Harmon Elementary School

1861 Gantz Road | Grove City, Ohio 43123

Phone: (614) 801-8150 | Fax: (614) 272-1249 | Attendance: (614) 801-8920

Michael Wang, Principal

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The most recent information regarding school closings, and electronic teaching and learning can be found on the homepage of our district Website at www.swcsd.us. Thank you for your patience as we work to keep our students safe and learning.

Congratulations 4th Grade Class of 2020!!

Good luck next year!

End of Year Information

May 15, 2020

Dear Harmon Families,

As we finish the 2019-2020 school year, I want to say how proud I am of our students, our staff and all of our families for your flexibility, your commitment to Harmon children’s learning, and your perseverance during this incredibly unusual time.

As we move to summer and a break from school, I wanted to communicate some procedural details for later this month.


  • Chromebooks: You can choose to continue to borrow your district-loaned Chromebook for summer practice and other learning. If you are planning to move out of the district, please return your chromebooks now. Our iReady learning platform will remain on and available for our students until August 7th, 2020.


  • School Items: We are asking that all library books, any classroom property, and teacher-loaned materials are returned to school. Please communicate with the teachers for specific questions. You can choose to continue to borrow your Chromebook; however, if you prefer to return it we will collect those items as well. The days for pick-up/ drop-off will be from May 26-May 29, 2020. The blocks of time during those days for pick-up/drop-off are: May 26 (Tuesday) from 8:30-11:00 am and 4:00-6:30 pm; May 27th(Wednesday), May 28th (Thursday) and 29th (Friday) will be from 8:30-11:00 am, 12:00-2:30 pm and 4:00-6:30 pm. The location will be at the back side of the school building. We will have volunteers to assist you during those times.


  • Personal Items: If your child left personal items at school that you would like to collect, we will use the same directions as we deal with school items. If you do not feel comfortable gathering these items now, please know that we will safely store them until it is safe to return when school resumes in the fall.


  • IF you have no items to return to school and nothing to pick up, YOU DO NOT NEED TO VISIT THE SCHOOL SITE. Stay tuned to the district website for up-to-date information throughout the summer and we will be in touch with you in mid-August as more information is available.


  • If you are planning to pick up or drop off at school during the times I have shared above, please know that for the safety of our volunteers and you and your children, no one will be permitted to enter the school building. For the safety of everyone, most importantly your children, please DO NOT plan to visit the school for social purposes, follow all directions while on site, and remain in your vehicle unless directed by staff.


The staff and I realize that these are incredibly challenging times. Please know that we look forward to greeting all of you again sometime in the fall. In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands, and read a lot of great books.

Sincerely,

Michael Wang, Principal


Updates

May 21, 2020

Dear South-Western Families,

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience, support, and willingness to work with us to finish out this very unique school year. We’ve all learned some new skills and how important communication and collaboration are to the success of our students. Our common goal is always the education and safety of our children.

The attainment of a high-quality education makes such a big difference in the lives of our children, providing life opportunities, financial compensation, and the freedom to explore the world around us. While we know this has been a difficult spring, we also know that students who are engaged in their education and continue to hone their skills will be better positioned for what is to come.

To that end, we wanted to provide you with some tips to keep your student’s skills sharp over the summer break:

  1. Set yourself up for success: Gather the books and supplies you need all the time and put them in a backpack or box so you have everything handy when you need it.
  2. Create your playlist: What order are you going to do things? (hint: hardest first, get it out of the way) When will you take a break? What will you do for fun once you finish the day’s tasks?
  3. Believe in yourself: It’s your life. Don’t put someone else in charge of your continued learning. Do what you need to do to feel proud of who you are becoming in the world.
  4. Keep Going: Start fresh every day. Everyone fails, everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone develops failure as a habit. Start again. Today can be better than yesterday.
  5. Use your mind: It’s unhelpful to spend your brainpower complaining. Instead, write a list of 10 questions about a topic and find the answers to some of these questions. Think of a project you would like to complete and then do it. Share this information with your family. Watch your life change.
  6. Read, Read, Read: Memoirs, thrillers, fantasy, or historical fiction - the options are limitless. Regardless of the genre, print provides a window to the world. Reading books opens minds and our futures. Set a goal to read for at least 20 minutes a day.
  7. Write: Writing crystallizes our thoughts. Our word choice brings with it connotations, denotations, innuendos, and subtleties that give us the ability to author our individual voices. Journaling is a great way to practice this skill.

Material Returns: Each family should have received information from their building principal regarding material returns - the return of school items to buildings as well as personal items to students and families. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school for additional information. Your help is greatly appreciated. It is important for us to be able to have a full inventory of materials so we can be prepared for the fall.

