We will host a special winter event – “Lot of Lights” next week on Wednesday, December 16th for our students! This event will be a drive thru event only in the back parking lot (dismissal area). Families will drive through similar to a mini trail of lights. You may drive through a second time if you missed something or just want to take another ride around.

We will display a variety of lights, a holiday movie on a large screen, other winter decorations and a few of your teachers may be there to say Happy Holidays as we head into our winter break. We hope you will be able to stop by as we miss all of you & want to see your faces.

It’s time for our last spirit week of the year…it’s December’s Holiday Cheer Spirit Week! Our December Spirit Week will be dedicated to spreading the holiday cheer!  Don’t forget that all spirit day attire must still be school appropriate according to our Harmony Free Dress Policy.

Monday – Comfy Cozy Monday:  Wear your favorite super comfy, soft & cozy shirt or an entire outfit

Tuesday – Plenty of Plaid Tuesday:  Wear anything plaid or flannel

Wednesday – Holiday Hat Wednesday:  Wear your favorite holiday hat, socks and/or face mask

Thursday – Holiday PJ Thursday:  Wear your favorite warm & fuzzy holiday or red & green pj’s

Friday – Ugly Holiday Sweater Day:  Wear your best or worst holiday sweater or shirt & jeans

 

Don’t forget to post your Spirit Week Photos on our Facebook page to appear in Tiger Talk!

It’s almost time for our Scholastic Book Fair! This year the fair will be all online with a 360 virtual tour. You will have access to all of the amazing books and fun items as before. All orders are delivered right to your door & shipping is FREE on book-only orders over $25. Plus, all purchases benefit the school.

Our holiday breaks will be a great time to snuggle up with a good book and keep our students engaged with reading. So start shopping for your little ones and maybe find a book for yourself.

Visit our Scholastic Online Book Fair Page beginning Monday, November 23rd:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hssaustin

The HPS Austin district will be hosting their 2nd district safety meeting for the school year. Please join us on Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 10:00 am at the following link: DISTRICT SAFETY MEETING

Location: Zoom

Interest survey: Please complete this form if you plan to attend

Date: Monday November 16th, 2020

Time: 11:35am 

Please email any questions to: Erika Chody at: EChody@harmonytx.org

 

This meeting is to review the Needs and Goals established in the Spring for 2020-2021. The DIP Committee set up goals and areas of growth in the spring and in this meeting we would look over those items and see how we are progressing.

Ubicación: Zoom

Encuesta de interés: complete este formulario si planea asistir

Fecha: 16 de noviembre de 2020

Hora: 11:35 am

Envíe sus preguntas por correo electrónico a: Erika Chody a: EChody@harmonytx.org

 

 

It’s time for our November Spirit Week before we head out for our Thanksgiving Break! Our November Spirit Week will be dedicated to being Thankful Tigers!  Don’t forget that all spirit day attire must still be school appropriate according to our Harmony Free Dress Policy.

Monday – I Woke up Like This Monday:  Wear your favorite pj’s a pj shirt & jeans (no slippers) or wear your favorite morning look

Tuesday – Team Day Tuesday:  Let’s gear up for football season & wear your favorite team shirt or jersey

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday :  Wear silly hair, crazy socks, crazy outfit or just something super out of the ordinary

Thursday – Turkey Thursday:  Dress like a turkey with a hat, shirt, accessories or just wear orange, yellow or brown

Friday – Spirit Day Friday:  Wear your spirit shirt or our school colors blue, red or white

 

Don’t forget to post your Spirit Week Photos on our Facebook page to appear in Tiger Talk!

In honor of the brave men & women that have sacrificed for our country to provide protection & freedom…we salute you. Let’s show some honor and have a Red, White & Blue Day! Get creative with some hair designs, or make a shirt or wear the colors on this special day.

We are preparing for our Annual Science Fair which will lead up to the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair for students that move on to that level. Participation in this year’s Science Fair is optional for 3rd-5th grades. If your student is interested, please plan to attend this informative parent meeting on Tuesday, November 10th at 5:30pm.

* Virtual meeting information will be sent to 3rd-5th grade students & parents later this week *

Although we are in a virtual situation we still want to celebrate our family of Veteran’s. If you have a family member that is a military member either active service, retired or those with a lasting legacy…submit a photo and additional information by clicking the link below. We would like to provide a special virtual presentation on Veteran’s Day. All entries must be received by Thursday, November 5th by noon.

Veteran Info & Photo Submission

Ms. Hernandez will begin all required health screenings starting November 2nd. It is important for on campus students to be in attendance at school so these important screenings can be completed in a timely manner.

Parents of Distance Learners will have an opportunity to schedule an appointment to bring students to campus only for their screening. This process will only take a few minutes.

 

Class Attendance: during the scheduled appointment time, students will be excused for the class period involved. Students are still responsible for their assignments for that class.

Schedule and Appointment: Please schedule your appointment by clicking this link (for Distance Learners only): https://calendly.com/hssaustin/15min?month=2020-11

 

If parents choose to opt-out of the required screenings, the State of Texas requires that you submit a valid doctor’s evaluation to the school for this exemption.  Please review the important information in the notice below for all details and instructions before scheduling and to make sure you don’t have any questions.

