Dear Parents,
Winter Gala “Let It Snow” is around the corner!
Please click on the link below to read more about this event and how you can help us make this event a successful one.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

Dear parents,
Thank you for your interest in the Winter Gala performance. All participating students and parents must RSVP so our school can provide adequate seating and space for all who will attend. If parents/guardians do not complete this form by 5 pm on Wednesday, December 1st, your student(s) will not be performing.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy SL Administration

 

If your student is struggling in a subject, or just has a question about tonight’s homework assignment, Harmony Public Schools has a solution.

Harmony is proud to now offer free tutoring 24/7 with TutorMe.

Through TutorMe, students of all grade levels have free, 24/7 online access to verified experts in more than 300 fields.

Check out the video below to learn more, or look for the TutorMe option inside Clever in your family’s MyHarmony Portal account.

Dear parents,

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land is partnering with The Ismaili Council of Southwestern US and East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry in efforts to help FBISD families in need. We are kindly asking for your kind donations of non-perishable foods. You can drop off your items at the front office starting November 10th through November 30th. Your donations will be greatly appreciated by those families in need.

As an added bonus if the HSA-SL campus meets our goal of 1,000 cans donated by November 29th, Mrs. Merchant will throw the school an ice cream party!

 

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

October 29, 2021

 

Dear Sugar Land Academy Parents/Guardians,

 

It has come to our attention that there are many cars, during Drop Off especially, making the U-turn near the neighborhood behind the school. This practice is clearly unsafe, and I strongly urge all parents to refrain from getting into this habit. There is also a “No U-turn” sign (for dismissal hours) that is posted at the median to remind all drivers a U-turn during dismissal time is not permissible. However, most parents have encountered the same challenge at drop off as well, therefore we urge you to NOT make a U-turn during drop off at that median for your safety and that of your student along with other drivers and parents on Eldridge. Because many parents are making U-turns at this median during drop off each morning a few accidents have already occurred, and I am requesting each and everyone of you to PLEASE honor my request. Unfortunately, I do not have jurisdiction over the city streets and cannot control traffic or assign a staff/security officer outside of school property. However, I will reach out to the Sugar Land Police Chief and request Sugar Land police to patrol the area. For this reason, I urge all parents and guardians to travel to the stoplight where it is permissible to perform a U-turn safely.

Thank you for your cooperation and support with this request.

 

Sincerely,

 

Afreen Merchant,

Principal – Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land

Charter Schools and ISD Schools - Understanding how they're similar and how they're different.

One of the questions we hear most from prospective parents interested in applying to Harmony Public Schools is “I’ve been looking at schools near me, but I don’t understand – what is the difference between a charter school and an ISD public school?” 

Texas public charter schools have grown exponentially in the past 25 years – both in Texas, and around the country – but we understand why many parents who grew up in a traditional independent school district setting themselves may still have questions.

That’s OK. We’ve got the answers to all of your biggest questions about charter schools.

So, what exactly is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school, and in many ways very similar to a traditional ISD school as you might think of one.

  • Charter schools do not charge tuition or application fees.
  • Charter schools accept every student who applies, as long as the school or grade level has not reached its enrollment capacity.
  • Charter school students take the same core classes and state tests (ex. STAAR) as ISD students. 
  • Charter schools are held to strict standards of financial and overall accountability by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Charter schools offer a full range of special services, including special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Dyslexia, and 504. 

However, what makes charter schools different is what makes us special. In a word, that difference is “choice.”

Way back in 1995, the Texas State Legislature decided that even though there are a lot of great schools in Texas, a one-size-fits-all approach to education wasn’t working for all families. Each child is unique: some with special gifts, others with special challenges, and all with special dreams for their futures.

To help better serve every Texas student, the Texas public charter school system was created to allow independent, education-based nonprofit organizations called Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) to open and operate free public schools for Texas students with the promise that they would provide a new school choice in education for local Texas families.

