Harmony At-Home Learning Webinars  for Parents

Harmony Public Schools will utilize Google G-Suite platform to provide learning plans for students during extended school closures. Students will sign in to my.harmonytx portal to reach integrated software and google classrooms on Chromebooks or other devices. Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact their school. For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.

Parent guide to access my.harmonytx portal and Google classrooms can be seen in the Parent Guide English and Spanish presentations. Live webinars will be hosted by the district representatives and webinar dates, times, and information can be seen below.

HPS Houston South West Distance Learning Google Classroom Parent Webinars
Sessions (Sessions are repeating) Date Time Zoom Info Zoom Link
Session 1 March 31, 2020 1:00 pm -2:30 pm HPS – Houston South-West Distant Learning

Parents will learn how to use and navigate Google Classroom.

Join Zoom Meeting by computer

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/356570243

Meeting ID: 356 570 243

or Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Session 2 April 1, 2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am HPS – Houston South-West Distant Learning

Parents will learn how to use and navigate Google Classroom.

Join Zoom Meeting by computer

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/405158210

Meeting ID: 405 158 210

or Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Session 3 April 2, 2020 4:00 pm -5:30 pm HPS – Houston South-West Distant Learning

Parents will learn how to use and navigate Google Classroom.

Join Zoom Meeting by computer

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/840409594

Meeting ID: 840 409 594

Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,

For the past 20 years, Harmony Public Schools has established an educational model built strongly on the foundations of science-based learning and responsible citizenship in our communities.

Currently, all available science from community health experts continues to tell us that the best way to be responsible members of our communities is to have our students and staff remain at home.

This is why we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, team members, and communities to discontinue in-person schooling at our campuses and administrative offices statewide until further notice.

While these facilities remain closed, instruction and learning at Harmony schools will continue. Our classes are operating online through our established digital learning tools, taking advantage of many of the technology tools and blended learning methods already practiced in Harmony’s  physical classrooms. Because our teachers and school leaders will remain available to guide our students each school day, we anticipate instructional continuity during these unusual and difficult times. To request access to a Chromebook and/or for questions regarding internet access, please contact your child’s campus.

(For more information on our at-home learning program, visit HarmonyTX.org/AtHome . To request access to a Chromebook or internet access, contact your child’s campus.)

We will also continue to offer free meal services to children in our communities, as local and state safety guidelines allow.

We thank you for your support and understanding in making this critical decision. We also are profoundly grateful for the extreme determination and Harmony pride shown by both our students and team members these past several weeks. Time and again you have proven why Harmony Public Schools is an institution where excellence is the standard.

We will continue to provide timely updates as new, relevant information comes available, and inform you immediately if our campuses reopen prior to the end of the school year.

Thank you and be well,

 

Fatih Ay

CEO | Harmony Public Schools

Dear Students/Parents,

This week, we started the first phase of our distance learning program, the learning packets. Remember to complete your learning packets and return once classes resume. The next phase begins on Monday, March 30, 2020. Students and teachers will go online for a comprehensive digital learning experience that includes elements of independent learning, video-based lessons, and a variety of online software, including Google Classroom.

Click here for Distance Learning Parent Letter Spanish Version: Información de aprendizaje a distancia

ACCESS to TECHNOLOGY

Students will sign in to my.harmonytx portal to reach integrated software and google classrooms on chromebooks or other devices. Parent guide to access my.harmonytx portal and Google classrooms can be seen in the Parent Guide English and Spanish presentations. Live and recorded parent webinars will be hosted in the following days and webinar information will be available on the campus website and Facebook pages. Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact their school.For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.)

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

HPS will utilize Google G-Suite platform to provide learning plans for students. Students will log in to their My Harmony accounts to join the google classrooms by using the codes provided by their teachers. Teachers will use the platform to communicate, provide feedback, and assess the learning progress of their students. Harmony students have already been using blended learning software in their classrooms; software will be integrated into learning plans.

Throughout the next phases, our teachers will be available via email and other digital platforms to provide structure, guidance, and feedback. Once, our teachers set up their google classroom, they will contact you to start the online learning experience. Information regarding grading and high school credits will be shared later.

