February 24th as the HarmonyAll-Stars play on the court prior to Rockets vs. Knicks! The Harmony Choir will sing the National Anthem before tipoff! All-Star Games Start at 1:00 Rockets game time is 7:00 pm.

Harmony Science Academy – Houston (Harmony – Houston South District) District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please join us for our upcoming District Annual Title I meeting on Wednesday, October 16th. During this meeting, we will review, evaluate, and develop a written Parent and Family Engagement Policy (PFE) and School-Parent Compact for 2019-2020. Since we have two districts, there will be two sessions, one for Houston South (9:00am-10:00am) and the other for Houston West (1:00pm-2:00pm).

For more details, please select the invitation below that represents your child’s district. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Phoebe Taylor, District Coordinator/Federal Programs by Monday, October 14th. Email:ptaylor@harmonytx.org Thank you!

Juniors Academic and College Application Information Night

We are going to launch this year’s Junior parent meeting with a very important event. You are strongly urged to attend since we will discuss very important items that are critical for your children and this information will be presented only this semester.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: High School Cafeteria

We encourage you to participate in this event as junior students and parents since this year is the most important year for college applications and also for scholarships.

You are invited to attend the GT parent night that we will be having this coming Friday, October 11th. It will be at the school’s library starting at 500 Pm. We will have information about what we do in GT, internships and many other topics. We want to stay in contact with you and your student so please come. Harmony Public Schools is committed to implementing a program that meets the unique social, emotional,and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students through the collaboration of students, educators, parents and community members that ensures opportunities for maximum growth and development for lifelong success.

Dear Parents,

All students in Grades 9-10-11 will take PSAT 8/9 or PSAT test on Wednesday, October 16. This is an important test to measure student’s college readiness and plan for life after high school.

Please read this attachment for important information and details about this test: PSAT Information For Parents

Please reply to this email or call us for any questions about the PSAT.

Mrs. Kerkhofs

Testing Coordinator, ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org


Queridos padres,

Todos los estudiantes en los grados 9-10-11 tomarán el examen PSAT 8/9 o PSAT el miércoles 16 de octubre. Este es un examen importante para medir la preparación universitaria del estudiante y planificar su vida después de la escuela secundaria.

Lea este archivo adjunto para obtener información importante y detalles sobre esta prueba: Información de PSAT para padres 

Responda a este correo electrónico o llámenos si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el PSAT.

Mrs. Kerkhofs

Coordinador de Pruebas, ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In the next days, the English teacher of your student will hand out the MAP® Growth™ Family Report , which is a summary of how your child is performing academically, as measured by the most recent MAP Growth test your child has taken. These tests and scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students.

If you haven’t received the MAP Growth Report from your student, please email me at ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org and I will send you the report by email.

MAP Growth tests are unique, and it adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

Your child’s MAP Growth results are represented as RIT scores. A RIT score is the overall score for a subject based on a Rasch Unit (RIT), and you’ll see it referenced in the Family Report your teacher will share with you.

I hope you find these reports informative. If you have questions, please contact the English or Math teacher of your student.

For more information about MAP Growth, visit NWEA.org/familytoolkit



Ineke Kerkhofs

Testing Coordinator

Harmony Science Academy, Houston High

Dear Parents,

We will hold our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, September 25th and meetings will be held from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

School will be dismissed early on that day at 12:55 pm. You may check our Early Dismissal bell schedule on our website: https://hsahouston.harmonytx.org/bells/

In order to better serve you, we will be using an appointment system this year. Please use the link below to book 10 min appointments with teachers that you would like to meet. If the link does not open, you may copy and paste it into your browser or open the attached file with links.

Appointment Link: http://bit.ly/HSAparentteacher2019HSA Parent-Teacher Conference – September 25th,2019 – Sheet1

You may check your child’s teacher names in your Skyward Family Access account. If you don’t have access to your Skyward or if you need help with booking your appointments, please reply to this email or give us a call at 713-492-0214.

