The following is a message from Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay for HPS students, families and team members.

Hello … and happy summer vacation!

 

We hope you are having a fun and relaxing break. Here at Harmony, we’re already hard at work preparing for another exciting and engaging school year for our students and team members.  With the first day of classes just a few weeks away, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide our students, team members, and their families a little more information on what to expect in the coming school year.

 

Here are a few highlights, but expect more details along with our annual Back to School Playbook in the days ahead:

 

 

CAMPUS-BASED LEARNING FOR ALL: Last year, many of our families elected to learn remotely rather than sending their student to campus. Accordingly, Harmony came into the summer preparing to expand and further improve its virtual learning options for families in 2021-22. Unfortunately, state leaders in the Texas Legislature have declined to continue funding for full-time virtual learning in 2021-22 for all Texas public schools, eliminating the option for virtual learning for millions of public school students at thousands of campuses like ours across the state. We are closely monitoring all potential developments and will provide family updates as new developments may occur. In the meantime, we are eagerly looking forward to greeting all of our scholars back in person when the 2021-22 school year begins.

 

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRANSITION HELP: Many of our students will be returning to campus for the first time in a long time this fall. For some of our youngest students, it will be their first time coming to campus ever. So we’ve developed a comprehensive transition plan that focuses on helping students regain possible academic losses from the past two years, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support, increasing access to campus behavioral counselors, and a behavior intervention system that rewards good choices.

 

 

RETURN OF EXTRACURRICULARS & SPORTS: With proper safety precautions, Harmony students will be able to participate in a full range of in-person extracurricular activities this fall, including sports and other interschool competitions. We’ll also continue to offer many of the clubs and activities that students enjoyed last school year. Keep an eye on the Clubs page of your campus website for more information on activities offered at your Harmony campus.

 

 

MODIFIED CAMPUS SANITATION PROTOCOLS: Health experts have learned a lot about how COVID-19 spreads since the start of the pandemic. So with all of our learners returning to campus this fall, we have modified some of our safety procedures and eliminated others to comply with the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Texas Education Agency. Chief among those changes is a reduced social distance requirement in some indoor settings, a change in mask recommendations for outdoor activities, and the opportunity for visitors and volunteers to come to campus again under certain circumstances (at principal’s discretion). Look for more complete details on these and other COVID-related guidelines in the coming days in our “Back to School Playbook.”

 

 

MASKS OPTIONAL: According to an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, public schools are no longer allowed to require their students or team members to wear masks. Instead, masks are optional for both students and team members. Currently, the CDC strongly recommends masks for unvaccinated individuals ages 2 and older. (Ages 12 & Up: Find a free and convenient vaccine clinic near you.) Harmony will continue to offer masks for those who request them.

 

As you can see, helping our students move forward from the past two years both academically and social-emotionally will be key goals of the 2021-22 school year. We appreciate your ongoing support in this critical effort and will provide you more details soon.

 

 

Thank you for being a member of our Harmony Public Schools family.

 

 

We can’t wait to see you this fall!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On June 3, 2021, the Texas Education Agency informed the districts that a funding waiver for remote learning will not be an option. This means that HSA-Houston won’t be able to offer virtual school this fall. All HSA-Houston students will attend classes in person starting with the first day of school on August 16, Monday. You can also see the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar from this link: https://bit.ly/hsaacademiccalendar .

In addition to that, there will be a major change to our bell schedule on Fridays when HSA-Houston will begin dismissal at 2:25 pm. Please contact with HSA-Houston for any questions.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Schedule HSA High
Doors Open 7:15 am
Start Time 7:45 am
Tardy 7:46 am
Dismissal 3:17 pm
Late Pick Up 4:00 pm

***Friday Schedule*** HSA High
Doors Open 7:15 am
Start Time 7:45 am
Tardy 7:46 am
**Dismissal **2:25 pm
Late Pick Up 3:00 pm

You will notice in the schedule above that we are starting school at 7:45 am. The biggest change is our Friday schedule. All students will dismiss early every Friday of the school year. You will need to make arrangements to ensure your child is dropped off and picked up on time during our new start and end times. We appreciate your cooperation.

Sincerely,
HSA-Houston Admin Team
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Queridos padres y guardianes,

El 3 de junio de 2021, la Agencia de Educación de Texas informó a los distritos que una exención de fondos para el aprendizaje remoto no sería una opción. Esto significa que HSA-Houston no podrá ofrecer escuela virtual este otoño. Todos los estudiantes de HSA-Houston asistirán a clases en persona a partir del primer día de clases el lunes 16 de agosto. También puede ver el Calendario Académico 2021-2022 desde este enlace: https://bit.ly/hsaacademiccalendar

Además de eso, habrá un cambio importante en nuestro horario de timbre los viernes cuando HSA-Houston comenzará la salida a las 2:25 pm. Comuníquese con HSA-Houston si tiene alguna pregunta.

