Join us as we host our annual Winter Concert & Holidays Around the World Holiday Event. We will begin with grade level performances. Families will then be able to participate in a tour of our Holidays Around the World display throughout the school before you leave for the evening.
Please be mindful of our limited space for parking and concert seating by limiting attendees to just your family.
Concert Performance Times (students should arrive 10 minutes before their concert time):
PreK-1st Grade – 4:30pm
2nd-3rd Grade – 5:10pm
4th-5th Grade – 5:45pm
Are you considering joining our school for the 2023-2024 school year and you want to learn more about our campus? Please join us as we host several Open House and Tour events.
Please review the Open House dates available and reserve your tour spot today: HSS-Austin Open House
Wednesday, December 7th, 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 18th, 4:30pm
Wednesday, February 8th, 4:30pm
We hope to see you soon!
It’s time for our last spirit week of the year…December’s Holiday Cheer Spirit Week! Our December Spirit Week will be dedicated to spreading the holiday cheer! Remember: All spirit day attire must be school appropriate according to our Harmony Free Dress Policy.
Monday – Marvelous Monday-Wear anything that makes you feel marvelous or comfy & cozy
Tuesday – Holiday Best Tuesday -Wear your favorite holiday outfit or accessories (headwear, scarf, hat, etc.)
Wednesday – We’re Rocking the 80’s Wednesday – Wear your best 80’s outfit to celebrate the 80th day of school!
Thursday – Holiday/Ugly Holiday Sweater Day Thursday: Wear your best or worst holiday sweater or shirt & jeans
Friday – Holiday PJ Friday: Wear your favorite warm & fuzzy holiday/holiday colored pj’s
Don’t forget to post your Spirit Week Photos on our Facebook page or email Ms. Williams with the subject: “Holiday Cheer Spirit Week” to appear in Tiger Talk!
Central Texas District Safety Meeting will be held on Dec. 9, 2022, from 10:00-11:00 am. The link is Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
We will have the 2nd round of Harmony District Assessments next week. Please have students at school on time by 7:45am for test instructions. This will be for our 3rd-5th grade students only.
District Assessment Schedule:
Tuesday, December 6th: 3rd-5th Grade Reading
Wednesday, December 7th: 3rd-5th Grade Math
Thursday, December 8th: 5th Grade Science
Test Prep Suggestions for Students:
- Have a good breakfast before testing
- Get enough sleep the night before
- Take your time and try your best on the test to show us how much you have learned!
Enjoy your family and celebrate during our Thanksgiving School Holiday & Break during the week of Monday, November 21st – Friday, November 25th. We will see you for classes to begin on the following week Monday, November 28th.
Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.
Interested applicants may apply online.
Hope Food Pantry Austin is a partner agency with Central Texas Food Bank. They collaborate with community partners to help alleviate hunger in the Austin community. HSS-Austin would like to help in this initiative by hosting a Thankful Tigers Food Drive – November 1st – 18th.
We want to encourage our students to be helpful and to serve others that are in need. Our students will take part in their classrooms by sorting and counting their homeroom contributions and having meaningful conversations about the importance of our service to the community. We appreciate your support in this endeavor by speaking to your student at home and work together as a family to participate.
Items requested: shelf stable items like breakfast cereal, pancake or muffin mixes, cartons of shelf stable milk, cans of fruits or vegetables: corn, green beans, peas etc., diced or whole tomatoes, fruit, soup, chili, ravioli, peanut butter (smaller than 18 oz), canned meats (tuna, chicken or salmon), pasta, bags of rice and beans, granola/protein bars, condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, salt/pepper).
Please use the following guidelines before sending your food items to school:
- NO opened, dusty, old/dented containers
- NO glass products
- NO EXPIRED ITEMS or PACKAGES OVER 2 POUNDS
- Please donate stable boxes or plastic totes to hold large food items during our food drive
To learn more about Hope Food Pantry and their mission, visit their website: http://hopefoodpantryaustin.org/
It’s one of our favorite events of the school year….it’s Book Character Day! Dress up as your favorite book character (no costume weapons or face masks). Remember to bring your book that day so you are ready for our Book Character Parade. Don’t worry parents, we will livestream our parade so you can be a part of the fun!
October is in the United States. Let’s deepen our understanding of this language-based challenge and try to raise awareness in our community.
