Congratulations to the Harmony All County Sixth Grade Chorus 2014!

    Kristina Ayers, Nicholas Caldas, Jillian D'Errico, Claire Eddy, Vince Gahafer, Julia Hubbuch, Katie Ann Isakson, Sarah Louis, Carissa Harris, Bella Kollar 

     Alternates: Ana Bibic, Aly Hauglie,  

    Winner in the AAP National Children's Art Contest. Congratulations to Ester Jo on being a winner in the American Academy of Pediatrics National Children's Art Contest in the Grade 6-8 category.

    This year's American Academy of Pediatrics National Children's Art Contest attracted entries from 25 states and 5 countries.  With the theme of "Helping Others to be Healthy and Happy, the 2014 contestants were invited to submit original art conveying messages about what helping others means to them.

    Ester’s entry was awarded second place. Second-place winners and Harmony Middle School will each receive $250. The winners' artwork will be on display at the San Diego Convention Center during the meeting and posted to the AAP's website at aap.org.

    Way to go Ester!

    Winners of the Marshmallow Towers. Marshmallow Towers you ask?  Yes, we had a team building exercise to build the highest Marshmallow Tower using just marshmallows and raw spaghetti.   And our winners are:

    The Overall Harmony and 6th Grade Winning Team from Ms. Huhn’s and Mr. Bolden’s homeroom are Walker Farr, Justin Ferencz, Kristina Green, Charlotte Fortunato, and Claire Fortin.  The height of their tower was 68 cm.

    Stained Glass Windows Dedication. Last school year, Harmony Art Students created designs as part of a Harmony though History Grant Project supported by the McGee Foundation. Students created an image depicting Harmony Middle School’s (HMS) school site during different periods of time. As a lasting impression the art department produced four stain glass windows with permanent installation above the transcend windows at the main entry doors of the school. Each of the four windows has a theme directly tied to the particular grade level units. The sixth grade window depicts the location of HMS during the late 1800’s; the seventh grade window design depicts the current location of HMS from 1900-1950’s; the eighth grade window design depicts HMS from the 1960’s-1990’s; and the last window represents HMS present day.

     All art students participated by creating drawings and four final designs were selected: Mariam Kahn (6th Grade), Sarah Jane Nielsen (7th), Camryn Dolby (8th), and Felice Parrish (7th). Art Teachers: Lori DeMark, Brenda Dowdy, and Kayla McCormick along with staff member Jennifer Pelton coordinated the creation of the project with the assistance of students and parents.

     Students who designed the windows along with their parents were present , along with teachers, staff, administrators, and parents at the dedication on September 17, during Back to School Night.

    WEB Leaders Help 6th Graders. Mr. Thomas, Guidance Counselor and Mrs. Woodford led the 6th Grade Orientation.  6th Graders learned about Harmony and had tours led by WEB leaders.  The pep rally style orientation was fun and helped the students get comfortable with their new school and helped them get to know the school's administration.

    Jack Berckemeyer Inspires Teachers As They Look Forward To a New Year. Harmony and Blue Ridge teachers enjoyed humor and serious discussions about classroom expectations and management while listening to acclaimed keynote speaker and award winning educator Jack Berckemeyer.  Having started his career as a middle school teacher, Mr. Berckemeyer related well to the unique characteristics of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their teachers.  While teachers enjoyed Mr. Berckemeyer's humor, they took away with them some key concepts.  As the new school year starts, the teachers found that they could answer "yes" to question of the day, "Are you ready to learn?"  They look forward to their students having the same answer as they walk through the Harmony doors.

    Harmony Represented at Writing Institute Mrs. Meghann Donohue attended the Northern Virginia Writing ‘Something’ Summer Institute.  Our own Mrs. Susan McGilvray is the co-director.

    How Far to Harmony? This summer Mr. Jeff Hood, Math 7 teacher, took a trip to Alaska.  While visiting the Sign Post Forest in Town of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada, he carried on a 72-year old tradition by leaving a sign to Harmony. The tradition of adding signs to posts began in 1942 when Pvt. Carl Lindley added a sign to his hometown as he was repairing and repainting directional posts erected by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Since that time, more than 77,000 signs have been added to the Forest. 

