HSE TIGER TRIBUNE

Week of Jan. 16th

STAFF IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MEET MS. AMANDA BERKOWITZ

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Hello HSE Tigers!

I am Mrs. Berkowtiz and teach 3rd grade ELA/SS. This is my 12th year at HSE and I truly enjoy working with this Harmony family and teaching the fabulous students that attend. I grew up in Cypress and went to The University of Oklahoma - GO SOONERS - and majored in Elementary Education. Aside from teaching I also started and continue to coach HSE's National winning competition cheer team - coaching cheer and watching their talent grow is my favorite hobby. Outside of Harmony I have a fabulous family that keeps me very busy; I am married to my highschool sweetheart and we have three fantastic children - Brantley who is 4, Bailey who is 2 and the newest addition is Blakely who is 4 months old. We also love animals and have 2 dogs and 2 cats.

I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl and can honestly say I love my job, students and cheerleaders and love when they come back and visit years down the line and keep me updated on their life successes.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Hi HSE Family!!! I hope everyone is settling into the new year and getting started on accomplishing all of the goals you have set for yourselves. This month, my counseling students and I have been learning about goal setting and how to implement a plan to help them achieve their goals. Goal setting is great for helping us stay focused and a way to hold ourselves accountable each day as we work towards accomplishing our goals. Although we may run into a few hurdles along the way, the reward is worth the sacrifice. If you are having trouble coming up with goals for 2023, try a digital planner or the classic vision board to help inspire you!!!


Speaking of goals, we are officially entering testing season and I'm willing to bet that the goal for our students, teachers, and parents is to see on and above grade level scores. With that said, testing season can feel overwhelming and produce lots of anxiety in our students. Help encourage your students/children by helping them to understand test scores do not define who they are as individuals but are used to help them learn and grow. I have included a few resources you can go over with your students/children to help relieve testing anxiety.



Tasha DeWalt, M.Ed. |Student Counselor|Harmony School of Excellence-Houston


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THEATER CLUB PERFORMANCES ARE ON JAN. 19TH & 20TH (THURSDAY & FRIDAY)

The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the performances will start at 7pm. It is hoped that the show will be over before 9:30. There will be a brief intermission and a concession stand.


Ms. Buth and the Theater Club performers are excited to see all of you at the performances and are looking forward to showing everyone the work that the students have put in.

Tickets are available at the website: https://our.show/backtothe80sjunior.



If there are any questions or concerns please contact me at bbuth@harmonytx.org.

BACK TO THE 80s

HSE CHEER TEAM

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Let's get ready to GLOW, HSE - The Daddy Daughter Dance is coming and we are ready to light up the night!


*Your HSE Cheerleaders will be hosting the 4th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The dance is open to any HSE daughter and their dad (or special male adult in their life) Siblings 3 and up can attend. Forms have been sent home but you can click here for more information or if you would like to print a form


Come join us -and be ready to glow and have an unforgettable evening!


Forms must be returned by Friday, February 10th


Kindest Regards,

Ashley Massey, M.Ed and Amanda Berkowitz

STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLGHT

K-2 Top Reader- Students who read the most books

Whitney Olson- 2nd Grade (Top Reader for all of K-2nd)

Ezra Wong- Kinder

Alexandra Snyder- 1st


3-7th Top Reader- Students who read the most pages

Elisabeth Hinds-Brofft- 4th grade (Top Reader for all of 3rd-7th)

Bera Basol- 3rd Grade

Brynn Garner- 5th Grade

MESSAGE FROM MS. ARSLAN, MATH TEACHER

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We had an ice cream party with my students who completed 5th-grade ALEKS and finished 50 and above topics in Winter break. I congratulate my students for these achievements .

ESL PARENT EVENT INVITATION

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NOETIC MATH CONTEST

Calling all mathletes to come and join the NOETIC Math Contest! The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem-solving contest for elementary and middle school students NATIONWIDE. The goal of this contest is to develop students' problem-solving skills, and to encourage their interest in math, and to inspire them to excel in math. Certificates, Ribbons, and/or medals will be given to Team Winners and Nationally Recognized Honor Roll students with qualifying scores.


Please hurry on over and pay for the NOETIC Math Club by clicking this link --> RevTrak Payment ($25)

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GT NOMINATIONS

Have you heard of our GATE program? Here at Harmony School of Excellence we have a high number of students enrolled in this program that gives GT students a positive self-concept, works on relationships with others, and strategies to develop critical and creative thinking skills for independent, self-directed learners. If you want to see if your child qualifies for GT Testing; please fill out the Parent Nomination Link below!


ENGLISH--> Please click here to fill out the GT nomination


¿Has oído de nuestro programa GATE? Este es un programa para estudiantes superdotados. Este programa ayuda a que los estudiantes tengan un concepto positivo de sí mismos, trabaja en las relaciones con los demás y les muestra estrategias para desarrollar habilidades de pensamiento crítico y creativo. Si cree que su hijo puede calificar para este programa, complete el siguiente formulario de nominación para los padres de los estudiantes.