Eight-year-old Evan is one of the brightest children in his third-grade class. He has a wonderful vocabulary and knows everything there is to know about baseball—he can even tell you who played in each of the last ten World Series games and who won. But when it comes to reading about baseball—or anything else—Evan has a lot of trouble. It takes him a long time to read each word, and even longer to read whole sentences. He often has to guess at how you say a word—and sometimes his guess is wrong. Reading out loud is especially stressful and embarrassing. His teacher recently told Evan’s parents that she thinks he might have dyslexia.
Most people assume that part of being smart is being able to read well. About 100 years ago, though, doctors figured out that some people, even some very smart people who do really well at many other things, have trouble learning to read. This difficulty with reading is called dyslexia.
Taare Zameen Par- Every Child is Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z14uE7U0HY
Ishaan, a student who has dyslexia, cannot seem to get anything right at his boarding school. Soon, a new unconventional art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, helps him discover his hidden potential.
Join the web of fun for our Spooktacular Spirit Week and show us some tricks while we treat ourselves to a Spooktacular Week!
Don’t forget that all spirit day attire must still be school appropriate according to our Harmony Free Dress Policy. NO face masks or fully painted faces during class…we must be able to recognize you.
Monday – Fall Plaid Monday: Get ready for fall and wear your favorite plaid shirt or socks with jeans (no rips or tears)
Tuesday – Pink Out Tuesday: Honor Breast Cancer Awareness & wear anything pink (shirt, socks, hat, bows)
Wednesday – Halfsie & 50th Day of School Wednesday: It’s the 50th day of school…We’re halfway to 100! Go half & wear half casual/dressy, half colored shirts and/or pants or get creative with 50’s Throwback & wear 50’s outfits
Thursday – Disney Thursday: Wear your favorite Disney t-shirt or character accessories (hat, headband, socks, etc.)
Friday – Pumped That It’s Friday: Wear your favorite workout, sweatsuit or sports jersey attire (school appropriate – no tank tops unless w/a t-shirt)
Don’t forget to post your Spirit Week Photos on our Facebook page (#HSSAustinSpirit) to appear in our next edition of Tiger Talk!
There will be a Student Holiday and Parent-Teacher Conference Day on Wednesday, October, 19th. Some Parent Teacher Conferences will also take place within the week. Your student’s teacher will send an email message soon with more information for availability.
We will have Fall Picture Make-Up Day on Friday, October 14th ONLY for students that were absent or need a retake from the 1st Fall Picture Day in September.
Parent & Family Engagement Policy Documents:
Monday, October 10th will be a Student and Staff Holiday. Enjoy this super long weekend!
Friday, October 7th will be a Student Holiday and Staff Professional Development Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
For 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 3rd – Make friends with someone new at school and challenge your family or friends to pay it forward with acts of kindness.
The Week of October 10th – Stand up for others week…be an Upstander not a Bystander
The Week of October 17th – Week of inclusion: don’t let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or play alone on the playground.
The week of October 24th – start the week with conversations with your peers and meet about how you can change the culture at your school.
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.
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Announcement!
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 website.
The deadline for GATE referral is September 30, 2022, and G/T assessment period will take place in October. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s G/T coordinator or G/T coach/teacher.
GATE (Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos) Anuncio
De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony comenzarán a recibir referencias para kindergarten y estudiantes recién inscritos en los grados 1-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.
Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.
La fecha límite de referencia de GATE es el 30 de septiembre de 2022 y el período de evaluación de G / T se llevará a cabo en octubre.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.
Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,
With a new year comes new opportunities and a time for new beginnings. We believe this school year is going to be filled with more opportunities than ever for achievement, exploration, and inspiration for our students and team members across Texas.
This year, Harmony is proud to welcome its largest class ever – roughly 42,000 students – to our 60 campuses. Harmony also experienced its largest batch of new student applicants – more than 50,000 – for this school year. Neither of these accomplishments could have been possible without the support of our Harmony families and staff members sharing the good word about their school with friends, neighbors, and families. For that, we owe you our thanks.
Whether your family is new to Harmony or you’ve been with us for years, Harmony will offer each of our scholars the same high-quality, STEM-focused education filled with opportunities to connect and engage with their schools, teachers, and classmates.
