San Antonio District Newsletter
September - November 2018
Message from Dr. Yasar, Area Superintendent
D ear Harmony Staff, Parents, and Friends:
We are well into the school year and great things are happening in the Harmony San Antonio District. I am appreciative of all our teachers, staff and scholars who are working hard as we close out the first semester. I am looking forward to seeing what great things the second semester and new year will bring for us all. 

Our district’s drive toward excellence is evident as we strive to maintain the “A rating” we earned. This is the result of the collective efforts of our teachers, students, administrators, parents, and community. Excellence is not possible without vision, support, and commitment, and I am grateful that you all possess all three and much more.
Thank you to the leadership at each of our campuses. All faculty and staff support a “student-centered education” for all Harmony students. Your commitment and tireless hours help create an academic program that are meaningful and serve to engage students. Let’s continue the great work!

Finally, thank you for the privilege of working with our students, parents, community members, and the numerous individuals who work together to make our district a success.

Wishing you a restful winter break. May you each have a special holiday and New Year filled with Joy, Peace and Harmony.

Bilgehan Yasar
HSI-SA Meet the Mayor at CORE4 STEM Event
and Learn Fire Safety
H armony School of Innovation-San Antonio students attended the press conference that kicked off the 9th Annual CORE4 STEM program at the AT&T Center. Presented by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event gave students an opportunity to hear from city leaders to include the opportunity to meet Mayor Nirenberg, and learn more about the relevance STEM careers currently have, and gain a better understanding of how STEM careers will continue to grow in the future.

F iremen from Bexar County Emergency Services District 10, visited with students and shared valuable information about fire-safety measures, basic emergency preparedness, answered questions and invited the students to explore the life-saving equipment on the fire truck. After the demonstrations, the crew had lunch with 4th grade ambassadors.
HSE-SA Coins and Turkeys Impact Lives
F or the month of October, Harmony School of Excellence launched a fundraiser consisting of only coins to benefit the Juvenile;Diabetes Research Foundation. Together, all classes raised $752.08 for the JDRF's "Coins for Change," and received a visit from JDRF's mascot, Rufus. Thank you to all who participated in this effort.

P arents, staff, and students came together for an evening of fun at HSE's first Turkey Bingo prior to the school's Thanksgiving break. Twenty-five turkeys were awarded as prizes courtesy of our friends at The Gamez Law Firm. We certainly appreciate the support. Additionally, many thanks to HSE's PTO for organizing such a fun event. All who participated are already looking forward to doing it again next year!
HSA-SA STEM Outreach and
Learning from Councilman Brockhouse
H armony Science Academy-San Antonio students presented STEM-related projects at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber’s 9 th Annual CORE4 STEM program held at the Freeman Coliseum. Students prepared and showcased projects that included thermodynamics, hydrogen solar car, Newtonian fluid, laparoscopic surgery simulation, EV3 robots and student-created application games.

The CORE4 STEM Program allowed for more than 5,000 middle school students, from school districts throughout San Antonio, to experience STEM in a hands-on, interactive format, and served to enhance their interest in STEM.

D istrict 5 City Councilman Greg Brockhouse visited HSA-SA classrooms and spent time visiting, sharing knowledge and getting to know students and teachers. As a councilman, Brockhouse is committed to learning more about the community he serves and that includes getting to know students and teachers at HSA.
HSI-Laredo Finch Robots and Artwork Success
B irdBrain Technologies lent Mr. Borrego Finch Robots and HSI’s Girls Who Code club were excited to experiment with them. The program has benefited over 150,000 underrepresented (girls, minorities, rural areas) students around the country develop skills in computer science. Over the course of six weeks, Girls Who Code, under the leadership of Mrs. Arellano, will learn about different programming methods, sensors, buzzers, LEDs and more.