Horario Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, Jueves HSA alta
Puertas abiertas 7:15 am
Hora de inicio 7:45 am
Tarde 7:46 am
Salida 3:17 pm
Recogida tardía 4:00 pm

*** Horario Viernes *** HSA alta
Puertas abiertas 7:15 am
Hora de inicio 7:45 am
Tarde 7:46 am
** Despido ** 2:25 pm
Recogida tardía 3:00 pm

Notará en el horario anterior que comenzamos la escuela a las 7:45 am. El mayor cambio es nuestro horario de los viernes. Todos los estudiantes saldrán temprano todos los viernes del año escolar. Deberá hacer arreglos para asegurarse de que su hijo sea dejado y recogido a tiempo durante nuestras nuevas horas de inicio y finalización. Apreciamos tu cooperación.

Atentamente,
Equipo de administración de HSA-Houston

Please join us for the Harmony Public Schools S/W District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 9:00 A.M.

Zoom Link: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/89838569818?pwd=Ty8vazN2Q1EwUitkME5OL0E2WHhJQT09

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you are enjoying the summer break and ready to kick off the 2021-2022 academic school year in the coming weeks. We would like to inform you of some extremely important dates for our scholars. We’re asking that you please make note that our Student Orientations and Tiger Camp will be on the following dates:

August 12, 2021
9th & 10th Graders
8:00-3:00

August 13, 2021
11th & 12th Graders
8:00-12:00

In the event you have many any questions, please contact Dr. White (jamie.white@harmonytx.org), Mr. Kaya (kaya@harmonytx.org), or Mr. Hasan (shasan@harmonytx.org).

Sincerely,
HSA-Houston Admin Team


Queridos padres y guardianes,

Esperamos que esté disfrutando de las vacaciones de verano y esté listo para comenzar el año escolar académico 2021-2022 en las próximas semanas. Nos gustaría informarle de algunas fechas extremadamente importantes para nuestros estudiantes. Le pedimos que tome nota de que nuestras Orientaciones para estudiantes y Tiger Camp serán en las siguientes fechas:

12 de agosto de 2021
Estudiantes de noveno y décimo grado
8: 00-3: 00

13 de agosto de 2021
Estudiantes de 11 ° y 12 ° grado
8: 00-12: 00

En caso de que tenga muchas preguntas, comuníquese con el Dr. White (jamie.white@harmonytx.org), el Sr. Kaya (kaya@harmonytx.org) o el Sr. Hasan (shasan@harmonytx.org).

Atentamente,
Equipo de administración de HSA-Houston

To: HSA-Houston Students and Families

From: Dr. White, Assistant Principal

Date: July 13, 2021

Subject: Student Dress Code Reminders

Harmony Science Academy-Houston Dress Code is an important part of our school culture and climate. Our goal is to always provide an environment that is free of distractions, safe, orderly and conducive to the learning of our scholars.   Below of this memo, you will find a few reminders regarding Harmony Science Academy-Houston Dress Code.

  1. Khaki, Blue, or Black Pant must be free of holes, rips, cuts, graffiti, and must be worn at the waist (no sagging). If a belt is needed to hold jeans up, one must be worn.
  2. Jeans are only allowed to be worn on Friday’s and they must be free of holes, graffiti, and must be worn at the waist (no sagging). If a belt is needed to hold jeans up, one must be worn.
  3. Shorts may not be worn at any given time during the academic school year.
  4. Uniform Shirts (long/short sleeve) must be worn every day unless indicated by an administrator.
  1. Hoodies/Jackets are allowed, but cannot be worn on the head while inside the school building. School uniform shirt must be worn even with the hoodie.
  1. Inappropriate Apparel such as pajamas or clothing representing drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gangs, violence or are crude, suggestive or divisive in words or pictures may not be worn at any time while on campus, field trips, college fair, etc…
  2. Shoes must be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers, sandals, Crocs, flip-flops and heels are not allowed.
  3. Class/Spirit shirts or any clothing designed to represent HSA-Houston or an organization at HSA-Houston must be approved by administration before it is sold or worn on school grounds.
  4. Athletic uniforms may not be worn during the instructional day unless approved by the administration.
  5. Items not allowed on campus: blankets used as outerwear, caps, hats and other attire that is distracting to the learning environment.

