HSS-Austin Tiger Talk

November 8, 2017 - Issue 2

Harmony Tigers...Changing Trends!

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A Message from the Principal

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Dear HSS Parents and Guardians,

I would like to take the time to offer Congratulations to our 4th grade student, Spandana Palyam! Spandana received the award of 1st Runner Up in the Austin Family Magazine's 2017 Young Writers Contest. Her award was received based on her essay entry on: "It seemed like a good idea at the time." Spandana's essay will appear in the December 2017 issue of Austin Family Magazine. We hope to have a copy to distribute for everyone to read and enjoy.

We hosted representatives from Austin Family Magazine on campus today to present this wonderful award to Spandana. We would also like to the recognize Ms. Smailes, her Language Arts teacher for noticing the gift of delightful writing skills possessed by Spandana. Also present were members of Spandana's family including her mother, brother as well as her teachers Ms. Smailes, Ms. Smith and her 4th grade classmates.

We encourage Spandana to keep up the great work. We also hope this recognition will encourage all HSS-Austin students to reach for the stars and do their best to achieve their goals. Congratulations Spandana, we are all so very proud of you!

Thank you,

Mr. Mehmet Subas, M.Ed.

Principal | Harmony School of Science - Austin

Congratulations Spandana!

Great job Ms. Smith and Ms. Smailes!

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Announcements & Reminders

Closed Campus for Lunch - November 6th-10th

Attention Parents: due to the Book Fair next week Monday-Friday, November 6th-10th. we will have a closed campus / no visitors during all lunch periods. We will utilize a portion of the cafeteria during these days for the Book Fair and will need the space to allow the students to enjoy the event. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Scholastic Book Fair Ending Soon! - Friday, November 10th is the Last Day

The Book Fair is coming to an end. You have two more days to come and shop for your favorite book titles and take a look at some of the fun items that are displayed. Friday, November 10th is the last day of Book Fair. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the morning or after school hours.

If you would like to send your student with money to visit the fair with their class, please be sure to send their money and a note to Ms. Williams about what you would like them to purchase. All money should be sent in an envelope or Ziploc bag (including the student's name and grade/section) for return of the student's receipt and possible change back.

Morning Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:20-7:50am

Afternoon Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 3:10-5:00pm

Veterans Day Parade - November 10th - 8am

We are excited to honor our family of Veterans that have given their lives to protect our country. On Friday, November 10th, we would like to honor our Harmony School of Science-Austin Veterans with a school wide parade.

Please invite Veterans that are family members of our students and staff to this special event. If your family member is not able to be present you may send in a photo with your student or you may walk in the parade holding the photo.

Movies Under the Stars Family Event - November 10th

As we welcome the winter season, let's get together for a movie. HSS-Austin will host a Movie Under the Stars Family Event on Friday, November 10th. The movie will begin at 5:30pm and there will be a few snacks available for purchase. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and your family for a fun, relaxing time!

Coffee Talk With Mr. Subas - November 15th (Kindergarten Parents)

Kindergarten parents, please join Mr. Subas for Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 15th at 8:15am. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while providing your valuable feedback about effective ways to continue our growth and improve our school.

ACC Hands on Science - November 17th

Our cafeteria will be transformed into a full science lab on Friday, November 17th. This event will take place all day. We will have a closed campus for all lunches in order to accommodate all classes and allow the event to continue without interruption. We want to see that all students are able to have a full science experience.

* Closed campus for all lunches *

No Clubs on Friday, November 17th

Please note that there will not be clubs on Friday, November 17th. This will be a regular school dismissal day for all students at 3:10pm.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break - November 20th-24th

Our Thanksgiving Holiday break is coming soon. Please mark your calendars for the week of Monday, November 20th-Friday, November 24th.

Harmony 2017-2018 School Year Calendar - Mark Your Calendars

As a reminder, please review the link below of the 2017-2018 Harmony school year calendar for reference. This calendar includes all early release days and student holidays for the school year. Campus events will be communicated via our campus website, Facebook and the weekly newsletter.


Credit Card Lunch Payments Now Accepted!

You may now make lunch payments by credit card in the front office. We hope this offering will provide an additional convenience for making payments to your students lunch account.

Media Release Forms

Throughout the school year, students may be highlighted in efforts to promote Harmony Public School activities and achievements. For example, students may be featured in materials to train teachers and/or increase public awareness of our schools through newspapers, radio, TV, in the web (including social media such as Facebook), DVDs, displays, brochures, and other types of media. Consent forms were sent home and are

due back to school. If you have not yet signed your student's media release form, please do so and return it with your student or to the front office.

