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Month: September 2018

Wednesday Mail

 

No School- Friday 9/28

No School- Friday 9/28

Friday Sept 28th there is no school for students. This is a Professional Development day for teachers.
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:

  • 6th grade parent night on Thursday, September 20th 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

Sincerely,

HSI- Fort Worth Administration

PTO meeting and BINGO Bash!

PTO meeting and BINGO Bash!

This 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!
Title III ESL Meeting

Title III ESL Meeting

HSI will hold a Title 3 ESL meeting on Thursday September 27 at 5pm in room 122. Please come to meet the ESL teachers, talk about what is happening in class, and how your student may exit the program. Light snacks and drinks will be served.

HSI llevará a cabo una reunión de ESL de Título 3 el jueves 27 de septiembre a las 5 p.m. en la sala 122. Venga a conocer a los maestros de ESL, hable sobre lo que está sucediendo en clase y cómo su hijo puede salir del programa. Se servirán aperitivos y bebidas.

Picture Retake

Picture Retake

Picture Retake day is Friday, October 5th. If your student is retaking their, picture they must be in school uniform.
Donate to the Cooking Club!

Donate to the Cooking Club!

Cooking club is in need of donated equipment and ingredients. Please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACAF28A0FA7-cooking to see what equipment you can donate!
Our New Clubs!

Our New Clubs!

We have new clubs!

Make Up Design Ms. Abram, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:10, $15/month, Grades 9-12: Learn how to use tools of the trade, learn professional make up artistry techniques and special effects. Also learn skin care treatments and techniques to improve the health and appearance of skin. Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACAF28A0FA7-make to to sign up!

Theater Mrs. Fletcher, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:10, $15/month, grades 6-12: If you’ve got dreams of the red carpet, this is the club for you! Learn and practice theater skills like acting, stage management, prop and stage design. Perhaps even perform a play! Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACAF28A0FA7-theater to sign up!

World Cultures and Languages Mrs. Lighthart, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:10, $15/month, Grades 9-12: Wouldn’t it be cool to know how to say “Hello” or “How are you?” in 8 different languages??? Learn about a new country every month, explore cultural differences, art, languages and more! Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACAF28A0FA7-world to sign up!

Chess Club Mr. Payne, Thursdays, 3:30-4:10, $15/month, grades 6-12: Practice your established chess skills with classmates. Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACAF28A0FA7-chess to sign up!

Any further questions, please email Ms. Bowler at abowler@harmonytx.org

CRLP Trip

CRLP Trip

CRLP members,Please be sure to return your Trip Information document byMonday, October 1 along with your money to go to the Glen Lake Retreat. Extra forms can be found on the bulletin board across from the South Cafeteria. The Glen Lake fee is due October 1st and the first deposit for the Spring Break Trip is dueFriday October 12th.

Spirit Night- 10/15/18

Spirit Night- 10/15/18

On Monday, October 15th Texas Roadhouse at Overton Park Plaza is hosting a Spirit Night for HSI! Bring your family to enjoy a delicious meal and support the school. Make sure to mention you’re there to support HSI!
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
PSAT Practice Test

PSAT Practice Test

REASONS TO TAKE THE PSAT

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a two-hour test given once a year in October. Many students take the PSAT, not only as preparation for the SAT taken in senior year and widely used as a major criterion for college admissions, but also to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Almost all students take the PSAT during their junior year, but many students take the PSAT when they are sophomores to get the feel of the test. However, it is only the scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year that are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition. In our campus, we offer PSAT/NMSQT for our all 11th and 10th grade students and also we offer PSAT 8/9 test for our all 9th and 8th grade students to make sure that they have this experience earlier.

This scholarship competition awards approximately 8,200 scholarships annually. The selection process starts with the choosing of National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars. Cutoffs vary from state to state but typically Semi-Finalists score in the top one percent of students in their state and Commended Scholars between the top one to four percent. Most of the approximately 16,000 Semi-Finalists become Finalists, and half of those ultimately receive National Merit Scholarships.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. Student individual score report from PSAT will provide individual code for khanacademy.org in order to get tailored plans of study toward SAT prep.
  • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Particularly for our campus, we use PSAT scores for eligibility reference to offer advance classes (AP, Dual, and Honors courses) for our students’ upcoming year’s course selection.

Official 18/19 PSAT Test Date

This year all of our 8th-11th grade students take PSAT test on October 10th, 2018 Wednesday in the morning between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Practice PSAT Tests Dates and Registration

  • 1st practice on September 29th, 2018, Saturday between 9am -12pm
  • 2nd practice test on October 6th, 2018, Saturday between 9am -12pm
  • Practice tests registration link is http://bit.ly/PSATSIGNUP2018
  • Registration deadline is September 27th, 2018

Sincerely,

College and Career Counseling Department

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

Next month on the corner: What to Do When a Global Data Breach Happens

Wednesday Mail

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.

Big picture

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

Next month on the corner: What to Do When a Global Data Breach Happens

Meal Charge Policy

 

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.

BREAKFAST

 

Breakfast is served from 7:30 – 7:55 everyday in the north cafeteria.

Wednesday Mail

MAP Testing

MAP Testing

Parents, from September 4th- 21st, our campus will conduct beginning of the year 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.

Pep Rallies- This Week

Pep Rallies- This Week

This week, September 4th and 6th, will be the high school and middle school Staff vs. Student Volley Ball Pep Rallies! We look forward to a rousing game of fun and excitement to celebrate the return to school and the excellent start to our volley ball season! Pep rally days are spirit days, so please wear your spirit shirts on your day! Tuesday for middle school and Thursday for high school.
Title I and Parent Involvement Meeting

Title I and Parent Involvement Meeting

Parents there will be an informational meeting about Title I and Parent Involvement on Monday September 10th, 2018 at 5pm. There will be a free pizza party for all those who attend. If you plan to attend please RSVP by clicking the following link here.

Please attend if you are interested in learning more about how being a Title I campus affects the school or how you can become more involved with the campus. In an effort to increase school-parent communication and interaction, we invite all HSI-FW parents to complete the Parent Involvement Survey

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
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

World Languages and Cultures Club!

World Languages and Cultures Club!

Parents and Students,

Here is a glimpse of what our newest club that meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:10:
World Languages and Cultures: Learn a different language each month along with cultural aspects of countries that language is spoken in.

Email abowler@harmonytx.org to sign up today!

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.
CRLP

CRLP

If your student applied to the College Readiness and Leadership Program (CRLP) you should expect notification of acceptance and mentor assignments sometime next week.
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.
Door Decorating Contest

Door Decorating Contest

The game is on! To celebrate the PRIDE we have in our school, each advisory group will compete in a door decorating contest to artistically show off Professionalism, Respect, Involvement, Determination, and Excellence. Ask your student to see what supplies you can donate to give them a better shot at wining the prize!
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. Alternate meals consist of cereal, fruit and milk for breakfast; and for lunch, a sandwich, vegetable and milk. 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 balance. For more information regarding the meal charge policy. Please visit our website at: www.hsifw.harmonytx.org, and click on the “Meal Charges” link.
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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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