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HSS-Austin Science Fair (Judges Needed) – Friday, January 25th

HSS-Austin will present its annual Science Fair on Friday, January 25th. We look forward to viewing the wonderful projects that our students have created.

Project Judging – 3:15 pm

Parent viewing – 3:45 pm

Awards Ceremony – 4:30 pm

* Now accepting Science Fair Judges – Sign up on VOLY (HSS-Austin Science Fair Judge) today! *

 

 

 

ESL Parent Breakfast – Thursday, January 24th

You are invited to attend an ESL Parent Breakfast on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 8:00-9:00am. Please RSVP to Mrs. Cox at: coloma.cox@harmonytx.org.

Hope to see you there!

Queridos Padres,

Estan invitados asistir un desayuno de Padres de ESL el jueves 24 de enero, 2019 a las 8:00 a.m. hasta 9:00 a.m. Porfavor de responder a la Sra Cox coloma.cox@harmonytx.org

Esperamos ver los!

 

Student & Staff Holiday – Monday, January 21st

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday there will be a student and staff holiday on Monday, January 21st. Enjoy your long weekend.

 

 

Harmony Austin District Science Fair Judges Needed

CALLING SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES!
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Location: Harmony Science Academy – Pflugerville 1421 Wells Branch Pkwy #200, Pflugerville, TX 78660
Time: 12:00-3:00pm

Join us Wednesday, January 23rd for our most anticipated annual Harmony Public Schools Austin District Science Fair! HPS Austin middle and high school students will present their science investigations to a panel of judges from 1:00 – 3:00PM. The public is welcomed to view the student’s projects after that time. At 4:30PM the Awards Ceremony will begin to announce the category winners that will then advance to the city-wide science fair.

Are you interested in volunteering as a judge? We welcome you! Please sign-up here!

Schedule below:
12:00 -12:30 Lunch *
12:30 -1:00 Judging Procedures
1:00 – 3:00 Project Judging

*Judges will need to arrive by 12pm to review judging procedures. Lunch will be provided.

Judges are free to leave after all project judging has been completed. We invite our judges to join us for the remainder of the program and Award Ceremony.
3:00 – 4:30 Public Display
4:30 – 5:15 Awards Ceremony
5:15 – 5:30 Project Pick Up

We want your feedback!

You’re invited to take our website survey to find out if our website is meeting your needs. At Harmony, we want to be “in touch” with our community, so opening a feedback mechanism is a great way for you to participate in making decisions about the future of our work.

In this case, we need your valuable opinions on the design and overall usability of the site for our upcoming redesign.

It’s easy to take part in the survey and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete!

All we ask is that you be open and honest and give us your feelings on the website.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer, communications specialist, or even a web-developer to give feedback, all we want is your opinion as a website user – this will help us improve our communications and give us a chance to hear your ideas too!

Click on the link below to take the survey immediately.

Digital Ecosystem Team

Website Survey

We want your feedback!

You’re invited to take our website survey to find out if our website is meeting your needs. At Harmony, we want to be “in touch” with our community, so opening a feedback mechanism is a great way for you to participate in making decisions about the future of our work.

In this case, we need your valuable opinions on the design and overall usability of the site for our upcoming redesign.

It’s easy to take part in the survey and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete!

All we ask is that you be open and honest and give us your feelings on the website.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer, communications specialist, or even a web-developer to give feedback, all we want is your opinion as a website user – this will help us improve our communications and give us a chance to hear your ideas too!

Click on the link below to take the survey immediately.

Digital Ecosystem Team

Website Survey

First Semester Awards Assembly – Friday, January 18th

Our Awards Assembly for the First Semester awards of achievement will be on Friday January 18th. Each awards assembly is scheduled for 30 minutes with a few minutes in between for transition time. You may contact your student’s homeroom teacher for more information.

Assembly Schedule:

8:00 am – Kindergarten

8:45 am – 1st grade

9:30 am – 2nd grade

1:00 pm – 3rd grade

1:40 pm – 4th grade

2:15 pm – 5th grade

Academic Tutorials Will Begin Monday, January 14th

Tutorials will begin the week of Monday, January 14th.  All tutorial information was sent home in student’s report card envelope. Please note that it is very important for students to consistently attend their scheduled tutorial session for success. If you have any other questions regarding tutorials, please contact your student’s teacher.