November Calendar

November 2017

11/3 - Student Holiday / Staff Development

11/6 - Book Fair Begins

11/7 - Gifted & Talented Parent Meeting (returning GT students & parents)

11/10 - Veterans Day Parade 8am

11/10 - Book Fair Ends

11/10 - Movies Under the Stars Family Event - 5:30pm

11/15 - Coffee Talk with Mr. Subas (Kindergarten Parents) 8:15am

11/17 - ACC Hands on Science - Science Lab all Day! (closed campus for lunch)

11/17 - No After School Clubs - Regular Dismissal at 3:10pm

11/20-11/24 - Student & Staff Holiday - Thanksgiving Break

Check out our Events page on Facebook!

Breakfast & Lunch Menu https://www.hsaaustin.org/webshare/web/Lunch/2017/November.pdf


Harmony Math Olympiad - Calling all HSS-Austin 5th Grade Students

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Curriculum Information & Online Resources

Clever Portal:


Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)

Password: 123asd

Code Badge: provided by teachers

Parent Connect:


Think Central:

Username: stuID# (Student ID# can be found in Skyward)

Password: 123asd

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HSS-Austin Policy Reminders - Please Review

As a reminder, please review our campus policies. As we enter our 2nd Nine Weeks, we will review and clarify these policies with our students so they will remember their expectations in and out of the classroom. Please click the link below containing the Parent Information Packet to review the following information: 

  • Harmony Student Dress Code 
  • Visitor Policy 
  • Absences Policy – Absences – excused and unexcused 
  • Tardiness to School Policy 
  • Makeup Work Policy 
  • Loitering Policy


A Message from Your Engagement Coordinator!

1st grade went on a field trip to the Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas! The Science Mill is a children's STEM based museum with highly interactive exhibits. Students watched a movie about animals in the Arctic and participated in a learning lab where they engineered a successful zip line.

The children's STEM based museum offers exhibits for all students to enjoy and learn from. Students gained an understanding of how Science relates to their everyday lives while having some fun! Some activities included students using a coding program to create computerized movements for the robotic animals as well as creating tunes by playing on a banana piano!

Thank you to our 1st grade teachers and the parents that served as chaperones so that our students could experience this enjoyable event. A big thank you to Ms. Mazuca for coordinating this innovative field trip. Enjoy a few pictures from this fun day!

Ms. Jearnal Williams

Campus Coordinator - Engagement & Support


Banana Piano

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The Science Mill!

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Critter Bots!

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Would You Like to Serve as a Volunteer or Chaperone?

If you would like to volunteer for campus events, helpful tasks or even to be a chaperone for your student's class field trip, be sure to register on VOLY at: harmony.voly.org. Create your account and log-in to view available Harmony School of Science-Austin volunteer opportunities that have been added.

There are new opportunities on the VOLY website:

Hands on Science Event Volunteers

PTO Membership

Message Display Board Helper

STEM Materials Organizer

Please take the time to log in to your account and sign up for a volunteer opportunity that you are interested in.

Home Visit Program

Have​ ​you​ ​had​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​sign​ ​up​ ​for​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit?​ ​ ​No​ ​worries...there​ ​is​ ​still​ ​time.​ ​ ​If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to schedule​ ​your​ ​Home​ ​Visit​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​your​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​your​ ​student’s​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​HSS Administration,​ ​please​ ​let​ ​us​ ​know.​ ​ ​Schedule your home visit with your teacher and let's get engaged! Learn more about the PATH PROGRAM.

Extracurricular Activities

After School Clubs - November Payments are Due

Please remember to make your November club payments if you didn't make it in by November 6th. If you are not going to continue your registered clubs, please notify us via email so we may open the available opportunities to other students. If you need to confirm available clubs please reach out via email. For more information about clubs, please contact Ms. Williams at: jearnal.williams@harmonytx.org

Club Dismissal Reminders - No Clubs on Friday, November 17th

Please note that there will not be clubs on Friday, November 17th. This will be a regular school dismissal day for all students at 3:10pm.

All HSS-Austin After School Clubs dismiss at 3:55pm. Students should be picked up no later than 4:05pm. Students enrolled in Mad Science on Tuesdays are dismissed at 4:10 and should be picked up no later than 4:15. Please make arrangements to have your student picked up on time from dismissal. Parents, we appreciate your courtesy and cooperation in this matter.

PTO News

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Community News & Events

Free Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store

Every Saturday, 11am - 3pm. Ages 3 & up, no reservations necessary.

9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759 - 512-241-2885

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Did you know?

More than 62% of alumni polled stated that they felt their college careers are strong because Harmony prepared them for the rigors of advanced-level STEM coursework.

About us

Harmony Public Schools are high performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools focusing on math, science, engineering, and computer technologies. For more than a decade, our schools have provided students from under-served communities the opportunity to excel in their studies in a small classroom environment focused on providing the skills they need to succeed in life.
  • District: Austin
  • Grades served: K-5th