Harmony School of Excellence Austin

Tiger Talk Issue XV, January 17, 2020


In observance of Martin Luther King Jr., there will be no school on January 20, 2020.

En cumplimiento de Martin Luther King Jr. no habrá clases el 20 de Enero de 2020.

¡Disfruten su día libre!


It's that time of year again! Please turn in your re-enrollment forms along with a copy of your proof of residency. You can fill these forms out online through your Skyward portal or turn in a paper copy to the front office. The deadline is January 24th. If you turn your student's form in early, they will be eligible for free dress day.
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NWEA MAP Testing

Students participating in their second NWEA MAP assessment between January 13th and January 21st. These digital tests measure individual student growth in science, math, reading, and writing. Additionally, it provides information regarding each child's national rank in content mastery.

Harmony Public Schools use this data to determine gaps in content mastery, create tutorial/intervention groups, and evaluate each student's readiness for grade promotion in the 2020-2021 school year.

Please use the included link to visit the NWEA MAP site and learn more about how this assessment.


Parents / Guardians will receive a mailed report of this information once testing has been completed. Please support your child as he participates in this evaluation by ensuring that he/she has a good night's rest and eats a nutritious breakfast each morning.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program is working with thousands of schools across the country to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support services. Our school has partnered with LLS to take on the mission of ending cancer once and for all.

YOU can help our Squad make a huge impact in the fight against cancer by making a contribution to our fundraising efforts! Please see Ms. Benning for any questions about the HSE donation campaign.

Donate Now!

Thank you for your support!

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HSE offers free tutorials on Saturdays from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm. These sessions provide support to students who did not demonstrate content mastery on last year's STAAR exams. If your child receives a Saturday School Tutorial Notice in the mail, he/she did not pass last year's STAAR exam(s), and he/she is strongly encouraged to attend these sessions. If your child receives a notice and there is a weekend when he/she cannot attend, please provide a written excuse to Ms. Rosenberg by the following Monday.

Upcoming Saturday School dates are January 25th, February 1st, February 8th, February 22nd, February 29th, March 7th, March 28th, April 4th, April 18th, April 25th, and May 2nd.

Thank you for your investment in your child's education. Please contact Jenny Rosenberg at jrosenberg@harmonytx.org for Middle School students and Mr. Tunc at mtunc@harmonytx.org for High School students with any questions or concerns.

8th Grade TSI ELA/Writing

Dear Parents,

On February 3rd, your 8th-grade student will take the TSI test, in both writing and reading. This is an amazing opportunity for our students. If students pass this test, they become eligible to take dual-credit courses in high school. Receiving enough dual-credit courses in high school would lead to a student receiving an Associate’s Degree for free.

There are a lot of online resources that your child can use to practice at home. Your child’s ELA teacher will be sending home TSI practice problems for reading and writing for homework. Here are some websites that provide more information about TSI, and also have practice problems: https://www.tsipracticetest.com/ https://www.tsipracticetest.com/tsi-reading-practice-test/ https://www.tsipracticetest.com/tsi-writing-practice-test/ https://www.tsipracticetest.com/tsi-essay-guide/ Please discuss this amazing opportunity with your child, and let me know if you have any further questions.

Thank you,

Jenny Rosenberg


Queridos padres, El 3 de febrero, su estudiante de octavo grado tomará el examen TSI, tanto en escritura como en lectura. Esta es una oportunidad increíble para nuestros estudiantes. Si los estudiantes pasan esta prueba, se vuelven elegibles para tomar cursos de doble crédito en la escuela secundaria. Recibir suficientes cursos de doble crédito en la escuela secundaria llevaría a que un estudiante reciba un título de asociado de forma gratuita. Hay muchos recursos en línea que su hijo puede usar para practicar en casa. El maestro de ELA de su hijo enviará a casa problemas de práctica de TSI para leer y escribir para la tarea. Aquí hay algunos sitios web que proporcionan más información sobre TSI y también tienen problemas de práctica: https://www.tsipracticetest.com/ https://www.tsipracticetest.com/tsi-reading-practice-test/ https://www.tsipracticetest.com/tsi-writing-practice-test/ https://www.tsipracticetest.com/tsi-essay-guide/ Discuta esta increíble oportunidad con su hijo y avíseme si tiene más preguntas. Gracias, Jenny Rosenberg JRosenberg@harmonytx.org

ALEKS for Middle School Nightly

Please have your middle school student log onto Aleks.com, our math online software, nightly to work for 30 minutes if they do not have math homework that night. ALEKS helps build basic skills for our students. If you need help with getting your child's login information, please contact their math teacher or Jenny Rosenberg at JRosenberg@harmonytx.org

Nightly Middle School Reading

Please have your middle school students read for 30 minutes if they do not have ELA homework that night. Your child's ELA teacher can help them find a book that is on their reading level and interesting to them! Please reach out to your child's ELA teacher if you have more questions.

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As a parent at HSE Austin, you are always welcome and encouraged to be involved. Picture Day is coming and we are looking for parent volunteers to assist in this important school tradition. Picture Day is scheduled for February 3rd.

Sign Up Now!

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Please click on the link below to download our Harmony Safety Newsletter!

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Coaching HSE Softball Team

We need volunteers for coaching our Softball team. The team is practicing every Tuesday and Wednesday between 4:00 PM nad 5:30 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on VOLY. Coach Kemmerling will provide for more information about the volunteering.

Sign Up Now!

Thank you!

After School Tutorials

HSE offers free after school tutorials for middle school students. These sessions provide support to students and he/she is strongly encouraged to attend these sessions. Please see the schedule and contact your child teachers for any questions.

Thank you for support and help!

HPS Grow Your Own Teacher Education Assistance Program

Harmony Grow Your Own Teacher Educational Assistance program application process began today, October 1st, 2019. Attached is the GYOT flyers. We are using the same GYOT poster we had from previous years (Deadline needs to be corrected :). They are sent to your campuses by CCS coordinators.

You can learn more about Harmony Grow Your Own Teachers - GYOT site below.

Application Link: www.HarmonyTX.org/GYOT.php

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020.

GYOT Things To Do:

  1. Place GYOT Poster and Flyers in areas around your campus and campus social media accounts where they are highly visible to high school seniors and alumni.
  2. Arrange a time for your campus CCS advisor and coordinator to make individual, small group or classroom GYOT recruitment presentation to seniors.
  3. Communicate with your campus star teachers who can assist you to identify the talents among seniors and alumni who are the best fit for the program.
  4. Create a campus newsletter for your campus seniors' parents to know this opportunity
  5. Reach out to your campus alumni who might have interest and skills for education career

We are super excited about this upcoming cycle and look forward to receiving a great number of applications! Our CEO, Mr. Ay, gave us a very ambitious goal of 300 applications for this year to search for homegrown talents across Harmony which is 3 times higher than last year.

Campus GYOT goals are also attached.

Some GYOT Impact History:

Since the program started, we had 17 GYOT program graduates and 15 of them are still inspiring our students every day. There are currently more than 30 active participants in the program.

Thank you for your help in making GYOT a success!

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