Harmony Health Screening Notice to Parents

Open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year at Harmony Public Schools begins November 1st. If you have friends or family members that are searching for a new school please spread the word about Open Enrollment for new students only.  Current Harmony students will re-enroll in January 2021. Here’s everything you need to know about enrollment for next year.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

November 1, 2020 – February 10th 2021

Open Enrollment for 2021-2022 – New Students ONLY

Apply Online – https://www.harmonytx.org/apply/

 

January 2021

Re-Enrollment Period – Current Harmony Students remaining at the same campus (including transitional grades – 5th grade going to 6th)

 

February 11-25, 2021

Campus Lotteries Will Be Held (if needed)

Our Thanksgiving Holiday break is coming soon and there will be no school.  Please mark your calendars for the week of Monday, November 23rd – Friday, November 27th and take the time to enjoy your families.

District Safety Meeting Zoom Link

In honor of all things spooky…let’s get ready for our Spooktacular Spirit Week! Join the web of fun 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 – Marvel Monday:  Wear your favorite Marvel superhero or villain attire

Tuesday – Troll Tuesday:  Dress like a Troll & wear a bright colored shirt or just have a crazy hair day

Wednesday – Disney Wednesday:  Wear your favorite Disney character attire

Thursday – Tiger Pride Thursday:  Dress as the Tiger you are in your HSS spirit shirt, tiger print or solid orange or black

Friday – Book Character Friday:  Dress up like your favorite book character

 

Don’t forget to post your Spirit Week Photos on our Facebook page to appear in Tiger Talk!

Our Spanish Club under the leadership of Mrs. Cruz, will sponsor our Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Celebration on Friday, October 16th. Our celebration will be presented online in class by Mexic-Arte Museum and will include a virtual museum exhibit. We are so excited to participate in this amazing cultural experience.

Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Celebration Schedule:

PreK-2nd Grade @ 10am

3rd-5th Grade @ 2pm

The 2020-2021 Virtual After School Club Program is in session! Online registration is now available for the virtual club offerings we currently have available. Students may participate in our Virtual Club Program for free this year.

Club availability is limited, once a club is full there will not be any additional spots. Once you sign up, students & parents will receive the Zoom link. Sign up today if you are interested in a Virtual After School Club – click the link below to select a club based on grade level, day & times available:  https://forms.gle/CbFhocJHF8gbCpPj7

*Please note, if new clubs become available we will inform parents and students at that time.

* There are NO on campus clubs at this time *

Parents and guardians,

You are cordially invited to attend the Austin District VIRTUAL Title I Parent & Family Engagement Information Meeting held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 3:00pm (Via Zoom).

Please fill out the Google Form below to receive the Zoom link if you plan to attend the virtual meeting.
Google Form: https://forms.gle/wP63P7dTKnLqbaoK8

Agenda Items:
1. Title I Program Presentation
2. Review and evaluate last year’s PFE Policy and District-Parent Compact
3. Jointly develop PFE Policy and Compact for the current year
4. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance
5. Comments, Q&A

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Padres y tutores,

Está cordialmente invitado a asistir a la reunión informativa sobre la participación de padres y familias del Título I VIRTUAL del Distrito de Austin que se llevará a cabo el martes 13 de octubre de 2020 a las 3:00 pm (Via Zoom).

Complete el formulario de Google a continuación para recibir el enlace de Zoom si planea asistir a la reunión virtual.
Formulario de Google: https://forms.gle/wP63P7dTKnLqbaoK8

Elementos de la agenda:
1. Presentación del programa Título I
2. Revisar y evaluar la Política de PFE del año pasado y el Acuerdo entre Padres y Distrito
3. Desarrollar conjuntamente la Política y el Pacto de PFE para el año en curso.
4. Plan de estudios de la escuela, rendimiento académico
5. Comentarios, preguntas y respuestas

 

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state.

This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

“Great principals and school leaders, given their unique talents and devotion to their teachers and students, should receive the support they need to continue to be successful,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan. “Under the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, the U.S. Department of Education provides assistance to school districts that are rethinking how to strengthen instructional leadership to make sure principals and leadership teams are well equipped to support their teachers and students. I look forward to seeing how the grant funds are utilized by Harmony Public Schools.”

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Character.org.

Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for both students and team members.

 

About Harmony Public Schools

Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

There will be a Student Holiday and Parent-Teacher Conference Day on Wednesday, September, 30th. Some Parent Teacher Conferences will also take place within the week. If you have not scheduled your conference, please reach out to your child’s teacher for scheduling availability.

Although we are virtually in class we can still have some fun. Join us in our First Spirit Week for the school year! Don’t forget that all spirit day attire must still be school appropriate according to our Harmony Free Dress Policy.

Monday – Crazy Hair or Hat Day:  keep the bed hair, style your hair in a silly way or wear a silly hat

Tuesday – Bye Bye Beach Day:  wear your favorite beach attire or hat as we say bye bye to summer

Wednesday – NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conference Day

Thursday – College on Your Mind Day:  wear your favorite college shirt

Friday – PJammin’ on Friday:  wear your favorite pajamas (must be school appropriate)

 

Don’t forget to post your Spirit Week Photos on our Facebook page to appear in Tiger Talk!

Friday, September 25th will be a Student Holiday and Staff Professional Development Day.   Enjoy your long weekend!

Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, October 5, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
11 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
2 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

As part of our regular procedures of making sure our students and staff are protected as much as possible, we have recently completed a Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Treatment process for our entire campus. You may click the link below to view the certification information.

HSS-Austin Certificate of Disinfectant Treatment

You will also find the notification letter regarding the Annual Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This notification serves as notice that our campus is free of any building materials that contain asbestos.

HSS-Austin Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Notification

As we continue to monitor the pandemic situation and receive updated information from local state and health officials, we are providing updated information for our parents.  Please review the parent letter regarding our campus plans for re-opening in Stages.

HSS-Austin Parent Update Regarding Opening