 

Winter Concert (Rescheduled) – Friday, January 11th at New Life Austin 5:30pm

We’d like to apologize to our HSS-Austin families and staff for the cancellation of the Winter Concert on Friday, December 7th due to the expected weather concerns. We have secured a new date with New Life which will now be on Friday, January 11th at 5:30pm.

This year we’ll be off campus at a nearby venue to hold our concert for the comfort and space of our students and families to accommodate one winter wondrous event. Please make note of the address and parking information below:

HSS-Austin Winter Concert – Friday, December 7th – 5:30pm

Location:  New Life Austin, 3200 Century Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78727

Directions/Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/BAgJqzJFfDx

 

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Announcement!

Harmony Gifted & Talented Education

 

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for gifted and talented screening.

Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 2 & up who were tested in the Fall 2018 are not eligible to test in Spring 2019. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site.

Referral Form (English)
Referral Form (Spanish)

The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, February 8, 2019.

The 2019 Spring GT testing window is February 11, 2019 – March 29, 2019.

For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.

Harmony Re-Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year – Begins Monday, January 7, 2019

Parents, please note that the re-enrollment season for the 2019-2020 school year will begin soon. All re-enrollment forms will be processed online via Skyward only.  Please review the attached flyer and additional information below for more information – Harmony 2019-2020 Re-Enrollment Flyer

 

Below are important updates for the re-enrollment process:

* Online re-enrollment begins Jan. 7th-Jan. 25th

* The online form will be available at midnight on 1/7/19 and may be

accessed at that time.

* Re-enrollment forms will not be accepted after Jan. 25th (may be subject to HSS-Austin lottery procedures if you miss the re-enrollment deadline)

* Items required for online re-enrollment: proof of residency information is due at the time of online submission (current utility bill, lease agreement, tax form, etc).  P.O. Box addresses are not acceptable.

 

 

Winter Break – Monday, December 24, 2018 – Monday, January 7, 2019

Our winter break will begin on Monday December 24th – Monday, January 7th. There will be a Staff Development Day on Monday, January 7th but this will still be a student holiday. All students should return to school on Tuesday, January 8th by 7:50am

Harmony Public Schools Campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Parents, please review the documentation below regarding the Harmony Campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy for the 2018-2019 School Year. This important information involves the Harmony Public Schools Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose regarding the success of our students’ academic excellence.  Please select the link below to review this important information:

Harmony Campus Parent & Family Engagement Policy 2018-2019

 

School Lunch Account – Outstanding Balances are Due

Harmony Central Office is requesting that we ask all parents to pay their students lunch balance in full prior to winter break on 12/21/2018.  In order to assist us with this request, please make sure to pay any outstanding lunch balance by Friday 12/14 and, if needed, pay in advance for the week of 12/17-12/21 if your student intends on eating school lunches during that week.

Our goal is to start fresh in the new year with zero outstanding balances on our student’s accounts and your help with this goal is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email at wcortez@harmonytx.org or phone at 512-821-1700.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Ms. Cortez, Lunch Clerk

 

Yankee Candle Holiday Fundraiser – Orders Have Been Processed!

All Yankee Candle hard copy orders have been processed and are on the way to the school!  Once we receive the orders and get them sorted we will begin to notify parents.  Please remember that online shopping is available until January 9th.

Online Shopping – Over 500 Items Online:

* Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com or the Online Store button below

* Enter our school Group Number 999987350

* Click the Start Shopping box

* Online shopping available until January 9, 2019

 

We’d like to thank all of our families that participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser this season. Thanks to you, we were able to fund the new venue for our Winter Concert to allow us to enjoy one holiday performance showcasing our students as one big family.

 

President George H.W. Bush

Harmony Public Schools joins the country in mourning the loss of President George H.W. Bush, a leader known as the “education president” for his tireless devotion to America’s schoolchildren.

A statewide Day of Mourning has been declared by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to allow Texans to pay their respects to President Bush. All Harmony Public School campuses will remain open and operating on their regular schedule on this date.

Ugly Holiday Sweater & Jeans Day – Friday, December 21st

Let’s join in on the fun before we head out for Winter Break. We are inviting students and staff to participate in the Ugly Holiday Sweater & Jeans Day. Wear an ugly holiday sweater representing the holiday season. Please note that sweaters don’t have to be ugly, but there may be some fun contests that day for the most unique sweaters on campus.

