Dear parents,

Please click on the link below to access the parent information letter for HMA.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tbOhhrpcTqYK6mSP-xToKMSYuk5OPO7-?usp=sharing

 

Harmony Public Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Texas’ favorite designer jewelry brand Kendra Scott.
As part of the brand’s “Shop for Good” community initiative, Kendra Scott will be donating 20 percent of all sales during a two-day event in May to Harmony’s COVID-19 Gap Fund, which supports Harmony Public Schools students experiencing learning gaps due to COVID-19.

To participate, simply purchase any item from select Kendra Scott stores from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 or online at KendraScott.com anytime May 4 & 5, and have 20% of your purchase automatically donated to the HPS COVID-19 Gap Fund when you use promo code “GIVEBACK-1D9P” at checkout.

To learn more or RSVP in order to receive reminders, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/KendraScott.
Participating Texas store locations include (5-7 p.m. May 4 only):

AUSTIN
• The Domain: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX
• Lamar: 3800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
• South Congress: 1701 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

DFW
• ClearFork: 5217 Marathon Ave, Fort Worth, TX
• Preston Center: 8383 Preston Center, Dallas, TX
• Highland Village: 1500 Cottonwood Creek, Highland Village, TX
• Plano: 5800 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX

EL PASO
• La Villita: 6801 North Mesa Street, El Paso, TX

HOUSTON
• Bay Brook: 700 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX
• City Centre: 806 Town & Country, Houston, TX
• Cypress: 9945 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX
• Highland Village: 2701 A Drexel Dr Houston, TX
• Katy: 23501 Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX
• Sugar Land: 16535 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

ODESSA
• Commons at North Park: 2900 Loop 250 Frontage Road, Midland, TX

SAN ANTONIO
• The Quarry: 310 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX
• La Cantera: 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

SHOP ONLINE USING PROMO CODE GIVEBACK-1D9P (May 4 & 5):
https://www.KendraScott.com

About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading jewelry brand named for its founder Kendra Scott, a single mom from Texas who created a fashion empire by making and selling jewelry from her home. The brand now has store locations in almost every state and three countries (though their headquarters are still right here in Texas). Their founder is also well known for her frequent appearances as an investor on TV’s “Shark Tank.”

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.

 

March 29, 2021

Re: STAAR Administration

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

STAAR testing will start soon.  Although this school year has been challenging, we are confident our students are ready and have the skills necessary to be successful on the STAAR tests.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) is a state-mandated test that measures students’ mastery of the statewide curriculum at various grade levels in elementary, middle school, and high school.

To ensure equity for all students, The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requiring all students to take STAAR in a monitored testing session at school supervised by a trained test administrator.  Appropriate public health protocols will be followed during all testing administrations.

To safeguard your child’s success on STAAR, please do the following: make sure your child arrives on time (7:30 am) to school after a good night’s rest; is prepared to test, and eats a good dinner the night before and a good breakfast the morning of testing.  Similarly, encouraging your child to do his or her personal best can greatly improve your child’s self-confidence which will lead to better performance. Students will be required to bring their Chromebooks on testing day. We do urge students to bring a snack to eat during the test.

Following are the dates for the upcoming 3-5 Grades Spring 2021 STAAR exams.

·         APRIL

o    Grade 4 Writing: Tuesday. April 6

·         MAY

o    Grades 3-5 Math: Tuesday, May 11

o    Grades 3-5 Reading: Wednesday, May 12

o    Grade 5 Science: Thursday, May 13

 In addition to state assessments, other upcoming exams required by HSA-SL include:

  • NWEA MAP for K-2: April 19-30

 

  • NWEA MAP for grades 3-5: May 17-21

 

As a reminder, the campus will be closed to all visitors, including parents, on testing days.  This includes lunch drop-offs.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

above is your student’s testing schedule for April testing so that your family may make any needed arrangements to bring your student to campus on their assigned days.

If you have any questions or concerns about testing, please do not hesitate to contact our testing coordinator, Jessica Wilcox at jwilcox@harmonytx.org.

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Science Academy-Sugar Land Administration

You’re Invited!

Harmony Public Schools South/West District is hosting a virtual career talk in partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. It’s happening on Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30 P.M. Students, parents, and staff are all invited to attend.

Dear parents,

We would like to congratulate all of our students who are participating in the Math Kangaroo Competition 2021. Your dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed.

We are proud of you!!

