Weekly Mail

October 30, 2020

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PRIDE Store Grand Opening Today!

Students who have earned PBA can now cash in their Mustang Bucks in our PRIDE Store!

Students must log into their Harmony portal and email address to access the PRIDE Store. Then, they simply fill out the form and submit their purchase. Within three school days, a PRIDE Team member will send them a "proof of purchase," and they may claim their prize.

Students should check their PBA points on Skyward before going shopping!

Check out the PRIDE Store now!

Want to learn more about PBA? Click here!

Students exhibiting Mustang PRIDE (Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Empathy) earn Positive Behavior Awards, or PBA, which they can spend in our PRIDE Store. We will continue to add products throughout the year. Go Mustangs!

Required Health Screenings for 7th & 8th Graders

The state of Texas requires students receive the following screenings:

  • 7th girls - vision and hearing, spinal, and acanthrosis (a skin condition)
  • 7th boys - vision and hearing and acanthrosis
  • 8th boys - spinal and acanthrosis

You may sign up here to bring your student in for these screenings at no cost to you. If your student wears glasses or contacts, please make sure to bring them. Drop your student off at the front office 5 minutes before the scheduled appointment, so he or she can have a temperature check. You may pick your student up in front at the end of the 20 minutes. When you schedule an appointment, please include your student's name in the comment section of the time slot. This will save time at the actual appointment.

If you do not want to bring your student to campus, you may schedule an appointment with a physician for the screenings and submit the results to aderring@harmonytx.org by Dec. 18, 2020.

Thank you,

Ashley Derring, Medical Assistant

HSE-Sugar Land

PSAT Takes Place Nov. 7

HSE-SL 8th graders who registered will take the PSAT on campus Nov. 7. Virtual testing is not available for this test. Students must take the test in person, on campus, on the designated test date.

Students are expected to arrive between 7:45-8:00 a.m. Students will finish testing at 12 p.m..

Students who are testing need to arrive on time to school on their test day, bring #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and if desired, a quick snack to eat during the short break between test sections. Students are encouraged to get a restful night’s sleep before the test and to eat a healthy breakfast on the day of testing.

Due to the current circumstances in regards to COVID-19, the school understands that all students may not be comfortable testing on campus; therefore it is not mandatory for students to take these tests on these dates.

Additionally, please remind your child not to bring his/her cell phone or other electronic devices into the testing room. As per College Board rules, students caught with these prohibited devices will have their scores cancelled.

Standard Test Start Time:8:00am

Standard Test End Time: noon

Non-Standard Test End Time:1:00pm

Questions? Contact Testing Coordinator Mustafa Dursun at mdursun@harmonytx.org.

Student Council Applications!

Students interested in running for Student Council may fill out the STUCO application by 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Candidates will be announced on Nov. 9, and elections will take place Nov. 18.

The application is available on the STUCO website.

Questions? Email STUCO Advisor Andy Catic at acatic@harmonytx.org.

Free Breakfast and Lunch!

Harmony Public Schools will offer free meals for all children ages 18 and younger beginning Nov. 2. Students under 21 who are currently enrolled in a school and are identified as mentally or physically disabled are also eligible. Free breakfast and lunch will be available daily for students attending classes at the school.

For distance learners, meal boxes will be available for pick up at HSE-SL on Mondays from 9-10 a.m. Meal distribution is open to our students, their siblings, and the community.

Parents wishing to pick up a meal box without children present will need to present one of the following to verify guardianship:

∙ Individual student report cards

∙ Attendance record from parent portal of a school website

∙ Birth certificate

∙ Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled

∙ Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by a child care facility)

If you have any questions, please contact Lunch Clerkk Hira Waris at hwaris@harmonytx.org.

School of Character: Principle 3

Last year, our campus was given an Emerging designation as a National School of Character by Character.org, the nation's leading organizing on character development in school settings. That means we are on our way toward a national certification!

We are continuing to strengthen our dedication to social emotion learning and character development and are once again working on our School of Character application for this school year. This is a lengthy process that involves many steps; there are 11 principles and each one has several components. Thus the character committee has decided to break down each principle into actionable, weekly items for campus focus.

This week our focus will be on Principle 3.

Principle 3- The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to develop character. Schools that are committed to character development look at themselves through a character lens and assess how virtually everything that goes on in school affects the character of students, including academics and extracurricular activities.

3.1- The school is intentional and proactive in addressing social, emotional, and character development. Talk with your student about appropriate social interactions and responses, including self- regulation and self- control. Help them find practical ways to deal with their stress. Consult with the dean or the counselor for any concerns.

3.2- Character is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning. Integrate character and our core values into your discussions at home; for example, while your child does research for an assignment, discuss the importance of academic integrity; or when discussing chores, discuss responsibility. Look for examples of ethical behavior in what others do, and have discussions with your child about their importance.

3.3- Character education is infused in all aspects of the school day including classes, procedures, meetings, and extracurricular activities. Consistently communicate expectations that foster good character in all everyday routines, such as cooking or shopping. Recognize when your child exhibits these values and praise them for it.

Help us drive the message on our campus! Together we can all shift our culture!

If you would like to be a part of our PRIDE team and shape school culture and character development on our campus, please contact Dean of Student Culture Jamie LaGesse at jlagesse@harmonytx.org.

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At-Home COVID-19 Screenings

The Texas Education Agency is requiring all public schools to put health and wellness procedures in place due to COVID-19. Before bringing your student to school, we ask that parents screen their children for the following symptoms:

  • Fever or symptoms of a fever (pale, sweaty, shivering, chills)
  • Cough or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste
  • New loss of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion (stuffy/runny nose)
  • Green/yellowish discharge from the eyes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New confusion

Students exhibiting any of these symptoms should be kept home until the symptoms subside. Students should not be fevered for at least 24 hours before returning to campus. Since these students opted for in-person learning, they will be counted absent, and parents need to provide an excuse note for the missed day(s) when they return to school.

In-person learning students do not have the option of completing exit tickets in Schoology to have an absence deleted like they did during distance learning.

Excuse notes are required for any class a student misses, even if it's not the whole day. Please send absence excuse notes to our Attendance Clerk Ms. Hamzic at ahamzic@harmonytx.org.

Must Sign: Distance Learning Behavior Expectations and Student Handbook Acknowledgment

Just like on campus, we expect our HSE-Sugar Land students to exhibit Mustang PRIDE and follow behavior expectations to make the most out of their virtual learning experience. If you have not already done so, please review the Harmony Public Schools Distance Learning Behavior Expectations agreement with your student, and then both of you sign at the end of the document. This agreement will help all of us be on the same page in terms of expectations.

Also, please go to Skyward and have your child acknowledge the Student/Parent Handbook. This is a requirement each school year.

Thank you!

Counseling Services Available Through 'Talk Time"

Harmony Public Schools is committed to teaching the whole child, and that includes supporting students' emotional well-being. This is especially important during these unpredictable times. Life has changed quite dramatically for all of us during this pandemic; some of us have been even more affected.

And now students have returned to school in a digital environment where peer interactions are limited to screen time, and we're all in different buildings all over the greater Sugar Land area.

This time is stressful for adults, and children certainly feel the pressure, as well. If you notice your student is exhibiting signs of stress or even anxiety, our district behavioral counselors are available for virtual Talk Time to provide support.

Please visit the HPS Healthy Minds resources for more information and a link to request Talk Time for your student.

We are always here to help.

Harmony School of Excellence-Sugar Land

HSE-Sugar Land is a middle school in Sugar Land, TX, serving approximately 650 6th through 8th grade students. We are home of the Mustangs!