We hope to see you all next week!


Seth Haytiyev
Principal-HSA Houston


Queridos padres,

Celebraremos nuestras conferencias de padres y maestros el Miércoles 25 de septiembre y las reuniones se llevarán a cabo desde 1:30 p.m. a 5 p.m.

La escuela saldrá temprano ese día a las 12:55 pm. Puede consultar nuestro horario de campanas de salida temprana en nuestro sitio web:   https://hsahouston.harmonytx.org/bells/

Para brindarle un mejor servicio, utilizaremos un sistema de citas este año. Utilice el siguiente enlace para reservar citas de 10 minutos con los maestros que le gustaría conocer. Si el enlace no se abre, puede copiarlo y pegarlo en su navegador o abrir el archivo adjunto con enlaces.

Enlace de cita: http://bit.ly/HSAparentteacher2019

Puede verificar los nombres de los maestros de su hijo en su cuenta de Skyward Family Access. Si no tiene acceso a su Skyward o si necesita ayuda para reservar sus citas, responda a este correo electrónico o llámenos al 713-492-0214.

¡Esperamos verlos a todos la próxima semana!


Seth Haytiyev
Director-HSA Houston

You are cordially invited to attend the Harmony Science Academy Houston-High School Title I Meeting.

Please see the file below for more information.

Parent Invitation 2019

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly-enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment.

Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site. Here are the links for the forms;

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 27, 2019. G/T assessment period will take place in October.

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


“We are very happy to continue to reward our staff for their dedication to excellence,” said Fatih Ay, CEO of Harmony Public Schools. “Every year our 34,000 plus students consistently exceed state education standards. Our teacher’s hard work is recognized annually by major publications, such as US News Best High Schools, and noted children’s advocacy groups.”

In addition to a base salary increase of between $3,500 & $5,000, teachers will be awarded a stipend of $1,000 if they have between 5 and 9 years of classroom experience. Those with more than 10 years’ experience will receive $2,000. “We see this as an investment not only in our teachers but in our students as well,” Ay said.

The new salary schedule follows Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the $11.5 Billion school finance reform package. Harmony chose to target additional funding into pay & benefits for teachers and staff. These increases have been presented to the HPS Board of Directors, and will be up for approval after receiving regulations from TEA.

Harmony Proposed Pay Increases

Students who did not meet satisfactory performance standards on one or more STAAR End of Course exam(s) are required to continue testing as mandated by state law.  Below is the schedule for the next testing opportunity. Students who do not participate or are not successful in June, their next testing opportunity will be in December 2019.

Monday, June 24: English I
Tuesday, June 25: Biology
Wednesday, June 26: English II
Thursday, June 27: Algebra and US History
Friday, June 28: make up day

All testing will take place at HSA-Houston.  Please arrive at the check-in time specified above and enter through the front doors of the school.  Students must bring picture identification (school ID card, driver’s license, or state issued ID card) to the testing session.  Students are allowed to bring a quiet snack and a bottle of water. Cell phones will not be allowed in the testing rooms but can be stored at check-in with campus personnel.  Students may leave after completing their test.

Healthy Summer Meals For Kids

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Use the mapping tool below to find a site near you.


1 Call 211

2 Text* FOODTX to 877-877, or

3 Visit SummerFood.org


Mapping tool: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks


Nuestros niños necesitan comida nutritiva para aprender, crecer y prosperar—incluso cuando no hay escuela. Bajo el Programa de Servicios de Alimentos para Niños durante el Verano, los niños de 18 años de edad o menores pueden seguir comiendo comida saludable durante todo el verano, sin costo. Solo tienen que ir a un sitio de comida que participe en el programa.


1 Llame al 211

2 Envíe un mensaje de texto* COMIDA al 877–877, o

3 Visite SummerFood.org


Mapping tool: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks



Parent Information Rack Card