SPANISH--> Formulario de nominación para el programa para niños superdotados


Nathalie Mikeska

GATE Coordinator

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO HSE VOLLEYBALL TEAM! EXCELLENCE WON AGAINST CYPRESS!!

THANK YOU DR. JOHNSON, MRS. ERTUNA, AND MR. MURAT FOR WATCHING THE GAME! THANK YOU STUDENTS, BERA, MERYEM, SAKURA (SCORER), AND BRANDON (LINESMAN)

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TRACK TRYOUTS

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2022-2023 TRACK TRY-OUTS 4th-8th grade BOYS AND GIRLS

DATE : FEB 4th

TIME : 8-10 am

WHAT TO BRING- Shorts/shirt/shoes.

Where- COOK MIDDLE SCHOOL

PRACTICES WILL BE ON MONDAYS 3:30-5pm

PRACTICES 2/4 weeks on Saturday 9-11am.

Fee:10 bucks

2 meets. DATES TBD

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL COACH MEDINA

EMAIL richard.medina@harmonytx.org

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2023 Baseball Tryouts 7th/8th grade Only

Jan 21st Saturday

Bane Park

8-10 am

Bring Glove/bat/cleats.

Price is 200.00 if your child makes the Final roster. Cy-Fair Sports Association.

Practices Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm/Wednesday (3:30-5:45pm)@ Bane Park/Bear Creek Park.

COACHES: Coach Medina & Coach Olson


EMAIL richard.medina@harmonytx.org

CLUB IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CHESS CLUB WITH MR. JONES

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Here's the link to shop

PTO LINKS

Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/HSEPTO

Follow us on Instagram www.instagram.com/hsepto

MAP LETTER from our Testing Coordinator, Ms. Kseibi

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please see the attahched MAP LETTER link (English/Spanish version).


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qkBdDTI2FFhWPo4EvnsJTvsHGAtOriwMszxL6p-J72E/edit

Important Information from Ms. Bahadir, AP Academics

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Have questions on the attendance policy? Click the link below to find out more:

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This week, Mrs. Brito will be conducting the spinal screenings for all 5th and 7th grade girls only or all girls ages 10 & 12.

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Important Information regarding Student Attendance from Ms. Acosta

Ensuring that our students are at school every day is vital to a student’s success. The Texas attendance rules state that a student has to be in a class at least 90 percent of the time in order to get credit for the class. The 90 percent rule applies to most absences, including excused absences. The Student Handbook explains our school’s guidelines on absences, tardies, and making up missed schoolwork. Becoming familiar with the school’s policies will help you manage your child’s attendance and ensure that he or she avoids too many missed school days.

Although perfect attendance is the goal, it’s not always possible. Therefore, please keep the following points in mind:


  • If your student is absent you will have 3 days to provide a note by the parent or doctor otherwise, the attendance will stay as an unexcused absence.
  • The parent excuse note should state the following:
    1.) Full student name
    2.) Reason of absence in detail for record purposes.
    3.) The date(s) the student was absent.
  • Parent-written excuse notes need to be on letter-size paper(8X10). We will not accept sticky notes or torn-off pieces of paper
  • Three accumulated tardies are considered one absence.

FEDERAL REPORT CARD NOTICE

The 2021-22 Federal Report cards were posted on the Harmony website at the link below (About à Accountability à Federal Report Card tab):

https://www.harmonytx.org/about


HPS GUIDE TO SKYWARD

Important Reminders from our Dean of Culture -Ms. Tiffany Foster

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Late Pick-Up Policy:

Based on the handbook: Students should be picked up no later than thirty minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the corridors, at their lockers, or in the school building later than ten minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member. Students must follow all school rules during dismissal time. Additionally, students who have not been picked up after the designated dismissal time may be placed in the school’s after-school program. Parents of these students will be responsible for all fees incurred as a result of such placement, as allowed by applicable law.

Dismissal Times:


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


3:15-3:45

3:15-3:45

2:26-2:56

3:15-3:45

3:15-3:45


Loitering Policy:

Based on the handbook: Students are not allowed to remain on campus unsupervised after designated dismissal times. The school will not have adult supervision after school hours. A student who remains on campus unsupervised after dismissal time may be subject to state criminal trespass laws. If the student does not have a club, tutorials, or sports they must get picked up at their regular dismissal time. If the student has a sibling in a club, tutorials, or sports, they cannot stay with their sibling. Disciplinary consequences for remaining on campus unsupervised after designated dismissal times within a school year are as follows:

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Tardy Policy to class:

Based on the handbook: The school’s tardy policy has been developed to emphasize the importance of each student arriving on time to school every day and remaining in the classroom for the entire period. Learning personal responsibility by arriving at school and class on time is an integral part of the school’s standard of excellence, which helps prepare students for success. The student’s responsibility is to move quickly and safely through the school's hallway and report to class before the tardy bell rings. It is the student’s responsibility to BE ON TIME to class! Here are the consequences for being tardy to class.

