Hello Harmony / Garfield County Families,

Welcome back! We hope you had an amazing break and were able to do some fun things. A new semester starts soon and it is a great time to make sure everything is turned in on time. If you have online courses you can reach out to your mentor to create a new pacing guide.

In this Touchpoint:

  • Calendars
  • Important: Garfield Homeroom / Attendance
  • Re-enrollment 2024-25
  • Prep for Rise Testing
  • Flex Submission Dates
  • Portfolio Submissions for 1st Quarter
  • Spotlight: Spelling Stars
  • Ordering
  • Garfield County Contact Information
  • 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 2023-24 school year.

Upcoming School Dates:
Feb 19: President’s Day  (No School)
Feb 20: Prof Dev (No School)
Mar 18: Prof Dev (No School)

Important: Garfield Homeroom / Attendance
Be sure to have your child respond to the weekly discussion post in the Garfield Homeroom in Canvas. The questions are posted each Friday, and you have until the following Friday to answer them. Responding each week provides Garfield County School District with a weekly “attendance log” and helps them have a connection with students. This is an important part of your child’s attendance with Garfield County.

If you have any questions about the weekly Homeroom questions, please contact your mentor.

Re-enrollment 2024-25
Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year has begun. You should have received an email with instructions on how to re-enroll. If you haven’t received one, please check your spam folder or reach out to your mentor for help. If you have younger children or friends who would like to enroll, you can complete a new student application now. We look forward to working with your family for the new school year!

Prep for Rise Testing
For all students who are taking the Rise test for end of year testing, letters with details on times and locations have all been sent out. If you haven’t received one please reach out to your mentor for details.

To help your student’s prep for the tests we have a few resources below.
This is a practice test from the state that your students can go over.

Another great resource is Study Island. You should have received the login information about this at the beginning of the year.

Flex Submission Dates
Here are the Flex Direct and Flex Independent submission dates for the 1st semester. Be sure to submit your student’s worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.

2nd Quarter
February 9 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
February 23 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
March 1 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
March 15 – (No Kindergarten Submission)
March 29 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
April 12 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
April 26 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
May 10 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)

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 will find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video. 

Portfolio Submissions for 2nd Quarter
All portfolios need to be submitted no later than March 22nd to give the teachers time to review and grade them.

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.

Spotlight: Spelling Stars
Did you know that Harmony provides Spelling Stars accounts to all students? Students use the games to learn to spell in an easy and motivating way. Games include some classics like Fill in the Blank, Mouse Maze, and Word Search, as well as some fun unique games like Crazy Fish and Bink Bonk. 

You are encouraged to use this program with your children as best meets their needs. There are no expected number of activities, and students are not required to use this program.

A new Spelling Stars section has been added to Harmony’s Curriculum Orientation, and you can find it here.

Resource Orders
Resource ordering is now closed. If you placed an order before January 31st it will be completed. Reimbursements will be open until the end of May.

Second semester ordering period is Dec 1 – Jan 31.

Garfield County Contact Information
Here is the contact information for Garfield County Online.

Sarah Oyler, Admin & 5th-6th Grade Teacher
Email: sarah.oyler@garfk12.org
Phone: 435-633-3365

Danette Verde, Administrative Assistant
Email: danette.verde@garfk12.org
Phone: 435-676-1307

Brittney Dodds, Kindergarten Teacher
Email: brittney.dodds@garfk12.org

Taylor Steed, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Email: taylor.steed@garfk12.org

Kimberly Blood, 3rd Grade Teacher
Email: kimberly.blood@garfk12.org

Diona Jones, 4th Grade Teacher
Email: diona.jones@garfk12.org

Get Social
Are you part of our growing community of Harmony parents?  If not, please join us and get social. It’s a great place to share what is working with your family, ask questions of other parents, and receive updates on Harmony activities. 

Have a great and warm February.

Brianna Webster, Garfield Account Manager (bwebster@harmonyed.com)
Denise Glines, Paraeducator (dglines@harmonyed.com)
Andrea Medler, Mentor (amedler@harmonyed.com)
Erica Finneman, Mentor (efinneman@harmonyed.com)
Hope Dalsing, Mentor (hdalsing@harmonyed.com)
Tegan Sides, Mentor (tsides@harmonyed.com)