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February 13

Parents –

This is Eric Stewart and I would love your help (input and suggestions) on solving a mutual challenge.

Our mutual challenge? We want to provide quicker service when you arrive to pick up your child for an early dismissal. Currently, when we get an early dismissal note in the morning (via paper delivered to our secretaries or using our online method) we add the student’s name to the attendance sheet which is emailed to all staff. That way, staff have a head’s up. The secretaries in each House also leave an official note on your child’s locker. The system should work perfectly so that the kids are at the office for their dismissal time pretty close to when you arrive.

However, sometimes the kids or the teacher or both, get busy in class and we have to call into the rooms, which, with multiple early dismissals, can be disruptive, and the kids come up a little later than usual. Additionally, sometimes parents have unforeseen appointments and have what we call a walk in early dismissal. When this happens, neither the kids or teachers know about it and the secretaries need to finish what the are doing and then help you out. Kids may not arrive on time. If this situation could be avoided, that would be helpful but we understand when they do, like we know you understand it will take us more time.

Summary and current practice (There are three ways to request an early dismissal for your child):

• Send in a note with your child to give to their House secretary (they then all place the early dismissal pass on the student's locker).

• Email your child’s House secretary prior to 9 AM (This allows them to get the information on the absentee list, and get a pass to your child).

• Use the online portal (before 9:00 on dismissal day), on our Harmony website.

• Remind your child to show the pass so he or she can leave at the dismissal time posted on their pass (and so we do not have to call into the room to interrupt instruction).

I would love to hear any suggestions you all have for how to help the above situation. Please let me know (eric.stewart@lcps.org) if you have any ideas. Thanks for your help!

 

February 11

The Art Department is looking for parent volunteers to help during the school day with mounting artwork and/or displaying student artwork throughout the school building. We will be displaying hundreds of artworks in celebration of Youth Art Month.

Please see the link to volunteer to help with the Art Show Setup:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ba8af28a0f85-artshow

Volunteer help is also needed with Family Arts Night on March 11 the event is 6-8 PM. See link to volunteer for Family Arts Night:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ba8af28a0f85-family

Thank for your support!

Sincerely,

Lori DeMark

 

February 5

Parents,

You may notice two small changes as you visit any LCPS campus. One is the addition of “Do Not Hold Door for Others” signs that have already been added to each main entrance door at Harmony. This should help all campuses filter in visitors.

The other is a new campus welcome sign to enhance campus security and a shared understanding of what is permitted on campus. One sign was installed this summer (the “Welcome to Loudoun County Public Schools” sign near the main drive). LCPS staff are preparing to begin the second phase of this project to install a welcome sign near other entry points to campus, including driveways, sidewalks, and major pathways that lead onto the school’s property.

You can expect to see additional signs installed this winter, spring, and summer, with the timeframe dependent on the weather conditions.

As always, if you have suggestions for us to improve our communication and safety, please contact the school principal or the LCPS county offices.

 

January 31

Parents,

This week we had a Fire Drill and a Lock Down Drill. Both practices went well. Additionally, as you know from a Connect Ed yesterday, we had a real emergency when a staff member fell and was injured. He is fine and recovering. The staff and students responded quickly to get word to the office, nurse, and rescue department. We were pleased with the response so please thank the students and teachers in the hall at that time.

Our last Name Game team correctly named all 381 6th graders and joined the 7th and 8th grade teams on knowing ALL 1,114 students in the building. Bravo to them on continuing this important tradition of knowing everyone’s name.

 

Listed below are our Black History Month Activities:

Two Advisory Lessons (on Feb 3 and Feb 10).

Author Spotlight during library time (For example, Jason Reynolds, new National Ambassador for Young People's literature).

Month long Trivia Contest for all students when they go to the library with their English classes.

AM announcements regarding key contributions of African Americans.

6th Grade art classes will create a African American Artist / Artwork poster for each window (28) around the courtyard.

 

Next Week is National School Counselor Week:

Feb 4 – Staff Winter Olympics! (after school)

Feb 4 – Cornerstone and Honor Roll Award Night for 6th Grade @ 7 PM

Feb 5 – Latin Students (Museum Display in Library)

Feb 5 – Cornerstone and Honor Roll Award Night for 7th Grade @ 7 PM

Feb 6 – Cornerstone and Honor Roll Award Night for 8th Grade @ 7 PM

 

ENJOY THE WEEKEND  

 

January 30

To the parents of Harmony Middle School,

This is Principal Eric Stewart. Today a staff member was injured by a fall in the eighth-grade hallway. Your student might have witnessed this. The teacher was taken to a medical facility by ambulance. I wanted you to be aware that we had emergency personnel on our campus and that something out of the ordinary happened at school today.  

 

January 28

Congratulations to or school champions!

Geography Bee

First place - Sarah Putorti

Second place - Ariya Shah

Third place - Patrick Lyons

Spelling Bee

First place - Alexandra Toporowicz

Second place – Sofia Staudinger

Third place – Graham Jardines  

 

January 22

PARENTS -

Coffee Cart for Teacher & Staff Friday, February 14

We are seeking donations for the coffee cart as well as a few volunteers to help serve the teachers & staff. Sign up at the link below. Sign up Here

ALSO It’s time again to order HMS spirit wear!

Sweatshirts & t shirts can be ordered through the link below. The online store will be open through February 7. Orders will be delivered to the school with 2-3 weeks after the online store closes. You will receive an email when your order is ready to be picked up. We do not keep these items in stock so now is your time to purchase spirit wear! Order Spirit Wear Here

Thank you,

HMS PTA  

 

January 22

Parents and Staff,

The holidays are over but there are still people in need of food. Please consider donating non perishable foods to the boxes outside each grade level House office from January 22 through January 31.

Thanks for your help!

(directed by student Gary G - in collaboration with the school)  

 

January 21

A School Spirit night has been scheduled January 22nd at MOD pizza from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM.

YES! All Day. Orders can earn money for the PTA. Just remember to mention Harmony Middle school when you make your order. 

 

January 18

A School Spirit night has been scheduled January 22nd at MOD pizza from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM.

YES! All Day. Orders can earn money for the PTA. Just remember to mention Harmony Middle school when you make your order. 

 

January 16

Parents,

This Friday is the last day of our first semester. From conversations staff have had with parents, we are very pleased at student progress and growth the first two quarters. We look forward to continuing to improve our services to provide opportunities for each student. Thanks for your continued collaboration and communication with us.

 

Some dates:

January 17 - Fishing Club from 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM

January 20 - School Holiday

January 21 - Student Holiday / Staff Planning day (to close out their grade books).

January 22 - 7th Annual “Name Game” in AM

January 22 - Willard MS staff, another LCPS school, will visit our classrooms to what great things we are doing through PBL

January 29 - Free Throw Contest from 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM in the main gym

 

As we begin semester 2, we remind you that our three focus areas are School Safety, Climate, and Instruction. They all support each other nicely. A quick update is listed below.

Safety – We recently completed a fire drill and a student discussion of Safety Scenario #5. Scenario #5 asks the kids, “What would you do if your teacher had a medical emergency and there were no other adults in the room?” Please follow up on this important discussion with your child.

Climate – Our Parent Liaison has contacted 150 families and asked for feedback on our climate both for what we do well and where we can improve. As always, we appreciate your feedback and constantly try to make our climate a positive one. Additionally, we are continuing our work in the area of equity and have included a link to the superintendent and School Board’s website and expectations for equity; https://www.lcps.org/Page/219268.

Instruction – Our teachers continue to make lesson plans designed to engage the students and help them want to learn. Check out the video featuring some math teachers at Harmony! https://vimeo.com/371481443

 

Thanks parents,

We look forward to the second semester and some warmer weather. Please contact our staff with any questions.  

 

January 14

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the Geography Bee school final.

Ariya, Shah

Carmello, Evan

Ferguson, Broden

Dean, James

Lyons, Patrick

McKinley, Conor

Park, Jaden

Putorti, Sarah

Tran, Emily

(School Contact is Melissa Espinosa)

 

January 7

Parents – please see below for news and dates

Jan 8 – Fishing Club (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM)

Jan 9 – Ping Pong Club (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM)

Jan 9 – 6th Grade Band Concert (7 PM)

Jan 10 – 5th Annual STAFF “Tie and Scarf Exchange” (8:15 AM in school library). Parents are welcome to participate. Bring 3 to 5 ties and or scarfs you don’t want. Exchange them with others for free! Ends by 8:30 AM.