Though it has been only a few days since the first of our schools opened for the 2022-23 school year, already we have some exciting news to share. This week, the Texas Education Agency released its first State Accountability Ratings since the start of the pandemic. We are excited to report that five HPS districts and 23 HPS campuses earned a perfect “A” rating on this key report. Two districts and 32 campuses also received “B” ratings. Collectively, Harmony was the highest scoring major Texas charter school network in terms of the percentage of campuses which scored a “B” or better.
These results come on the heels of some extraordinary spring STAAR test results, which found that statewide not only had most of our students made up any achievement loss caused by the COVID pandemic, but in the majority of our schools, our students actually scored higher than they did pre-pandemic. Despite these successes, the work to help our students fully rebound from the pandemic will continue throughout 2022-23, as we continue to emphasize additional learning acceleration and ongoing emotional well-being support for our students.
Our TEA Ratings and STAAR scores are just a couple of the reasons why we’re so excited to begin another school year, but there are plenty more. In addition to our normal annual programs and initiatives, Harmony will be focusing on several key areas this school year:
- School culture and climates of character will continue to be a primary focus for all of our campuses. The positive results of this ongoing initiative already are plain to see. Systemwide, we have seen a dramatic drop in behavioral incidents at our campuses, as an increase in counselor staffing is helping to better support students before possible issues arise. HPS also is proud to share that in 2021-22, three of our campuses were named National Schools of Character, making a total of seven HPS national winners in the past three years. Thirteen campuses have also been named State Schools of Character. We expect several other campuses to earn these honors this year.
- We will continue to focus on school safety measures and scientific-based health protocols to keep our students and staff safe and focused on achievement. Over the summer, each of our schools conducted additional campus safety training, including security audits of their points of entry. This is in addition to the long-standing security measures already in place, which include yearly safety audits, which exceed the TEA requirement of once every three years. We will continue to work to increase the safety of our school communities, as keeping our students and team members safe is our highest priority.
- For our former students, we will continue to offer a number of assistance programs to ensure their long-term success after HPS. First, the HPS Alumni Career Center will provide ongoing support and services to assist them with career development, job placement, and long-term success. Next, Harmony is extending its postsecondary support services with the new Alumni College Coaching program. The program aims to provide on-college campus coaching, and monthly success workshops to increase Harmony graduates’ enrollment, retention, and more importantly their college completion. It will be piloted at three universities this fall: the University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, and North American University. Finally, our College & Career counselors are wrapping up a successful season of “summer melt” intervention to make sure last year’s graduating seniors become this year’s entering college freshmen. Across our system, HPS made personal contact with 94% of our Class of 2022 to make sure they are still enrolled in college, have their financial aid in order, and know when and where to be on Day 1 of college.
- To help prepare our students for the workforce, we will continue to expand our Career & Technical Education (CTE) and Industry-Based Certification (IBC) programs. Harmony currently offers more than 650 career pathways courses in 10 different fields, including Biomedical Science, Engineering, Programming & Software Development, Accounting & Financial Services, and Business Management, among others. In 2021-22, HPS invested more than $19 million in federal funds into these programs, allowing more than 15,000 students to get a jumpstart on the future careers of their dreams.
- Through our Harmony Partners in Education program, we will continue to seek businesses, volunteers, and other community members who can bring resources and opportunities to our schools and students. During 2021-22, Partners in Education matched more than 1,000 partners with school projects across our system.
- For students interested in a career in public service, HPS will continue to expand its rapidly-growing Service Leadership Society, which already is among the largest of any school system in the state. Harmony’s SLS program is dedicated to encouraging civic engagement among our students and exposing them to leadership opportunities within their communities while at the same time, allowing them to interact with elected officials and their staff.
- To continue supporting the continued influx of interest in Harmony, we are continuing to add new campuses and expand others. This school year, HPS debuts two new campuses – Harmony School of Excellence-Katy and Harmony School of Science-San Antonio – as well as four additional major campus expansions. We’re also breaking ground on three others – in El Paso, Fort Worth, and Leander – this school year.
As you can see, we all have a lot to look forward to this year.
On behalf of our team members, faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you and your family to the 2022- 2023 school year. We look forward to getting to know your family better this school year and sharing all that Harmony has to offer.
CEO | Harmony Public Schools
Friday, September 3rd will be a Student Holiday and Staff Professional Development Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
We will host an informational meeting for all parents of our current and newly nominated Gifted & Talented (GT) students on Tuesday, August 30th from 5-6pm.
