Dr. Soner Tarim
Dr. Soner Tarim is a founding member and current superintendent of Harmony Public Schools, high performing K-12 public charter schools located in Texas with a strong focus on science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) providing opportunities for underserved communities. He is the driving force in creating STEM academies with an emphasis on college-readiness and the tracking of performance metrics of its high caliber students.
A luminary in the Charter School Community, his leadership philosophy recognizes the need to develop meaningful partnerships, maintain open collaborative lines of communication, and leverage relationships with high-level corporate, business, civic, legislative and international leaders to advance the mission of Harmony and opportunities for its beneficiaries.
Over his 24 year professional career, Dr. Tarim has developed innovative educational programs geared to K-12 schools. He is highly sought after as a consultant and as a speaker in state charter & STEM conferences and has distinguished himself as a results-oriented educator with unrivaled expertise and knowledge in developing and managing innovative charter schools.
Under Dr. Tarim's leadership, Harmony has grown to 36 schools and 20,000 students from throughout the state of Texas, many of which have been recognized as academically competitive schools in the nation. Harmony has received numerous outstanding awards and recognitions including the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap and a Broad Prize nomination.
Dr. Tarim holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is a trained biologist and ecologist. In addition to his background in biological sciences, he has taught many courses in the field of biology, ecology, general science, and physical education at the high school, college and graduate school levels. Dr. Tarim has spearheaded scientific symposiums and international science Olympiads including I-SWEEEP (the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project), the largest science fair event of its kind comprising over 1,000 top-ranked high school students representing 43 states and over 70 nations world-wide presenting and sharing their ideas, experiences, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability. He has also has developed and directed successful after school programs.
Dr. Tarim has published numerous peer reviewed scientific articles, policies, procedures, and guidelines for charter schools in the areas of Admissions, Governance, and Human Resources. He is a certified school board member and school administrator trainer and sits on the Board of Directors of the Region 4 Education Service Center, which is the largest Texas educational service center providing services to 54 school districts representing over 1,000,000 students and more than 83,000 professional educators.
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Harmony Science Academy - SA
|BREAKFAST WITH THE “BIGWIGS”|
Dear Harmony Parents,
HAS-SA has organized several days of light breakfast talks with our administration team. Please join us to meet with the administration team and learn more about our programs and discuss your child’s success while enjoying a light breakfast!
Highlights: Meet the Admin Team,
Activity Calendar, Suggestions.
Sept. 03, 2014: 6th-8th Grade 8:15am-9:00am
Sept. 4th, 2014: Kinder-2nd Grade 8:15am-9:00am
Sept. 5th 2014: 3rd-5th Grade 8:15am-9:00am
|Time for Chromebooks!! Library News!! |
It is time to start getting the Chromebooks handed out. All students will need to fill out the Chromebook paperwork, which is available in the office, with parent and student signatures. All fees for insurance, any fees from last year, due to missing keys and chargers, must be paid in full before student receives their device.
If you are new to Harmony this year, you must attend a Parent Orientation to complete the process for your child to receive the Chromebook. We are having our next Parent Orientation this Thursday, August 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the small Cafeteria.
We do have chromebook covers for sale in the front office for $10, if you wish to purchase one. It fits the Chromebook perfectly and has a zipped pocket for flash drives, etc.
Please make sure you have filled out a Library Permission Slip for each child you have attending Harmony. This allows students to check out books when the library opens and use the library computers. Let's have a book-filled year!
|IMPORTANT MATH PROGRAM INFORMATION |
WHAT IS ALEKS??
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.
ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.
Please see Attached information for Harmony's Porgram read more . . .
|Notice About Career Technical Education (CTE) Courses|
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Education requires that local education agencies (LEAs) provide career and technical education (CTE) programs, services, and activities in accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has regulatory responsibilities for CTE programs in Texas public secondary schools and is required to adopt a civil rights compliance program to identify, remedy, and/or prevent discrimination in the CTE programs operated by LEAs.
Harmony Science Academy - San Antonio, provides CTE courses and with this announcement notify students, parents, employees, and the general public that all career and technical education opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.
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