Jan 10 – Fire Drill (~10:30)

Jan 14 - The 8th Grade Chorus (Men’s and Women’s Ensembles) will sing the National Anthem at a Woodgrove home Boys’ Basketball Game at 7 pm

Jan 15 – PTA Meeting at 10 AM

Jan 17 – Grading Period ENDS

Jan 24-25-26 Music Man (school musical performances)

 

Special Date (Mental Health and Awareness Conference):

Jan 11 - Loudoun County Public Schools (LPCS) Department of Pupil Services will host its third annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference on Saturday, January 11, at Independence High School from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. The conference is free and will provide parents and students the chance to gain information and better understand mental health topics, such as anxiety, stress, resilience, the impact of technology, current LCPS programs and services, and much more. There will also be a screening of the independent film LIKE, followed by a presentation by Dr. Edward Spector (a psychologist who specializes in compulsive technology use) who will offer practical ideas on how to help students and parents limit the amount of time and the impact of technology on daily lives, interpersonal relationships, communication and more. Three breakout sessions with over 20 presenters will highlight the conference and over 25 resource venders will be available to share information with participants. To register, click HERE, or visit www.navigatethepath.com. Walk-in registration is also welcome. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Services at 571-252-1012.

 

Special Dates (for rising 6th grade parents):

Jan 14, Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00pm Instrument Tryout Library, Band Room

Jan 16, Thursday 6:00 – 8:00pm Instrument Tryout Library, Band Room

Jan 28, Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00pm Instrument Tryout Library, Band Room

 

January 7

The following students have won their class spelling bee and will report to the cafeteria right after the morning announcements on Wednesday, January 8th to participate in the next elimination round. This round / written competition will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Thank you!

(The top 20 from this round will participate in the school spelling bee on Wednesday, January 16.)

 

6TH GRADE

Ethan Landis

Sofia Staudinger

Margaret Wendel

Sophie Brzozowsky

Katherine Dorse

Dylan Keefe

Alex Miller

Lilly Crossfield

Kamryn Jones

James Burrows

James Johnson

Ashleigh Robertson

Charles Friedrich

Spencer Groo

Wyatt Posey

Caleb Castaneda

Isaiah Owens

Mara Biechlin

 

7TH GRADE

Oliver Dinger

Logan Goodwin

Valerie Olawuyi

Rachel Nelson

Jaden Park

Greydon Berlik

Thatcher Graham

Leanne Matthews

Ian Shank

Graham Jardines

Adam Edmonson

Janele Winner

Wesley Rank

Adelaide Fredericks

Avery Adams

Maddie Barnes

Torren Ehrin

 

8TH GRADE

Aidan Gillis

Joey Dillenburg

Emily Tran

Lauren Rosales

Noah Elbaraka

Gabriela Rios

Aidan Barrientos

Riley Murphy

Alexandra Toporowicz

Aiden Beach

Abbie Waple

Alexander Bibic

Sarah (Eden) Reck

Mazen Elfky

Lily Soska

Andrew Stark

Malaki Evans

Aurelia Lucio

 

December 12

Dear Harmony School Family,

We have received sad news about one of our 7th graders. A recent traffic accident has now resulted in her passing.

We currently have over 15 members of LCPS Crisis Management Team here all day and they have been available for any student or staff who needs assistance and support. They will also be here tomorrow and are supported by our school Mental Health Team.

If you wish to contact our counselors for additional guidance in discussing this with your son or daughter, feel free to email or contact me and I will make sure it goes to the appropriate grade level counselor.

If you have additional questions, please contact me at 540-751-2500 or eric.stewart@lcps.org.

Sincerely,

Eric Stewart

(Links and information for parents on how to help children deal with loss and grief are below.)

Grief War

School-based Mental Health Services and Community Partners

 

December 11

Parents - we still need help with cookies for a staff treat

5th Annual Cookies for Teachers & Staff - Thursday, December 19th

Please sign up to send in cookies for our sweet teachers and staff! They will get to select a set number of cookies based on the number donated. We would love for them to take home more than a little more than dozen each! Sign up Here

Thank you,

HMS PTA

 

December 6

Parents and Staff –

THANK YOU all for a big week at Harmony.

Dec 2 was our Schools to Watch visit where seven administrators from around Virginia spent the day at our school and talked to parents and kids and visited classrooms to determine if we will be re-designated as a School to Watch (STW). We will know in 5 weeks but had very good initial feedback.

Dec 5 was our first ever PBL Open House. Twenty-two visitors from Simpson, Smart’s Mill, Willard, and River Bend (all middle schools) and staff from Round Hill ES, Culbert ES, Goshen Post ES, and Mt. View ES, spent two hours visiting our classrooms and reported a high level of student engagement. One visitor commented, “I wanted to thank you so much for opening up your school in order to offer such a wonderful tour of your PBL program. It was so inspiring to see your staff and students in the moment of active learning and to observe the sincere enthusiasm radiating from all involved." Another visitor was one of our parents. She said, “Thank you for letting me be a part of the PBL Open House yesterday. It was truly wonderful to see so many students engaged in their learning!”

Kudos to our staff for earning these comments.

Dec 5 was also our Empty Bowl dinner. We made over $3000 that will all go towards the Western Loudoun Food Pantry. That’s a total of over $25,000 over the last ten years!

Dec 6 was our special needs HPE Day at Woodgrove HS with all of the other schools in the area. A fun time was had by all.

We ended the week this morning by feeding 66 staff members a pancake breakfast which included eggs, sausage, and coffee.

We’ll be tired tonight but had a wonderful week. We enjoy what we do and appreciate you sharing your children with us.

We are also proud to report some good fortune for eight of our young men who play travel football for Team Virginia, a Virginia all-star football team who has recently competed in the mid-Atlantic region of the 2019 FBU National Football Tournament. The team performed much better than anticipated and found their way to winning the regional tournament and have now have been invited to play in the NATIONAL championship bracket in Naples, FL at the end of December. Congratulations and good luck to Aaron Bolen, Ethan Farres, Harrison Williams, Tucker Flannigan, Timmy McCleary, Jackson Jay, Denver Elliott, and Dane Fortin.

Have a GREAT weekend!

 

December 5

Dates and Reminders…

Dates:

Dec 5 – Empty Bowl Dinner (correct time is 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

Dec 6 – Pancake Breakfast for Staff @ 7:45 AM to 8:25 AM

Dec 10 – 6th Grade Chorus Concert (7 PM)

Dec 11 – MAP assessment for MATH (We will be on a two-hour delay bell schedule; testing first two hours)

Dec 11 – Interim Date for Quarter 2

Dec 12 – MAP assessment for ENGLISH (we will be on a two-hour delay schedule; testing first two hours)

Dec 17 – 6th Grade Band Concert (7 PM)

Dec 18 – Current 5th Graders to Visit Harmony (9:30 AM to 11:00 AM)

Dec 19 – 7th Grade Orchestra and 8th Grade Guitar Concert (7 PM)

Dec 20 – WHS to Perform for 8th Graders in AM

Jan 6 – School Resumes

 

Spirit Week Dates and Themes:

12/16 – Cancer Support Day (wear any colors to support cancer research)

12/17 – Winter White Out (wear white)

12/18 – Holiday Hat wear

12/19 – Holiday Sweater

12/20 – PJ Day

 

Reminders: Please use our website to report all early dismissals, absences, and tardies. There is a direct link on our site.

Our school doors open at 8:15 AM. Unless your child has a scheduled club, we do not have the staff prior to 8:15 to supervise students.

 

December 3

HMS PTA has many volunteer and donation opportunities during December. Thank you so much for seeing where you can help. Your support is truly appreciated!

Empty Bowl Dinner Thursday, December 5th The Art Department could use some more help for this year’s Empty Bowl Dinner, particularly the Kitchen Chef slot. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b44adac2ca1ff2-empty1

5th Annual Cookies for Teachers & Staff Thursday, December 19th Calling all bakers! Let’s show our love to the teachers & staff by hosting a cookie exchange. We do the baking and they get to take home the yummy treats! Please drop off cookies at the Main Office on December 19th between 8:15am and 2:30pm. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c49abab2da4fb6-cookies

Weekend Backpack Buddies - Winter 2019 The Backpack Buddies program aids students at risk of weekend hunger. We will send them home with non-perishable, easy to prepare foods every Friday. We are in need of food items as well as parent volunteers to fill the bags each week. Please see list of food items needed in the signup link below. Monetary donations for this program can be made at this link - Donate Here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c49abab2da4fb6-harmony

Harmony School Store Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays The School Store can’t be open without a parent volunteer each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please consider donating your time to help the PTA and meet some great Harmony kids at the same time. Detailed instructions will be emailed to you prior to your shift. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084ea9aa2aa2f58-volunteers

Thank you so much for all that you do for Harmony MS!

Harmony MS PTA

 

December 1

Parents,

The scheduled day for yearbook club photos is Tuesday, December 3rd. Announcements will not be made for every club during the day, so please have your child write down their club picture times during morning announcements or check the House Offices for reminders.

Schedules will be posted throughout the school. Students should leave class two minutes before their scheduled photo time(s) and report to the auditorium. Please contact Rachel Martin (rachel.martin@lcps.org) with questions.

 

November 26

Greetings,

Beginning on November 25th and ending on December 13th, LCPS students in Grades 2-8 will be taking the Winter Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. In mid-January, parents will be able to view their student’s MAP percentile scores and a Student Progress Report sharing your student’s growth in ParentVue.