Food Distribution Next Week: Tuesday, May 26 will be the last day the district provides meals for this school year. During the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., students may pick up four breakfasts and four lunches for the week from our normal distribution locations.

Summer Food Distribution: In partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Second Step, Communities in Schools, and Significance Training & Consulting, we will be providing summer meals from June 1 through August 7, 2020, at West Franklin Elementary School (3501 Briggs Road, Columbus) and Westland High School (146 Galloway Road, Galloway) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Summer food distribution times are:

  • West Franklin Elementary School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (No weekend bags)
  • Westland High School from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (Weekend bags may also be picked up at WHS on Fridays)

While we don’t know what education will look like in the fall, we do know that we will be prepared to educate our students following the health and safety guidelines outlined by the CDC, Ohio Legislature, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, and other school-related agencies. We are eager for the return of students.


Enjoy your summer, Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill Wise

Superintendent

April 23, 2020

Dear South-Western Families,

By now we all know that the 2019-2020 school year will be completed through the continuation of remote learning. While we anticipated this guidance from Governor DeWine, it didn’t make it any easier to hear.

We know our seniors and their parents are mourning the loss of important milestones associated with being a senior in high school - traditional proms, spring musicals, awards assemblies, and other ‘rite of passage’ events. The disappointment and sadness are emotions we all feel and recognize. Our teachers and staff members are experiencing similar emotions.

We encourage everyone to stay connected, even if it’s virtually, and focus on what you can control. Stay in touch with your teachers. Take advantage of the many ways to stay socially connected, while physically distanced, with your friends and family through all types of activities like group chats, phone calls, video messaging, virtual dinners, and even watching TV together. It’s important to lean on others and talk through our feelings.

The uncertainty of everything that will happen and needs to be done can weigh heavily on our minds at a time like this. While many plans can not be finalized due to the current constraints, we would like to share a couple of answers to eliminate some of the uncertainty.

Pending school board approval on Monday, April 27, below is what grading will look like through the end of the school year:

Grades K-4: Grading for 4th Quarter

  • We will use the grade card that we currently have in place.
  • Our current 1-4 marking system may or may not adequately describe a student’s performance and participation during the 4th quarter. With that in mind:
    • Teachers may continue to give a numeric “grade” for standards.
    • Teachers may also choose to leave multiple standards blank if they have no basis to issue a numeric grade.
    • Teachers will probably rely heavily on the narrative comment section of each content area on the grade card. This will allow them to give you more specific feedback about student participation, successes, and summer practice.
    • For students who have had little or no engagement, teachers may also utilize the comment section to provide suggestions for practice over the summer.
    • Regardless of which approach best fits a teacher’s needs, you should receive specific feedback based on your student on the current grade card.

Grades 5-6: Grading for 4th Quarter

  • For standards-based grading, refer to the guidance for Grades K-4.
  • For items usually graded A-F, students will receive one of three possible grades for 4th quarter:
    • A
    • S (Satisfactory)
    • F

Grades 7-12: Grading for 4th Quarter and Final Exams

  • Grades
    • Students will receive one of three possible grades for the 4th Quarter:
      • A = 4 quality points
      • S (Satisfactory) = 3 quality points
      • F = 0 quality points
    • The final exams will receive the same three-grade options (Grades 7-12).
      • A = 2 quality points
      • S (Satisfactory) = 1.5 quality points
      • F = 0 quality points
  • Other
    • We will maintain the requirement that students need to earn at least three passing grades for a year-long class.
    • For this semester ONLY, we will remove the requirement that students need to earn two out of three passing grades the second semester for a year-long class.
    • For this semester ONLY, we will remove the requirement that students need to earn two passing grades in a semester class.

Meal Distribution - Beginning Monday, April 27, we will be changing the times we distribute food to students to 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The locations (schools and bus sites) will not change nor will the number of meals being distributed. We are doing this in response to parent requests for later hours.

Celebratory Events - Our schools are in the process of planning year-end celebratory events. While they may not look like the traditional events, we are still trying to make the end of the year special for our students. Each building will be contacting parents with the plans once they are finalized. Please be patient while our schools work out the details of their various events.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill Wise

Superintendent


April 16, 2020


Dear South-Western Families,

We hope this week’s communication finds you safe and healthy. Over the past two weeks, we have seen some amazing videos created by our staff members. Many of these videos share how much we all miss each other and hope for a way to resume face-to-face classroom learning. Messages of hope and resiliency are so very important to our self-care.

We have also seen some great photos of students learning remotely that have been sent to teachers and other staff members. We encourage you to continue reaching out to your child’s teachers to ensure that our children are receiving the guidance and resources they need to keep learning remotely.

