HSS-Austin Tiger Talk

Week of September 20th-24th, 2021

Student Holiday & Staff Development Day - Friday, September 24th

Friday, September 24th will be a Student Holiday and Staff Professional Development Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
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College Ready Spirit Week - Let's Get Ready to ROAR!- September 27th - October 1st

Join in on the fun for our 1st Spirit Week of the School Year! Let’s show our College Ready mindset and show your school spirit the entire week!


Monday: College Life Pajama Day - wear your favorite pj's (must be school appropriate with tennis shoes on, no spaghetti straps or tank tops, shorts should be knee length)


Tuesday: Highlight Your Future - wear bright or neon colors or just wear your shades if you're too cool for school.


Wednesday: College Tailgate Day - wear your favorite college gear, college colors or college football game attire.


Thursday: Hats Off to Your Education - wear your favorite hat (graduation caps are great) or just go all the way with crazy hair.


Friday: Tiger Pride Day - wear your favorite HSS Spirit shirt, a shirt with a tiger image or orange & black attire.


*Please remember, all Spirit Week attire must be school appropriate according to

Harmony Free Dress requirements. If students are not participating in Spirit Week

attire on any day students must be dressed in school uniform.

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A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE IS WITH A PICTURE BOOK! USE THESE QR CODES TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK'S BOOKS. ¡Una excelente manera de celebrar es con un libro de imágenes! Utilice estos códigos QR para escuchar los libros de esta semana.

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~ Announcements & Reminders ~

Daily Reminders: Be on Time by 7:45am, Wear Your School Uniform, Bring Class Supplies & Water Bottle

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FREE Open eBooks app

Open eBooks is a FREE eBook library app that contains a rotating catalog of thousands of popular, award-winning eBook titles that students and families can access at home or on-the-go from an Apple or Android mobile phone or tablet!


Open eBooks! - Free eBook Library Information

Register to be a Parent Volunteer

We currently have volunteer opportunities for our campus. Some opportunities are only 30 minutes and others can be an hour or two. You can sign up for 1 day or more...so if you have some time to spare and/or plan to volunteer or chaperone your student's field trip later in the school year, please register your Volunteer account today!



Available Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Morning Drop Off Greeters - Assist with morning driveline greeting students & parents


  • Tiger Cart Volunteers - Prepare and distribute Tiger Cart items to students



Register today to be an HSS-Austin Campus Volunteer: https://harmonyps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/harmonyps/ezcomm/VolunteerRegistration.aspx?app=0


* Please note you must be a registered volunteer before attending field trips or campus volunteer opportunities. A background check is required to submit your volunteer account.

Progress Reports Were Sent Home This Week

We sent Progress Reports home this week with all students for your review. Please be on the lookout for these reports to check your student's academic progress. Our 1st Nine Week Reporting Period ends October 7th.

Register for Campus Clubs Online Today!

Sign up today for one of our Campus clubs or check the information to sign up with one of our Club Partners.


Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Clubs:

Get Crafty Arts & Crafts Club, Math Kangaroo (1st & 2nd), Lego Club, Movie Club, Board Games Central, Mini Bots & STEM Club, Zumba Club


3rd-5th Grade Clubs:

Choir Club, Spelling Bee Club, Geography Bee Club, Aviation & Drone Club, Art Creators Club, Open Book Club, Volleyball (beginning Sept 27th), Zumba Club, Robotics Team 4th & 5th (Robotics assessment required) - For Robotics Team email: Mrs. Cox - coloma.cox@harmonytx.org


Club Meeting Time: Monday-Thursday 3:15-3:50pm

Club Partners Meeting Time: Monday-Thursday 3:10-4:10

Friday Club Time (Club Partners Only): Friday 2:15-3:15


View the Get Ready for Clubs Details by clicking the button below:

Black Widow Martial Arts Club!

Check out our students in action with the Black Widow MMA club!

These coaches are from a fitness and combat sports gym, focusing on both the stand up and ground game of combined disciplines known as Mixed Martial Arts.

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Gifted & Talented (GT) Virtual Parent Meeting (Current & Newly Nominated Parents), Thursday, September 30th, 5-6pm.

We will host an informational meeting for all parents of our current and newly nominated Gifted & Talented (GT) students on Thursday, September 30th from 5-6pm. If you would like more information about the Gifted & Talented Program, please attend this meeting. For questions, please contact Mrs. Cox: coloma.cox@harmonytx.org

Harmony is Hiring Substitute Teachers - Apply Today

Parents, have you considered working with students while maintaining a flexible work schedule, do you enjoy working with children? Harmony Public Schools is hiring Substitute Teachers for the 2021-2022 School Year. Please view the flyer below or view qualifications and apply today: www.harmonytx.org/subapply
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Gifted & Talented (GT) Nominations Being Accepted - Wednesday, September 1st - Thursday, September 30th

GT nominations for New and Returning students are being accepted starting September 1st - September 30th. Parents may pick up and drop off nomination forms in the front office. If you have any questions or would like to email your nomination form, please contact Mrs. Cox: coloma.cox@harmonytx.org

Wear Blue for World Day of Bullying Prevention - Monday, October 4th

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.