The Winter MAP score will also be considered with other data to inform math course placement recommendations for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Details regarding the math placement process can be found at the following link: Math Placement Process for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

This information will also be added to the LCPS MAP webpage for Parents. Please contact Nicole Akers, the Math Supervisor, or your school if you have any questions regarding the math placement process.

Ryan Tyler, Ph.D.

Supervisor of Research

Loudoun County Public Schools

 

November 26

Colleagues,

The NJROTC Admissions Application for the 2020 – 2021 school year will open at 8:00 AM EST on Monday, December 2, 2019.

The application is only open to current LCPS Grade 8 students. Private School or Home-School students residing in Loudoun County must formally apply with Loudoun County Public Schools at their zoned school prior to completing the NJROTC application.

The application is completed through an online application portal and will be available until Friday, January 24, 2020 (due by 11:59 PM EST).

Interested students may visit www.lcps.org/cte (Military Science Admissions) on or after 8:00 AM EST on Monday, December 2, 2019.

More information can be found in the link: http://bit.ly/NJROTCAdmissions

Sincerely,

The NJROTC Admissions Committee

 

November 21

Parents,

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and can spend time with family. If you are traveling, be safe.

Some dates to keep on your radar:

Nov 25 – Hive Time activity (and incentive donut or rice crispy treat activity for our winning team)

Nov 25 - Picture Retakes (out of Resource)

Nov 26 - Picture Retakes (out of Resource)

Nov 26 –Hive Time bell schedule and student and staff activity

Dec 2 – Schools to Watch (STW) Visit – all day

Dec 3 - Club Picture Day (schedule runs throughout the day)

Dec 5 – Harmony PBL Open House (1:30 to 3:00) – 22 visitors already signed up (from Round Hill ES, Culbert ES, Simpson MS, Smart’s Mill MS, Seneca Ridge MS, River Bend MS, Central Office, Willard MS, Brambleton MS, WHS, and MORE)

Dec 5 – Empty Cup Night – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Dec 11 - Math MAP assessment

Dec 11 - Interim Date

Dec 12 - English MAP assessment

Dec 18 – Visit, Tour, and Music Performance for current 5th graders coming to HRM next year

Dec 19 – Staff Cookie Exchange!!! – from PTA

Dec 20 - WHS to perform for 8th graders only in AM

(Music department concert dates will be sent separately)

 

(Remember – we DO NOT show movies or have parties the week before any holidays or the end of the year)

 

Thanks all – have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving

 

November 18

Parents,

Reminder for this week...

Tuesday, Nov 19 - 6th Grade Awards Night @ 7 PM

Wednesday, Nov 20 - 7th Grade Awards Night @ 7 PM

Thursday, Nov 21 - 8th Grade Awards Night @ 7 PM

 

(Throughout the year, students are periodically recognized for their work and behavior during class by each teacher. Students can earn recognition in others ways as well at the end of each quarter. Our school offers recognition Awards Nights (described below).

 

Quarters 1, 2, and 3

We plan student Recognition Nights at the end of each of the first three quarters for students earning our Cornerstone Awards (Selected by our staff in the areas of Citizenship, Effort, Leadership, Scholarship, and Excellence in Mathematics and Writing). Students are also recognized during the ceremony for earning the “All A” honor roll and the “All A/B” honor roll. Dates for each recognition night is sent out ahead of time. Letters are not sent home for this so please look at your child’s report card to see if he or she qualifies to receive a pin.

 

November 17

Students and Parents,

The Powder Puff Game against Loudoun Valley to support Our Perfect Warrior Cancer Foundation has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm. Concessions will be provided, along with music from Loudoun Valley alumni, DJ Ryan Baker.

Our Perfect Warrior is a non-profit created by two Woodgrove teens after experiencing firsthand the challenges that cancer brings to an entire family. Their mission is to help local families battling this disease. Please come out and show your support for this worthy cause.

Admission is $5 and donations are accepted.

Hope to see you there!

Stephanie Butler, WHS

 

November 16

Relax and Be Kind Day is November 18th, 2019

In an effort to continue our mental health awareness initiatives, the Unified Mental Health Team at Harmony is hosting our third annual “Relax and Be Kind Day.” With Hawaii in mind, we will be promoting stress-relieving skills and the positive effects of kindness in many ways. Students and staff are asked to wear a Hawaiian shirt or island-wear.

When: November 18th, 2019. All day.

What: Students and staff are asked to participate in making the school a relaxing environment by wearing their Hawaiian shirts or school appropriate island-wear (no bathing suits please!)

Activities:

During Hive Time, a variety of coping skills and stress-relieving skills will be taught and practiced by students and staff!

Kindness Flowers: Students will have the opportunity to fill out a flower to recognize one of their peers for something kind they have done.

Music: What better way to relieve stress than to listen to the music of the islands? During class changes, music will be played to serenade the students as they make their way to their next class.

For questions, contact Sarah Miller, Harmony School Social Worker

 

November 14

Empty Bowl Night at Harmony

Please help us on Empty Bowl Night Dec. 5th. Sign up for Empty Bowl night link:

Sign Up Here

Empty Bowl Event - December 5th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Bring the family to enjoy a hearty meal and support awareness of hunger and food security here in Loudoun. Dinner will feature gourmet soups from local restaurants and others, bread or rolls, and the opportunity to take home a handmade bowl created by local artists and our Harmony art students.

$20 for a hand crafted bowl and dinner ticket all proceeds going to the Western Loudoun Food Pantry. Dinner will include a cup of soup, bread, and a drink.

It's a don't-miss event!

Please sign up to help volunteer or bring donations of the following: food donations (bread, butter, utensils, drinks,etc)

 

November 14

Congratulations to the 2020 ACDA All Regional Choir:

These students were selected from thousands of auditions submissions from the following states in our region

Maia Neumann - Children’s Choir

Lilly Eddy and Aurelia Lucio - Junior High Choir

Congratulations 2020 All District Chorus: These students participated in blind auditions for a panel of judges. The audition included both a prepared piece and sight reading. The auditions were open to 7th and 8th grade chorus students from District 16.

Soprano 1 - Eliza Prymak ( # 2 Soprano 1 in the District), Janele Winner, Ryan Stone, Jaden Johnson

Soprano 2 - Aurelia Lucio, Claire Harvey, Regan Alford, Aubrey Coates, Bethel Oruma, Bridget Doherty, Benedicta Oruma, Zoe Mazeska, Ashlyn Tarrnt (alternate)

Alto - Alex Amos ( # 2 alto in the District), Lily Eddy (#3 alto in the District), Cecelia Condie, Caroline Clegg, Sophie Mason, Eddy Thomas, Skye Kimbrough, Logan McDonald, Eliana Schnabel, Grace Oat, Brienza Marraccini, Ellarie Mesecar, Jems Byrd, Maddie Barnes (alternate)

Tenors - Connor White, DJ Bundick, Jack Naugle, Zach Haag

Bases - Tommy Ayers ( # 1 bass in the District), Kale Haaland, Kevin James

 

November 11

From the IT Department:

1. On Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th, we will be performing a school-wide inventory of all Chromebooks. Please make sure your student brings their Chromebooks to Harmony on both days.

2. Did you know your student is required to have their own Chromebook charger and turn it in at the end of the year? And hopefully their charger has their name written on masking tape. If you need to buy one, we have made purchasing easier. Visit the Harmony website and click on the “Online School Payment” link. They may also buy one in LAB2.

Jim Widzinski, Harmony IT Guy

 

November 6

Some school dates:

Nov 6 – FYI - Information about Impact Aid Cards (the pink ones LCPS sends home each year at this time) were given to students today and should be brought home tonight.

Nov 6 – International Night is tonight at Harmony from 6 PM to 8 PM. “Passport Stations” will highlight student work in Civics, Art, Spectrum, and World Languages and they will also have “tiny tastes” to sample.

Nov 7 - Fishing Club meets from 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM in café.

Nov 10 - @ 10 AM, Patriot Mile in Lovettsville to raise funds for Building Veterans. More info from cathysipocz@buildingveterans.org.

Nov 11 – School Veterans Day activity and special video (out of Hive Time)

Week of Nov 11 - Veterans day is approaching fast! During the week of Veterans day, the Harmony Student Council association is sponsoring a spirit week featuring a different branch of the military each day, in the order of which the branches were created.

Monday - we will honor the Army by wearing black

Tuesday - we will honor the Navy by wearing navy blue

Wednesday - we will honor the Marines by wearing red

Thursday - we will honor the Coast Guard by wearing white and red, and blue

Friday - we will honor the Air Force by wearing light blue. Gold can be worn every day next week.

Thank you!

 

November 5

IMPORTANT messages from Harmony’s IT Department..

Starting on October 30, a new countywide policy was put into effect which directly impacts your child’s ability of saving files in the “My Files” section of their Chromebook. With the new policy, all locally stored files will be DELETED when they log off and power off their Chromebooks.

