Harmony News (Weekly Update)

December 4, 2020

Principal Update

Hello,


This newsletter has important information about our hybrid return to school as well as many other items including some initial scheduling info for next school year's classes. Please check it out and email me with any questions. Stay safe.


Eric Stewart (eric.stewart@lcps.org)

Order Your Yearbook

Here is a direct link to order a yearbook: (#21667 or the correct Harmony MS in Hamilton, VA) https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/general/displayLanding?portal=true

Town Hall Update

1. Harmony is looking at a 50/50 split among families that chose hybrid versus those who selected distance learning. We are still working with WHS on the exact split in the alphabet (at this time it is around letter L). The final hybrid split will be confirmed in a few weeks.


2. That means about 575 kids are in hybrid and that group will get divided in half into a TUES/WED group and a THUR/FRI group. That means approximately 288 students would be in the building each day or 96 per grade.


3. With those numbers, we are able to meet the 6' distance requirement in ALL classes and can meet the 8' distance in many classes. (Band and Chorus are still 10').

Bell Schedule starting January 21

When they Hybrid students return second semester, we will begin using a bell schedule similar to last year. The second semester schedule will maintain the 82 minute class length plus lunch and class changes. Because of the alphabetical split for hybrid students, we will be having advisory out of 1st or 5th block. We will post the complete schedule in mid-January. A very basic bell schedule is below:


8:50 Start of Day


3:38 End of Day

Scheduling Dates for NEXT YEAR

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Information:

  • January 4 to April 30 - District Opens Course Request Window

  • Jan. 22nd- Teacher Recommendations are due

  • February 2 - Window opens for rising 7th and 8th

  • March 19 - Window closes for rising 7th and 8th

  • August 23 - Schedule Pick Up and Locker Assignment (1 PM to 4 PM)

Rising 9th Grade Information:

  • January 4 to April 30 - District Opens Course Request Window

  • February 2 - Window opens for rising 9th

  • March 19 - Window closes for rising 9th

  • TBD - Visit to WHS

Bus Evacuations

We held our first bus evacuation drills on Dec 2 with the two buses and 8 students currently in the building. Both drills were successful and helped remind students and staff about safety during any emergency and exiting the bus.

Spelling Bee Update

Scripps National Spelling Bee still plans on having their Bee. To qualify for the LCPS finals, Harmony is considering two options to choose its champion:


1. An in-person Bee on a Monday after school some time in January

2. OR, an online version from the Scripps Spelling Bee center (also in January).


We aren't sure yet what we will do but we wanted to give you a chance to think about it.

NJROTC Admissions

The NJROTC Admissions Application for the 2021 – 2022 school year is now open!


The application is only open to current LCPS Grade 8 students. Private School or Home-School students residing in Loudoun County must formally apply (to be a student) with Loudoun County Public Schools at their zoned school prior to completing the NJROTC application.


The application is completed through an online application portal and will be available through Friday, January 22, 2021 (due by 11:59 PM EST).


Interested students may visit www.lcps.org/cte (Military Science Admissions for 2021 - 2022 School Year) on or after 8:00 AM EST on Monday, November 30, 2020 to complete the online application.


More information can be found in the link below:

http://bit.ly/NJROTCAdmissions

Please contact njrotc@lcps.org if you have additional questions.


Bryan A. Pecoraro, M.Ed

School Counselor

Harmony Middle School

Inclusive School Week (Dec 7-11)

Please join us in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week, December 7-11, 2020. This annual event was created to celebrate the progress schools have made toward ­providing a quality education for our increasingly diverse student population and those students marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economics status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.