Tiger Mail

September Issue 4

#HarmonyStrong

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Announcements

Pre-Order Your 2018 HSAPF Yearbook

You can pre-order a 2017-2018 yearbook for $55 for the month of September. Each month after, the price will increase by $5 until December. There will be no books to purchase after January 31st if you do not pre-order. No extra books will be available for purchase at the end of the school year. Please make your payments at the front office. Make sure not to miss out on your school memories and pre-order the HSAPf Yearbook!

Harmony Public Schools - Austin: Parent Involvement District Meeting

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Harmony Public School Austin's District Title I Parental Involvement Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 5-6pm

930 East Rundberg Lane

Austin, TX

Dear Parents,

You are cordially invited to attend Harmony Public School Austin's District Title I Parental Involvement Meeting. Each year district staff, parents and community members meet to discuss the Title I program plan, review implementation of the Title I plan, discuss how Title I funds allotted for parent involvement activities shall be used, and invite suggestions for improvement. Join us and share to share your feedback! If you can not join, please take the linked/ attached survey here.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Academics

ESL Informative Meeting this Friday

Friday, Sep. 29th, 7:30am

1421 Wells Branch Parkway

Pflugerville, TX

Parents of ESL students, come and enjoy a pastry while learning about our ESL program. Join us this Friday, September 29th 7:30 a.m. in Room 135.

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G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) Nominations due Friday

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking nominations for kindergarten and newly-enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Effective September 1, 2017, anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for an assessment.


Nomination forms are available down below. They are also available at the front office and on the school's web site here. The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 29, 2017. Assessment will begin on Monday, October 2, 2017. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact Mr. Bednarski at sbednarski@harmonytx.org.

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MAP Testing

September 11th - 29th

--MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Testing K- 10th grade

Texas Success Initiative Assessment

All high school students are able to take the TSI test on the following dates: 9/23/2017-9/30/2017-10/7/2017-10/14/2017 from 8:00am to 1pm.

For more information or to sign up for the free test, please contact Mr. Yildirim at ayildirim@harmonytx.org

Engagement

Hello from your Engagement Coordinator!

Volunteer!

We need you! Community members and parents are encouraged to volunteer at HPS. Every day, volunteers fulfill essential needs especially in the administrative, support and fundraising areas so that HPS's teaching staff can focus all its energy on its young students. Volunteers may be utilized in the classrooms, assisting in the office, library, and cafeteria, or at community fundraising events. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at harmony.voly.org

Home Visit Program

Schedule​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​your​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​your​ ​student’s​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​HSAPf Administration,​ ​please​ ​let​ ​us​ ​know.​ ​ ​Ask the front office for more information! Learn more about the PATH PROGRAM.

Extracurriculars

Join Service Leadership Society

High School students may attend an upcoming SLS Mock Government meeting held Tuesdays after-school to learn more about the program. For more information about meeting times and dates, contact Mr. Lippart (jlippart@harmonytx.org ) or Mr. Soltero (asoltero@harmonytx.org ).

Middle School Girls Volleyball Games!

The Middle School Girls Volleyball will take on Idea College Prep Bluff Springs on Monday night in an exhibition game at 6:30 PM as well as play their biggest challenge Meridian World School on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 PM. The Lady Tigers are undefeated right now and looking to put two more wins under their belt. Admission is $ 1.00 for students and children 12 yes and under and $2.00 for adults. Plan to stay, be loud and cheer proudly our very own Lady Tigers! Check out the schedule here!

High School Theatre Arts Appreciation Club

The High School Theatre Arts Appreciation Club is open for new membership. Members will meet Friday afternoons in Room 131 from 3:45 to 5:15 and explore dance, music, theatre, art, set design and costumes. All high school students are invited to join. Come check it out and explore your creative side! For more information contact Ms. De Santiago at ldesantiago@harmonytx.org.

French Cooking Club

Every Tuesday from 3:05 to 5:00 pm in the HS cafeteria. Please contact amelin@harmonytx.org for more information.

PTO News

Join the Harmony Science Academy - Pf PTO

Want to find a way to help?

Looking for a way to meet other parents? Join the HSAPf PTO!


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (Cory MacDonald) at Msmac4321@gmail.com Thanks everyone for your help!

In the Community

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FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Friday, Oct. 6th, 5-8pm

11800 Stonehollow Drive

Austin, TX

Friday 10/06 5:00 - 8:00PM
Join the Harmony Tiger families at Harmony School of Science on Friday, October 6th.

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Pfamily Pfestival & Expo

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 1-3pm

Swenson Farms Boulevard

Pflugerville, TX

EXPO Location will be in the open field across the street (east) from The Pfield District Stadium, 105 Swenson Farms Blvd.

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Event Calendar at a Glance

September

September 28 - Varsity Volleyball game

September 28 - MS Volleyball Game

September 29 - Wear Jeans and Hispanic Jersey or Top for $2

September 29 - ESL Parent Information Meeting

September 30 - Cross Country Trail Run 8am

September 30 - 9/10 Grade Flag Football Game


Bookmark our online Activity Calendar here!

Senior & College Corner

PSAT EXAM

Dear 8th through 11th-grade parents,


Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville is proud to announce that the PSAT will be offered to all 8th through 11th-grade students free of charge as part of our efforts to improve college and career readiness. The PSAT will take place on Wednesday, October 11th, beginning at 8:05 AM. The test will only be offered once and there is no make-up date for students who are late or absent from school. Students need to do nothing to register for the test. All eligible students will be automatically scheduled for a testing location in the high school.


We are also offering practice PSAT exam on Saturday, September 30, beginning at 8:00 am. Please contact your college counselors for the practice PSAT exam sign-up.

College Application Nights for Seniors

Attention all seniors who need help with applying to college and universities! Seniors may come after-school on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. in room 158. Counselors, teachers and students will work together to complete the application process and assist with essays. Please join us every Tuesday until October 24.

The University of Texas at Austin Automatic Admission for Summer/Fall 2019 Applicants

For Fall 2019 admission, The University of Texas at Austin will automatically admit eligible Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class. This change to 6 percent is a result of the continued and future projected growth of high school graduates across the state.


Why this is being communicated now:

As you may know, UT Austin is required to make a decision regarding automatic admission two years prior to when affected students will enter the university. This change to top 6 percent impacts students who are currently juniors and will apply for summer or fall 2019 admission. Although this change doesn’t go into effect until next cycle, we want to make sure that school counselors have the most up-to-date information as they work with students and families. How the rank is determined


The rank needed for automatic admission is based on the projected number of high school graduates in Texas. This decision is made with careful consideration of the resources we have on campus to effectively serve students and ensure our continued commitment to student success.


We remain fully committed to Texas students and their success. The university has increased its access to prospective students — we are now enrolling 1,000 more new freshmen than we did six years ago. We have also maintained other paths to admission, such as the long-standing transfer student programs that ensure even more Texas students have access to a UT Austin education. Our ability to increase access to new students is a direct result of our continued focus on student success — and we cannot falter on this commitment.


Thank you,

Mr. Mustafa Sungur

msungur@harmonytx.org

Did you know?

More than 62% of alumni polled stated that they felt their college careers are strong because Harmony prepared them for the rigors of advanced-level STEM coursework.

About us

Harmony Public Schools are high performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools focusing on math, science, engineering, and computer technologies. For more than a decade, our schools have provided students from under-served communities the opportunity to excel in their studies in a small classroom environment focused on providing the skills they need to succeed in life.
  • District: Austin
  • Grades served: 6-12