|Digital Storytelling Contest (DISTCO 2014)|
We are excited to announce that Digital Storytelling Contest (DISTCO) 2014 is open to accept submissions now!
DISTCO 2014 is an online contest where students and teachers in K-12 are invited to submit their original digital stories between December 2, 2013 and March 25, 2014.
Please check our website at http://www.distco.org for complete timeline and updated rules.
The project has certain benefits for both students and teachers. It is a way of challenging students in a competition where they can show their skills in multimedia, technology, researching, writing and creativity.
The DISTCO 2014 is part of a series of “Digital Storytelling Contests (DISTCO)” hosted by North American University (NAU) and sponsored by University of Houston, and University of Texas at San Antonio (Academy of Teacher Excellence). The 2013-2014 academic year marks the 6th year of the DISTCO project, which saw a tremendous increase in popularity and participation since its inception in 2008.
DISTCO Scholarship Awards (New!) - 18 students in Senior Level (Grades 9-12) category will be awarded scholarships totaling up to $84,000 by North American University in DISTCO 2014.
Among the many rewards available in this year’s contest are iPad Minis, iPod Nanos, and Gift Cards. Please visit http://www.distco.org/awards for more information.
SAMPLE DIGITAL STORIES
Visit http://www.distco.org/gallery or http://www.youtube.com/thedistco to watch sample digital stories created by our previous contestants and winners.
HOW TO CREATE DIGITAL STORIES
For more information on how to create digital stories, please visit our website at http://www.distco.org/tutorials. You may also consider following training opportunities available for teachers.??
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS
* 2 CPE Credit Hours for "EDUCATIONAL USES OF DIGITAL STORYTELLING" WEBINAR FOR TEACHERS
* DATE: Friday, January 11, 2014, Time: 10 am- 12 pm.
* Place: Online. To register, please visit http://www.distco.org/workshops or send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space Available: 30
Contact DISTCO at email@example.com for all questions.
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Check out the updated schedule for clubs. There are some important changes in the schedule.
Clarifications : FLL Robotics will be on Mondays (it was on Friday)
Zumba : for 3rd grade and up
Addition: Fashion Intermediate on Thursdays - 3rd grade and up
Piano on Thursday for 3rd to 5th grade
If you have any question contact Cristina Frasson at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday, the HSE Robotics Team has a competition at Cinco Ranch Junior High School at 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
You are welcome to come and support.
Wish good luck to our team.
Please visit our website here.
Zenith clubs will start registration tomorrow. The clubs will start on January 13th. Click in the link below for schedule. read more . . .
|Teens compete in Kansas City for a spot on ‘Jeopardy’|
A couple dozen teens waited nervously in a Kansas City hotel Saturday morning. Their aim was a shot at the TV quiz show “Jeopardy” and its $75,000 teen tournament prize.
A 50-question “Jeopardy”-style written quiz in less than seven minutes, followed by brief buzzer-beating competitions among three teens at a time, just like on television. read more . . .
|Math Counts Success|
The HSE Math counts team did a fantastic job on November 23th at Houston Baptist University Math counts competition. There were 18 best schools around Houston in the competition. But HSE was the best among them.
The HSE Math Counts Team A received 1st place.
(Anand, Brandon, Shujah, Arshaan)
The HSE Math Counts Team B received 9th place.
(Anthony, Sueda, vishwath, Saleh)
- Anand Iyer got 1st place among 7th grades.
- Brandon Ba got 2nd place among 8th grades.
- Shujah Ahmad got 3rd place among 8th grades.
- Arshaan Ali got 6th place among 8th grades.
- Anthony Nguyen got 7th place among 8th grades.
- Vishwath Ganesan got 3rd place among 6th grades.
- Saleh Ahmad got 5th place among 6th grades.
