HSE TIGER TRIBUNE
Week of Jan. 23rd
STAFF IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MEET Ms. Irela Brito
Hi HSE Family. I am Irela Brito, the school's health aide. A little of my personal history is that I was born and raised in Houston, TX. My parents are both from Mexico. I graduated Highschool in 1997 and went to become a Medical Assistant in 1999. That year I also met my husband and have been happily married for 13 years. (June 12, 2009) I have worked for Harmony Public schools for 9 Years and I have loved every moment of it. For 3 years I worked for Harmony School of Science Academy which is now Enrichment and I'm currently in my 7th year here in HSE-Houston. Working as a health aide at a school is truly a dream come true for me. It makes me so proud to see the students grow up to be individuals who seek a better future. A future with healthy minds, bodies and souls. When I became part of the HSE family, our now 7th graders were kindergartners. I am happy to have been part of their lives. A little more about myself is that I love reading, painting (oils preferred), watching classic movies, (my favorite actress of the past is Audrey Hepburn) and I absolutely love traveling. I don't necessarily love the plane ride but I do however love the destination. Traveling is a huge part of my life. My husband and I lived in Chile for 6 years. I have traveled to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, London and Paris to name a few. I have always believed that traveling is the best way to learn about culture and history. Immersing myself in other people's culture has helped me appreciate not only my own ancestry and roots but also the beautiful mix of people here in my hometown. I am fluent in English and Spanish. Spanish being the language of my heart. I also speak a little Portuguese.
And lastly, my favorite colors are coral and mint green. I adore chocolate and coffee. I love my pets, Oliver, Myla & Paris. - Mrs. Brito
Is it just me or does it seem like January is never-ending?? Perhaps we should take advantage of the month moving at a snails pace because we know the spring semester can be quite hectic! Nevertheless, I hope everyone's January has been pleasant and productive.
I have a some fun news to share with our students, staff, and parents!!! Have you heard about the Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest? Yes, No?!!! Let me explain! The Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest is an awesome opportunity for students and adults to flex their art skills while also promoting mental health awareness. The purpose is to educate people about how common mental illnesses are and to encourage individuals to seek help when they need it. Now more than ever, mental health awareness and wellness are essential for daily functioning.
The contest is open to elementary, middle school, high school, and adults. You must enter your art by Friday, March 10, 2023.
For more information, click the link to visit the website: Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest
HSE CHEER TEAM
Let's get ready to GLOW, HSE - The Daddy Daughter Dance is coming and we are ready to light up the night!
*Your HSE Cheerleaders will be hosting the 4th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The dance is open to any HSE daughter and their dad (or special male adult in their life) Siblings 3 and up can attend. Forms have been sent home but you can click here for more information or if you would like to print a form
Come join us -and be ready to glow and have an unforgettable evening!
Forms must be returned by Friday, February 10th
Ashley Massey, M.Ed and Amanda Berkowitz
ESL PARENT EVENT INVITATION
VICTORY FOR SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS AND COACHES (Ms. Unal, Ms. Ertuna, & Ms. McManus)
Invitational Science Olympiad Results;
Dhruv M. - Callan N. Flight 3rd Place
Nozima A. - Sana G. Botany 4th Place
Andrew N. - Dhruv M. We’ve Got Your Number 4th Place
Ethan P. - Dhruv M. Roller Coaster 4th Place
NOETIC MATH CONTEST
Calling all mathletes to come and join the NOETIC Math Contest! The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem-solving contest for elementary and middle school students NATIONWIDE. The goal of this contest is to develop students' problem-solving skills, and to encourage their interest in math, and to inspire them to excel in math. Certificates, Ribbons, and/or medals will be given to Team Winners and Nationally Recognized Honor Roll students with qualifying scores.
Please hurry on over and pay for the NOETIC Math Club by clicking this link --> RevTrak Payment ($25)
Have you heard of our GATE program? Here at Harmony School of Excellence we have a high number of students enrolled in this program that gives GT students a positive self-concept, works on relationships with others, and strategies to develop critical and creative thinking skills for independent, self-directed learners. If you want to see if your child qualifies for GT Testing; please fill out the Parent Nomination Link below!
ENGLISH--> Please click here to fill out the GT nomination
¿Has oído de nuestro programa GATE? Este es un programa para estudiantes superdotados. Este programa ayuda a que los estudiantes tengan un concepto positivo de sí mismos, trabaja en las relaciones con los demás y les muestra estrategias para desarrollar habilidades de pensamiento crítico y creativo. Si cree que su hijo puede calificar para este programa, complete el siguiente formulario de nominación para los padres de los estudiantes.
SPANISH--> Formulario de nominación para el programa para niños superdotados
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR OUR HSE VOLLEYBALL TEAM ! HSE WON AGAINST DISCOVERY!
2022-2023 TRACK TRY-OUTS 4th-8th grade BOYS AND GIRLS
DATE : FEB 4th
TIME : 8-10 am
WHAT TO BRING- Shorts/shirt/shoes.
Where- COOK MIDDLE SCHOOL
PRACTICES WILL BE ON MONDAYS 3:30-5pm
PRACTICES 2/4 weeks on Saturday 9-11am.
2 meets. DATES TBD
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL COACH MEDINA
EXCELLENCE THEATER CLUB PERFORMANCES-BACK TO THE 80s WERE A HUGE SUCCESS! COnGRATULATIONS TO ALL PERFORMERS AND TO OUR AWESOME CLUB ADVISOR, MS. BUTH.
YUMMY TREATS FROM OUR SUNSHINE COMMITTEE ! THANK YOU!
Here's the link to shop
MAP LETTER from our Testing Coordinator, Ms. Kseibi
Please see the attahched MAP LETTER link (English/Spanish version).
Important Information from Ms. Bahadir, AP Academics
Have questions on the attendance policy? Click the link below to find out more:
Important Information regarding Student Attendance from Ms. Acosta
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.
FEDERAL REPORT CARD NOTICE
The 2021-22 Federal Report cards were posted on the Harmony website at the link below (About à Accountability à Federal Report Card tab):
HPS GUIDE TO SKYWARD
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.
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:
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.
From our CNA, Ms. Sauceda
MY PLATE | US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Parents|Guardians, you can click on the plate and learn more about children's portions for all food groups.
NATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARACTER
SCHOOL CLIIMATE SURVEY -PARENT LINK
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!
NO STUDENT DROP-OFF IS ALLOWED 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Dismissal Time Reminder
Reminders to parents regarding 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.
Advancement Siblings Pickup Reminder
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.
Report Card Schedule for the 22-23 School Year Released
2022-2023 Academic Calendar
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.
IMPORTANT : HOUSTON NORTH LETTER TO PARENTS- NO ASBESTOS
Title I-HPS SChOOL PARENT COMPACT
Campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy
- Parent and family engagement policy English and spanish
- Title I presentation
- CIP plan
- parent compact English and spanish
- Translation guidelines
Harmony School of Excellence - Houston
Location: 7340 Gessner Road, Houston, TX, USA