For some charter schools, that new choice might be a curriculum that focuses on dual-language learning. For others, it might be helping students who have dropped out of the traditional school setting reclaim their path to graduation.

At Harmony Public Schools, we specialize in hands-on, project-based learning with a heavy emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as advanced college preparedness and character education.


DID YOU KNOW?

Of the roughly 100 schools in Texas certified as official Texas STEM Academies be the Texas Education Agency, 23 are Harmony Public Schools high schools – more than any other school system in Texas!

Thirteen Harmony high schools have also been named among the Best STEM High Schools in the U.S. by Newsweek.


 

Who can attend a charter school?

As long as a student lives within its geographic boundaries of the school, any child can attend a Texas public charter school. However, unlike traditional ISD schools where students usually must attend whichever nearby campus they are “zoned” to, public charter school geographic boundaries are generally very large – often covering multiple communities or counties. These large geographic boundaries are another way Texas public charter schools offer Texas families a choice in their student’s education, and are unique from traditional ISDs. For example, rather than sending their child to an ISD campus near their home address, a parent may prefer for their child to attend one near a grandparent’s home, or the parent’s place of work. Or they may prefer to send their child to a campus that specializes in a specific curriculum, like STEM, or with a higher TEA accountability rating than their neighborhood ISD school. All of these are options with Texas public charter schools.

Do public charter schools charge tuition?

Texas public charter schools are free to attend. Applying to a Texas public charter school is also free.

When and how can a student apply to a charter school?

A student can apply to a charter school at any time during the school year and be accepted if space is available. However, most Texas public charter schools also offer an open enrollment period each year specifically for prospective new students. During this time, families can learn more about their charter school options and enter their name for the enrollment lottery, which is held in the event there are more applicants than available seats. For Harmony Public Schools, open enrollment runs each November 1 through February 10. 

MORE INFO: Learn more about how to apply to Harmony Public Schools.

How is a charter school funded?

As opposed to a traditional ISD school, which receives its funding primarily from the taxes local homeowners pay each year combined with additional funding from the state, charter schools receive their primary funding from the state and federal governments. Additionally, charters often receive both public and private grants to fund many of their innovative academic programs. For example, in recent years Harmony Public Schools has received grants of varying amounts from the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the Elon Musk Foundation, among others.

Are Texas public charter schools for-profit?

No. By law, Texas public charter schools must be nonprofit entities. All funds received are used in the service of our students and school teams.

Do charter schools require uniforms?

That’s a decision that’s up to each charter school. At Harmony Public Schools, we do have a uniform policy. (Our students do get regular “free dress” days, though.)

Do charter schools offer the same types of programs and extracurricular activities as ISD schools?

Charter schools offer almost all of the same programs and extracurricular activities as ISD schools, though just like at an ISD school, the exact selection of extracurricular opportunities varies from campus-to-campus. Traditionally, charter schools specialize in offering a wide variety of academic-focused extracurriculars. For example, at Harmony Public Schools, some of our most popular extracurricular activities are our groundbreaking eSports clubs, LEGO robotics, rocketry, computer coding, and biomedicine. Our schools also compete in a wide variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football. 

What other differences are there between charter schools and traditional ISD schools?

There are a few other differences between Texas public charter schools and ISDs, but most don’t impact the day-to-day campus life of our students. For example, charter school boards consist of appointed volunteers with a unique interest in education, rather than private individuals who have chosen to run for election.


Dear parents,

Due to a high demand for Art and Soccer Club, we have open these two clubs for Thursdays from 3:00-3:45 pm. These clubs are ONLY for K-2 students who are currently NOT enrolled in an after school club. If you would like your child to participate in one of these clubs please call the front office and make a $100 payment to secure your spot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Gil at shirley.gil@harmonytx.org.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy SL Administration

Dear parents,
Due to low participation, Mom’s Night Out has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Festival on October 29, 2021.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy SL Administration

Dear parents,

HSA-SL will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 25th – October 29th. Please see below the activities scheduled for that week.