Please help support our rules and policies, thereby facilitating your student(s) growth as learners, citizens and young adults. We ask that you speak with your student(s) about the policy and guidelines and please consider these expectations when shopping for clothing or evaluating their day to day dressing and grooming habits.  If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 713-492-0214 or jamie.white@harmonytx.org, whereas I can verbally validate what is written herein. Thank you for your support of this effort and we look forward to seeing and working with you during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we continue our preparations for the 2021-22 school year, we would like to inform you about the new bell schedule for HSA-Houston. Please see the new start and end times for the 2021-22 school year. There will be a major change to our bell schedule on Fridays when HSA-Houston will begin dismissal at 2:25 pm. Please contact with HSA-Houston for any questions.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Schedule

Doors Open: 7:15 am
Start Time: 7:45 am
Tardy: 7:46 am
Dismissal: 3:17 pm
Late Pick Up: 4:00 pm

***Friday Schedule***
HSA High
Doors Open: 7:15 am
Start Time: 7:45 am
Tardy: 7:46 am
**Dismissal: **2:25 pm
Late Pick Up: 3:00 pm

You will notice in the schedule above that we are starting school at 7:45 am. The biggest change is our Friday schedule. All students will dismiss early every Friday of the school year. You will need to make arrangements to ensure your child is dropped off and picked up on time during our new start and end times. We appreciate your cooperation.

Sincerely,
HSA-Houston Admin Team
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Queridos padres y guardianes,

A medida que continuamos con nuestros preparativos para el año escolar 2021-22, nos gustaría informarle sobre el nuevo horario de timbre para HSA-Houston. Consulte las nuevas horas de inicio y finalización para el año escolar 2021-22. Habrá un cambio importante en nuestro horario de timbre los viernes cuando HSA-Houston comenzará la salida a las 2:25 pm. Comuníquese con HSA-Houston si tiene alguna pregunta.

Horario Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, Jueves
HSA High
Puertas abren 7:15 am
Hora de inicio 7:45 am
Tardía 7:46 am
Despido 3:17 pm
Recogida tardy 4:00 pm

***Friday Schedule***
HSA High
Puertas abren 7:15 am
Hora de inicio 7:45 am
Tardía 7:46 am
**Despido **2:25 pm
Recogida tarde 3:00 pm

Notará en el horario anterior que comenzamos la escuela a las 7:45 am. El mayor cambio es nuestro horario de los viernes. Todos los estudiantes saldrán temprano todos los viernes del año escolar. Deberá hacer arreglos para asegurarse de que su hijo sea dejado y recogido a tiempo durante nuestras nuevas horas de inicio y finalización. Apreciamos tu cooperación.

Atentamente,
Equipo de administración de HSA-Houston

HSA Houston – July (1)

 

This letter is for families with:

• Children who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
• Children who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school that offers free meals to all students.*
• Children born after Aug. 1, 2014, in families who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.
*Contact your child’s school if you have questions about the school’s participation in these programs.

If you do not meet at least one of the requirements listed above, your child is not eligible for the P-EBT benefits described below.

Enrolled students (up to 21 years of age) in families that temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020–2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Lone Star Card.

The application for P-EBT will open June 2, 2021. Go to yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT to apply.

The application link is case-sensitive. The deadline to apply is Aug. 13, 2021.

Who Needs to Apply?
A parent/guardian must apply if eligible child is:

o Enrolled in K-12 and NOT part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one
month between August 2020 and June 2021.

o Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for the first time during the 2020–2021 school year in May or June 2021.
• A parent/guardian does not have to apply if eligible child is:
o Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and April 2021.
o Born after Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.
For more information about eligibility, applying and getting your P-EBT benefits, visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt, or call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–6
p.m. Central time.

Esta carta es para las familias con:
• Niños que están aprobados para recibir comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido a través del Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares (NSLP).
• Niños que asisten a una escuela beneficiaria de la Cláusula de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (CEP) o a una escuela de la Cláusula 2 (P2) que ofrece comidas gratuitas a todos los estudiantes.*
• Niños nacidos después del 1 de agosto de 2014 en familias que recibieron beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre octubre de 2020 y junio de 2021.
*Comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo si tiene preguntas sobre la participación de la escuela en estos programas.
Si usted no cumple con al menos uno de los requisitos mencionados anteriormente, su hijo no puede recibir los beneficios de P-EBT descritos a continuación.

Estimado padre o tutor,

Los estudiantes matriculados (hasta los 21 años de edad) de familias que perdieron temporalmente el acceso a las comidas escolares gratuitas o de precio reducido para el año escolar 2020-2021 debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 podrían reunir los requisitos para recibir la Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios durante la Pandemia (P-EBT). Los beneficios de P-EBT pueden usarse para comprar alimentos en cualquier tienda que acepte la tarjeta Lone Star.

La presentación de solicitudes para P-EBT se abrirá el 2 de junio de 2021. Visite yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT (en inglés) para presentar la solicitud. El enlace para la solicitud distingue entre mayúsculas y minúsculas. La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el 13 de agosto de 2021.

