College Counselor Newsletter

HSE Austin, Issue I, September 20, 2019

Message from College Counselor:


I am Serdar Ozguven, College Counselor, and Engagement Support Coordinator at HSE Austin. I want to share our first counselor newsletter of the year. You will find essential information, announcements, and updates on this issue. I will publish it biweekly on Fridays and keep you posted on critical timelines.

I have a unique passion and enthusiasm for teaching, counseling, and coordinating in HSE, and it is my honor to serve this community as a college counselor. This is my 16th year in education and 11th year in HPS System. I will work very hard to ensure to give the best college-going experience for our students, parents, and community. Please see the contact information below. Feel free to ask any questions or concerns. I hope to have a great, successful school year for 2019-2020, and look forward to working with all of you.

Serdar Ozguven

512-693-0000 Ext. 124

Upcoming Events

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Texas A&M College Trip (12th Grade)

Dear 12th Grade Students, Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

HARMONY SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE-AUSTIN arranged an activity for 12th-grade students. A campus visit is their opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college and also give you the chance to talk to students. We will depart from the school at 07:00 am and return at around 03:15 PM. The permission slip copies are available in the college counselor's office 131.

The permission slip needs to be returned by 9/24/2019
Note: Please return the permission slip on time.
(After the deadline, only a limited number of students will be accepted due to the bus availability and participants will be selected on a first come first serve basis.)
Recommended Packing List:
• Comfortable Shoes (We are going to walk a lot!) & Water bottle.
• Any medication you may need.
• If you have allergies that require potential use of an epi-pen, please bring one.
Student Expectations:
(1.) The purpose of the campus visit to A&M University is to get information about the college for students and to see campus life in higher education.
(2.) It is expected that our visiting students be respectful of each other, our staff, all presenters, A&M Students, and all facilities and property of Texas A&M University at all times.
(3.) Students must remain with the assigned group at all times.

If any of you wish to be contacted by the Office of Admissions, here is the link to register:
Group Visitor Aggiebound Registration (Please note, the students' information will be used for recruitment purposes only.)

Please see the permission slip for more details and let me know if you have any question.

Thanks and Gig 'em!

Serdar Ozguven, M.Ed.

Head College Counselor

12th Grade Parent Night

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 5-6pm

2100 East Saint Elmo Road

Austin, TX

HSE Austin Counseling Department organizes Parent Night about High School Graduation a& College Admission for the students and parents. Our event placed on Tuesday, October 8th at 5:00 PM in the HSE cafeteria.

We look forward to seeing you all!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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College & Career Success Department News

College & Career Mentoring Announcement for Juniors & Seniors

Hey there,

The college acceptance and transition process may seem far away, but you can start taking actions now to get yourself ready. We know you are determined to attend college, and there are specific steps to take for your future success. If you're looking for weekly one-on-one attention from a Harmony alum who's recently gone through the entire process, please sign up the link below. Harmony Public Schools is partnering with Students with Ambition Go to College (SWAG To College) as our college and career success mentoring partner to help and support for your smooth and easy transition into college. There are many volunteer Harmony alum mentors registered to the program. They are trained, excited and ready to help you.

If you're interested, you'll be paired with our very own college student who will check in with you weekly to mentor you this year.

Why wait? Sign up now by filling out this form.

If you are not sure and want more information, please visit our program partner website at or email us at

Look forward to hearing from you,

College and Career Success Office | Harmony Public Schools

Email: | Web:

Please contact College & Career Success Coordinator, Mr. Solak for any questions.

YouScience Career Assessment and Individual Guidance for HSE Juniors and Seniors

Harmony School of Excellence is using new and innovative career guidance platform called YouScience. Our campus CCS Advisor, Mr. Solak, will soon be administering 90 min YouScience career assessment via 14 brain games to discover your HS juniors and seniors natural abilities and skills and provide effective individual career guidance based on their aptitude and interest results. Learn more about this new platform from the attached flyers and video links.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Mr. Solak

6-12th Grade News

Please Note This Date on Your Calendar!

Dear 9-11th Grade Students and Parents,

We are going to have PSAT/NMSQT(The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test ) on Wednesday, October 16th. Please note this date on your calendar! Significantly, students do not miss this day of school.

Here is the link below for guidance and learning essential test-taking

advice and tips to be well prepared:

College Board's Fall 2019 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.

This resource will answer all of the student's questions about the test, and also has a practice test that allows previewing and become familiar with the test for students.

Contact College Counselor, Mr. Ozguven for any question.

Good luck!

AP Exam Registration Deadline is Nov 4th

Students taking AP Exams must register by November 4, 2019, for the 2020 AP Exams. Please contact High School Dean of Academics Mr. Tunc or College Counselor Mr. Ozguven, for any questions.

Juniors, Apply Now!

High School Aerospace Scholars

NASA wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related major or career. The adventure starts this fall with an online course and culminates - for students who earn the opportunity - with an onsite summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Texas high school junior
  • Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA
  • Internet access (from home, school or public library)
Download the Program Brochure or Poster

Watch these videos:

During the school year you'll have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Interactive lessons on NASA activities related to space exploration, earth science, technology and aeronautics
  • Design challenges such as 3D drawing, video creation, interactive poster design
  • Virtual chats with NASA engineers and scientists

Selected students will be invited to NASA for a week-long residential summer experience of:

  • Team projects and briefings directed by NASA engineers and scientists
  • Hands-on design challenge and engineering activities to plan a mission to Mars
  • Tours of NASA facilities

Please see Mr. Ozguven for help or any questions.

High School Academic Guide & Course Catalog 2019-2020

Here is the link below to have access for our High School Academic Guide & Course Catalog 2019-2020

High School Academic Guide & Course Catalog 2019-2020


FAFSA®: Apply for Aid

FAFSA Applications will be open by October 1st. Here is the link below for more information. We are going to have two FAFSA Application Nights at HSE for 12th grades and will be announced soon.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The College Board has launched a new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020.

Apply Now!

The QuestBridge National College Match

To be considered for a full four-year scholarship to one of our 40 college partners, your first step is to submit a free, online National College Match application. The 2019 National College Match application is due on September 26, 2019.

Apply Now!


Quick Links:

Harmony School of Excellence Austin

Harmony School of Excellence is a high performing 6-12 college preparatory charter school focusing on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)