Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year.

We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With concerns about the Coronavirus in the minds of many, we want to share a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about staying healthy when traveling, as well as provide more info about a few Harmony policies related to returning to school after visiting certain risk-prone destinations.

Tips for Healthy Travel

In general, the same advice for fighting germs and bacteria  applies when traveling as it does when staying home:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • When greeting others, consider an alternative to hugs or handshakes, such as an elbow bump.

Additionally, here are a few additional tips related specifically to those traveling:

  • Be aware of your surroundings (including people who are sick) and try to distance yourself as appropriate;
  • Avoid areas that you feel might make your more likely to be exposed;
  • Know how to get reliable local information about any possible changes to the situation;
  • Avoid public transportation, if possible. Confined spaces such as buses, trains, subways, and airplanes may put you at a higher risk of infection;
  • When eating animal-based products, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before eating.

Returning to School After Visiting Risk-Prone Areas

Due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families that have traveled to locations that are marked as a Coronavirus risk by the CDC must have a letter of clearance from their medical provider before returning to campus. Failure to provide a clearance letter will result in the student being dismissed home. Students will have 48 hours to provide proof of doctor’s clearance. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Currently these countries include: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additionally, please be aware that families travelling to China’s Hubei province or mainland China may face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Any health department guidelines should be followed by any affected families and absences will be waived upon return to school with provision of proof of quarantine. 

At Harmony Public Schools, we take the health and safety of our students and staff members seriously. Harmony is closely tracking all new developments regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to share timely, relevant updates, as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your campus health staff. 

We appreciate your help in supporting healthy and happy learning environments for our Harmony community. 

 

We are hosting a STEM Expo & Open House on Thursday, March 12th from 4-5:30pm. This will be an exciting event as it will be led by our team of amazing students. There will be exhibits presented by our First Lego League Robotics Team, our Aviation & Drone Club and STEM presentations. There will also be an opportunity for newly enrolled or potential parents & students to visit for our Open House with a school tour provided. Please come and join us for this STEMulating event!

Harmony Reading Challenge 'Read Learn, and Explore' is March 2-May 1, 2020.

This spring, Harmony is challenging our students to participate in a friendly reading competition across classrooms and other campuses.

Beginning March 3, students are challenged to read books and advance through pre-determined advancement levels in order to earn rewards at each stage.

With Spring Break coming up, we urge parents to help encourage their children to take advantage of this time to read books they are excited about.

You can find challenges for each grade level by clicking the link to our Spring Reading Challenge PDF below.

HPS Spring Reading Challenge

HSS-Austin Parents, Harmony Education Foundation (HEF) is excited to announce a week full of fun and learning with their Spring Break Camp. HEF will be offering lots of outdoor, arts, and STEM activities to make this week an unforgettable experience for your child. Please see the attached flyer for further information. Looking forward to make some memories this spring break.

Register now to secure your spot as enrollment is limited.

The registration deadline is Saturday, March 7, 2020.

For more information please visit their website harmonyed.org

We are excited to announce that we will offer Pre-K for the 2020-2021 school year! We will hold a Lottery for Pre-K in mid-March. If you, a friend or family member is interested we encourage you to apply online as soon as possible. Please note that Pre-K placement is subject to the following requirements:  PRK Qualifications.pdf

You may apply now at https://apply.harmonytx.org/.

Feel free to contact us at 512-821-1700 or email our registrar

Mrs. Johnson at: jjohnson@harmonytx.org if you have any questions.

In our efforts to pull together and raise funds for our campus to fund some of our events and activities for the remainder of the year, we are going to war! HSS-Austin is sponsoring a coin war in each class through March 6th. The classroom that earns the most points will win a pizza party on 3/12/2020 (the day before spring break).

Here’s how it works:

Teachers, students, parents or visitors may donate coins (or dollars) to a grade level classroom. Each classroom has their own donation container.. Each cent is worth 1 point. (a Penny = one point, a Nickle = 5 points, a Dime = 10 points, a Dollar = 100 points, etc.).

This is a fun way for our students to get involved in our fundraising efforts…so get your coins gathered and turn them in to your classroom Coin War container.

We are inviting all 5th Grade Parents to attend a very important meeting on Thursday, March 5th at 5pm. In our efforts to support our 5th graders in their success for the upcoming STAAR assessments as well as preparation for their transition to 6th grade, we need your help and support. We hope you are able to join us.

On Friday, February 28th, we will celebrate the accomplishments of many inspiring people that have paved the way for a meaningful way of life for equality and respect for all. We will have a special guest as well as student participation.

Everyone is invited to wear celebratory attire or the colors of The Pan-African Flag which is an emblem of pride. This includes: a red, green or black shirt (according to school free dress policy – no inappropriate or distracting images) with uniform bottoms or jeans. We look forward to celebrating such an honorable event.

