Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Harmony Public Schools administers the NWEA MAP Growth and Reading Fluency tests at the beginning of the 2nd semester to establish baseline data for our scholars as well as to measure growth for our returning scholars that tested the previous year.

This data is used to drive our instructional focus for each scholar as well as to identify trends within our campuses and district.  As you know, this year is unique we will need your assistance in ensuring that the integrity and validity of our assessments are maintained.

To do this, we have created this document for you to help you navigate the NWEA MAP assessment and answer any questions you may have.

The MAP Test days for Harmony Science Academy will be:

Wednesday January 20th : MAP Reading for 9th + 10th grade

 Thursday January 21st: MAP Math for 9th + 10th grade

Please read the attachment carefully as it has all the information for your student to take the MAP test at home.


Queridos Estudiantes, Padres y Tutores,

Las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony administran las pruebas NWEA MAP de Crecimiento y Fluidez de Lectura al comienzo del segundo semestre para establecer datos de referencia para nuestros estudiantes, así como para medir el crecimiento de nuestros estudiantes que regresan y que evaluaron el año anterior.

Estos datos se utilizan para impulsar nuestro enfoque de instrucción para cada alumno, así como para identificar tendencias dentro de nuestros campus y distrito.

Como saben, este año es único necesitaremos su ayuda para garantizar que se mantenga la integridad y validez de nuestras evaluaciones. Para hacer esto, hemos creado este documento para que lo ayude a navegar por la evaluación NWEA MAP y responda cualquier pregunta que pueda tener.

Los días de la prueba MAP para Harmony Science Academy serán:

Miércoles 20 de enero: Lectura MAP para 9 ° y 10 ° grado

Jueves 21 de enero: Matemáticas MAP para 9 ° + 10 ° grado  

Por favor lea el archivo adjunto con atención, ya que contiene toda la información para que su estudiante tome el examen MAP en casa.

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for Gifted and Talented (G/T) screening. 


Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 2 & up who were tested in Fall 2020 are not eligible to test in Spring 2021. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website.


Referral Form (English): Parent GT Referral Form in English

Referral Form (Spanish): Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish


The referral forms must be returned to the front office by Monday, February 8, 2021. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a prescreening criterion for GT Testing.


For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher. 


Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos (GATE) Anuncio


De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, Harmony Public Schools comenzará a tomar referencias para todos los estudiantes interesados en los grados K-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.


Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2020 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2021. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.


Forma de nominación: Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish


Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 8 de febrero del 2021. 


Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

 On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans,  Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.


The benefits previously were part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a federal program which provided American workers a number of workplace safeguards related to COVID-19. Primarily, the benefits included up to 10 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) days if an employee was unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms, possible exposure, or required quarantine for themselves, a family member, or child care provider. 

Those federal benefits expired December 31, 2020. However, The Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted at an emergency meeting Monday night, January 4, to independently extend the same benefits to employees throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.


“The Harmony board felt this action was not only an important thing to do, but the right thing to do for our staff and their families,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said in a letter to employees  Tuesday. “By offering these benefits, our team members can know that their jobs and livelihoods will not be impacted if they need to seek treatment for COVID-19 or stay home with possible symptoms. Additionally, our student families also can know that Harmony is doing all it can to take care of the team members who take care of their students, and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure on campus.”

On the first school day after important federal workplace safeguards expired for millions of Americans, Harmony Public Schools’ Executive Board voted to independently provide the much-needed benefits to its 4,000+ employees.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-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. 


The school system has committed to offering both in-person and remote learning options for students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and is now accepting applications for new students for the 2021-22 school year.


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:, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook:

The 2019–20 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’ individual characteristics and its academic performance. Due to COVID-19, all campuses and districts received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
If you are unable to access the report electronically and would like a paper copy of the report, please contact your school and ask for a paper copy of the 2019-2020 School Report Card.

Dear Parents and or Guardians,

We hope you are safe and well. As we head into the winter holiday, we’re asking that you please take a minute of your time to watch the below video (English or Spanish version). The video will show you how to access two different important forms our that our campus need for your student. We’re asking that you please submit these documents by December 31, 2020.


HSA-Houston Admin Team



Estimados padres o tutores,

Esperamos que esté sano y salvo. A medida que nos acercamos a las vacaciones de invierno, le pedimos que se tome un minuto de su tiempo para ver el siguiente video (versión en inglés o español). El video le mostrará cómo acceder a dos formularios importantes diferentes que nuestro campus necesita para su estudiante. Le pedimos que envíe estos documentos antes del 31 de diciembre de 2020.