 

Please join us for the Harmony Public Schools S/W District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.

Zoom Link: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/89698925974

 

Dear parents,
We have seen an increase of parents coming to our school to have lunch with their child (ren). Although we are very happy about that, we need all parents to be background checked prior to entering the building.
Please click on the link below and complete the registration process to be background checked and be able to enter the building. If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Gil at shirley.gil@harmonytx.org
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy SL Administration

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please join us for our upcoming District Annual Title I meeting.

During this meeting, we will review, evaluate, and develop a written Parent and Family Engagement Policy (PFE) for 2021-2022. 

Houston West District District Annual Title I Meeting  

Wednesday, October 20 for Houston West (12:30 pm-1:00 pm)

For more details, please see the invitation attached. If you plan to attend, please RSVP using the link.

Thank you!

Queridos padres:
Están cordialmente invitados a asistir a la reunión de participación de padres y familias del Título I del distrito Houston West.
Cuándo: miércoles 20 de octubre de 2021
Hora: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
La junta será virtual.
Por favor confirmen su asistencia por medio del link para que se les envíe invitación a Zoom.
La reunión será virtual.
Confirme su asistencia a través del enlace para recibir una invitación a Zoom
Forma para RSVP
Meta / Propósito: Revisar, evaluar y actualizar / desarrollar la Política de Participación de los Padres y la Familia (PFE) escritaTemas de la agenda:
I. Presentación del programa Título I
II. Revisar y evaluar la política de PFE del año pasado.
III. Juntos desarrollaremos la política y el acuerdo de PFE para este año.
IV. El plan de estudios y el rendimiento académico de la escuela V. Comentarios, preguntas y respuestas

English Version

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a_J4QedEzb8jn7OFMJ6EfepazonsthGF/view?usp=sharing

 

Spanish Version

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YNjRwfwzkjPgSffc02kA0fxS7fvvPpgs/view?usp=sharing

Spanish Version

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bYYRt_C3sJsyYHQzbIpcS85DrGX-pUp5/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102409731402795253048&rtpof=true&sd=true

English Version

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bYYRt_C3sJsyYHQzbIpcS85DrGX-pUp5/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102409731402795253048&rtpof=true&sd=true

This year every child at Harmony Public Schools is eligible to receive free lunch and breakfast each day from our child nutrition team.
However, Harmony would like to remind parents of the need to still submit one of our critical Harmony forms instead of the application normally associated with qualifying for Free & Reduced Price Meal Programs.
Each year, Harmony Public Schools is required to collect and report the socioeconomic status of each student to the Texas Education Agency for purposes of the annual state accountability ratings and for federal reporting. The data collected is used by educational agencies to determine funding which may be used for a variety of programs and educational opportunities.
Today, we are asking parents to please complete the online form “Household Income Information” in Skyward. Upon login to Skyward, this form is accessible from the main screen. If you have any questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Assistant at your child’s school.

 

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott officially signed into law a new education funding bill that will allow public schools like ours to offer full virtual learning to up to 10 percent of our student body enrolled in Grades K-12.

 

Under the law, to be eligible to participate and remain in virtual learning, students must meet all of the following criteria:

 

  • Students must have passed the most recent STAAR exams (if applicable to grade level). If student did not take STAAR, NWEA grade-level proficiency is required, AND;
  • Students must have earned a “C” grade of higher in “foundation curriculum” courses taken virtually or remotely in the previous school year (ex. Math, reading), AND;
  • Students must have no more than 10% unexcused absences during the previous school year, and maintain less than 10 unexcused absences in a six-month period.

 

Recently, we asked families to log into Skyward to let us know if they prefer for their child to attend virtual learning or continue in-person learning on campus. The deadline to make your selection is Wednesday September 15, 2021. For those who select “Virtual Learning,” we will cross-checking their student records to determine their eligibility status. Those selected will be notified by their home campus soon and given further directions on how to begin online learning.