* This event will be available for viewing via Livestream *

Celebration Schedule:

Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 1:20pm-2:00pm

3rd-5th Grade: 2:10-2:40pm

Our friends at Thinkery will join us once again as we host them for another fun & exciting Summer Camp. Harmony Pre-Sale is now available to get a jump on the Summer Camp spots.

Thinkery Camps provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for Pre-K to 5th grade campers to engage in playful, hands-on learning activities. Camps focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), with a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity and stimulate their natural curiosity.

Please note: you will need to enter the promo code HARMONY on the ticketing site to activate your pre-sale. Register online: https://thinkeryaustin.org/camp-filter-by-location/

Camp themes and available dates vary by location. All camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. We have also been provided a small number of scholarships for HSS-Austin students. All scholarship applications are due to the front office by Friday, February 21st. All other registration will be subject to Thinkery Summer Camp fees.

For registration questions, please call Thinkery Reservations Team at 512-469-6201.

It’s time for another exciting PTO sponsored Family Movie Night event! Join us on Friday, February 21st at 5:30pm for a fun family night. We will show Toy Story 4 in the Cafeteria and admission is FREE!

There will be concessions available also, so bring your blankets, pillows and lawn chairs (for parents if you don’t want to sit on the floor). Come out to enjoy this fun family event!

Next week is Mock STAAR Week. There will be a CLOSED CAMPUS-NO VISITORS next week on Tuesday, February 18th -Thursday, February 20th. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Testing Schedule:

Tuesday, February 18th: 4th Grade Writing & 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, February 19th: 5th Grade Reading

Thursday, February 20th: 5th Grade Science

 

The following week is Mock STAAR Week for our 3rd & 4th Graders. There will be a CLOSED CAMPUS-NO VISITORS next week on Monday, February 24th & Tuesday, February 25th . We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Testing Schedule:

Monday, February 24th: 3rd & 4th Grade Math

Tuesday, February 25th: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading

Monday, February 17th will be a student holiday and staff professional development day. There will not be school for students on this day.

 

HPS Austin is Now Hiring for Grades K-12

Join a school where you can thrive, and truly make a difference in today’s youth.  Join us for our HPS Austin Teacher Job Fair!

SATURDAY, March 28th, 2020, 10am-2pm

HPS Austin District Office
13415 FM 620 N
Austin, Texas 78717

Register Today! 

The deadline for application for open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year at Harmony Public Schools is almost here. If you are a current Harmony family that would like to change campuses next year, or would like to apply to become a first-time Harmony student in 2020-2021 here’s s everything you need to know about how to apply for next year.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Every child isn’t the same. So why should every school be?

Harmony Public Schools believes each student can achieve their own unique, full potential through a caring and collaborative academic environment that emphasizes personalized learning and innovative instructional methods.

WHAT MAKES HARMONY DIFFERENT

Engaging Education: Our project-based learning engages critical thinking skills and makes learning fun with hands-on activities that educate and excite.

Skills for Tomorrow: Our curriculum has been recognized by the TEA & others for providing students the STEM skills they need for the in-demand jobs of the future.

College Ready: Harmony has a 100% college acceptance rate, and almost two-thirds of our students are the first in their families ever to attend college.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does Harmony Public Schools charge tuition to attend?

Absolutely not. Harmony is a tuition-free, Texas public charter school. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that fits their individual needs regardless of income. 

Who is eligible to attend Harmony Public Schools?

All children residing in a Harmony school’s geographic boundary who meet registration requirements are eligible to attend. Unlike most other schools, though, Harmony’s geographic boundaries are much wider and generally include the entire community in which the school resides, meaning that all students in the area – regardless of neighborhood or family income level – have the same opportunity to attend a high-quality Harmony school.

What documents do I need to apply?

No documents are needed just to apply. However, if your child is selected for enrollment during the lottery process, you will need to provide a few basic documents that verify your child’s identity and home address.

I have a child in Harmony already, and would like to enroll their sibling for the first time. Do I still need to apply?

Yes. Siblings of current Harmony students still need to apply, but are given priority status if a campus lottery is needed.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 10

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Application Deadline

February 11-25

Campus Lotteries Held (if needed)

Apply Now!

 

Harmony Public Schools is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. Harmony Public Schools is now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Join us Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 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 – 3:00 PM. The public is welcomed to view the student’s projects after that time. At 4:00 PM, the Awards Ceremony will begin to announce the category winners that will then advance to the Austin Energy city-wide science fair. We wish all of our young scientists luck and are excited to see what they will bring this year!

Calling all Volunteers! 

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

HSS-Austin will present its annual Science Fair on Friday, January 17th. We look forward to viewing the wonderful projects that our students have created.

