Dear Sugar Land Academy Parents and Guardians,

 

We are in dire need of your support!  We feel the necessity for all PARENTS/GUARDIANS (both if applicable) to join us on campus on Thursday, March 3, 2022 as we teach you ways to increase student success while addressing the learning gaps that are present as a result of the pandemic and other factors. Promotion versus Retention is in question here! I urge you to make time from your overly busy day to attend this 1 hour session with me as I guide and coach you in supporting your student while I learn what else my team and I can do to support your student. Despite our efforts as a school, our number of “At Risk” students is alarming this academic year unlike any past years and therefore I call for this high priority and urgent meeting. I hope you will make time to partner with me in your child’s education.

 

Please RSVP using the following link by February 28, 2022. You may select either the AM Session (8:15 AM – 9:30 AM) or the PM session (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM).

 

RSVP Link:http://tinyurl.com/2p944y2d

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 3, 2022!

 

 

Sincerely,

Afreen Merchant

Principal

Harmony Science Academy- Sugar Land

Go Texan Day

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land will be celebrating “Go Texan Day” on Friday, February 25th. We encourage our students and staff to dress up as cowboys and cowgirls.  Please note this refers to western wear (boots, hats, jeans, etc.), no Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans jerseys are allowed. School dress code rules apply. YEEHA!

 

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

Each school year, thousands of families submit their application to become a part of Harmony Public Schools.

Here’s how we select applicants for enrollment each year to make sure each applicant has an equal opportunity to become our next high-achieving Harmony scholar.

STEP 1

Each January, we ask current families to let us know if they’ll be coming back to Harmony next year. This is called “Re-Enrollment.”

STEP 2

Based on the number of students returning next year and the number of classes in each grade level, we determine how many open spots we will have for new students.

STEP 3

Meanwhile, new families are submitting their applications during our annual Open Enrollment season, which runs from November 1 through February 10 each year.

STEP 4

After February 10, if the number of new applicants is greater than the number of available spots we have, Harmony holds a “blind lottery” to make sure all applicants have a fair opportunity to be seated.

STEP 5

Families of students selected for enrollment are notified. Those not selected are put on a “waitlist” and contacted as soon as a spot opens up.

… and that’s it!

Here are some answers to our applicants’ most frequently asked questions.

#1 – IS THERE ALWAYS A LOTTERY?

Not always, but often.

Whether a lottery is needed is determined by the number of spots available at each grade level and the number of eligible applicants interested in them.

#2 – I WAS SELECTED FOR ENROLLMENT –
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NEXT?

Most importantly, we need you to officially accept the spot (a link will be provided on the acceptance letter). Then, between now and next fall, you’ll need to officially register your child and provide a few documents verifying their identity and home address.

After that, we’ll see you on the first day of school!

(Note: If you were accepted by more than one campus, please register at your preferred campus and decline the invitation of any others. This will allow us to offer those spots to another prospective Harmony family.)

#3 – I WAS PLACED ON A WAITLIST –
IS THERE ANY CHANCE I WILL GET TO ATTEND?

Absolutely – so don’t give up hope! Students initially placed on a waitlist are given the opportunity to enroll all the time at Harmony, often for one of the following reasons:

  • A student who was initially selected in the lottery didn’t completion registration by the deadline.
  • A student who was initially selected in the lottery moved away.
  • A student was selected by two schools in the lottery, but of course could only register at one.
  • We added an an extra class at the grade level for which you applied.
  • One of our nearby campuses had an opening,
    and reached out to see if you were interested in attending there.

More Questions?

Reach out to us on Let’s Talk to let us know how we can help!

February 8, 2022

Dear parents of Emergent Bilingual Students (including parent denials)

Emergent Bilingual Students in grades K-12, including parent denials, are required to be assessed through the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS). The Texas Education Agency developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements for assessing the English language proficiency of Emergent Bilingual Students in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing. TELPAS assesses the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), which are part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The assessment components for grades K–1 and 2–12 differ in the following ways:

• Grades K–1: Holistically rated listening, speaking, reading, and writing assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and student interactions.

