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No School Friday, April 18


There is an inclement weather day scheduled for Friday, April 18th. Please have a safe and enjoyable 3 day weekend! See you on Monday!

Summer School Information

Harmony Science Academy is offering a summer school program required for K thru 8th grade students who need additional instruction. The four-week program, from June 3rd to June 27th, will focus on Reading and Math skills/concepts. Students will need to pass summer school or a subject proficiency test in order to be promoted to the next grade. Please click here for more information.

April PTO Meeting

PTO would like to invite you to their general meeting this month. The Harmony Science Academy PTO will meet on Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

STAAR Testing April 22-24

The following STAAR Tests will be administered on April 22-24.

Tuesday, April 22:
3rd Grade Mathematics
4th Grade Mathematics
6th Grade Mathematics
7th Grade Mathematics
8th Grade Social Studies

Wednesday, April 23:
3rd Grade Reading
4th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
6th Grade Reading
7th Grade Reading
8th Grade Science

Thursday, April 24:
Make-up Testing

Please ensure that your students arrive to school on time on those days. Breakfast will be free for all students taking STAAR tests.

Good luck to all of our testing students!

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!

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Summer Leadership Camp

Harmony Public Schools organizes Leadership Camps for summer. Girls' camp is between May31st and June5th and boys' camp is between June 1st and June 6th. Boys camp will be at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX. Girls camp will be at Riverbend Retreat Center in Glen Rose, TX.
For more information please contact Mr. Gencturk at agencturk@harmonytx.org read more . . .

Devastators going to Mini Maker Faire

Harmony Science Academy Waco's FRC Robotics Team will be at Austin Mini Maker Faire on May 3!
Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture. read more . . .

H.S.A. Waco ranks 41 out of 1900!

Waco Harmony Science Academy has been ranked as the 41st most challenging high school nationally according to the Washington Post. Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the nation for 16 years. This year HSA Waco was ranked 41st out of over 1,900 schools on the list. Additionally, HSA Waco ranked 15th amongst schools in the state of Texas. We are proud to be the highest ranking high school in the Waco area.
We feel honored to receive such recognition for achieving such a high ranking in just our 7th year of operation. This is HSA Waco’s 6th year as a designated T-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academy. We would like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful students, parents and staff for this great accomplishment. Without our staff's dedication, it could never have happened.
View the Washington Post’s full list of national and local rankings of how effectively a school prepares its students for college here .

Congratulations Devastators!

HSA’s FRC Robotics Team, The Devastators, Team 2950 traveled to Oklahoma City to compete in the Oklahoma FRC Regional March 27-29. The Devastators placed 8th out of 62 teams in the qualifying matches which guaranteed them a spot in the quarter finals, where they were able to choose 2 teams to join them in an alliance in the final matches. They partnered with teams 2461, The Metal-Skins from Oklahoma City, OK, and 2341, The Sprockets from Shawnee, OK. Their alliance moved on from the quarter finals to the semi-finals where they kept the spectators on the edge of their seats during the 3 matches they played. They were ultimately defeated in the last match, 132-112. The team broke 2 teams’ undefeated streak in the last few matches they played and put up an impressive fight.

The team is currently ranked 9th out of all FRC teams in TX on a forum board dedicated to following the FRC Competitions.

We are very proud of our team and their hard work and dedication. This was the last competition for our seniors, Kenz L., Cristian L., and Renat A.. The boys have left a legacy and a seed of success within the team they’ve led this year and they will be missed greatly next year.

The team will be hosting a Lego Robotics Competition May 17th at Harmony as a fundraiser for their competition seasons next year. We hope to see you there.

French Folkdance Team Places 1st!

Congratulations to the French folkdancing team for taking 1st place in the LOTE competition! The students have been preparing for quite some time, and had the opportunity to showcase their talents at the competition on Saturday, March 29th, in Houston. Congratulations French Team!

Congratulations FRC Devastators!

The Harmony Science Academy Devastators team competed in the Dallas Regional on March 13th - 15th in Irving, TX.
They competed in this year's FIRST Robotics game: AERIAL ASSIST™.
The Devastators were ranked 13th out of 45 robotics teams. The team advanced to the Semi-Finals of the competition, and was partnered with teams 3847 Spectrum from Houston, TX, and 231 High Voltage from Pasadena, TX. The team will also be representing Waco and Texas as one of the four teams from Texas to compete in the Oklahoma City Regional on March 27-29th! Congratulations Devastators! read more . . .

Enter the first STEAM Art contest!

We are excited to announce the first STEAM (Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Art competition for Harmony Science Academy. All students are encouraged to enter, and you do not have to be enrolled in an art class to participate!
Entries are due by April 15th at 5:00 PM. Please see Mrs. Grill to get an entry form, and click here for more information.

Lottery Drawing Saturday 3/22

Attention Parents:
This Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. we will have the public viewing of how the Lottery Drawing for the 2014-2015 school year is done. If you applied for a sibling(s), please make sure to contact the front office to verify all information is correct in the system by 4 p.m. Friday.

HB 5 Community and Student Engagement Rating

House Bill 5, passed into law at the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, created many positive changes for public education. Many have referred to it as the most well-known bill since HB 72 in 1984, the legislation commonly referred to as “no pass no play.”

Sometimes it can be difficult to get a clear comprehensive picture of how schools are really performing simply due to the overemphasis on standardized testing. Schools are known by their “rating,” determined by these tests. Most students spend 3 or 4 days out of the school year taking these tests, but what can we learn about the business of learning that takes place on the other 170+ days? The purpose of Texas Education Code 39.0545, the part of HB 5 tied directly to this new rating, is to evaluate student and community engagement, showcasing areas where schools are excelling while identifying areas where improvement can be made. It’s about much more than what happens on test day.
The Community and Student Engagement Rating gives schools this opportunity to perform a self-evaluation by taking a close look at campus and district performance in 8 factors of community and student engagement and one factor of policy compliance. The 9 factors to be evaluated are: fine arts, wellness/physical education, community/parent involvement, 21st Workforce development program, 2nd language acquisition program, digital language acquisition program, dropout prevention strategies, educational programs for GT students, and compliance with statutory reporting/policy requirements. A local committee must determine the criteria that will be used to rate each of these factors. The Legislature did not specify who should be on this committee or how many times they will meet. The only requirement in statute is that the district must use the criteria developed by the committee to evaluate itself and the campuses. Districts must then assign the district and each campus a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable for each factor. Ratings must be submitted to the Texas Education Agency and made available publicly on August 8.
For more information about the community and student engagement rating in Harmony Science Academy Waco contact at 254-751-7878 or email hsmith@harmonytx.org

Dress Code Reminders

Preferred styles of pants are:

Bootcut and Flare.

Skinny jeans and capris are not allowed, and students will change into olive green sweat pants.

School Report Card

The State of Texas 2012-13 school report card for Harmony Science Academy is published. This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas     Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The report for our school may or may not have all the information described, because the information presented depends on whether the school is an elementary, middle, or high school.

State law requires that the school report card display information about for the state, the district, and the school. Where possible, the     information must be reported by race/ethnicity and socio-economic status of the students and must include at least two years of results.

Science Olympiad Volunteer All-Call!!

Our Science Olympiad teams would like to request assistance from parents or family members who have experience in the academic areas of the events on the link. If you would like to volunteer to help our students prepare for their next competition at the end of February, please contact Mrs. Cobb by email at lcobb@harmonytx.org or phone at 254-751-7878 ext. 143. For more information please click here:
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Project Based Learning Website Contest!

To motivate the students working on PBLs in class, the Students on the Stage model has created a PBL website contest.
The awards are great ! Around 70 mini iPADs for all Students and Teachers. All 8-12  grades who are 13 or older can participate

for more information chlick here:
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HSA Senior on the cover of the Wacoan

Our very own Renat A. Was recently featured on the cover and in an article in the Wacoan Magazine.  

Renat was nominated for the Star Student award from Harmony Science Academy. This award is given to an outstanding student in the senior class having both excellence in academics and character.

The Wacoan is a free publication and can be found in many locations throughout Waco.
read more . . .

TxSSC Youth Preparedness Camp

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University is now accepting applications for the 2014 Youth Preparedness Camp. The center will scholarship teams of 10 individuals (9 youth and 1 adult) to attend camp, which will take place June 23 - 27, 2014 at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Scholarships include camp registration fees, lodging and meals, and a CERT backpack with equipment. The only cost to teams will be travel to and from the camp.

Participants (including the adult sponsor) will receive a full 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that includes a certification, develop a community action plan as a team, and acquire the leadership skills needed to address emergency preparedness in their schools and/or communities when they return home — all of which will be achieved while having one of the most exciting weeks of summer! Youth along with an adult sponsor should apply to attend camp as a group, and submit all application materials together. Applications are due no later than May 1st, 2014. Visit the TxSSC Youth Preparedness webpage and complete your team application today! read more . . .

2014 Student Virtual Poster Competition

As part of the 2014 Texas STEM Conference, the Texas STEM Coalition is holding a Student STEM Virtual Poster competition for all middle and high school students.

This online venue enables students to share the results of projects they have completed, while also engaging in a competition for the best posters. Prizes will consist of award plaques and the opportunity to present your poster at the 2014 Texas STEM Conference in Dallas, Texas on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Posters will be accepted for consideration from January 13-20th till 5:00 pm CST.

Visit this link for more information: read more . . .

Wednesday Mail available online

Dear parents/guardians,
You can access weekly newsletters by clicking on the link on the left side of the school website or here.

Senior Trip to Six Flags!

To All Seniors,
It's time to make the most of your last year in high school! All seniors are eligible to go on a trip to Six Flags Amusement Park in May 2014 if they complete the following college readiness tasks. First, you need to take a practice SAT exam. Second, you need to take the Offical SAT exam. Third, you need to apply to 7 colleges by January 7, 2014. Finally, you need to complete your FAFSA application online by January 7, 2014. Completing these steps early in your senior year will make your college admissions process much smoother, and will leave plenty of time at the end of the school year for FUN! Please contact the senior counselor, Mr. Altiyev (maltiyev@harmonytx.org) if you have any questions. read more . . .

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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 April 18, Friday
Inclement Weather Holiday (no classes)
 April 22, Tuesday
3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th Grade Math STAAR/8th Grade Social Studies STAAR/Freshmen tour Baylor
 April 23, Wednesday
3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th Grade Reading STAAR/5th and 8th Grade Science STAAR
 April 24, Thursday
STAAR Make-up Testing/ PTO General Meeting @ 6PM
 April 25, Friday
STAAR Make-up Testing/ MAP testing Presentation


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