Parent Teacher Conference Day is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, October 14th as well as within the week. Your student’s teacher will send information home soon with more information for availability.

 

Monday, October 14th will be a student holiday and staff professional development day. There will not be school for students on this day.

To support Bullying Prevention Month, the goal is to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages. 

For the remainder of the month of October we’d like parents to assist with encouraging our students to continue their participation with the following activities:

The Week of October 7th – Make friends with someone new at school.

The Week of October 14th – Stand up for others week…be an Upstander not a Bystander

The Week of October 21st – Week of inclusion: don’t let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or play alone on the playground.

The week of October 28th – start the week with conversations with your peers and meet about how you can change the culture at your school.

 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.

The first Monday of every October is World Day of Bullying Prevention™!

On this day students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month every October.

HSS-Austin staff & students are invited to wear a blue shirt with your uniform bottoms on Monday, October 7th to support this important initiative.

 

Friday, October 4th will be Fall Picture Day Makeup Day for any new or absent students that missed our picture day on August 28th. Students should be in school uniforms for these pictures.

 

Kindergarten -2nd Grade parents, please join Mr. Stengler for Coffee Talk on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:00am. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while providing your valuable feedback about effective ways to continue our growth and improve our school.

Please review the invitation below.

HSS-Austin Parent Invitation – HSS-Austin Parent Invitation_2019-2020 Federal programs

 

If you will be able to attend, please submit your attendance response by selecting the link below by Monday, September 30th:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZDNeqO29rEwtYpIbJeDc3NszgFOa6pTDB22mNrwmFVw2UPg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Join us for our Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Fundraiser on Monday, September 30th from 4-7pm.  Invite your friends, families and neighbors to come out and support our school. When you dine in or purchase at the drive thru, just say: “I support Harmony School of Science Spirit Night”, leave your receipt and a donation will be made to the school.

Chick-Fil-A -12501 N. Mopac

North Mopac & Parmer Lane

Austin, Tx. 78727

 

 

 

We would like to announce HSS Austin’s first annual LEGO Competition. HSS Austin would like to celebrate our STEM culture and allow students to work in a team of their choosing to build a stem related LEGO structure and compete in a student-friendly competition across all grade levels. If your child is interested in getting involved here are some important dates:❏ Teams will meet on the following days:

  • Wednesday, 9/11 at 3:30 – student LEGO team will meet to discuss their ideas and plan design, Lego competition rubric will be given to students.
  • Wednesday, Sept 18th, 2019 at 3:30 for student LEGO team will continue planning design.
  • Competition Day: Saturday, 9/28 – 8:30am-12:30pm

Join us for an informational meeting for all parents of our ESL students on Thursday September 26th – 5-6pm.

Join us for PTO Family Skate Night on Friday, September 20th at 6pm. Come by Playland Skate Center located at: 8822 McCann Dr. Austin, Tx. 78757. We’ll see you there!

 

We will host an informational meeting for all parents of our returning Gifted & Talented (GATE) students on Tuesday, September 17th – 5-6pm.

 

Parents, you may download or order the Harmony Public Schools Student & Parent Handbook at any time. Please refer to the steps below to download or order a hard copy of the handbook:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Register for Campus Clubs Online Today! *

HSS-Austin Clubs Newsletter – https://www.smore.com/z7dj1

 

The 2019-2020 HSS-Austin After School Club Program has started!

Online registration & payments are now available for the campus club offerings we currently have available.

Please note that club spot availability is limited. Once a club is full the online option will be labeled: “Out of Stock”.

Online Ordering Instructions:

1. Go to: https://harmonytx.revtrak.net/austin/harmony-school-of-science-austin/#/list2. Click on Clubs – select your student’s grade level

3. Select your student’s club of interest (the day of the club is listed first: Mon – Garden Club)

4. Select the payment option you prefer (September/Monthly or Semester)

5. Enter the student’s name. Click on “Add to Cart” and proceed with your order for payment until you receive confirmation

HSS-Austin After School Campus Club Program Offerings – Meeting Times 3-3:50:

Campus Club Meeting Times: 3:00-3:50

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Clubs:

Monday:  Garden Club, Arts & Crafts, Beginner Chess Club

Tuesday:  Lego Club, Yoga Club

Thursday:  Math Kangaroo (1st-2nd), STEM Club

Friday:  Movie Club, Board Games

3rd-5th Grade Clubs:

Monday:  Storytelling & Writing UIL Competition, Art & Art UIL Competition Club, Chess Club & Chess Puzzle UIL Competition, Robotics Team 4th & 5th (Robotics assessment required)- For Robotics Team email: Mrs. Cox – coloma.cox@harmonytx.org

Tuesday:  Choir & Music Memory UIL Competition, Oral Reading UIL Competition

Thursday:  Mathletes Competition Club 4th & 5th (Math assessment required), Spanish Club, Spelling Bee & UIL Spelling, Yoga

Friday:  Actor’s Studio Club, Aviation/Drone Club

HSS-Austin After School Outside Club Partners – Meeting Times: 3:10-4:10

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly-enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment.

Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site. Here are the links for the forms;

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 27, 2019. G/T assessment period will take place in October.

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

 

September Menus

TEA recently released the 2019 school ratings based on the state accountability and Harmony School of Science – Austin received a “B” rating.  The campus continues to see tremendous growth from 2018 with a 6% increase.

We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our wonderful students and staff.  We look forward to our continued growth and becoming an “A” rated school next year.

For more detailed information please use the following link: https://txschools.gov/

If your HSS-Austin student is a bus rider of any of our bus depot locations, please register your email or cell phone number today with Remind 101.  When you register you will have access to real time updates regarding your student’s bus including morning or afternoon bus transportation delays.  This will allow us a quicker and more efficient way to send information & updates to you when we receive them.

