(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 Character.org.

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.

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 @ jamie.white@harmonytx.org 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 @ jamie.white@harmonytx.org 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, ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org) 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: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-8-9-student-guide.pdf
Guía del estudiante de PSAT / NMSQT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf
Práctica adicional en: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org.

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, ikerkhofs@harmonytx.org) 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.

Dear HSA-Houston Families,
Parent Conference Day is next Friday, September 25th.  Teachers will be available to meet with parents from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  If you’d like to schedule a conference, please do by clicking this linkbelow and choosing an available time slot for each of your the 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/hsainfosession

Additionally, student learning on Friday will be impacted by parent conferences.  There will NOT be any synchronous learning time all day due to parent-teacher meetings. 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,



Enlace de inscripción para la conferencia de padres y maestros de otoño

Estimadas familias de HSA-Houston:

El Día de la Conferencia de Padres es el próximo viernes 25 de septiembre. Los maestros estarán disponibles para reunirse con los padres de 10:00 am a 6:00 pm. Si desea programar una conferencia, haga clic en este enlace a continuación y elija un intervalo de tiempo disponible para cada uno de los maestros que desea conocer. Los enlaces de las reuniones virtuales serán compartidos por el maestro de su hijo antes de las reuniones.

Tenga en cuenta que las conferencias se mantendrán en un límite de tiempo estricto de 15 minutos para acomodar a tantos padres como sea posible en este día. Sin embargo, siempre puede programar una conferencia por separado con el maestro de su hijo en cualquier momento.

Puede inscribirse para un horario haciendo clic en este enlace: http://bit.ly/hsainfosession

Además, el aprendizaje de los estudiantes el viernes se verá afectado por conferencias de padres. NO habrá tiempo de aprendizaje sincrónico durante todo el día 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.

Saludos cordiales,


Good afternoon Harmony Science Academy Houston Families,

Over the weekend the Board of Directors for Harmony, in consultation with medical and local authorities, determined that HSA Houston will not open its door to any form of in-person learning until October 5th. Until then, all students will continue in the online learning format. We will host a zoom parent information and Q&A Session on Thursday the September 17th at 6:00 pm to answer questions. This is open to all parents and students, but we particularly encourage those who chose “in person” to attend. 

Please click the survey link to write your questions: Survey Link: http://bit.ly/hsareopening
Due to the limit of spots in zoom per session, we are requesting families to join the zoom meeting with one link. That will give more families of students the opportunity to join to also ask their questions. Link to join the session will be provided 30 minutes prior (5:30 p.m.)*Questions that are asked through the survey will be given priority during the live sessionThank you



Buenas tardes Harmony Science Academy Familias de Houston,

Durante el fin de semana, la Junta Directiva de Harmony, en consulta con las autoridades médicas y locales, determinó que HSA Houston no abrirá sus puertas a ninguna forma de aprendizaje en persona hasta el 5 de octubre. Hasta entonces, todos los estudiantes continuarán en el formato de aprendizaje en línea. El jueves 17 de septiembre a las 6:00 pm organizaremos una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con información para padres de zoom para responder preguntas. Esto está abierto a todos los padres y estudiantes, pero alentamos particularmente a aquellos que eligen asistir “en persona”.

Enlace de presentación

Haga clic en el enlace de la encuesta para escribir sus preguntas: Enlace de la encuesta: http://bit.ly/hsareopening
Debido al límite de puntos en zoom por sesión, estamos solicitando a las familias que se unan a la reunión de zoom con un enlace. Eso le dará a más familias de estudiantes la oportunidad de unirse para también hacer sus preguntas. El enlace para unirse a la sesión se proporcionará 30 minutos antes (5:30 p.m.)* Las preguntas que se hagan a través de la encuesta tendrán prioridad durante la sesión en vivo.



You are Cordially Invited to Attend Online (Google Meet)

Harmony Science Academy-Houston High School Title I Parental Involvement Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 7 pm

Meeting ID meet.google.com/bwf-swxp-xjx

Goal/Purpose: Review, evaluate and update/develop Written Parent Involvement (PI) Policy and the School-Parent Compact

Agenda Items:

I. Title I Program Presentation
II. Review and evaluate last year’s PI Policy and School-Parent Compact
III. Jointly develop PI Policy and Compact for current year
IV. Comments, Q&A

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Harmony Public Schools administers the NWEA MAP Growth and Reading Fluency tests at the beginning of the year each year 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 in that we are all beginning this instructional year remotely and 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:

Tuesday, September 15th: MAP Reading for 9th + 10th grade

September 16th: MAP Math for 9th + 10th grade

Please read this letter 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 año cada año 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 en el sentido de que todos comenzamos este año educativo de forma remota y 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.

La prueba de MAP en Harmony Science Academy :

Martes septiembre 15: MAP Leyendo por 9th + 10th grade

Miércoles septiembre 16: MAP Matmaticas por 9th + 10th grade

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 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 on the school’s website. Read more

Dear Parents,

We are Kicking Off the Year with Virtual Home Visits!

We will be hosting a Virtual Home Visit. Please use the survey below to state the date and time you would like for us to do the virtual home visit. If you have any questions please reach out to Mr. Bozyigit our engagement coordinator – hbozyigit@harmonytx.org

Virtual Home Visit Scheduling Link

During the virtual home visit, our faculty and staff will address all your questions and concerns and get you started for our 2020-2021 academic school year. Please note, virtual home visits are 1-15-20 min long and are always done by your child’s teacher, Counselor, or by the leadership team. We appreciate your partnering with us in efforts to help your child maximize academic growth.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could fill out the Virtual home visit survey form. We have extended the deadline until Monday, August 31st.

Thank you in advance for opening your doors via zoom to Harmony Science Academy!

Dear Parents and Guardians and Students,

As HPS South/West district schools, we will resume classes tomorrow August 28th,2020 as scheduled except Beaumont.