If you would like more information about the Gifted & Talented Program, please attend this meeting. For questions, please contact Mrs. Suzek: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 1st will be Fall Picture Day! Students should be in their full school uniform for these pictures.
Join us Monday, August 8th, 4-6pm for Meet the Teacher Night to see your student’s teacher and say “hello”. Please make your visit brief as we want to allow as many parents and students in the building that we can in a safe manner.
Feel free to bring school supplies…please have them bagged and labeled with your child’s first and last name. If you can’t make this event, please feel free to drop off bagged & labeled supplies any day before school begins from 8am-3:30pm.
Please note: We kindly ask that parents attend with their student and DO NOT bring additional family members as space in the classrooms will be limited. We want to have a safe event and we don’t want to crowd the building. Your cooperation in the manner is appreciated!
Due to high demand, many uniform sizes quickly were sold out shortly after we launched our new online uniform store Thursday.
Stock shortage is not expected to be an ongoing issue. Fortunately, our uniform supplier has informed that they have added new inventory and are continuing to work to provide additional color and size choices as quickly as possible.
Shop now to get your uniforms purchases in time for the first day of school and take advantage of these offers:
EARLY SHOPPER SAVINGS
Shop July 21-Aug. 4 to get short sleeve polos for only $13.50 (reg. $15) or long sleeve for only $16.50 (reg. $18).
FREE HOME SHIPPING
Buy two or more items to qualify for free shipping directly to your home using promo code HPSPOLO at checkout.
Two Ways to Shop Your School’s Uniform Store
On Our Site
Click ‘Uniforms’ under the PARENTS tab of your child’s campus website.
Search for your campus name and city on the ‘Shop By School’ page.
Frequently Asked Questions
The size and color I want are still out of stock – what can I do?
Our partners at French Toast are working hard to get more colors and sizes in stock as soon as possible. To get an automatic update when your uniform preference is ready to purchase, just enter your email in the ‘Notify Me’ box under the product ‘Out of Stock’ message.
Can my child still wear uniforms that were purchased previously?
Of course! If your child’s uniform is still in good condition, they are welcome to continue wearing uniforms from previous years, even if the campus has updated to a new uniform color scheme.
The free shipping code isn’t working – what’s up?
The free shipping code – HPSPOLO – is for orders of two items are more, so just make sure you have enough items to qualify for free shipping in your cart. If you’re still experiencing issues, please contact Customer Service at https://www.frenchtoast.com/contact-us.
Which uniform color do I need for my child?
When ordering new uniforms and polos, the following are the approved color schemes for each grade level:
The uniform color options don’t look like the ones I see above
– is something wrong?
There might be a minor color variation between the preview image on the French Toast website and the images above, but not by much. If the uniform you’re selecting doesn’t look right, just make sure you have the correct dress code selected from the drop down near the top of your screen.
Why can’t I just order uniforms directly at my campus anymore?
Unfortunately, year-round direct sales of school uniforms can be a complicated and time-consuming process for an individual campus. We’d rather put our team’s talents to use by serving our students. By partnering with an industry-leading school uniform supply company like French Toast, Harmony is able to keep uniform costs down for families while freeing up school staff (and storage space!) to focus on the other needs of our schools.
No returns or exchanges.
Uniforms will no longer be available for purchase at campuses.
- Media & Public Relations
Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at email@example.com . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
HPS Child Find Policy
Please click here for the HPS Child Find Policy.
As required by Title IX, Harmony Public Schools does not (and is required not to) discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. This non-discrimination requirement applies to admission to and employment with Harmony Public Schools. Inquiries into issues related to Title IX may be referred to Harmony’s Title IX Coordinator(s) (identified below), to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.
Title IX training presentation link
Harmony’s Title IX Coordinators:
Director of Internal Investigations
HPS Central Office
713-343-3333 x1104 Employee and applicant matters
Kelly Ann Hebeler
Director of Employee Relations
HPS Central Office
Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.
Harmony Public Schools Admission Policy
Click here to see Harmony Public Schools Admission Policy.
DR. ONER ULVI CELEPCIKAY, MR. HOMER STEWART, MRS. HELEN SHERWOOD, DR. HAKDURAN KOC, DR. MEHMET ARGIN, DR. OSMAN KANLIOGLU, MS. LAURA GONZALES