Week of December 12th


Meet Coach Richard Medina

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Hello HSE All-Stars!! I have been a teacher for 7 years at Harmony and 18 years in the education Department. I teach Physical Education to all 4-7th grade this year. In addition, I have taught all K-8th at one point in a one school year. I’ve also been called Super Coach by some students and some educators one time. I also Coach 7 sports teams and Manage the Harmony Athletic Dept. Trust me it's steady work.

I come from a sports family. I have 4 brothers and I’m the oldest. I played mostly Basketball, Baseball, and football as a player and now I coach all three at HSE. Ironic right? I just love shaping young minds on how it's important to be active and have fun. Furthermore, working with my athletes to develop their skill set in sports is also what I love to do. My passion is making a difference every day to make my students have the best days at HSE. My students are awesome, especially when they flex.

I received my Bachelors from the University of Houston- Main Campus. GOCOOGSGO!!

When I’m not teaching, I’m training in a warehouse gym to get stronger and stay fast. I paint houses as a side job, read, modify sports cars. I love to cook food and always try new restaurant. I also give back to the church and donate toys to the kids in need. Also love to travel and hike mountains.

I look forward to continue working with all students so that one day they can lead a long active lifestyle.


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Congratulations to the teams and to our Coaches-Coach Aguirre, Coach Unal, and Coach Mikeska

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Thank you to Harmony Houston North District team for organizing this event. It was a huge success.

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Thank you for the leadership of Mr. Kahraman, STEM leader, and for spearheading this event. To Ms. Mikeska and to all volunteers, thank you so much for a job well done!

There were 32 Teams from many cities across Texas and neighboring states particpated. There were 130 students who successfully competed in this event.
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NJHS Food & Toy Drive! Two more days to donate! Come and drop them off at the front lobby.

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Dear HSE families,

We here at NJHS want to bring some smiles to our community this holiday season by hosting a Food Drive and Toy Drive from December 5th-December 16th. Please drop off any donations in the front lobby and one of our members will pick it up. All Toys will be donated to the Texas Children's Hospital on December 17th. All food donations will be donated to the Houston Food Bank where we will not only donate the items but also volunteer our time at the warehouse. Thank you so much for all your love and support!

Ms. Nathalie Mikeska

GATE Coordinator

Thank you Ms. Sauceda and Beautification Committee members for decorating our front lobby.

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Penny Wars

Student Council is happy to announce PENNY WARS! Please send spare change to be collected in the student's homeroom teacher's class. All proceeds go to The Houston Food Bank and the classroom that raises the most money will receive a pizza party!

Ms. Antera Sharp -Student Council Advisor

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On Thursday, Dec 15th we will have our Holidays Around the World Winter Performance for grades K-3rd at 8:30 am. Parents are welcome but space is limited. Be aware that you may have to stand to watch the performances. We want the families to watch and enjoy the show so it will be broadcasted through Facebook live. The link has already been provided to the parents.

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Happy Holidays HSE Family!!! I am beyond joyful that we are preparing to celebrate yet another winter break. With all that is going on in the world, we must take moments to find the bright spots in our day no matter how big or small they may be.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that supported the NED's Mindset Mission Yo-Yo sale, it was wildly successful. We completely sold out of yo-yo's and the accessories. Your generosity has helped pay-it-forward TWO times over, now students at other schools will be able to enjoy NED and build their growth mindset. A special thank you to the awesome PTO mom's that helped run the sale, I truly appreciate it!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe winter break! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

PJ Day was fun! Thank you to our PTO and to all Homeroom Parents who helped in the Polar Express and Grinch day event.

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Top 22 Staff members will enjoy a lunch treat from our Principal, Mr. Basol, with having the most number of Home Visits! Great job!

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Club in the Spotlight - MathCounts 4-5 with Ms. Arslan and Ms. Erbap

Holiday Potluck Luncheon - Dec. 14th | Cookie Contest

Thank you so much HSE team for making it a successful luncheon. Lots of fun and delicious food! Cookie Contest was great! Congratulations Ms. Ozkan for winning this contest.