The purpose of this announcement is to inform our HPS communities about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year. In light of past and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner of Education has waived grade promotion requirements for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year. Notwithstanding anything the contrary in prior policy or procedure, Harmony Public Schools will comply with the Commissioner’s waiver of SSI requirements for this school year.

For additional information, please click on this link to review TEA’s correspondence in regards to the matter: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements)

Houston South District Lottery Date and Location

 

Thank you for your application to Harmony Public Schools. We are pleased that you and your family are interested in joining our community for the 2021-2022 school year.

We are reaching out to inform you that we will hold our Houston South District lottery for available seats on the date and location listed below.

 

Due to the pandemic, we will hold a virtual lottery this year. As such, please be aware of the below important items about the lottery and registration process:

Lottery winners will be posted at the lottery location itself and at each respective campus after the lottery is held. Winners will also receive an automated phone call from the campus of the next steps for registration within 24 hours of the lottery itself. At such time, you will have two business days to log in to your Smart Choice account where you submitted your application to Accept or Decline placement in the system.

Registration for all campuses will begin on March 1, 2021. From this date, you have 10 business days to submit all required documentation. A list of required documents and step by step instructions are available on our school website and from our Front Office team.

We wish you luck in the upcoming lottery and are here to assist you with this process in any way possible.

 

Lottery Information

  • Date: February 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM
  • Virtual Lottery Web Link: (Sent Through Email you Provided in Smart Choice)
  • Virtual Lottery Access Code: (Sent Through Email you Provided in Smart Choice

All Houston & Beaumont campuses along with the District office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, February 22-23.
 
Classes resume on Wednesday February 24.
 
All classes will be “Asynchronous-Online Only” Wednesday thru Friday. There will be no in-person or live classes. Students must submit their exit tickets and/or other assignments by the end of each day.
 
Meal Distribution:
Meals will be distributed for three days on Wednesday, February 24.


Update: All Harmony schools & the District Office in Houston and Beaumont will remain closed on Fri, 2/19. There will be no virtual or in-person instruction, and employees will not report to work.

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.

We're Hiring

Harmony Public Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate bilingual teachers dedicated to helping every student succeed. Harmony offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Interested applicants may apply online by clicking here.

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 HSA-SL Parents and Students:

Each year, English Learners (ELs) are required to be assessed through TELPAS.

Prior to the TELPAS Test, we will be conducting a MANDATORY MOCK TELPAS.

 

MOCK TELPAS (TELPAS Practice Test and Test Training)

 

Test Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021

Location: Virtual

Test Time, Test Proctor, and Zoom Link have been emailed to all eligible parents and students. Please make sure to read the entire email and attached letter that was sent to you.

Your test proctor will be contacting you to confirm your test time and give you further testing instructions.

Testing will include technology training, and reading, speaking and listening assessment. The TELPAS Test does not affect academic grading. It is merely a test to determine language proficiency and/or EXIT from the ESL Program.

Please make sure that your student is logged in, from home, at their designated test time and ensure that they complete their test on their own.

Thank you for helping us prepare your students to be as successful as possible on their upcoming state assessments. Please note, the TELPAS Test is a TEA Mandated State Assessment and is mandatory for any student who is identified as LEP/ESL in Skyward.

If you have any questions, please contact our ESL Coordinator, Mrs. Davison at jdavison@harmonytx.org .

1/26/21
Dear Parent:
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land is sharing this information about the district and your child’s campus with you as part of its obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).
Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the district’s website at this link: https://www.harmonytx.org/about or are also available on the Texas Education Agency’s website at https://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/Grants/Federal_Report_Card/.

Please click HERE to see more information.

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 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.
 
English
 
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.
 
For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coordinator Ms. Chandler via schandler@harmonytx.org.
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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:
 
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.
 
 
Dear Parents,
Harmony Science Academy – Sugar Land MAP (Measure Academic Progress) Winter Testing begins January 19-21. MAP testing provides us with midpoint data collection to determine the progress your student is making in ELA, Math, and/or Science.
  • Please make sure that your student gets a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast before school.
  • Please ensure your student has a working Chromebook or computer. If a new Chromebook is needed, please contact the front office to pick up a new computer.
  • Please encourage your child to focus, do their best, and complete the test in its entirety.
NOTE: iPads, smartphones, and Apple computers are NOT compatible with the MAP program.
Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education as we support your child in excelling at Harmony Science Academy – Sugar Land.