     Community Service Award Recipients The President' Council on Service and Civic Participation, created by President George W. Bush in 2003, established The President's Volunteer Service Award to encourage individuals, families, and groups to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their community.  The Loudoun Valley Community Center Advisory Board's President's Volunteer Service Award Committee offers this award to encourage and strengthen youth volunteerism in western Loudoun County.  Recipients will receive a personalized certificate with their name on it, a letter signed by the President of the United States and a lapel pin for the following levels of service: bronze Level (50to 74 hours of service, ages 5 to 14); Silver Level (75 to 99 hours of service, ages 5 to 14) and Gold Level (100+ hours of service, ages 5 to 14).

    Award Recipients
    6th Grade
    Lydia Costanzo (PVSA Bronze)
    Mary Nelis  (PVSA Bronze)  

    7th Grade 
    Yasameen Anwari  (PVSA Bronze)
    Amanda Imthurn (PVSA Gold) 

    8th Grade

    Mikayla Benner (PVSA Gold)
    Emily Bowman (PVSA Silver)
    Sophie Christian  (PVSA Bronze)
    Kaitlin Hill (PVSA Silver)
    Lilly Smeraldo  (PVSA Bronze)
    Bobby Zoldos (PVSA Gold) 

    Harmony Music Department Is Superior! The Harmony Music Department participated in the Musicale Competition in Williamsburg, VA, on May 31.  We are proud of the outstanding performances of all of our students.  The results of the competition are below.

     Orchestra and Guitar - First Place, Superior Rating ,Concert Band - 1st Place, Superior Rating, Symphonic Band - 1st Place, Superior Rating, Jazz Ensemble - 1st Place, Superior Rating, Symphonic Band - Concert Band/Wind Ensemble Division Champion, Mixed Chorus - 1st Place, Superior Rating, Treble Chorus - 1st Place, Superior Rating, Treble Chorus - Division Champion,

     In addition, the following individuals were recognized. Orchestra - Outstanding Soloist: Natalie Estep for violin, Brianna Cantrell for cello; Jazz Ensemble - Outstanding Soloist
    Congratulations to the following student for their “Superior” & “Excellent” performances at Solo & Ensemble Festival. Sarah McDowell performed a violin solo accompanied by Savannah Geiger.  Somerset Peede performed a violin solo. Bailey Brooks, Darya Eftekhar-Nouri, Christine Lewis, Somerset Peede & Brooke Rittner performed a string Quintet.  Thank you and congratulations to our directors for their tireless efforts!

    Congratulations to Josh Smith for receiving an Outstanding Saxophonist Award 
    Congratulations to 8th grader Josh Smith for receiving the Outstanding Saxophonist Award at the Loudoun County Jazz Festival on March 22. 
    Harmony Writing Contest Winners
     This year Loudoun County Public Schools held a county-wide Writing Contest sponsored by the Harmony Middle School English Department (nice to see us spearheading this for the entire county).  Five judges from different schools including the LCPS English Supervisor judged the submissions from the nine participating middle schools.  Harmony had several winners!  Congratulations to  Caroline Parmeter (1st place—6th grade—Persuasive category), Dawne Virts (3rd place —6th grade—Personal Narrative category), Josh Roach (3rd place—7th grade—Personal Narrative category), Andrew Stewart (1st place—6th grade—Creative Writing category), Shelby Kostal (1st place—7th grade—Creative Writing category), and Elisabeth Nagle (3rd  place—8th grade—Creative Writing category).

    Many thanks to the PTA for their support of the teachers and students at Harmony.    Most recently the PTA award grants to teachers for the following projects:  
    Harmony Hikes - Ms. Demark and Ms. Stevens  
    Speech Contest - Ms. Hepner  
    Re-enactment of Constitutional Convention - Ms. Fox 
    Bi-Partisan Civics Education Program - Mr. Cassutto  
    Soaring Into the Future - Mr. Callaway  
    Narrative Non-Fiction Book Clubs - Ms. Hepner  
    6th Grade Math Program IXL - Ms. McClellan
     Congratulations to all of our grant recipients!

     Geography Bee  On December 18, Harmony held its annual Geography Bee.  Our winner is John Friberg and runner up is Brianna Reed.  We are proud to have John representing our school at the next level of the National Geographic Society Geography Bee.  

    Congratulations to Nancy James and her staff  on passing the Loudoun County Food Establishment Inspection Report, her 12th in a row, with “NO violations” reported.

     Congratulations to the Harmony Jazz Ensemble - Congratulations to the Harmony Jazz Ensemble for receiving the "Outstanding Rhythm Section Award" at the Loudoun County Jazz Festival on March 22.