Video Instruction: English  Spanish

Equipo de administración de HSA-Houston

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

Please check this link for the final week schedule:

Starting this Friday, 12/11/2020 all students will have a Finals Week with the following adjusted schedule.
On Friday 12/11, Monday 12/14, Tuesday 12/15: all students have 1 morning period (9am-12pm) and 1 afternoon period (1pm-4pm) (core- and AP classes)

* During the 3-hour morning/afternoon classes, students will take the interim assessment, district assessment or MOCK AP test
* In your Schoology account you can see when you are taking which test per class
* You will take the final exams/tests with your regular teacher, online, use the class zoom link
* You will be monitored through GoGuardian. If you don’t have GoGuardian, you will be in a breakout room, you will share your screen, video, and audio.
* On Friday, Monday, Tuesday the elective/PTLW/CTE classes are canceled. If you have an extra off period, you have to use this to do prepare for the classes with a final exam or do make-up work for your classes. The 2nd Quarter Grading Period ends on Friday, December 18th!

Please make sure you check your Schoology account during Finals week to see which class/test you are taking that day
The final exam/tests are an important tool to see if you are on track in your class. The results will be used to see who needs extra help or tutorials to be ready for the STAAR tests / AP exams in the Spring.

Please contact your teacher or me if you have any questions about the finals week.

Thank you,

Mrs. Kerkhofs, Testing Coordinator

 Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Zoom Link Here

(English Policy)HPS South-District PFE Policy 11-4-2020 (Spanish Policy) HPS South- District PFE-Policy 11-4-2020 (2)

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Houston South

District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Virtual online Meeting

Please make an RSVP


Goal/Purpose: Review, evaluate, and update/develop Written Parent and Family

Engagement (PFE) Policy and the School-Parent Compact


Agenda Items:

I. Title I Program Presentation

II. Review and evaluate last year’s PFE Policy and School-Parent Compact

III. Jointly develop PFE Policy and Compact for the current year

IV. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance

V. Comments, Q&A

Fall 2020- South District PFE Meeting Parent Invitation… (1)


Queridos padres:
Están cordialmente invitados a asistir a la reunión de participación de padres y familias del Título I del distrito Houston West.
Cuándo: Miercoles, 4 de Noviembre del 2020
Hora: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
La junta será virtual.
Por favor confirmen su asistencia por medio del link para que se les envíe invitación a Zoom.

Meta/Propósito: Revisar, evaluar y actualizar / desarrollar la Política escrita de participación de los padres y la familia (PFE) y el Acuerdo entre la escuela y los padres
Temas en la agenda:
I. Presentación del programa Título I
II. Revisar y evaluar la política de PFE del año pasado y el acuerdo entre la escuela y los padres.
III. Juntos desarrollaremos la política de PFE y acuerdo para este año.
IV. El currículo de la escuela y desempeño académico
V. Comentarios, Preguntas y Respuestas

(TEXAS) – On the eve of National Principals Month, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $27.8 million Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant to Harmony Public Schools to train, equip, and retain top-level school leaders at its campuses across the state.

This project will strengthen and evolve Harmony’s existing Human Capital Management System, developed through a previous Department of Education grant project (Teacher Incentive Fund, 2016), to more explicitly focus on strengthening instructional leadership by better positioning and supporting current and rising principals and instructional leadership teams to excel and remain in their roles—especially in high-need schools. Harmony has 50 schools designated as high-needs throughout the state.

The project design draws on proven research showing that strong instructional leadership improves educator effectiveness, which, in turn, accelerates growth in student outcomes.

“Great schools require great leadership,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why one of our highest priorities at Harmony Public Schools is to equip our principals and other school leaders with the tools they need to build cultures of achievement, character, and community at their campuses.”

Harmony was one of only 13 school systems in the country to receive the DOE grant and the largest of three Texas recipients.

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accordingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant professional development courses and are compensated on a step-scale ladder that treats them like cogs in a machine instead of as individuals with unique talents and interests. We’ve challenged today’s awardees to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the challenge.”

The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. 

  • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers.
  • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-performing teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.)
  • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to  build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers.

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. In 2020, Harmony hadall 23 high school campuses named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from

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:, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook:

Dear HSA-Houston Parents,

We hope this email finds you and your family well during these unprecedented times. We would like to remind you of a few updates regarding in-person learning. Online Learning is still available to all students.
For those families who selected the in-person options, it will tentatively begin on Monday, October 12, 2020 (Stage IV) at 7:30 am. Those of you who wish to remain online, please continue to do so.

All of our staff members will return to campus on October 8, 2020

10/8 Is Asynchronous Learning for students (online) and PD for Staff (in-person)
10/9 is a Student Holiday

Schedule for Staff Oct. 9, 2020
8:00-11:50 Campus Professional Development
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Teacher-Student Conference

We will continue to keep you updated as new developments take place.
As always, in the event you have any questions and or concerns, please contact Mr. White @ or 713-492-0214

Principal Torun

Estimados padres de Familia de HSA-Houston:

Esperamos que este correo electrónico los encuentre bien a usted y a su familia durante estos tiempos sin precedentes. Nos gustaría recordarle algunas actualizaciones sobre el aprendizaje en persona. El aprendizaje en línea todavía está disponible para todos los estudiantes.
Para aquellas familias que seleccionaron las opciones en persona, tentativamente comenzará el lunes 12 de octubre de 2020 (Etapa IV) a las 7:30 am. Aquellos de ustedes que deseen permanecer en línea, continúen haciéndolo.

Todos los miembros de nuestro personal regresarán al campus el 8 de octubre de 2020
10/8 es aprendizaje asincrónico para estudiantes (en línea) y desarrollo profesional para el personal (en persona)
10/9 es un día festivo para estudiantes
Horario para el personal 9 de octubre de 2020
8: 00-11: 50 Desarrollo profesional del campus
12: 00-1: 00 Almuerzo
1: 00-4: 00 Conferencia maestro-alumno

Continuaremos manteniéndolo actualizado a medida que se produzcan nuevos desarrollos.
Como siempre, en caso de que tenga muchas preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con el Sr. White @ o al 713-492-0214

Principal Torun

Dear HSA-Houston Families,
We would like to inform you that our campus will be closed today, 9/22 due to weather conditions.Online classes will resume as normal today. Please be safe and stay dry.

Estimadas familias de HSS-Houston,
Nos gustaría informarle que nuestro campus estará cerrado hoy, 22 de septiembre debido a las condiciones climáticas. Las clases en línea se reanudarán con normalidad hoy. Esté seguro y permanezca seco.

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We will offer the PSAT / SAT on the following school days, the test will be paper based and will be administered at Harmony Science Academy. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines every grade level will have its designated test day:

Seniors:                                           SAT on Wednesday, October 14th 2020

Sophomores:                                 PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October 17th 2020

Freshmen:                                      PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, October 28th 2020

Juniors:                                           PSAT/NMSQT on Thursday, October 29th 2020

Because of Covid-19 and the social distancing guidelines, the following rules apply:

  • – Students that have been tested positive or that are waiting for a test result are not allowed in the building
  • – Temperature will be checked at entrance
  • – Students and staff will wear face masks at all times
  • – No more than 8 students per regular test room, with social distancing at all times
  • – Students will bring their own pencils
  • – No sharing of materials

All students will receive a registration email to sign up for the SAT / PSAT. We need to know which students are coming to school on test day to take the PSAT or SAT to make the necessary arrangements.

There is NO MAKE UP TEST for students who miss the October test date.

Taking the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT/NMSQT® can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals, and about the education needed to reach those goals.

The PSAT has been designed to mirror the SAT®.

How to prepare for the PSAT?

Student Guide

Participation in the PSAT is an important step in preparing for college. The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy® to provide free SAT online practice. The customized test preparation will offer skill based videos and practice SAT questions to support students who have taken the PSAT.

When students get their score report, they can connect their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get free personalized learning plans based on test performance.

Taking the SAT / PSAT provides the following advantages to students:

  •  It measures the reading, math, and writing skills needed for college and career planning. After the test, students will receive a score report that will highlight opportunities to strengthen academic skills. Students can use the score report to show strengths and weaknesses pertaining to college readiness.
  • Prepares students for taking the SAT.
  • The Student Search Service® gives PSAT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies. • Provides practice recommendations from Khan Academy.
  • Juniors who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.
  • It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.

Score Reports will be distributed by February, 2020 at all Harmony Public Schools. Along with the score reports, PSAT / SAT test takers will receive a unique access code to gain access to an online score reporting portal.

From there students have access to all the college and career exploration programs available on College Board.

Every Harmony freshman, sophomore and junior is automatically registered to participate in the PSAT at their home campus on their designated test day in October, 2020.

Please contact Mrs. Kerkhofs (Testing Coordinator, for any questions about the SAT or PSAT.