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,
Holiday Spirit Week will take place from December 14-18. All students may join the fun regardless of their method of instruction.
Monday – Ugly Holiday Sock Day – wear your favorite ugly holiday socks
Tuesday – Ugly Sweater/Holiday Shirt Day – wear your favorite ugly sweater or holiday shirt
Wednesday – Santa Hat/Holiday Headband/Holiday Hat Day – wear your favorite holiday headgear
Thursday – Candy Cane/Grinch Day – wear red and white like a candy cane or wear green like the Grinch
Friday – Pajama Day – wear your holiday/favorite (school appropriate) pajamas to school.

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is our last day for after school clubs. After school clubs will resume the second semester.

 Harmony Public Schools South/West District will host its next District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Zoom Link Here

English Policy 4-West District PFE Policy 11-2-2020 (101862) (Spanish Policy)-HPS West District PFE Policy 11-2-2020 (101862).. (1)

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

Houston West

District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Meeting

Monday, November 2, 2020

Time: 5:00PM – 5:30 PM

Virtual online Meeting

Please: RSVP

Goal/Purpose: Review, evaluate and update/develop Written Parent and Family

Engagement (PFE) Policy and the School-Parent Compact

Agenda Items:

  1. Title I Program Presentation
  2. Review and evaluate last year’s PFE Policy and School-Parent Compact

III. Jointly develop PFE Policy and Compact for current year

  1. School’s Curriculum, Academic Performance
  2. Comments, Q&A

2020 FALL- WEST 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: Lunes 2 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

Zoom Meeting Link

 

Dear parents,

We have noticed an increase in students coming to school after 8:30 am, leaving little time for students to get ready for class. Therefore, starting tomorrow October 14th, our drop-off time will take place from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. All students arriving on campus after 8:00 am will be marked tardy.

 

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Science Academy – Sugar Land Administration, Faculty & Staff

(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.

The National Elementary Honor Society will be accepting applications from September 29- October 6. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 4thor 5th-grade student
  • Cumulative A average in all classes
  • Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character must be demonstrated through activities, volunteering, and teacher evaluations
  • Satisfactory conduct with no suspensions

Please click on the link below to access the form.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OekcKICGf68IXXj6YqYiGbHw20oze1mN/view?usp=sharing

Dear parents,
We hope this message finds our families safe.
All online instruction WILL continue tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23rd.
However, our campus will remain closed to students and visitors.

Dear Parents,

Due to the threat of inclement weather conditions from Tropical Storm #Beta, our campus is closed for today.
There is no In-Person instruction on campus.
Online instruction will continue for all students.

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, October 5, 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
11 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
2 Student Choice

Grade 9-12
12 Novels
4 Fiction
4 Nonfiction
1 Poetry
3 Student Choice

Share your favorite reads on social media by tagging Harmony and using the hashtag #HarmonyReads.

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below to access the School-Parent Compact 2020-2021

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dMB8Y9rtunERkEu7Lo7e_U7sy6gfG3gE/view?usp=sharing

Estimados padres,

Haga click en el siguiente enlace para tener acceso al “Campus Política de Participación de los Padres”.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1erqLJk9tDX7PWoYsbncJF5jcw1O5fFh7/view?usp=sharing

Dear Parents,

If you were not able to join us for “Virtual Coffee with Mrs. Merchant”, click on the link below to access the meeting recordings.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15O4PexTCAmLUMlvfUUML7qXRTYQZaMck?usp=sharing

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,

Please click on the link below to access the information in regard to HSA-SL meal distribution.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mNm9r43TvMKQTYer8gfdEY3uO7ZpBfKw/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Dear parents,

Please click on the link below to access the message sent by our Principal Merchant.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dw3jUmZPbSFRN645b4CwhU6ag1YeOAea/view?usp=sharing

Welcome Back!

First Day of School – Monday, August 17, 2020

Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land is preparing for a great start to the new year, as we kick off our virtual 2020-2021 school year! Please read this message carefully, as it includes important technology information, including online resources and as well as other helpful reminders.
First Day Success: Are you ready for the new school year? What should you do in the first minute of the first day of school? Prepare yourself and be sure to watch the Back to School for Students and Parents video:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSPBZplLcYQKg8HYjsmG4xNC8XjDec9QxjO4BvoGUta21Hbid5DsIre4L8Gw2PkCP8mWZemTfJw7WGQ/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000&slide=id.g43b4920ab6_0_0

Attendance
Whether online or in-person, daily attendance in school is a strong indicator of future success and is a requirement. It is important to ensure your child’s daily participation in each class. Harmony Public Schools is beginning the 2020-2021 School year in remote learning through synchronous (online) and asynchronous (offline) instruction. All students are expected to attend daily synchronous class sessions and demonstrate daily progress in asynchronous activities through Schoology, such as completion of assignments and communication to/from the teacher-related coursework.