Below, you will find the comprehensive plan and a sample daily schedule you can follow.
STUDENTS with SPECIAL NEEDS
For students in special education and 504 programs, accommodations and/or modifications will be implemented to the extent appropriate and possible by our teachers in google classrooms (technology may have some limitations).  For students in pullout programs, our special education teachers will create google classrooms, provide resources and support virtually to the extent appropriate and possible (technology may have some limitations). We are still working on a plan regarding provision of speech therapy and related services, ARDs, 504 meetings, and FIEs. For all of these matters, we are following guidelines from the State of Texas and Department of Education, which is still forthcoming and additional changes may be made as we receive further instruction. Your patience is appreciated as we work to ensure student needs are met.

DISTANCE LEARNING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

High Schools 
Content Area
Learning Platform 
Integrated Online Resources 
Software Goals 
Useful Information
Mathematics
·        Google Classroom ·        Alg 1: Pearson Realize, ALEKS,

 

·        Geo, Alg2: Pearson Realize

Practice assignments on Pearson Realize

 

AND

 

If available, ALEKS Formative Assessment or 15 ALEKS topics per week
Students are expected to follow the procedures provided in the self-learning plans through Google Classroom.

 

Students are assigned weekly assessments either through ALEKS or Google Classroom.
Mathematics
·        Pearson MyMathLab
Pre-Cal, Alg Reasoning, AP Cal, AP Stats: Pearson, MyMathLab
Students are expected to complete the practice and assessment tasks assigned by the teachers on Pearson MyMathLab
ELAR
Google Classroom
MyOn, NoRedInk,
15-30 m. weekly (NoRedInk)
Daily Reading (20 m.) + Weekly Reading Response
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Daily Writing (x4 / week)
Biology/PreAP-Biology
Google Classroom
STEMScopes, POGIL, CK-12 Amoeba Sisters Channel, Bozeman Science Videos
N/A
Use STEMscopepedia as an online textbook option.
Chemistry
Google Classroom
cK12, PhET, POGIL, Parlay
N/A
Assignments will be posted in Google Classroom, but students will need to login to their Harmony Portal to access their cK12 and Parlay accounts. Learning packets that correlate to the online lessons will also be available for students without the internet at their individual campuses / teachers.
Physics
Google Classroom
OpenStax( Online Textbook)
Social Studies
Google Classroom
N/A
N/A
2 tasks per week:

·        1 reading based (content)

·        1 writing based

(skills) 

ESL
Google Classroom
N/A
N/A
High school ESOL courses will have SCL materials
Dual Credit Courses
Google Classroom
 

Content provided by local community colleges
AP Courses
Google Classroom
College Board Online System
 

Local campuses will communicate more information.
Electives/CTE/ Counseling Services
Google Classroom
 

Local campuses will communicate more information.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

Activity
Estimated Time
Platform
ELA
40-45 min
Google Classroom
Math
40-45 min.
Google Classroom
Science/SS
40-45 min.
Google Classroom

Dear Parents,

Reliable internet connection is crucial for a successful online learning experience for students. If you do not currently have an internet connection at home, we would like to help you by providing the list of free or low-cost options to obtain an internet for your home.

1. Xfinity wi-fi hotspots: Free

Xfinity has announced that it will open its nationwide wi-fi hotspots to the public for free for the next 2 months. All you need to do is to search for a wi-fi signal on your device and connect to xfinity wi-fi signal, if you see one. After you connect, it will ask you to Sign-in. Click on the Sign-in alert and it will sign you in without asking for a username or password.

You may check xfinity wi-fi hotspot network map to see if you have it near your home. They have a wide network coverage in Houston metro area:  https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/ 

You can also check how to connect your device from this link: http://wifi.xfinity.com/connect-devices.php#laptop

There is also an option to get affordable high-speed internet home which is $9.95 including tax. The application can be done from here: https://www.internetessentials.com/

2. Low-cost internet from Comcast: $9.95/month

If you do not have xfinity wi-fi hotspot near your home, you may try signing up for a low-cost cable internet from Comcast. The plan is named as “Internet Essentials by Comcast”. There are income restrictions to be eligible. However, there are multiple ways to meet the eligibility requirements and families eligible for free/reduced lunch will automatically qualify.

Website for the plan:  https://www.internetessentials.com/

https://es.internetessentials.com/ (Spanish)

Phone number:  855-846-8376

3. Low-cost internet from AT&T: $5-10$/month

You may also consider signing up for an internet plan called “Access from AT&T”, which is a low-cost internet service for eligible households. Your income must be under a certain limit to be eligible. Final cost will depend on the speed of internet plan provided ($5-$10).