We would like to update you on a couple of items this week:

Interim reports for students in grades 5-12 will be posted on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal during remote learning. Parents will receive an email alert with instructions on how to access the information. Interims should be available after May 7, 2020. Bilingual Assistants will be reaching out to those families who need translation assistance. Our guidance staff and building administrators stand ready to assist with any questions related to a student's overall academic program. Classroom teachers are in the best position to answer questions related to specific classroom grades.

Progress update for students in grades K-4. Teachers are working to provide meaningful learning and feedback each week. For our elementary students, the accomplishment of learning targets, or standards, are much more relevant than grades. As we reach the middle of the grading period and look toward report cards at year's end, a focus on comments from your child's teacher about your student's participation and learning during this final quarter is the most appropriate lens through which to look.

To help students remain safe and scholarly online, the district is using a service called GoGuardian to filter student devices in a way that is very similar to when students are in our classrooms at school. Parents can now access a service called GoGuardian Parent, which is a mobile app to help keep parents/guardians aware of children's browsing activity, app usage, and more when using a Chromebook borrowed from the district. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that are on all of our student-issued Chromebooks. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits. Additional information about the app and how to access can be found on our website at https://sites.google.com/swcsd.us/parentresources/goguardian-parent and will be sent to the email address you have listed in Infinite Campus.

We are all continuing to learn together during our time apart and we will be stronger because of it. Making a list of things to be completed is a great way to keep yourself organized. Finding a way to complete something on that list every day is a great way to be productive.

Stay healthy and be safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill Wise

Superintendent


April 3, 2020


Dear Harmon Families,

I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. I’d like to remind you that Harmon will continue to be a food delivery site after spring break. You may pick up food at Harmon from 10 am to 12 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Since next week is spring break in the SWCSD, we will not be providing breakfast/lunch at our schools. The Grove City Church of the Nazarene will be providing lunches Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AND the Mid-Ohio Food Bank will be providing dinners at Westland High School on Monday, April 6 and Wednesday and April 8 and Friday, April 10 at Westland High School from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

There is also no chromebook exchange/pick up during spring break. If you need a Chromebook, you can go to Central Crossing High school to pick up/exchange one after spring break. The pick up time will be 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays. However, you do need an appointment so call before you go there.

I’d also like to remind you to please monitor your kids’ school work because what they do online will determine their grades. If you have any questions, please email his/her teacher or call my office so we can help your kids when they need it. If you don’t have an email address or your email address is old in the Infinite Campus, please add one or update it ASAP. We need a valid email address to communicate with your families.

Please check Harmon's website regularly because we update information there often. Again, feel free to call 614-801-8150 if you have questions or need assistance. I Look forward to seeing more good work from our students after the spring break.


Stay safe and healthy!


Michael Wang

Principal


March 27, 2020


Dear Harmon Families,

I have been thinking of our students and families a lot for the past two weeks. It is an understatement to say our staff and I miss your sweet smiling faces and positive interactions. Dealing with the sudden closure of schools is no small matter—emotionally, academically or financially. If I can help in any way during this unprecedented situation, please feel free to call at 614-801-8150.

Harmon Elementary School is an amazingly strong community. I am sure that we WILL get through this challenging time together. I am impressed that how smoothly and fast that we moved from the classroom to digital instruction even with a few bumps in the road. As you work with your kids at home, it might be helpful to begin the day with a Harmon Virtue. Our Harmon Virtues expect our students to conduct themselves with Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Perseverance and Giving. Please continue to hold your kids accountable to the Harmon expectations. If your child has a question any assignments, please encourage him/her to communicate with our staff in a timely manner. Our Harmon staff is ready to answer any questions to help your child learn in this new distance learning environment.

As always, I really appreciate your strong partnership. For that, I am truly grateful.

Stay healthy and see you soon.

Sincerely,

Michael Wang

Principal

March 17,2020


Dear Harmon Families,

There is a phrase, “May you live in interesting times.” We think it is fair to say that we are living in interesting times right now. The purpose of this letter is two-fold: 1) sharing resources with parents on talking with their children about the Coronavirus; and 2) communicating the processes we will be using to continue education.

In times of crisis, parents may have difficulty knowing what to say when talking to their children. This is normal. As things seem to change on a day-to-day basis, concern can make both children and adults anxious.