Grab and Go Meals
Grab and Go Meals continue for the 2020-2021 school year. Beginning on August 17, meals will only be available to Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land students. Parents may pick up meals between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Students do not need to be in the car, but the parent must provide student ID or proof of student registration in the school. Meals will only be provided to students who are enrolled at that school. If you have children enrolled in multiple Harmony schools, you will need to visit each campus to pick up meals.
Just as if meals were served on-site, all students will be charged for meals according to their eligibility for free, reduced, or paid. For students of paid eligibility, breakfast cost $1.75 and lunch is $3.30. For students of reduced price eligibility, breakfast cost $0.30 and lunch is $0.40.
Parents are strongly encouraged to submit an application for free or reduced-price meals by going to www.schoolcafe.com and setting up a parent account. Paper applications may also be picked up from the school on meal distribution days. Once a student is approved for free or reduced-price meals, they will remain that eligibility for the rest of the school year and the first 30 days of the next. Parents are encouraged to reapply whenever there is a loss of income or new participation in SNAP/TANF.

Communication Reminders
Please be sure to stay connected to Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land and Harmony Public Schools through its various channels.
District Website – https://harmonytx.org/
HSA-SL Website – https://hsasl.harmonytx.org/
Social media – Facebook
Wednesday Mail: Coming soon!
You can communicate with your student’s teacher directly via email
As we prepare for the first day of instruction on Monday, August 17, we encourage parents to visit the HPS Playbook (https://harmonytx.org/playbook) for information and resources regarding the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
We wish all of our Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land community a great weekend! See you all Monday!
Have a great school year,

Afreen Merchant
HSA-SL Principal

Dear Sugar Land Academy Parents and Guardians,

Please be informed that your presence is required at the times listed below even if you haven’t requested a Chromebook or purchased school supplies online. All of our students will be given out instructional materials on their designated day and time.

Please see the schedule below:

  • 4th and 5th grades on Wednesday, August 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • 2nd and 3rd grades on Thursday, August 13th from 11:00 to 1:00 pm.
  • Kindergarten and 1st grades on Thursday, August 13th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How often will the campus and/or my student’s work station be cleaned and disinfected.

At the end of the day, custodial services will clean and sanitize all desk surfaces including seat, chair back, desk, any dividers if available with soap and water or all-purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations. Staff, including teachers, may also perform more frequent cleanings throughout the day, as needed.

 

What happens if a child or staff member attending school on-campus tests positive for COVID-19, is exposed to someone who is positive, or displays symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone displaying the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should follow below self-quarantine policy:

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Positive Testing

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Negative Testing or MD Note

If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the above stay at home period, the following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • Either obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain a negative COVID-19 test AND

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).

  1. Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with No Testing and No U.S. Based Medical Provider’s Note

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Readmittance will be granted when the following has been completed:
  1. Proof of negative COVID tests or U.S. based medical provider’s alternative diagnosis delivered to campus health staff or registrar if no health staff is available OR

  2. when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For more information on quarantine measures, including requirements for specific scenarios, see the “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.”

Can parents visit their child at school during the school day?

Harmony is asking parents to limit visits to campus only to necessary appointments which cannot be done through virtual meetings. Harmony requests that all in-person visits be scheduled in advance. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area (pre-arranged and approved appointments) will follow campus guidelines for visitors. 

 

How do I purchase uniforms for the new school year?

Uniforms can be ordered online using the Revtrak online ordering site listed on your campus website. Uniforms will be available to pick up once campuses reopen. Campuses will remain flexible with the enforcement of uniform policies until families are given an appropriate amount of time to order and pick up uniforms. Students will not be required to wear uniforms for online learning.

 

Will drop-off and pick-up change?

Yes. Both drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to limit potential cross-exposure among persons. 

 

What will lunchtime and breakfast look like?

Lunch will be served in the classrooms, however breakfast may be served either in the classrooms or in the cafeteria based on the number of students attending in-person. If eating in the cafeteria, students will be socially distanced.

Before and after meals or snacks all students and staff will also be able to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

Can I eat lunch with my child on campus?

At this time, due to COVID-19, parents and visitors will not be permitted to visit students during mealtimes.

Can I bring lunch to my child on campus?

Parents bringing food during the school day is prohibited.  Students who forget their lunch will be provided a school meal.