 

For those not selected for virtual learning or who wish to remain in-person learning from campus, Harmony will continue to offer its “remote conferencing” option on an as-needed basis. Under this program, students can learn from home for up to 20 instructional days if they have a pre-existing medical condition, or are forced to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. Additional days may be granted upon TEA approval with required documentation.

 

Harmony thanks you for your ongoing support and patience as the situation regarding virtual learning unfolded these past few weeks. Whether your student is attending virtual or in-person, we look forward to a great school year with you and your family.

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La semana pasada, el gobernador Greg Abbott promulgó oficialmente una nueva ley de financiación de la educación que permitirá a las escuelas públicas como la nuestra ofrecer aprendizaje virtual completo para hasta el 10 por ciento de nuestros estudiantes.

 

En consecuencia, Harmony Public Schools se complace en anunciar que comenzará a ofrecer una opción de aprendizaje virtual a partir del lunes 4 de octubre para los estudiantes elegibles, según lo permitan los límites de inscripción.

 

Según la ley, para ser elegible para participar y permanecer en el aprendizaje virtual, los estudiantes deben cumplir con todos los siguientes criterios:

 

 

  • Los estudiantes deben haber aprobado los exámenes STAAR más recientes (si corresponde al nivel de grado). Si el estudiante no hizo STAAR, se requiere competencia de nivel de grado de NWEA, Y;

 

  • Los estudiantes deben haber obtenido una calificación “C” o superior en los cursos del “plan de estudios básico” hechos de forma virtual o remota en el año escolar anterior (por ejemplo, matemáticas, lectura), Y;

 

  • Los estudiantes no deben tener más del 10% de ausencias injustificadas durante el año escolar anterior y mantener menos de 10 ausencias injustificadas en un período de seis meses.

 

Recientemente, les pedimos a las familias que inicien sesión en Skyward para informarnos si prefieren que su hijo asista al aprendizaje virtual o que continúe con el aprendizaje presencial en el campus. La fecha límite para hacer su selección es el miércoles 15 de septiembre de 2021. Para aquellos que seleccionen “Aprendizaje virtual”, verificaremos sus registros de estudiantes para determinar su estado de elegibilidad. Los seleccionados serán notificados por su campus de origen pronto y se les dará más instrucciones sobre cómo comenzar el aprendizaje en línea. 

 

Para aquellos que no hayan sido seleccionados para el aprendizaje virtual o que deseen seguir aprendiendo de manera presencial desde el campus, Harmony continuará ofreciendo su opción de “conferencias remotas” según sea necesario. Bajo este programa, los estudiantes pueden aprender desde casa durante hasta 20 días de instrucción si tienen una afección médica preexistente o si se ven obligados a ponerse en cuarentena debido a un diagnóstico positivo o exposición a la COVID-19. Se pueden otorgar días adicionales con la aprobación de la TEA con la documentación requerida.

 

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y paciencia mientras se desarrolló el aprendizaje virtual estas últimas semanas. Ya sea que su estudiante asista virtual o presencialmente, esperamos tener un gran año escolar con usted y su familia.

 

Dear parents,

Due to inclement weather, HSA-SL will dismiss students today, Monday, September 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Please make sure to make proper arrangements for your student to be picked up on time.

Note: ELITE after school care will be canceled today.

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land – Administration

Dear parents,
Harmony Science Academy After School Clubs will begin on September 27th. We will be sharing the sign-up link once our tutorial roster is finalized. Please click on the link below to see the list of clubs, fees and days.
Dear parents,
Starting Monday, September 13th, all students will be taking the Fall NWEA MAP Test 2021-2022. Please click on the link below for more information on MAP Test. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Testing and Federal Programs Coordinator Mrs. Tiba @ traad@harmonytx.org.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy – SL Administration

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Announcement!