If you would like to volunteer as a guest judge for the Science Fair, log on to your VOLY account and accept the opportunity for: HSS-Austin Science Fair Judges – Log In or Create your VOLY Account today:  https://harmony.voly.org/

Project Judging Begins – 2:45 pm

Parent viewing – 3:30 pm

Awards Ceremony – 4:00 pm

 

Due to Science Fair – We Will Not Have 5th Grade Tutorials

 

Our Awards Assembly for the First Semester awards of achievement will be on Tuesday January 14th. 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

1:45 pm – 4th grade

2:30 pm – 5th grade

Due to our teachers providing tutorials a few days each week, there will not be as many campus clubs available. Campus clubs will be available for selection on Tuesday, January 7th via our online registration on the HSS-Austin website: https://harmonytx.revtrak.net/austin/harmony-school-of-science-austin/#/listCampus Club Times: 3-3:50

Outside Partner Club Times: 3:10-4:10

There will still be several of our Outside Partner Clubs available for our students. Some flyers were sent home before the break and others will be sent home the week of our return.

We will begin after school tutorials soon for the Spring Semester. Due to our teachers providing tutorials, there will not be as many campus clubs available. There will still be several of our outside clubs available for our students.

Please contact your grade level Assistant Principal and homeroom teacher via email if you have any questions regarding your student’s need for tutorials.

Please note: tutorials take priority over clubs, you may select a club on your student’s non-tutorial day.

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Announcement!

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 (G/T) screening. 

Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 2 & up who were tested in Fall 2019 are not eligible to test in Spring 2020. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, February 7, 2020. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a prescreening criterion for GT Testing.

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

 

GATE (Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos) Anuncio

De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, Harmony Public Schools comenzará a tomar referencias para todos los estudiantes interesados en los grados K-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.

Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2019 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2020. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.

Forma de nominación

 

Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del viernes 7 de febrero del 2020.

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

Re-Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year for Harmony families has begun!

During this time of year each January, we ask families to complete a simple, online Re-Enrollment process, letting us know they’ll be joining us for another great year of learning and fun next school year, which starts in August 2020.

This simple step allows us to make sure each current student’s spot at Harmony is reserved for the following school year, and assess how many new student seats we have available for other applicants.

Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools runs January 6-24, 2020. Look for more details in your email inbox, via Skyward, or on our Facebook page. 

Need more info? Here are the full details:

 

#1

What is the difference between Re-Enrollment and Open Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is intended for current Harmony students planning to stay at their current campus the following school year, or who will be advancing to a nearby “feeder” campus (ex. moving from elementary school to middle school). Open Enrollment is for new students, or current students who wish to change Harmony campuses for other reasons (ex. transferring to a campus closer to home).

#2

When is Re-Enrollment season?

For the 2020-2021 school year, re-enrollment will be January 6-24, 2020.

#3

In what form will parents need to apply for Re-Enrollment?

The preferred method for re-enrollment is through the student’s online Skyward account. (A link to Skyward can be found at the top of your campus homepage or you can simply click here.). Parents without internet and/or Skyward access should contact the school registrar’s office for additional assistance.

 #4

If a student plans to stay at the same school next year, are they automatically guaranteed re-enrollment if they complete the re-enrollment process before the deadline? 

Yes, so long as their family completes the re-enrollment process.

#5

What happens if a parent does not submit their re-enrollment information before the deadline?

If a parent misses the deadline to complete the re-enrollment process, then the student will lose his/her reserved space for next school year and must apply during Open Enrollment (Nov. 1, 2019 through Feb. 10, 2020) at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

#6

What does a Harmony parent need to do if they would like to stay with Harmony, but transfer to a different campus for the next school year?

If a parent would like to change Harmony campuses for the following school year, they must submit an application for the desired school at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

 

 

 

Winter background with blue sky and snow on the ground. Snowman with Winter Break No School written in black text.

Winter Break is on the way! Winter Break will begin on Monday, December 23rd and end on Monday, January 6th. All students return to school on Tuesday, January 7, 2020! Have a wonderful time with your families and enjoy the holiday!

 

Winter background with blue sky and snow on the ground. Snowman with Winter Break No School written in black text.

Yellow note pad sheet with early dismissal written in black on it.

We have an early release day on Friday, December 20th before the Winter Break. There will not be any clubs on this day.

All students must be picked up by 12:45pm.

Yellow note pad sheet with early dismissal written in black on it.

 

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 or maybe a t-shirt 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.

 

Our amazing Winter Concert Event will be on Tuesday, December 17th. This year we will be on campus with grade level performances throughout the day. We are also planning a live-stream of this holiday event for our parents & families that are not able to make it.

Kindergarten-1st Grade – 8:30am Performance

2nd-3rd Grade – 1:00pm Performance

4th-5th Grade – 5:30pm Performance