¿Quién debe presentar la solicitud?
Un padre o tutor deberá presentar la solicitud si el niño que reúne los requisitos:
o Está matriculado en K-12 y NO pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre agosto de 2020 y junio de 2021.
o Nació el 1 de agosto de 2014 o antes y pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP por primera vez durante el año escolar 2020-2021 en mayo o junio de 2021.
• Un padre o tutor no tiene que presentar la solicitud si el niño que reúne los requisitos:
o Nació el 1 de agosto de 2014 o antes y pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre agosto de 2020 y abril de 2021.
o Nació después del 1 de agosto de 2014 y pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre octubre de 2020 y junio de 2021.
Para más información sobre los requisitos, la presentación de la solicitud y cómo recibir sus beneficios de P-EBT, visite hhs.texas.gov/es/pebt, o llame al Centro de llamadas de P-EBT al 833-442-1255, de lunes a viernes, de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. hora del centro.

 

AP courses offer students college-level work while in high school. The College Board has created course guides that may include prerequisites, extended reading, or learning beyond the scope of the school-day curriculum.
You can get all the assignments by joining the Schoology AP Summer assignment group. Please check this document: How to Join Schoology AP Summer Assignment Group:  http://bit.ly/hsaapsummer
To support the learning frameworks, some courses require students to complete a summer assignment. The type and scope of the assignment will vary by course. All assignments are tightly aligned to the learning outcomes and intended to further support the student in the course.
Please carefully review any summer requirements your course may have. Courses may have links to assignments and/or books to read. When a book is listed, it should be read in its entirety, unless specific instructions are given otherwise. Please contact your AP Teachers if you have a specific question about your summer work.

We invite all parents, staff, and other community stakeholders to attend Harmony Public Schools-Houston South/West District Wellness Plan Committee meeting and triennial assessment. The meeting will be held virtually on May 19th, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 PM. We will review our current District Wellness Plan as well as complete our triennial assessment on the implementation of our District Wellness Plan. If you are interested in joining please send an email to cmoreno@harmonytx.org. A link to join will be sent to you before the meeting.

For questions or additional information, please contact Celeste Morales at cmoreno@harmonytx.org.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Harmony Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring that each student is growing academically and prepared for future success. As we look forward to the next school year we are focused on ensuring that students are prepared for the next grade level. A recent review of your student’s academic achievement indicates your student may need summer credit recovery classes for some of the classes to be able to promote upper-grade level.

Harmony Science Academy-Houston will be offering optional in-person Summer Credit recovery classes. Students that fail from graduation requirement courses will be required to attend summer school (seniors will receive their diploma once they have fulfilled their graduation requirements). Students must achieve an overall cumulative average of 70 or above for all courses to earn credit.

Here is the link for summer school registration: http://bit.ly/HSAsummerschool

Summer School Information

1st semester Summer session: June 7th- June 17th (Either from 9-12 or 1 pm to 4 pm Monday thru Thursday)
2nd semester Summer session: June 21st – July 1st (Either from 9-12 or 1 pm to 4 pm Monday thru Thursday)

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Mr. Hasan (shasan@harmonytx.org) or Mr. Kaya(kaya@harmonytx.org)

📅Mark your calendars📅
 
Harmony Public Schools South/West District is hosting a Virtual Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
 
https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/harmony_public-schools/e/WgjJ7TD

2021 AP Digital Exam Information

Students can take their AP tests on a laptop or desktop computer (Mac, Windows, or school-managed Chromebooks) after they complete their exam setup on their computer, 1–3 days before the exam.  You can not share your computer with another student and you have to use the same electronic device you completed the exam setup

Chromebooks: Only school-managed Chromebooks can be used for testing; you cannot use a personal Chromebook or a tablet (IPAD/ Kindle/ Samsung) or phone.

**If you have a personal Chromebook or tablet (such as an IPAD or Kindle) that you typically use and do not have access to another device, please communicate with Ariel Maravilla(amaravilla@harmonytx.org) check out a school-managed Chromebook.

** If you prefer to take the online AP exam in school, please fill out this form so we can make the arrangements for you:


Four Steps You Must Take Before You Can Test

Step 1 | Now | Download and Install the Digital Testing App and Log In—Students using school-managed Chromebooks will have access to the app by May 7th.

Step 2 | As Soon as Possible | Practice with Example Questions in the Digital Testing App

Step 3 | 1–3 Days Before Exam Day | Complete Exam Setup for Each Digital Exam—Please have your students mark their calendar to complete this step.

Step 4 | 30 Minutes Before the Exam | Check-In to the Exam

Link to Exam Schedule:

https://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=hsahighhouston&op=cal&month=5&year=2021

Video Link:  2021 Digital Exam Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUtHuYfPsFY

Link to Four Steps You Must Take Before You Can Test:

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ap-2020-2021

Link to the Technical Requirements needed to take the AP Exam: 

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ap-2020-2021

How to submit makeup AP Digital exam requests

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/digital-ap-exams/makeup-request