Hawk Talk

January, 5, 2022 - Issue 18

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Disinfx Certificate

Harmony School of Endeavor has been sanitized through the end of February!

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Please note that all club rosters will remain the same and open to new enrollment. Clubs will resume on January 10th.

Club registration is necessary only for new enrolling students. The application forms are available in the Front Office. Also, all club rosters will remain the same no registration is required for current club students.

Please make payments for the clubs for the second semester; $50 per club each semester. The due date for the second semester payment is January 31st.

Contact Ms. Ozguven at mozguven@harmonytx.org if you have any other questions about clubs.

Thank you!

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The Better Attendance, The Better Achievements!

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Coming to school every day is very important for your students, and it is mandated by law!

Research has shown that children with poor attendance:

  • Find it harder to make and keep friends.
  • Are less likely to gain good qualifications.
  • Limited long-term possibilities.
  • Have low self-esteem.

Children who miss school miss lessons. These lessons are not repeated so that children will have gaps in their learning. Additionally, each day's lessons often build upon those of the previous day – if a child misses a lesson, they can miss the foundation to subsequent lessons. Children could begin to struggle and achieve less.

If your child is away from school for more than 9 days a year, they will not have 'Good' attendance. They will have missed 45 lessons!

The Better Attendance, The Better Achievements!

This means your child can only miss one day every half term to get good attendance.

  • If a child misses only one day each week, by the end of the school year, they will have missed 39 days of school – that's the same as missing 8 weeks' worth of lessons!
  • If they did this for two years, they would have missed the equivalent of nearly half a year of school!
  • Looking ahead, 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE, and around one-third achieve no GCSEs at all.
  • Furthermore, poor examination results limit young people's options, and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable.

Students with perfect attendance will be awarded!

Any questions in regards to attendance requirements or how can we help to improve attendance, please get in touch with Mr. Mutt, Dean of Students, at (512) 284-9880, rortiz@harmonytx.org

Pfizer Vaccination Clinic - 01.08.2022

Happy New Year, Harmony Central Texas! Harmony Public Schools - CTX is proud to partner with the Travis County Mobile Vaccine Collaborative to host our second district-wide and completely free Pfizer Vaccination Clinic! The clinic will be hosted at Harmony School of Innovation (2124 E St Elmo Rd, Austin, TX 78744) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 8th.

Ascension Seton nurses will be in the school's cafeteria administering the Pfizer vaccine to children 5-17 years of age and adults looking to get booster shots. No pre-registration is required. No health insurance is required. Remember, the CDC approved for adult booster shots to be mixed and matched, meaning if your initial doses were Moderna, you could get your booster shot with Pfizer.

Hope to see you all there!

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SPED Coordinator Change

We have a new SPED Coordinator. Her name is Juanita Araujo. She can be reached at jaraujo@harmonytx.org

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Re-Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year for Harmony families begins soon. During this time of year each January, we ask families to complete a simple, online Re-Enrollment process, letting us know they’ll be joining us for another great year of learning and fun next school year, which starts in August 2022.

This simple step allows us to make sure each current student’s spot at Harmony is reserved for the following school year, and assess how many new student seats we have available for other applicants.

Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools runs January 4-28, 2022. Look for more details in your email inbox, via Skyward, or on our Facebook page soon.

In the meantime, check out these 6 things families need to know about Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools.

#1 – When is Re-Enrollment season?

For the 2022-2023 school year, re-enrollment will be January 4-28, 2022.

#2 – How do I apply for Re-Enrollment?

The preferred method for re-enrollment is through the student’s online Skyward account. (A link to Skyward can be found at the top of your campus homepage or you can simply click here.). Parents without internet and/or Skyward access may also request a paper re-enrollment option from their child’s campus.

#3 – What is the difference between Re-Enrollment and Open Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is intended for current Harmony students planning to stay at their current campus the following school year, or who will naturally feed upward to a new campus (e. from elementary to nearby middle school). Open Enrollment is for new students, or current students who wish to change Harmony campuses for personal reasons (ex. transferring to a campus closer to home).

#4 – If a student plans to stay at the same school next year, are they automatically guaranteed re-enrollment if they complete the re-enrollment process before the deadline?

Yes, so long as their family completes the re-enrollment process.

#5 – What happens if a parent does not submit their re-enrollment information before the deadline?

If a parent misses the deadline to complete the re-enrollment process, then the student will lose his/her reserved space for next school year and must apply during Open Enrollment, held November 1-February 10 each school year. To apply, visit www.HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

#6 – What does a Harmony parent need to do if they would like to stay with Harmony, but transfer to a different campus for the next school year?

If a parent would like to change Harmony campuses for the following school year, they must submit an application for the desired school at www.HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

Ho-To: Re-Enroll at Harmony Public Schools for 2022-23

We are preparing students for National Physics Olympiad Team!