We are so proud of their success.
|National History Bee|
HSE is holding tryouts for the National History Bee on December 10th after school in computer lab 133. It is an exciting new history competition for middle school students that tests your knowledge in a fun and exciting way. You can prepare for the competition by using the resources available at http://historybee.com/resources/. If you’re interested, please register by filling out the form at http://goo.gl/Fhi51K (case-sensitive). E-mail Mrs. Van Ravenstein at email@example.com or Ms. Crayton at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
After school club registration will be on Tuesday, December 3th, 2013 at 7:30am, on a first come first server basis. Payment is required at the registration. We accept credid card, money order or personal checks. Click on the link in the left side under activities to see the new schedule, registration form and club descriptions. Make sure to look for the new options for new clubs being offered this semester. The after school clubs starts on January 7th, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Cristina Frasson at email@example.com
Please see the attached flyer for HSE's awesome Cheer Clinic on DECEMBER 6th! For all students in k-5th grades - especially those with interest in joining the squad! The clinic will be new and even more exciting than last years' so sign up and join us again! (see attachment)
|Middle School Talent Show 2013-2014 Winners|
Congratulations to all our Middle School Talent Show participants. You all did an excellent performance last Oct. 25th. We appreciate all of you.Thank you to all who came to help and watch the show. To the Robotics team, you all did a great job in selling food and drinks.
On behalf of the Fine Arts Department, we would like to announce the WINNERS for VOCAL, DANCE and INSTRUMENT categories. CONGRATULATIONS!
1st Place Maya F. and Nivia B.
2nd Place Maxine G.
3rd Place Riley H.
1st Place Mahek S.
2nd Place Tsvetalina P.
1st Place Clara V.
2nd Place Blaine M.
3rd Place Elisabeth S.
|HSE Glee Club celebrating Veteran’s Day|
The HSE Glee Club brought joy to the residents of Legend Oaks Assisted Living Facility on Veterans Day by singing “My America “ and the “Star Spangled Banner”. It was a totally enriching experience for the students, being able to use their talents in a productive way and interacting with the senior residents. The grannies had stories to tell while enjoying the cookie cakes that the Glee club served them. The Glee Club spent more time than planned and ended up singing more songs like those they performed at the recent Middle School talent show. Everybody had a great time and looking forward to more outreach opportunities.
We are happy to inform you about the new online program HSE-Houston will be using as a supplement for the daily instruction for Grades 3-8: i-Ready.
The website address is www.cainc.i-ready.com. For Parent Guide and Parent letter click below.
Parent Guide- i-ready
Parent Guide i-ready Spanish
Parent letter- i-ready
Parent letter i-ready Spanish
|NJHS Nursing Home Visit|
Harmony School of Excellence NJHS partnered with Lone Star College Occupational Therapist at Legend Oaks Nursing Home on October 30th to spread some Fall cheer. The students had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the residents decorating pumpkins, sharing stories and cupcakes. This years theme was Picasso Pumpkins and is an Annual tradition with Harmony School of Excellence.
* CHROMEBOOK REPAIR STATUS *
CHROMEBOOK PASSWORD RESET GUIDE
Lenovo Warranty Service Information
Chromebook Use for 2013-2014
Chromebook Use for 2013-2014 Parent Letter
Chromebook Incident Form
|Speech and Debate |
The HSE Speech and Debate team competed at a middle school tournamentat Katy Taylor High School on Saturday, October 19. Over 20 students represented HSE.
The following students placed in the final rounds:
C. Jonalagadda (3rd in LD debate, 1st in oratory), D. Ghosh (1st in extemporaneous speaking) and D. Hernandez (5th in extemporaneous speaking.) Congratulations! Our next tournament is scheduled on November 9 at Klein High School.
October 28 2013 Saturday, 35 schools around Texas attend Mathcounts competition in San Antonio at AT&T center. The HSE Mathcounts Team attended with 10 students. Our students showed great performance and got 2nd place as a team. Also our team got the first place in team round. HSE MathCounts Legend continues.
The Mathcounts program is open to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in every U.S. state and territory. The competition is divided into four stages: school, chapter, state, and national. In general, the problems become harder as one progresses towards nationals. High-ranking students and teams from each chapter competition progress to the state-level competition. At the chapter-level all students are eligible to advance based on their individual score, but members of a team are also eligible to advance based on their team score. The exact number of qualifiers varies from chapter to chapter. At the state level, the top four individuals, which, from state to state, varies between using solely the written results or including the Countdown round results, progress to nationals as a single team representing the state. When a school wins the best team award, the coach of that school is named the coach of the state team. As a result, a state team is typically made up of students from different schools.
|AR Program on a ROLL|
Accelerated Reader, or AR, program is a school-wide curriculum that allows middle school students to read and receive school credit for the novels of their choice.
