Hello Harmony / Garfield County Families,
We hope you are having a great school year.
This is our touchpoint email, and you will receive one every month. Look for it because it will contain pertinent links, important dates and other information to keep you fully informed. Be sure to add this email address to your contact list so that you never miss one.
In this Touchpoint:
- Flex Submission Dates
- Portfolio Submissions for 3rd Quarter
- Resource Orders
- Get Social
A great place to stay up-to-date on important dates is the calendar found on the parent dashboard. Here you’ll find information such as Flex submission dates, testing dates, school dates, etc.
Click here for the official Garfield County School District calendar for the 2021-22 school year.
Upcoming School Dates:
March 18: End of 3rd quarter
April 11-15: Spring Break – No School
Because student progress and attendance is an important part of our program, Garfield County School District partnered with Harmony Educational Services has implemented a new progress and attendance policy. This policy will help parents and students to stay on track and keep up with attendance.
Each week your mentor will be reviewing student progress and grades, so it is important that your child stays current with coursework, including Flex and/or Portfolio submissions and online coursework. Student progress and attendance will be determined using the information below.
IF the student’s most recent grades (compared to the previous week’s grades) are:
- 5% or higher in at least one class = 0 absences
- 4% in at least one class = 1 absence
- 3% in at least on class = 2 absences
- 2% in at least one class = 3 absences
- 1% in at least one class = 4 absences
IF student’s grades are the same from the previous week’s grades, we look at the most recent grades:
- If all core classes are 70% or above = 0 absences
- If 3 core classes are 70% or above = 1 absence
- If 2 core classes are 70% or above = 2 absences
- If 1 core class is 70% or above = 3 absences
- If 0 core classes are 70% or above = 4 absences
Students who stay on pace and get good grades will be considered on pace with full attendance. If your child gets behind, you can contact your mentor to discuss a plan for catching up. Absences can be excused. If your student is sick or you will be out of town, please let us know so those can be excused.
Mentors will be contacting students after 4 absences to assist with a plan and to help the student get back on track. Students who are behind in pacing and attendance will receive their first truancy notice after 7 days of absences with no attempt to plan with the mentor and get back on track. After the 9th absence, students will be given a 2nd truancy notice and may be dropped from the program.
If you have questions about submissions for Flex or Portfolio courses or about the pacing guide for online courses, please contact your mentor. We are here to help your children have a wonderful educational experience.
Flex Submission Dates
Here are the Flex Direct and Flex Independent submission dates for the 3rd & 4th quarters. Be sure to submit your students’ worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.
March 18 – (No Kindergarten Submission)
April 1 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
April 22 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
May 6 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
May 20 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
Flex worksheets for Kindergarten courses have been updated as follows:
- Kindergarten Language Arts: 16 total worksheets for the year
- Kindergarten Math: 16 total worksheets for the year
- Kindergarten Science: 8 worksheets for the year
Please note which Kindergarten worksheets will be submitted for each date.
To find helpful information about Flex Direct or Flex Independent courses, log into the Family Resource Center and go to the Curriculum Orientation. From the sidebar menu in the Flex Direct and Flex Independent sections, you’ll find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video.
Portfolio Submissions for 3rd Quarter
For Harmony Portfolio courses, the 3rd quarter portfolio submissions are due on Mar 4. All portfolios need to be submitted no later than Dec. 16 to give the teachers time to review and grade them before the end of the quarter.
The guidelines for portfolios are as follows:
- 5-8 portfolio items per subject.
- Items need to show student work, and examples could include worksheets, reports, tests/quizzes, science projects, etc. Remember that portfolio Items need to be the student’s actual work, not a learning log or description of what the student has been doing.
- Portfolio items need to be grade-level work.
- Portfolio items need to demonstrate student work over the course of 2 months.
Resource ordering is closed for the school year. If you still have funds to use you will need to use reimbursement.
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We wish you a wonderful school year!
Brianna Webster, Garfield Account Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Denise Glines, Accommodations Specialist (email@example.com)
Heather Taylor, Mentor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shelby Van Buren, Mentor (email@example.com)