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Mother's Day Message from Principal



Happy Mother's Day

A mother’s love for her child is universal. The world over all, mothers want the same things for their children. Or do they?
If I were to ask you, what are your hopes and dreams for your child, I am pretty certain I would get similar responses. Fulfilling lives, joy, happiness, to love and be loved, healthy minds and bodies, success in school and career.

Mother’s Day is a chance for children everywhere to acknowledge their mother’s love and sacrifices. We are privileged to have the opportunity to give flowers, chocolates or some favorite treat. In the developing world children will have no such opportunities to acknowledge their mothers. Most are already working to supplement the family income, sharing the burden of heavy chores and working in fields or factories instead of attending school. The way these children can best honor their mothers is to gain access to the education that so many are denied and do their best. Their ticket to a better life is education.

This year as we honor our mothers, we also honor the time our mothers have dedicated to preparing our students for success. We know that, like all of us at SST-Excellence, you are committed to your child's education.This commitment is evident in all that he/she achieves daily.
We thank you and wish you a happy mother's day

Best,
Mehmet Okumus, Principal


STAAR Test is Approaching in 7 days!

We will be administering STAAR on the days of May 14-16. Please make all necessary arrangements to ensure that your child we be present and on time at school on their test dates.

May 14th, Monday: STAAR Math for grades 3rd and 4th graders/Re-test for 5th graders.

May 15th, Tuesday: STAAR Reading for grades 3rd and 4th graders/ re-test for 5th graders.

May 16th, Wednesday: STAAR Science for 5th grade

Prepare your child for the STAAR test with these simple tips!

We, teachers and administrators, are working really hard to prepare all of our students to be successful. Please ensure your child is studying and resting at home to aid them with their tests.
Here are some advices about testing!
The Night Before the Testing
·Visualization: Have a conversation with your child about what the day will look like.
·Get a good night's sleep. Kids need a full 8 hours of sleep.
·Self-Talk: give your child a few phrases that can motivate him/her "I just need to do my best!" "I can do it." "Stay cool."
·Answer any fears or questions your child might have.
·Prepare your child’s snacks, pencils, clothes, etc. the night before.
· Remind your student to remain focused and no talking/playing during the test
On STAAR Testing Day
·Eat a good, healthy breakfast.
·Do relaxing activities like taking deep breaths, tensing muscles and then relaxing them, talking about something unrelated to STAAR.
·Arrive early to school. (Testing will start ASAP)
·Please leave cell phones, backpacks, hand-held games, and electronic watches at home.
·Wear layers so your child is comfortable in any temperature.
·Remain calm and positive.


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.

#ThankATeacher
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher with us!

Teachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, we would like to show our thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. – VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER.
Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.
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A Message from the Principal

Cinco De Mayo Program,
Here at SST- Excellence we desire to educate our student body in the beauty of diversity. We seek for each of our students, staff, and faculty members to practice inclusivity, tolerance and acceptance for all cultures, traditions and ethnic or national backgrounds. It is for this reason that we encourage the celebration of holidays like Cinco De Mayo, it is an opportunity to remind them that human beings, no matter how different, are deserving of compassion and understanding.
I would like to thank all the parents and teachers who worked so diligently to create this program.

Best,
Mehmet Okumus

Enjoy this video from the program


SST Excellence accepting new applications for 2018-2019

Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers,

We cannot believe that we are starting for our next year’s enrollment.

We currently are accepting new applications for new students for PK thru 6th grades. If your child knows anyone who would be interested in attending SST Excellence, have him or her fill out the online application.

Below you can find the link for the online application. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Fuerte (registrar) at kfuerte@ssttx.org or call (832)-672-6671

Please click "Apply Online 2018-2019" link at the right side.


Results Are In



Hooray Lions!! Good Job 5th graders!
SST excellence 5th grade students rocked the STAAR test, with a 92% passing rate in reading and a 78% passing rate in mathematics.
We are incredibly proud of our students, and are dedicated to ensuring that we maintain a 100% passing rate in the near future.

Special thanks goes to our 5th grade ELA/SS teacher Ms. Gamez and 5th grade Math/Science teacher Ms. Reich.

