It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. During this summer break, your faculty and staff are preparing diligently. The faculty continues to develop engaging and meaningful projects and performance tasks. In 2018-19, HMA students shined participating in the Southern California Gas Challenge and taking 3rd place in the Project Lead the Way Challenge; 2nd in the Internnect building competition. Students also excelled at the Regional MESA competition, and 1st place in the Small School Academic Decathlon. Harmony was recognized in 2017-18 as a National Blue Ribbon school and The National Academy Foundation once again recognized both performing arts and engineering as “Distinguished Academies” for 2019. I know we will rise to the same level of accomplishment this coming school year. The incoming 9th grade class of 145 students will begin their journey at Harmony with the expectation of continued academic excellence “college and career ready.” We are also excited that our students will benefit from a well-rounded experience, which includes a strong activities program. Whether it is clubs, ASB, link crew, or sports at Strathmore High School, we are confident students will find many opportunities to connect to HMA. You may now also access additional information through the Harmony Website https://harmony.portervilleschools.org/
Your faculty and staff at Harmony Magnet Academy are dedicated educators committed to your student’s success. They continue to attend rigorous staff development workshops, which are designed to increase their technical skills and teaching abilities. The Link-Learning model of instruction includes the implementation of integrated projects and a systematic hands-on approach connecting students to the curriculum in a meaningful way. History has confirmed that HMA is maintaining fidelity to the model by producing college and career qualified students’ year in and year out. The 2019 graduating class breakdown of students attending a 4-year college (50); 2-year college (49); (6) will attend technical or the military programs and 3 will pursue full time employment. This graduating class received nearly one half million in scholarship funding.
Harmony Magnet Academy’s success is a result of our campus community working together with parents, advisory boards, and business partners ensuring our students have every opportunity to succeed. We must take the time to celebrate our accomplishments but we must also understand that it is through hard work and continued commitment that we will achieve consistent success. Additionally, I would also encourage you to become involved by joining the parent Harmony Magnet Academy Foundation, which will be engaged in fundraising activities throughout the year in support of student programs. Parents may also enroll in the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) program this fall gaining a deeper understanding regarding student options for college and career. The PIQE program is tentatively set to begin on Tuesday September 17, 2019.
Please feel free to contact any member of the staff if you have any questions or concerns.