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From our CNA, Ms. Sauceda

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MY PLATE | US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Parents|Guardians, you can click on the plate and learn more about children's portions for all food groups.



https://www.myplate.gov/
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NATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

HSE HIGHLIGHTS HONESTY AS OUR CORE VALUE FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY
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SCHOOL CLIIMATE SURVEY -PARENT LINK

Dear Parents/Guardians, please complete the School Climate Survey. Thank you!

Message from our Admin

Hello HSE Family,


For morning drop off, we're requiring all parents to stay in their car and follow morning drop off either in the front of the school or the North arrival area.

Please do not park in the campus area to walk your students. Parents are supposed to stay in their cars and drive to the drop-off areas so that students can get out of the cars.

For the safety of our students and yours, please do not park on Brook River Drive and walk your child across Gessner Road. Gessner Road is a very busy road with a set speed limit of 40 MPH. Also, DO NOT STOP AND DROP YOUR CHILD OFF GESSNER ROAD! Thank you for understanding!

We will keep the first U-Turn open when you come from Gessner Rd (It was closed today but it will not be closed again). Please do not use the second U-Turn and please do not cut in line.

We will have a police officer several days a week to reinforce these issues.

Have a good day!

NO STUDENT DROP-OFF IS ALLOWED BEFORE 7:00AM!

Please do not drop off your student(s) at the school before 7:00am.

8th Graders and HSE HS Students who are dropped off in the morning

Dear Parents, please drop your 8th grader(s) or high schooler(s) off next to the side walk (which is the 3rd lane,-rightmost lane or outer lane). It keeps the traffic flowing and makes a shorter distance for the students to get to the sidewalk. After dropping them off, parents will still take the 3rd lane to drop off their HSE elem/middle school students at the North drop-off.

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Dismissal for High School Siblings


Effective Tuesday, September 6, 2022, if you have children that attend both at HSE Elementary campus and at HSE High campus, dismissal will be from HSE High instead of HSE Elementary.

How will this work:

  • Three employees from Harmony School of Excellence Elementary campus will gather the students at 3:10 P.M. At 3:15 P.M., the students will start to walk to HSE High by utilizing the soccer field.
  • You may pick up your child between the hours of 3:30 P.M. – 3:40 P.M. utilizing the car tag that was assigned to you at the beginning of the school year on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from HSE High.
  • On Wednesdays you will pick up your child between the hours of 2:40 P.M.- 2:50 P.M. from HSE High.
  • Please note, if we have inclement weather such as rain, hail, lightning, etc, you will have to go to both campuses to pick up your child. If your child has a club at HSE K-7, you will need to pick up your child on that day from the HSE Elementary campus.

If your child attends Harmony School of Advancement and they ONLY have a sibling at HSE Elementary campus, you will pick the students up at HSE Elementary campus from the North dismissal area.

If your child attends both HSE campuses you will pick them up at HSE High.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, we decided to make this change in order to have a smoother and faster dismissal for both campuses.

Please email mgordon@harmonytx.org or tiffany.foster@harmonytx.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Dismissal Time Reminder

Reminder: Student Dismissal starts at 3:15 P.M. and ends at 3:45 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, dismissal will start at 2:26 P.M. and ends at 2:56 P.M.

Reminders to parents regarding Late Pickup

Parents, if you do not pick up your child by the dismissal time at 3:15-3:45 P.M on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 2:26-2:56 P.M. on Wednesday,, your child will be considered late pickup.


Late Pickup area will be at the Kindergarten-1st Grade dismissal area on the side of the school. Parents, you will have to get out of your car, walk to the door, and sign your child out before a Harmony employee releases your child.

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Advancement Siblings Pickup Reminder

Parents, all Harmony Advancement siblings are picked up from the North Dismissal Area. Please reference to the map below.
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Club Dismissal Information

Parents, you will come to pick up your child once their after school club is over at the Kindergarten-1st grade dismissal area. Please note, you will have a 10 minute grace period to pick up your child. For example: if the club ends at 4:00 P.M. you will have until 4:10 P.M. to pick up your child. If you do not pick your child up on time, you will have to come to the same area to pick up your child but will follow the late pick up expectations. If your child is picked up late three times, your child will not be allowed to participate in the club anymore and refunds will not be given. Please reference the map below.

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Report Card Schedule for the 22-23 School Year Released

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2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Missing Something? Check the Lost & Found

Be sure to check the lost and found by the front office for missing items as soon as possible.Parents/guardians are welcome to check, as well.


Per the student/parent handbook, we will be clearing out unclaimed items every seven days. See the front office with any questions.

IMPORTANT : HOUSTON NORTH LETTER TO PARENTS- NO ASBESTOS

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Important links

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Harmony School of Excellence - Houston


Website: hsehouston.harmonytx.org
Location: 7340 Gessner Road, Houston, TX, USA
Phone: 7139838668

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