Website for the plan:  https://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home

Phone numbers: 1-855-220-5211 (English) AND 855.220.5225 (Spanish)

Please reply back to this email if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist. Also, although school is closed, our phone numbers are active and will be answered between 9 am – 4 pm during weekdays. You may call us at 713-492-0214 to speak to one of our staff members. We are working hard to minimize the disruption in student learning during this pandemic.

Stay safe and healthy!

HSA Administration

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Queridos padres,

La conexión a Internet confiable es crucial para una experiencia exitosa de aprendizaje en línea para los estudiantes. Si actualmente no tiene una conexión a Internet en su hogar, nos gustaría ayudarlo proporcionándole la lista de opciones gratuitas o de bajo costo para obtener un Internet para su hogar.

1. Puntos de acceso wi-fi de Xfinity: Gratis

Xfinity ha anunciado que abrirá sus puntos de acceso wi-fi a nivel nacional al público de forma gratuita durante los próximos 2 meses. Todo lo que necesita hacer es buscar una señal de wi-fi en su dispositivo y conectarse a la señal de xfinity wi-fi, si ve una. Después de conectarse, le pedirá que inicie sesión. Haga clic en la alerta de inicio de sesión y se iniciará sesión sin solicitar un nombre de usuario o contraseña.

Puede consultar el mapa de red de hotspot wi-fi de xfinity para ver si lo tiene cerca de su hogar. Tienen una amplia cobertura de red en el área metropolitana de Houston: https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/

2. Internet de bajo costo de Comcast: $ 9.95 / mes

Si no tiene un punto de acceso inalámbrico de xfinity cerca de su hogar, puede intentar suscribirse a un servicio de internet por cable de bajo costo de Comcast. El plan se denomina “Internet Essentials by Comcast”. Hay restricciones de ingresos para ser elegible. Sin embargo, hay varias formas de cumplir con los requisitos de elegibilidad y las familias elegibles para almuerzo gratis / reducido calificarán automáticamente.

Sitio web para el plan: https://www.internetessentials.com/

https://es.internetessentials.com/ (español)

Número de teléfono: 855-846-8376

3. Internet de bajo costo de AT&T: $ 5-10 $ / mes

También puede considerar inscribirse en un plan de Internet llamado “Acceso desde AT&T”, que es un servicio de Internet de bajo costo para hogares elegibles. Su ingreso debe estar por debajo de cierto límite para ser elegible. El costo final dependerá de la velocidad del plan de internet provisto ($ 5- $ 10).

Sitio web para el plan: https://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home

Números de teléfono: 1-855-220-5211 (inglés) Y 855.220.5225 (español)

Responda a este correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta y estaremos encantados de ayudarle. Además, aunque la escuela está cerrada, nuestros números de teléfono están activos y serán respondidos entre las 9 am y las 4 pm durante los días laborables. Puede llamarnos al 713-492-0214 para hablar con uno de los miembros del personal de nuestra escuela. Estamos trabajando duro para minimizar la interrupción en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes durante esta pandemia.

¡Mantente seguro y saludable!

HSA Administration

Dear Parents,

We are working hard to identify every student’s need before we switch to online learning. We are currently distributing Chromebooks to meet your electronic device needs. However, we are also interested in learning about your internet access at home.

Please help us to determine what supports we can provide you by taking this quick 1-min Technology Survey: https://forms.gle/fWacJpsire35NQHs6

Thank you!

HSA Houston Administration

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Queridos padres,

Estamos trabajando arduamente para identificar las necesidades de cada estudiante antes de pasar al aprendizaje en línea. Actualmente estamos distribuyendo Chromebooks para satisfacer sus necesidades de dispositivos electrónicos. Sin embargo, también estamos interesados en conocer su acceso a Internet en casa.

Ayúdenos a determinar qué soporte podemos brindarle al realizar esta rápida encuesta tecnológica de 1 minuto: https://forms.gle/fWacJpsire35NQHs6

¡Gracias!

HSA Houston Administration

Update!

Dear Parents,

Due to overwhelming demand, we have added one more day to distribute Chromebooks. If you were not able to come yet, you may come to school on Friday, March 27th between 11 am – 1 pm to pick up a Chromebook for your child.

Please make sure to complete the Chromebook Request Form at this link: https://forms.gle/zWKGqDh3xZfQxXuN6

Please reply to this email if you have any questions.

Regards,

HSA Houston Administration

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Queridos padres,

Debido a la abrumadora demanda, hemos agregado un día más para distribuir Chromebooks. Si aún no pudo venir, puede venir a la escuela el viernes 27 de marzo entre las 11 a. M. Y la 1 p. M. Para recoger un Chromebook para su hijo.

Asegúrese de completar el formulario de solicitud de Chromebook en este enlace: https://forms.gle/zWKGqDh3xZfQxXuN6

Responda a este correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.

Saludos,

Administración de HSA Houston

 

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Dear Parents,

As we are preparing to transition into online learning, we understand that some families have challenges with lack of computer devices at home. In order to help those families, our school has prepared a limited number of chromebooks to be distributed to students.

In order to be eligible to get a chromebook from school, you must complete and submit this online request form, which includes chromebook agreement form: https://forms.gle/zWKGqDh3xZfQxXuN6

Please understand that we have a limited number of chromebooks so we are reserving chromebooks only for those who do not have any computer devices at home. If you have siblings at the same campus, only 1 chromebook will be issued per family.

After you fill out and submit the above form, please come to campus either on Tuesday, March 24 or Wednesday, March 25 between 11 am – 1 pm. (Learning Packets will also be distributed during those times). Student must be present with you in the car in order to get the chromebook. Devices will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We are doing our best and working expeditiously to offer everyone equal opportunity during this online learning process and hope to make this process as smooth as possible.

Please reply to this email if you have any questions.

Thank you!

HSA Houston Administration

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Queridos padres,

Mientras nos preparamos para la transición al aprendizaje en línea, entendemos que algunas familias tienen problemas con la falta de dispositivos informáticos en el hogar. Para ayudar a esas familias, nuestra escuela ha preparado un número limitado de Chromebooks para distribuir a los estudiantes.

Para ser elegible para obtener un Chromebook de la escuela, debe completar y enviar este formulario de solicitud en línea, que incluye el formulario de acuerdo de Chromebook: https://forms.gle/zWKGqDh3xZfQxXuN6

Por favor, comprenda que tenemos un número limitado de chromebooks, por lo que estamos reservando chromebooks solo para aquellos que no tienen ningún dispositivo informático en casa. Si tiene hermanos en el mismo campus, solo se emitirá 1 Chromebook por familia.

Después de completar y enviar el formulario anterior, venga al campus ya sea en Martes 24 de marzo o miércoles 25 de marzo entre las 11 a.m. y la 1 p.m. (Los paquetes de aprendizaje también se distribuirán durante esos momentos). El estudiante debe estar presente con usted en el automóvil para obtener el Chromebook.

Estamos haciendo nuestro mejor esfuerzo y trabajando de manera expedita para ofrecer a todos la igualdad de oportunidades durante este proceso de aprendizaje en línea y esperamos que este proceso sea lo más fácil posible.

Responda a este correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.

¡Gracias!

HSA Houston Administration

 

Dear All,

Free meal pick-up dates have been changed starting March 30th, Monday and You can pick up lunch and breakfast for multiple days.

Drive through Breakfast/ lunch Available

Starting:  March 30th Mondays & Thursdays from 11 am-1 pm

Address: 9421 W Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099

 

Dear Students and Parents,

Harmony Public Schools campuses are closed until April 6th!

Our goal is to maximize learning during this time and keep our students engaged. Our curriculum directors have prepared two-week self-study modules for our students. Students are asked to complete the work and submit to their teachers when they return to campus.

Harmony Science Academy – Houston will have Learning Packets available for parent pick-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25. If you’d prefer to print the packets yourself, please see the links below.

High School:

ELAR

Math

Science

Social Studies

Access STEMscopes Online

 

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Harmony Public Schools. As new developments continue to unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide you an important update regarding the potential impact of the virus on our schools.

While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campuses or within our school family at this time, out of an abundance of caution we are announcing a temporary closure of all Harmony Public Schools campuses through Monday, April 6. All school activities, field trips, athletics events, and competitions have also been cancelled during this time.

At this time, we are anticipating classes will be able to resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Staff will return for a work-day on Monday, April 6.

This decision was made after discussions with, and upon the recommendations of, local health officials.  We strongly believe it is the best decision for helping to keep our students, staff, and communities safe at this time.