    Great Minds . . . Enjoy a Challenge On Wednesday, March 19, Mr. Stewart joined the Chess Club and played a match with Mr. McDougal, the club sponsor.  Club members cheered on both players.
    Congratulations to our Harmony OM Teams
    The teams competed on March 15 at the county level. The results are
    Elaina Lanzer's Problem 1 vehicle team placed 2nd
    Missy Malacarne's Problem 1 vehicle team placed 3rd
     Kim Ramsey's  Problem 2 (technical) team placed 2nd.
    Stacey Warner's problem 5 performance team placed 5th

    High Fives Winners Students could receive High fives from a staff member (a small slip of paper) for responsibility, Kindness and other good deeds. The students turn their high fives into their deans for our monthly drawing for a reward! February  High Five winners were  7th Grade are: Sarah Roach and Dillon Thoden;  6th Grade are: Natalie Kopp and Ean Williams.  

    Harmony Designated A School To Watch - Harmony Middle School was recognized as a School to Watch on Tuesday, February 25, during the monthly School Board Meeting.   Schools to Watch is a national program that promotes excellence in middle school education.  Schools with the STW designation have gone through a rigorous process of self-study, followed by a visit from a team of educators from throughout the state. We are very proud to have our school receive this designation.
    Congratulations to the Students representing Harmony Middle School in the All District Band
    The following students represented Harmony Middle in the All-District Band: Rylan Pettit, Tenor Saxophone; Darin Avila, Trombone; Zoe Skrobialowski, Contra-Alto Clarinet; Linda Gammon, Conductor; Jessica Stewart, Trombone; Dominique Jean, Trombone; Paul Shoremount, Harmony Middle School Band Director.

    ACDA Honors Choir 2014 - Congratulations to our choir students for making All- Virginia Middle School Honor Choirs. We are VERY proud of these students – they worked long hours for this achievement! Well done!
    Harmony Middle School Choral Department is Pleased to announce those that will be representing our school in April In Harrisonburg VA: Mixed Chorus: McKenna Morin (top score in the state of Virginia), Ella Gwartney (second in the state of Virginia), Kirsten Engel, and Caroline Roden; Treble Choir: Hazel Clinard and Kimberly Engel; 3rd Alternate: Maryam Khan. Congratulations to all from Harmony who sent in auditions!

      "Guys and Dolls" 
    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” That quote on a NYC post office aptly describes the Guys and Dolls cast from Harmony Middle School, who despite winter snow cancellations are preparing for their run of this Broadway musical classic. Show times are February 27, 28, March 1 & 2.  Evening performances @ 7 pm, Closing Sunday matinee begins at 2:00.

    Gift of Art
    In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, a group of art students created a clay cup for each school board member and Dr. Hatrick. The theme for this gift celebrates the diversity of Loudoun County through an expressive utilitarian art object. The “symbolic cup”  presents the opportunity to fill it, much like how our students are vessels being filled with knowledge and experiences in LCPS. Students worked collaboratively on each cup to customize the design for specific school board members and our superintendent.  The designs represent the school board member's region and our diversity in Loudoun County.  The imagery reminds us of the importance that we are part of a community and what we put into it each day is what makes us thrive.
    Harmony STEM Team Goes To Foxcroft
    Harmony girls spent last Saturday, February 8th at Foxcroft's annual STEM challenge. The teams spent the afternoon attempting to: Build the best roller coaster, solve a murder mystery, look at an X-ray of a spine riddled with scoliosis and, much like a doctor preparing for surgery, calculate the degree of the curves and the best way to straighten them. These were just a few of the creative challenges that pushed 176 girls from 22 schools to have fun with math and science.
    Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of BOYS OF STEEL and BILL THE BOY WONDER.
     Author Marc Tyler Nobleman from MD visited Harmony Middle School on Tuesday, February 4th.  He’s published over 70 books for young readers, but he’s most proud of Bill the Boy Wonder and Boys of Steel- two books that follow his research on the creators of Batman and Superman.
    Rising 6th Graders Visit
    On Wednesday, January 8, rising 6th graders visited our school.  They took tours of the building and had the opportunity to ask questions about the new school year.  Their visit ended with concerts from Harmony's orchestra, band, and guitar students.  We are looking forward to our new students becoming Harmony Hornets.