The first Monday of every October is World Day of Bullying Prevention™!

On this day students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month every October.


HSS-Austin staff & students are invited to wear a blue shirt with your uniform bottoms

on Monday, October 7th to support this important initiative.

Bullying Prevention Month - October Weekly Activities

For the remainder of the month of October we'd like parents to assist with encouraging our students to continue their participation with the following activities:


The Week of October 4th - Make friends with someone new at school and challenge your family or friends to pay it forward with acts of kindness.

The Week of October 11th - Stand up for others week...be an Upstander not a Bystander

The Week of October 18th - Week of inclusion: don't let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or play alone on the playground.

The week of October 25th - start the week with conversations with your peers and meet about how you can change the culture at your school.

HSS-Austin Campus Events & Dates to Remember - September 2021

09/01 - Gifted & Talented Nominations Begin

09/02 - Fall Picture Day (school uniforms)

09/06 - Labor Day Holiday - No School

09/07 - First Day of Clubs!

09/24 - Student Holiday - Teacher Professional Development Day

09/27 - College Ready Spirit Week

09/30 - Gifted & Talented Nominations End

09/30 - Gifted & Talented Parent Meeting (Newly Nominated students), 5-6pm

A Look Ahead - October 2021

10/04 - World Day of Bullying Prevention - wear a BLUE shirt

10/07 - End of 1st Nine Week Reporting Period

10/07 - Fall Picture Make-up Day (School Uniforms - new previously absent students)

10/08 - Student Holiday / District Professional Development Day

10/11 - Student & Staff Holiday - No School

10/12 -2nd Reporting Period Begins

10/20 - Student Holiday / Parent Teacher Conference Day

~ Cafeteria News ~

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September 2021 Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Complete the Household Income Information Form on Skyward

Because meal eligibility applications will not be collected this year and all daily meals are free to students, we ask that all parents (regardless of income) log in to your Parent Skyward account and complete the Household Income Information Form.


We appreciate your support by submitting this form as it provides program benefits to your family through other organizations and also provides more funding from Tx Education Agency to provide more services to our students and parents.

Cafeteria News - FREE Lunch for All Students!

Harmony Public Schools will be offering FREE MEALS to all students for the 2021-2022 school year! Each lunch includes an entree, fruit and milk, however, a purchase of just a milk is $0.50 (50 cents).


Students without funds on their meal account will be allowed one charge, then may not purchase any additional servings of only milk until their meal account has a positive fund balance.

* Students may still bring their own lunch if they prefer. *

~ Academics ~

Educational Option for Academic Loss During 2020-2021 School Year

Please review the information regarding the Texas Senate Bill 1697 which allows parents and guardians the option to elect their student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course due to academic loss during the most recent 2020-2021 School Year. Please contact your student's Assistant Principal for more information if you are interested - Mrs. Hanvey (PreK-2nd): mhanvey@harmonytx.org or Ms. Guney (3rd-5th): aguney@harmonytx.org


Additional information regarding this Senate Bill can be found by visiting the following website:

https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade

Parent Skyward Accounts Are Active

All parents should have received an email including your username and temporary password. The email was sent from Harmony Public Schools (sender: donotreply@harmonytx.org) to begin access to your Parent Skyward account.


STEP 1: Once you have located the message, click the Skyward Website link: https://skyward.iscorp.com/HarmonyTXStuSTS and follow the instructions from the Harmony email. If you have not seen this message, please search your email for "Skyward"


STEP 2: If you are a RETURNING parent or a NEW parent and don't have a Skyward Parent Account email from Harmony enter the following:

  • Username: parent's first.parent's last name (period in the middle, no spaces)
  • Select: Forgot Password and follow the prompts
  • Change Your Password: You will receive a temporary password in your email (email provided for your child's registration), to enter and change to a new password


STEP 3: After you have gone through Steps 1-2 and you aren't able to access your Parent Skyward account, please contact our Front Office Team at 512-821-1700.

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~ Campus Engagement ~

A Message From Ms. Williams

More pictures coming soon!


Ms. Jearnal Williams

Student Success & Engagement Coordinator

jearnal.williams@harmonytx.org

College & Spirit Day - Every Friday!

