D. Reed Visits Harmony|
The Honorable Susan D. Reed, Criminal District Attorney of Bexar County, visited Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio on Thursday, May 3, 2012. District Attorney Reed addressed the High School students on the dangers of drinking and driving and the importance of dedicating themselves to completing their college education. On behalf of Harmony students, parents and staff, we thank her for sharing her valuable time with us.
|Faces of Harmony: Jasmeen Kohli|
Jasmeen Kohli, Math Department Chair. at Harmony School of Science - High, was our guest this month.
When did your Harmony experience start? What positions have you held so far?
After completion of my Texas teacher certification, my first teaching experience started with Harmony school Of Science in 2009 as Mathematics teacher. My sincerity, hard work and dedication earned me the position of Math Department Chair in 2010 which I currently hold for this year as well. Though it's been only 3 years at Harmony, my journey has been very accomplishing. I have seen myself growing and learning (Thanks to the administration team who has been my mentor) at every stage and wish to continue doing so in future too.
Rest of the interview is here.
|Video of the Month|
|STEM Websites from Harmony Students|
High school students at Harmony create individual STEM websites for their own STEM projects, a new addition to Science curriculum. It is currently applied at HSA Houston as a pilot project. However, starting from 2012-2013 school year, all Harmony Schools will launch this program. Each month, we will introduce one student website from Physics, Chemistry and Math.
This month, we have Jelly Marbles (Physics), Sound Pipe (Chemistry) and Mystery Sticks (Math) for you. Enjoy!
|Brain Teaser |
of the Month
Each month we ask a brain teaser in our newsletter and the first three respondents with the correct answer will win a small prize.
This Month's Question
Place the numbers from 0-15 (zero to fifteen) in such a way that the sum of the vertical
lines should be 30! We have placed four numbers for you. Now, it is your turn to find the rest.
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April: M. Teegarden, S. Kayacan
May: L. Encarguez, M. Ghanesh, The Rush Family