5th grade parents, please contact your teachers for the details!
As always, SST Lions! Rock'n RoooooaaaaaR!!!!!


Whole Kids Foundation.

This year SST- Excellence partnered with the whole kids foundation in order to grow a campus vegetable garden. Through this partnership our students have been able to apply knowledge and principles to real life situations, while also becoming inspired to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into their diets.

Take a look at this quick video, and see how our students use our campus vegetable garden to approach both science and mathematics!


Family Science Night

Kids love to share what they are learning in science with their parents, and they love making new discoveries with their families. Because of this we felt inspired to host a family science night ,to encourage kids and their families to do hands-on science together. We enjoyed hands-on science stations with our parents and teachers to explore the magic of science using everyday products. Take a look!


ABC COUNTDOWN SCHEDULE

Starting Wednesday, April 25th , the entire school will be invited to follow along with an ABC countdown. Each school day will commerate a different letter of the alphabet. Students are asked to follow along with the schedule of events located below.
Use this chart to ABC countdown to the final day of the school year. Each letter coincides with a different event. Print out this schedule and follow the Lion ABC's !

A 25-Apr Wed~ Animal (Have fun during dear by bringing a stuffed animal to read with!)

B 26-Apr Thurs~ Book (Bring your favorite book to read during dear. Share it with your teachers and friends, maybe they will like it too!)

C 27-Apr Fri ~ Crazy socks ( Wear your craziest socks!)

D 30-Apr Mon ~Dance (Mondays are hard, lets dance it out in class when the morning announcements come on! Be ready to dance!)

E 1-May Tues ~Eat (Eat lunch with your class outside. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on.)

F 2-May Wed ~Flashlight (Total blackout during DEAR! Bring your flashlight to read your book.)

G 3-May Thurs ~Green (Get geared up for summer, wear a green shirt!)

H 4-May Fri ~Hat (Wear a hat Hang on to your hats, summer is almost here. Wear a hat to school.)

I 7-May Mon ~"Independence Day" (Celebate the best summer holiday early. Wear red, white, and blue.)

J 8-May Tues ~Joke (Start the day laughing. Find a friend and share a joke before the morning announcements.)

K 9-May Wed ~Kindness (End the school year with kindness in your heart. Come up with a way you can be kind every day.)

L 10-May Thurs ~Letter (Make someone's day. Write them a just because letter.)

M 11-May Fri ~Mismatch (- wear mismatched clothes Wear mismatched clothes to celebrate a lazy summer day coming soon!)

N 14-May Mon~ Necklace (Fancy Necklace day Wear a fancy necklace for summer.)

O 15-May Tues ~Orange (Orange you excited for summer? Wear an orange shirt!)

P 16-May Wed ~Purple (Please be safe this summer! Wear a purple shirt.)

Q 17-May Thurs ~Quiz (Bring the hardest questions you have for your teacher or Admin. See if you can stump them.)

R 18-May Fri ~Rainbow (Wear as many colors as you can!)

S 21-May Mon ~Summer (Birthdays Recognize those often missed summer birthdays. Sing a song and share a treat!)

T 22-May Tues ~Thank you day (Let your teachers and admin know you will be thinking of them over summer. Write a thank you letter to someone who helped you this year.)

U 23-May Wed ~Uniform (Wear a sports shirt or a jersey.)

V 24-May Thurs ~Video (Start the day off with a fun video.)

W 25-May Fri ~Walk (Take a walk around the parking lot as a class.)

X 29-May Tues ~X & O day (Summer is fun and games. Play tic tac toe.)

Y 30-May Wed ~Yee-Haw! (Giddy up for summer. Dress like a cowboy/cowgirl)

Z 31-May Thurs ~Zoom out (Dress like a superhero and get ready to zoom into summer.)


STAAR TEST

STAAR TEST! REAL ONES for 4th and 5th Graders. NEXT WEEK!
MOCK STAAR TEST for 3rd and 4th Graders! NEXT WEEK!
4th and 5th graders will be taking REAL STAAR test and 3rd and 4th graders will take the MOCK STAAR tests on the following dates.

