Harmony School of Excellence Austin

HSE Tiger Talk: Issue XXII, February 10, 2021


  • Free coding camp for our middle school students
  • No School on Friday, Feb 12nd and Monday, Feb 15th. Enjoy your four days weekend.
  • Black History Month Workshops by Code2College
  • Happy Career and Technical Education Month!
  • Junior SAT School Day - April 13th / Prep Resources
  • ACC HS Programs Spring 2021 TSI Camp (Virtual)-FREE
  • The class of 2021-College Applications & Admissions Success
  • Middle School Student Council Fundraiser
  • Register for TSI Administration to become college-ready!
  • HPS Grow Your Own Teacher Education Assistance Program Application is open now!
  • Join Clubs & Organizations
  • Schedule Virtual Home visit
  • Join Free College and Career events


  • Personas mayores, completen su FAFSA en una hora el miércoles 10 de febrero a las 6 pm.
  • Campamento de codificación gratuito para nuestros estudiantes de secundaria
  • No hay clases el viernes 12 de febrero y el lunes 15 de febrero. Disfruta tu fin de semana de cuatro días.
  • ¡Feliz mes de la educación técnica y profesional!
  • Día Escolar Junior SAT - 13 de abril / Recursos de preparación
  • ACC HS Programas Primavera 2021 TSI Camp (Virtual) - GRATIS
  • La clase de 2021-Éxito en solicitudes y admisiones universitarias
  • Recaudación de fondos del consejo estudiantil de la escuela intermedia
  • ¡Regístrese en TSI Administration para estar listo para la universidad!
  • ¡La solicitud del programa de asistencia educativa Grow Your Own Teacher de HPS ya está abierta!
  • Únase a clubes y organizaciones
  • Programar visita al hogar virtual
  • Únase a eventos universitarios y profesionales gratuitos

Complete your FAFSA in one hour

Students receive $15,000 in financial aid on average from the FAFSA (the government financial aid form). We have organized an evening session to help you complete your FAFSA in one hour!

Here are the meeting details:

Time: Wednesday, February 10th at 6 pm (CT).

Link: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/83296214154?pwd=RTAySDc3bDN6MUhJYk9Yd2t6YWZUUT09

Zoom Meeting ID: 832 9621 4154
Passcode: 785851

Ahead of the session, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Create a Going Merry account here

Prepare the documents highlighted here (in Spanish here)

Contact your college counselor

for details or any questions.

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Middle School Student Council Fundraiser

Harmony School of Excellence-Austin Student Council is partnering with the Texas Roadhouse South Austin! We are excited to have Texas Roadhouse host our gift card online fundraiser to raise money for:

1. Care packages for Senior Citizens

2. Community Projects

3. Staff appreciation gifts

4. Spirit shirts

5. Field Trips

This fundraiser will focus on raising money to build care packages for the Senior Citizens of Austin. Student Council will research the needs of the elderly and will donate the items to a facility of their choosing.

We have implemented a new way to raise funds to keep you safe while still reaching our goal. There is a link provided in the flyer attached as well as here: https://protect2.fireeye.com/v1/url?k=f48cdf79-ab17e781-f48f4738-86f27bc93baa-a10eb9b37f358ce6&q=1&e=4077e5ec-ca0d-4f62-a2de-0a78c58bc442&u=https%3A%2F%2Fna.eventscloud.com%2Fhsoe

OR You can scan the QR code in the attached flyer.

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TELPAS Practice

TELPAS Practice for ALL ESL students. Mrs. Nall will be holding 2 sessions for the Practice TELPAS. First Day - Feb 4th, 8:00 - 9:00 am Second Day - Feb 11th, 8:00 - 9:00 am

Use this link to access the Zoom Practice TELPAS.


Practica de TELPAS para TODOS los estudiantes de ESL. Mrs. Nall va a tener 2 reuniones para la practica de TELPAS.

Primer Dia - 4 de Feb, 8:00 - 9:00 am

Segundo Dia - 11 de Feb, 8:00 -9:00 am

Usa el siguiente link para accesar a la reunion de Zoom para la practica de TELPAS.


Junior SAT School Day - April 13th / Prep Resources

Dear HSE Juniors,

It’s time to take the next step on the road to college. Taking the SAT® is the perfect way to show off the skills colleges care about.

Juniors: Take the SAT on April 13th to see how ready you are. Remember, you can always take it again in the fall of your senior year to improve your scores.

The SAT gives you a chance to show how ready you are with questions that look a lot like what you are learning in class. The SAT:
  • Focuses on vocabulary and math you're already learning in class and that you'll need to succeed in college.
  • Doesn’t penalize you for guessing—try your best on every question.
  • Offers an optional essay.

The SAT is the only test that gives students free official practice on Khan Academy®.

Work at your own pace on the areas you can improve. It’s a completely personalized way to get ready.

Additionally, we have SAT Prep Books that will be distributed for free. Limited books available, it will be given a first come first serve basis. You just need to fill out the form to sign up to pick up the free prep book and wait for an email from us to come to take your book.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Black History Month Workshops by Code2College

Dear students,

Code2College is offering wonderful opportunities for the students, here are the workshops below that you can join!

All scheduled workshops are 6:00 - 8:00 pm CST

Black History Month Workshop Registration Links:

Happy Career and Technical Education Month!

We want to thank our excellent CTE teachers, Mr. Miranda Solis, Ms. Alzant, Mr. Gandara, Mr. Palencia, Ms. Tripathi, Mr. Rodriguez Alarcon for all you do and for making a difference at HSE!
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Free coding camp for our middle school students


Army Research Laboratory (ARL South), is looking for Middle School Students to participate in one of two half-day workshops available. Students will be able to learn how to manipulate/control a semi-autonomous car.