• Grades 2–12: Online reading and listening and speaking tests and holistically rated student writing collections

For these assessments, teachers are trained to use proficiency level descriptors to determine the English language proficiency levels of students.

The state testing calendar for TELPAS is February 7, 2022 through April 1, 2022. Our school is going to assess students between February 7, 2022 and March 4 , 2022. If a student is absent on the day of testing, a make-up test will be administered before March 11, 2022. We ask that you refrain any activities that might cause your student(s) to be absent from school during this time.

Additional information about TELPAS can be found at the following website:   https://tea.texas.gov/student-assessment/testing/telpas/telpas-resources

If you would like to practice with your student, at home, please go to : https://www.texasassessment.gov/practice-tests.html to access the online practice tests.

Sincerely,

Afreen Merchant

Principal

Dear Sugar Land Academy Parents and Guardians,
Harmony Science Academy-Sugar Land will be hosting our annual STEAM /International Festival on Saturday, March 26th, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. What an amazing way to show our campus diversity, which is one of the things that makes HSA-SL such a unique place! We are inviting all of our parents to join us at this wonderful event by hosting a booth to represent a country and culture. If you would like to be a part of this extraordinary experience by hosting a booth, please fill out the form from below by Friday, February 11th , 2022 . If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Gil at shirley.gil@harmonytx.org.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

Due to the forecast inclement weather and the potential of hazardous road conditions, Harmony Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 4. Schools and district facilities are scheduled to reopen on Monday, February 7.

Please stay safe and warm!

Debido a las inclemencias meteorológicas previstas y la probabilidad de condiciones peligrosas en las carreteras locales, las Escuelas Públicas Harmony y las instalaciones del distrito estarán cerradas el viernes 4 de febrero y reanudarán el lunes 7 de febrero.

Por favor manténgase, seguro

Please join us for the Harmony Public Schools S/W District Safety Meeting on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 2:00 P.M.

Zoom Link: https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/81807156107?pwd=eEhHNG50aDJuMFNlQm9rRTBDS0J0QT09

Free Dress Picture day is coming!!
Mark your calendars! On Thursday, February 10, 2022, we will have Free Dress Picture Day. Students are allowed to have free dress, school dress code rules apply.
We are looking forward to seeing big smiles!!
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Due to the drop in the temperature over the course of the day tomorrow, Thursday, we will be cancelling all afterschool clubs and tutorials. Please make arrangements to pick up your student(s) promptly at 3:05pm.
Please stay safe and warm.
Thank you,
HSA-SL Administration
After giving across-the-board pay raises to full-time teachers and campus staff earlier this school year, Harmony Public Schools will now be giving pay raises to all levels of substitute teachers.
The daily rate increase goes into effect February 14. The increase was approved unanimously by the Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors on January 29. Under the rate increase, substitute teachers will earn an extra $20-30 per day on top of the already-competitive Harmony rate.
For a teacher only working a few days per week, the increase will mean a few hundred dollars each month on top of the compensation they already earn. For certified teachers and long-term substitutes, the rate increase could mean up to $600 per month in increased pay (see chart above for rates for each position).
“Each day, substitute teachers are making a major impact on our schools by keeping our students on-track and learning when their regular teachers are unable to attend school,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “These professionals are important members of our school community, and we want to show our thanks.”
Harmony currently has substitute teaching opportunities at all of its campuses statewide.
Earlier this school year, Harmony also announced $4,000-$7,500 in additional annual compensation for teachers and other school staff.
The increase was the third occasion in the past two school years in which Harmony announced a major improvement to employee compensation and benefits.
In January 2021, Harmony announced a sweeping upgrade of its employer-paid benefits that provided free vision and dental plans to all full-time employees, introduced matching retirement plan contributions for 403(b) and (457(b) participants, and increased life insurance payouts from $20,000 to $100,000.
In Summer 2019, Harmony also announced statewide base pay increases for employees ranging from $3,500-$5,000, as well as additional stipends for teachers working in hard-to-staff subjects.
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 2022-2023 school year for both students and team members.
About Harmony Public Schools
Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

Dear Parents,

We would like to let you know that due to the cancellation of STEAM & International Festival our Saturday tutorial will be in session tomorrow, January 29, 2022.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

Dear Sugar Land Academy Parents and Guardians, 

Harmony Public Schools is committed to providing your child with the best possible education. To do that, we need to hear from them and you about our district, our schools, and the education we provide. That’s why we’re asking students and parents to take our School Culture Survey.

