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APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR.

CHROMEBOOK STUDY

As you know, with the funding from Race to The Top District grant, Harmony Public Schools started a 1:1 technology initiative in the beginning of this school year, and handed a chrome book device to every single student and core subject teacher in grades 6 thru 12. All Harmony educators and leaders see this initiative as a tremendous opportunity to personalize student learning and radically improve achievement. With the right approach, leveraging technology can yield promising academic results and boost performance both for students and teachers. In an effort to assess effectiveness and improve our technology initiative, Harmony Public Schools intends to conduct a scholarly research on how technology integration into classrooms impacts students, teachers, and parents. This research will help school and district leaders at Harmony to make sound research-based judgments about future design and refinement of our technology programs. It will also give us a chance to get input from our most valued stakeholders. The researcher will keep participant identities confidential and will not release it to any Harmony employees, nor will he link any identities to survey inputs. We are excited about this research opportunity and would definitely like to see all our teachers, parents, and students participate as much as possible. Thank you for your continued support!


NEWS OF THE WEEK - 4/14

Look for important news this week! --

1. Time to set a graduation plan!

2. High School Spring Choir Concert this Thursday!

3. No School on Friday! Saturday tutorials canceled!


…and more!

4/14 Weekly Mail


Spring Choir Concert - Thursday @6:00pm


SCHEDULE YOUR GRADUATION PLAN MEETING

Dear 9th and 10th Grade Parents and Students,

The HSA-West Houston Counselors will begin Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meetings with our current 9th and 10th grade students and parents next week. We are excited to share our new course selection guide with you and guide you and your student in exploring their choices and making educated decisions.

What is an Individual Graduation Plan?
It’s a road map to your future! The IGP includes information on your postsecondary goals, career cluster of choice, courses required for graduation, and electives that coordinate with your career goals.

The front office will be reaching out to schedule meetings in the coming days

Thank you!


5th GRADE MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT

The May General PTO meeting will preceed this event at 5:30pm. It's a great opportunity to hear about many things that will be happening at school next year!


I Love Lucy - Trouble at the Tropicabana! Presented by HSA – WH Jr. High and High School Wildcats

Junior High and High School students are presenting Trouble at the Tropicabana, a murder mystery spoof with the I love Lucy characters.

Harmony parents, family & students are invited to purchase tickets for either the April 30th Dinner theater show or May 2nd for the Cookie theater show.

Click "Read More" for details because reservations are required and seats are limited. read more . . .


THANK YOU WILDCATS!

Congratulations to the following classes for their participation in the Walk a Thon:

-- Ms. Ruiz' class will get a pizza party for raising the most donations from walkers.

-- Both Ms. Carr's and Ms. Blackwell's Class will get an ice cream party for having the highest percentage of participants in the walk a thon.

Thank you so much for helping the school out with your participation.

And we have one more ice cream party to give away for selling the most See's candy…
Ms. Ruiz' class wins again!

The PTO sends out a Great big "Thank you to all teachers and students for all you have done to help the school by participating in our fund raisers!"


FIRST EVER ESL FAMILY NIGHT!

Our first ESL Family Night was well attended and everyone seemed to have a great time! We read the book, I Need My Monster, and then had a friendly competition to see which family could make the best monster. Paola Euceda Nieto and her mom were the winners. Paola received a copy of the book for creating the winning monster. A big thank you to all the families that attended the event!

Follow the link to see more pictures from the event. read more . . .


POP ROCK DANCE PARTY!

All Junior High HSAWH Wildcats are welcome May 9th from 6-9pm at the Pop Rock Dance Party. Read more for permission slip and details, cost is only $15/person if prepaid by May 2nd or $20 at the door.

All 9th & 10th Graders will have their Pop Rock Dance Party on May 10th from 6-10pm. Read More for permission slips, dinner menu and details. This event requires a prepaid ticket of $20/person by May 2nd.

Click READ MORE for all of the appropriate information that needs to be filled out and turned in for both Junior High and High School ticket purchases. Thank you! read more . . .