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Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to announce that our school has started building School Physics Olympiad Team.

Today, students (7 thru 12 graders) will have a short pre-qualification test. Based on the results of the test, they will be informed if they are qualified.

Besides, any student from grades 7 thru 12 can participate if they have an interest even though they do not pass this test.

We also expect our participants to perform exemplary behavior and regular/ weekly practice for given or self-discovered physics olympiad assignments.

For more information please let your child contact Mrs. Gokgol in person (preferred) or reach out to her via email, mgokgol@harmonytx.org

You can be informed about more details from https://aapt.org/physicsteam/2022/registration.cfm

F=ma test (see the attachment ) is a preliminary exam that will help organizers decide which students will take part in the national team. The registration deadline is January 21. However, students must submit their interest to the school representative (Mrs. Gokgol before January 12.)

"As an enthusiastic educator, I believe that every student is gifted in his/her own way. Our hidden talents are just waiting to be discovered." says our supervisor and Physics teacher Merve K. Gokgol.

Please help us to elevate your child's knowledge/self-awareness and potential to a higher level while learning physics.


  • Students taking the F=ma exam must be either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), or currently attending a U.S. school.
  • Students must be either U.S. Citizens, or U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) to take the USAPhO exam. Students must also be located in the U.S. to take the USAPhO exam.
  • Students must be eligible to compete at the International Physics Olympiad to be invited to U.S. Physics Team training camp. This requires that they are U.S. citizens, or hold a green card. Students also must not exceed age 20 by June 30 of the competition year.
  • Due to the nature of the training program, students must be able to attend the U.S. Physics Team training camp for its full 10 days, and cannot attend camp more than twice.

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Parent of the Year Nominations

Calling all Parents/Caregivers of Harmony! We will be honoring our amazing family partners with our annual Parent of the Year Award (POY) for 2021-2022.

The purpose of the HPS POY Award is to acknowledge and honor parents for their contribution, service, and leadership in support of children, families, schools, and communities. “Parent” is defined as a responsible caregiver or guardian, and may be used to refer to or include mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.

Nominations are now open!

Criteria for nominees:

-Must be a current parent/guardian of the campus at which you're applying

- Self-nominate or accept nomination by school staff or administrator, student, parent, or community partner.

-Must be an approved volunteer through EZ Volunteer

-Looking for those who have volunteered, donated, and/or engaged with the campus this year.

Please see the link below.


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Join Our Team!

Dear Harmony Families,

Want to see all the amazing things happening at your child's school? Interested in exploring a career path in education?

We invite you to join our team. Our district is hiring substitutes!

Let us know of your interest by completing this survey: https://forms.gle/f1aeG3RThUocYfG56

New Endeavor Spirit Shirts

T-Shirts to be worn on Fridays with jeans for students are now available! Youth Sizes are limited to only Youth Medium, Youth Large, and Youth XL.

Please pay on RevTrak directly and once the order is in we will call your student to the front office for pick up.

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Order New Spirit Shirt

Click here to order the spirit shirt.

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Counselors' Corner

Visit Counselors' Corner


Harmony School of Endeavor Leadership Team

Please send an email request for an appointment first before coming to campus. We appreciate your understanding.

Campus Leadership Team

Toraman Yayla, Principal tyayla@harmonytx.org

Ruben Mutt Ortiz, Dean of Student Culture (PK-12) rortiz@harmonytx.org

Andreas Frangeskou, Dean of Academics (PK-5) afrangesko@harmonytx.org

Ayse Tunc, Dean of Academics (6-12) atunc@harmonytx.org

Mahmut Unver, Dean of College and Career munver@harmonytx.org

Joseph Kat, High School Counselor skat@harmonytx.org

Heather Olivo, Campus Seminar Advisor, holivo@harmonytx.org

Jenny Welch, Behavioral Counselor vwelch@harmonytx.org

Sonia Martinez, Student Recruitment Coordinator smartinez@harmonytx.org

Robert Garza, Testing/Federal Programs/Instructional Materials Coordinator rogarza@harmonytx.org

Mualla Ozguven, Student Success and Engagement Coordinator, mozguven@harmonytx.org

Juanita Araujo, SPED/504 Coordinator jaraujo@harmonytx.org

Paige Rivera, ESL/GT Coordinator Paige.Rivera@harmonytx.org

Candice George-Parsons, Business Operations Manager cgeorge@harmonytx.org

Joana Calzadillas, Attendance Specialist mcalzadillas@harmonytx.org

Matthew Rivera, Child Nutrition Assistant matthew.rivera@harmonytx.org

Amanda Robles, Campus Secretary, amanda.robles@harmonytx.org

Brittany Bayne, School Medical Assistant bbayne@harmonytx.org