The survey asks for feedback on student support, academic preparation, safety and behavior, school leadership, and family involvement. The results will help us determine our strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop responsive action plans. 

The survey is open until February 28, 2022. Students in grades 2-12 will have an opportunity to take the survey at school. Although they will use their student ID to access the survey, their responses will be strictly confidential.  We also want to hear from you as well!  Please access the parent survey

here: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/21-22-HPS-SchoolQualitySurvey-Parents

We’re partnering with independent research and communications firm K12 Insight to administer the survey and compile the results. No one from the district or our school will know how you or your child responds. 

With you and your child’s candid feedback, I’m confident we can shape the right futures for the district and our schools. Thank you for being a part of the Harmony Public Schools family.

 

Sincerely, 

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

 

Dear parents,
We would like to let you know that Nominations for Parent of the Year (POY) are now open.
The POY award is to acknowledge and honor parents for exceptional parenting skills and achievement, as well as, contribution, service and leadership in support of children, families, schools and communities. This is a great opportunity for you to nominate those parents who you think are deserving of this award or you may nominate yourself. Please see the eligibility requirements that must be followed in order to be considered for this award listed below and the application for POY 2021-2022.
ELIGIBILITY:
For the purposes of the POY Award, “parent” is defined as a responsible caregiver or guardian, and may be used to refer to or include mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. Nominees, however, do have to be parents of school-age children in the same school or school district where their children attend. Nominees may not be employees of a Harmony Campus or District.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Gil at shirley.gil@harmonytx.org
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

 

Sincerely,

Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration

Dear parents,

We would like to let you know that Jiu-Jitsu and Basketball after school clubs still have spots available for the second semester. These two clubs will begin next week, Basketball on January 20th and Jiu-Jitsu January 19th. Please see the information below to sign up your student.
Link to Sign up for Jiu-Jitsu
Dear parents,
We would like to let you know that due to a rapidly escalating number on COVID cases, we have canceled our STEAM AND International Festival that was scheduled for January 29, 2022. There is a possibility we may reschedule it for a later time in the upcoming months. We will keep you posted.
Note: All science fair projects are still due based on the timeline set and grading and presentation of the projects will continue as scheduled.
Sincerely,
Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land Administration
Dear parents,
Please click on the link below to see the Dissemination of Federal Report Card 2020-2021.
Dear parents,
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 1 & up who were tested in Fall 2021 are not eligible to test in Spring 2022. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website (see below).
The referral forms must be returned or emailed to the front office by January 31, 2022. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a pre screening criterion for GT Testing.
For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coach/teacher.
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 1 & up who were tested in Fall 2021 are not eligible to test in Spring 2022. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website (see below).
The referral forms must be returned or emailed to the front office by January 31, 2022. 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.
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.
Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 31 de enero del 2022.
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 Sugar Land Academy Family:
Welcome back to the second semester of the 2021-2022 academic school year! I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Winter Break and took some time to reconnect with family and friends. I wish you a Splendid New Year and hope this new year brings you and your family peace, joy, and happiness.
As we welcome the second semester with great enthusiasm, our main focus will be academics. Between now and year-end, you can expect us to continue our pursuit of excellence, one child at a time by ensuring that we are effectively teaching all grade level standards and skills and providing high-quality instruction to every student. As we strive to provide rigorous and high-quality instruction to all of our students we want our students to understand that they are a vital part of the puzzle of success. In turn, I ask that parents continue to commit to their child’s education by ensuring attendance in school every day, arriving on time, provide your student support in completing class/homework assignments and encourage your student to maintain focus in class by giving their very best.
Lastly, I would like to remind parents and guardians that your student must arrive on time to school as well as be in dress code. All students are expected to be in school by 7:40 am. Please be reminded that instruction begins at 7:45 am and students who arrive thereafter will be counted tardy and will be missing out on valuable instruction time which will hinder their academic success.
We strongly encourage all students to wear a mask throughout the school day. If your student feels sick or is showing symptoms of COVID 19 please stay home until your student is symptom free and/or COVID free to return. We welcome you back to our first day of school for the second semester, January 5th. 2022.
Kind Regards,
Always for the Children!
Afreen Merchant
Principal – Harmony Science Academy Sugar Land

Re-Enrollment for current Harmony families who plan to return next school year is January 4-28, 2022.