Estimados padres / tutores y estudiantes,

Ofreceremos el PSAT / SAT en los siguientes días escolares, el examen se basará en papel y se administrará en Harmony Science Academy. Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 y las pautas de distanciamiento social, cada nivel de grado tendrá su día de prueba designado:

Seniors: SAT el miércoles 14 de octubre de 2020

Estudiantes de segundo año: PSAT / NMSQT el sábado 17 de octubre de 2020

Estudiantes de primer año: PSAT 8/9 el miércoles 28 de octubre de 2020

Juniors: PSAT / NMSQT el jueves 29 de octubre de 2020

Debido a Covid-19 y las pautas de distanciamiento social, se aplican las siguientes reglas:

– Los estudiantes que hayan dado positivo en la prueba o que estén esperando el resultado de una prueba no pueden ingresar al edificio.
– La temperatura se controlará a la entrada.
– Los estudiantes y el personal usarán máscaras faciales en todo momento.
– No más de 8 estudiantes por sala de pruebas regular, con distanciamiento social en todo momento
– Los estudiantes traerán sus propios lápices.
– No compartir materiales

Todos los estudiantes recibirán un correo electrónico de inscripción para inscribirse en el SAT / PSAT. Necesitamos saber qué estudiantes vendrán a la escuela el día del examen para tomar el PSAT o SAT para hacer los arreglos necesarios.

NO HAY EXAMEN DE RECUPERACIÓN para los estudiantes que pierdan la fecha de examen de octubre.

Tomar el PSAT 8/9 o PSAT / NMSQT® puede alentar a un estudiante a comenzar a pensar seriamente en la vida después de la escuela secundaria, en las metas universitarias y profesionales y en la educación necesaria para alcanzar esas metas.

El PSAT ha sido diseñado para reflejar el SAT®.

¿Cómo prepararse para el PSAT?

Guía de Estudiante

Guía del estudiante de PSAT 8/9:
Guía del estudiante de PSAT / NMSQT:
Práctica adicional en:

La participación en el PSAT es un paso importante en la preparación para la universidad. El College Board se ha asociado con Khan Academy® para brindar práctica gratuita en línea del SAT. La preparación de la prueba personalizada ofrecerá videos basados ​​en habilidades y preguntas de práctica del SAT para ayudar a los estudiantes que hayan tomado el PSAT.

Cuando los estudiantes obtienen su informe de calificaciones, pueden conectar sus cuentas de College Board y Khan Academy para obtener planes de aprendizaje personalizados gratuitos basados ​​en el rendimiento de las pruebas.

Tomar el SAT / PSAT brinda las siguientes ventajas a los estudiantes:

* Mide las habilidades de lectura, matemáticas y escritura necesarias para la planificación universitaria y profesional. Después de la prueba, los estudiantes recibirán un informe de calificaciones que destacará las oportunidades para fortalecer sus habilidades académicas. Los estudiantes pueden usar el informe de calificaciones para mostrar las fortalezas y debilidades relacionadas con la preparación para la universidad.
* Prepara a los estudiantes para tomar el SAT.
* El Student Search Service® brinda a los examinados PSAT la opción de colocar voluntariamente sus nombres y direcciones en un grupo de estudiantes con destino a la universidad interesados ​​en recibir información sobre admisión y ayuda financiera de universidades, universidades y agencias de becas certificadas.
* Proporciona recomendaciones de práctica de Khan Academy.
* Los estudiantes de tercer año que obtienen buenas calificaciones pueden calificar para Becas y Reconocimiento Nacional al Mérito.
* Proporciona información valiosa a padres y estudiantes sobre el potencial del estudiante para estudios académicos avanzados en la escuela secundaria.

Los informes de calificaciones se distribuirán en febrero de 2020 en todas las escuelas públicas de Harmony. Junto con los informes de calificaciones, los examinados PSAT / SAT recibirán un código de acceso único para acceder a un portal de informes de calificaciones en línea.

Desde allí, los estudiantes tienen acceso a todos los programas de exploración de universidades y carreras disponibles en College Board.

Todos los estudiantes de primer, segundo y tercer año de Harmony se registran automáticamente para participar en el PSAT en su campus de origen en el día de examen designado en octubre de 2020.

Comuníquese con la Sra. Kerkhofs (Coordinadora de exámenes, si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el SAT o el PSAT.



Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.

Encouraging students to read more improves their skills and promotes a love of reading they can continue throughout their educational years and into adulthood.

That’s why Harmony Public Schools is hosting a fall Reading Challenge for all students in all campuses.

Join your classmates from across your campus and across the state from Monday, September 21, 2020 though Sunday, January 3, 2021 as together we show our love for reading and discover new and exciting ideas, authors, and stories through our favorite books.

Along the way, we’ll recognize our top readers and campuses each month, share favorite book picks, and ask for your reviews on some of your favorite reads.

The reading challenges by grade are:

Kindergarten – Grade 2
20 Books

Grade 3-5
10 Novels
3 Fiction
3 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 6-8
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
14 Novels
5 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
4 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.