Wednesday Mail

November 4

Come learn at Harmony Public Schools!

It's open enrollment time! We are welcoming NEW Harmony Scholars! Come learn at Harmony Public Schools!

Open Enrollment


What is kindness? We invite you to watch the following video:

How You Treat People Is Who You Are! (Kindness Motivational Video)

With this in mind, who were you kind to today? Who will you be kind to tomorrow? We kindly ask that you discuss and practice "kindness" with scholars and with each other.

Principle 3.1 The school is intentional and proactive in addressing social, emotional, and character development. P.3.2. Character is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning."

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HSE Food Drive! Donate your items today!

Harmony School of Excellence Laredo has partnered with the South Texas Food Bank. We will be collecting and accepting nonperishable items for our local food bank. All donations will go back to our Laredo Community.

Scholars will receive 2 hours of community service for every can that is donated.

Please call our front office for any questions.

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Annual Family Picnic

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 11am-1pm

Harmony School of Excellence - Laredo Parking Lot

We are excited to announce we will be able to hold our Annual Family Picnic. For the safety of our families and staff, this year our annual family picnic will be drive thru. We are providing community service hours for any donations.

Water, 12 pack = 2 hours Water, 24 pack = 4 hours Soda CANS, 12 pack = 2 hours

Soda CANS, 24 pack = 4 hours Chips, 18 pack = 2 hours Chips, 30 pack = 4 hours

Chips, 50 pack = 5 hours $5 donation = 2 hours

We hope to see you then! Flyer with more details will be provided soon. For any questions, please call the front office at (956) 791-0007.

Congratulate Our Most Recent Adobe Certified Associates!

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Have you seen the article in the Laredo Morning Times? If not, you may have missed out on this amazing Harmony Laredo news. A big thank you to Laredo Morning Times for sharing BIG news on our two QuestBridge finalists. Congratulations to our amazing Seniors Gustavo Ramos and Ulises Moreno!

Senior Information Night

On Wednesday, November 4 at 5:15PM, we will host a virtual Senior Information Night.

We will go over the following:

1. Senior Photo Information - You can schedule your appointment on this day. There is a $40 deposit and it goes towards your purchase. Deadline for senior portraits is Tuesday, December 1st. Due to COVID 19, Cap and gowns need to be purchased before you schedule senior portraits. Attached is a checklist for the day of your child’s photograph.

2. Financial Aid Timeline – After the FAFSA

3. All about Verification: What is verification? How can you get ready?

4. EFC for FAFSA: What it is and how to calculate it

5. SAR Problem-Solving Guide

You can find the Zoom link in Schoology and on your e-mail.

Cords & Stoles

Our Head Counselor would like to inform you that at the end of the year you will be receiving cords & stoles accordingly.

You can send him an email at in case of any questions or concerns.

Gold - Minimum weighted GPA of 3.50

Green - Minimum 200 community service hours

Black - Media and Communication Pathway

Red - PLTW Biomedical Science Pathway

Silver - PLTW Engineering Pathway

Purple - Law Enforcement Pathway

Red, White, Blue - Athletics

Navy - Red: 4 or more college credits

Navy - White: 3 or more AP with a score of 3

Valedictorian - Stole

Salutatorian - Stole

DLA- Stole: Distinguished level of achievement

Community Service Hours in Schoolinks

Don't forget to log in your community service hours in Schoolinks. The community service supervisor is Mr. Pala, his email is

TSI Testing Dates

Remember that from November 9 to November 20 there will be online TSI testing for all HSE scholars. Please reach out to your counselor for more information.

Counseling Services

Scholars, we know that these times can be difficult. Please know that there is help. Ms. Miranda, our counselor, is here to provide scholars with counseling services. Please have your parents contact her at to schedule counseling services

Meet Some of Our Clubs!

National Honor Society

What is the purpose our National Honor Society Club? The purpose of the National Honor Society is to elevate students' and schools' academics, leadership, and community engagement. NHS benefits students, communities, and colleges. Colleges have a way of seeing the academic and service commitment of an applicant through his or her membership. NHS is alive and well at HSE thanks to club sponsors Mr. J. Martinez and Mr. Gonzales. Congratulations as well to NHS's officers!

