Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,

For the past 20 years, Harmony Public Schools has established an educational model built strongly on the foundations of science-based learning and responsible citizenship in our communities.

Currently, all available science from community health experts continues to tell us that the best way to be responsible members of our communities is to have our students and staff remain at home.

This is why we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, team members, and communities to discontinue in-person schooling at our campuses and administrative offices statewide until further notice.

While these facilities remain closed, instruction and learning at Harmony schools will continue. Our classes are operating online through our established digital learning tools, taking advantage of many of the technology tools and blended learning methods already practiced in Harmony’s  physical classrooms. Because our teachers and school leaders will remain available to guide our students each school day, we anticipate instructional continuity during these unusual and difficult times. To request access to a Chromebook and/or for questions regarding internet access, please contact your child’s campus.

(For more information on our at-home learning program, visit HarmonyTX.org/AtHome . To request access to a Chromebook or internet access, contact your child’s campus.)

We will also continue to offer free meal services to children in our communities, as local and state safety guidelines allow.

We thank you for your support and understanding in making this critical decision. We also are profoundly grateful for the extreme determination and Harmony pride shown by both our students and team members these past several weeks. Time and again you have proven why Harmony Public Schools is an institution where excellence is the standard.

We will continue to provide timely updates as new, relevant information comes available, and inform you immediately if our campuses reopen prior to the end of the school year.

Thank you and be well,

 

Fatih Ay

CEO | Harmony Public Schools

Dear Sugar land Academy Students/Parents,

This week, we are completing the first phase of our distance learning program, the learning packets. Remember to complete your learning packets and return once classes resume. The next phase begins on Monday, March 30, 2020. Students and teachers will go online for a comprehensive digital learning experience that includes elements of independent learning, video-based lessons, and a variety of online software, including Google Classroom.

ACCESS to TECHNOLOGY

Students will sign in to my.harmonytx portal to reach integrated software and google classrooms on chromebooks or other devices. Parent guide to access my.harmonytx portal and Google classrooms can be seen in the Parent Guide Englishand Spanish presentations. Live and recorded parent webinars will be hosted in the following days and webinar information will be available on the campus website and Facebook pages. For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.)

 

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

HPS will utilize Google G-Suite platform to provide learning plans for students. Students will log in to their My Harmony accounts to join the google classrooms by using the codes provided by their teachers. Teachers will use the platform to communicate, provide feedback, and assess the learning progress of their students. Harmony students have already been using blended learning software in their classrooms; software will be integrated into learning plans.

Throughout the next phases, our teachers will be available via email and other digital platforms to provide structure, guidance, and feedback. Once, our teachers set up their google classroom, they will contact you to start the online learning experience. Information regarding grading and high school credits will be shared later.

Below, you will find the comprehensive plan and a sample daily schedule you can follow.

STUDENTS with SPECIAL NEEDS

For students in special education and 504 programs, accommodations and/or modifications will be implemented to the extent appropriate and possible by our teachers in google classrooms (technology may have some limitations).  For students in pullout programs, our special education teachers will create google classrooms, provide resources and support virtually to the extent appropriate and possible (technology may have some limitations). We are still working on a plan regarding provision of speech therapy and related services, ARDs, 504 meetings, and FIEs. For all of these matters, we are following guidelines from the State of Texas and Department of Education, which is still forthcoming and additional changes may be made as we receive further instruction. Your patience is appreciated as we work to ensure student needs are met.

DISTANCE LEARNING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Elementary Schools 
Content Area Learning Platform  Integrated Online Resources  Blended Learning Goals  Useful Information
Pre-K Google Classroom Headsprouts under RazKids N/A Students will work on integrated topics. They can use their Headsprouts accounts under RazKids.
Mathematics (K-2) Google Classroom HMH Think Central, Dreambox or ST Math 20 minutes per day Assignments will be posted in Google Classroom, but students will need to login to their Harmony Portal to access their Go Math Lessons and videos. Learning packets that correlate to the online lessons will also be available for students without the internet.
Mathematics (3-5) Google Classroom ALEKS, Go Math 2 ALEKS topics per day
ELAR (K-2) Google Classroom HMH Ed Online, RazKids, I-Read Daily 45 min

( 30 min Raz Kids; 15 min I-Read)

Activities will be posted in Google Classroom, but students need to login to their Harmony Portal to access HMH passages, iRead, and Raz-Kids; HMH Passages are also provided in PDF.
ELA (3-5) Google Classroom RazKids,HMH Ed Online, No Red Ink Read 30 mins a day

Write 10 mins a day

Independent reading and writing will be daily. Students will login and have assignments in HMH, Raz-Kids, NoRedInk (gr 4-5),
Science Google Classroom STEMScopes 15 minutes per day Students may need to first login to Stemscopes for a Stemscopes link to work.
Social Studies Google Classroom Social Studies Weekly Online K-2 (1 topic per week) Activities will be posted in Google Classroom, but students need to login to their Harmony Portal to access Studies Weekly online.
Tech. Applications Google Classroom Learning.com CodeMonkey for EIR campuses Each teacher will assign the assignments and instructional materials through Learning.com for each class
ESL Google Classroom N/A N/A ESL will have sample Google classrooms in grade spans as K-2 and 3-5 prepared according to their language levels as beginner, intermediate and advanced. This will provide them with opportunities to practice their language skills.
Art, Music, PE, Electives Google Classroom Various N/A Activities will be recommended. No assignment or assessment will be given.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

