Wednesday Mail

February 10


The character trait of the month of February is resilience. What is resilience? We invite you to watch the following video:

Resilience but what is it? Here's 5 ways to build resilience

With this in mind, ask yourself how can I be more resilient? Let's begin the year with building resilience.

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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!

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!

You can reach out to your pathway teacher or Ms. Garcia at for any questions.

Are you interested in coding and biology?

The University of Texas at Dallas will be hosting a virtual spring break camp for 1st – 12th Grade. Please see flyer for more information.

You can register and pay your $10 non-refundable fee by March 8 at

You can also see the details at

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Senior Week Day 1: Character Day

Senior week is in full effect! Take a look at some of the famous faces we have had join us this week. Does anyone in this crowd look familiar to you? Way to go Class of 2021! Way to show some school spirit.

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Senior Week Day 2: Squad Day

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Through the Campus Crime Stoppers Program, it is the goal to PREVENT potentially dangerous and illegal activity from taking place at school and off-campus. Reports of bullying, cyberbullying, self-inflicted harm (suicide), vandalism, sexual misconduct, teen dating violence, stolen property, drugs, and weapons can all be reported through the tip line. Laredo Crime Stoppers has created a way to overcome fear and apathy by paying cash rewards and guaranteeing anonymity.

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Registered Dental Assistant Program

Interested in a potential career in dentistry? Mrs. Maria Martinez is leading the registered dental assistant program for all scholars at HSE-Laredo. Please fill out the following form with the requested information so we may contact you: : HSE Laredo Registered Dental Assistance Interest Form 2020 2021.

Please note that if you are currently failing the biomedical courses, you will not be able to participate in this program. Also note, that if you are already attending another club on Friday from 4:30-5:30 you will also not be accepted into this program.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Maria Martinez ( for more information.

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Happy National School Counseling Week!

Our counselors are making a difference in the lives of the students, staff, and families they work with each and every day! Remember to thank your counselors for all their hard work!

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Students of the Month!

Please help us celebrate our November and December 2020 Students of the Month! They deserve all your "likes" and "loves" for a job well done! Great job Hawks!

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Virtual Science Fair Success!

Last Friday, our scholars were able to showcase their amazing projects during our Virtual Science Fair. Categories presented were: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Environmental, Microbiology, Chemistry and PBL Demo II. We would like to thank our community leaders, teachers, and staff for their assistance during the event assuring our scholars had a great experience.
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Spanish Spelling Bee Winner!

A winner has been selected to represent HSE-Laredo at the Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee in San Antonio, TX! Marcelo G. (10th) won the 2nd Annual HSE-Laredo Spanish Spelling Bee which took place yesterday.

Ms. Luna our amazing Spanish teacher has been working diligently with her scholars to have them prepare and their hard work was clearly heard at yesterday's competition. The following scholars participated in the HSE-Laredo Spanish Spelling Bee yesterday:

Diego C.

Hector E.

Marcelo G. (Winner- 1st Place)

Diego G. (Alternate - 2nd Place)

Karyme G.

Kendra G.

Barbara I.

Mia L.

Renata R. (3rd Place)

Daniela Z.

We also want to thank Mrs. Orozco (judge) and Mr. Bahena (pronouncer) for their support and assistance! Thank you all for making it a successful event!

A special mention to Ms. A. Garcia our GT Coordinator, UIL and Spelling Bee facilitator for sharing the amazing news!

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Way to go Mr. Miranda! A big thank you to Mr. Miranda for securing Ms. Diana Rodriguez as a guest speaker for his scholars.

She is shared discussion topics on:

High School transition to College.

Scholarships obtained to pay for tuition.

College organizations that allowed her to create networking.

Traveling experience during college. (Free since she was part of the clubs).

Corporate experience during College.

Full-time offer right after college from ExxonMobil.

Experience being a Machinery Engineer.

We thank you Ms. Rodriquez for her time with us and look forward to her next visit.

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Free Virtual Coding Clubs

UT Dallas' Department of Computer Science is offering Free Virtual Coding Clubs for a total of ten Saturdays starting in February 6 all the way until April 10 of this year.

The clubs' schedule is attached below, and details & RSVP can be found at

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Spring break for most schools is either March 8-12 or March 15-19. So, UT Dallas will be running most camps in both weeks! # of camps have been greatly expanded (thanks to partnerships with Rex Academy & Wize Computing Academy): Minecraft, Kodu, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Virtual Reality & 3D modeling. UTD Biology department will offer a Biology camp as well. Visit for all the details and register here.

Please contact Mr. Pala at if you have any questions.

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UT Health San Antonio High School Enrichment Activities

UT Health San Antonio invites you to attend Virtual Enrichment Activities for Spring of 2021. All Activities are free, open to all high school students, and will take place via zoom.

Please contact Ms. Garcia at for any questions.

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Harmony has 16 teachers receive TEA honors

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago in the LMT newspaper, 16

Harmony Laredo

​ teachers receive TEA honors! As always thank you Laredo Morning Times​ for the collaborative work to help showcase our amazing teachers efforts!
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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.

Read our Club Newsletter here!

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! ~Courtesy of~ Ms. Nicole Romanos
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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? By Nicole Romanos

Who’s Who in the spotlight this week is Ms. Elida Orozco who has been teaching for 5 years, 3 of which have been here with us at Harmony. Ms. Orozco holds a Bachelors in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish and Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

When asked why she chose to be a teacher she said, “It is gratifying to inspire young adults, I see myself as a life mentor to all my students. Aside from teaching them academic skills, my biggest responsibility and pleasure is to see my students succeed and be responsible citizens.” said Orozco.

Her favorite classroom experience is seeing how her students walk into her class with academic gaps and after taking her class she sees them succeed in their studies.

She would like our Harmony community to know she is proud to be part of the Harmony family.

A fun fact about Ms. Orozco said that her favorite drink is coffee, and has a coffee schedule. Next time you see Ms. Orozco thanks her for instilling the love of learning to her students and ask her what brand of coffee she is enjoying in her cup.

Chief Editor: Gustavo Ramos | Senior

Assistant Editor: Karla Martinez | Sophomore