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Dr. Soner Tarim

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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World Affairs Council

On Wednesday, September 17th, HSA-SA students, Jessica J. Nicholas V. Xena R. and HSA-SA alumni Paul H. had the once in a lifetime opportunity to volunteer for community service hours at a World Affairs Council Distinguished Speaker event. The event featured former Chief of CIA counterintelligence, Dr. James Olson. Dr. Olson had worked with the CIA for over 25 years along with his wife and fellow agent, Meredith Olson. During the event, the former CIA operative delivered a riveting, detailed account of his undercover career in the CIA, including how he was recruited, what training he received, the risks he and his wife faced while gathering information in Moscow and other international locations, and the effect this undercover lifestyle had on their marriage and children. Before the event, our students had the opportunity to speak one on one with Dr. Olson and were able to ask him deep questions on current issues affecting the safety and security of American citizens such as cybercrime, the moral dilemmas of spying, and how Olson grew from a young rural student in Iowa to a highly distinguished agent who served the nation under complete secrecy for decades. These students were delighted to volunteer at this event and meet a real life James Bond.


*Not all students will get their pictures taken on this day.
Only following students will be allowed to get their pictures taken:
1. If student is new after August 28
2. If student was absent on August 28 and did not take their picture.
3. If student is purchasing the picture on the day of photo shoot (Oct.3) (must have money with selected package). If parents order online the day prior to picture taking day and the student will have to present a copy of the online receipt to the photographer, there is a code they will scan.
4. Students must be in school uniform.

Thursday September 18, 2014 Our Spanish Dept. will be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month.
Everyone is invited and the Spanish department is asking all the students enrolled in Spanish classes to donate a dishes for this event.
This event will be held with the PTO meeting and the Pony Club information session. Don’t miss out on all these events.
Event Location: Large Cafeteria time 6:00pm


We celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, and recognize the contributions made and important presence of Hispanic and Latino American to the United States and recognize their heritage and culture.
Hispanics like
MARIO MOLINA, Novel-Price winning chemist
LUIS WALTER ALVAREZ-Novel price winning physicist
ELLEN OCHOA – Astronaut
OSCAR HIJUELOS-Pulitzer Prince-winning writer
CONSUELO CASTILLO – Lieutenant Colonel US Army

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence in our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their communities.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968 also celebrates the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua during this period, as well as Mexico and Chile, including Columbus Day on October 12th.

Early Dismissal and Parent Teacher Conference!!

September 25, 2014 Thursday
Kinder-5th Grades: 12:00noon
6th-12th Grades: 12:30pm
**All Dismissal policies and areas apply on this day as a regular day.

September 25, 2014 Thursday

Lunch Schedule for Sept. 25,2014
Early Release Day!!
Kinder –3rd Grade: 9:45am-10:30am
4th-7th Grade: 10:35am– 11:25am
8th-12th Grade 11:30am-12:20PM

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