Hello Harmony / Iron County Families,

Welcome back, we hope you had an amazing break and were able to do some fun things. As a new semester starts 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 mentors to create a new pacing guide.

In this Touchpoint:

  • Calendars 
  • Testing
  • Important: Iron Homeroom / Attendance
  • Flex Submission Dates
  • Portfolio Submissions for 3rd Quarter
  • Spotlight: Study Island
  • Ordering
  • 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 Iron County School District calendar for the 2023-24 school year.

Upcoming School Dates:
Feb 19: President’s Day (No School)
Mar 13-15: Teacher Prep Day (No School)

Middle-of-Year Acadience testing is still happening. If you tested at the beginning of the year, please reach out to your mentor to get that scheduled and done as soon as possible. We have a lot of students to test and want to make sure we have time for everyone.

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

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

Flex Submission Dates
Here are the Flex Direct and Flex Independent submission dates for the 2nd semester. Be sure to submit your student’s worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.

Elementary & Middle School
January 5 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
January 19 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
February 2 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
February 16 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
March 1 – (No Kindergarten Submission)
March 15 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
April 12 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
April 26 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
May 10 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)

High School Electives
Jan 12
Jan 26
Feb 2 (For Courses with 12 Worksheets Only)
Feb 9
Feb 23
Mar 8
Mar 22
Mar 29 (For Courses with 12 Worksheets Only)
Apr 12
Apr 19
Apr 26 (For Courses with 12 Worksheets Only)
May 3  

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 3rd Quarter
All portfolios need to be submitted no later than May 21st 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: Study Island
Did you know that Harmony provides Study Island accounts to all students? Study Island provides K–12 practice and standards mastery in language arts, math, science, and social studies. It will help improve your child’s proficiency and retention in these key subjects. This program also provides test prep for year-end state assessments.

While Study Island is a beneficial program for all students, for students with Flex or Portfolio courses, Study Island may be used as a part of the student’s curriculum.

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.

Resource Orders
Ordering will be open until January 31st so make sure to get all your resource orders in by then for them to be processed. Reimbursements will be open until the end of May.

Second semester ordering period is Dec 1 – Jan 31.

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 January.

Brianna Webster, Iron Account Manager (bwebster@harmonyed.com)
Denise Glines, Paraeducator (dglines@harmonyed.com)
Amanda Hernandez, Mentor (ahernandez@harmonyed.com)
Gwen Adams, Mentor (gadams@harmonyed.com)
Hannah Keller, Mentor (hkeller@harmonyed.com)
Melanie Ornelas, Mentor (mornelas@harmonyed.com)
Tammy Henderson, Mentor (thenderson@harmonyed.com)
Tegan Sides, Mentor (tsides@harmonyed.com)
Ranya Williams, High School Mentor (rwilliams@harmonyed.com)
Stacey Snow, Mentor (ssnow@harmonyed.com)