1) We would like to offer some things to think about in case your child appears to be struggling with the current situation:

  • Children look to adults for how to respond in times of crisis and will mirror the reactions of adults. The words we use and the actions we take will frame how children view this new circumstance. Remaining calm ourselves helps reassure our children to do the same.
  • Routines are our friend. Routines bring familiarity and comfort to our lives. When we know what to expect and feel some level of control, we are better able to adapt to changing circumstances. Regular bed, meal, study, art, and play times are some of the ways to embed routines into our daily lives. Unpredictability and loss of control can leave us feeling stressed and anxious.
  • Regardless of the logic, it is important to listen to children’s feelings and answer their questions as best we can. Fear is an extremely contagious and powerful emotion. For some children fear can lead to irrational conclusions that cloud their every thought and action. Being able to verbalize these fears allows caregivers the opportunity to add a touch of realism, practicality, and being proactive. It also helps us reframe their concerns, so these fears can be significantly reduced.
  • Finally, communicate hope. While children are very good at sensing insincerity, they are also influenced by aspirational thoughts and behaviors. Hope for better days and better outcomes can be more powerful than fear. Communicating that hard work, good decisions, and ingenuity will lead to a better tomorrow is an empowering thought.
  • For tips and expert guidance, please consider exploring the following links:


2) We will be educating students remotely for a period of time. Below are answers to some of the questions we have received about this process:

  • What about Devices and Internet access?
    • Almost any device that supports Internet browsing will work. Your child does not need to have a ”Chromebook” to access the lessons from their teachers. Any computer, tablet, phone or other internet capable device will work for this purpose.
    • Last Friday, we made our first attempt to ensure that every home has access to a personal computing device. Many families already had their own device(s) and some students borrowed a device from school. If your student did not borrow a device or an additional device is needed because your household has multiple students attending the South-Western City School District and one is not sufficient, please contact Harmon school attendance line (614-801-8920) leaving your child’s name, grade, and homeroom/first period teacher’s name, and a call back phone number. We will make arrangements with you to secure a device.
    • Please consider exploring places near your residence that offer this service for free or consider accessing district WiFi from common areas outside of our school buildings. Several Internet-providers are offering free services for the next few weeks to those in need.
    • One final note: the district will not be filtering devices or access points while students are working remotely. While the district acceptable use policy remains in full effect, we are counting on caregivers to monitor the use, search activity, and social interactions in which students engage through these devices.
    • If you encounter any technical problems with your child’s Chromebook, please contact our Helpdesk for Chromebook assistance by calling (614) 801-3014 or emailing chromebookhelp@swcsd.us
  • How will learning activities and submitting assignments work?
    • Email will be the primary method of communication during this time period. Every student has been issued a district email/account address.
    • Assignment and learning activities will be distributed through email or another learning platform that have already been used in the classroom (such as Google classroom and iReady). These activities should take your child a regular class period to complete (25-50 minutes). Please remember some students work more quickly than others so times may vary. Videos, text, links to Websites, and downloadable PDFs will be among the most common materials with which students interact. While some activities will be completed in a single sitting, others could take several days. Students should expect to submit three items per subject per week that will receive teacher feedback. This will likely take the form of a graded activity. This could happen automatically as a normal course of the lesson, they may require uploading a pdf, it could be in the form of an email to the teacher, OR printed/created to submit in a physical form.
  • What is the best way to communicate with staff?
    • All staff have email addresses and phone extensions. Staff will communicate these directly to students. The format of email addresses in our district is firstname.lastname@swcsd.us. Please be patient as our staff members work through their email and phone messages. Between student and parent communication, creating lessons in a new way, providing students feedback, and taking care of their own families, they will be stretched very thin at times. Many staff will be working remotely, therefore we encourage the use of email to communicate with staff members.
  • How will the end of the grading period be handled?
    • March 20 marks the end of the grading period. Recognizing the unexpected way this grading period has ended, students are encouraged to communicate with teachers sooner rather than later so that grades can be calculated for the quarter.
    • Teachers have been asked to finalize third quarter grades no later than March 30, 2020.
    • All assignments given beginning March 24 will be considered part of the final grading period.
  • How will the district be distributing food to those in need?
    • Our building will be used to distribute ‘Grab-n-Go’ breakfast and lunch meals for students who need food assistance. Meals will be available from 10:00 a.m. till noon, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 23. A list of locations will also be available on our district Website at www.swcsd.us.
    • For families with more immediate food needs, please visit our Website for additional resources.
    • Assignments and other materials can also be returned during food pick up times. Please include the building and teacher name on any assignments/materials.
  • How do I get the medication(s) my child left at school?
    • If your child has medication in the clinic that you need to have returned, please contact the school attendance phone number at (614) 801-8920.

We are grateful for our families who partner with us to make this community stronger for our children. Thank you for your patience over the past few days as we worked through our plans to close school, finalized our remote learning options, and provide families with the tools to help support their children’s learning at home.


Sincerely,

Michael Wang

Principal

Harmon Elementary Receives the Momentum Award for Third Consecutive Year.

Harmon Elementary is the only elementary school in Franklin County to receive the Momentum Award three times.

The Momentum Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Schools must earn straight A's on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which include gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities.