Dear Students, Parent or Guardian:

Harmony Science Academy Houston has provided district-managed Chromebooks over the past year to support the need for students to participate in remote learning as part of our continued response to COVID-19. We know that many families have also utilized personally-owned devices to continue learning for their children. Our goal, regardless of the device a student is using, has been to ensure a safe environment for students to participate in learning remotely. To this end, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with GoGuardian to continue to meet this goal.

It may be helpful to know that over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

How are we using GoGuardian?

We have chosen GoGuardian Teacher services to:

  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
  • Helping assess students’ progress towards class assignments
  • Facilitating communication between teachers and students during class time

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed Google Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e., when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).

What are the school’s responsibilities?

Harmony Science Academy Houston selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. [We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety.  Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect student privacy.]

What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

We ask that students uses their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of Harmony Science Academy Houston’s Internet, Computer and Equipment Usage Policy, Bullying Prohibition Policy, student handbook, and the District Technology Agreement.

When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her.  We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.

How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.  GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws.  For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s websiteTrust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.

We are here to answer any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,

HSA Houston Admin Team

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All Houston & Beaumont campuses along with the District office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, February 22-23.
 
Classes resume on Wednesday February 24.
 
All classes will be “Asynchronous-Online Only” Wednesday thru Friday. There will be no in-person or live classes. Students must submit their exit tickets and/or other assignments by the end of each day.
 
Meal Distribution:
Meals will be distributed for three days on Wednesday, February 24.


Update: All Harmony schools & the District Office in Houston and Beaumont will remain closed on Fri, 2/19. There will be no virtual or in-person instruction, and employees will not report to work.

Lottery has been postponed to February 24 @ 10 A.M.


WEATHER UPDATE

All Harmony campuses & the District Office will be closed on Wednesday, 2/17 & Thursday, 2/18.

There will be no virtual or in-person instruction and staff will not report to work.

A decision for Friday will be made on Thursday.

Tentative plan for Friday 2/19 – students will have asynchronous virtual learning and staff will work from home.

Due to the inclement weather forecast & the potential for hazardous road conditions, Harmony Public Schools Houston South/West District campuses will be closed on Tuesday, February 16. All staff will work from home. All students will participate in asynchronous virtual learning.

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Dear HSA-Houston Parents,

Parent Conference Day is next Friday, February 5th.  Teachers will be available to meet with parents from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  If you’d like to schedule a conference, please do by clicking this link below and choosing an available time slot for each of your child’s teacher you want to meet. Virtual meeting links will be shared by your child’s teacher before the meetings.

Please keep in mind that conferences will keep to a strict 15-minute time limit in order to accommodate as many parents as possible on this day.  However, you are always welcome to schedule a separate conference with your child’s teacher at any time.

You may sign up for a time slot by clicking this link:  http://bit.ly/hsaparentconference2021

Additionally, student learning on Friday will be impacted by parent conferences.  There will NOT be any synchronous learning time after 12:00 pm due to parent-teacher meetings. During the afternoon, students may use the time to catch up on any asynchronous assignments that have not yet completed. If you have any questions, please communicate with your child’s teachers.

Best Regards,
HSA-Houston

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Estimados padres de familia de HSA-Houston:

El Día de la Conferencia de Padres es el próximo viernes 5 de febrero. Los maestros estarán disponibles para reunirse con los padres de 1:00 pm a 5:00 pm. Si desea programar una conferencia, haga clic en este enlace a continuación y elija un horario disponible para cada uno de los maestros de su hijo que desee conocer. Los enlaces de reuniones virtuales serán compartidos por el maestro de su hijo antes de las reuniones.

Tenga en cuenta que las conferencias se mantendrán en un estricto límite de tiempo de 15 minutos para poder acomodar a tantos padres como sea posible en este día. Sin embargo, siempre puede programar una conferencia separada con el maestro de su hijo en cualquier momento.

Puede registrarse para un intervalo de tiempo haciendo clic en este enlace: http://bit.ly/hsaparentconference2021

Además, el aprendizaje de los estudiantes el viernes se verá afectado por las conferencias de padres. NO habrá tiempo de aprendizaje sincrónico después de las 12:00 pm debido a las reuniones de padres y maestros. Durante la tarde, los estudiantes pueden usar el tiempo para ponerse al día con cualquier tarea asincrónica que aún no haya completado. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con los maestros de su hijo.

Atentamente,
HSA-Houston

Teachers and other staff members of Harmony Public Schools will receive a major upgrade to their employer-paid benefits package after the Harmony Public Schools Executive Board unanimously approved a sweeping new benefits expansion.

 

The package will go into effect later this spring with the start of Harmony’s annual benefits enrollment period, and includes new employer-paid benefits related to health care, retirement, and life insurance.

 

“The past year, the world has seen the true value of our teachers and team members in a way they never have before,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals who take such good care of our students deserve to know that they are being taken care of, as well – both their immediate needs and their long-term needs. So we are excited to be able to offer them an additional set of benefits that saves them money on their health care costs each month, while also helping them prepare for their retirement down the road.”

 

The new benefits include:

 

MATCHING RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS: Exempt employees can receive 100% matching contribution to employee 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan, up to $1,500 annually depending on tenure of service. This is in addition to employee’s TRS Retirement System Benefits.

 

  • Previously: No employer matching contribution. 

 

FREE VISION: Free vision care for employees.

 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

 

FREE DENTAL: Free dental care for employees. 

  • Previously: Employee-paid supplemental benefit.

INCREASED FREE LIFE INSURANCE POLICY: Free $100,000 life insurance policy for all Exempt employees.

 

  • Previously: Free $20,000 life insurance policy.

 

The package amounts to a roughly $2.4 million estimated increase in annual expenditure on employer-paid benefits for the Texas-based school system. However, Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said the investment was worth it because of the positive impact on employee quality of life, work-life balance, and workplace satisfaction.

 

“The investments with the best returns are always the investment made in people,” Ay said. “We’ll continue to make these kinds of investments on behalf of our employees as often as we can.” 

 

The expansion was the fourth major announcement related to employee benefits made by Harmony in the past year. The school system also announced two employee bonuses last year, as well as a promise to continue independently offering the now-expired federal COVID-19 leave benefits for impacted employees.

 

For a full list of Harmony Public Schools employer-paid and supplemental benefits, please visit https://www.harmonytx.org/benefits.

 

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. 

 

Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for both students and team members.

 

 

About Harmony Public Schools

 

Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.