January/February 2019               

Aladdin Jr. Musical


KIDS Heart Challenge (Jump Rope For Heart)

Harman students will be participating in the 2018-2019 American Heart Association's KIDS Heart Challenge from January 28th through February 1st during their scheduled Physical Education classes.  "Through Kids Heart Challenge, kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts. Have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others!"  

Please consider registering for our school team at or by searching Kids Heart Challenge in the app store on your mobile device.  Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, take their own health challenge and learn how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association.


Date:  Week of January 28th

Place:  Harman Gym

Time:  During Physical Education Classes



Harman PTO hosts movie screening


Harman School PTO is hosting a screening of the movie Angst January 31st at 7pm in the Oakwood High School Auditorium. Angst is a documentary focusing on the anxiety that our students deal with each day. Help break the stigma around anxiety and get the discussion started today. Counselors will be available after the movie to answer and questions. This event is open to everyone including students but is recommended for students over the age of 11.  Visit the website for more information


How do we build work ethic in our children?


As adults, we can see how our hard work has paid off and realizing that having a strong work ethic gets a person farther in life.  We want our children to be successful, and we seek to understand how to nurture their success.  According to several research studies, the best way to develop a strong work ethic in children is through chores (Lythcott-Haims, 2015). 


Visit Mrs. Harris' page to read more . . . . .




Is it a cold or the flu?????

That is everyone's question.  Here are some ways to determine if it is a cold or flu:


Symptoms                        Flu                         Cold

Onset                                 Abrupt                    Gradual

Fever                                 Usual                      Rare

Aches                                Usual                      Slight

Chills                                 Usual                      Uncommon

Vomiting                            Sometimes             Rare

Fatigue/Weakness            Usual                      Sometimes

Sneezing                           Sometimes             Common

Stuffy nose                        Sometimes             Common

Sore throat                        Sometimes             Common

Chest discomfort/Cough   Common                 Mild/Moderate

Headache                          Common                Rare

(CDC, 2018)


Reminder for illness:

Cold and flu season is here.  We are sending these reminders again of when your child needs to stay home.  We will be following these recommended guidelines and calling you to pick up your child if they return to school too early.  It is our job as nurses to protect the health and well-being of not only our students, but our staff as well.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.



Visit our nurse's page for more information.


Fifth Grade Exploratory Program

Every year, the 5th grade students at Harman and Smith get to try out the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and upright bass. The goal of this exploration is to discover their natural sound preferences (high sounds vs low sounds, and strings vs brass vs woodwinds). High school band and orchestra student volunteers lead the students through this process by sharing their skills and talents.  We hope to see a lot of these 5th grade students join band and orchestra next year in 6th grade!


Gifted 411


The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) were administered to students in grades 2, 4, and 6 in October. Score reports are in and were mailed to parents January 10. Please know that while we do look to these results to help inform instructional decisions, we know that our best understanding of your child's achievement comes from interacting with them every day and studying trends in assessment patterns over time.


The data gathered from the administration of these assessments is used for several different purposes.  The results from these tests shows how your child's achievement compares to that of similar aged children throughout the nation as well as locally. The results also help make a connection between your child's ability to solve problems versus their day to day achievement. By analyzing that connection, and learning more about your child's relative strengths and weaknesses, teachers can get to know your child's learning style and plan more effective differentiation. Lastly, these scores can be used to indicate when special services may be necessary to help your child reach their fullest potential.


Because the state of Ohio requires the use of nationally-normed test scores to identify giftedness, these tests are what we depend on to screen our students for gifted identification.


From a gifted intervention standpoint, we look at three score markers for gifted qualifications:


Helpful Abbreviations/Terminology - Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS):


SS: Standard Score. This is a number associated with a student's achievement on a

particular test (math concepts, word analysis, etc.).

PR: Percentile Rank. This describes performance on a scale from 1 to 99 relative to the

performance of other students at that specific age or grade level. For example, a student

who obtains a percentile rank of 85 on the word identification subtest would be described

as performing better than 85 percent of the students at his or her grade level.

NPR:  National Percentile Rank. This is the percentile rank based on national norms.


Helpful Terminology - COGAT TEST:


Verbal: This test measures a student's ability to infer the meaning of words from the contexts in which they occur as well as using situations to make inferences, judgments, or to remember sequences.

Quantitative: This test measures a student's understanding of basic quantitative concepts and relationships that are essential for learning mathematics. Tasks measure both the understanding of relational concepts and the student's ability to discover relationships and to figure out a rule or principle that explains them

Nonverbal: This test measures reasoning using pictures and geometric shapes. This reduces the impact of language on the student's score. The Nonverbal Battery also appraises the student's ability to use her/his cognitive resources in new situations.

COMPOSITE: The composite score, or total, indicates the overall strength of the student's cognitive resources for learning.

SAS:  Standard Age Score.  The Cogat is scored based on the child's age as opposed to grade level.  The highest SAS a child can receive is 160.  100 is average.


Should you have questions about your child's scores in relation to their current achievement in class, please contact your child's teacher. If you have questions about how your child's scores impact gifted services, please contact Elizabeth Uptegrove at


Thank you to Tara Nabholz, Laura Woeste, and the third grade families for a delicious staff breakfast this month.  What a wonderful way to start the day!



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