Wednesday Newsletter

March 31, 2021

Harmony Science Academy Garland

Administrators:

Sofieh Hopovac- Campus Principal: shopovac@harmonytx.org

Brett Garrett- Dean of Academics: bgarrett@harmonytx.org

Timothy Clark- Dean of Students: tclark@harmonytx.org


Coordinators:

Heather Gregory- Student Success and Engagement/Testing/Federal Programs- hgregory@harmonytx.org

Kyla McDade- Special Education- kmcdade@harmonytx.org

Tamara Yarborough- ESL- tyarborough@harmonytx.org

Milada Medinic-Kazazic- Gifted and Talented Education: mmedinic@harmonytx.org


Office:

Paula Gonzalez- Business Manager- pgonzalez@harmonytx.org

Juveria Hussain- Student Recruitment- lahmed@harmonytx.org

TESTING DATES

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Although this school year has been challenging, we are confident our students are ready and have the skills necessary to be successful on the upcoming EOY (end of year) assessments. Please note the dates that important testing will be taking place. While MAP testing will continue to be administered virtually, please see the note below about STAAR testing.


**We are required to administer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test in person, on campus for all students in eligible grades, including those students receiving online instruction this year. Please see the attached parent letter for more information. If your student is a remote learner and will not be coming to school due to COVID-19 concerns, please fill out this form for every student that is in a testing grade. Students should be dropped off at 8:30 AM on their designated testing day. They will need to bring a lunch or may purchase one from the school. Virtual students will test in our testing center (the gym). We will call parents to pick up students once they have completed the test.

APRIL:



April 6 - 4th Grade Writing STAAR**

April 19-30: K-2 EOY (end of year) MAP Testing

April 26-30: Pre-K EOY (end of year) Circle Assessment


May:

11 - 5th/6th Reading STAAR**

12 - 5th/6th Math STAAR**

13 - 5th Science STAAR**

17-21: EOY (end of year) MAP Testing 3rd- 6th

24 - 3rd/4th Reading STAAR**

25 - 3rd/4th Math STAAR**


STAAR Letter English:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16IQZoRV89BLZwGK158ly8Jck6Wfxrs-ZOFOeCNWcd6w/edit?usp=sharing


STAAR Letter Spanish:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FJ80BHuM_Kmpan7fRvnxEEO7OAypF4qX/view?usp=sharing



If you have any questions or concerns about testing, please do not hesitate to contact me at hgregory@harmonytx.org.

Sincerely,

Heather Gregory, Campus Testing & Federal Programs Coordinator

A LOOK AHEAD...

APRIL

1 - Pre-K and Kinder Round Up

1-30 - Talent Show Videos & Teacher Appreciation Videos Can be Submitted (stay tuned)

2 - Student & Staff Holiday

3-11 - National Robotics Week

6 - STAAR Testing - 4th Grade Writing

6 - Last Day to Donate to our School STEAM Engine Fundraiser

7 - Asynchronous Day

7 - Virtual Bingo - PTO Meeting @ 5:30 http://meet.google.com/vgp-jfrh-pkd

8 - Urban Air Spirit Night

8 - Virtual Parent Academy 6-7 PM

9 - Science Fair Projects Due

16 - Student Holiday & Teacher Workday

11-16 - Science Fair Judging

19-23 - Scholastic Book Fair (online option) https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hsagarland

23 - Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night

19-30 - EOY (end of year) MAP Testing K-2

21 - Asynchronous Day

21 - Virtual Spelling Bee (2nd-6th)

22 - In & Out Drive Thru Fundraiser & Prize Pick Up

26-30 - PK EOY (end of year) Circle Assessment

30 - Virtual Career Fair


MAY

3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

5 - PTO General Meeting

6 - Urban Air Spirit Night

5 - Asynchronous Day

11 - 5th and 6th Grade Reading STAAR

12 - 5th and 6th Grade Math STAAR

13 - 5th Grade Science STAAR

17-21 EOY MAP Testing (3rd - 6th)

19 - Asynchronous Day

20 & 21 - Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night

24 - 3rd and 4th Grade Reading STAAR

25 - 3rd and 4th Grade Math STAAR

27 - Last Day of School

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Virtual Career Fair Interest Form

HSA Garland will be hosting a career day on April 30th! We are needing parents and community members to come and share their expertise about their career with our students. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please sign up here.

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Virtual Singing Project

What is THIS Project ?


HPS Central Office wants to create an end product video that will be something like this one: Virtual Singing Project (Sample Project Link)


We are looking for talents who will be singing in the video. We are looking for students, staff, and parents who may want to participate.


