HSS-Austin Tiger Talk

October 4, 2017 - Issue 1

Exploring New Worlds - Keep on Roaring!

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A Message from the Principal

Dear HSS Parents and Guardians,

As you know this year we have implemented the use of a personalized literacy program called myON. As an award winning online personalized literacy environment, myON incorporates the following advantages:

  • A state-of-the-art learning platform
  • Enhanced digital reading content
  • Daily news articles are written for students
  • The Lexile® Framework for Reading
  • Cutting-edge literacy tools
  • Embedded metrics to monitor activity and growth

Maximizes reading growth.

myON generates individualized, interest-based recommendations within all learners’ target Lexile® ranges to engage them with just-right texts.

Deepens vocabulary.

Flexible reading scaffolds—audio narration to model fluency, highlighted text and embedded dictionaries—allow learners to develop academic-specific vocabulary in context.

Provides power of choice.

Learners select books from the entire library, choose from a recommended list of titles curated just for them or read from book sets created by their teachers to support instructional goals.

Ever-growing digital library.

More than 13,000 enhanced digital texts from Capstone and over 60 partner publishers, as well as daily news articles, are available.

Authentic texts, books and news articles.

Illustrated and picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, informational texts and daily news articles support reading across the curriculum.

Supports standards-based instruction.

The collection includes 70% non-fiction and informational texts and 30% fiction, with 10% of the overall collection consisting of Spanish or dual-language titles.

Available 24/7, year-round.

Learners access myON whenever and wherever they want to read — at home or school, in the library, on the bus and throughout the community — on weekends, holidays and school breaks too!

Online and offline.

Learners can log into myON from any web-enabled device. Free mobile apps allow downloads of up to 20 titles at a time for offline reading.

Concurrent multi-user license.

Multiple learners can read the same digital books and articles at the same time. There is no limit to the number of times each student can read the same book or article.

Encourages family involvement.

Students extend their reading from school to home with their families building a greater love of reading, comprehension and critical-thinking skills.

From their own dashboards, students are able to manage their preferences, respond to the displayed text using writing tools that support literacy development and monitor their own progress.

Also, I am happy to share that HSS Austin students have read a total of 4,743 books and spent 1,115 hours reading, to current date. What a great success!

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any further questions regarding the myON program.

Thank you for your support,

Mr. Mehmet Subas, M.Ed.

Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

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Announcements & Reminders

Student Holiday/No School - Monday, October 9th

Please be advised of the Student Holiday on Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day.

Credit Card Lunch Payments Now Accepted!

You may now make lunch payments by credit card in the front office. We hope this offering will provide an additional convenience for making payments to your students lunch account.

Parent Teacher Conferences, October 26th - Coming Soon!

Parents, mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conference Day on Thursday, October 26th. This is an early dismissal day for students. More details will be released soon to schedule your conferences.

HSS-Austin Policy Reminders

As a reminder of a few items regarding campus policies, please review the link containing the Parent Information Packet to review the following information: 

  • Harmony Student Dress Code 
  • Visitor Policy 
  • Absences Policy – Absences – excused and unexcused 
  • Tardiness to School Policy 
  • Makeup Work Policy 
  • Loitering Policy

Media Release Forms

Throughout the school year, students may be highlighted in efforts to promote Harmony Public School activities and achievements. For example, students may be featured in materials to train teachers and/or increase public awareness of our schools through newspapers, radio, TV, in the web (including social media such as Facebook), DVDs, displays, brochures, and other types of media. Consent forms were sent home and are

due back to school. If you have not yet signed your student's media release form, please do so and return it with your student or to the front office.

October Calendar

October 2017

10/2 - Go Blue Day - World Day of Bullying Prevention

10/4 - "Don't Be a Monster" Anti-Bullying Presentation

10/6 - PTO Family Game Night 5-8pm

10/9 - No School-Student Holiday - Columbus Day

10/10 - Fire Prevention Week - Fire Truck Assembly 9-11am

10/11 - Donuts With Dads - students invite Dad to school to join you - 8:30am

10/20 - First 9 Weeks Reporting Period Ends

10/23 - Red Ribbon Week

10/26 - Parent Teacher Conference Day - Early Dismissal

Check out our Events page on Facebook!

Breakfast & Lunch Menu


October Testing Calendar

10/2-10/31 - Fall GT Testing

Progress Reports Were Sent Home

Parents, please be advised that 1st Nine week Progress reports were sent home last Friday, September 29th. Please review your child's grades, sign the bottom of the report and return it back to your child's homeroom teacher.

Curriculum Information & Online Resources

Parent Connect:


Think Central:

Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)

Password: 123asd

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ESL Parent Meeting

Our ESL Department held parent meetings for our ESL parents to provide vital information and feedback regarding ESL programs and support offerings available. The guest speaker for both events was Ms. Erika Rocha from the Texas Charter Schools Association.
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Thank you to our ESL Department!

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A Message from Your Engagement Coordinator!

October is Bullying Prevention Month. We started the month off by recognizing Go Blue Day on Monday, October 2nd. Students and staff were invited to wear blue shirts to show their support of this important initiative.

This week we also had a special presentation, "Don't Be a Monster"! The assembly was a presentation provided to our 4th and 5th grade students to instill the importance of being an Upstander vs. a Bystander. The story line involved a student named "Frank" who looked different. Because of Frank's differences, he was not treated nicely by some of the other students in his school. However, Frank did have some friends that made the choice to be an Upstander and support Frank. We were all delighted to have Frank here with us so we could show him some HSS-Austin support!

The presentation was very enlightening and powerful, pointing out that everyone is special in their own way and they deserve to be celebrated. We hope our students enjoyed the presentation and learned the importance of making responsible choices and supporting an Anti-Bullying environment.

Ms. Jearnal Williams

Campus Coordinator - Engagement & Support


"Don't Be a Monster!"

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Thank you for Visiting With Us Frank!


We need you! Can you help? 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

Have​ ​you​ ​had​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​for​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit?​ ​ ​No​ ​worries...there​ ​is​ ​still​ ​time.​ ​ ​If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to schedule​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​your​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​your​ ​student’s​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​HSS Administration,​ ​please​ ​let​ ​us​ ​know.​ ​ ​Ask the front office for more information! Learn more about the PATH PROGRAM.

Extracurricular Activities

After School Clubs - October Payments are Due!

Please remember to make your October club payments by October 6th. If you are not going to continue your registered clubs, please notify us via email so we may open the available opportunities to other students. If you need to confirm available clubs please reach out via email. For more information about clubs, please contact Ms. Williams at: jearnal.williams@harmonytx.org

Club Dismissal Reminders

All HSS-Austin After School Clubs dismiss at 3:55pm. Students should be picked up no later than 4:05pm. Students enrolled in Mad Science on Tuesdays are dismissed at 4:10 and should be picked up no later than 4:15. Please make arrangements to have your student picked up on time from dismissal. Parents, we appreciate your courtesy and cooperation in this matter.

HSS-Austin Clubs Spotlight!

Lego Club

Our ever popular Lego Club continues to be a hit with our younger students. The students enjoy building and creating with the childhood favorite manipulatives. Thank you Ms. Nelson and Mrs. Suzek for advising our young stars in Lego Club.
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We Live for Legos!

PTO News

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Community News & Events

Don't Miss These Free October Events

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Girlstart Starry Nights

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Anytime Between
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Girlstart STEM Center
1400 W Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757
Free and Everyone Welcome

(please click the link below)

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October 27, 2017 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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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: K-5th