Re-Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year for Harmony families begins soon.

During this time of year each January, we ask families to complete a simple, online Re-Enrollment process, letting us know they’ll be joining us for another great year of learning and fun next school year, which starts in August 2022.

This simple step allows us to make sure each current student’s spot at Harmony is reserved for the following school year, and assess how many new student seats we have available for other applicants.

Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools runs January 4-28, 2022. Look for more details in your email inbox, via Skyward, or on our Facebook page soon.

In the meantime, check out these 6 things families need to know about Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools.

#1 – When is Re-Enrollment season?

For the 2022-2023 school year, re-enrollment will be January 4-28, 2022.

#2 – How do I apply for Re-Enrollment?

The preferred method for re-enrollment is through the student’s online Skyward account. (A link to Skyward can be found at the top of your campus homepage or you can simply click here.). Parents without internet and/or Skyward access may also request a paper re-enrollment option from their child’s campus.

#3 – What is the difference between Re-Enrollment and Open Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is intended for current Harmony students planning to stay at their current campus the following school year, or who will naturally feed upward to a new campus (e. from elementary to nearby middle school). Open Enrollment is for new students, or current students who wish to change Harmony campuses for personal reasons (ex. transferring to a campus closer to home).

#4 – If a student plans to stay at the same school next year, are they automatically guaranteed re-enrollment if they complete the re-enrollment process before the deadline?

Yes, so long as their family completes the re-enrollment process.

#5 – What happens if a parent does not submit their re-enrollment information before the deadline?

If a parent misses the deadline to complete the re-enrollment process, then the student will lose his/her reserved space for next school year and must apply during Open Enrollment, held November 1-February 10 each school year. To apply, visit www.HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

#6 – What does a Harmony parent need to do if they would like to stay with Harmony, but transfer to a different campus for the next school year?

If a parent would like to change Harmony campuses for the following school year, they must submit an application for the desired school at www.HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

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 in Grades 3-12 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

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?” 

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 we believe makes them special. In a word, that difference is “choice.”

Way back in 1995, the Texas State Legislature decided that even though there were a lot of great schools in Texas, a one-size-fits-all approach to education might not work 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 a school 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.

How do charter schools choose who gets to attend?

They don’t. Charter school students are never “cherry picked” from an applicant pool. Any student who applies to attend a charter school will be accepted, so long as they meet three basic criteria:

  1. They live within the schools geographic boundaries;
  2. They are applying to a grade taught by that specific school;
  3. Available seats are open in the grade-level to which the family is applying. At Harmony, if more students apply than there are available openings, the campus will hold a “blind” lottery to ensure fair an equal opportunity for enrollment to all new applicants.

RELATED: Learn more about Harmony Public School’s application, enrollment and lottery processes

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 level accountability do charter schools have to maintain?

Just like traditional ISDs, Texas charter schools must remain in good academic and financial accountability with the Texas Education Agency. That includes annual inclusion in the TEA’s Financial Integrity System of Texas (FIRST) and Overall Accountability ratings. Charter schools that do not meet these standards face closure by the TEA. Finally, to help families easily understand how their charter school is performing, the TEA has created a Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF), which grades charter districts on overall academic performance and closing achievement gaps.

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. However, charter school board meetings are still open to the public to attend and participate.

What about …?

We couldn’t possibly share all the things that make charter schools a unique and important part of the Texas educational environment in just one article. So if you have more questions, we’d love the opportunity to tell you more. Just tell us what you want to know in our Let’s Talk family communication platform, and we’ll reach out with an answer soon!


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