April 10, Wednesday: Real STAAR: Math Grade 5 and Writing Grade 4
Mock STAAR: Math Grade 3

April 11, Thursday: Real STAAR: Reading Grade 5
Mock STAAR: Reading Grade 3 and Math Grade 4

Students must pass the STAAR test in order to be promoted next grade level.
After school tutorials and club activities for the week of April 9 and April 13 will be cancelled.


Order Your Yearbook Today!

Don’t miss out on ordering your SST-Excellence 2017-2018 yearbook. All yearbooks will be hardcover with full color photo pages, including an autograph page for friends and teachers to sign.
Please see your homeroom teachers to buy your yearbook.
For limited time only! $25


Tips for STAAR TEST!

REAL STAAR for 4th and 5th graders is next week!
We, teachers and administrators, are working really hard to prepare all of our students to be successful. Please ensure your child is studying and resting at home to aid them with their tests.
Here are some advices about testing!
The Night Before the Testing
·Visualization: Have a conversation with your child about what the day will look like.
·Get a good night's sleep. Kids need a full 8 hours of sleep.
·Self-Talk: give your child a few phrases that can motivate him/her "I just need to do my best!" "I can do it." "Stay cool."
·Answer any fears or questions your child might have.
·Prepare your child’s snacks, pencils, clothes, etc. the night before.
· Remind your student to remain focused and no talking/playing during the test
On STAAR Testing Day
·Eat a good, healthy breakfast.
·Do relaxing activities like taking deep breaths, tensing muscles and then relaxing them, talking about something unrelated to STAAR.
·Arrive early to school. (Testing will start ASAP)
·Please leave cell phones, backpacks, hand-held games, and electronic watches at home.
·Wear layers so your child is comfortable in any temperature.
·Remain calm and positive.


New Bell Schedule

SST Excellence have flexibility with holding make-up days and will make up all of the time lost. In order to make up the time lost, administration has agreed to start instructional time at 7:40 A.M. and dismiss at 3:15 P.M starting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and ending on May 31, 2018. Parents, please make sure your child is here for breakfast; breakfast will start at 7:15 A.M and end at 7:38 A.M. Students will not be allowed to get breakfast after 7:38 A.M. Students will be considered tardy at 7:41 A.M. The next two months will be busy for our classrooms, but for now, rest assured that our students will get back on track when it comes to learning this semester.
Thank you so much for your cooperation.


Homeroom Weekly Reading Competition!

Every Friday homeroom teachers will record the number of books that all students read in the homeroom class. Parents and guardians, please read with your child at home at least 20 minutes!

Here are the Reading Awards
for the month of March:
1st place winner:Free dress pass+pizza party
2nd place winner:ice cream party
3rd place winner:pizza party
4th place winner:free dress day


WEDNESDAY MAIL


Dear SST Excellence Parents,
Wednesday mails folder is up and running. Please click the wednesday folder link at the left side.


Invitation to District Improvement Plan

Dear Parents,

You are invited to attend and participate in our District Needs Assessment Amendments for District Improvement Plan. As you all know we have campuses in Corpus Christi, Houston, and San Antonio. To give other district parents an opportunity to attend in person, we will hold this 3rd meeting in Houston.

Date: 2/13/2018
Location: 330 North Sam Houston PKWY E Houston, Texas 77060
Time: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

*****Please note this meeting is for District Needs Assessment, based on data collected, and not a forum for complaint of personal concerns. If you have personal concerns we kindly ask you to meet with your campus principal. If you need further assistance at the end, please write you concerns/issue on paper or email them, so we can see if it fits in agenda of DNA. We are happy to oblige you and point you in right direction of whom you can address personal concerns with.*****

We hope to see you there, please let your campus know if you will attend by 2/12/18 so we can prepare room.

Thank you all for your support and efforts to improve our Districts as we grow.

Sincerely,
SST-Excellence Administration


Bad weather make up day!