It is important to remind them of this policy and the need to upload all locally stored school-related files to their Google drive. Once deleted, any locally stored files cannot be restored. Additionally with this new policy, your child may have to “rejoin” your home network. It is important to have them choose the option “Allow all users of this device to use this network” when joining the network. This will ensure that the network will be saved on their Chromebook.

If they need help with either of these processes, they may reach out to the IT department in Computer LAB 2.

THANKS! Jim Widzinski / Digital Experience Specialist / Harmony

 

October 30

Attention parents and students

This is an important message from the IT department.

To keep the Chromebooks safe, files that are stored locally on your Chromebooks will be deleted when they are powered off. It is important for you to use Google to store any files that you need to save before you power off. You must upload the files to Google as soon as possible.

Please stop by LAB 2 for any help. Thanks

 

November 1

Parents,

Throughout the year, students are periodically recognized for their work and behavior during class by each teacher. Students can earn recognition in others ways as well at the end of each quarter. Our school offers four recognition Awards Nights (described below).

Quarters 1, 2, and 3

We plan student Recognition Nights at the end of each of the first three quarters for students earning our Cornerstone Awards (Selected by our staff in the areas of Citizenship, Effort, Leadership, Scholarship, and Excellence in Mathematics and Writing). Students are also recognized during the ceremony for earning the “All A” honor roll and the “All A/B” honor roll. Dates for each recognition night is sent out ahead of time. Letters are not sent home for this so please look at your child’s report card to see if he or she qualifies to receive a pin.

Quarter 4

The end of Quarter 4 ends our academic year and we honor students for excellence in all school subjects with an End-of-Year ceremony that honors ONE winner in each Department (Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, HPE, etc.). On this night, we also have the Cornerstone finalists and special awards for selected 8th graders that include the Malone Awards, Business Partnership winner, and others.

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact our school principal, Eric Stewart at 540-751-2500 or email eric.stewart@lcps.org.

 

October 30

Attention parents and students

This is an important message from the IT department.

To keep the Chromebooks safe, files that are stored locally on your Chromebooks will be deleted when they are powered off. It is important for you to use Google to store any files that you need to save before you power off. You must upload the files to Google as soon as possible.

Please stop by LAB 2 for any help. Thanks

 

October 30

PTA Fundraising update:

All fundraising orders that were not picked up last week may be picked up by students on Wednesday 10/30, Thursday 10/31, or Friday 11/1. Students may pick them up from their house secretaries either before class starts in the morning, or before they leave school at the end of the day. If your student has an unusually large order they may be picked up from the front office during regular school hours.

Thanks for supporting the school!

Harmony PTA

 

October 25

Parents -

Three news items to share as you head into to the weekend:

1. Thank you 8th grade student, Kyra Browning, for her leadership in starting, organizing, and volunteering to lead the student American Red Cross donation drive. Through our students’ efforts and Kyra’s leadership, the school was able to donate $892.09 to the American Red Cross.

2. Thank you 8th grade student, Ithan Rubin, for creating, organizing, and leading a community Whiffle Ball Game to collect money for the special education programs at Harmony Middle School. He organized students to play in the game, found volunteers to umpire and help out, and collected $1,400 which he donated to Harmony Middle School’s special education programs.

3. November is also our traditional month to support cancer research as a staff. We are not asking for any money but here are the efforts of the teachers who work with your kids: some will donate $25 to wear jeans (with school spirit wear) on the following Mondays - Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, and Dec 2. Some will donate $15 to do the 10-day sugar free diet. Some will donate $15 to do the No Shave / No Cut November challenge. Others will give to the staff Soup Lunch (Oct 31). All money will go towards cancer research. The staff goal is to collect over $1,500 and principal Stewart will shave his head if they do.

4. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

October 24

Harmony School Dates:

Oct 25 – Last Day of the Book Fair

Oct 25 - Pink Out Day (wear pink)

Oct 25 – Staff “Chip and Dip” Luncheon and Contest for Best Dip Maker

Oct 25 - PTA Spirit Night (@ Chipotle from 4 PM to 8 PM – make sure to tell them you are from HRM)

Oct 28 - No school for students / staff professional development day

Oct 29 - Fall Picture (out of HPE)

Oct 30 - Fall Picture (out of HPE)

Oct 31 – Ping Pong Tournament (7:45 AM to 8:15 PM)

Oct 31 - School Safety Inspection (TBD)

Nov 4 - No school for students / staff professional development day

Nov 5 - No school for students / staff professional development day

Nov 5 – Staff Chili Cook Off (Noon)

Nov 6 – Impact Aid Card distribution begins (this is an annual program – more details later)

Nov 7 – Fishing Club (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM) in CAFE

Nov 11 – Veterans Day School Activity (out of Hive Time)

Nov 19 - 6th Grade Honor Roll Awards Night (@ 7 PM)

Nov 20 - 7th Grade Honor Roll Awards Night (@ 7 PM)

Nov 21 - 8th Grade Honor Roll Awards Night (@ 7 PM)

Note - We do not celebrate Halloween. Please do not send your child with any costumes or candy.

Thank you so much

 

October 23

Parents -

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fund raiser to support the Harmony PTA. Go on in to the Chipotle in Purcellville on Wednesday, October 23 between 4 PM and 8 PM. Bring in this email on your smart phone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will get donated to HMS PTA.

Thanks!

 

October 22

We are going to have an extended pickup time this Friday 10/25 from 3 - 5:45. Fund-raising products are in the mechanical room, which is right next to the recycle bins and dumpsters. Please park and come in the mechanical room door to pickup your products.

Thank you - Harmony PTA

Please send any questions to HarmonyPTAfundraising@gmail.com

 

October 21

Parents -

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fund raiser to support the Harmony PTA. Go on in to the Chipotle in Purcellville on Wednesday, October 23 between 4 PM and 8 PM. Bring in this email on your smart phone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will get donated to HMS PTA.

Thanks!

 

October 21

Parents,

Our fall fund raising Believe products have arrived at school. All orders are available for pickup today, Monday 10/21, starting at 3:00 PM during carpool pickup outside the mechanical/boiler room (near the dumpsters).

Thank you!

Harmony PTA

 

October 17

Parents,

The biggest week of the year is happening in the Harmony Library as we host our Bookworm Central book fair Monday Oct. 21st - Friday Oct. 25th. We will also have evening hours Wed. Oct. 23rd for Family Night 5-7 pm - bring the whole family!

The fair opens at 8:30 every morning and closes at 3:30 pm and all English classes will have the opportunity to visit. Please contact the Harmony Library with any questions.

 

October 17

Parents - our fall fund raising (Believe) products have arrived at school. Large orders are available for pickup tomorrow, Friday 10/18 starting at 3:00 during carpool pickup outside the mechanical / boiler room.

Smaller orders will go home with students next week.

Thank you! PTA

 

October 16

Harmony School Dates:

Oct 17 - We are being visited by 55 superintendents from all over the USA to observe our PBL Wall to Wall instruction

Oct 17 - Earth Quake Drill (@ 2:10)

Oct 18 - PTA Coffee Cart for teachers (in AM)

Oct 18 - Visiting Artists in all ART classes

Library Book Fair – Oct 21 – 25 (all week)

Spirit Week (Oct 21-25 / all week)

Oct 21 - Pajama Day

Oct 22 - Hawaiian Day

Oct 23 - Hat Day

Oct 24 - Jersey Day

Oct 25 - Pink Out Day (wear pink)

Oct 25 - PTA Spirit Night (more details next week)

Oct 28 - No school for students / staff professional development day

Oct 29 - Fall Picture (out of HPE)

Oct 30 - Fall Picture (out of HPE)

Oct 31 - School Safety Inspection

Nov 4 - No school for students / staff professional development day

Nov 5 - No school for students / staff professional development day

Nov 19 - 6th Grade Honor Roll Awards Night (@ 7 PM)

Nov 20 - 7th Grade Honor Roll Awards Night (@ 7 PM)

Nov 21 - 8th Grade Honor Roll Awards Night (@ 7 PM)

Note - We do not celebrate Halloween. Please do not send your child with any costumes or candy.

Thank you so much

 

October 16

Harmony School News:

• The final numbers are in for Harmony’s Red Cross “Change Wars” Fundraiser. We raised over $890.00 with Team Shark collecting the most $ per student, Wolf team coming in 2nd, and Team Eagle finishing 3rd. Great job students and staff and thanks for looking out for those who are in need.

• The PTA fundraiser products arrived on Oct 15 and will be ready for distribution on Friday Oct 18. We will be sending home small orders with your child. Parents of children with large orders will be contacted.

• If you can help with our backpack program, please use our sign-up genius link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b44adac2ca1ff2-backpack

• A school survey will be coming soon to each grade level, starting with 8th grade parents. Our Parent Liaison will be calling a minimum of 50 parents to get feedback on our school. THANK YOU! Betty Webber / Parent Liaison

• We were selected to be visited by 55 superintendents (from all over the USA). Tomorrow, Oct 17, is our big day from 9 AM to 10 AM.