Please select the link for your student’s bus depot location and register today:

Camden Bus (Camden Apartments) – https://www.remind.com/join/hssaus

Round Rock Bus (New Hope Community Church) – https://www.remind.com/join/hssausrr

Tech Ridge Bus (old Sears Parking Lot) – https://www.remind.com/join/hssaustr

Wells Branch Bus (HSA-Pf) – 

https://www.remind.com/join/hssau

 

Please note: the update text messages will only be for important information to be sent to you regarding your student’s bus, not for a chat communication purpose.

HSS-Austin Bus Locations & Times

Please review the bus depot locations and times. Please remember that it is very important for parents to be at the designated locations for departure and arrival. Our drivers have a schedule that will be followed accordingly.

Bus #879 – Tech Ridge (Parmer & IH-35)
Departure Time6:45 AM
Arrival Time: 3:45 PM
12625 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78753

Bus #880 – Round Rock (New Hope Community Church)
Departure Time: 6:45 AM 
Arrival Time: 3:50 PM 
2330 Dry Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681

Bus #880 – Wells Branch Campus
Departure Time – 7:15 AM
Arrival Time: 3:30 PM
1421 Wells Branch Pkwy #200, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Bus #869 – Camden Apartments
Departure Time – 7:10 AM
Arrival Time: 3:40 PM

12349 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Will Your Student be a Bus Rider & You Missed Student Orientation?

If you were NOT able to attend Orientation to fill out the BLUE Bus Transportation Form, please fill out the form below
so we will know how many students will be on the buses beginning this week.  Please note that if you did not fill out the
BLUE form, we will need that form filled out by Friday, August 16th.  This information in the form below is only for parents of bus students that

did NOT attend Orientation or haven’t had a chance to fill out the BLUE Bus Transportation Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-zuQBw_hFibMLOAE8g7dBCBQ6W7GdYyclT9CVN_s07w/edit

 

The First Day of School is Wednesday, August 14th  –  Student doors will open at 7:20am.  Students will enter the school from the drop off area in the back of the building.

The front office will be open from 7:15am-4pm Monday thru Friday during the school year.  If you have not turned in all registration paperwork, please do so as soon as possible.  Enjoy your last few days of summer break… we’ll see you soon!

Welcome to HSS-Austin to our Kindergarten students & parents!  Join us for Kindergarten Cub Camp & Orientation on Monday, August 12th from 12-2pm.

During Cub Camp you will be able to:

  • Drop off Supplies 

  • Fill out lunch application forms (may be completed at home)

  • Meet your student’s classroom teacher

  • Participate in a parent activity

  • Have your student participate in an activity

  • Purchase uniforms

  • Receive information about HSS after school clubs

  • Fill out classroom information for your child

What can be done at home?

Review & Reference the Orientation Packet (includes:  HSS-Austin policies, procedures, drop off and dismissal instructions, bus information, dress code policy), lunch application instructions, School Supply List and the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.

Important documents for your review:

  1. Orientation Packet – HSS Austin Policies & Procedures
  2. HSS Austin Online Lunch Application Instructions
  3. HSS Austin School Supply List  
  4. HSS 2019-20 Academic Calendar

 

Please contact the front office at 512-821-1700 if you have any questions.  We can’t wait to see all of our HSS-Austin Kindergarten Tiger Cubs for the 2019-2020 School Year!

 

Join us for Student Orientation on Friday, August 2nd according to the schedule below:

1st & 2nd Grade:  1:30 pm – 3:30 pm  

3rd-5th Grade:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

During orientation, you will be able to:

  • Fill out lunch application forms

  • Purchase uniforms

  • Meet teachers

  • Receive information about HSS after school clubs

  • Receive valuable school information

  • Drop off supplies

 

What can be done at home?

Review & Reference the Orientation Packet (includes:  HSS-Austin policies, procedures, drop off and dismissal instructions, bus information, dress code policy), lunch application instructions, School Supply List and the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.

Important documents for your review:

  1. Orientation Packet – HSS Austin Policies & Procedures
  2. HSS Austin Online Lunch Application Instructions
  3. HSS Austin School Supply List  
  4. HSS 2019-20 Academic Calendar

 

Please contact the front office at 512-821-1700 if you have any questions.  We can’t wait to see all of our HSS-Austin Tigers for the 2019-2020 School Year!

 

 

Parents, if you missed the opportunity to pre-order school supply packs online please view the HSS-Austin 2019-2020 School Supply List:

HSS-Austin 2019-2020 School Supply List

 

“We are very happy to continue to reward our staff for their dedication to excellence,” said Fatih Ay, CEO of Harmony Public Schools. “Every year our 34,000 plus students consistently exceed state education standards. Our teacher’s hard work is recognized annually by major publications, such as US News Best High Schools, and noted children’s advocacy groups.”

In addition to a base salary increase of between $3,500 & $5,000, teachers will be awarded a stipend of $1,000 if they have between 5 and 9 years of classroom experience. Those with more than 10 years’ experience will receive $2,000. “We see this as an investment not only in our teachers but in our students as well,” Ay said.

The new salary schedule follows Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the $11.5 Billion school finance reform package. Harmony chose to target additional funding into pay & benefits for teachers and staff. These increases have been presented to the HPS Board of Directors, and will be up for approval after receiving regulations from TEA.

Harmony Proposed Pay Increases

Please note that our current summer office hours are:  8am-3pm.  Harmony campuses will be closed for the duration of:  Monday, June 24th – Friday, July 5th for the summer break.  Have a great summer!