Cookies baked by Ms. Buth, Ms.Hileman, Ms. Burchfield, and Ms. Vo were delicious. Thank you for your participation.

Volleyball Scrimmage - Staff Vs. Students Dec. 14th

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it was a tie ---we play again next semester

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Important Information from Ms. Bahadir, AP Academics 4-7

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We are excited to kick off our Fall Reading Challenge! The linked document explains all details of the challenge and includes the Google Form for 3rd-7th grade to complete for each book that is read. While there are prizes available for students (and for teachers!), ultimately, we want each student to develop a love of reading.

Additionally, research shows that daily reading helps to improve brain connectivity, increases vocabulary and comprehension, and aids in preventing cognitive decline as you age.


Get ready –Application Season for Fall 2023

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Beautification Crew | Contact Ms. Abby

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Rock Garden

Hello everyone, please give your rocks to Ms. Abby.

Thank you!

Have questions on the attendance policy? Click the link below to find out more:

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Important Information regarding Student Attendance from Ms. Acosta

Ensuring that our students are at school every day is vital to a student’s success. The Texas attendance rules state that a student has to be in a class at least 90 percent of the time in order to get credit for the class. The 90 percent rule applies to most absences, including excused absences. The Student Handbook explains our school’s guidelines on absences, tardies, and making up missed schoolwork. Becoming familiar with the school’s policies will help you manage your child’s attendance and ensure that he or she avoids too many missed school days.

Although perfect attendance is the goal, it’s not always possible. Therefore, please keep the following points in mind:

  • If your student is absent you will have 3 days to provide a note by the parent or doctor otherwise, the attendance will stay as an unexcused absence.
  • The parent excuse note should state the following:
    1.) Full student name
    2.) Reason of absence in detail for record purposes.
    3.) The date(s) the student was absent.
  • Parent-written excuse notes need to be on letter-size paper(8X10). We will not accept sticky notes or torn-off pieces of paper
  • Three accumulated tardies are considered one absence.


Important Reminders from our Dean of Culture -Ms. Tiffany Foster

Late Pick-Up Policy:

Based on the handbook: Students should be picked up no later than thirty minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the corridors, at their lockers, or in the school building later than ten minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member. Students must follow all school rules during dismissal time. Additionally, students who have not been picked up after the designated dismissal time may be placed in the school’s after-school program. Parents of these students will be responsible for all fees incurred as a result of such placement, as allowed by applicable law.

Dismissal Times:











Loitering Policy:

Based on the handbook: Students are not allowed to remain on campus unsupervised after designated dismissal times. The school will not have adult supervision after school hours. A student who remains on campus unsupervised after dismissal time may be subject to state criminal trespass laws. If the student does not have a club, tutorials, or sports they must get picked up at their regular dismissal time. If the student has a sibling in a club, tutorials, or sports, they cannot stay with their sibling. Disciplinary consequences for remaining on campus unsupervised after designated dismissal times within a school year are as follows:

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Tardy Policy to class:

Based on the handbook: The school’s tardy policy has been developed to emphasize the importance of each student arriving on time to school every day and remaining in the classroom for the entire period. Learning personal responsibility by arriving at school and class on time is an integral part of the school’s standard of excellence, which helps prepare students for success. The student’s responsibility is to move quickly and safely through the school's hallway and report to class before the tardy bell rings. It is the student’s responsibility to BE ON TIME to class! Here are the consequences for being tardy to class.

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From our CNA, Ms. Sauceda

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Dear Parents/Guardians, please complete the School Climate Survey. Thank you!

Message from our Admin

Hello HSE Family,

For morning drop off, we're requiring all parents to stay in their car and follow morning drop off either in the front of the school or the North arrival area.

Please do not park in the campus area to walk your students. Parents are supposed to stay in their cars and drive to the drop-off areas so that students can get out of the cars.