• Just three reminders about Chromebooks usage: 1. Keep it safe (hold it tightly even with attention to placement position in the middle of desks, tables, chairs, or floors, 2. Use it for instructional purposes only, and 3. Charge it daily. Thanks! Jim Widzinski Digital Experience Specialist for Harmony.

• Thanks - another Connect Ed will come soon with school calendar dates.

 

October 4

Parents,

Below are some dates coming up that you should be aware of…

Oct 4 - Today we thanked the teachers and students for their hard work so far this year. We ran a 30 minute delay schedule and allowed the kids to meet and chat with each other and the teachers to meet and plan together in a separate area. A good time was had by all.

Oct 8 – Juggling Club – first meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM in main gym – no experience needed.

Oct 10 – There will be a county wide Emergency practice at Patrick Henry College. Numerous emergency vehicles. Starts about 7 AM. Traffic could be congested. Additional information from the town of Purcellville and the LC Sheriff’s Office is attached.

Oct 17 – Approximately 50 superintendents from around the country are visiting Harmony as part of the League of Innovative Schools . Our visit is from 9 AM to 10 PM and Harmony was specifically selected because of our work in Deeper Learning and PBL.

Oct 28 – This is our county-wide PD day for staff and a holiday for students

Nov 11 – This day is our Veterans Day activity this year. It will be a “Thank You” writing activity out of each Hive from 8:50 to 9:20 for students to generate letters of thanks to veterans.

 

Congratulations to the following SCA Officers on our recent election:

Secretary of Communication - Historian – Sarah Gingerich

Secretary of Publication – Mackenzie Brown and Madison Milburn

Recording Secretary – Olivia Van Der Post

Treasurer – Alexandra Toporowicz

Vice President – Isabella DeMark

President – Lily McBride

 

News from Woodgrove HS:

Spookyfest- Oct. 26th 11am-5pm - $5 entrance for all activities and, ALL ages welcome! Haunted house, pumpkin decorating, candy toss- Oh my! Theatre Props & Costume sale for select costumes will be available as well!

Crazytown by Jonathan Rand- Nov. 14th-16th 7pm, and a matinee at 2pm on Saturday the 16th available. $5 for students, $7 for adults online or $10 for students and $12 for adults at the door. Buy online today: https://whsva.booktix.com/

Enjoy the weekend.

File attachments:

News Release - Active Threat Drill to be Conducted in Purcellville on Oc....pdf

 

October 2

Announcement:

Harmony Middle School's Fall Book Fair is coming on October 21st - 25th. We rely on our wonderful parent volunteers to make this Book Fair a success.

Please sign up on the Genius form for the slot(s) you would be willing to volunteer for. We appreciate your willingness to help us make this the best Book Fair ever!

Here is the link for the Sign Up for the Book Fair Volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4CA4A829AB9-harmony

 

October 1

Please show your support of the Harmony PTA by participating in our Papa John's Spirit Night on Thursday, October 3.

 

September 29

Please add the following dates to your October calendar:

Oct 4th- Harry Potter Club during lunch in library

Oct 8th and Oct 22nd- LIAM meeting (library student advisory group)

Oct 21st-25th- BOOK FAIR!

ALSO on Oct 9 - Harmony and Blue Ridge Middle School Counselors are hosting a Parent Coffee on October 9th at 9:30am in the Harmony Middle School’s auditorium. Deputy Chris Horbatak will be presenting “E-Cigarettes and Vapes, What Parents Need to Know.” Due to the popularity of vaping among adolescents and the recent information on the dangers of vaping, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

 

September 27

6th Grade Chorus

Congratulations to the following 6th grade chorus students who were selected to the 2019 All-County Chorus. There were SO MANY talented singers, making the selection process challenging! BRAVO to everyone who auditioned! We are proud of you!

Soprano

Malcolm Fuller

Isabelle McDevitt

Maia Neumann

Hudson Prymak

Madeline Riley

Abigail Doherty (soprano alternate)

Josie Yurish (soprano alternate)

Alto

Mary Grace Clegg

Andy Olejer

Isabella Krimsky

Liliana Lins

Ashley Rayburn

Maggie Bugaj (alto alternate)

Mikaela Carder (alto alternate)

 

September 25

School Dates and News Dates

Sept 25 – Paper Football Tournament in C-08 (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM) open to all – just show up – no need to register

Sept 26 – Bus Evacuations (1st half of buses during AM arrival)

Sept 27 – Bus Evacuations (2nd half of buses during AM arrival)

Oct 1 – Vision and Hearing Screening (all day during resource classes)

Oct 1 – School Counselors present “Strategies to help you child with stress and anxiety” (9:15 AM @ BRMS )

Oct 2 – Vision and Hearing Screening (all day during resource classes)

Oct 2 – Interim date for first quarter grades – check Phoenix for updates – contact teacher with concerns

Oct 3 – Free Thrown Contest in GYM (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM) open to all – just show up – no need to register

Oct 4 – Fishing Club in CAFÉ (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM) open to all – just show up – no need to register

Oct 7-9 – Music Man musical try-outs (after school)

News

Our school Parent Safety Advisory Committee met recently. Here is a summary from one of the parent members, Mr. T Jenkins; “… we were able to meet the safety committee staff members. It was evident that all members took their safety and security responsibilities very seriously. The level of commitment by the school district and specifically the Harmony School staff is impressive. The level of communications with parents concerning these matters is very welcome as well. Also, the variety of safety scenarios that are practiced at the school demonstrates a high level of commitment. During the fire drill, the parents were invited to participate in the entire event. All school faculty participated in the drill with specific assignments professionally executed. We saw firsthand the communications from the school with 911/Fire Department personnel to alert them to the pending drill. We also saw how the drill not only helps the students and staff know what to do during a fire, we also saw how the drill ensures that fire prevention equipment in the school operates properly. We saw that fire doors indeed closed automatically and that the fire system alerts throughout the building and appropriately on the fire room security board.” (All parents are welcome to join the committee)

With the increase in student population and calls we are getting to our main line, we will be piloting an automated system to see if we can get parents to the right place quicker than we are now. The system will start in the next few weeks and will have typical choices found with other organizations: (To report an absence or tardy, Press One, For the Nurse, Press Two, For Sixth Grade, Press Three, etc.) Once we roll this out, Any feedback is welcome.

Please continue to contact us when you have bus or transportation questions. Our school works directly with our area supervisors; Patti Hood (Area Supervisor for western Loudoun, patti.hood@lcps.org) and William “Todd” Canard (Lead Driver), william.canard@lcps.org), and principal Eric Stewart (eric.stewart@lcps.org).

Have a great week

 

September 17

Wednesday, September 18 is the final day for our first round of MAP testing. Please remind students this evening to have their Chromebook fully charged for the start of the school day tomorrow. Thanks.

 

September 16

Reminder - This week on Tuesday (Sept 17) and Wednesday (Sept 18), your child will take Reading and Mathematics MAP Growth tests from NWEA. Please help us with reminding your child to bring their fully charged Chromebook both days to school. Thanks.

 

September 15

HARMONY FUNDRAISER REMINDER

Win one of two $50 Shopping Sprees

Dear Parents, as we compile our hard copy order forms to mail later this week, we are still able to place online orders. Please help us reach our goal and make this a very successful fundraiser. To help you, Believe Kids is offering two (2) FREE $50 Shopping Sprees from the catalog (no purchase necessary). Simply share the fundraiser at www.shopfund.com. For every 10 emails you send to family & friends, we’ll put your name in the drawing to win $50 FREE SHOPPING SPREE! We will draw the winners from our online tool so no need to do anything to qualify.

We will announce the winners on:Tuesday 9/17 and Wednesday 9/18. Thank you for supporting the kids and staff at Harmony!

Please contact the HarmonyPTAFundraising@gmail.com with any questions.

 

September 13

Parents,

This is Eric Stewart, principal of Harmony Middle School. I am writing to let you know that everything is going well at school today. There are no emergencies and the kids are safe.

I wanted to reassure you of that fact because we are getting calls from parents asking us if there is an emergency here. There is NOT.

A few students became worried when they saw a new school deputy being introduced to our deputy (SRO) this morning. It was just an introduction meeting. The student assumed it was an emergency and texted his mom. Nothing was wrong.

Another student texted his mom about threats at some schools (of which there were none but the student had heard about the non-creditable issues unrelated to our school from Wednesday) in the county.

I am writing to both thank those parents for calling us to ask about their child’s worries and to also continue to ask you to call or email me (ANYTIME) if you are ever worried about events at school.

If you and I can address any worries immediately, then we can make sure our kids feel comfortable and worry less. As long as we continue to communicate together we will help each other.