Dear Parents & Guardians:
In order to minimize the impacts of the latest school closure and to make up for the lost time of instruction, SST Administration decided to forego the previously scheduled Staff Development / Student Holiday / Bad Weather Make Up Day on Monday, February 19.
This day will now be used as a day of learning, as we are committed to doing everything we can to support students and their instruction in what has already been a challenging academic year.
Monday, February 19th will now be a makeup day for SST Excellence due to the ice storm the week of January 15th.
Thank you for your cooperation.


Black History Month Door Decoration Contest!

We will be having a black history door decorating contest starting tomorrow February 6, 2018 and ending on Monday, February 12, 2018 (Doors will be judged on this day). The door must include: a picture of the person, quotes and/ or invention. Be creative and have fun! Here are some important personalities: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriett Tubman, Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, Barack Obama, Katherine Johnson, Fredrick Douglas, Ruby Bridges, Madame CJ Walker, Malcolm X


Candy Grams

K thru 2nd graders will be having a candy gram fundraiser for all of the students to raise money for K-2 field trips! Candy gram is on SALE starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 thru February 14, 2018. Candy grams are 25 cents and they may be sent to any student, parent, teacher, and/ or friend.


Skyward Parent Access

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
As you know, this year we are using Skyward, a student information system. One of its key features, Skyward’s Family Access, will assist our SST schools in maintaining an open line of communication between the school and home. With Skyward's Family Access, students and parents can log in to view attendance, grades, schedules, discipline, health, and calendars.

To learn more about Skyward, please visit their website: https://www.skyward.com/k-12 . An email was sent to you to create an account that will give you access your student’s account. Once you have created an account, please take a moment to log into it and check your student information for accuracy and add any missing information.

Since Skyward is a new database, if there are any technical or scheduling problems, we ask for understanding and patience from our parents and students.If you still do not have an account on Skyward, please email kfuerte@ssttx.org with the subject "Skyward Family Access", student's name, parent's name, and grade level of your child.Once your identity has been verified, you will be sent a new email with instructions for accessing your student's account.

Login: here


Re-enroll for next year.

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Our re-enrollment period will start Friday, December 1, 2017 and end on Friday, January 12, 2018. You have 2 options on how to submit your application for re-enrollment.
Option #1: Online Submission
The online link for the Application for Re-enrollment will be active on Friday, December 1st. Go to your Family Access through Skyward and fill out the Re-Enrollment Online Form. You will have the option to upload your proof of residency online or submit it to the school’s registrar. You will receive a confirmation email that your application for re-enrollment has been received if a valid email address was provided. If you do not intent on re-enrolling your child to campus for the 2018-2019 school year, please indicate this on the form.
Option #2: In-Person Submission
Enclosed you will find a 2018-2019 an Application for Re-enrollment. Please complete the form and submit it to your school’s registrar with your current proof of residency. You will receive a confirmation receipt from the registrar that the school has received your application for re-enrollment. If you do not intend on re-enrolling your child at School of Science & Technology Excellence for the 2018-2019 school year, please fill out the bottom portion of the form and submit it to the school’s registrar.
Proof of Residency:
A proof of residency can be a utility bill, cell phone bill, lease agreement, etc. (a complete list of proof of residency can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook on page 11). Please note that your proof of residency must have a physical residential address on it, no P.O. Boxes will be accepted.
Important Notice:
The due date to submit your application for re-enrollment is Friday, January 12th. If we do not receive your application for re-enrollment by the due date, your child will lose his or her spot at the school. Re-enrollment forms received after Friday, January 12th will not be accepted. Late applicants for re-enrollment will need to reapply and go through the regular enrollment application process and lottery.
Thank you for your continuous support for Harmony Public Schools. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (832) 672-6671
Sincerely,
Mehmet Okumus


New Lunch System

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

We are very pleased to announce that we will be using a new innovative information system starting this school year, 2017-2018.
The second system, SchoolCafé, will connect families to the school’s meal program. Parents can apply for free and reduced meal benefits and manage their student’s meal account in SchoolCafé

*Applications will be available online Friday Aug 18th*

Click for more information
School Café Eligibility Walkthrough for Parents-Video


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at 210 530 8366 located at 4241 Woodcock Dr. #206, San Antonio, TX 78228.

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