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and currently 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 at the front office and on the school’s website.

 

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

 

The deadline for GATE referral is September 30, 2021, and G/T assessment period will take place in October. For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s G/T coordinator or G/T coach/teacher.

GATE (Educación para estudiantes dotados/talentosos) Anuncio

De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony comenzarán a recibir referencias para kindergarten y estudiantes actualmente inscritos en los grados 1-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.

Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.

 

Forma de nominación

 

La fecha límite de referencia de GATE es el 30 de septiembre de 2021 y el período de evaluación de G / T se llevará a cabo en octubre.

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

Dear Harmony Families,

Today, we would like to share some important news regarding a potential virtual learning option at your child’s school.

This weekend, a new bill to fund virtual learning in Texas public schools like Harmony cleared a major hurdle in the Texas Legislature. In its current form, schools such as Harmony Public Schools would be allowed to provide virtual learning for up to 10 percent of its student body throughout the remainder of the school year.

While the bill has not received final approval and specific details may change before being signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, it now appears very likely that schools like ours will be able to offer virtual learning in some form to students in the near future and we are looking forward to offering comprehensive virtual learning to our student population during 2021-2022 school year.

Currently, in your child’s Skyward account is a form asking your family’s interest in virtual learning. We ask that you please complete this virtual learning application form as soon as you are able. While we may not be able to accommodate every request due to potential new legal restrictions on the number of students who can participate, by understanding your preference we will be able to more quickly assign students to virtual learning should it become an option.

We will continue to share important updates with you as new information becomes available.

Thank you.

 

 

Estimadas familias de Harmony,

Hoy, no nos gustaría compartie algunas noticias importantes sobre una posible opción de aprendizaje virtual en la escuela de sus hijos. Este fin de semana, un nuevo proyecto de ley para financiar el aprendizaje virtual en escuelas públicas de Texas como Harmony eliminó un obstáculo importante en la Legislatura de Texas. En su forma actual, las Escuelas Públicas de Harmony podrían proporcionar aprendizaje virtual para hasta el 10 por ciento de su cuerpo estudiantil durante el resto del año escolar.

Aunque el proyecto no ha recibido la aprobación final y unos detalles específicos pueden cambiar antes de set convertida en lay por en gobernador, Greg Abbott, ahora parece muy probable que las escuelas como la nuestra puedan ofrecer aprendizaje virtual de alguna forma a los estudiantes en un futuro cercano y esperamos ofrecer un aprendizaje virtual integral a nuestra población estudiantil durante la escuela 2021-2022 año.

Actualmente, en la cuenta de Skyward de si hijo o hija hay un formulario que pregunta el interés de su familia en el aprendizaje virtual. Le pedimos que complete este formulario de solicitud de aprendizaje virtual tan pronto como pueda. Si bien es posible que no podamos atender todas las solicitudes debido a posibles nuevas restricciones legales sobre la cantidad de estudiantes que pueden participar, al comprender su preferencia, podremos asignar estudiantes más rápidamente al aprendizaje virtual si se convierte en una opción.

Continuaremos compartiendo actualizaciones importantes con usted a medida que haya nueva información disponible.

Gracias.

On Saturday, the HPS executive board approved a recommendation allowing all regular employees 10 additional days of paid leave should they test positive for COVID-19 or be asked to quarantine due to  close contact with another COVID-19 positive individual.

 

The benefit is available retroactively to August 2 (first day of 2021-22 school year), and extends through December 31, 2021. 

 

Employees with additional questions or who need to request leave for any purpose should contact leave@harmonytx.org.

Dear Harmony Families,

From its beginning, Harmony Public Schools has held onto two strong beliefs.

First, that by focusing on STEM, we could help our students better understand their connection to the world around them, and prepare them to help tackle the challenges of our collective future.

Second, that schools work best when parents, teachers, and school leaders are all working together to do what’s best for our students.