Instructions:

* record your singing video

* email it to hgregory@harmonytx.org

* deadline is April 14th


-You will be contacted by central office if you are selected for the video.

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VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW VIDEO LINK

If you would like to participate in our virtual talent show, please post your video with the line below.


FlipGrid Talent Show link https://flipgrid.com/bdf52c60

passcode: hsag2021

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Teacher Appreciation Videos

Our teachers do so much for us every single day. It's important for us to let them know why we appreciate everything that they do for us. Record a short video to share why you appreciate your teacher. We want them to feel the love!

In your video you may:

-Wish all teachers a happy Teacher Appreciation Week
-Thank a specific teacher or group of teachers (in this case, put his or her name in the title of your video)
-Use three words to describe why you love your teacher
-Something else to show your appreciation


Link to record video: https://flipgrid.com/hsag2021

6TH GRADE PARENT SURVEY...

Dear Parents,

The success of the district and our schools relies on building strong, trusting relationships with our families and listening to our students. Our School Culture Survey is designed to foster open communication and strengthen those relationships, as well as to improve the quality of our schools.

The survey is open March 23, 2021 April, 2021. It asks for feedback on academic preparation, student support, safety and behavior, school leadership, and family involvement. We’ll use the results to help determine our strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop responsive action plans. Please see link below:


Parent Survey Link (click here)


Thank you,

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2021-2022 Academic Calendar

2021-2022 Approved Academic Calendars

The Harmony Public Schools Executive Board has approved THE academic calendar for the 2021-22 school year. The first day for students is Aug. 12.

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HSAG Name State School of Character

Harmony Science Academy-Garland has been selected a 2021 State School of Character for our outstanding efforts in promoting cultures of character in their schools and communities. This makes the second school in Harmony's DFW District to achieve this honor.

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When is the last day to make a donation to the Steam Engine fundraiser?
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Virtual Family Visits

Have you scheduled your family's virtual home visit yet?!


Our Virtual Home Visits are a 30-minute scheduled video call between a teacher and a student’s family, from the teacher’s home or classroom to the family’s home help parents establish strong relationships with the school and teachers, even when they cannot meet face-to-face. During these unprecedented times, HPS teachers and staff will continue to visit our families virtually until it is safe to return to campus.


Home visits has positive effects on student’s learning, and social and emotional improvement.


Benefits for students include:

  • Students whose parents agree to home visits, have better behavior and conduct,
  • Improved academic performance, student attendance
  • A better ease at learning, and trust of their teacher,
  • Forms a higher level of respect for teachers, themselves and others.


Benefits for parents include:

  • Parents are secure knowing that teachers genuinely care for the welfare of their children.
  • Creates a trusting bond between the teacher and parent.
  • Parents feel confident that their child’s future is in the hands of teachers who go beyond the call of duty to guarantee each student’s prosperity.
  • Allows parents to become a part of the school environment.


Harmony teachers visit more than 7,000 homes each year. We encourage you to contact your child's campus or fill out this form https://forms.gle/xVRxhRrkF8aqSNLH7 to request your virtual home visit today!

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Drop Off and Dismissal Plan 2020-2021

Please click here for the drop off and dismissal map and information.

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School Nurse Notice

Click here to read this Harmony Health Notification

DFW Parent/Student Support Resources

Annual AHERA Notification to Parents, Teachers and Staff

Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff,

In accordance with the 40 CFR Part 763 (enacted by Congress in 1986) of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Section 763.93 pertaining to the Asbestos in School Identification and Notification Rule, Harmony Science Academy – Garland hereby notifies all parties of the Asbestos Management Plan availability.

The Asbestos Management Plan is available for review at the administrative office during regular campus operating hours.

We would like to inform you that there are currently no asbestos-containing building materials at our campus.

For additional information about AHERA or any specific questions regarding the Asbestos Management Plan, you may contact the campus operations manager, Paula Gonzalez at pgonzalez@harmonytx.org.

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Harmony Back to School Playbook

The Harmony Back to School Playbook is now available in English and Spanish. https://www.harmonytx.org/playbook

La Guía de Regreso a la Escuela ya está disponible en inglés y español. https://www.harmonytx.org/playbook

Emergency Phone Number

Please call our school cell phone if you have any emergencies that need immediate response: 4693546338 - You will reach Ms. Paula Gonzalez, Operations Manager.


You can also reach Mrs. Hopovac at (972) 729-9127 (texting works best!)

How are we doing?

Please let us know by liking our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HSAGarland/ and leaving a review. Google works, too! :)