Thanks, Eric

Eric.stewart@lcps.org or 540-751-2500

 

September 12

Parents – please see updates from Harmony Staff

School Dates

Sept 12 – PTA Spirit Night @ Sweet Frog (4 PM to 8 PM)

Sept 12 – BTSN for 7th and 8th Grade Parents (7 PM to 9 PM)

Sept 13 – Fund raiser orders due

Sept 16 – Safety Practice (Fire Drill #4 and Scenario #3)

Sept 17 – MAP Assessment (see recent separate Connect Ed for details)

Sept 18 – Ping Pong Tournament (7:30 AM to 8:15 AM)

Sept 18 – MAP Assessment (see recent separate Connect Ed for details)

Sept 26 – Bus Evacuation Drill (when buses arrive in AM)

Sept 26 – “Paper Football” Tournament (7:45 AM to 8:30 AM) (moms and dads with paper football skills are welcome to attend AND participate)

Sept 27 – Bus Evacuation Drill (when buses arrive in AM)

Sept 29 – 5K Fun Run at WHS to support Mental Health / Ryan Bartel Foundation (10 AM)

Oct 1 – School Counselors present information about “Strategies to help your child with stress and anxiety” (9:15 AM)

Oct 3 – Free Throw Contest (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM)

Oct 4 – Fishing Club Meets (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM)

Oct 8 – Juggling Club Meets (7:45 AM to 8:15 AM) - all skill levels welcome

Oct 9 – Vaping and E-Cigarette Discussion with Deputy Horbatek @ Harmony MS (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)

School Information

The School Store is now open (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:20 AM to 8:50 AM).

The Parent Safety Advisory Committee met on Sept 12 and will be observing our Fire Drill #4 practice and Scenario #3 practice on Sept 16.

A map of the parking lot and PM parent pick up line is attached. Please make safety your focus as you wait and drive through the parking lot.

Help up with routines at home so your child will come to school each day with a charged Chromebook. PM bus passes are still NOT being given as the transportation department balances out bus counts and finalizes routes.

Have a great day:)

Harmony Parking Lot 2019 Map.pdf

 

September 12

Thursday, September 12 (from 4 PM to 8 PM) is the "sweetFrog" spirit night for Harmony students and staff. See attached flyer for additional information. Please help support the school. (This will be sent out September 5 and September 12)

File attachments: Harmony PTA SweetFrog Flyer.pdf

 

September 11

All -

The PTA is running a Fall fundraiser to raise money for Harmony Middle School. Check out all of the catalog products and more online @ www.ShopFund.com! Or take a look at the paper brochure and order form that was sent home with your child last week.

Our fundraiser ends this Friday, September 13.

Questions? Email HarmonyPTAfundraising@gmail.com.

Thanks for supporting our school!

PTA Board and Principal Stewart

 

September 11

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On September 17 and 18, your child will take Reading and Mathematics MAP Growth tests from NWEA on a computer or chromebook. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year). We will operate on a two-hour delay schedule with students testing during the delay window and resuming their daily classes at 10:50. September 17 will be our Mathemetics MAP testing and September 18 will be the Reading MAP testing. MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child's level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn--whether it is on, above or below their grade level. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child's learning, it is easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Each school year, Loudoun County Public School students in grades 2-8 take the MAP Growth tests in Reading and Mathematics in September, December and April/May. Following each testing period, you will be able to view your child's percentile rank and student progress report showing your child's growth, with ParentVue.

We are truly excited to focus on your child's individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit.

Please help us with reminding your child to have a fully charged Chromebook each morning when they arrive to school.

 

September 11

Parents,

This is a follow up to the email you should have recently have received from Loudoun County Public Schools about school security. As they mentioned, “According to the Sheriff’s Office, “The LCSO has found no evidence that lends credibility to any threats, but the screenshot is possibly related to a rumored threat at Broad Run High School earlier this week. That threat was determined to be non-credible.”

No threats have been made to Harmony staff or students. All students are safe and learning in their rooms and we are continuing our safety practices and mindset that we have worked to instill in the staff and students for the past several years.

As a reminder, we are having our first Parent Safety Advisory Committee meeting tomorrow morning at 8 AM in the school library that has been scheduled prior to this recent news. We welcome any parent to attend.

Please feel free to contact me via email or by phone if you have any questions. Eric Stewart (eric.stewart@lcps.org) or 540-751-2500.

 

September 9

Parents – please read this information from Central Office Student Health Services.

Our Vision and Hearing will occur Oct 1 and Oct 2 out of all resource classes. If you have questions, please call our school nurse, Kathie Mills.

Topic: Written Notification to Parents/Guardians of Vision/Hearing Screenings

Beginning the week of September 9, Student Health Services will begin conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings at your schools. These screenings are an annual requirement of the Virginia Department of Education. All students in KG, 3rd, 7th, and 10th grades, as well as any student new to LCPS will be screened. Screenings must take place within the first 60 instructional days of school.:

“The Virginia Department of Education requires public schools to conduct annual Vision and Hearing Screenings for all Kindergarten, 3rd, 7th, and 10th grade students. We also screen all students new to Loudoun County. The screenings take place within the first 60 instructional days of school. The screenings will be conducted by trained staff from Student Health Services. If your child regularly wears eye glasses or contacts, he/she should wear these during the screening. All identified referrals for a hearing or eye exam with a licensed provider will be communicated to parents/guardians upon conclusion of the screening process.”

Jeannie Kloman, BSN, RN

Supervisor of Student Health Services

 

September 6

Clubs are just beginning to meet at Harmony MS.

For info on the different opportunities, please check out our link (from our website).

https://www.lcps.org/Domain/17221

 

September 5

Thursday, September 12 (from 4 PM to 8 PM) is the "sweetFrog" spirit night for Harmony students and staff. See attached flyer for additional information. Please help support the school. (This will be sent out September 5 and September 12)

File attachments: Harmony PTA SweetFrog Flyer.pdf

 

September 5

Reminder - Friday, Sept 6, is Jersey Day at Harmony. Students and staff are encouraged to show their support of their favorite sports team.

 

September 2

Calendar dates this week:

Sept 2 – NO School

Sept 4 – Safety Drills (Fire Drill #2 and Scenario #1)

Sept 4 - Fund Raiser packets come home

Sept 5 – 3rd annual Rock Paper Scissors climate activity (in Hive Time)

Sept 5 – Back to School Night for 6th grade parents (7 PM to 9 PM)

Sept 6 – Jersey day for all staff and students

Sept 12 – BTSN for 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night Information

• Our BTSNs are geared for adults. You will visit each class for ten minutes, starting at 7:00 PM and ending at 9:10 PM.

• Please take a picture of your child’s schedule on your phone or pick up a copy in our café from 6:45 PM to 7:00 PM.

• See you soon!

 

September 2

Parents,

We have attached a PDF document containing instructions for our upcoming fund-raiser. Instructions will also be included in every packet distributed to the kids this week.

If your family would prefer to make a donation instead of fund raising, please make a check out to “Harmony MS PTA” and send it to school with your child. All donations and fund raising efforts are greatly appreciated.

As the fund-raiser rolls out, and if you have any questions, please send them to the following mailbox: HarmonyPTAfundraising@gmail.com. This email address is also included in the text of the attached PDF so that everyone has support.

Thanks – we look forward to a successful year! Please check out our website (located on the Harmony website) for additional information.

PTA Board

Summary

Sept 4 - Fund-raiser to start (information distributed out of last block).

Sept 13 - Orders due

Oct 18 - Expected delivery of items

File attachments: Believe Parent Letter.pdf

 

September 1

Parents,

The LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC) is seeking a representative from each school. Harmony does not currently have one. MSAAC is dedicated to advancing the academic, social, and cultural development of every student and to ensuring that the needs of all minority students are met.

The Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee is tasked to:

  • Advise the school system on the educational and cultural needs of minority students.
  • Cultivate an equitable educational experience for all students that will positively impact achievement.
  • Create a forum for safe and respectful communication between parents, teachers and administrators.
  • Help parents and educators collectively understand the importance of nurturing a climate of cultural sensitivity in an increasingly diverse academic and social environment.

MSAAC depends on having a delegate and alternate from each LCPS school. School delegates to MSAAC have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly MSAAC general body meetings and share the information with their home school,
  • Represent and advocate for particular needs of minority students within your home school, and
  • Comprise the body of voting MSAAC members for MSAAC board elections or bylaw amendments.

If you are interested, please contact Eric Stewart by September 3rd @ eric.stewart@lcps.org.

 

August 31

Parents,

This year Loudoun County Public Schools is celebrating its student population with an investment in diverse text collections for all K-12 English Language Arts classrooms. In describing the texts the Division of Teaching and Learning, Elementary and Secondary Reading, noted that, “Classroom and school libraries reflect our values and contribute to developing student identities; therefore, our collections must reflect and honor our student population and those around them. Access to books in the home, school, and classroom has a strong correlation with reading proficiency. Students who read more also have stronger vocabulary, background knowledge, and empathy.” Classroom libraries complement our robust school libraries.

The addition of these texts to classroom libraries is a reflection of Loudoun County Public Schools’ commitment to providing staff, students and parents with resources and opportunities for an equitable education. As Superintendent Eric Williams said in the equity statement he issued on August 19, 2019:

“LCPS is committed to providing a safe, empathetic, respectful and supportive learning environment in order to empower every student to make meaningful contributions to the world. When students and staff experience racial insults, slurs, and/or other hate speech, we lack the positive culture and climate that supports students’ growth.