For the safety of our students and yours, please do not park on Brook River Drive and walk your child across Gessner Road. Gessner Road is a very busy road with a set speed limit of 40 MPH. Also, DO NOT STOP AND DROP YOUR CHILD OFF GESSNER ROAD! Thank you for understanding!

We will keep the first U-Turn open when you come from Gessner Rd (It was closed today but it will not be closed again). Please do not use the second U-Turn and please do not cut in line.

We will have a police officer several days a week to reinforce these issues.

Have a good day!


Please do not drop off your student(s) at the school before 7:00am.

8th Graders and HSE HS Students who are dropped off in the morning

Dear Parents, please drop your 8th grader(s) or high schooler(s) off next to the side walk (which is the 3rd lane,-rightmost lane or outer lane). It keeps the traffic flowing and makes a shorter distance for the students to get to the sidewalk. After dropping them off, parents will still take the 3rd lane to drop off their HSE elem/middle school students at the North drop-off.

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Dismissal for High School Siblings

Effective Tuesday, September 6, 2022, if you have children that attend both at HSE Elementary campus and at HSE High campus, dismissal will be from HSE High instead of HSE Elementary.

How will this work:

  • Three employees from Harmony School of Excellence Elementary campus will gather the students at 3:10 P.M. At 3:15 P.M., the students will start to walk to HSE High by utilizing the soccer field.
  • You may pick up your child between the hours of 3:30 P.M. – 3:40 P.M. utilizing the car tag that was assigned to you at the beginning of the school year on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from HSE High.
  • On Wednesdays you will pick up your child between the hours of 2:40 P.M.- 2:50 P.M. from HSE High.
  • Please note, if we have inclement weather such as rain, hail, lightning, etc, you will have to go to both campuses to pick up your child. If your child has a club at HSE K-7, you will need to pick up your child on that day from the HSE Elementary campus.

If your child attends Harmony School of Advancement and they ONLY have a sibling at HSE Elementary campus, you will pick the students up at HSE Elementary campus from the North dismissal area.

If your child attends both HSE campuses you will pick them up at HSE High.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, we decided to make this change in order to have a smoother and faster dismissal for both campuses.

Please email mgordon@harmonytx.org or tiffany.foster@harmonytx.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Dismissal Time Reminder

Reminder: Student Dismissal starts at 3:15 P.M. and ends at 3:45 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, dismissal will start at 2:26 P.M. and ends at 2:56 P.M.

Reminders to parents regarding Late Pickup

Parents, if you do not pick up your child by the dismissal time at 3:15-3:45 P.M on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 2:26-2:56 P.M. on Wednesday,, your child will be considered late pickup.

Late Pickup area will be at the Kindergarten-1st Grade dismissal area on the side of the school. Parents, you will have to get out of your car, walk to the door, and sign your child out before a Harmony employee releases your child.

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Advancement Siblings Pickup Reminder

Parents, all Harmony Advancement siblings are picked up from the North Dismissal Area. Please reference to the map below.
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Club Dismissal Information

Parents, you will come to pick up your child once their after school club is over at the Kindergarten-1st grade dismissal area. Please note, you will have a 10 minute grace period to pick up your child. For example: if the club ends at 4:00 P.M. you will have until 4:10 P.M. to pick up your child. If you do not pick your child up on time, you will have to come to the same area to pick up your child but will follow the late pick up expectations. If your child is picked up late three times, your child will not be allowed to participate in the club anymore and refunds will not be given. Please reference the map below.

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Report Card Schedule for the 22-23 School Year Released

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2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Missing Something? Check the Lost & Found

Be sure to check the lost and found by the front office for missing items as soon as possible.Parents/guardians are welcome to check, as well.

Per the student/parent handbook, we will be clearing out unclaimed items every seven days. See the front office with any questions.


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Important links

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Harmony School of Excellence - Houston

Website: hsehouston.harmonytx.org
Location: 7340 Gessner Road, Houston, TX, USA
Phone: 7139838668