Parents, Guardians, Students
On Thursday, April 1st we will host a STAAR Info Zoom Session to give extra information about the upcoming STAAR tests and to answer your questions.
Please join us tomorrow at 7pm:
Join Zoom Meeting https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/83679508563?pwd=ZjMwelVIQWpLcERCcGxzcC9rTmhGdz09 Meeting ID: 836 7950 8563 Passcode: 341996

We also sent out a STAAR Participation Survey to all parents and students:
If you have any questions about the upcoming STAAR tests, please join us at the STAAR Info Session, Thursday at 7pm, or email: ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org

Questions?

Please send us your questions here https://forms.gle/U9n36tYg9JKTrmh57 and we will answer them during the zoom session.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

STAAR testing will start soon.  Although this school year has been challenging, we are confident our students are ready and have the skills necessary to be successful on the STAAR tests.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) is a state-mandated test that measures students’ mastery of the statewide curriculum at various grade levels in elementary, middle school, and high school.  STAAR End of Course (EOC) tests are administered to students enrolled in the following high school classes: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History.  All students currently enrolled in these courses as well as students who need to retake exams are required to participate in this testing.  Satisfactory performance on each STAAR EOC test is a prerequisite for a high school diploma.

To ensure equity for all students, The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requiring all students to take STAAR in a monitored testing session at school supervised by a trained test administrator.  Appropriate public health protocols will be followed during all testing administrations.

To safeguard your child’s success on STAAR, please do the following: make sure your child arrives on time to school after a good night’s rest; is prepared to test, and eats a good dinner the night before and a good breakfast the morning of testing.  Similarly, encouraging your child to do his or her personal best can greatly improve your child’s self-confidence which will lead to better performance.  All testing materials will be provided by the school.  We do urge students to bring a snack to eat during the test.

Following are the dates for the upcoming Spring 2021 STAAR and STAAR EOC exams.

Tuesday, April 6th: English 1 (9th grade)
Thursday, April 8th: English 2 (10th grade)
Wednesday, May 5th: Biology (9th grade)
Tuesday, May 11th: US History (11th grade)
Tuesday, May 18th: Algebra 1 (9th grade)

As a reminder, the campus will be closed to all visitors, including parents, on testing days.  This includes lunch drop-offs.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Please fill out this form for Spring STAAR test planning purposes: https://forms.gle/LH9VP1PumKYHP2ZR6

If you have any questions or concerns about testing, please do not hesitate to contact our Campus Federal Programs and Testing Coordinator Ms. Kerkhofs from ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org.

Sincerely,

HSA Admin Team

You’re Invited!

Harmony Public Schools South/West District is hosting a virtual career talk in partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. It’s happening on Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30 P.M. Students, parents, and staff are all invited to attend.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

STAAR testing will start soon.  Although this school year has been challenging, we are confident our students are ready and have the skills necessary to be successful on the STAAR tests.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) is a state mandated test that measures students’ mastery of the statewide curriculum at various grade levels in elementary, middle school, and high school.  STAAR End of Course (EOC) tests are administered to students enrolled in the following high school classes: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History.  All students currently enrolled in these courses as well as students who need to retake exams are required to participate in this testing.  Satisfactory performance on each STAAR EOC test is a prerequisite for a high school diploma.

To ensure equity for all students, The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requiring all students to take STAAR in a monitored testing session at school supervised by a trained test administrator.  Appropriate public health protocols will be followed during all testing administrations.

To safeguard your child’s success on STAAR, please do the following: make sure your child arrives on time to school after a good night’s rest; is prepared to test; and eats a good dinner the night before and a good breakfast the morning of testing.  Similarly, encouraging your child to do his or her personal best can greatly improve your child’s self-confidence which will lead to better performance.  All testing materials will be provided by the school.  We do urge students to bring a snack to eat during the test.

In order to maintain the security and confidentiality of state tests, communication devices are NOT allowed in any testing area on exam days.  A communication device includes but is not limited to cellular telephones, pagers, music and/or recording/listening devices, earbuds/Airpods, video recorders, cameras, smart watches, computers/laptops, iPods, iPads, organizational tools, Fitbits, other hand-held electronic devices, and any other device that allows internet access, two-way communication and/or recording capabilities.

If a student is found to possess a communication device while inside an active testing room, the test of that student may be voided and would not be scored by the state.  Additionally, these students may face disciplinary action.  Students are strongly encouraged to NOT bring these devices on test days.  Students who forget and bring a device will have the opportunity to relinquish the device to the test administrator before the test begins.  The student’s name will be attached to the device, and it will be returned to the owner once all testing is completed for the day.  Additionally, students need to sign the policy prior to testing stating they understand the rules and consequences regarding cell phone and electronic device usage during STAAR testing.

STAAR test results are used as an accurate indicator of a student’s academic performance.  Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Students suspected of cheating may have their tests voided as well as face disciplinary action.  Please discuss with your child the importance of being honest and doing his/her own work.

Following are the dates for the upcoming Spring 2021 STAAR EOC exams.

  • APRIL

○      STAAR Alt 2 Testing Window: March 29 – May 7

○      English I: Tuesday. April 6 (9th grade)

○      English II: Thursday, April 8 (10th grade)

  • MAY

○      Biology: Wednesday, May 5 (9th grade)

○      U.S. History: Tuesday, May 11 (11th grade)

○      Algebra 1: Tuesday, May 18 (9th grade)

 In addition to state assessments, other upcoming exams include:

  • SAT School Day for Juniors: Tuesday April 13 2021
  • AP Exams from May 4 to May 28

As a reminder, the campus will be closed to all visitors, including parents, on testing days.  This includes lunch drop-offs.  Also, please do not plan on picking up your child early on a day he/she is testing as students are not allowed to resume an unfinished test.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org.