During this closure, our Harmony team members will continue to work remotely to finalize the details of distance-learning plan to make sure students continue to receive educational services with minimal  interruption.You will receive regular updates how this plan will be implemented.

Additionally, all full-time, non-exempt and exempt employees will continue to be paid according to their normal rate and schedule.

We continue to urge families and team members to stay informed of current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to the prevention of the spreading of viruses, including limiting out of town travel, “social distancing,” and self-quarantine for those who have recently traveled to impacted areas.

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and will continue to aggressively monitor new developments and respond with appropriate actions based on the best interests of our Harmony families and the guidance of local health officials. Throughout this process, we will continue to communicate with you new information as soon as possible. We anticipate further updates no later than the week of March 23-27.

Thank you for your support during these unusual circumstances. With your continued collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break.

That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need your help keeping viruses and germs contained by asking your student to immediately report to their campus health office if their experience any of the following symptoms while at school:

  • Suspected fever: Student is flushed, student unusually pale, complaints of body aches/pains student is lethargic or unusually tired, student statements of having had a fever or taken medication at home to make them feel better.
  • Respiratory symptoms: Dry cough with or without nasal drainage, difficulty breathing (visibly difficult breathing includes using abdominal muscles to breathe, inability to speak more than a couple of words at a time, flaring nostrils when breathing) or statements of feeling short of breath, chest or lung pain, wheezing or grunting with breathing.

Additionally, families should be aware that any student returning from a travel area on the CDC list of at-risk countries for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) MUST see their medical provider before returning to campus. Students will have 48 hours to submit a clearance letter from their doctor before returning to campus. After this, student absences will not be excused. A student cannot return until they have clearance from their doctor or have finished quarantine if medically recommended.

With your continued support and collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Thank you.

P.S. … For more information about COVID-19 and our school system’s response, including additional resources for families, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/coronavirus.

 

Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year.

We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With concerns about the Coronavirus in the minds of many, we want to share a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about staying healthy when traveling, as well as provide more info about a few Harmony policies related to returning to school after visiting certain risk-prone destinations.

Tips for Healthy Travel

In general, the same advice for fighting germs and bacteria  applies when traveling as it does when staying home:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • When greeting others, consider an alternative to hugs or handshakes, such as an elbow bump.

Additionally, here are a few additional tips related specifically to those traveling:

  • Be aware of your surroundings (including people who are sick) and try to distance yourself as appropriate;
  • Avoid areas that you feel might make your more likely to be exposed;
  • Know how to get reliable local information about any possible changes to the situation;
  • Avoid public transportation, if possible. Confined spaces such as buses, trains, subways, and airplanes may put you at a higher risk of infection;
  • When eating animal-based products, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before eating.

Returning to School After Visiting Risk-Prone Areas

Due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families that have traveled to locations that are marked as a Coronavirus risk by the CDC must have a letter of clearance from their medical provider before returning to campus. Failure to provide a clearance letter will result in the student being dismissed home. Students will have 48 hours to provide proof of doctor’s clearance. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Currently these countries include: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additionally, please be aware that families travelling to China’s Hubei province or mainland China may face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Any health department guidelines should be followed by any affected families and absences will be waived upon return to school with provision of proof of quarantine. 

At Harmony Public Schools, we take the health and safety of our students and staff members seriously. Harmony is closely tracking all new developments regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to share timely, relevant updates, as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your campus health staff. 

We appreciate your help in supporting healthy and happy learning environments for our Harmony community. 

 

To Our Harmony Community,

Wednesday night, Health Department officials in Fort Bend County announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 — better better known as Coronavirus — in the Greater Houston area. The patient, a man in his 70s who had recently traveled overseas to a high-risk country, is in stable condition.

While no cases of Coronavirus have been reported in our schools, Harmony Public Schools is continuing to proactively monitor each new development in the Coronavirus outbreak and working closely with local officials to make sure any and all measures are followed to keep our students and staff safe.

At this time, HPS will continue to hold classes as normal. However we will continue to seek direction from health officials and reassess, if necessary. We urge families to continue best practices for the prevention of spreading germs — wash hands frequently, cover mouth when coughing, avoid touching your face — and to please seek medical attention, if needed.

We appreciate your collaboration in keeping your campus a healthy learning environment for our students and team members.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools