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Middle School Parent Nights

Middle School Parent Nights

6th-8th Grade Parents,Would you like to learn more about the grade level curriculum while earning a free jeans day pass for your children? HSI-Fort Worth will host the following parent nights:

  1. 6th grade parent night on Thursday, September 20th at 6pm.
  2. 7th grade parent night on Monday, September 17th at 6pm.
  3. 8th grade parent night on Tuesday, September 18th at 6pm.

During this hour long presentation, our grade level teachers will present an overview of the grade level curriculum for each subject, review the required passing and commended scores for state tests, and explain other grade specific initiatives. The focus will be on how parents and teachers can work together to prepare students for success in middle school.
A spaghetti dinner and child care will be provided, so please RSVP by clicking on the appropriate link:

6th Grade Parent RSVP

7th Grade Parent RSVP

8th Grade Parent RSVP

Sincerely,

HSI- Fort Worth Administration

CRLP Welcome Dinner!

CRLP Welcome Dinner!

Parents,

If your student applied to join CRLP, make sure to check your email for your notification of acceptance. Those accepted are invited for our Welcoming Event at HSI on Thursday, 9/13 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Please join us as we enjoy dinner and discuss the year ahead.

If you have any questions, please call the school or email abowler@harmonytx.org to reach Miss Bowler.

Special Spirit Day

Special Spirit Day

This Friday 9/14 will be a special spirit day. This Friday ONLY wear a t-shirt that depicts one of your favorite things! Favorite tv show, movie, band, musician, sport, club, hobby, college, just about anything! You can wear this “favorite” t-shirt with uniform pants or dress code appropriate jeans. Please keep all images and text on the t-shirts school appropriate. An HSI spirit shirt and jeans or regular uniform is also acceptable.

PTO meeting and BINGO Bash!

PTO meeting and BINGO Bash!

Friday 9/21 6:00-8:00 pm is the first PTO meeting and BINGO Bash! Along with BINGO, come stock up on gently used uniforms and other HSI gear for rock-bottom prices. Come to shop, come to win prizes, and come to be a part of the best year yet for your HSI students!

Spirit Wear Update!

Spirit Wear Update!

Dear Parents and Families,We have experienced a delay in the production of our spirit wear with our campus supplier and our campus is working with them to get the items to campus as quickly as possible. We apologize for the delays, and as soon as they are delivered to campus our team will get them out to the students who ordered them. The ordered items will be delivered to your student in advisory classes. Our Supplier has listed the below dates for anticipated delivery:

  • White Long Sleeve Adult Sized Spirit Shirts: delivery 9/21
  • White Long Sleeve Youth Sized Spirit Shirt: delivery 9/19
  • Royal Blue PE Bags: delivery 9/12
  • Graphite Heather Long Sleeve Mom Shirt: delivery 9/14
  • Heather red short sleeve spirit shirt: delivery 9/20
  • Sweatshirts: 9/20
  • Navy Short sleeve spirit shirts: 9/20

GATE Nomination Has Started!

GATE Nomination Has Started!

GATE – Gifted And Talented Education program: The nomination period for students NEW to Harmony has begun. Parents/Guardians and/or teachers may nominate students. Nomination forms can be found on HSI’s home page or you may get a form from the front office. All nomination forms must be received by September 28, 2018. Testing will be in October. Please contact Dr. Smith with any inquiries: csmith@harmonytx.org

MAP Testing

MAP Testing

Parents, this is our 2nd week of MAP testing for grades 6 thru 10. Below is a visual of the testing schedule which contains the date, grade, and subject. Please make sure that your students are in attendance.
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The Importance of MAP Testing

The Importance of MAP Testing

Parents,

This year the MAP test will be used for retention meetings and Pre-AP selection. Therefore, it is imperative that students do their best on the MAP test.

Promotion Guidelines:

Students on Grades 6-8 must score in both Reading AND Mathematics NWEA MAP testing at or above the 10th percentile at least once throughout the current school year. Our campus may apply for a waiver for the NWEA MAP promotion standard (as low as 7th percentile) within our district.

If a student passes STAAR assessments in Reading and Mathematics then that student will be exempt from the NWEA MAP promotion requirement.

Title I and Parental Involvement Survey

Title I and Parental Involvement Survey

Parents,

Monday night we had a good turnout in our annual “Title I and Parental Involvement” meeting. Some parents were not able to attend, however, we would still like your feedback.

According to P.L. 107-110 §1118(a)(2) “Each local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall”…(E)…“conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served under this part, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by this section…and use the findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies described in this section”

Click here to download the survey. Your responses are confidential. You may email your responses to adupiton@harmonytx.org, mail it in, or drop it by the front desk. Please return the survey to the school by Monday September 17th, 2018.

Thank you!

Dr. Alain Dupiton

Campus Testing / Federal Programs Coordinator

Harmony School of Innovation- Fort Worth

Keep Your Child at Home if...

Keep Your Child at Home if…

Parents,

Please keep your child at home if he or she have the following:

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it

away and then wash hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.

Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school.

Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call at

817-386-5505 ext 126.

Sincerely,

Health Aide

ZAP!

ZAP!

