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.

 

Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Zoom Link Here

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.

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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: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

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

 

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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: https://bit.ly/hsafinalweek

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