Few issues have put those two core beliefs – following science, and doing what’s best for kids – into sharper focus than the issue of protective face masks at our schools.

At Harmony, we firmly believe the preponderance of credible medical evidence proves that masks are a simple and effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, communities, and homes.  This is why we frequently and publicly advocate for their use by students and team members – because it’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

Today, we would like to share a new Harmony Public Schools mask policy that we believe is strongly based on science and student safety, while also taking into account the legitimate reasons some families may prefer for their child not to wear a mask. We also believe this policy can remain consistent regardless of the outcome of current legal decisions related to mask “mandates” in schools.

Harmony Student Mask Policy

(Effective DATE)

  1. All Harmony staff members are asked to wear a mask on campus, unless there are medical, religious or other specific reasons that is not possible.
  2. All Harmony Public Schools students are asked to wear masks on campus. If a student does not have a mask, one will be provided.
  3. The parents of children who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other specific issues, including difficulty breathing while wearing a mask, may submit a formal exemption request on Skyward. (This is consistent with our long-standing student Dress Code exemption policy, which can be found on page 22 of the HPS Student & Parent Handbook).
  4. We are asking that all employees, students, parents and visitors voluntarily comply with this mask policy.

 

When it comes to masks, there may be no perfect policy for all families. Masks have become one of the more hotly debated issues of our time. The one thing we can all agree on, though, is that we all look forward to a day when no one needs to wear a mask.

In the late spring and early summer, many of us believed that day was close. Unfortunately, it’s not quite here, yet.  But by working together, we will get there – hopefully soon.

For now, we’re asking for Harmony to mask up.

It’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

Thank you.

Dear Fourth & Fifth Grade Parents,
You are cordially invited to “Muffins with Mrs. Merchant” Wednesday, August 25th at 8:00am. This meeting will be an informative session that will allow you insight on HSA-SL’s learning programs, safety protocols, extra curricular activities, technology, school events, home visits, PTO, parent involvement opportunities and more.
Note: Your student must be dropped off in the car rider line at drop off and you are welcome to park at 7:55 am ONLY after you drop off your student in the car rider line and come to the front lobby. Your student will be brought to you from class to join you for breakfast from 8:00am to 8:15 am ONLY. (Late comers may not be able to join for breakfast, therefore please arrive on time) Thereafter, all students will be REQUIRED to go back to class at 8:15am. We have a lot to cover and will then begin our presentation at 8:25am, right after breakfast.
I look forward to my morning coffee with you!
CHEERS! ☕
Always for the Children! 🙂
Principal Merchant
Dear Third Grade Parents,
You are cordially invited to “Muffins with Mrs. Merchant” Tuesday, August 24th at 8:00am. This meeting will be an informative session that will allow you insight on HSA-SL’s learning programs, safety protocols, extra curricular activities, technology, school events, home visits, PTO, parent involvement opportunities and more.
Note: Your student must be dropped off in the car rider line at drop off and you are welcome to park at 7:55 am ONLY after you drop off your student in the car rider line and come to the front lobby. Your student will be brought to you from class to join you for breakfast from 8:00am to 8:15 am ONLY. (Late comers may not be able to join for breakfast, therefore please arrive on time) Thereafter, all students will be REQUIRED to go back to class at 8:15am. We have a lot to cover and will then begin our presentation at 8:25am, right after breakfast.
I look forward to my morning coffee with you!
CHEERS! ☕
Always for the Children! 🙂
Principal Merchant

HSA-SL First Fundraiser of the Year!!

Be Cool and Help our School! Let’s turn FUN into FUNDS at Chuck E. Cheese on August 26, 2021, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm at 2303 Town Center Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

Come out and enjoy a night of fun!

