Week of November 28th


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Hi HSE! I am Mrs. Massey and I teach 5th grade at HSE! This is my tenth year with HSE and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of amazing teachers! I received my undergrad and masters through Sam Houston, Eat ‘em up kats! I teach ELA and social studies. I truly love teaching writing and watching students grow into great writers in my class. I also coach our school cheer team with Mrs. Berkowitz. Our cheerleaders are so talented, and I am so proud to see their skills shine at competitions and many Harmony wide events. I have gotten the opportunity over the years to mentor several of our mentees and love that I am able to help other teachers develop their teaching styles and feel successful in the classroom.

I am married and have two amazing children. My daughter, Charley will be 2 in December and my son, Logan just turned 7 months old! On the weekends, our two littles keep us very busy. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking our boat out on the lake where we live, and binge watching Christmas movies. We also enjoy finding new things to explore in Houston that are kid friendly, so if you have a favorite – please share!

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Your HSE family is here for you Ms. Rosales! You are not alone in this journey! We love yah!

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STAAR testing is scheduled next week: Dec. 6, 7 & 9th

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Hello Tiger Parents!

Next week is STAAR Interim testing for 3rd-7th grade students. This type of testing is designed as a benchmark/ tracking tool to assess student's learning.

Interim testing will provide students with an overview of new question types that resemble the redesigned STAAR.
Feel free to navigate the STAAR Redesign video for a quick highlight of what testing will look like.

Students will be administering testing online, during the following days:
Testing Dates:

Tuesday, Dec. 6th - STAAR Reading (Gr. 3-7)
Wednesday, Dec. 7th- STAAR Math (Gr.3-7)
Fridays, Dec. 9th- STAAR Science (Gr.5)

Please make sure your child gets a full night's sleep, has a good morning breakfast and is
dropped off at school on time.

Wishing all our scholars the best,
Go Tigers!!

Ms. Mays Kseibi, M.Ed |Testing & Federal Programs Coordinator

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Hi HSE Family,

On Thursday, December 1st, Ned's Mindset Mission is coming to HSE!!! This fun 45-minute assembly is all about inspiring students to understand the power of yet, spark courage in other people, and to always be learning and growing. Throughout the performance, students will discover how to activate their growth mindset to overcome social, emotional and academic challenges. The performer will engage the students with humor, yo-yo and magic tricks, puppetry, and storytelling. There will be a Ned Zone, an area where the students can practice the yo-yo tricks done by the performer during the show. The Ned themed yo-yo's will be available for purchase for a week after the assembly starting Dec. 5th-Dec. 8th, the money collected from the purchase of the yo-yo's will be used to pay-it-forward so that the Ned's Mindset Mission can travel to another school. There is a form (see below) to purchase yo-yo's, please send the exact $ amount with the completed form, a hard copy will be sent home as well.

Take a few moments to watch a preview of the show using the following link: NED's Mindset Mission

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Come join your fellow HSE cheerleaders for an afternoon of spirit. At the clinic your student will learn a NEW variety of cheerleading moves including: Basic tumbling skills, basic jumps, a few HSE tiger cheers and basic stunts! Admission will include hours of cheer fun, pizza and a souvenir. Please fill out the form below and return to Ms. Massey. ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED by: December 8 th All proceeds will go to helping your HSE cheerleaders compete.

HPS CEO, Mr. Fatih Ay visited HSE on November 17th with his team, our major funders, and accompanied by Mr. Emin Cavusoglu, our District Superintendent

Our visitors toured some of our classes led by our student ambassadors (Parth, Kayla, Ahmet, Kalynn, and Sakura). They also met with our Admin team, counselor, and some of our coordinators. Ms.Gina Gregory (CoDevelopment) and Ms. Micihelle Morin (District Development Coordinator) were also present.


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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.

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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!

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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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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