Dear Parents:

As you know, the primary focus of Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth is academics. In an effort to encourage all students to succeed academically, we will be reintroducing a Saturday program beginning the week of September 3rd called “ZAP” (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted).

Students who do not turn in assignments on time might be “zapped” by their teachers, requiring them to complete the assignment by Friday 4pm or attend the Saturday ZAP session. Students completing work after 4pm on Friday must check in and submit their work to the ZAP proctor, or will be counted absent and receive Saturday Detention. In the Saturday ZAP session, students will receive up to three uninterrupted and supervised hours to complete their missing work.

Upon completion, students will turn in their work to the ZAP proctor and be dismissed. The highest grade that can be received for a missing assignment will follow the assigning teacher’s grading policy. The purpose and intention of ZAP is to maximize academic achievement by encouraging students to take responsibility for completing ALL assignments. This will greatly reduce the number of zeroes and failing grades for missing work.

The ZAP program is…

● Every Saturday, from 9-12. Students are expected to arrive by 9am or they will not be allowed to enter.

● Academic in nature

● Used specifically to enforce a “no zero” policy for all assignments. Not completing assignments is unacceptable at HSI – Fort Worth.

The ZAP program is NOT…

● For behavior issues

● Detention

● For making up assignments due to excused absences

If students turn in the missing assignment(s) to their teachers before their scheduled ZAP session, they will not be required to attend. Students should check with their teachers that all zapped assignments are turned in prior to missing the Saturday ZAP session, as students who fail to attend their scheduled Saturday ZAP session will receive Saturday Detention the following week.

The classroom teacher will notify zapped students of the missing assignments as well as the assigned ZAP date. The teacher will also contact parents via email or phone to inform them of the scheduled ZAP session.

Thank you for your assistance!

Sincerely,

HSI Administration

Harmony School of Innovation – Fort Worth

Schedule a Home Visit!

Schedule a Home Visit!

Teachers want to build strong relationships with our parents and students. One of the BEST ways to do that is to invite a teacher to your home visit. The next three weekends HSI is running a Home Visit Drive! Click here to schedule yours today!

Pay Activity Fees Online!

Pay Activity Fees Online!

Pay activity fees online by clicking here and follow the steps to create an account. Once you have created an account you can pay any activity related fee right there!

After School Club News

After School Club News

Clubs are up and running, but are still changing! We have more clubs on the way like Theater, Beginners Band, Toast Masters, Star Wars, Key Club, Chess Club, Pickleball, World Languages and Cultures, and more with the help of volunteers. Remember, Club fees are due at the first of the month. The first payment will be to cover September and is due this Friday. Academic or UIL teams will not be due until rosters are finalized. Email abowler@harmonytx.org for further information.

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Parents, we need two parent volunteers to run the running,soccer, music, or dance clubs on Wednesdays from 3:20 – 4:10 pm. Please go to harmony.voly.org to get started, or contact Ms. Bowler at abowler@harmonytx.org for further information.

Learn to Play a Musical Instrument!

Learn to Play a Musical Instrument!

Do you want to play an instrument but don’t know how? Would you like to have fun and make new friends all while learning a new way to enjoy music? Become the musician you always wanted to be by joining the Band Club! All Harmony students are invited to join. Students who have 1 or 2 years experience are welcome as well. Let’s strive to build a NEW and FRESH band for everyone at Harmony to enjoy and show our school spirit! If you are interested in Band Club you can do 3 things:

  1. come to the informational meeting on Friday August 31st at 5 pm.
  2. Stop by room 128 and place you name on the Sign-Up roster
  3. Speak with Mr. Hunter if you have any questions.

Nutritious Meals

Nutritious Meals

Nutritious meals are available daily for a price of $1.70 for breakfast, $3.00, and $0.50 for an a la carte milk. Each student is provided a lunch account onto which money may be deposited. Households are also encouraged to create an account in School Café (www.schoolcafe.com). From here, parents may apply for free or reduced price meals, check account balances, make meal payments, set-up automatic alerts, and set-up automatic payments. If you need your child’s ID number, please call the school and ask to speak with the Lunch Clerk.

Should a student’s meal account balance fall below $0, he/she will be allowed to charge up to negative (-) $10.00. Once the negative meal account balance limit is reached, the student will receive an alternate meal. If a student is later approved for free meals, they will begin receiving meals immediately. However, the household is still responsible for paying the negative account balance. For more information regarding the meal charge policy. Please visit our website at: www.hsifortworth.harmonytx.org.

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Why We Shouldn't Ignore the Update Notifications

Why We Shouldn’t Ignore the Update Notifications

Here is the reason why we should update our computers right away as we see the update notifications.

Let’s use Microsoft Windows as an example:

  1. Once Microsoft discovered a vulnerability (such as a backdoor) on Windows, the engineers will create a security update patch to fix it. As they release the update package, it starts bothering the users 🙂
  2. Hackers are able to reverse-engineer the security packages and learn the vulnerabilities. Then they scan over the internet and find the possible victims that haven’t installed the security package, yet.
  3. They use the backdoor to access those computers. They can steal the data from that computer or use it to attack others as well. Most of the time there is no way for the victim to find out his/her data has been compromised.

Stay safe and secure!
HSI Cyber Security Corner

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