Who is this camp for?

Middle-School aged Students.

How to sign up?


UT Austin Engineering Hosts ‘Girl Day,’ Biggest Event of its Kind in the U.S.

Dear HSE Family,

AUSTIN, Texas — The Women in Engineering Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host more than 10,000 children, parents, and educators from cities across the state and beyond for its 20th annual Girl Day at UT Austin. Historically a one-day, in-person event, Girl Day 2021 will include 10 days of virtual activities and experiences that help spark creativity, inspire future careers, and show how engineers and scientists can change the world. Elementary and middle school students will engage in activities and hands-on educational experiences, from designing a balloon-powered car to watching physics and chemistry in action. Girl Day at UT Austin includes Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year, and the Girl Day STEM Festival.

With volunteers from over 100 UT Austin, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses, Girl Day has become the largest event of its kind in the U.S. Girl Day at UT Austin is presented by Halliburton.

When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, through Monday, March 1, 2021Where: Online

Interview Opportunities: Tricia Berry, Director of the Cockrell School’s Women in Engineering Program

Girl Day By the Numbers:8,000 — Kindergarten through 8th-grade students expected to register for Girl Day 2021150 — Activities throughout the 10 days




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ACC HS Programs Spring 2021 TSI Camp (Virtual)

Dear all 8th - 10th graders,

ACC organizing a virtual camp to help you to prepare to take the TSI test for Dual Credit classes and become a college-ready student.

There is no cost to the student for this camp, all the testing expenses, and prep materials will be covered by ACC.

ACC is looking to have a total of 60 students for the camp. This will be on a first come first serve basis. Once students complete the required steps, ACC will be able to get you set up for the camp. After students initially apply, ACC will then reach back out to you with the next steps and what has to be completed, including the ACC Application.

Interested students should complete the TSI Camp Application at:


Please contact college counselors for any questions.


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BigFuture Days

The College Board is hosting four virtual college fairs that are designed for you to have real conversations with hundreds of colleges, admission reps, and current college students without leaving home.

You can sign up to attend any event and more than one to explore colleges in each region across the nation.

 BigFuture Day West + SouthWest, Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4–8 p.m. ET, 1–5 p.m. PT For colleges located in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, and WY.

 BigFuture Day Southeast, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5–9 p.m. ET, 2–6 p.m. PT For colleges located in AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV.

 BigFuture Day Northeast, Sunday, March 7, 2021, 4–8 p.m. ET, 1–5 p.m. PT For colleges located in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT.

 BigFuture Day Midwest, Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5–9 p.m. ET, 2–6 p.m. PT For colleges located in IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI.

Register today at cb.org/bigfuturedays.

HPS Grow Your Own Teacher Education Assistance Program

We would like to announce that the Grow Your Own Teacher (GYOT) program application deadline is approaching. The application deadline is March 1st, 2021.

GYOT is a financial aid program for our interns who have been accepted into the GYOT program.

GYOT Eligibility for Graduates of HPS

  1. Completion of junior and senior year of high school with official HPS graduation and award of a diploma.
  2. HPS graduate must pursue any degree major that leads to teacher certification
  3. Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time the individual applies for the Program and throughout a selected Participant’s participation in the Program.
  4. The applicant must be eligible to work in the United States.

I would like to thank you again and looking forward to receiving your talented future HPS educator candidates.

More information can be learned by visiting GYOT official website.


The 2021 College Prep Scholars Program is now open!

High school juniors,

Are you eligible for the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program?

The application is now open! Awards include full scholarships to summer programs, up to $1,000 for a laptop, essay feedback, and more.

Visit www.questbridge.org to learn more and apply.

Please let your college counselor know if you have any questions or need help!

College Applications & Admissions

Dear HSE Family,

The Class of 2021 is doing outstanding work on college applications. Here are some of the colleges that our students have been accepted to:

The University of Texas at Austin

Texas State University

St. Edward's University

University of San Francisco

Texas A & M University-San Antonio

University of Dallas

Concordia University Texas
Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio

Santa Monica College
Dallas Baptist University

New England College

The Art Institute of Austin

Stephen F Austin State University

Congratulations on your success, seniors!

You have made us all proud.

Keep up the great work!

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TalkTime with the Counselor, Mrs. Sparks

Mrs. Sparks, the HSE campus counselor, is here to provide emotional support, as well as provide resources for you and your students. Mrs. Sparks is available for individual, confidential Zoom meetings with students during virtual learning. Permission for Mrs. Sparks to speak with your student must be completed by a parent/guardian. The TalkTime form may be found on the school website; under the parents' drop-down menu and click TalkTime. Here is also a link: https://www.harmonytx.org/talktime Mrs. Sparks' email is psparks@harmonytx.org. If you are in need of resources for you and your family, please email Mrs. Sparks!

Looking forward to a great school year!

HSE Spelling Bee

HSE is hosting our first ever Spelling Bee! The Spelling Bee is open to Middle School students! You will be given all materials you need to be successful and you will be coached! The winner of the HSE Spelling Bee will go on to compete in the Austin Regional Spelling Bee, sometime in March 2021. The official date of Regionals is TBD.

The HSE Spelling Bee will take place in February 2021.

Please contact Mrs. Benning at mbenning@harmonytx.org if you are interested!

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Quick Links:


The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, and in accordance with local government orders and guidance. Please click on the link for HPS policy.


In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in the communities which we proudly serve, Harmony Public Schools is announcing the following revised plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

SCHOOLOGY (Learning Management System)

Schoology is an all-inclusive learning environment that brings everything students, parents and teachers need into one, easy-to-use digital platform that can be utilized for both in-classroom and at-home learning.

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Harmony School of Excellence Austin

Harmony School of Excellence is a high performing 6-12 college preparatory charter school focusing on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)