Winter Concert – Friday, December 7th, 5:30pm at New Life Austin

As we come to the end or our first semester and begin our holiday season, Ms. Diamond is preparing our students for the much anticipated Winter Concert. Our winter concert will be on Friday, December 7th at 5:30pm.This year we’ll be off campus at a nearby venue to hold our concert for the comfort and space of our students and families to accommodate one winter wondrous event. Please make note of the address and parking information below:

HSS-Austin Winter Concert – Friday, December 7th – 5:30pm

Location:  New Life Austin, 3200 Century Park Blvd, Austin, TX 78727

Directions/Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/BAgJqzJFfDx

PTO Movies Under the Stars Family Event – Friday, November 30th

As we welcome the winter season, let’s get together for a movie. HSS-Austin will host a Movie Under the Stars Family Event on Friday, November 30th. The movie will begin at dusk approximately at 5:30pm and there will be a few snacks available for purchase as well. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and your family for a fun, relaxing time!

Parent Academy – Friday, November 30th, 4:30-5:30

Please join us for our Parent Academy that is just for our HSS-Austin parents and guardians. There will be mini informational sessions to cover topics that are sure to provide you with a wealth of information.

Parent Academy Sessions – 4:30pm:

* MAP Assessments (K-2nd) – What is MAP?

* Parent Advocacy…Why is it Important to be an Advocate?

* Skyward Support & Help

* Strategies & Activities to Support Your Child in Math & Reading

* What’s Up With 4th Grade STAAR Writing

* Cyber Security – Awareness & Responsible Online Practices for Your Child – presented by a special guest from the City of Manor Police Department

* Catch up With the Front Office – update your contact information, check account balances, lost & found and much more!

 

Parent Academy Sessions – 5:00pm:

* HSS-Austin Parent Engagement & Communication Tips & Tools

* ESL Program Strategies

* Parent Advocacy…Why is it Important to be an Advocate?

* PTO Meeting

* Skyward Support & Help

* Strategies & Activities to Support Your Child in Math & Reading

* What’s Up With 4th Grade STAAR Writing

* Catch up With the Front Office – update your contact information, check account balances, lost & found and much more!

 

* Food concessions will open at 4:00pm *

* Childcare for Parent Academy will be provided for children age 4 & up *

 

Please plan to attend for a session or two that you are interested in and join us before we enjoy our Movies Under the Stars Family Event.

Yankee Candle Holiday Fundraiser – Online Shopping Available Until January 9, 2019

Are you looking for a gift for someone special with a scent of the holidays? Or maybe an item or two for yourself while supporting our students and school at the same time? Then let’s all partner together and begin with our Yankee Candle Holiday Fundraiser.All paper order forms have already been collected, but don’t worry as online shopping is still available. You can still order gifts yourself or direct family members, friends or co-workers to our online shopping store as well.

Online Shopping – Over 500 Items Online:

* Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com or the Online Store button below

* Enter our school Group Number 999987350

* Click the Start Shopping box

* Online shopping available until January 9, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday Break – Monday, November 19th – Friday, November 23rd

Our Thanksgiving Holiday break is coming soon and there will be no school. Please mark your calendars for the week of Monday, November 19th – Friday, November 23rd and take the time to enjoy your families.

Harmony College Fund: Harmony Giving Day – Tuesday, November 27th

Dear Harmony Parents & Guardians, here at Harmony, we are a family and we want to empower our Harmony alumni who are working hard to reach their college and career dreams.

The Harmony College Fund (HCF) was founded to support college-bound Harmony alumni through scholarships, mentoring, internships and other support services. Roughly two-thirds of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes or neighborhoods, and without these funds, many of our HCF recipients would not be financially able to complete their college and career success journeys. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

All contributions are tax-deductible: HPS Tax ID # is 76-0615245

For online gifting, please visit: https://alumni.harmonytx.org/givingday/nov27

ACC Hands on Science Event – Friday, November 16th

Our cafeteria will be transformed into a full science lab on Friday, November 16th. This event will take place all day. We will have a closed campus for all lunches in order to accommodate all classes and allow the event to continue without interruption. We want to see that all students are able to have a full science experience.

If you would like to volunteer to assist in this event please log in to your VOLY account and sign up as a Hands on Science Volunteer – Morning Session or Afternoon Session.

* Closed campus for all lunches *

Closed Campus for Lunch All Week – Monday, November 12th – Friday, November 16th

Attention Parents: due to the final days of Book Fair and our Hands on Science event on Friday, November 16th, we will have a closed campus / no visitors week during all lunch periods.

We will utilize the cafeteria all week for the Book Fair and our Hands on Science event. We will need the space to allow the students to enjoy the events.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Open enrollment begins soon for the 2019 - 2020 School Year!

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