Harmony School of Advancement is accepting applications for 9th through 12th grades in 2013-2014
academic year. As a public open-enrollment charter school system, we welcome all
students who meet state age and health requirements...
HSA was praised by U.S. News and World Report in 2007. The list names 1,600 of the nation’s 18,000 high
schools. The article recognized specific schools based on factors such as standardized tests, performance of disadvantaged students, and number of seniors taking and passing college level Advanced Placement exams.
With excitement and anticipation, Harmony Public Schools is looking forward to the launch of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all 9th - 12th grade students beginning with the 2013 - 2014 school year. Every student will be assigned a device for use during the school year and will be allowed to take it home each night. The purpose of this initiative is to use modern technology tools to fully engage students and create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. This initiative comes at a very exciting time for Harmony Public Schools as we strive to provide an even more individualized learning experience for your children. As a recipient of a Race To The Top - District grant, we are restructuring our academic day to provide technology enhanced personalized learning time every day. During this time, students will use the Chromebooks to master skills that may need refining and further enhance and enrich personal areas of interest. As you plan for the fall and joining the Harmony Public Schools family or returning for another exciting year, please be on the lookout for more information. The devices will be distributed within the first few weeks of school after a Family Informational Presentation and all required documents are signed. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Family Informational Sessions in the fall! Sincerely, Kamil Yilmaz, M.S. Principal
Employment Opportunities for 2013 - 2014 School Year
We are looking for highly motivated and passionate high school educators for grades 9 through 12 in the following positions:
-Math -ELA -Science -ESL -SAT
Please e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested with any positions.
Advanced Placement and Summer Reading Assignments
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:
Reading and writing are essential to learn about ourselves and our world. Students will read a variety of books over the summer and engage the texts through writing. Please see the attached summer reading suggested texts and choices for response.
The link also provides Advanced Placement Summer Assignment which needs to be completed before school starts. Students must fulfill the summer assignment to be placed in AP Program in 2013-2014.
If you have questions, please contact relevant teacher or school administration.
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Gold Medal at Infomatrix International Project Competition in ROMANIA
As one of the representing teams from the US, Harmony School of Advancement Robotics Team "Mohawk Warriors" participated in INFOMATRIX International Project Competition, in Hardware Control Category. The Competition was held in Bucharest, Romania. There were total of 45 countries present, 254 different projects were displayed and presented to the jury. MoHawk Warriors participated with their "UNDERWATER RESEARCH and PIPELINE INSPECTION ROV" project. Our students were awarded with gold medal as the winners of the competition in Hardware Control Category over 40 projects.
MoHawks Were on News
HOUSTON, TX – The world’s largest science fair is going on downtown this weekend. More than 600 high school students from around the world have converged on the George R. Brown to show the world their greatest creations and wouldn’t you know it, a school from right here in Houston is leading the charge.
“This is my fourth year in it and we’ve been pretty successful,” says Ali Batayneh of Harmony School of Advancement in Houston.
The team from Harmony isn’t messing around at this year’s show, taking no prisoners at the robotics competition.
“They give us a list of materials and they say you can use this, this and this and the rest is up to us,” Ali explains.
The team designed remote-controlled robots able to pick up objects and manipulate them almost as keenly as the mars rover. But they didn’t stop there, the team also designed a fully functional submersible to their arsenal of gadgets at this year’s show.
“There’s so many times when you put it in the water and it doesn’t work so when you’re finally able to get it functioning, it is very fulfilling,” says Jhaelon Edwards.
Fulfilling also is the experience for these kids to meet science head-on. read more . . .
2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
This year 86 juniors took 2012 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT) from Harmony School of Advancement and 7 of them met requirements to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a selection index score of 203 or above, these high performers have shown outstanding academic potential. Each of these students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of some 1.5 million program entrants. Congratulations to: Yoosin C., Paul C., Maria L F. N., Zafar H., Pradhith K., Zainab M., Aamer N.
Washington Post Ranking
Washington Post has released 2013’s high School Challenge Index. The index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates. Our school is ranked 153 out of 1000 schools in the nation.
Congratulations to all, and we appreciate what you do for Harmony students! read more . . .
MoHawk Warriors - Underwater Pipeline Inspection and Research Robot
It is a great honor to present our first underwater robot, we named her Sea-Hawk. She was designed and built in Harmony School of Advancement Labs. She is equipped with three high resolution on board live streaming operation cameras, 4 thrust propellers for omni directional movement and 2 diving propellers.
Please enjoy the video below
Advancement's Success at our First Texas French Symposium
We are extremely proud to announce that the French Team from Harmony School of Advancement did wonderfully at our first Texas French Symposium. Harmony Science Academy and Harmony School of Advancement were two of only three new schools in competition out of 35 schools represented. Out of the 20 students who competed from Harmony School of Advancement, several made it to semi-finals, a few made it to finals and a couple managed to win top places! Please click here to see results! to see in another format (requires Acrobat Reader.)