Sincerely,

Ineke Kerkhofs

Testing & Federal Programs Coordinator

Harmony Science Academy, Houston – High

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Estimados padres/guardianes,

El examen STAAR empezará pronto. A pesar de que este año escolar ha sido desafiante, no sentimos seguros que nuestros alumnos estén listos y tienen las herramientas necesarias para ser exitosos en los exámenes STAAR.

El State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) es un examen bajo mandato estatal que mide el dominio de los alumnos y el currículo de todo el estado en varios grados en la primaria, secundaria y preparatoria. Los exámenes de STAAR End of Course (EOC) son administrados a los alumnos registrados en las siguientes clases de preparatoria: Álgebra I, Biología, Ingles I, Ingles II y U.S Historia. Todos los alumnos registrados en estos cursos como los alumnos que tengan que volver a tomar los exámenes requieren participar en este examen. El rendimiento satisfactorio en cada examen STAAR EOC es un requisito para recibir un diploma de preparatoria.

Para asegurar la igualdad para todos los alumnos, el Texas Education Agency (TEA) requiere que todos los alumnos que tomen el examen STAAR tengan secciones monitoreadas en la escuela bajo supervisión por un administrador entrenado. Los protocolos apropiados de salud pública serán administrados durante los exámenes.

Para garantizar el éxito de los alumnos tomando el examen STAAR, recomendamos lo siguiente: asegurense que su hijo/a llegue a tiempo a la escuela después de una noche de descanso; este preparado/a para el examen; y coma una buena cena la noche anterior y un buen desayuno en la mañana del examen. Igualmente, animar a su hijo/a a hacer lo mejor que pueda puede mejorar la autoestima de su hijo/a la cual puede llevar a un mejor rendimiento en el examen. Todos los materiales para el examen serán proporcionados por la escuela. Recomendamos que los alumnos traigan un bocadillo que puedan comer durante el examen.

Para poder mantener un ambiente seguro y confiable durante el examen, los aparatos de comunicación NO serán permitidos dentro del área del examen. Ejemplos de aparatos de comunicación son: teléfonos celulares, pagers, aparatos para escuchar música y/o aparatos para grabar/escuchar, auriculares/Airpods, videograbadoras, cámaras, relojes inteligentes, computadoras/laptops, iPods, iPads, Fitbits, otros aparatos electronicos portatiles y cualquier otro aparato que permita acceso a la red, comunicación mutual y/o que tenga capacidades de grabación.

Si un alumno se encuentra con posesión de un aparato de comunicación mientras esté dentro del área de examen, el examen del alumno puede ser anulado y no será calificado por el estado. Adicionalmente, los alumnos recibirán acciones disciplinarias. Se le recomienda a los alumnos que NO traigan estos aparatos el día del examen. Para los alumnos que se les olvide y traigan aparatos de comunicación tendrán la oportunidad de dejarle los aparatos al administrador del examen antes de que empiece el examen. El nombre del alumno será adjuntado con el aparato, y será entregado a su dueño una vez que termine el examen. Adicionalmente, los estudiantes tendrán que firmar la póliza antes de tomar su examen la cual dice el entendimiento de las reglas y consecuencias relacionadas con el uso de los aparatos electrónicos durante el examen STAAR.

Los resultados del examen STAAR son utilizados como indicadores precisos del rendimiento académico de los alumnos. La deshonestidad académica no será tolerada. Si hay alguna sospecha de que los alumnos hayan hecho trampa, sus exámenes serán anulados y también recibirán acciones disciplinarias. Por favor discuta con su hijo/a la importancia de ser honesto y hacer su trabajo por sí solo.

A continuación encontrará las fechas para el próximo examen STAAR EOC:

  • ABRIL

○      STAAR Alt 2 Ventana de Examen: 29 marzo – 9 de mayo

○      Inglés I: Martes, 6 de abril, 9 grado

○      Inglés II: Jueves, 8 de abril, 10 grado

  • MAYO

○      Biología: Miércoles, 5 de mayo, 9 grado

○      U.S Historia: Martes, 11 de mayo, 11 grado

○      Algebra 1: Martes, 18 de mayo, 9 grade

 

A parte de estos exámenes estatales, otros exámenes próximos incluyen:

  • SAT School Day for Juniors: Martes Abril 13 2021
  • AP Exams  Mayo 4 a Mayo 28

 Como un recordatorio, la escuela estará cerrada para todos los visitantes, incluyendo padres de familia, el día del examen. Esto incluye dejar almuerzos a la escuela. También, por favor no planee en recoger a su hijo/a temprano el día que tome el examen ya que los alumnos no están permitidos de resumir un examen inconcluso. Gracias por su cooperación y entendimiento.

Si tienen alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en mandarme un correo electrónico a ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org.

Atentamente,

Ineke Kerkhofs

Coordinadora de Exámenes y Programas Federales

Harmony Science Academy, Houston High

The purpose of this announcement is to inform our HPS communities about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year. In light of past and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner of Education has waived grade promotion requirements for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year. Notwithstanding anything the contrary in prior policy or procedure, Harmony Public Schools will comply with the Commissioner’s waiver of SSI requirements for this school year.

For additional information, please click on this link to review TEA’s correspondence in regards to the matter: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements)

PTO News and Next Meeting Info!
Dear Parents and Students,
Support your PTO by using the following link when shopping on Amazon:
When you use this link, Amazon will donate a part of your purchase to the HSA-H PTO at no cost to you!
Join us for the next PTO General Meeting through Zoom on Tuesday, March 9th, at 7m:

https://zoom.us/j/95672116959

Meeting ID: 956 7211 6959

View videos of our past PTO general meetings at:
Join our WhatsApp group to stay informed:

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.

We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may apply online by clicking here.