HARMONY SCHOOLS RANKED AT TOP 10% BY WASHINGTON POST

HARMONY SCHOOLS RANKED AT TOP 10% BY WASHINGTON POST
Ten campuses counted among most challenging high schools in the country

HOUSTON— Six Harmony Public Schools campuses ranked in the top 10 percent of the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list, solidifying the charter network’s identity as a high quality educational option for parents and students.

The Harmony campuses ranked in the top ten percent of the list are as follows:

• #25 - Harmony Science Academy-North Austin
• #30 - Harmony Science Academy-Brownsville
• #41 - Harmony Science Academy-Waco
• #57 - Harmony Science Academy-Fort Worth
• #101 - Harmony Science Academy-Beaumont
• #107 - Harmony School of Advancement

All six schools landed a spot in the top ten percent on the 2014 list, which assigns rankings by dividing the number of college-level tests given at a school by the number of graduates that year. These schools are part of Harmony’s 40-campus network of high performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools, serving more than 25,000 Texas students. Twenty-seven of the 40 Harmony campuses serve high school students, while the remaining campuses serve elementary and/or middle school students.

“We are thrilled at this national recognition and very proud of the teachers and students who helped us achieve this prestigious ranking,” said Harmony Superintendent Dr. Soner Tarim. “The Washington Post ranking illustrates the importance of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused curriculum, and confirms that we are providing students with an education that will prepare them for success in college, careers and life,” he said.

“The recognition speaks to the good work being done by the dedicated faculty and passionate students at all of Harmony’s campuses,” Tarim said.

In total, 10 Harmony campuses were listed among the more than 2,000 high schools ranked on the 2014 Washington Post list. Previously, Harmony schools have won top spots on best high school lists from Newsweek and the U.S. News & World Report.

For more than a decade, Harmony Public Schools has provided students living in underserved communities the opportunity to excel academically in a rigorous, small-classroom environment. With 100 percent of Harmony seniors graduating, and 100 percent of those applying to college being accepted, Harmony has earned a reputation for providing a distinct, high-quality education, complemented by other skills needed to succeed in life. This reputation has been cemented with high marks in national rankings as well as the $30 million Race-to-the-Top District Grant award. With the first campus opening outside of Texas in Washington D.C. for the 2014-15 academic year, Harmony aims to continue this consistent pattern of success.


4th grade Science Teacher named STEMSTAR of the month by STEMScopes!

We had a film crew on campus today from STEMScopes. They were interviewing 4th Grade Science Teacher, Sara Thompson, because she has been selected as the STEMScopes STEMSTAR for the month of May!

Congratulations, Mrs. Thompson!


SAFETY FIRST!

HSA-West Houston is very concerned with the safety of our students, as well as our patrons.

As we enter into the final few weeks of school, we encourage everyone to remember to be mindful of children, faculty, and other vehicles on and around our campus when dropping off and picking up your students. Also remember that our school drive is a NO PHONE ZONE.

Also, the pick up and drop off lanes are one lane only. The outside lane in either pick up section should remain open. At no time should both lanes be blocked.

Courteous and responsible driving makes for a safe school zone and safe children!

Thank you


If you’ve got box tops you’ve got a way to help your HSA-WH Wildcats!

Attention Wildcat Students, Parents, & Faculty we are closing out 2013-14 BIG.

We’d like everyone to bring in all the box tops you’ve been collecting. If you haven’t been collecting it is not too late. You can find box tops on the packaging of Betty Crocker, General Mills, Haynes Apparel, Yoplait, Pillsbury,
Green Giant and many more.

Let’s come together for our school! read more . . .


Teacher Appreciation Week, April 27-May 2.

Help Celebrate our Wonderful Teachers!
Teacher Appreciation Week, April 27-May 2.
If we all pull together we can make this week one that our teachers won't forget!
Accepting donations NOW; For details on how to help, please click here. read more . . .


Harmony Leadership Summer STEM Camps

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2014-2015 Calendar

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Child Find

It is the policy of the Harmony Science Academy Charter School to locate and identify any child who contacts or enrolls in the Charter School who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability, in accordance with its procedures as reflected in the CHILD FIND legal framework of the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process, located at: http://framework.esc18.net/. read more...


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