Activity Estimated Time Platform
ELA 40-45 min Google Classroom
Math 40-45 min. Google Classroom
Science/SS 40-45 min. Google Classroom
Lunch/Break
Independent Reading/Writing Practice 30-40 min MyON, RazKids, No Red Ink,or hard-copy books
Math Lab 30-40 min Dreambox, ALEKS, Math XL
Specials/Electives 30-40 min Google Classroom
Everyday Routines
·        DO THE FIVE 

·        Wash Your Hands 

Physical Activity 30 min.
Bedtime Reading 25 – 45 min.

To access the Harmony At-Home Learning Program online, click here.

As you are aware we will soon be implementing our Distance Learning Program. In an effort to prepare for it we are kindly asking Sugar Land Academy parents to complete the Student Technology Surveybelow by noon on Sunday, March 22.

Note: Parents, you are REQUIRED to complete a separate survey for EACH of your student attending HSA – SL ONLY.

As we begin to prepare in equipping our staff and students with tools for distance learning, we want to make you aware of the guidelines and requirements for borrowing our school technology materials. If you chose to check out a chromebook, below are the requirements. It is NOT mandatory, you check one out!
Requirements:
A. You will be fully responsible for the chromebook and charger for the remainder of the school year.
B. If the chromebook and charger are lost, damaged, destroyed, stolen (Example – missing keys, liquid spills, dropped, cracked screens, etc.) or NOT returned in the same condition at the end of the school year, you will be responsible for a $350.00 fee payable to HSA-SL.

Note: You are not required to check out a school chromebook. You may use your own piece of technology for distance learning as google classrooms work on all operating systems. Please keep an eye on your emails for our chromebook distribution schedule. Thank you for your patience and for partnering with us in your student’s education.

 

Always for the Children! 🙂

Afreen Merchant

Principal, HSA-SL

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The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Harmony Public Schools. As new developments continue to unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide you an important update regarding the potential impact of the virus on our schools.

While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campuses or within our school family at this time, out of an abundance of caution we are announcing a temporary closure of all Harmony Public Schools campuses through Monday, April 6. All school activities, field trips, athletics events, and competitions have also been cancelled during this time.

At this time, we are anticipating classes will be able to resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Staff will return for a work-day on Monday, April 6.

This decision was made after discussions with, and upon the recommendations of, local health officials.  We strongly believe it is the best decision for helping to keep our students, staff, and communities safe at this time.

During this closure, our Harmony team members will continue to work remotely to finalize the details of distance-learning plan to make sure students continue to receive educational services with minimal  interruption.You will receive regular updates how this plan will be implemented.

Additionally, all full-time, non-exempt and exempt employees will continue to be paid according to their normal rate and schedule.

We continue to urge families and team members to stay informed of current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to the prevention of the spreading of viruses, including limiting out of town travel, “social distancing,” and self-quarantine for those who have recently traveled to impacted areas.

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and will continue to aggressively monitor new developments and respond with appropriate actions based on the best interests of our Harmony families and the guidance of local health officials. Throughout this process, we will continue to communicate with you new information as soon as possible. We anticipate further updates no later than the week of March 23-27.

Thank you for your support during these unusual circumstances. With your continued collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Dear Sugar Land Academy Students and Parents,

 

In order to facilitate a fun and positive at-home learning environment for our students while promoting an ongoing focus on academics during our campus closures, the HPS Communications Department will host a statewide “Virtual Spirit Week” next week on our campus Facebook pages.
Each day, we’ll ask families to share photos, videos, or drawings of themselves studying, working on their at-home academic packets, reading a book, or demonstrating positive character values (ex. completing household chores, helping a family member, etc.)  while dressed in a unique theme for the day.
The themes are similar to those chosen during our normal on-campus spirit weeks, and were selected so that families would NOT need to make an additional purchase or leave their homes in order to join in the fun.
The themes are:

 

Monday: Pajama Day
Wear your pajamas all day long.
Tuesday: Bed Head/Wild Hair Day
Let your hair go wild!
Wednesday: “Team Texas” Day
Wear your favorite sports team shirt or hat, or make a sign.
Thursday: College Shirt/Sign Day
Wear your favorite college shirt, or make a sign.
Friday: Harmony Proud Day
Wear your Harmony spirit shirt or uniform.

 

How can you help? When you see the Facebook posts with the theme of the day, comment with photos or videos of yourself and/or your team members in each day’s theme using the hashtag #HarmonyAtHome. You can also ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ the daily posts and/or photos posted by families.
Participation by both staff and students is optional. But together, we think this could be a fun way for our schools across the state to help students stay focused on their academics during the closure and promote our Harmony culture.
Thank you.

