Harmony School of Excellence Austin

TIGER TALK ISSUE VI, September 18, 2018

Middle School Dean of Academics, Assistant Principal Mrs. Gorman

Mrs. Ashley Gorman


Mrs. Ashley Gorman graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Minor in Reading. She taught elementary and secondary English in the Philadelphia area for five years before moving to Austin in 2010. Mrs. Gorman began working at Harmony School of Excellence-Austin as a 7th grade English language arts teacher, also serving as English department chair. Over the past six years, she has had the privilege of teaching 6th-8th grade English Language Arts, serving as a reading specialist, and enhancing the learning community as the middle school Dean of Academics. She is humbled by the amazing individuals in her life; her loving husband- Randy, a family who has supported her throughout her journey, and the wonderful educators who impact lives each and every day.

Access Your Child's Digital Text Book

Parents and guardians, you are able to access a digital version of your child's textbook. Your child can log in by going through the https://my.harmonytx.org/portal/claim/step1

Your child will enter his birthday, Skyward student ID, and school email address.

Once your child claims his account, he will log in with his school email and password. (Your child can create his / her own password as well.)

You will then be able to access our online resources. Please log into Skyward to access your child's ID and email address.

Weekly Progress Reports & After School Tutorial Support

Middle School students receive a weekly progress report each Friday. This report indicates your child's current grade in each class. If you find that your child has earned a grade of 69% or lower, he is failing the class.

Please have your him attend after-school tutorials for additional support. Starting next week, students who attend after-school tutorial sessions will receive a Tutorial Ticket which indicates the subject, date, and notes from the teacher.

Please ask your child for this slip as evidence that he attended the session. Please see the following images for the tutorial schedule and an image of the Tutorial Ticket. Thank you for your support.

Please contact Ashley Gorman at ameyer@harmonytx.org with any questions.

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Announcements & Reminders

Middle School Saturday School

We are very excited to announce that HSE-Austin is providing free Saturday School tutorials. These sessions focus upon grade level TEKS and foundational skills that students need to master grade-level content. The sessions are open to all students. Those who did not pass at least one STAAR exam last year are expected to consistently attend throughout the year.

The school is notifying parents by sending School Reach messages, emails, and making phone calls. If you receive one of these notices and your child cannot make a session, please email Ashley Gorman at ameyer@harmonytx.org. Be sure to include the name of your child, the date of absence, and the reason why he/she will not attend in the email.

Saturday School Dates:

September: 8,15, 22, 29

October: 13, 20, 27 November: 3

December: 1, 8, 15

January: 12, 26

February: 2, 9, 23

March: 2, 30

April: 6, 13, 18

May: 4, 11, 18

Time: Arrive through the gym at 8:15 Sessions 8:30-12:00 Pick Up in dismissal area 12:00- 12:05.

Thank you for your support!

Football and Volleyball kicking off the year!

Our HSE Tiger Athletics is in full effect now with Football, Volleyball, and Flag Football kicking off the year! Our student-athletes are working hard to compete with many other charter schools around Austin and surrounding cities such as San Antonio and Dallas! Visit with Coach Manzak to get the full scoop on when the games are this year! We've added a few new programs to look out for this year too that we are excited about! We will have Girls Softball with Coach Medina, and Power-lifting with Coach Brewer! As our programs continue to grow, your support will continue to grow and be needed as well. Come and support your athletes this year and show your Tiger Pride! Go Tigers!

NHS Blood drive

Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions. So come by on November 1st, and help save lives! If we receive 35 pints, our NHS seniors are eligible for a scholarship!

GATE Nominations

HSE Austin's Gifted and Talented Education Program is taking nominations for the Spring Semester! Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website. The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 28, 2018. Assessment period will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact Mrs. Rossi at vwang@harmontx.org.

Join the Yoga Club!

Open to any student or teacher who would like to unwind and meditate every Thursday with Ms. Scott and Mrs. Kemmerling in room 118. We will be learning the art of meditation to help release any anxieties we may carry from the day. We will also learn how to release the stress of the day through different yoga poses that are beneficial for a balanced and centered life. ***Please wear comfy clothes and beginners are encouraged to come.*** Namaste!

PTO BOARD ELECTION / Reunión del PTO- Guardar la fecha!

Tuesday, Sep. 25th 2018 at 5:30-7:30pm

2100 East Saint Elmo Road

Austin, TX

Save the Date for the first PTO meeting and board election on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria. Join us for the Board Elections and Pizza celebration.


05:30 - Gathering and Pizza - Light Refreshments

05:45 - Welcoming and HSE PTO Introduction

06:00 - PTO Board Election

06:30 - Closing

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

We Need Volunteers at UT Football Game Fundraisers

As a Non-Profit Organization, the HSE-Austin PTO is providing this fundraising opportunity to raise funds for clubs and activities. We volunteer at a fast-paced concession stand and are representing both our organization and UT. To sign up:


VOLY Account Renewal Notice!

We 'd like to appreciate you for signing up for VOLY with the school last year. In order to continue to volunteer with us, we are requesting you to log in to your Voly account and complete once again the Volunteer Orientation and submit a new Background Check.


2018-19 Clubs and Organizations List has been updated!

HSE Austin Clubs and organizations applications are now open, Club enrollment is filled on a “first come, first serve” basis. Every club has a limited number of spots and some clubs may fill before others. Please see the clubs and organizations application forms are available at the front office and Engagement & Support office 131.


We are going to have an international trip to Greece during Spring Break 2019 for 8-12 grade students and parents.

Tentative Dates: March 15 ~ 23, 2019

Price: $2,849 - With Early bird discount $2,749

Application & Nonrefundable Ticketing Deadline: October 1st. 2018.

For more information Contact Persons: Campus Engagement & Support Coordinator

Serdar Ozguven (sozguven@harmonytx.org)

Harmony Explores Catalina Island, California!

Discover unique island ecology. Lodge in cabins on the beach. Snorkel. Kayak. Hike. Learn in nature. Create memories. Cost: Estimated $1000+ per student (all-inclusive: flight, bus, lodging, food, science instruction, activities) **Deposit: $350 (holds your spot), fundraising available with PTO

Who: 6th-12th Harmony Students (w/ priority to seniors)

When: January 27 – February 1, 2019 (6 days/5 nights)

Contact: Ms. Scott (HSE, Room 120) jscott@harmonytx.org

More information: http://cimioutdoored.org/


Home Visit Program utilizes a schedule and structure that has been developed and proven to break down barriers that often exist between schools and the community, and to provide opportunities for the sharing of goals and expectations.

If you would like to schedule a home visit with us, please fill out the form below and we will contact you for the exact date and time.

Community News

Build Your Future in the Design & Construct Industry

The ACE Mentor Program is a free after school program open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping. You’ll join a team of other students led by adult mentors who are practicing industry professionals.

ACE isn’t about merely describing specific professions, it’s about immersing you in the profession by engaging you in actual building projects. These can range from new schools and mixed-use developments to amphitheaters and temporary housing.

November 1, 2018 to March 14, 2019

Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Meetings will be held in Downtown Austin

Free dinner included!

Questions? Please email ACEAustin.StudentRecruitment@gmail.com

Follow us on social media! @ACEMentorAustin

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