Dear Sugar Land Academy,
A very happy First Friday of the school year to you!
This is a friendly reminder, all students will be dismissed early every Friday starting today, August. 20. 2021.
Each Friday dismissal will begin at 2:20pm. Please arrive on time!
Thank you,
Administration and Faculty
HSA – SL
Dear First Grade Parents,
You are cordially invited to “Muffins with Mrs. Merchant” tomorrow, Thursday, August 19th at 8:00am. This meeting will be an informative session that will allow you insight on HSA-SL’s learning programs, safety protocols, extra curricular activities, technology, school events, home visits, PTO, parent involvement opportunities and more.
Note: Your student must be dropped off in the car rider line at drop off tomorrow morning and you are welcome to park at 7:55 am ONLY after you drop off your student in the car rider line and come to the front lobby. Your student will be brought to you from class to join you for breakfast from 8:00am to 8:15 am ONLY. (Late comers may not be able to join for breakfast, therefore please arrive on time) Thereafter, all students will be REQUIRED to go back to class at 8:15am. We have a lot to cover and will then begin our presentation.
I look forward to my morning coffee with you!
CHEERS! ☕
Always for the Children! 🙂
Principal Merchant

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today, we would like to inform you of important education option for your family if you believe your student may have experienced significant academic losses during the 2020-2021 school year.

This summer, the 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which allows parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.

This gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:

  • repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
  • repeat kindergarten; or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and
  • for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.

For the 2021-2022 school year only, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:

  • for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and
  • for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

When determining whether these options may be right for your student, here are some things which may be helpful to consider:

  • For children in grades 1-8, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.
  • For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g. Algebra I or computer science) and is worried about being successful in higher-level courses.
  • If a high school student received a passing grade for the course they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.
  • For children interested in high school interscholastic competition, parents and guardians should review eligibility rulesbased on student age.

According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the district in writing (letter or email to school principal) if they elect for their child to retake a grade level or course.

By law, if a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention.

After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.

For more information or to request retention for your student, please contact your campus administration.

Thank you.

  • Harmony Public Schools

 

Additional information is available at: https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade and https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder

Welcome Back!

First Day of School – Monday, August 16, 2021

Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land had an exciting start to a fabulous new school year! 

Fridays are “Early Release” days

Per our central office, we will be dismissing our students at 2:20 pm every Friday. Please ensure you make proper arrangements for your child to be picked up in a timely manner each Friday of the school year.

Attendance

Daily attendance in school is a strong indicator of future success and is a requirement. It is important to ensure your child’s daily attendance. As a reminder, students MUST be on campus no later than 7:40 am. Keep in mind that instruction is sacred and we DO NOT want any student to miss instruction.

Facility Update

We are happy to announce that we have installed new portables for our kindergarten and first grade classrooms. We have new bathrooms in our second and third grade hallways and last but certainly not least a new GT Haven; our STEM/MakerSpace room for our students. Our number one priority is student safety, for this reason we have installed additional surveillance cameras in the portables, touchless faucets, touchless paper towel dispensers, touchless soap dispensers, touchless sanitizing stations and touchless water dispensers around our building and portables.

Communication Reminders

Please be sure to stay connected to Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land and Harmony Public Schools through its various channels.

  • HSA-SL Website – https://hsasl.harmonytx.org/
  • Social media – Facebook
  • Wednesday Mail: Coming soon!
  • School Reach – Please check your spam folder if you do not receive our school reach.
  • You can communicate with your student’s teacher directly via email

We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education! 

 

Afreen Merchant

Principal – Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land

Public Comment on Federal Grant Applications

In accordance with United States Code (U.S.C.) Annotated, Title 20, Chapter 70, Subchapter VIII, Part C, Section 7846, and Public Law (P.L.) 114-95, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Section 8306, an entity planning to submit a federal grant application must afford a reasonable opportunity for public comment on the application before it is submitted.

