HSS-Austin Tiger Talk
Week of September 20th-24th, 2021
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.
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.
~ Announcements & Reminders ~
Daily Reminders: Be on Time by 7:45am, Wear Your School Uniform, Bring Class Supplies & Water Bottle
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!
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.
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 - email@example.com
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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harmony is Hiring Substitute Teachers - Apply Today
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: email@example.com
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
09/06 - 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 shirt10/07 - 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 ~
September 2021 Breakfast & Lunch Menu
Complete the Household Income Information Form on Skyward
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!
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
Additional information regarding this Senate Bill can be found by visiting the following website:
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
~ Campus Engagement ~
HSS-Austin Media Platforms - Stay Informed
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 email@example.com
Virtual Parent Orientation - Video Recording Now Available
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK IF YOU ATTENDED ORIENTATION OR VIEWED THE RECORDING!
All Students Should be in Uniforms Daily
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!
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 Shirt
Uniform Shorts - khaki, navy, black
Shorts should reach at the knee or just above the knee using the arm test - with your arm down to the side, shorts should end at the bottom of your fingers.
Uniform Pants - khaki, navy, black
Harmony Uniform items may be purchased online & picked up at the Front Office
Harmony Fleece Jacket
Sweatshirts With a Zipper
Sweatshirts with a zipper are allowed so that uniform shirt is visible. The hoodie should not be worn inside the building.
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.
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.