C ongratulations to Nadia G., 4th grade student at Harmony School of Innovation-Laredo, who was voted as the winner of the first HPS District Holiday Art Contest. The artwork was judged by the district office staff and the district's advisory board members. Her artwork, "STEM Christmas Tree," will serve as this year's district holiday card. Additionally, Nadia will receive an award and a prize along with the second place winner, Abigail L., 3rd grade student at Harmony School of Innovation-Laredo, and the third place winner, Sebastian R, 4th grade student at Harmony School of Excellence-San Antonio. Congratulations to the top three winners, as well as to ALL the students who participated in the art contest.
HSA - Laredo Support "Save My Starving Children" Event
Robotics Team Visits NASA for VIP Tour
I n late October, HSA students, their parents, staff and Save My Starving Children (SMSC) teamed up to combat hunger in disadvantaged countries by packing "mobile packs" that will ultimately be given to impoverished and war-torn countries around the world. All who participated enjoyed
lending a hand to help those less fortunate.
Many thanks to Mr. Tatir, Ms. Murillo, Ms. Rangel and Mr. Soto for setting up and managing the event. 

T he HSA-Laredo robotics team traveled to Houston to explore the NASA space center. Scholars toured the space center, and were excited that they were invited to camp under space shuttles! The overnight trip offered the middle school scholars an opportunity to receive a VIP tour and they visited areas of the center normally not open to the public.
HSE - Laredo - Analyzing Water and Giving to Others
H SE-Laredo's 10th grade chemistry class, under the leadership of Mr. Bingol, took an informative field trip to the Rio Grande to experiment with the water. The outing was part of the Rio Grande International Study Center’s (RGIS) Rio Research Roundup, and served to enhance the students' chemistry curriculum, and provided them with a deeper understanding of the wildlife population, as well as a familiarity with the river basins.

The annual bi-national project selects campuses from both side of the border and allows students from the United States and Mexico to come together and test the water of the Rio Grande, from its source in Colorado to the border of Texas and Mexico. The students test the water's quality parameters such as bacteria, nitrates, phosphates, pH, dissolved oxygen, stream flow and much more. Once the information is collected, it is uploaded to the RGIS database and is accessible to anyone interested in reviewing the data.

T he Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo HOSA team, under the direction of Mrs. Martinez, visited the Doctors Hospital of Laredo Pediatric Department to deliver comfort bears to patients of the pediatric unit. The students donated a variety of adorable "Build a Bears" to help raise the spirits of pediatric patients while they rest and heal in the hospital.
HSI-Brownsville: Walgreens Offer Shot Clinic
Advisory Board Meet to Support Student Success
M any thanks to Walgreens store manager Hugo Rivera, and his pharmacy staff, who traveled from Port Isabel for the second annual health clinic at HSI-Brownsville.
We appreciate their effort to help keep our teachers, staff and families healthy during the school year by providing flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots. 

H SI's STEM Advisory Board works in tandem with HSI leadership, community members, colleges and universities, to provide best practices, educational oversight and opportunities to HSI students. Thank you to the 2018-2019 advisory board: the University of Texas Rio Grade Valley Departments of Health and Biomedical Sciences , College of Engineering and Computer Science , Workforce Solutions Cameron , Texas Southmost College , The Port of Brownsville , Brownsville Public Utilities Board , Brownsville Sunrise Rotary and  Dalilah Garcia .
HSA-Brownsville: Attendance Rewards and Parent Academy Offers Resources
A t HSA-Brownsville we understand the dedication it takes to achieve perfect attendance, and we aim to reward these students with a chance to win one of four prizes. Students who had perfect attendance since the beginning of the year were entered into the contest for a chance to win one of two bikes, a Nintendo game system and a Nabi tablet. Congratulations to the perfect attendance winners. We are very proud of each of you! Additionally, a big thank you goes out to Charlie Clark Nissan car dealership and Mrs. S. Bralley for donating two bicycles.

H armony Science Academy-Brownsville hosted their annual Parent Academy in late September to offer families the opportunity to foster relationships with the school faculty and staff, as well as benefit from services offered by some of the following community partners: Walgreens, Valley Baptist Medical Center, Planned Parenthood, Proyecto Juan David, Texas A&M Colonias, District Clerk, Office of Eric Garza and more. Thank you for your continued support! We appreciate you all .