LCPS calls for all students, staff, families, and other members of our community to engage in the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy, systemic racism, and hateful language and actions based on race, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability. LCPS rejects racist and other hateful behavior and language, recognizing that it encourages discrimination, hatred, oppression, and violence.

Every individual is valued in Loudoun County Public Schools. Let’s celebrate the diversity that helps define us as a school division.”

The diverse classroom libraries were created through the collaboration of LCPS teachers, librarians, administrators, and classroom book collection specialist teams trained to identify culturally responsive and diverse texts in accordance to LCPS School Board Policy 5-7 Regulation, Selection and Review of Instructional Materials. Several criteria were considered including representation, authorship, relevance to students’ lives, authentic voice, and developmental appropriateness. Information regarding the libraries can be found at this link – Diverse Book Collections.”

Questions can be referred to the LCPS Division of Teaching and Learning.

https://www.lcps.org/Page/212109

 

August 29

Parents,

The PTA at Harmony is a way to create a team of parents and teachers committed to an excellent education for all our Harmony Hornets. In the new online store, you can purchase your PTA membership, make a donation and buy in-stock items (water bottles; gym bags; car magnets; limited spirit wear t-shirts). Visit https://harmonyms.memberhub.store/.

The PTA also has an online store to find all of the different shirts & hoodies offered. This link will be open for orders until September 27th --https://prteamsales.tuosystems.com/stores/harmonymiddleschool.

Thanks for your help!

 

August 28

Parents - We wanted to update you on our morning routines so far this year.

Each morning the first few weeks of school, we are running our Hive Time bell schedule. Hive Time is sometimes also referred to as Homeroom or Advisory period.

Hive Time is Harmony’s advisory program designed to foster positive relationships between students and staff. During Hive Time, teachers and students engage in lessons, conversations, and activities that promote student success while building a positive school climate.

For the first week, our Hive Time lessons were focused on our behavioral expectations for students and positive Hornet Habits. Hive Time is meeting every day for the first three weeks of school to help support students and our work as a Wall-to-Wall Project Based Learning school.

From PBL vocabulary to reflection to collaboration strategies, the entire school is working on building common vocabulary, routines, and shared experiences to facilitate student success and deeper learning. Hive Time will meet every Monday throughout the school year to continue this work starting September 16th.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s dean or school counselor.

 

August 27

Hello Harmony Community,

We are off to a strong start for our 2019-2020 school year. Students have visited all their classes and we have all enjoyed having their energy and enthusiasm back in the building. As you are aware, one of our biggest areas of focus, in Loudoun County and at Harmony, is safety. Part of our approach to maintaining a safe environment is participation in state required emergency drills. Specifically, during the first month of school we are required to do a fire drill each week and one lockdown drill. We will be conducting those drills on the following dates:

• Fire Drill #1: 8/28

• Lockdown Drill #1: 8/29

• Fire Drill #2: 9/4

• Fire Drill #3: 9/10

• Fire Drill #4: 9/16

 

In addition to these required drills, Harmony also conducts safety discussions with students. In these discussions students are evaluating six safety scenarios and discussing appropriate responses. We will discuss the first three of these scenarios in conjunction with fire drills 2, 3, and 4. The topics for student discussions will be as follows:

• What do you do in an emergency if you have a substitute teacher?

• What do you do if you are in the cafeteria during an emergency?

• What do you do if you are in the hallway during an emergency?

 

It is our goal to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all our students. Participation in these drills and deliberate attention to preparation helps to establish and maintain that environment, even in the event of an emergency. To further this mission, we are inviting any interested parents to be a part of our Parent Safety Advisory Committee. If you would like to be a part of this committee or would like more information, please contact Eric Stewart, Principal at eric.stewart@lcps.org.

 

August 25

Parents -

Please note some school dates coming up for Harmony MS:

• Aug 28 – Safety Drill Practices – Fire Drill #1 and Emergency Response Plan

• Aug 30 – No School • Sept 2 – No School

• Sept 4 – Safety Drill Practices – Fire Drill #2 and Scenario #1

• Sept 5 – Back to School Night @ 7 PM to 9 PM (6th grade)

• Sept 6 – Pancake Breakfast for Staff

• Sept 10 – Safety Drill Practices – Fire Drill #3 and Scenario #2

• Sept 11 – PTA Meeting – 10:00 AM

• Sept 12 – PTA Spirit Night Sweet Frogs

• Sept 12 – Back to School Night @ 7 PM to 9 PM (7th and 8th grade)

• Oct 1 – Parent Coffee with School Counselors 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM (at Blue Ridge MS but with Harmony MS counselors), “Strategies to help your child with stress and anxiety”

 

August 23

Parents, Buses left today at 3:50. Have an excellent weekend.

 

August 23

Parents,

On Friday, Chromebooks were distributed to all Harmony students. If your student did not receive one on Friday, we are working diligently to ensure they have one as soon as possible.

The following are suggestions, recommendations and requirements which were also shared with the students:

1. Student names must be written on masking tape and placed on the charger cord. Lost chargers cost $20.

2. The school highly recommends that families purchase and use a Chromebook skin or hard cover. Its adds protection to the unit. To ensure proper fit, the Chromebook’s model is Lenovo 300e.

3. New this year - students are not to personalize their Chromebooks with stickers, markers, etc. or anything (except #2 above). Instead students may personalize by putting on a skin or hard cover that they purchase.

4. Please help them develop a routine at home so that the Chromebook is charged every day.

Please contact the Harmony (IT) if you have any questions - Jim Widzinski (james.widzinski@lcps.org) or JJ Jones (jj.jones@lcps.org)

 

August 22

We apologize for the delay. Buses are just leaving now (4:01 PM).

 

August 22

Loudoun County Public School is committed to reducing the amount of paperwork we send home to you. To achieve this goal we (LCPS) implemented a service called Permission Click. Forms that require your signature will be sent in an email from Permission Click notifications@permissionclick.com.

Please be sure to check your email service to ensure delivery of these messages.

Rachel Johnson

Director, Enterprise Solutions

Loudoun County Public Schools

571-252-1235 direct

CETL, CEH, Common Sense Media Certified Leader, #trustedlearning

 

August 21

Hello Parents,

We are ready to begin tomorrow and excited to see over 1,100 students. If you still have questions, please contact us today.

• This week our front doors open at 8:00 AM (it is usually 8:15 AM).

• Students will head to three locations until 8:30 AM. 6th graders will go to the gym. 7th graders will go to the café. 8th graders will go to the auditorium.

• For the first few weeks of school, students will begin in a 30 minute Advisory (8:50 AM to 9:20 AM) to review school expectations.

• After Advisory they will follow their regular schedule.

• Bell schedules are listed on our website (left side under bell schedule).

• The dismissal bell rings at 3:38 PM. At that time all bus riders and car riders will be dismissed.

• Bus riders – students will exit the front of the building where the buses are and head to their bus. An attached map shows the location of the buses. Note the bus lanes (listed 1 to 9). This will help them find their bus location. Please use the map to help your child picture where to find their bus (left side, lane 2, #814, for example). Note - Bus 172 is the bus to Blue Ridge MS for the YAS program.

• Car riders – students will exit the side of the building and meet parents where the car parking lot is. Lines for pick up are normally long. Please make a plan with your child and have him/her wait until you pull up to the side. (A map of the pick up line is also attached.)

• If your child needs extra assistance, please email or contact the dean or counselor in that grade to make specific arrangements.

• Here is a link to our website and contact information https://www.lcps.org/harmony.

• See you tomorrow.

File attachments:

Harmony Bus Line Up 2019.pdf

Harmony Parent PM Pick Up Map.pdf

 

August 16

Hello,

Please read below for final details about Monday's schedule give away for 7th / 8th graders.

  • As is our tradition, students and parents can pick up schedules and set up their lockers between 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM on Monday, August 19th.
  • Parents/Students – to help with crowd size, plan on the following (depends on what your child’s last name starts with)…
  • Last Name A-F, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:30 PM
  • Last Name G-L, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:50 PM
  • Last Name M-R, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:15 PM
  • Last Name S-Z, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:45 PM
  • The school will close at 4:30 PM Monday and due to staff in-services, we do not allow students back in until the first day of school (AUG 22).
  • If you cannot come on the 19th, contact a neighbor and ask them to pick it up. Please send written permission. Or check out the schedule in ParentVUE.
  • (Please plan ahead - Due to teacher activities on August 20-21, we do not allow students back to set up lockers.)

 

August 16

Monday (AUG 19) is our 6th grade orientation. Students will start in the gym at 8 AM and are finished by 11:30 AM. The principal is giving a Parent Orientation in the auditorium from 11:00 to 11:30.

6th graders will tour the school, meet new firends, see where their classes are, particpate in several activities, and will then meet you at the below locations at 11:30.

