Wednesday Mail

November 18

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.

Certification Opportunities!

Do you want to graduate with the necessary skills and the professional certification you need to for getting jobs and internships? Then certification is for you!

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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Come learn at Harmony Public Schools!

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


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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PBA stands for Positive Behavior Awards. Students earn points by exhibiting the following five character traits: Honesty, Acceptance, Wisdom, Kindness, and Service

When a staff member sees a student making a special effort to exhibit one of the five traits, they will be issued a PBA point in Skyward. Each PBA point is worth 10 Harmony Bucks.

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Congratulate Our Most Recent Adobe Certified Associates!


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!
In case you missed it! Thank you Laredo Morning Times for your Nov. 1 coverage of our very own Gustavo R. one of our finalist for QuestBridge! We are very proud of you Gustavo!
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The College Board Recognizes Harmony Scholar!

Thank you Laredo Morning Times for helping us recognize our senior Francisco V. on this amazing accomplishment with The College Board National Recognition Program. Front page coverage is the best!
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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

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


This year we will continue our tradition with a yearbook, but with a twist. Due to the lack of in-person events and activities, scholars will be able to submit pictures to the yearbook team through the ReplayIt feature on the yearbook website.

For more information, please reach out to Mrs. De Leon.

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 our 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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CRLP Academic/ SAT Club

CRLP Academic/ SAT Club under the direction of Mrs. Kayaalp gives our scholars an opportunity to learn an array of topics!

At the top of the list is tracking students' progress academically (assignments/ grades/ GPA), Studying SAT Math and learning how to cook delicious food, all while searching for colleges and universities!

Learning and cooking go hand in hand as learning and cooking helps our scholars gather for united interested. Way to Go Hawks! Thank you Mrs. Kayaalp for giving our scholars this amazing opportunity.

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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HSE Debate Club

Our HSE debate club gives scholars of all abilities a fun way of developing their oral skills. The club uses different activities to help scholars with their critical thinking skills and to be confident with their communication methods. Our debate club also helps scholars to become informed in a variety of global affairs. In other words, its a great club with an even greater sponsor! Thank you Mr. Jimenez for providing our scholars the guidance needed to be a great debate club! Keep up the great work Debate club!

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Who's Who?

In the spotlight today is this week's Who’s Who: Mrs. Cassandra Arzuaga. This is the second year Mrs. Arzuaga is teaching with us at Harmony School of Excellence and we could not be happier! Mrs. Arzuaga holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Marketing, a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information System and Master of Business Administration in International Banking and Finance. Impressed? We are too!

When asked why she chose her profession she shared she became a teacher because she is eager to make a difference in the lives of our scholars. “Our scholars are our future so we must instill good character, willingness to learn and as much knowledge as we can!” said Arzuaga.

When asked what her favorite classroom experience is she shared she enjoyed greeting her scholars daily and seeing their big smiles as they enter the classroom.

She would like our Harmony community to know “I love my Harmony family! I could not be more grateful for such a harmonious work environment. It is an honor to work among great educators and wonderful leaders who are always willing to lend a helping hand!” said Arzuaga.

Fun Fact Mrs. Arzuaga loves to cook, bake and share her creations with family. Next time you see Mrs. Arzuaga please tell her how thankful we are to have her be a part or our Harmony family!

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Chief Editor: Gustavo Ramos | Senior