Harmony Public Schools hereby gives notice to the public that it intends to file the following applications and request awarded amounts for federal grant funds with the Texas Education Agency for the school year 2021-22. HPS welcomes comments or questions concerning any of these grants and requests that any comments or questions be submitted by Aug 30, 2021, using the form below.
Public Input Survey

HPS Federal Grant Applications Overview

Dear parents,

Please see below the dismissal plan.

Dear parents,

Please see below the Drop-Off plan.

The following is a message from Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay.

 

Dear Harmony Families,

Like many of you, we at Harmony Public Schools are greatly concerned by the rise in COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant.

At Harmony, we are working diligently to keep our schools safe and provide families the tools they need to keep their child protected from COVID-19.

Today, we would like to share with you several important updates regarding Harmony’s COVID-19 policy and procedures.

First, we would like to announce that we will be offering a TEA-approved “remote conferencing” option that will allow students a limited ability to attend classes from home if they are sick, have been exposed to COVID-19, or in a COVID-19 high-risk group.

Per TEA requirement, the total amount of time for remote instruction may not exceed more than 20 instructional days for the entire 2021-22 school year. In order to be eligible, students must meet one of the criteria below:

  • The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition that is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. 
    • The student’s healthcare provider is required to complete and sign an HPS COVID-19 High Risk Exemption Medical Certification form. Parents need to submit the form to the school health aide to confirm eligibility.  Failure to provide the completed form will disqualify a student from participating. Here is the link to download exemption application form: https://www.HarmonyTX.org/medicalrequest
  • The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition  listed in state regulations at 25 Tex. Admin. Code §97.7. Parents need to provide test results to the school health aide listing the communicable condition. This includes a positive test result for COVID-19.
  • The student has been identified as having been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual as confirmed by the school, the student’s health care provider, or local health agency.  Parents need to provide written notification or send email to the school health aide.

Next, we would like to share an update regarding contact tracing and reporting of potential COVID-19 cases on campus. 

Although it is not required for schools to conduct contract tracing and inform parents if someone in their child’s class had tested positive for COVID-19, we believe families have the right to know what is happening at their child’s school. That’s why we will continue to implement the following measures.

We will:

  • Inform parents if a child or team member tests positive for COVID-19 in their classroom.
  • Conduct contact tracing to determine the potential spread of COVID-19 in our schools.
  • Provide transparency to the public about our schools by continuing to update our COVID-19 “case count” dashboard, which can be found at www.HarmonyTX.org/coviddashboard.
  • Continue to work with local pharmacies and community health organizations to host on-campus vaccination clinics for team members and eligible students age 12 and older. (Please follow your campus Facebook page and parents newsletter for more info about upcoming campus clinics near you.)

Finally, we understand that a full remote learning option is something some of our families are highly interested in.  Currently, state leaders in the Texas Legislature are convening in Austin to vote on whether they will allow districts to offer full virtual learning.

We don’t yet know what the decision of the Texas Legislature will be, or how long it may take to reach that decision.

 What we do know is that an option for virtual learning is an important issue to our Harmony families across the state. That’s why, despite the challenges schools across Texas have faced in offering virtual learning this fall, we are fully prepared to quickly move to a virtual option for those families interested, should state leaders approve this option.

We will continue to keep you updated as new developments occur.

Thank you for your support and collaboration throughout this process, and for being a part of our Harmony family.

Sincerely,

Fatih Ay | CEO, Harmony Public Schools

Dear parents,

This is a friendly reminder that Friday, August 13, 2021 is Orientation Day for all K-5 students. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and learn about your child’s day, school policies, communication, after school clubs, and other important information. Teachers’ presentations will take place every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 am. Please click on the link below for more information.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MSp_FxzN2HRf-iP6WrMPBx7c4YikFZzd8ZRL9ABGjzk/edit?usp=sharing

Dear parents,

Please click on the link below to access Principal Merchant’s Message.

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/124lcWwqKk38MRDj4gWPzpu32Vlrf7PvgISLJY50gFyI/edit?usp=sharing