Students take the MAP Reading test, which aids teachers in determining their reading comprehension ability and vocabulary levels. The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), a range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or lack of motivation, is calculated from their score. Students then have the ability to choose any AR book of their choice that falls within this range to read.
AR novels can be found everywhere – in the classrooms, in the libraries, and in the stores. A novel is an AR novel if an AR test has been written about it. Please see http://www.arbookfind.com.
Once students finish reading a novel, they will take an AR test to determine how well they have understood it.
Parents can follow their students’ progress at home through AR Home Connect. A link to it can be found on our school’s webpage
|HSE College Fair for Grades 5 to 8!|
Parents , teachers and students joined our 7th and 8th graders for the first annual HSE College Fair on Wednesday, October 16th . Each student- led team competed to persuade HSE 5th & 6th graders to attend their college. There were42 Colleges and Universities represented at the fair.
The students learned the requirements for College admission, the importance of the SAT/ACT college admissions test and how to prepare for these test in high school .As well as many other valuable lessons during their visit to the College Fair. We were excited to have all of the parents join their children for this important event. read more . . .
|Updates for Parent Complaints and Grievances Policy|
Please see the link for the updates on HPS Parent complaints and Grievances Policy. read more . . .
Mission & Goals:
To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
To improve the quality of 6-9 science education throughout the nation by changing the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials.
To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals, trophies and scholarships.
To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education.
|Math League Competition|
Math League Competition will be offered this year for 7th & 8th grade. Sign-up is on a first come, first serve basis. There is only limited space available. The sign-up fee is $10 (check/credit card only) and can be paid at the front office AFTER receiving a permission note from Mr. Cellik. Students need to sign up with him in room 165. The competition will be held on either 2/18/14 or 2/25/14. Mr. Cellik will provide practice packets to all students registered beforehand.
|2013 District Accountability Summary Report |
You may find 2013 Texas Educational Agency Accountability Summary Report for our district. read more . . .
|Local student to walk in footsteps of U.S. leaders|
Dave Ghosh, at the Harmony School of Excellence- Houston attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) conference during June 8th through June 13th this year in Washington D.C. Dave was among over 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States who took part in this extraordinary leadership conference in Washington, D.C. themed “Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future”. JrNYLC introduced young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them to develop their own leadership skills. read more . . .
|HSE-Houston 2013 Accountability Summary|
You may find 2013 Texas Educational Agency Accountability Summary Report for our campus. read more . . .
|Harmony collaborates with ALEKS|
Harmony students at grades 6-12 will be enrolled in ALEKS, an online mathematics program. ALEKS uses artificial intelligence and adaptive questioning to assess a student’s knowledge in math and deliver individualized instruction based on what the student is most ready to learn. Students can use ALEKS at home, school, or anywhere with a computer and Internet connection.
ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Math Program:
In addition to making math a more exciting and enriching experience, ALEKS allows students to work at their own pace by providing a highly-personalized learning path specific to each student’s academic level. This personalized instruction builds tremendous learning momentum, helping students achieve success and confidence in their math abilities.
For more information about ALEKS, please visit www.aleks.com
- Artificial Intelligence Targets Gaps in Individual Student Knowledge
- Open-Response Environment Avoids Multiple-Choice Questions
- Automated Reporting Monitors Student Progress Toward State and Common Core Standards
- Fully Bilingual – English and Spanish
- Unlimited Online Access – Chromebook Compatible
- QuickTables – Math Fact Mastery Program for Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction
|Harmony implements NWEA MAP Assessments|
Harmony students at grades K-12 will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) beginning 2013-14 school year. We give students MAP tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, and Science. Students will take the tests on a computer.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for student’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.
We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.
For more information, please visit www.nwea.org
|HSE NCLB Report Card|
Harmony School of Excellence 2011-2012 NCLB Report Card is available through the following link below. read more . . .
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...