Merci to everyone who helped us make our first Texas French Symposium such a success! Please pass along your Félicitations! To these students, especially Maria B. and Daniel N.!
HARMONY WINS AT REGIONALS!
Our Odyssey of the Mind Team participated in Odyssey’s - Region Tournament. They competed in Division III - Problem 5: It’s How You Look At It. The team won 3rd place, receiving individual medals and a team trophy. Our team will compete in Odyssey’s State Tournament, April 13, 2013, at Spring Woods High School.
Team members are…Zainab A., Zohair B., Hofsa B., Nadia K., Amaka, N., Cornelius S., Joseph W. and Angela W., Coach. The team would like to thank HAS Admin., Teacher Sponsors, K. Clark, C. O’Brien and L. Kirk. Special thanks to Tournament Volunteers - Judge, K. Clark and 2H/Merchandise, Angel Klank.
HSAdv Student Selected as Semi-Finalist to Represents US at The International Physics Competition
Each year, AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the 2013 International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.
400 students passed the pre-elimination test (F=ma contest) and became semi -finalists in UNITED STATES. Paul C. from our school is one of the two finalists from Harmony Schools. Congratulations to Paul and Mrs. Nal for this marvelous achievement! View a list of Semi-finalists click here
Another Success Story by MoHawk Warriors
Our schools was proud to present the MoHawk Warriors as yet another daring victory was made by our Robotics Team this past Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Hamshire Fannet FTC qualifying tournaments. We took home the First Place Winning Alliance Award, and not only this but also the Motivation Award.
Presenting 2013 State Champions!
Please congratulate our own Two Time State Champion Lady Hawks Basketball Team and their devoted Coach Hall! They dominated the Texas Charter School Athletic & Academic League Final four Basketball Tournament in Austin this past Saturday February 2, 2013 to bring home the Trophy for the second consecutive year! GO HAWKS!!!!
Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
A segment of the May 13 television news show 60 Minutes included references to Harmony Public Schools (HPS) of Texas that may have left some inaccurate impressions. Please note the following facts about Harmony Public Schools, all of which were shared with 60 Minutes before the show was broadcast: Read more at Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
Science Olympiad Team advanced to Texas Science Olympiad
On February 25th , Harmony School of Advancement Science Olympiad Team competed in the Rio Grande Valley Regional Science Olympiad Tournament held at South Texas College at McAllen, Texas. The competition trip was sponsored by NASA Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE) at Prairie View A & M University.
The team won 3rd place. Of the students competing several won top prizes for their events. Jorge and Gabriel took 2nd place in "Towers" event; Maryam and Hafsa took 2nd place in "Write it Do it" event; Neerja and Anna took 3rd place in "Microbe " event, and Raul with Leeland took 3rd place in "Robot Arm" event.
Congratulations! Harmony School of Advancement Science Olympiad Team is qualified for the Texas State Science Olympiad to be held on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station on April 13 & 14, 2012.
Special thanks go to Dr. Zhou for his support and dedication to our Science Olympiad Team.
MoHawk Warriors to represent Texas at FTC World Championship
All over Texas, there were more than 160 teams that competed in 12 different qualifying competitions and 4 Regional state competitions to qualify for the World Championship. Only the best 4 teams are being sent to the World Championship; team 4454, MoHawk Warriors, was the champion in all three qualifying and state competitions and was invited to represent Texas in the Internationals.
So far our Warriors bought home 6 different Championship Awards, 3 different Finalist Awards, 1 Connect Award, 2 Motivate Awards, and 1 Innovate Award.
Great Success at UT Austin High School Programming Contest
HS Advancement programming team participated in UT Austin Computer Science Department's High School Programming Contest last Saturday, on February 11th. 59 teams from around Texas schools were present at this event. Ryan, Christopher, and Leelund successfully competed in small school division category among 1A-3A schools. Here are the results: 1st place Team Award: Ryan, Christopher, Leelund 3rd place Individual Award: Ryan, Leelund 4th place: Christopher
MoHawk Warriors Swept Up All The Awards and Trophies
Harmony School of Advancement Robotics Team, MoHawk Warriors, Participated in FTC South East Texas Tournaments and competed against more than 30 Schools Here are the results: 1st place in all areas , plus Winning Alliance Award, Best Robot Design Award, Motivate Award, Connect Award, Innovate Award, Inspire Award and more... Total of 11 awards.
Letter to Key Stakeholders Regarding The New York Times Article
From Superintendent Dr. Soner Tarim To the Harmony Public Schools Community: A disappointing article on charter schools in this week's New York Times attempts to put Harmony Public Schools in Texas in a context that is not accurate, necessitating this brief response. Many of us at Harmony Schools cooperated extensively with the Times on this story over the last several months, providing documents, interviews, tours and dozens of detailed responses to specific questions in good faith. But, as sometimes happens, the end result was not entirely what we had hoped. See the rest of Dr. Soner Tarim's response here: http://harmonytx.org/news/122/letter-to-stakeholders-on-ny-times-article/
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...