HSS-Austin Tiger Talk

Week of August 30th -September 3, 2021

~ A Message From Mr. Stengler ~

Dear HSS-Austin Families!


We've come to the end of our 4th week of school and we are making great strides. Let's keep the momentum going strong and remember to have our students in school on time by 7:45am. We have so much to accomplish this year and we want to make sure our students don't miss out. I hope that everyone can take some time to relax with your families, enjoy a long restful weekend and get ready for more character building and academic driven weeks ahead.


We appreciate your cooperation and support. Have a great Labor Day Weekend!


Sincerely,


Mr. Waylon Stengler, M.Ed.

Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

~ Announcements & Reminders ~

Daily Reminders: Be on Time by 7:45am, Wear Your School Uniform, Bring Class Supplies & Water Bottle

Dismissal: Monday-Thursday @ 3:05pm, Friday @ 2:05pm

Labor Day Student Holiday - Monday, September 6th

Our first student holiday will be in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 6th. School will resume at 7:45am on Tuesday, September 7th.

Didn't Get a Chance to Order Fall Pictures? You Can Still Order Online

If you weren't quite ready or didn't have a chance to order pictures of your student in their school uniform from our Fall Picture Day this week, there is still plenty of time. You can place your order online now or when the proofs are available for review in 2-3 weeks.


To place an order, please follow the instructions below:

  • Visit: https://www.strawbridge.net/
  • Select the RED button that says Order Pictures & Yearbooks
  • Enter our school Online Order Code: FM371699
  • Select the GREEN button that says FIND
  • Enter the required information to find your student's pictures and place your order.


Any paid orders that were placed on Fall Picture Day will be delivered to the school in the next 2-3 weeks.

Complete the Household Income Information Form on Skyward

Because meal eligibility applications will not be collected this year and all daily meals are free to students, we ask that all parents (regardless of income) log in to your Parent Skyward account and complete the Household Income Information Form.


We appreciate your support by submitting this form as it provides program benefits to your family through other organizations and also provides more funding from Tx Education Agency to provide more services to our students and parents.

ESL Virtual Parent Meeting - Thursday, September 9th, 5-6PM

Join us for an informational meeting for all parents of our ESL students on Thursday September 9th from 5-6pm. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to parents from our ESL Coordinator, Mrs. Cox.

HSS Spirit Shirts for Sale - Coming Soon!

We will have new Spirit Shirts coming out soon. We will send out a link for ordering so we can all get geared up for 2021-2022!

Student Holiday & Staff Development Day - Friday, September 24th

Friday, September 24th will be a Student Holiday and Staff Professional Development Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

Let's Get Ready to ROAR!!! College Ready Spirit Week - September 27th - October 1st

Monday: College Life Pajama Day - wear your favorite pj's (must be school appropriate with tennis shoes on, no spaghetti straps or tank tops, shorts should be knee length)


Tuesday: Highlight Your Future - wear bright or neon colors or just wear your shades if you're too cool for school.


Wednesday: College Tailgate Day - wear your favorite college gear, college colors or college football game attire.


Thursday: Hats Off to Your Education - wear your favorite hat (graduation caps are great) or just go all the way with crazy hair.


Friday: Tiger Pride Day - wear your favorite HSS Spirit shirt, a shirt with a tiger image or orange & black attire.

Gifted & Talented (GT) Virtual Parent Meeting (Newly Nominated Parents), Thursday, September 30th, 5-6pm.

We will host an informational meeting for all parents of our newly nominated Gifted & Talented (GT) students on Tuesday, August 31st from 5-6pm. If you would like more information about the Gifted & Talented Program, please attend this meeting. For questions, please contact Mrs. Cox: coloma.cox@harmonytx.org

Gifted & Talented (GT) Nominations Being Accepted - Wednesday, September 1st - Thursday, September 30th

GT nominations for New and Returning students are being accepted starting September 1st - September 30th. Parents may pick up and drop off nomination forms in the front office. If you have any questions or would like to email your nomination form, please contact Mrs. Cox: coloma.cox@harmonytx.org

All Students Should be in Uniforms Daily

Please remember that all students must be in their Harmony uniform shirt and khaki, black or navy blue uniform bottoms everyday. On Fridays, students may wear their school uniform or participate in our School Spirit Day by wearing an HSS spirit shirt or a college shirt with uniform bottoms or jeans...Friday is NOT a free dress day.


If your student's uniform shirt size is not available when you place your order, please consider a size up as they will last a little longer throughout the school year.


Please note that uniform shirt orders are packaged according to the

type and size requested and the color in stock.

PTO Board Nominations - Coming Soon!

HSS-Austin PTO will begin accepting Board Member nominations soon for the 2021-2022 school year. Begin thinking about joining the PTO Board or recommending another parent to join us.


We need parents to be a member of the PTO board and to be PTO members...partner with us and let's get active in your student's school.



The PTO Board positions include:

President - Vice-President - Secretary - Executive Member - Treasurer -

Parliamentarian - Membership Coordinator - Philanthropic Chair


The date for the PTO Meeting & Voting Session will be provided soon.