President - Alejandro Ramos

Vice President - Gustavo Ramos

Treasurer - Alejandra Garza

Secretary - Dariana Segueda

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Spelling Bee en Español

The Spanish language is a naturally lovely, graceful and romantic language. It’s also one our school is known to compete with! Escuchaste bien, our amazing Spelling Bee Español club under the direction of our excelente maestra Ms. Luna is always up for the Spelling Bee Español challenge. By learning Spanish spelling our scholars are able to communicate with Spanish speakers through spelling and speaking. Great job Hawks and as always gracias Ms. Luna for providing our scholars with this amazing opportunity.

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The mission of our HOSA club is to inspire scholars to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. Scholars are trained in infection control, create their elevator speech, and build their resume to add to their portfolio for higher education. Our HOSA scholars are currently working with the local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the University of Texas Health Science Center-SA to grow in their professional skill sets and explore careers in biomedical science. All of this could not be possible without their dedicated, always hard working club sponsor Mrs. Martinez. We appreciate you Mrs. Martinez Thank you and great job HOSA Hawks!
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CRLP Science Fair Club

We wouldn't be a STEM school with out a superb CRLP Science Fair Club! The club is under the direction of our sensational Chemistry Instructor Ms. Amanda Shinn. Thank you Ms. Shinn for making this possible for our scholars! We appreciate you! The club meets virtually to discuss all things Science and it is so much fun! Next time you see one of our Science club members ask them what project they are working on next! Way to go Hawks!

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Philosophy Club

The "Love of Wisdom" is prospering in our virtual club-rooms! "Our Harmony School of Excellence Philosophy Club seeks to foster philosophical discussion among interested scholars in an informal, student-friendly environment. It aims to provide scholars an outlet for discourse about philosophical questions that are important to them." said club sponsor Mr. Zapata.

Some of the topics they have discussed so far are (1) The origins and definition of philosophy, (2) Whether art should be censored and we observed this subject matter through the lens of Plato the Philosopher. (3) How one measures the value of human life using Hardin's LifeBoat Ethics philosophy. (4) They have also spoken about the case for conservatism and made a contrast with (5) socialistic government.

We thank not only our scholars for participating in this note worth club but also Mr. Zapata for without his encouragement, unique insights and dedication to our scholars this wonderful opportunity would not be available.

We thank you Mr. Zapata!

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FTC Club

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition for students in grades 7–12 to compete head to head, by designing, building, and programming a robot to compete in an alliance format against other teams. We could not be an awesome STEM school with out an FTC Club!

Our FIRST Tech Challenge scholars learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and program robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

The club is under the direction of Mr. Sergio Ortega and we could not be more thankful for the grand opportunity you are providing our scholars! Great job Hawks!

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College Counseling and Leadership Club

College Counseling and Leadership Club under the direction of Mr. Pala is on the right track! During club time, the club comes together to chose one college per club meeting and then discuss all requirements needed to become apart of the selected college's student-body. Scholars review SAT score requirements, GPA needs. tuition costs, scholarship opportunities and much more! A great virtual step forward in the right direction! Great job Hawks and thank you Mr. Pala for providing this club the much needed support.

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Who's Who?

In the spotlight today is this weeks Who’s Who Ms. Amanda Shinn. This is her 2nd year as a teacher and we are happy to announce she began her teaching career here at Harmony! Ms. Shinn has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry as her higher education foundation.

When asked why she choose this profession she shared she grew up surrounded by family members who were educators, and she was inspired by their love for teaching and cultivating learning. Throughout her own education, she always found myself leading discussions and helping my fellow classmates make connections to the material presented while discovering a love for science. It was a natural fit for her to combine the two and pursue her profession in education.

Her favorite classroom experiences involve when she is able to see her scholars make connections between chemistry and the real world. “It is humbling and rewarding being able to see their growth not only academically but personal growth as well.” said Shinn

Ms. Shinn would like our Harmony community to know she is honored to be a member of the Harmony family. She goes on to say she is committed to ensuring her scholars get the best education and are successful in all their endeavors.

A fun fact about Ms. Shinn is that in her free time, she enjoys playing with her 10 month old, Australian Shepherd, Jax. Next time you see Ms. Shinn ask her what fun new games Jax and her have come with!

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Edited by: Gustavo Ramos | Senior