In our efforts to spread our school spirit and the vision of our students being college bound, we will have Spirit Day on Fridays! Students may wear an HSS-Austin spirit shirt or a college shirt on Fridays.

HSS-Austin Media Platforms - Stay Informed

We regularly update our media platforms to include all events, important campus information and updates. Please be sure to save our HSS-Austin campus media platforms to your home laptop and/or cell phone devices and check them regularly.


HSS-Austin Website: https://hssaustin.harmonytx.org/

HSS-Austin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hssaustin

~ Community Events & Resources ~

Central Texas Food Bank - Home Delivery Program

The Central Texas Food Bank is launching a home delivery program that will deliver a monthly food box to their doorsteps - "This program is open to households with children OR households with older adults ages 60 or older. Participating households must live in Travis County, be in need of food assistance, and experiencing barriers to attending in-person food distributions.


To find out if you are eligible and/or to enroll in the program, contact a Neighborhood Center near you listed on this website - https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/home-delivery-program

~ For Your Reference ~

Harmony Public Schools 2021-2022 Academic Calendar - Mark you Calendar Today!

Please Review the Harmony 2021-2022 Playbook

HSS-Austin Parent Orientation Packet - Including Daily Schedule, Uniforms, Absence Policy and More!

After School Care Program - Elite Learning

Elite Learning will provide After School Care for HSS-Austin students on our campus from dismissal to 6pm during school days. All questions regarding After School Care must be directed to Elite Learning.




For more information visit their website at elitelearning.org, by phone at:

855-66ELITE (1-855-663-5483) or email at support@elitelearning.org

Virtual Parent Orientation - Video Recording Now Available

If you missed the sessions of our Virtual Parent Orientation held on Thursday, July 29th you may view the recording of one of the 3 sessions at your convenience. There is quite a bit of helpful information and answers to some of your questions to prepare you and your student for the 2021-2022 school year. Please take the time to review this video.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK IF YOU ATTENDED ORIENTATION OR VIEWED THE RECORDING!

Virtual Parent Orientation Survey - Only Fill Out if You Attended or Viewed the Recording Above

If you attended or viewed the recording of the Virtual Parent Orientation, please complete the 2021-2022 Back to School Virtual Parent Orientation Survey.

Frequently Asked Questions for 2021-2022

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions sheet below for common questions being asked by new and current parents.

All Students Should be in Uniforms Daily

Please remember that all students must be in their Harmony uniform shirt and khaki, black or navy blue uniform bottoms everyday. On Fridays, students may wear their school uniform or participate in our School Spirit Day by wearing an HSS spirit shirt or a college shirt with uniform bottoms or jeans...Friday is NOT a free dress day.


If your student's uniform shirt size is not available when you place your order, please consider a size up as they will last a little longer throughout the school year.


Please note that uniform shirt orders are packaged according to the

type and size requested and the color in stock.

Dress Code Reminders - School Uniforms are Required Daily Except Free Dress or Spirit Week Days!

Parents, please remember that Harmony Public Schools has a school uniform that is to be worn daily. Students should not wear jeans, sweats or other athletic type pants on regular school days. Students may wear blue jeans or jean shorts on Friday for Spirit Day with a college shirt or Harmony uniform or Spirit shirt.


HSS-Austin spirit shirts will go on sale soon so be on the lookout for details to order your shirt for this year.

Any other FREE dress days will be messaged and should still follow

school appropriate clothing guidelines.

Harmony Uniform items may be purchased online & picked up at the Front Office

School Parking Lot Reminders

Staff Parking Spots:

Our parking lot is marked with designated parking for our staff. Please be mindful of these "STAFF" marked spots and DO NOT park there as our teachers and other staff members need to be able to park and get in the building in a timely manner to begin preparing for their day. Parent parking is facing the building unless otherwise marked.


Neighboring Businesses:

Please DO NOT park in the parking lots of our neighboring businesses as we must respect their property and business - you are subject to being towed.


Walking Students & Families:

We have students that walk to and from school in the morning and afternoon. Please be aware and cautious of student pedestrians in nearby crosswalks and on our campus.


We appreciate your cooperation in this manner.

HSS-Austin is Protected!

As part of our regular procedures of making sure our students and staff are protected, we have recently completed a Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Treatment process for our entire campus. You may click the button below if you are interested in viewing the certification

HSS-Austin is Asbestos Free - Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Notification

Please review the Annual Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act Notification regarding our campus.
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WELCOME TO HARMONY SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AUSTIN - HOME OF THE HSS-AUSTIN TIGERS!

Harmony School of Science - Austin is a Pre-K-5th grade public charter school providing a high quality STEM focused education option for students and families in Austin and the surrounding areas. Our school is a part of the state-wide Harmony Public Schools system.