Last Name A - G = meet parents in the locker area, H - O = meet parents in the gym, P - Z = meet parents in the cafe.

At 11:30, you can help set up your child's locker OR return at the times below when there are less people.

  • As is our tradition, 6th grade students and parents can also pick up schedules and set up their lockers between 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM on Monday, August 19th.
  • Parents/Students – to help with crowd size, plan on the following (depends on what your child’s last name starts with)…
  • Last Name A – F, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:30 PM
  • Last Name G – L, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:50 PM
  • Last Name M - R, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:15 PM
  • Last Name S – Z, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:45 PM
  • The school will close at 4:30 PM Monday and due to staff in-services, we do not allow students back in until the first day of school (AUG 22).
  • If you cannot come on the 19th, contact a neighbor and ask them to pick it up. Please send written permission. Or check out the schedule in ParentVUE.
  • (Please plan ahead - Due to teacher activities on August 20-21, we do not allow students back to up lockers.)

 

August 15

This message only applies to parents of students with special needs.

 

Parents,

 

I hope this email finds you ready to get back into the swing of another great school year. We look forward to welcoming all of our students back soon.

 

In the next few days, you will hear from your child's case manager. In the meantime, we would like to offer you the chance to come in for a Case Manager Meet and Greet on Wednesday, August 21st. Please call the Harmony main office at 540-751-2500 to schedule a time slot for this Meet and Greet.

 

Kristen Hepner

Assistant Principal

Harmony Middle School

540-751-2500

 

August 13

Harmony Parents,

 

You may have received an email from a Peter Whitaker about Google Classroom. He is an LCPS employee in the technology services department and the email will allow you to receive weekly updates from Google classroom. You may accept the invitation. You can also expect to receive invitations from each of your child’s teachers.

 

If you questions, please contact our school technology coordinator, Mrs. JJ Jones (jj.jones@lcps.org)

 

August 13

Harmony Parents,

 

On August 10th, LCPS will be resetting all student passwords back to a default.  This process helps with a smooth start to the school year by ensuring that all students start the year with a known password. This year, to fully align with LCPS regulations and to teach appropriate digital citizenship and safety skills, the format of the default password will be different than in previous years and LCPS will require a strong password for students in grades 2 – 12.  The format is identified below.

 

When will the reset happen?

On Saturday, August 10th, Loudoun County Public Schools will reset all student passwords to ensure students have access to view their schedule and bus route in StudentVue prior to the start of school.  If a student does not change their password, their account will be set to force a password change on the next login, starting after 6 a.m. on Friday, September 6th.

 

What will be the new password format?

The passwords will be reset to the following formats:

 

  • Students in grades K-1 = four-digit birthday, with the first two digits representing the month, and the last two digits representing the day (MMDD)
  • Students in grades 2-12 = LCPS-MMDDYY where the last six-digits are the birthday with the first two digits representing the month, the next two digits representing the day, and the last two digits representing the year (MMDDYY)

 

What do families need to know?

For students in grades K-1,  no action is needed – Students may continue to use their default password to access LCPS accounts.

 

Students in grades 2-12, after passwords are reset on August 10thMUST login to LCPSGO (go.lcps.org) and change their password to a strong password prior to the start of school on Thursday, August 22nd.  To change their passwords, students:

  1. MUST login to LCPSGO (go.lcps.org)
  2. Navigate to the My Profile screen using the down arrow at the top right of the page
  3. Click the Reset Password button towards the bottom of the General page
  4. Enter their default password (LCPS-MMDDYY) in the old password field. This is the letters LCPS, then a hyphen, then their six-digit birthdate.
  5. Enter a strong new password twice in the new and confirm fields.
  6. Click Submit

 

What is a strong password?

All School Division employees, contractors, vendors, agents, and students (exclusive of grades PK-1 and special exceptions) are required to use strong passwords.  Strong passwords have the following characteristics:

  1. Contain both upper and lower case alpha characters
  2. Have digits, punctuation, and special characters (e.g., 0-9, !@#$%^&*()-+{}[]?.<>,/)
  3. Contain at least eight characters including alpha, numeric, and special characters

Passwords should never be shared or stored in an unsecure manner and families should consider using a passphrase similar to LCPSR0ck$1 to create a secure password.

 

August 6

7th and 8th Grade Parents (This email will be sent July 9 and August 6) - 

Monday (AUG 19) is the 7th and 8th Grade Schedule Give Away. A few details are below.

  • As is our tradition, students and parents can pick up schedules and set up their lockers between 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM on Monday, August 19th.
  • Parents/Students – to help with crowd size, plan on the following (depends on what your child’s last name starts with)…
  • Last Name A-F, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:30 PM
  • Last Name G-L, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:50 PM
  • Last Name M-R, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:15 PM
  • Last Name S-Z, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:45 PM
  • The school will close at 4:30 PM Monday and due to staff in-services, we do not allow students back in until the first day of school (AUG 22).
  • If you cannot come on the 19th, contact a neighbor and ask them to pick it up. Please send written permission. Or check out the schedule in ParentVUE.
  • (Please plan ahead - Due to teacher activities on August 20-21, we do not allow students back to set up lockers.) 

Happy summer! We are pleased to share our Annual Report with you. It is on our website in two locations (https://www.lcps.org/harmony) (We will be sending more emails soon with August dates and other information)

 

August 1

Parents,

Some Important Dates Below:

Aug 14 – Teachers Return

Aug 16 – WEB Training (for selected 8th graders, 8:30 to 12:30)

Aug 19 – 6th Grade Orientation (for all 6th graders, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM – starts in the GYM)

Aug 19 – 6th Grade Parent Orientation (11:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the auditorium with principal Stewart)

Aug 19 – 7th and 8th Grade Schedule Give Away (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM - see website and previous emails for specific times)

Aug 22 – First Day of School (Front doors open at 8:15 AM / School starts at 8:50 AM)

Sept 5 – 6th grade Back to School Night (7 PM to 9 PM)

Sept 12 – 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night (7 PM to 9 PM)

 

July 11

Parents,

Some Important Dates Below:

Aug 14 – Teachers Return

Aug 16 – WEB Training (for selected 8th graders, 8:30 to 12:30)

Aug 19 – 6th Grade Orientation (for all 6th graders, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM – starts in the GYM)

Aug 19 – 6th Grade Parent Orientation (11:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the auditorium with principal Stewart)

Aug 19 – 7th and 8th Grade Schedule Give Away (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM - see website and previous emails for specific times)

Aug 22 – First Day of School (Front doors open at 8:15 AM / School starts at 8:50 AM)

Sept 5 – 6th grade Back to School Night (7 PM to 9 PM)

Sept 12 – 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night (7 PM to 9 PM)

 

July 10

6th Grade Parents,

This is principal Eric Stewart and it is my pleasure to send you greetings and information from Harmony Middle. Hopefully we have already met through older children or last winter's Parent Orientation meetings. If not, welcome!

This email includes school news and other information we hope you find useful. Please contact me with any questions.

  • Our website (https://www.lcps.org/harmony) is a very good source of information. We currently have a Rising 6th Grade Information tab to help you with any questions.  It has my presentation to 6th grade parents from February and we have since added videos created by last year’s WHS seniors.
  • The website has our Daily News from the morning announcements so you can get an idea of what we did.
  • It also has a Hornets Need to Know tab that shows all of our emails to parents last year.
  • Both give you an idea of most things that happened at school last year. In it, you will find information about Safety, Climate, and Instruction.
  • You can also check out the School Supply List, our Annual Report, and New Student registration information.
  • Finally, if you haven’t seen it, there is a video created by one of our students, that shows the work our students have and will be doing with project experiences in 2019-2020 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/reftaftqdi4dqwb/1080p.mov?dl=0)
  • We look forward to your children attending school here.  As always, please email me with any questions or concerns. (eric.stewart@lcps.org)

 

July 9

7th and 8th Grade Parents (This email will be sent July 9 and August 6) - 

Monday (AUG 19) is the 7th and 8th Grade Schedule Give Away. A few details are below.

  • As is our tradition, students and parents can pick up schedules and set up their lockers between 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM on Monday, August 19th.
  • Parents/Students – to help with crowd size, plan on the following (depends on what your child’s last name starts with)…
  • Last Name A-F, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:30 PM
  • Last Name G-L, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 2:50 PM
  • Last Name M-R, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:15 PM
  • Last Name S-Z, set up your locker with your parent(s) starting at 3:45 PM
  • The school will close at 4:30 PM Monday and due to staff in-services, we do not allow students back in until the first day of school (AUG 22).
  • If you cannot come on the 19th, contact a neighbor and ask them to pick it up. Please send written permission. Or check out the schedule in ParentVUE.
  • (Please plan ahead - Due to teacher activities on August 20-21, we do not allow students back to set up lockers.) 

Happy summer! We are pleased to share our Annual Report with you. It is on our website in two locations (https://www.lcps.org/harmony) (We will be sending more emails soon with August dates and other information)