HSS-Austin Campus Events & Dates to Remember - September 2021

09/01 - Gifted & Talented Nominations Begin

09/02 - Fall Picture Day (school uniforms)

09/06 - Labor Day Holiday - No School

09/07 - First Day of Clubs!

09/24 - Student Holiday - Teacher Professional Development Day

09/27 - College Ready Spirit Week

09/30 - Gifted & Talented Nominations End

09/30 - Gifted & Talented Parent Meeting (Newly Nominated students), 5-6pm

A Look Ahead - October 2021

10/07 - End of 1st Nine Week Reporting Period

10/07 - Fall Picture Make-up Day (School Uniforms - new previously absent students)

10/08 - Student Holiday / District Professional Development Day

10/11 - Student & Staff Holiday - No School

10/12 -2nd Reporting Period Begins

10/20 - Student Holiday / Parent Teacher Conference Day

~ Cafeteria News ~

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September 2021 Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Cafeteria News - FREE Lunch for All Students!

Harmony Public Schools will be offering FREE MEALS to all students for the 2021-2022 school year! Each lunch includes an entree, fruit and milk, however, a purchase of just a milk is $0.50 (50 cents).


Students without funds on their meal account will be allowed one charge, then may not purchase any additional servings of only milk until their meal account has a positive fund balance.

* Students may still bring their own lunch if they prefer. *

~ Academics ~

Educational Option for Academic Loss During 2020-2021 School Year

Please review the information regarding the Texas Senate Bill 1697 which allows parents and guardians the option to elect their student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course due to academic loss during the most recent 2020-2021 School Year. Please contact your student's Assistant Principal for more information if you are interested - Mrs. Hanvey (PreK-2nd): mhanvey@harmonytx.org or Ms. Guney (3rd-5th): aguney@harmonytx.org


Additional information regarding this Senate Bill can be found by visiting the following website:

https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade

Do You Know Our Specials Team?

As we end the 2nd week of school we thought you may want to take a glimpse into the creative, artistic and athletic people behind the scenes that make up our Specials Team! For an introduction of Mrs. Belknap-Art, Ms. Diamond-Music, Mrs. Burns & Mrs. Hahn-STEM, Coach Monninger-PE & Mr. Mosteller-Technology, select the button below.

Parent Skyward Accounts Are Active

All parents should have received an email including your username and temporary password. The email was sent from Harmony Public Schools (sender: donotreply@harmonytx.org) to begin access to your Parent Skyward account.


STEP 1: Once you have located the message, click the Skyward Website link: https://skyward.iscorp.com/HarmonyTXStuSTS and follow the instructions from the Harmony email. If you have not seen this message, please search your email for "Skyward"


STEP 2: If you are a RETURNING parent or a NEW parent and don't have a Skyward Parent Account email from Harmony enter the following:

  • Username: parent's first.parent's last name (period in the middle, no spaces)
  • Select: Forgot Password and follow the prompts
  • Change Your Password: You will receive a temporary password in your email (email provided for your child's registration), to enter and change to a new password


STEP 3: After you have gone through Steps 1-2 and you aren't able to access your Parent Skyward account, please contact our Front Office Team at 512-821-1700.

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HSS-Austin Schedule Change Reminder - Early Dismissal Every Friday @ 2:05pm

Harmony Public Schools is investing in the development of our teachers by providing additional District specific training and professional development for the 2021-20222 school year. In order to successfully provide this service, Harmony Public Schools has implemented an early dismissal every Friday.


Our campus Friday dismissal will be at 2:05pm.

Please plan accordingly to have your student picked up by 2:30pm on Fridays.

~ Campus Engagement ~

A Message From Ms. Williams

Our After School Program will begin next week with a few of our Club Offerings. There will be additional clubs offered soon as well. Please review the information below to register for On Campus clubs or one of our Club Partners. Please remember, if your student has after school tutorials, please select clubs on a different day.


Ms. Jearnal Williams

Student Success & Engagement Coordinator

jearnal.williams@harmonytx.org

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* Register for Campus Clubs Online Today! *

The 2021-2022 HSS-Austin After School Club Program will begin next week!

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/#/list


2. Click on Clubs - select your student's grade level


3. Select your student's club of interest (if your student has tutorials, select a club on a different day)


4. Select the semester payment option for each club you'd like to register for


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 Club Program Offerings:

Campus Club Meeting Time: Monday-Thursday 3:15 - 3:50pm

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Clubs:

Monday

Get Crafty Arts & Crafts Club

Math Kangaroo (1st & 2nd)


Tuesday

Lego Club

Movie Club


Wednesday

Board Games Central


Thursday

Mini Bots & STEM Club

Zumba Club

3rd-5th Grade Clubs:

Monday

Choir Club

Spelling Bee Club

Robotics Team 4th & 5th (Robotics assessment required)-

For Robotics Team email: Mrs. Cox - coloma.cox@harmonytx.org


Tuesday

Geography Bee Club


Wednesday

Aviation & Drone Club


Thursday

Art Creators Club

Open Book Club

Volleyball (beginning Sept 27th)

Zumba Club

Club Partners:

Black Widow Mixed Martial Arts - Tuesdays Beginning September 7th

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Sticky Fingers Cooking - Fridays Beginning October 1st

6 Cooking Classes per Session | Fridays 2:15-3:15 p.m.


Session I: October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5 (No class Oct 8th)
Session II: November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17 (No class Nov 26)

Open to students in K-5th Grade



It's THYME to TURNIP the BEET on what KIDS EAT!


Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy, globally-inspired recipes all while learning to cook in a fun, engaging and real-world way that will turn even the pickiest eaters into avid food explorers!


Enroll today: https://stickyfingerscooking.com/courses?session_types=school-programs&locations=3&venue_id=1199

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College & Spirit Day - Every Friday!

In our efforts to spread our school spirit and the vision of our students being college bound, we will have Spirit Day on Fridays! Students may wear an HSS-Austin spirit shirt or a college shirt on Fridays.

HSS-Austin Media Platforms - Stay Informed

We regularly update our media platforms to include all events, important campus information and updates. Please be sure to save our HSS-Austin campus media platforms to your home laptop and/or cell phone devices and check them regularly.


HSS-Austin Website: https://hssaustin.harmonytx.org/

HSS-Austin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hssaustin

~ Community Events & Resources ~

Central Texas Food Bank - Home Delivery Program

The Central Texas Food Bank is launching a home delivery program that will deliver a monthly food box to their doorsteps - "This program is open to households with children OR households with older adults ages 60 or older. Participating households must live in Travis County, be in need of food assistance, and experiencing barriers to attending in-person food distributions.


To find out if you are eligible and/or to enroll in the program, contact a Neighborhood Center near you listed on this website - https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/home-delivery-program

~ For Your Reference ~

After School Care Program - Elite Learning

Elite Learning will provide After School Care for HSS-Austin students on our campus from dismissal to 6pm during school days. After School Care will be available beginning the First Day of School with registered students. Please review a few details and the flyer below for more information:


  • Registration Fee - $50 per student or $75 for for 2 or more siblings

  • Drop in care at $25 per day - purchase in sets of 5 days at a time

  • First month’s payment will be due the week of August 9th before school starts -

  • August Standard Fee: $170 (pro rated)

  • August Free/Reduced Fee: $150 (pro rated)

  • Standard Monthly Fees: $250 - Free & Reduced: $220 -

  • Monthly Discount: 10% discount for each sibling.


All questions regarding After School Care must be directed to Elite Learning.

For more information visit their website at elitelearning.org, by phone at

1-855-66ELITE (1-855-663-5483) or email at support@elitelearning.org

HSS-Austin is Protected!

As part of our regular procedures of making sure our students and staff are protected, we have recently completed a Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Treatment process for our entire campus. You may click the button below if you are interested in viewing the certification

HSS-Austin is Asbestos Free - Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Notification

Please review the Annual Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Notification regarding our campus.

Harmony Public Schools 2021-2022 Academic Calendar - Mark you Calendar Today!

Please Review the Harmony 2021-2022 Playbook

School Parking Lot Reminders

Staff Parking Spots:

Our parking lot is marked with designated parking for our staff. Please be mindful of these "STAFF" marked spots and DO NOT park there as our teachers and other staff members need to be able to park and get in the building in a timely manner to begin preparing for their day. Parent parking is facing the building unless otherwise marked.


Neighboring Businesses:

Please DO NOT park in the parking lots of our neighboring businesses as we must respect their property and business - you are subject to being towed.


Walking Students & Families:

We have students that walk to and from school in the morning and afternoon. Please be aware and cautious of student pedestrians in nearby crosswalks and on our campus.


We appreciate your cooperation in this manner.

HSS-Austin Parent Orientation Packet - Including Daily Schedule, Uniforms, Absence Policy and More!

Virtual Parent Orientation - Video Recording Now Available

If you missed the sessions of our Virtual Parent Orientation held on Thursday, July 29th you may view the recording of one of the 3 sessions at your convenience. There is quite a bit of helpful information and answers to some of your questions to prepare you and your student for the 2021-2022 school year. Please take the time to review this video.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK IF YOU ATTENDED ORIENTATION OR VIEWED THE RECORDING!

Virtual Parent Orientation Survey - Only Fill Out if You Attended or Viewed the Recording Above

If you attended or viewed the recording of the Virtual Parent Orientation, please complete the 2021-2022 Back to School Virtual Parent Orientation Survey.

Frequently Asked Questions for 2021-2022

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions sheet below for common questions being asked by new and current parents.
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WELCOME TO HARMONY SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AUSTIN - HOME OF THE HSS-AUSTIN TIGERS!

Harmony School of Science - Austin is a Pre-K-5th grade public charter school providing a high quality STEM focused education option for students and families in Austin and the surrounding areas. Our school is a part of the state-wide Harmony Public Schools system.