Dear Students and Parents,

 

Harmony Public Schools campuses are closed until March 31st.

Our goal is to maximize learning during this time and keep our students engaged. Our curriculum directors have prepared two-week self-study modules for our students. Students are asked to complete the work and submit to their teachers when they return to campus.

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land will have Learning Packets available for parent pick-up from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, in front of the school. If you’d prefer to print the packets yourself, please see the links below.

 

We will continue to provide education to the best of our abilities while prioritizing the well-being and safety of our students, families, teachers, and staff.

 

Admin Team

Our schools may be closed, but our meal services for students are still open for business.

Harmony Public Schools is committed to meeting the food and nutritional requirements of every child in our communities while our campus is in closure for the COVID-19 outbreak. Each weekday, we will offer free lunch and breakfast pickup options for any child — regardless of enrollment status — in need of a nutritious meal.

Meals will be served drive-up style and will be available for all car passengers under age 18, regardless of enrollment status.

The meal pickup location for our campus will be located at
1428 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77478 (Harmony School of Excellence Sugar Land) and open each weekday from 11 a.m. to roughly 1 p.m.
During this time, children can pick up a sack lunch for the day, as well as a sack breakfast for the following morning.

We look forward to serving you soon!

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break.

That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need your help keeping viruses and germs contained by asking your student to immediately report to their campus health office if their experience any of the following symptoms while at school:

  • Suspected fever: Student is flushed, student unusually pale, complaints of body aches/pains student is lethargic or unusually tired, student statements of having had a fever or taken medication at home to make them feel better.
  • Respiratory symptoms: Dry cough with or without nasal drainage, difficulty breathing (visibly difficult breathing includes using abdominal muscles to breathe, inability to speak more than a couple of words at a time, flaring nostrils when breathing) or statements of feeling short of breath, chest or lung pain, wheezing or grunting with breathing.

Additionally, families should be aware that any student returning from a travel area on the CDC list of at-risk countries for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) MUST see their medical provider before returning to campus. Students will have 48 hours to submit a clearance letter from their doctor before returning to campus. After this, student absences will not be excused. A student cannot return until they have clearance from their doctor or have finished quarantine if medically recommended.

With your continued support and collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Thank you.

P.S. … For more information about COVID-19 and our school system’s response, including additional resources for families, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/coronavirus.

 

Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year.

We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With concerns about the Coronavirus in the minds of many, we want to share a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about staying healthy when traveling, as well as provide more info about a few Harmony policies related to returning to school after visiting certain risk-prone destinations.

Tips for Healthy Travel

In general, the same advice for fighting germs and bacteria  applies when traveling as it does when staying home:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • When greeting others, consider an alternative to hugs or handshakes, such as an elbow bump.

Additionally, here are a few additional tips related specifically to those traveling:

  • Be aware of your surroundings (including people who are sick) and try to distance yourself as appropriate;
  • Avoid areas that you feel might make your more likely to be exposed;
  • Know how to get reliable local information about any possible changes to the situation;
  • Avoid public transportation, if possible. Confined spaces such as buses, trains, subways, and airplanes may put you at a higher risk of infection;
  • When eating animal-based products, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before eating.

Returning to School After Visiting Risk-Prone Areas

Due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families that have traveled to locations that are marked as a Coronavirus risk by the CDC must have a letter of clearance from their medical provider before returning to campus. Failure to provide a clearance letter will result in the student being dismissed home. Students will have 48 hours to provide proof of doctor’s clearance. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Currently these countries include: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additionally, please be aware that families travelling to China’s Hubei province or mainland China may face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Any health department guidelines should be followed by any affected families and absences will be waived upon return to school with provision of proof of quarantine. 

At Harmony Public Schools, we take the health and safety of our students and staff members seriously. Harmony is closely tracking all new developments regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to share timely, relevant updates, as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your campus health staff. 

We appreciate your help in supporting healthy and happy learning environments for our Harmony community. 

 

Dear Parents,

In observance of Spring Break, there will not be Saturday tutorials on March 7th and March 14th. Saturday tutorials will resume on March 21st.

Dear Parents,

Harmony Science Academy-SL will be closed between March 9th-13th in observance of Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 16th.

 

Happy Spring Break!

To Our Harmony Community,

Wednesday night, Health Department officials in Fort Bend County announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 — better better known as Coronavirus — in the Greater Houston area. The patient, a man in his 70s who had recently traveled overseas to a high-risk country, is in stable condition.

While no cases of Coronavirus have been reported in our schools, Harmony Public Schools is continuing to proactively monitor each new development in the Coronavirus outbreak and working closely with local officials to make sure any and all measures are followed to keep our students and staff safe.

At this time, HPS will continue to hold classes as normal. However we will continue to seek direction from health officials and reassess, if necessary. We urge families to continue best practices for the prevention of spreading germs — wash hands frequently, cover mouth when coughing, avoid touching your face — and to please seek medical attention, if needed.

We appreciate your collaboration in keeping your campus a healthy learning environment for our students and team members.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools